NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 5 Review: In the Blood

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Did Pride get a new job or just new weapons?

 Pride never ventured near his new office during an intensely personal case on NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 5.

Instead, it was Pride, Hannah, and his team on the series' 100th episode.

Cassius Pride - NCIS: New Orleans

And his father and his new half-brother, truth be told.

Was anyone shocked that Pride had a sibling? Or were you more surprised that more of Cassius' spawn haven't shown up yet?

Likewise, was anyone shocked that Cassius hadn't learned his lesson and was back in trouble again? In fact, in trouble with multiple people?

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It was an interesting framing device to have Pride's subconscious mind feeding him relevant memories about Cassius and Jimmy while he was sleeping.

So I guess that's not a weapon. It was just the dreams of one tired middle-aged man as he sorted through what was uppermost on his mind.

A large part of this case was Pride's knowing about everyone and everything New Orleans.

Unexpected Changes - NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 5

Pride knew all about the lore on the River Grand Casino heist. He was also a hugging acquaintance of Gina, now a casino executive. Of course, she was involved and got killed for it in the end.

A side note: How did Melinda McGraw, who played the late wife of both Gibbs and Fornell for years on NCIS, end up portraying a totally different character within the NCIS universe.

It's one thing if an actor plays Thug #2 on one series and Reporter on another, but McGraw was memorable in her recurring NCIS role. So how about at least a nod to continuity?

Pride has learned one important skill in his new role as SAC: delegating. Let those who tolerate the mindnumbing meetings attend in his stead.

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He does seem to relish those wonderful toys he now has at his fingertips, such as throwing up a roadblock to stop Cassius from fleeing town. One of these days, he's going to go too far with a warrantless search and be right back where he started.

Hannah has done quite well handling such a fluid situation with a hands-on boss. If Pride's there, she defers to him. If he's off chasing down his own lead, as he is wont to do, then she snaps back into command mode.

The rest of the team doesn't seem too concerned about this revolving leadership. With some of the stinkers they've had filling in during Pride's absences, who can blame them? I especially commend LaSalle for not having his nose out of joint.

Cracking a Cold Case - NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 5

I enjoyed Hannah, that international woman of mystery, giving a beatdown to the white-supremacist chick. That showed she wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty, a useful skill in the Crescent City.

I liked the introduction of Jimmy. He's an intriguing addition to the cast. It was funny to see Patton's hackles rise when he encountered a fellow hustler.

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Jimmy could be useful to Pride, as he could gather information at places where Pride would look "too federal." He could serve as Pride's Huggy Bear.

With Cassius headling off to Witness Protection, Jimmy also provides Pride with a relative in town, as it seems that Laurel has drifted back to school in New York. Maybe Pride has a job for him at the Tru-Tone. Just not something with a gun.

Does anyone believe that Cassius won't flame out of Witness Protection? Can you picture him working at a hardware store in Nebraska? Me neither. He'll always be looking for the next big score, and he's most at home in his old stomping grounds.

Gossipy Bunch - NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 5

Besides, he gets under Pride's skin like no one else. So he's got to return before season's end.

Now, what to make of the Angel of Death scenes which Pride kept encountering in his sleep? Is that his mind telling him that all is not right? How long before this leads to treatment for PTSD, as has been hinted at? Is that what's needed for Pride to come full circle?

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That is what's probably going to drive Pride from the SAC seat. Either that or all those days AWOL, working with his own team. Either way, he's a short-timer there.

How will Pride have changed when he comes out the other side? Watching this journey of discovery will be fascinating. In between cases, of course.

To follow Pride's evolution, watch NCIS: New Orleans online.

Are you sad Cassius is leaving, at least for a time? Are you excited about Jimmy? What is wrong with Pride? 

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In the Blood Review

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NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 5 Quotes

Born into violence, it seems.

Angel [to Pride]

Hannah: I guess that apple fell far from that tree.
Patton: Make that the orchard.