NCIS: New Orleans season 5 episode 20 preview: How Tom Arnold returns

NCIS: New OrleansNext week, NCIS: New Orleans season 5 episode 20 is going to be bringing back a familiar face in Tom Arnold. So what sort of story is going to unfold around him? Think of one where someone close to Elvis Bertrand is in danger, and he’s going to have to court the help of Dwayne Pride to clear it up.


There’s a reason why the producers love to bring Arnold back to the show at least once a season — he’s an infusion of some different energy. Elvis is a fiercely intelligent character, but he’s also one who doesn’t approach problems the same way as Pride. He’s a hacker and because of that, he’s not thinking about the letter of the law much of the time. He’s just trying to find a way in order to get things done and make sure that he doesn’t put his life in jeopardy along the way. Unfortunately for him, having someone close to him in trouble isn’t a whole lot better … especially if there’s not too much he can do in order to help. (Once someone is already within the NCIS cross-hairs, aren’t you already past the point of no return? Just something to think about.)

For a few more details, CarterMatt is going to go ahead and share the NCIS: New Orleans season 5 episode 20 synopsis below:

“Jackpot” – When Elvis Bertrand’s (Tom Arnold) “daughter” is linked to an NCIS murder case, he asks Pride to prove her innocence, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, April 16 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. American-Moroccan rapper French Montana performs two songs.

Given that we’re dealing someone in legal jeopardy, we’re not so sure that Elvis is going to have time for some trademark Arnold one-liners. Instead, he’s gotta be okay to just stay out of trouble and let Pride do a little bit more of the heavy-lifting. It really feels like the more he gets involved here, the more trouble that he’s creating for himself.

What does French Montana’s performance mean?

Obviously, it means a good deal for him to get some exposure as an artist, especially to a demographic of people out there who probably aren’t altogether familiar with his music. For the sake of the show, though, it’s probably twofold.

1. It means that the case itself may be a little bit shorter, if the writers are filling up some time in the episode with a performance or two.

2. It means that we are back reestablishing music as a central part of this show and of New Orleans culture. For the better part of this season, we haven’t seen Dwayne Pride making a whole lot of music himself. We’re  glad to be getting it from somewhere if we’re not getting a chance to see it from him directly (though we think that this time will come — there are still five more episodes to come this season).

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