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'NCIS: New Orleans' recap: Why did the sailor cross the road?

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Carrier” | Aired Sept 30, 2014

In typical New Orleans fashion, this episode begins with a scene in a jazz club. A young lieutenant enjoys some music, but he seems visibly sick, begins stumbling around, and ends up outside. As he staggers into the street, he is hit by a taxi and killed. Agent Pride and his team are called in, because the sailor who was killed was a lieutenant in the Navy on leave.

The agents arrive on the scene and join Loretta, who is unable to determine the cause of death. Navy Lt. Louis Collier doesn’t appear to be drunk, but his eyes make it look like he may have had an overdose. Agent Pride asks, “Why did the sailor cross the road?” They know something made him do it, and now the team must figure out what that was.

After more research, the team discovers that Lt. Collier was engaged and had a spotless record in the Navy. His fiancée says he was the most responsible man she’s ever known, even as Agent Pride tries to dig for any sordid details about his life. He determines there are no sordid details, and she begs Pride to find out what happened to her fiancé. When Brody and LaSalle visit the ship and speak with Commander Bates, they are given the same response: No one believes that Lt. Collier could have been on drugs or that anyone would have targeted him. There is a doctor there for grief counseling as well.

Pride visits Loretta in the morgue, and so far, she has discovered that Collier had an upper respiratory infection. Pride goes to speak with Sebastian, who is practicing yoga because the readings he’s getting from the stomach contents aren’t making any sense to him. All of a sudden, a loud alarm sounds and doors start to close. Pride and Sebastian rush to Loretta’s office, where she yells for them to get out of the room. She has found blood and tissue that say Collier had bubonic plague.

The ship is on lockdown. The team is vaccinated and prepares to follow Collier’s trail through the city to make sure he hasn’t infected others. They work with the director to keep this plague contained in order to not cause a panic. Pride says New Orleans knows how to handle a crisis. Even though the ship is on lockdown, there are still 34 sailors who are unaccounted for and roaming free in the city. The team gets a ping off one of the trackers in a sailor’s cell phone and heads to the bayou to track him down. The sailor is visibly sick and enjoying a game of poker. The team busts in and brings him back to be treated, but not before tackling a guy into the water.

Pride volunteers to be the agent who will inspect ground zero (the ship) to try to figure out where the plague started. Another agent has been sent down from NCIS HQ, and it’s Agent DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly). DiNozzo says they call him the plague whisperer, and that they always ring him for these types of situations. He says he doesn’t mind because every time he gets a gig like this, they double his vacation time. While they inspect the stateroom, they find a sailor dead in his bunk. DiNozzo hears a noise and they find a rat on board the ship. The rat is not the carrier of the plague, however. Sebastian and Carol from the CDC say this strain was created in a lab, and they determine the ship was targeted. When the sailors went on leave, it made them weapons of mass destruction.

When the lab team consults with Abby, they discover that Lima had a security breach and someone had entered the live containment unit. Upon further inspection, they find tiny needle holes in the muffin wrappers from each of the deceased sailors’ trash. The team arrests Petty Officer Warren because he is a baker, but he insists he is only a baker and couldn’t kill anybody.

Pride consults with the commander, insisting someone must have brought the virus on when they docked in Lima. He discovers an adjustment to the medical team: A Dr. Hufcutt had been added to the group—the same doctor who was providing the grief counseling. This same doctor owns Hufcutt Pharmaceuticals. His company has the vaccination and is also broke. The pieces begin to come together, and the team realizes the doctor is headed to an international convention, where he will be able to infect doctors from all over the world. Pride, Brody, and LaSalle track him down and stop him in time, saving the world from a bubonic plague outbreak.

The team ends the day with a cookout, when Pride gets a call about the murder of a former Marine. He says this is an NCIS case now, and they are off to work again.

NCIS: New Orleans, rated TV-PG, airs Tuesdays at 9/8C on CBS.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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