Densi's Wedding, Hetty's Return & 6 More Emotional 'NCIS: LA' Season 10 Moments (PHOTOS)
Kensi Dragged an Injured Deeks Through the Desert
Kensi (Daniela Ruah
) had to drag an unconscious Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen
) through the desert in Mexico.
"I really need you to open your eyes right now," she said while begging him to wake up. "I can carry you anywhere. I'll carry you for the rest of your life."
"I want to marry you, and if you marry me, I swear to God, I will give you everything I have in this life," he told her once he woke up in the hospital. "I don't want to do this without you."
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Not only did it happen off-screen in Season 9, but we weren't even sure if she was really dead until the Season 10 premiere.
Once the team was back in Los Angeles, Sam (LL Cool J
) and Callen (Chris O'Donnell
) spoke with her mother-in-law.
Kensi Stayed With a Dying Man
A Syrian, David Sarraf (Eyas Younis), ended up pinned between a car and a wall, while attempting to deliver evidence that proved chemical weapons were used on civilians. Kensi stayed with him — and was the one who had to tell him they couldn't save him.
Hetty was MIA — and we never learned exactly what the in-story reason was for her absence — for most of the season, until she crashed into Kensi and Deeks' wedding in time to save the guys and then officiate the ceremony. No one else could have married those two and it have the same emotional weight.
Kensi and Deeks' Wedding
It may have been an adventurous trip to the altar — one that left the bride with bruised knuckles and a torn dress — but they made it. Not only did they exchange lovely vows, but they also recalled significant moments from their past. Kensi is gunpowder, and they are a love story.
But the most emotional moment might be Deeks finally opening the box Kensi gave him all those years ago and finding a note and her father's wedding ring inside. "You came into my life and you showed me what it is to be truly loved and feel safe again," she wrote. "There is no one in this world who means what you do to me. ... I cherish you. Love is endless and I am yours now and forever."
Nell Revealed Her Mother's Health Issues
Nell (Renee Felice Smith) admitted to Eric (Barrett Foa
) that she wanted him to take a job in San Francisco because her mother had coronary heart disease and that was where she'd receive the best treatment — and she wanted to move to be with her.
Her mother initially refused to have a triple bypass surgery she needed, but Hetty stepped in and flew to San Francisco with Nell to convince her. Though it works, her mother wasn't out of the woods yet and was suffering from complications last Nell received an update from her sister.
Callen Found His Father Only to Lose Him
After having no choice but to hand his father over as part of a prisoner exchange, Callen had been trying to find a way to reunite his family. And he came so close to doing so in Season 10.
Sadly, that family reunion was too brief, as, during the rescue, Garrison was shot. He got the chance to see his family again, but there was nothing anyone could do, and he died.
NCIS: Los Angeles may, for the most part, feature plenty of action and explosions, but the series also has heart.
And Season 10 had plenty of that, starting off with an emotional trek through Mexico with two of the team suffering serious injuries and leading up to the JAG reunion to close it out. Oh, that was a long time coming.
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For most of the season, fans were also waiting (impatiently) for Linda Hunt's return as Hetty, and she showed up at just the right time, for the series and for viewers. It coincided with a big moment for NCIS: LA's central couple
But there were moments of sadness as well, as one agent lost a family member and another was in the middle of an emotional case.
Now that Linda Hunt has returned, we're celebrating our favorite team member!
Click through the gallery above to see TV Insider's picks for the most emotional moments of the season and add your own in the comments below.
NCIS: Los Angeles, Season 10 Finale, Sunday, May 19, 10/9c, CBS