‘NCIS: New Orleans’ season 3, episode 9 review: Agent Pride’s team investigates racetrack driver’s murder
On Tuesday night the viewers of “NCIS: New Orleans” were on the edge of their seats as the investigative unit reviewed what appeared to be an accidental death on the race track. Anything but accidental and a story full of plots and twists, the clues of this case revealed a big surprise at the end.
Opening up with the fatal accident of a Navy driver at a local New Orleans race track, the team looks at the possibilities of it being an accident. While the witnesses aren’t talking, the victim showed wounds from previous injuries. Dying on impact, the stab wound found by Dr. Loretta Wade showed an injury that needed medical attention but was treated without medical help. When the team found a duffel bag of cash in the victim’s garage, more questions emerged as the red dye suggested it was from a bank heist.
Looking to get answers, Agent Percy reaches out to FBI Special Agent Tammy Gregorio for help on the serial numbers on the bills. Gregorio hasn’t committed to the NCIS team, yet the decision of offering help is a touching emotional moment the viewers feel through the screen because she wants to be part of the team. Wanting to help, but on a different case that could make her career, she needs to make some decisions quickly.
What Agent Pride’s team discovers after tracing the money is the racing team working with the victim are also big time bank robbers looking to knock off another bank in New Orleans. The victim’s girlfriend is the driver and her decision to leave the group has put her life at risk. Setting their goal high, the robbing team plans to knock off a Federal Reserve Bank truck.
Knowing that they need to move fast, the agents race to the location of the bank truck and stop the robbery. A high speed chase ensues with the remaining robbers with LaSalle catching up and finally arresting the remaining members of the racing robbers. Thankfully the Federal Reserve never lost a dime!
Showing the interactions of the office, Agent Lasalle’s big fatherhood surprise got another twist as he found out he wasn’t really the father’s child. A bit relieved and sad, the character finds himself struggling with how to deal with the zealous father who allegedly has abused the child and his mother. Looking to make a positive change, he does the right thing and appears to have a chance to give the mother and child a new life and sends them on their way.
Overall the episode of “NCIS: New Orleans” was full of action and quick paced. However, the story around Agent Gregorio and her decision to stay (or go) has become rather stale. Her motives seem self serving and even if she does stay, viewers have to wonder if she can put her lifelong dream of catching a criminal behind her. Episode grade: A-
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