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NCIS Round Table: "Crescent City: Part II"

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This conclusion to a two-part NCIS episode involving a criminal dubbed the "Privileged Killer" brought some uncomfortable news to light.

It seems the guy who was jailed for the murders was as innocent as he claimed. More importantly, Pride has to deal with an uncomfortable truth about his former NCIS team mate.

What did panelists Christine Orlando, David Taylor and Doug Wolfe think about the case, and about the New Orleans location for NCIS Season 11 Episode 19 in general?

Gather around and find out in our TV Fanatic discussion below!

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How would you describe the episode in three words or a sentence?

David: "Sins of the fathers...and the sons."

Christine: "Come back and stay awhile."  Mostly because it had me looking forward to the NCIS spinoff and spending more time in New Orleans.

Doug: "I think we're having a bonding moment here."

What was your favorite scene or quote?

David: "The streets have no name....but I got your number."

Christine:  As much as I enjoyed everything in New Orleans, my favorite moments were the ones between Tony and McGee back home. McGee had some of the best lines. "A serial killer's on the loose and all I got was this lousy t-shirt." and "It's a voodoo doll that looks just like you, right down to the insincere grin."

Doug: "Found your card. You're a long way from home, baby." The cheekiness of the kid got to me. He stole that scene out from under everyone.

What, if any, were the problems that you saw in this NCIS episode?

David: There was a major problem: recall NCIS Season 11 Episode 18? Where the Feds swooped in, took McLane's body and manipulated the wounds to prevent a proper autopsy? Now we learn that McLane was on the take... so I have to wonder if the Feds knew too and THAT'S why they were trying to cover things up themselves - except we never found out. The murdered FBI agent was never "replaced."

And also a minor problem: Pride's Southern accent kind of comes and goes, doesn't it?  Maybe it's a reaction to an emotional situation, but it struck me as odd.

And, finally, a teensy problem: as much as I love CCH Pounder, I couldn't help but think her fond words for the city were written by someone from a Louisiana tourist board.  Didn't detract from the plot, but I felt like someone was trying too hard to "sell us" on New Orleans.

Christine:  I agree. In part 1, the FBI was all over this case. They even went so far as to take the body and cover up the autopsy. So why did they seem to disappear from the story when one of their own was murdered?

Doug: I disliked the voodoo doll thing, only because it went nowhere.  Tony has a headache and discovers a pin in the doll's head?  What is that?  Is that Tony play-acting for Tim's benefit?  If so, why didn't he continue with it?  It was fun at first, but only because of the anticipation.  They needed to complete the thought on that.

There were a lot of great characters in this episode.  Who would you pick as the MVP and why?

David: You really going to make me say it?  OK, fine...the kid. Didn't want to like him at first because the whole "wise-crackin' precocious youth" thing's been done before, but he could prove useful as an informant. Folks usually don't notice a kid blending into the background, so he could be a stealth member of the team... for the right price apparently.

Christine: Well, I still say McGee got the best lines but I liked Pride. He's a great combination of in charge and southern comfort all wrapped up in one. Scott Bakula, the rest of this team and this two parter really have me looking forward to the spin-off.

Doug: I was going to agree with David but then remembered the one scene that cemented my increasing regard for New Orleans in general. So I'm going to go with Wendell Hobbs, the man who achieves focus through the playing of music. The guy who warmly refers to his boss as "my beloved".  

Really, though, most of the New Orleans cast could be considered for the MVP spot. That's what makes a spinoff so promising. 

Quirk beat: Bishop's food binging versus Wendell Hobbs' music. Who wins and why?

David: I'm going to go with Hobbs' music, pretty much because it's new and different. Some folk might listen to music at work, but how many get to play it?

Christine: Hobbs. I love the music. Could listen to him play all day. Even liked what he had in the background although I could see how it might make having a conversation difficult. Bishop just has me searching for the nearest vending machine. And not that it's part of this question but I also thought the Lego's were kind of cool.

Doug: We're three for three on this one.  Hobbs' music surprised me. I replayed it several times, it was so good.  To answer David's somewhat rhetorical question: at least one.  There's an electric piano that sits next to me in my home office too - I'm now looking at it with a newfound intent.

Pride and Gibbs caught and killed the killer Spencer Hanlon fairly soon after realizing he was the killer. Given his forensic knowledge and tracking abilities, was the resolution of the case believable?

David: Tough call. We see McGee get flashes of each crime scene, so you'd think he'd have been the one to help crack the case, but he got knocked out by Hanlon Sr.  Conveniently, Gibbs et al. arrived at the same conclusion.

