LL COOL J and Chris ODonnell laughing

The old married couple: LL COOL J (Special Agent Sam Hanna) and Chris O'Donnell (Special Agent G. Callen).

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These special agents have a special relationship—one that often involves good-natured ribbing.

By Nate Millado

NCIS: Los Angeles is currently in its 13th season—"Are you serious?!" as LL COOL J's Sam Hanna would say—and its longevity boils down to one thing: chemistry! Special Agents Hanna (LL COOL J) and G. Callen (Chris O'Donnell)—aka Sallen—are like an old married couple; they can communicate with just a look.Their playful banter is the bedrock of this action-packed procedural. Watch rounds up our fave exchanges between one of TV's best bromances.


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Not-So-Friendly Skies

Chris ODonnell and LL COOL J on a plane

Sam Hanna and G. Callen fly the cranky skies.

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Callen: [pestering his partner on a plane] "Would you like me to get you some snacks?"
Hanna: "No."
Callen: "You might think better on a full stomach."
Hanna: "Not hungry and I'm not thinking."
Callen: "You want me to get you something to drink?"
Hanna: "Why don't you grab me a glass of shut the hell up? Make it a double!"

Couples Therapy

Chris ODonnell and LL COOL J talking in a car

Partners Hanna and Callen might just overshare.

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Hanna: "You're like Fatal Attraction with unlimited sequels."
Callen: "And for the record, none of them have been fatal."
Hanna: "Not yet. Word of advice: Don't get a rabbit."
Callen: "Just watch the road there, Dr. Phil."

Callen: "Anna likes to look."
Hanna: "You know I made it clear, I don't need to know all the details of your life."
Callen: "Houses...She likes to look at houses."

Nice Shot

LL COOL J throws an object at Chris ODonnell as he shuts the door

Callen knows Hanna's got a serious throwing arm.

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Hanna: "You got exactly 10 seconds to get out of here before I drag you out of here by your ears!"
Callen: "I'm going!" [comes in seconds later] "Uh, it looks like you're healing, by the way."
[Cue Hanna tossing his firing range earmuffs]

What's In A Name?

LL COOL J and Chris ODonnell

It's not easy being Grisha—um, uh, G.

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Callen: "I'm not trying to saddle the team with someone that's trying to 'find themselves.'"
Hanna: "You didn't have a first name until a couple of years ago!"

A Real Pickle

Chris ODonnell and LL COOL J talking in a car

Hanna and Callen prove that partners don't always have to agree on metaphors.

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Hanna: "Well, we're here. Now what?"
Callen: "I don't know. It's a real pickle."
Hanna: "So we're just gonna sit here and wait?"
Callen: "That's exactly what the DOJ doesn't want us to do."
Hanna: "Well, then, are we gonna go inside?"
Callen: "And that is exactly what the FBI doesn't want us to do. Hence the pickle."
Hanna: "All right, enough with the pickle."

Cheers!

Chris ODonnell and LL COOL J in a bar

Partners who fight crime still need to dine.

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Callen: "You wouldn't survive the streets without me."
Hanna: "In what way?"
Callen: "Diet, mainly."

Screwing Around

LL COOL J agitated

Communication and planning are Hanna and Callen's keys to success—sometimes.

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Hanna: "You didn't bring the screwdriver, did you?"
Callen: "How was I supposed to know we're gonna need the screwdriver?"
Hanna: "It's called thinking ahead. That's what we do."
Callen: "You coulda brought the screwdriver!"
Hanna: "You had it last."
Callen: "Would you like to get the screwdriver?"
Hanna: "No."
Callen: "Would you like me to get the screwdriver?"
Hanna: "Yes."
Callen: "Are you irritated?"
Hanna: "A little…but mostly? I want you to just get the damn screwdriver."
Callen: "I'm gonna get the screwdriver."

XOXO!

Chris ODonnell

Brotherly love comes with a big helping of sarcasm.

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Callen: "I'm..supervising."
Hanna: "You're super getting on my nerves."
Callen: "A little bit?"
Hanna: "A little bit. You're super at that."

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