Deeks' Training to Become an Agent Doesn't Go So Well on 'NCIS: LA' (PHOTOS)

NCIS LA Season 12 Episode 8 Deeks Training FLETC
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No one ever said FLETC was going to be easy.

Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt) may have gotten the ball rolling on Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) becoming an NCIS agent—his liaison position was terminated permanently and he was furloughed by the LAPD—but now it's up to him to put in the work on NCIS: Los Angeles. As the photos and promo for the January 10 episode, "Love Kills," show, Deeks is going to be struggling during training at the academy.

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Plus, how are Kensi and Deeks handling the obstacles thrown their way this season?

Elsewhere in the episode, everyone's favorite man named Vostanik (and the only one on TV?) is back. Yes, Erik Palladino returns as CIA Officer Sabatino, who needs the team's help finding Pietra Rey (Mariela Garriga). She first appeared in the Season 9 episode "Forasteira," and she's just as dangerous as ever in the promo below.

As for what brings everyone together, the investigation revolves around the murder of a man who was going to expose the source of a massive counterfeiting operation—and it sounds like Pietra is the "old acquaintance [who] becomes their prime suspect" mentioned in the logline. But what's she really doing back? We'll have to wait to find out.

Scroll down to check out the photos from "Love Kills."

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Nicki Micheaux NCIS LA Season 12 Episode 8 DOJ Carlson
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Nicki Micheaux guest stars as DOJ Special Agent Effie Carlson.

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Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Sam (LL Cool J) partner up.

Sam Callen Badges NCIS LA Season 12 Episode 8
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They have some questions.

Sam Callen Sabatino NCIS LA Season 12 Episode 8
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Sam and Callen, poolside with Sabatino (Erik Palladino).

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Kensi (Daniela Ruah) takes a call.

Rountree Fatima NCIS LA Season 12 Episode 8
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Rountree (Caleb Castille) and Fatima (Medalion Rahimi) put in some time on the shooting range.

Deeks FLETC Training NCIS LA Season 12 Episode 8
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Let’s go, Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen)!

Eric Christian Olsen NCIS LA Season 12 Episode 8 Deeks
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Ouch! That looks like it hurts.

Pietra Sam NCIS LA Season 12 Episode 8
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Pietra Rey (Mariela Garriga) vs. Sam!

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How long will it take for Rountree to become just as annoyed with Sabatino as the team is?

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Was she planning to use that chair to knock him out?

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Sabatino’s been on the other side of that table.