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'NCIS: New Orleans' recap: Sweet home Alabama

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Breaking Brig” | Aired October 7, 2014

We start this episode with three girls riding down the road in a convertible, music blaring. The driver looks away for a minute, then looks up to see a prison bus swerving in front of them. Both the bus and car lose control and run off the road. The prison bus flips over, and we see three prisoners begin to emerge and walk angrily toward the girls.

The team is riding to the scene when Pride’s wife calls him. He refuses to answer and says she wants them to see another couples’ therapist. As with most characters in such high-stress jobs, Pride has his family problems. The team arrives on the scene and is greeted by Addie Watkins, who is a liaison with the Navy. The men who escaped are members of the Navy who were in prison, except one whose name is an anagram, which unscrambled spells “Enemy of State.” The guards have been shot at close range and one prisoner is dead.

After a video chat with the director and Gibbs, we learn that Dimitri Babakov is the enemy of state who escaped from the prison bus. He brokers black-market goods to the highest bidder; the mission is to catch him and bring him in alive. The other two men are Dalton and Nash. Dalton has a record, and the Navy didn’t straighten him out much. Nash is in for a bar fight, which was his first offense. Pride tells them to “Go, learn, and most of all, be smart.”

Brody and LaSalle visit the USS Birmingham and discover that even though Babakov was in full isolation, he could have used the vent under his bed to talk to Dalton, who was in the cell beside him. Dalton was the biggest of the three men, so the team believes he strangled another transport prisoner to cause confusion while the other two escaped prisoners grabbed the guns and shot the guards. It’s been 24 hours and the team still has no leads.

The convertible is spotted and shots are fired at Pearl River, killing a state trooper. The team checks out an old farmhouse, but all the group finds is a scared little boy hiding in the closet. The boy says he heard shouting and shots and two voices. He says the men were talking about a grave and how long it would take to get there. The team begins a forensic language test for the word “grave,” comparing it to all the languages that Babakov speaks, thinking maybe the boy misheard.

One of the escaped prisoners, Dalton, sends a text to his sister from one of the dead guard’s phones. Then the team heads down to Alabama the Beautiful. I’m an Alabama girl, so I enjoyed the banter about Alabama and the fact that LaSalle appreciates, and is from, Alabama. The team picks up Dalton at Mobile Hospital. He insists he wasn’t planning anything with Babakov. Pride discovers Dalton is trying to see his mom, who is dying of cancer. LaSalle offers to let Dalton see his mom if he helps them. Dalton says that Babakov bragged about having a get-out-of-jail-free card, but the notes from his interrogation were redacted.

Pride goes off and is taken to a ship in the middle of the Atlantic, where he meets Gibbs (Mark Harmon). Gibbs gives Pride the full transcripts, then leaves him to it. Babakov’s get-out-of-jail-free card is the identity of a mole. Because of the way the prisoner was killed on the bus, the killer had to know a Chinese fighting method—and Nash spent significant time in Asia. Brody recalls that Nash’s girlfriend said he has trust issues, but really he’s been playing everyone all along and selling government secrets. The team realizes that Nash orchestrated the escape to try to get to Babakov before his cover was blown as the mole.

Babakov and Nash are stumbling through the woods when Nash insists that Babakov tell him if he told the team his name. Babakov says, “No—are we still friends?” Then Nash shoots him in the back and leaves him for the police dogs to find. The team chases Nash into an abandoned building. My favorite line is from LaSalle when he says, “Oh, it’s on like Donkey Kong.” LaSalle and Nash fight and Nash has the upper hand. He gets away, then gets Brody in a choke hold. Pride shoots Nash through the head, disobeying direct orders to bring him in alive.

The director tells Pride there is going to be an investigation, but Pride says he will choose his team over a traitor every day. LaSalle and Brody take Dalton to see his dying mother, as promised. Brody then has them return to have dinner with Pride. Pride calls his wife and agrees to counseling, and says he wants to do whatever it takes to work it out.

Things to look forward to:

  • Will we see more of Pride’s wife? Will they reconcile?
  • More NCIS crossover appearances? Those are always fun to see!

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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