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'NCIS: New Orleans' recap: Hooker who wants out

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “The Recruits” | Aired Oct 14, 2014

We begin at  a raging sorority house party. Two drunk boys find a girl on the stairs, and one says, “Dude, I think she’s dead. Should we call security?” (As if that should even be a question.) The girl then gasps, awakens, and stumbles upstairs. When she begins knocking on her friend Natalie’s door, she steps in blood but is so drunk, she isn’t quite sure what is happening. We then see inside the room where Natalie is covered in blood, and a guy lies on her bed dead.

The team heads to the sorority house to find Petty Officer T.J. Blake’s body. Natalie says she met Blake that night partying, and later, passed out. When she woke up, Natalie found Blake lifeless.The shot that killed him was up close—is Natalie the shooter? Brody tests her hands for gunshot residue, but it turns out negative. Officer Benton from school security shows up to assist in the investigation and says that he found the body. Meanwhile, Brody and Pride find a secret entrance into the house that has an underground tunnel leading to the middle of New Orleans.

Officer Blake had been in a fight five to six hours before his death, which couldn’t have been at the sorority party. The bullet used to kill him was a black talon that opens on impact. The shooter used a silencer that was plastic and homemade. The bullet points toward it being a fellow Navy Seal who killed Blake regarding an issue during a Somalian mission. Blake caught mercenary Max Wolf stealing and got him fired.

Brody and LaSalle head to a bar to find Wolf. They run into Heather, a college friend of LaSalle’s. She was a cheerleader, and LaSalle was Big Al, the mascot for Alabama. (Side note: I’m really starting to like LaSalle and his football allegiances.) Wolf runs from them in the bar, and Brody takes them down, to which Wolf asks, “What are you, some kind of superhero?” Wolf says he did some digging on Blake and found out he was dating a prostitute. Wolf called Blake out on it, and they got in a fight. That checks out Wolf’s alibi.

The team then discovers Natalie has a juvenile record under another last name for trying to shoot her abusive stepfather. The team searches for Natalie, and LaSalle goes to talk to his CI, Ross. We find out he owns Ross because he kept him from being in jail on attempted murder charges. Pride talks with Natalie’s friend Tilda, but she says she has no information. She is also a tutor like Natalie and very nervous. Pride takes photos of things in her room, and Brody identifies them as very expensive items. Officer Benton is drinking an orange soda and asks Brody if she is a single variety of girl. She welcomes Pride’s exit from the dorm to get away from the date invitation.

The team’s new hacker, Patton, hacks into the Tutor Zone website which is really a site for collegiate call girls. They make a date with Natalie, so the team can track her down. When they arrive at the hotel, a dark SUV drives by  and tries to kill her. Natalie fears for her life, and the team takes her back to the office. She says Blake was not a john, but she loved him. She wanted to quit but the higher-ups threatened her life. On the night that Blake was killed, she was supposed to be working.

The bullet matches one from a gun that killed a promoter at Club Madison in 2006. The Russians’ prostitution ring was suspected, so LaSalle’s CI sets up a meeting for him with a Russian businessman. He reveals that a rich businessman with mob ties enjoyed his night with Natalie and wanted to book her again, but she refused. That’s when the higher-ups threatened her. The lab video calls in and says the silencer was made using a empty bottle of orange haze the same drink the security guard, Benton, was drinking earlier.

The team heads to bring in Benton who runs and makes his way through the secret tunnel. The team has planned it out, and Pride is waiting for him at the end of the tunnel.  The team interrogates Benton and can tie his gun to both of the murders. Natalie panics and rushes into her room to get Tilda to leave town with her. Tilda says she must know everything she has said, and Natalie realizes that Tilda is running the prostitution ring. The team arrests Tilda. At the funeral for Blake, the team gives Natalie a scholarship from Folds of Honor Foundation since her father died in service.

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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