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Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) never believed her father’s death was an accident, and on tonight’s episode of NCIS: LA, the agent comes closer to the truth than ever before, but it could come at a big price: her freedom.

In tonight’s episode, after a former member of her father’s sniper unit is killed, Kensi becomes suspect No. 1 just as the pieces of Kensi’s solo investigation into the incident start coming together. “She’s just trying to hold it together and figure this out because she’s so close, so close, to finding the truth about her dad. And, if you can put yourself in those shoes, you know how despairing that is,” says Ruah.

The emotional predicament leaves Kensi showing colors the audience rarely sees from her and finding support from her fellow agents — particularly her partner Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen), who joined the show full time in season 2 and has since shared a will-they-won’t-they dynamic with Ruah’s character. “The ‘I’m your partner no matter what’ attitude definitely kicks in,” says Ruah. “There’s some great scenes, and it’s wonderful to see that even in a situation they don’t ever find themselves in — her being so emotionally fragile — it’s still Kensi and Deeks. You get more of that banter, but you also pick up on the care they have for each other. You see them on many different levels as a team because there’s so much going on.”

So much, in fact, that the storyline spans two weeks, with the second part airing next Tuesday. The episode, previews Ruah, will feature one of the most action-packed Kensi sequences ever. “I wanted to make it the most aggressive fight ever because she’s fighting for her life here,” she says.

But Ruah, who admits she loves the fight scenes, can also rock a dress like the best of them, as evident in the new cast shot. (Noir seems to be a bit of a theme among casts this year.) View the exclusive photo below!

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NCIS: LAairs Tuesdays on CBS.

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