There have been a lot of tough situations for the crew at NCIS: Los Angeles this season. With the return of David Kessler (Frank Military), out of prison and laser-focused on his plan to kill Kensi (Daniela Ruah), it’s only a matter of time before Frank strikes and causes havoc for the team.
But after the show’s most recent episode, fans are a little more concerned about the fate of Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) than anyone else. So, what exactly happened to Marty on the show, and does it mean that actor Eric Christian Olsen is leaving the ensemble cast for good?
So, is Marty Deeks still on 'NCIS: Los Angeles'?
With David Kessler out of prison, Kensi is fearing for her life and the threat of when Kessler will strike continues to loom over the team at NCIS. But in addition to the threat that Kessler poses, Kensi and husband Marty Deeks also have to deal with the fact that Deeks was terminated from his position as a liaison between NCIS and the LAPD.
In a recent episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, audiences and Deeks were shocked to learn that his position as a liaison between NCIS and the LAPD had been terminated for good. Although Deeks had already been let go from the position some time back, fans assumed that eventually he would return to his role of liaison.
But unfortunately, as Nell (Renée Felice Smith) informed Deeks towards the end of the episode, his job was being permanently cut and neither she nor Hetty (Linda Hunt ) were able to do anything about it. To make matters worse, Nell also made it clear that it would be almost impossible for Deeks to go back to being an agent since he’d already aged out of being able to train at FLETC, which would allow him to rejoin the team.
But even though Deeks may not have an office to go to anymore, that doesn’t mean that actor Eric Christian Olsen is leaving the show for good. Eric remaining on the show was also somewhat confirmed by actress Daniela Ruah, who told TVLine that there’s no way the actor was leaving. Daniela teased that she didn’t know if she was allowed to say anything before laying to rest any concerns that Eric would be leaving the show permanently.
“Listen, if Eric were leaving the show permanently, we would know about that by now, and that’s obviously not the case,” she said. “So, somewhere and somehow, things happen that change the course of where the story is going.”
It’s worth mentioning that there have been episodes in the past that Eric wasn’t in before his character showed up again. Also, the NCIS franchise has a tendency to hint at a character’s departure before finding a way to get them to stay on.
So while Deeks might be missing from a couple of episodes this season, that’s not to say that he’s gone for good.