'NCIS: LA' Fans React to [Spoiler's] Return — Plus, a Sneak Peek at What's Next (PHOTOS)

Meaghan Darwish

[WARNING: The following contains MAJOR spoilers for the March 17 episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, "Till Death Do Us Part."]

Sunday's NCIS: Los Angeles episode was certainly a tribute to the fans as it not only gave them the long-awaited Kensi (Daniela Ruah) and Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) wedding, but also the return of a favorite character.

'NCIS: Los Angeles' Cast Weighs In on That Emotional Densi Wedding Surprise!

'NCIS: Los Angeles' Cast Weighs In on That Emotional Densi Wedding Surprise!

On their special day, Kensi and Deeks (and the rest of the NCIS team) were given a very special treat that had everyone in tears.

After a nearly season-long hiatus — due to injuries sustained outside of work — Linda Hunt made her triumphant return as Henrietta "Hetty" Lange. The Oscar-winning actress' character showed up at just at the right time as Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and Sam (LL Cool J) faced the barrel of a gun.

In true Hetty style, she made a dramatic entrance by crashing her car into the venue. "I can't leave you damn kids alone for a minute!" she said before cracking a smile. Needless to say, her arrival was more than just an exciting moment, it was necessary.

 

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Of course, fans had a lot of feelings about the surprise appearance of NCIS: LA's beloved character. Below we're rounding up some of their reactions.

Interestingly, towards the end of the episode, Hetty refused to tell Callen and Sam where she had been for the past several months. She only teased that she may someday reveal the reason for her absence, but that for now, Kensi and Deeks' wedding was her concern. Could that be setting up a future mystery? Possibly, but it doesn't appear to be part of next week's episode.

Get a sneak peek at the episode, titled "Born to Run," in the gallery above. The logline for the installment reads: "Sydney (Ashley Rae Spillers) turns to her sister Nell for help after her high school crush, Andre Martinez (Delon de Metz), is mixed up in a Russian plot to steal intelligence from the Department of Defense. Also, Special Prosecutor John Rogers (Peter Jacobson) conducts mandatory performance reviews with the team."

NCIS: Los Angeles, Sundays, 9/8c, CBS