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The Getz files

By Gina Mae Callen

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Deeks, Martin A

Personal observations about the staff at OSP: Los Angeles.

These files have been compiled by me, Dr. Nate Getz in the hopes that if anyone takes over my role as operational psychologist you can use these to get a more in-depth look at the inner workings of the team.

This is not to say that I feel that anyone replacing me would be less competent than I am, however the team itself are not exactly forthcoming with information and these insights and observations have been gathered over a few years and may help my replacement in getting a head's up on the team quicker.

Ok so where to start.

Firstly congratulations on taking over, I hope I have retired, maybe gotten married with a few kids and not killed on one of Hetty's secret projects…

The team; itself have been through a lot in the last five years and as such are more of a cohesive unit than most teams I've worked with. They will be resistant to any form of, as they call it; 'Messing with their heads' so any psychoanalyzing that needs to be done needs to be sneaky. (Callen's term not mine) otherwise you will never get your reports done on time.

OK The team.


Deeks, Martin A.

I will start with our newest member, Martin Andrew Deeks.

Born Martin John Brandel, Deeks as he is called is the newest member to the team, still an LAPD liaison, Hetty hopes he will see the 'error of his ways' and join NCIS full time.

Deeks was born to an alcoholic father and a young mother, Gordon John Brandel; Deeks' father was shot by Deeks when he was eleven years old saving his mother, Mary Deeks from the beating of his father. The court reports state that Brandel was an abusive alcoholic who regularly beat his wife and child. He was sentenced to 4 years for attempted murder and was paroled in late 1993, in early 1994 apparently whilst still searching for his wife and son, (Something Mr. Deeks does not know); he was killed in a head on collision with a truck. Brandel was eight times over the drink drive limit when he died.

Deeks and his mother moved to a refuge when Brandel was originally arrested and Mary Deeks got a small two room apartment in downtown Reseda where Marty would help his mother by working after school doing various odd jobs and paid his own way through college. He officially changed his name to Martin Andrew Deeks on his twelve birthday.

Mary Deeks still lives in the same apartment as she is an agoraphobic and Deeks visits her three times a week with groceries and news. He himself still lives within a mile of his mother's house.


Deeks became a lawyer, he tells people it was to help right the wrongs he saw in the system, according to his transcripts from college it is said his main reason for studying law was to make sure his father didn't get released from prison as he threatened to kill Ms Deeks and Marty when he was released.

Deeks was disillusioned with law having found he couldn't sue his own father for spousal abuse and child abuse and a glitch in the system meant that he was released early. Deeks decided if he couldn't stop them after they became criminals he would stop them before by becoming a police officer.

Deeks' upbringing, meant that despite the fact his mother loved him he was neglected from the age of eleven upwards and spent a significant amount of time on the streets, there were reports of him working underage in a strip club, but I haven't been able to get Deeks to talk about that yet. But these experiences did come in handy in so much as when taking on an undercover Job with LAPD Deeks can be so good that once or twice the team haven't even noticed him and that is an achievement.

Deeks has an extremely generous nature, spending his days off working with the homeless, a fact I think the team is unaware of. At one point he sold his car to help Eric afford a pony toy for teammate, Sam Hanna's daughter's Christmas present, even though there is underlying tension between Sam Hanna and Deeks.


Deeks has been drawn to his partner, Kensi Blye, I'm not sure if there are romantic feelings between the two of them yet however I can say the sparks are there, I'm not sure if this is one of those 'happy accidents' of Hetty's but that will remain to be seen.

Deeks when he is well and not hurt will talk a lot… Beware when something happens and he stops talking, when he is hurt he hurts deeply. His experiences as a child mean that he will not turn to the team in times of trouble but will seek solace alone. He hasn't shaken off the feeling he is inferior to the team due to the fact he is still LAPD. But he will not allow himself to fully join with the group. I feel this may be due in some part to the constant sniping of Sam Hanna. I am not sure why he doesn't fully trust Deeks but he doesn't and I fear that this may break the team if it goes unresolved.


Sam and Deeks do work well together however the undercurrent of trust is tenuous between them; Deeks has said that he feels he needs to prove himself to Agent Hanna, although sometimes he has hinted that he wishes Sam would trust him and not the persona Deeks exudes on occasion.

NOTE: When Deeks was shot, as a diversion to get to Kensi, Sam Hanna took a significant amount of time during Deeks' rehab to teach him how to cover his tracks better and take better care of himself. I feel that this mentoring meant that Deeks has unconsciously placed Sam in the role of surrogate father and this has scared him. Occasionally when Sam has raised his voice or moved I have seen Detective Deeks flinch although he immediately covered this with humor. I think he may be frightened of disappointing the man or letting the team down. 

Although Deeks cares a lot about Kensi and Callen and the rest of the team, He constantly feels the need to prove himself to Sam.

Like Agent Callen, Mr. Deeks is a very deep individual who keeps his heart close to his chest. He also like Agent Callen has Operations Manager Henrietta Lange down as their emergency medical contact.

Deeks and Agent Callen have a kind of camaraderie that is unspoken. Deeks will put himself on the line for his team leader and the team time and again.


Nate shut the first file and sighed. One down and six more to go…

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