NCIS: New Orleans season 4 episode 8 was a story revolving around a wide array of different things, but at the center of them all was Pride’s desperate need for recovery. There are many different addictions someone can have, band unfortunately for him his is danger. He doesn’t run from it — as a matter of fact, he runs to it much of the time.
Ever since what happened in the most-recent season finale with Mayor Hamilton it’s been pretty clear that Pride needs some sort of help, and that is why a therapist was sent in by the higher-ups in order to ensure that he was able to get some of his demons under control. He resisted it at first, but after what we saw from him during the case tonight we understand why he started to admit he has a problem that needed fixing.
The main case tonight began when Wade’s son Danny was in crisis — his girlfriend was kidnapped, and over the course of the hour things only got more intense from there as we eventually saw Danny himself in grave danger. Pride promised too much to Wade and due to his decisions in the field Danny found himself in an even tighter spot, which caused Loretta to toss some of the blame his way for what happened. These two have been friends a long time, but this was not the same version of Pride that she’s come to know over the years.
While this case was resolved, Pride does have some work to do when it comes to self-improvement; luckily, he does have the support of the rest of the team around him as he tries to make it happen. We don’t expect the reckless streak in him to go away, but he recognizes that he needs to be the type of hero that they can rely on rather than one who often finds himself exacerbating the problem — even if he does find a way to course-correct and make everything better by the end.
NCIS: New Orleans season 4 episode 8 was a pretty emotional episode anchored by Scott Bakula and CCH Pounder, who really carried the weight of how important this case was. That makes sense, given that we are talking about her character’s son here! Over the course of the episode the two wrestled with their emotions before reminding us why they have a good relationship — they challenge each other, but can also forgive each other when the dust starts to settle.
All in all, the show has done a great job this season of presenting strong character stories and giving us a chance to get to know all everyone within this world a little bit better.
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