For anyone who loves brotherly love, or at least some good moments with Pride and his half-brother Jimmy, NCIS: New Orleans season 5 episode 8 gave us that. Along the way, it also dished out a lot of violence.
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At the center of this story tonight was the murder of a super-intense Sergeant responsible for bringing the best out of the people that she trained. Yet, the deeper the mystery got the more it seemed like there were a number of different people involved, whether it be a potentially-corrupt officer to a group known as the Aztec Kings, who operated in the shadows in order to make it seem as though they weren’t a highly dangerous gang. Yet, they certainly were, and a seemingly-good kid in Mateo found himself at the center of all the carnage.
Yet, Mateo ended up being a real asset in ensuring that the end result was a favorable one — he provided information (despite some early hesitancy) and, in the end, Pride and the government were able to give him a chance to start anew. Granted, at one point Mateo also had his life on the line. The same goes for Jimmy, who just so happened to have some valuable information and was useful for the overall case. Also, we learned a lot about Jimmy’s baking skills and how he was working to make a good life for himself away from Pride’s dad and any other drama.
Is Pride still functioning at his job?
This was one of the episode’s other interesting storylines given that Pride continues to show a penchant for not focusing necessarily on the things that his fellow employees want him to focus on. Instead, he puts himself in a position where he’s off fighting crime instead of sending out agents to do it instead. He likes to be a part of the action and he absolutely hates pie charts.
While Pride certainly remains the kind of guy who’s never going to be used to a desk job, it does seem like he and his new job are starting to figuring each other out. That’s valuable if he’s going to stick around there, but we’re not altogether sure that he will in the long-term. It really feels like it’s a matter of when, not if, Pride joins his cohorts back in the field.
It was nice to check in on all parts of Pride’s life in this episode, and it was the personal stuff with Jimmy that remains the most entertaining stuff. Can we get more of that please? Also, we’re starting to warm a little bit to Pride’s office gig, provided that it doesn’t keep him from being mixed up in cases. It gives him more of a visual system to rally against, and we always are going to like the idea of Dwayne as the crime-solving rebel willing to put himself on the line.
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