Christine: I kind of assumed that there was some communication between DiNozzo and McGee in D.C. and Gibbs down in New Orleans that made them so sure that Spencer was the killer, even though we didn't really see it onscreen.

Doug: The quick resolution of the case challenged my suspension of disbelief. This was a canny killer who'd been around for quite a while. Not only that, his knowledge and manipulation of forensics puts him up there as one of the greater criminals, worthy of an Elementary episode. I mean, I get why they wanted to limit the story to two episodes, but I really think this could have been extended for a few more. Maybe even as a story to be revisited through the rest of NCIS Season 11.

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I love the new spin offs--both of them. But you're not giving them enough time. We saw only 2 episodes of RED, then it was gone. We were just getting into the characters before it stopped. Why? Give us a chance. Don't make the same mistake with NOLA. You've got some good characters in NOLA, just as you had in RED. Give us a chance to know them, but don't take away our NCIS to do it. Oh, and by the way, every member of the NCIS team has a back story except Bishop.

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I don't dislike Bishop. I just like Tony and others a lot more. Tony seems back to comic relief and doesn't get much action now that Bishop and GIbbs do everything. It's disappointing.

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@ Erin

I agree with that ! Let's ask for more Tony !

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@ Carol

I'm a member of a site that has been pleading for more competent, significant, and heroic (season 1- 4 ) Tony for years now. It seems to more that the more power Mark Harmon acquires, the less flattering portrayel of Tony we see. Tony was showing some promise of regaining skill since his loss at the writing of super Ziva, but once Bishop came on board, Gibbs had a cute young thing to be super around and now Tony is back to being Mr. idiot.

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@ Erin

Can you tell me the site promoting a significant and heroic Tony, which we know he is? I would like to get on that web site. Thanks.

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@ Erin

Bihop & Gibbs do everything? Really? I must be watching a different show than you are, maybe on another planet...

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I think this NCIS spin-off has a lot going for it. I will happily watch. I am very impressed with the chemistry of the new cast. It really works, whereas I am struggling with Emily on the original NCIS. She drives me crazy and is getting much too large a part in the team dynamics. Give me Ducky and Abbs anyday.

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I have nothing bad to say about the NOLA segments of the ep, but the few scenes with the regular team back in DC seemed so horribly edited and chopped short, it was very frustrating. The voodoo doll bit went nowhere, and stuck out like a sore thumb. In the pictures released for this ep, there was one with Tony and the doll talking to Abby in the lab. We never got that scene, so it must have been edited out. Too bad, as it might have helped the doll bit make more sense. I understand that the NOLA team was supposed to be the spotlight of the ep, but it doesn't condone the shabby chop job they did with our regular team. Why was McGee by himself? Why didn't Tony call him before he and Fornell got there? It seemed like "our" team was just an afterthought badly tacked on in the editing process.

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@ Mel

Agreed!

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@ Easton

second that emotion

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For me the best moment goes to Lasalle in the beginning whipping around and subduing the would-be robber so handily with a "I didn't shoot but I should take a belt to your punk a**"

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Lies, always surface

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Love C.C. Pounder. She is a fabulous actor. She Could read the phone book and I would listen.
Who played the father who committed suicide? Did I recognise a Carridine? (Sp?)

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@ Mary

I can see why you'd think a Carradine but that actor's name is Chelcie Ross. You can find him on imdb.

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Love it really think season 11 might be their best season since 5

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How would you describe the episode in three words or a sentence? Only need one word... Short. Without commercials, the iTunes download is just over 40 minutes instead of 43 to 44 minutes like the rest of the shows. I hope NCIS:NOLA gets picked up...

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@ KeithH

I really agree with you KeithH and hope NCIS NOLA gets picked up too.

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@ Jean

Just what we need, 60 minutes of grits, gumbo, voodoo, bourbon st and fake accents as well as a bunch of other cliches and stereotypes

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@ nemo+f

So... Don't watch if it gets picked up. And feel free not to continue to share your unbridled hate for it..

NCIS Season 11 Episode 19 Quotes

Pride: There's things you trust when you live in Louisiana. Trust the river will rise, people will rise to the occasion, no matter what the challenge. Trust the rain will never stop pouring, the drinks will never stop flowing and music will never stop playing. After all the hell you go through living here, you trust in God almighty, and you trust in friends and family. All those years, the man I call my brother was living a lie and I took it, hook line and sinker.
Gibbs: You know the truth now.

I hope you don't mind. I just asked the director to skip protocol and extend your visit to New Orleans indefinitely.

Pride
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