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'NCIS: New Orleans' recap: Love and murder in the bayou

Season 1| Episode 5 | “It Happened Last Night” | Aired Oct 21, 2014

A newlywed couple enjoys a bayou boat ride complete with alligators, a quirky local tour guide—and a dead body? Unsure of what it is, the couple snaps a picture of what they think is a great prop in the river. Instead, it’s Chief Warrant Officer William Reid who worked Counter Intelligence for the Navy. The NCIS: New Orleans team is immediately called in, but they can’t stop thinking about food on their way. This episode is full of New Orleans cuisine references, which make me want to plan a trip just to try some of these delicacies.

Until now, the series has lacked character depth, but this episode picks it up a bit. LaSalle lets Brody know that he ran into their mutual friend Logan Ross, who was full of stories about Brody. Throughout the episode, Brody tries to figure out which stories LaSalle heard, and she spills all of her deep, dark secrets to him. Loretta is distraught because she broke up with James because he’s never been married, and that’s a red flag. Pride points out that Loretta is also eternally single, to which she replies, “This is why I like the dead; they don’t call me on my hypocrisy.”

Since the victim, Reed, was found in the bayou, the cause of death is consistent with drowning, but the water in his lungs does not match the same water where he was found. He also had black cotton fibers in his lungs, which leads the team to believe he was waterboarded. The FBI, CIA, and all fronts are not hearing any chatter about his death. It’s silent, almost too silent.

The team is unable to locate Reed’s wife, Marilyn, so they head out to her house where they meet the world’s most annoying neighbor. Let’s call her Nosy Neighbor. NN has a Band-aid on her arm that no one but myself is suspicious of and claims to not know anything, but knows everything. She’s more than willing to chat up the team and even ask Pride out on a date. NN is unable to offer up much information though, so Pride sends her on her way. In the backyard, the team finds blood on a fountain and part of a black glove, they’ve found the murder scene! Brody also finds a picture of Marilyn with Mr. Fancy Pants (aka Oliver Huntington), one of New Orleans elite.

Oliver is distraught and unable to find information on Marilyn’s yoga retreat. She inherited all of her family’s health issues, and yoga was one of her new health kicks. He says he hasn’t seen Marilyn in around a month. The team then spots him on the security camera footage from William and Marilyn’s neighborhood and heads back to arrest him. He flees and the inevitable car crash ensues. He begs them not to arrest him and finally reveals that Marilyn has been kidnapped and is being held for a $3 million ransom.

Pride calls in Tobias Fornell (Joe Spano) for another NCIS crossover. They need Fornell’s help with finding Marilyn because they only have 22 hours. In the video sent to Oliver, she seems to have a bruise on her cheek and Sebastian goes through the video in depth to try and discover the location. Nosy Neighbor points the team to Marilyn’s trainer, “Rance, as if that’s even a name, it sounds like a salad dressing” and says he has total stalker potential. The trainer is yet another dead end.

Loretta finds a fungi growing on Reed’s nail, and it sends Brody and LaSalle down to a bayou property where the body was originally dumped. There we have a law-breaking loner making moonshine. He digs at LaSalle’s Alabama origins (not loving that, but LaSalle shows him what’s up). The property is owned by Oliver, which makes him a suspect yet again until a text message he couldn’t have sent to himself comes during interrogation. Oliver’s attorney, Bernard Lanier, brokered the lease and the “n” in both his and Oliver’s signature are identical, indicating he forged Oliver’s signature.

The team rushes to the law office where the lawyer kills himself when he hears “NCIS, Open up!” but not before he transferred the $3 million dollar ransom to multiple accounts all over the globe. He took all the information of where Marilyn is to the grave, so it’s up to the team to figure it out. They begin checking all of the properties that Lanier bought for Oliver and find one with multiple greenhouses. Between that, the hive on Marilyn’s cheek, and her multiple flower allergies, it’s their best shot. They find Marilyn tied up in a truck trailer. Fornell says he’s ready to get his New Orleans feast started until Pride wonders, “If you’re going to kill yourself, then why bother transferring the money?”

Ah ha! As I suspected our Nosy Neighbor was the culprit, or at least one half of the team. She worked at the casino where she met Bernard. With his gambling debts, he needed a plan and got the NN in on it. The aforementioned Band-aid on her arm was for international immunization shots. She was preparing to run when Pride caught her. She even runs her mouth enough to try and bribe Pride into letting her leave. But he arrests her, and the case is solved.

Now we must solve the case of what the mutual friend told LaSalle about Brody. LaSalle laughs and says he told him nothing, but he just got Brody to spill all of  her secrets. She laughs back and says she was really in control of the situation because she knew and was making all those stories up. Natch.

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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