‘NCIS: New Orleans’ season 3, episode 2 review: Agent Pride’s team solves murder as FBI investigates
The “NCIS: New Orleans” episode on Tuesday night had Special Agent Dwayne Pride once again leaning on his biggest advantage to solving crimes: his Southern charm. As the team continues to be under the microscope in a review of a previous case, they somehow keep their focus on solving a triple homicide case that makes former Navy Intelligence Analyst Elvis Bertrand the primary suspect. He was once convicted of cybercrimes, but Agent Pride believes he’s innocent this time.
At first it appears the shooting was cyber motivated and the killings looked to be computer hack related. Superficial clues point the team to Navy secrets, but quickly it is revealed that greed and money were the actual reason the men were killed. Moving millions to an unknown account, it’s an an inside job from a cyber company employee who knew how to commit the crime without looking suspicious.
As fans quickly find out, the FBI investigation of NCIS quickly bleeds on to the current investigation by Agent Pride’s team. Told to stand down, the team disobeys orders and continues to work the case. In what was almost a begrudging decision, the FBI agents and NCIS agents work together to search for Elvis before the real perpetrators kill him. This continuing conflict for Pride, Lasalle and Percy strengthens the bond between the team members. Another story line had FBI Special Agent Tammy Gregorio learning to trust the team and commit to working cases in the area even though she is keeping a watchful eye.
The twists of this episode had fans on the edge of their seat. One of the most intense moments of the episode was the blast of gunfire raining down on the team as they attempted to capture Elvis. Agent Pride offered a quick solution by pulling his car in front of the agents. Bertrand continued to threaten to go off the grid and disappear as he was scared of being caught, but Pride convinces him to make one final attempt to find the killer. Finally he does crack the case and Elvis realizes his friend was killed by a coworker who was too greedy for her own good.
Tom Arnold’s guest appearance was a wonderful choice for this episode. Leaving the door open for a possible future return, fans were screaming at the TV for him to come back as the camera panned to his empty chair at the end of the episode. We really enjoyed tonight’s episode. We, too, hope the producers consider asking Tom Arnold to return to help Pride’s team in the future. Episode grade: A-.
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