Expect an ‘NCIS: LA’ Twist When Kensi Interrogates a Dark Prisoner From Her Past

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This one’s personal for unshakable agent Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah).

In the second of back-to-back NCIS: Los Angeles episodes, she interrogates psychotic convict David Kessler (played by the episode’s writer, Frank Military, above, with Ruah), who has been obsessed with the agent since her pre-NCIS days. (She sent him to prison for human trafficking of minors.) He’s allowed himself to be recaptured after escaping with a fellow inmate, who’s still on the loose and intends to assassinate the U.S. president. Using his precious knowledge of the plot as leverage, Kessler demands to speak to Kensi.

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“We don’t know why he’s obsessed with her. He’s a very sick, dark character — one of those guys who tries to push your buttons. Like, where can I stick my knife?” Ruah says. He exploits her desire to become a mom, but “she knows a lot about him, so she has an edge.”

With the dangerous Kessler caged in plexiglass à la Hannibal Lecter, Kensi presses him for intel as her earpiece transmits clues about the would-be assassin to her colleagues. She remains cool, but her husband, Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) — sidelined from his NCIS job — is a wreck: The team accidentally allows him to overhear some of the bone-chillingly creepy things Kessler threatens to do to Kensi if he’s ever free.

The hour ends with a shocking twist, Ruah says, hinting that we haven’t seen the last of Kessler. “He tricks us all. This guy is someone who stays on Kensi’s and Deeks’ mind.”

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