'NCIS: Los Angeles' Season 12 Episode 13: Is Joelle Taylor dead? Callen's ex suffers the most trying to save Anna

From a chopped finger to getting her leg cut off, Joelle Taylor's return to Grisha Callen's life has been filled with traumatizing turns


                            'NCIS: Los Angeles' Season 12 Episode 13: Is Joelle Taylor dead? Callen's ex suffers the most trying to save Anna
Joelle Taylor and Grisha Callen in 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (CBS)

'NCIS: Los Angeles' is finally back on our screens with Season 12 Episode 13 after a month-long hiatus. The last new episode aired on February 28, but that doesn't mean all the fun and action was delivered in the big comeback episode. Skimming the cream of the thick plot, things get even more convoluted than they have been as Grisha Callen (Chris O'Donell) learns who misled people into thinking he was a mole, and the obsession Katya Miranova (Eve Harlow) harbors for Callen's girlfriend Anna Kolchek (Bar Rafaeli) is also explained. In all of this, it is Joelle Taylor (Elizabeth Bogush) who gets embroiled in the drama that's going on and looks like missing a finger might be the last item on her list of problems.

The official synopsis of the episode titled 'Red Rover, Red Rover' states: "To rescue Joelle from further torture by the Russians, Callen and the team must offer up Anna as bait to Katya; Callen finally discovers who accused him of being a Russian spy." Almost as if obsessed with Callen's flames, Katya targets two of Callen's ladies back to back - first it's Anna because she is the one who had helped the Russians burn Katya. And then it's Joelle, who happens to be Callen's ex-girlfriend. Using her as bait, Katya was trying to use Anna back into the trap that would save her from jeopardy with the actual people she's working with.       

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Bar Raphaeli as Anna Kolchek in 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (CBS)

Turns out, Katya wasn't so much as running from the Russians as she was being cornered by them with false promises. It soon became clear that the Russians would rather have one of their own killed in their own hands than have the enemy get their hands on them, hence all the faux promises of helping Katya in secret. Anna figures it out, just before Callen is able to learn that he too was suspected to be a mole because of Katya. However, when they all crack the case and decide to jump on the endgame, it's already too late for Joelle.

Right at the end of the episode, Katya sends Anna and Callen a box with a gift inside. The gift is soon revealed to be a chopped finger that everybody can tell is Joelle's after the CIA flags their results when they run a DNA match for it. The final showdown sees Katya offer Joelle as a bargain for Anna's life, and things get explosive. There's a bomb strapped to Joelle when she is eventually freed and there's a bomb inside the plane Katya steals Anna in the bargain exchange. Luckily for the team, Anna is safe even after the blast that Callen had feared would have killed both her and Katya. Joelle unfortunately doesn't have as great a luck.

Already wounded in the leg, Joelle's body part had to be severed to stop the inflow of sepsis. To pile on it more, she was also left limb-less waist down after her ordeal with Katya. She might not be dead, but she's not okay either. Katya escapes, but the way she is able to just capture Joelle and use her for her selfish reasons only increases worry for who's next.

'NCIS: Los Angeles' Season 12 airs on Sundays at 9 pm only on CBS.

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