The 11 Best Kensi & Deeks Episodes of ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’

NCIS Los Angeles Densi Episodes
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While you wait for the new season of NCIS: Los Angeles, why not revisit the best love story of the NCIS franchise?

NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) and LAPD Detective Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) met while undercover, in an investigation that saw him clashing with the team (in the boathouse and in the boxing ring), and the rest, as they say, is history. The two went from partners with trust issues to denying there was even a “thing” between them to getting together a year after first spending the night together to finally married in Season 10. And in Season 11, they began planning to expand their family.

So while we wait to see what’s next for Densi, we invite you to look back at their relationship with the episodes below.

NCIS: Los Angeles, Season 12, Fall 2020, CBS

NCIS Los Angeles Densi Episode Hand to Hand

"Hand-to-Hand" (Season 1, Episode 19)

See how it all began, as the two meet while undercover for their respective agencies. And take note of what they’re wearing when they do: it comes up in a later episode.

NCIS Los Angeles Densi Episode Deliverance

"Deliverance" (Season 2, Episode 10)

Just as trust issues arise, Kensi must trust Deeks to help her navigate lasers and avoid getting blown up. Talk about putting your life in your partner’s hands!

Eric Christian Olsen (LAPD Liaison Marty Deeks) and Daniela Ruah (Special Agent Kensi Blye) - NCIS Los Angeles - 'Neighborhood Watch' - Season 3, Episode 22

"Neighborhood Watch" (Season 3, Episode 22)

Oh, the obligatory undercover-as-a-couple episode, a must for any will they/won’t they couple in a procedural drama. Posing as a married couple for a case, the two not only kiss but also reveal just how much they remember about their first meeting.

NCIS Los Angeles Densi Episode Descent
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"Descent" (Season 4, Episode 24)

The partners’ first (non-undercover) kiss comes at a highly inconvenient time. After bickering about Deeks never saying what he means, he just goes for it, while they’re also dealing with keeping eyes on teammate Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) and his wife, Michelle Hanna (Aunjanue Ellis), undercover with an arms dealer.

NCIS Los Angeles Densi Episode Impact

"Impact" (Season 5, Episode 2)

When Deeks takes time off after being tortured during a case and dodges her calls, Kensi spends the episode worried about him, even ordering him a cronut from New York. She finally forces her way into his home with takeout, leading to him muttering that famous “it’s a love story” to describe their relationship as he falls asleep.

NCIS Los Angeles Densi Episode Frozen Lake
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"The Frozen Lake" (Season 5, Episode 10)

What happens at work the morning after partners sleep together for the first time and don’t talk about what it means? Awkwardness, all around, plus a few key scenes. And just as they’re ready to talk about it, fate intervenes, sending Kensi to Afghanistan for a months-long assignment.

NCIS Los Angeles - Daniela Ruah (Special Agent Kensi Blye) and Eric Christian Olsen (LAPD Liaison Marty Deeks) ice skating - 'Humbug'
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"Humbug" (Season 6, Episode 11)

After dancing around each other for about a year following their night together, Kensi finally decides to be “bold” and go “all in” just in time for Christmas. Plus, even before that, the two plan to spend their days off together.

NCIS Los Angeles Densi Episode Seventh Child
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"The Seventh Child" (Season 7, Episode 19)

Shortly after moving in together, Kensi and Deeks have the all-important talk about having kids and their jobs. And while it’s unsettled at the time — and would be for years, even after they’re married — this episode features the first non-proposal near the end of it.

NCIS Los Angeles Densi Episode Silo
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"The Silo" (Season 9, Episode 7)

In order to stop a missile launch, Kensi must risk her life, even calling Deeks with what very much sounds like a final goodbye (“I’ll love you ’til the end of time and back”). It’s not, but it does cause them to once again discuss the dangers of their jobs and their futures in this line of work.

NCIS Los Angeles Densi Episode To Live and Die in Mexico

"To Live and Die in Mexico" (Season 10, Episode 1)

After Deeks suffers a head injury when things go sideways on the team’s mission in Mexico (while saving their then-boss’ kid), Kensi single-handedly drags him through the desert and gets him to a hospital. From their hallucinations to the scenes in an abandoned church as he finally woke up to making up in the hospital at the end — they’d fought about kids and their careers — it’s a must-watch for any Densi fan.

NCIS Los Angeles Densi Episode Till Death Do Us Part
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"Till Death Do Us Part" (Season 10, Episode 17)

It’s their wedding episode! Need we say more? (Plus, we finally learned what was in the box she gave him in Season 4 that contained something he had always wanted.)