Tonight on CBS NCIS: Los Angeles returns with an all-new Sunday, October 17, 2021, season 13 episode 2 called, “Fukushu” and we have your weekly NCIS: Los Angeles recap below. On tonight’s NCIS Los Angeles season 13 episode 1, as per the CBS synopsis, “NCIS takes the case personally when an LAPD officer’s father, a beloved elderly Japanese American veteran, is the victim of a vicious hate crime.”
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In tonight’s NCIS LA episode, an Asian-American serviceman was brutally assaulted. He was at the beach minding his own business when two men in masks came up to him and started beating him up for no reason. They didn’t say anything. They just started to beat him up. Lieutenant Junior Grade Craig Tanaka was hospitalized after the beatdown and his case was naturally assigned to NCIS because of Tanaka’s war record.
He served in the Vietnam War. He also has a son in the police department and his training came in handy when Tanaka was being attacked because he managed to stab one of the men. He got DNA. Tanaka’s case was assumed to be a hate crime because of his ethnicity and the recent increase in violent crimes against the Asian community. And so that left everyone on the team angry.
They asked themselves how could something like this happen in America. A man was fighting for his life after being assaulted for no other reason than his race and this time it was personal to the team because the man served his country. He gave the country his everything and now that country was letting him down. The team began their case by speaking with Tanaka’s son. His son was a police detective and he’s been on the force for fifteen years.
He knows he can’t go after the men who did this to his father. The only thing he can do is give his thoughts on the matter. He thinks the attack on his father was racially-motivated. He said there was no other reason to attack his father and so the team looked for evidence of this.
They found out that Tanaka has been dedicating his time by volunteering. He volunteers at old WWII naval ships and his CO said Tanaka was a great guy. He was a wealth of knowledge about the era. Tanaka was also working as a carpenter with a construction company. They said that lately he has been working at one place and that the place was attacked last week when someone threw a brick through the window.
It was a restaurant. Tanaka has been working there for two weeks building cabinetry and both Callen and Sam noticed that someone tried painting a wall over. They figured whoever broke in might have also vandalized the place. They did a deep search to see what was under the paint and under it were the words “Go Home Japs”. Tanaka apparently never reported it to the restaurant owners.
Tanaka hadn’t wanted to hurt them. He just painted over it and was going to ignore it when the assault happened. The team figured the assault might have been an escalation when Tanaka ignored them. The spray paint used in the vandalism was picked up by a local homeless man and he happily gave it to NCIS after he heard about what happened to Tanaka. The team ran prints on the spray can. It led back to Jason Quinn.
Quinn was roommates to a guy named Strauss and Strauss’s family owned the diner that Tanaka is helping to renovate. The Strauss family lost their property. It was sold to the family that hired Tanaka and so they saw Tanaka renovating the place and assumed he was the new buyer. And not just some guy doing a job.
Strauss and his buddy Quinn probably followed Tanaka from the restaurant in order for the police not to connect them to the crime. Or at least that’s what the team was thinking. They looked for Quinn and he tried to run but they captured him. He denied the attack on Tanaka. He also said he wasn’t there during the beatdown. It was all Strauss and Strauss bragged about beating up the old man.
Quinn also tried to claim it was just Strauss who wrote the racial slurs only that one was iffy. Quinn didn’t know it was two people that beat up Tanaka and he denied any part in it. The team looked for Strauss and they couldn’t find him. He had been grabbed a police officer. He had been on the phone with Quinn when a police detective came in and started to beat him.
Everyone knew the detective was Tanaka’s son Detective Jack Tanaka. Tanaka made it through his surgery and still hasn’t woken up and there’s a chance he might never wake up again. His son must have gotten angry about it. He must have checked in on NCIS’s investigation and beat them to Strauss. The team even knows how he did it. They know he checked on the results of their fingerprint search on spray can and that he accessed those files using a detective friend. Jack has probably already lost his career. The team didn’t want him doing something he couldn’t walk back and so they asked the other detective who helped him and they tracked down Jack to an auto body shop.
The team arrested Jack. They also rescued Strauss and his father. Both father and son were racists. They attacked Tanaka together and so they got arrested together.
Later, it was revealed that Jack uploaded video of the beatdown he gave the two racists and so he hoped it served as a warning to anyone willing to take another Asian in the country. He wanted to tell those people thinking about it that there would be consequences for them.