Early on during NCIS: New Orleans season 4 episode 23, one thing felt rather clear: Dwayne Pride was in a uniquely challenging position. Not only did he find himself targeted by a Grand Jury for some of his past actions, but he realized that his typical team wasn’t going to be able to do the job alone.
With that in mind, Pride recruited a number of familiar faces in the past, including Elvis, Sydney, Newman, and others, in order to help clear his name. He realized that it was going to take a village here to stop the wheels of the federal government. The longer the episode lasted, the more complicated things became — especially when a warrant came out for Pride’s arrest.
Yet, Dwayne knew that there was a larger engine at play here — namely, Dwayne was doing battle against someone seemingly in Barlow who had an added incentive to try and take him out. As a matter of fact, there was clearly some desperation on the part of our adversaries to ensure that some secrets remained that way — Carl was blown up near the end of the episode. Pride didn’t know for sure who killed Carl at the end of the episode, but he realized that who it was could be extremely high up on the food chain. With that in mind, he was also well aware of the sort of problems that could await anyone who tried to react on the other side.
Here’s the next scary part of this story — one of the other targets could be Mayor Taylor. Basically, what we’re trying to say here is that the case at the heart of this episode goes beyond just Dwayne Pride. Instead, it’s about taking about someone in Barlow — it’s a battle of wits and intelligence. The stakes have never been higher.
Credit has to go to Pride here for one thing above all else: His composure. Loretta really put it best here — no matter what happened around him, he continued to try and do his job no matter whatever the consequences were. At the end of the first episode, it was fairly clear just what some of the stakes here were — trying to protect much of the Navy. Ships were coming in for the tri-centennial and with that, many lives were at risk.
Technically, NCIS: New Orleans season 4 episode 23 will go down as a single hour in the order but after watching this, it feels more than a little bit clear that this is only a tiny slice of the overall story and there is so much more coming up. Insofar as the first part of a two-part episode goes, this was all sorts of entertaining.
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