When better to discuss the next steps in a relationship than in a new year? That’s what’s coming up for Callen and Anna in NCIS: Los Angeles‘ “Kulinda.”

Elsewhere in the episode, Sam is sent undercover in a private security firm with links to several criminal organizations after a Navy reservist is killed while protecting a city councilman. Plus, Nate’s back!

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Watch the promo for “Kulinda” to see Callen kiss Anna and Deeks and Sam face off at the shooting range:

See Sam go undercover:

Deeks and Nell are watching as Sam meets with Harold Irvin, though before he can bring up what he wants to talk about, Irvin suggests they talk while walking to get coffee. Sam even got a phone call recommendation for the job, it turns out. And just as they’re discussing the good that KTS has done for the community, how Irvin hires people he wants the youth in the neighborhood to see and meet, two kids come up and discuss a deal one of them made with Irvin about his grades.

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Check out a sneak peek of Callen and Anna in the field:

Callen and Anna track down two bad guys and give them the option of being smart (putting their hands behind their heads and moving toward them) or dumb (staying where they are and facing life for making a move on a federal agent instead of just doing time for chopping up cars.) One guy is smart, and Callen cuffs him to a car, while his friend is dumb, grabs a gun and starts shooting.

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