a: fans thinking Deeks and/or Kensi would have PTSD specifically from their experiences are, I think, coming from the interviews and spoilers we got where people from the show kept talking about trauma and the after effects and how Kensi and Deeks would need to get better, etc.
I think they were upfront with the idea of Deeks having real, clinical PTSD in both script and interviews, and ECO clearly did the research and played it that way. His portrayal was, IMO, phenomenal. The followup in scripts was, however, not.
I hadn’t actually gotten the same sense that Kensi would need to work through clinical trauma issues in the same way. Which is frankly for the best, because the “working through” is where they really dropped the ball.
I have serious problems sometimes keeping everyone’s different writing names straight, but something *you* wrote actually popped into my head, from “but will angels dance on the head of another pin?’ - “some laternate universe … where Deeks lay on the hospital bed like Sam and was totally okay … took the right class, had the right gene, whatever it is that makes the difference … “
As someone without the right gene myself, that struck me at the time, and it came back to me now, because yeah, there are differences in how people respond to traumatic events. Only a minority of people who experience trauma develops PTSD. Not everyone who develops PTSD shows symptoms immediately; in fact, to be diagnosed with it, you’ve got to have continuing anxiety symptoms more than four weeks after the event. Depending on how much time elapsed between episodes, its possible Kensi couldn’t even be diagnosed with PTSD if she were having symptoms.
All this to say - I’m actually somewhat relieved they didn’t go into much of anything, because I don’t trust the show to cover those issues in a way I don’t find infuriating. And to cover them in a respectful way would require too much screen time for a couple who are really the “B story” of the show as conceived and initially written.