“NCIS: New Orleans” Season 1 Episode 2 “Carrier” aired last Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on CBS. In this episode, what seemed like a simple accident turned into a whole city lock down as the dead Navy Lieutenant turned out to be carrying something deadly. However, the team was equally surprised when they learned of the reason why this entire thing had to happen. This episode also featured special guest stars from “NCIS“: Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll), Special Agent Tony Di Nozzo (Michael Weatherly) and Forensic Specialist Abby Sciutt (Pauley Perrette) appeared in this episode. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began in a bar in New Orleans, where several Navy sailors at liberty were having a good time. However, one of them, Lieutenant Lewis Collier, did not feel so well. Disoriented, he went out on the streets and ended up being run over by a taxi.
The next morning, Special Agent Christopher La Salle (Lucas Black) and Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula) tried to teach Special Agent Merri Brody (Zoe McLellan) that not all of the history of New Orleans could be learned in a book. However, they were interrupted by a call that a navy officer had been run over by a taxi.
When they got there, Dr. Loretta Wade (CCH Pounder) told them that one of the strangest things in this case is that the lieutenant’s eyes were yellow and jaundiced, as if he were on drugs. However, a background check revealed that he never did any drugs. This information was backed up by the initial toxicology report as he had tested negative for drugs and alcohol. What was in his system were flu vaccines, antihistamines and some decongestants. This also ruled out the possibility that he was drugged during dinner in order to be mugged when he arrived at the port.
Pride also interviewed the fiance of the lieutenant who asked them to find out what exactly had happened, as the lieutenant was a responsible man and would never take drugs.
Both Loretta and Pride believed that there was more to it than it seemed.
On the way to the port, Brody questioned La Salle about his days as a deputy working in the Sheriff’s office. However, La Salle said that there wasn’t much to it than an Alabama boy who moved to New Orleans.
At the port, the pair met with Commander Bates, Lieutenant Collier’s commanding officer and Dr. Mitchell Huffcut, who offered grief counseling to the sailors on board the ship.
Pride, meanwhile, paid a visit to Sebastian Lund (Rob Kerkovich), who revealed that he could not really understand the analysis and readings he got out of his mass spectrometer regarding the contents of the lieutenant’s stomach. However, before he could say anything else, the red klaxon rang, signalling that something was wrong in the morgue. As soon as both Pride and Sebastian reached the lab, Loretta shoved them out, as they weren’t wearing any masks. It turned out that the reason why Collier had died was because he had the Bubonic Plague.
The New Orleans team contacted Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) who instructed them to set up a crisis center in order to contain everything. He also instructed them not to broadcast what exactly had happened so that the masses would not panic. The team also decided to retrace Collier’s path to figuring out where ground zero was and to round up all officers who were still at liberty so that they could be quarantined on the ship. They also asked for help from the CDC, as that was the first recorded case of the Bubonic Plague on United States soil in decades.
At the crisis center, Loretta briefed the team of doctors, which included Dr. Huffcut about the strain that Collier had. According to her, it was the worst strain that she had ever seen. The doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies cooperated by sending over all the vaccines and medicines that would help to them.
One thing that greatly helped in rounding up the missing officers was the fact they could trace their cellphones. As they had picked up a signal from Ensign Jerome Diggs somewhere in the Bayou, Pride, Brody and La Salle went. They eventually found the ensign gambling with several roughnecks. However, it seemed like the ensign was sick. When they got there, they immediately quarantined the ensign and brought along the other members of the game to be tested. However, the game master did not want to leave and ended up in the river after La Salle threw him in.
Luckily, they had gotten to Ensign Diggs on time as he responded well to the vaccine. The other crew members of the ship and a civilian, who were exhibiting symptoms also got better faster because of the vaccines administered and because they got there on time.
They then realized that they did have to go on board the ship to figure out where the plague had started, as Collier had gotten sick while they were at sea. Much to the relief of La Salle, Pride decided to go, along with a qualified specialist sent by Director Vance- Special Agent Tony Di Nozzo (Michael Weatherly). It turned out that Tony had been exposed to the plague ten years ago but had survived. Because of this, whenever there was a problem related to diseases, he was always sent.
They first checked Collier’s room, including the contents of his trash can. However, while they were conducting their search, they were told to go to another room where another sailor had died because of the plague. There, they were able to find a rat, which they brought to the lab so that CDC specialist Carol Wilson (Meredith Eaton) could take a look at it.
However, they discovered, much to their surprise, that the rat was not the point of origin of the disease. They also discovered that the strain was so pure that the bacteria could have only been created at a laboratory. This led them to conclude that this was akin to an act of terrorism and that the ship itself was targeted. By infecting the sailors on board and releasing them during liberty, the sailors themselves became weapons of mass destruction.
At the laboratory, Carol, Sebastian and NCIS Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) discussed the case amongst themselves. They discovered that the ship had indeed stopped by Lima, Peru, in order to stock on supplies. Lima is also the location of Medical Laboratory Six, a safely controlled laboratory that is one of the world’s safest disease petri dishes. And one of the diseases they study there is the plague.
As Carol and Sebastian took another look at the contents of the two sailor’s trashcan’s, they found two identical muffin wrappers. After testing the paper and the crumbs left behind, they discovered that it tested positive for the plague. Abby then discovered that just recently, there had been a break in the live contagion unit of the laboratory, thereby linking Lima, the lab, the disease and the muffins together.
They then set out to arrest the ship’s culinary expert, Linus Warm, who had baked the muffins and was still missing. However, he told them that he did not know anything about a disease as he only just bakes.
Pride then asked Commander Bates if anyone had gone in or out of the ship at Lima. She told him that no one had come in or out, but Pride discovered that there had been an adjustment in the medical crew — Dr. Mitchell Huffcut had come aboard via a helicopter while they were at sea.
Afterwards, Pride talked to one of the doctors who worked closely with Huffcut at the crisis center. She revealed that Huffcut had left town as he was going to attend an international convention of doctors.
Back at headquarters, Brody and La Salle discovered that Huffcut owned a pharmaceutical company — the same company that had supplied all of the vaccinations that had proved to be successful. However, his company was going under as it was bankrupt. They then found out that the convention at Jackson was a convention with doctors from all over the world.
Based on this, they figured out that Huffcut wanted the plague to spread as he could profit from it as he was the only one with the antibiotics and vaccines to cure it. However, before he could get across the bridge, they captured him and secured the bacteria, which were in the trunk of his car.
At the end of the day, Brody decided to cap it off by finishing her book on the history of New Orleans, while Pride cooked and La Salle fished. However, before they could even start enjoying themselves, they got another call, as they had another murder to solve.
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