'NCIS' recap: 'Crescent City Part 1'

By Elizabeth Learned,
An introduction to the New Orleans spin-off of NCIS, starring Scott Bakula and Lucas Black

This episode of NCIS introduces us to the cast of the newest NCIS spin-off, starring Scott Bakula and Lucas Black. In the episode, Scott Bakula plays Dwayne “King” Pride, whom we soon find out is a former colleague, and a friend, of Gibbs. We’re introduced to Pride when he picks up a woman named Linda at a bar. We soon learn she is actually his wife, although they seem to be having marital issues. Pride and Linda are enjoying an intimate moment when Pride receives a call from his co-worker, Agent Chris LaSalle, about a crime scene.

When Pride arrives at the crime scene, the body is covered and LaSalle gives him some information on the victim. He was a retired navy commander who was a guest on the U.S.S. Ulysses. When Pride asks for an ID, LaSalle’s reluctance makes it clear this is personal. The victim is Congressman Dan McLane, who had previously been an NIS agent who taught Pride “everything he knows.” He finds a picture of his old team in McLane’s wallet, with our own Agent Gibbs appearing in the photo as well.

Back in Washington, Ellie is attempting to fix her car, even though she doesn’t seem to be quite sure how to do so. McGee and Tony are not much help themselves and Gibbs comes along to give her some suggestions when his phone rings. Director Vance tells him he has a visitor and Gibbs goes up to greet Pride. Gibbs, Vance, and Pride all talk in the director’s office about working the case.

When Pride receives a call in MTAC, it is discovered that an Agent Doyle from the FBI took McLane’s body before medical examiner Loretta Wade got a chance to do an autopsy on the victim.

Gibbs and Pride soon talk to Fornell, remembering how Mike Franks and Dan McLane were part of the Fed Five and were the best agents. In the squad room, Tim has just finished talking to LaSalle, who made connections to get security camera in places such as bars and strip clubs. Soon it is discovered that cameras caught McLane talking to a woman named Sally Hammond at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar.

Back in New Orleans, LaSalle goes to meet Agent Doyle to find out where McLane’s body is. She refuses to give up the body, telling LaSalle when the FBI is finished with their autopsy she will give LaSalle the information he needs.

At Gibbs’ house, Pride has made a dinner of red beans and rice and soon, Fornell joins them to tell the two that their bosses have decided on a joint investigation, as long as Gibbs and Pride report to Fornell. He also informs Gibbs and Pride that the New Orleans FBI office has been pulling old murder cases. Gibbs gets a call from Tony revealing the BOLO on Sally Hammond came through and she’s been found.

In an interview with Sally Hammond, she reveals to Pride that she was paid to talk to McLane for a few minutes and then was given the chance to go on a vacation, which is later discovered to be true. Gibbs’ team has found that calls were made with a disposable burn phone to set up the meeting between Hammond and McLane. From the sounds of it, Hammond was set up to be the focus of the investigation. Gibbs sends Tony to talk to a woman he knows named Andrea, a secretary at the Capitol, in order to find out who didn’t want McLane to be reelected.

With Tony going to talk to a woman named Andrea at the Capitol, McGee and Ellie stay in the squad room. On his end, LaSalle is going to talk to the crew on the U.S.S. Ulysses. Gibbs goes to talk to Ducky while Pride goes to visit Abby.

Down in autopsy, Ducky finally has McLane’s body. However, whoever had done the autopsy had botched it, leaving McLane’s neck wound so badly stitched up, it was impossible to figure out what type of knife was used. He tells Gibbs that along with Loretta Wade, the ME from earlier, they are going to do their own autopsy. It appears whoever had done the autopsy for the FBI was covering something up in regards to McLane’s murder.

Abby is thrilled to see Pride and she soon informs him that because of weather conditions and the currents in the area where McLane was found, it appears that his body wasn’t dumped at the spot where he was found. Rather, it appears his body had previously been further up in the wetlands.

Agent LaSalle goes back to the office, which is more like a warehouse, to find Agent Brody, who is from the Great Lakes office and is there to help with the investigation. LaSalle recognizes Brody from being in an explosion when she was working as an agent afloat on the U.S.S. Moultrie, but she doesn’t want to discuss it.



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