“NCIS: New Orleans” Season 1 Episode 15 “Le Carnivale de la Mort” aired last Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on CBS. In this episode, in this episode, the New Orleans team raced against time to prevent a heist from happening on Mardi Gras day. It was after investigating the murder of a petty officer who had canisters of isoflourine in his car. Meanwhile, NCIS Special Agent Dwayne “King” Pride (Scott Bakula) had some family matters to attend to of his own. He learned that his daughter, Laurel (Shanley Caswell), had been in communication with her grandfather, Cassius Pride (Stacy Keach), who was incarcerated in the state penitentiary. Read on to learn more about this episode.
Two nights before Mardi Gras, a man walked around. He asked tourists and locals for help as he was bleeding from the stomach. He then stumbled onto a side street. He was stabbed to death by a man wearing a jester’s mask.
The next morning, NCIS Special Agent Dwayne “King” Pride (Scott Bakula) visited his father, Cassius Pride (Stacy Keach) at Gretna State Prison. Cassisus retold the story about his son throwing up on him when he had placed little Dwayne on his shoulders in order to enjoy all the floats in the procession. Pride told him to drop the charade. He knew that his father was going to ask him again to write a recommendation letter to the Board of Paroles for his hearing with them. He needs to do it in six weeks’ time so that he could finally be released. However, his son gave him the answer that he always gave every year- no.
The next day, NCIS Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody (Zoe McLellan) arrived at their crime scene. She told NCIS Special Agent Christopher La Salle (Lucas Black) that he had some beads in his pockets. He then commented that some lady had put it there. He told her that he was fully enjoying all the parties and celebrations that the week of Mardi Gras had to offer. Dr. Loretta Wade (CCH Pounder) told them that Mardi Gras didn’t use to have so much partying before. Pride then joined them and showed them the body of Naval Petty Officer Toussaint Patrice (Thomas Tah Hyde III). He had died as he had been stabbed by a knife twice- one in the neck and one in the stomach. According to the local police, a tourist had seen Toussaint getting chased down by a man in a jester mask. After shining a UV light on his hand, they discovered that he had gone clubbing the night before at the Glitter Ball. As they entered the club, Brody realized that it would be hard for them to find their killer as everyone inside was wearing a jester mask.
After locking the place down, they discovered that someone had seen Toussaint arguing with someone at the VIP section of the place over a spilled drink. There, they discovered a spot of blood on the carpet beside a broken piece of glass. Afterwards, the two went to get the VIP list from the club’s owners.
Pride then went down to console and to talk to Toussaint’s wife, Felicia Patrice (Yetide Badaki). He had gone there as the phone locator application on her phone had told her that her husband had been there. She then told Pride that it was strange that her husband had been at club.He had been sober already for three years. She also told Pride that he Toussaint had told her that he was going to a meeting, and that his behavior had been erratic as of late. She then told him that his car was missing. Pride immediately put out a bulletin that it was missing.
At the morgue, all that Loretta and Sebastian Lund (Rob Kerkovich) could tell him was that he had been killed with a specific knife and that the time of death was around midnight.
When Pride got back to the office, he was surprised to see that Laurel (Shanley Caswell) was there early. He then noticed that she was anxiously tugging at her clothes as she asked to borrow his car. Strangely enough, she had decided to wear a very particular bead necklace. However, she reassured her father that she was just going to see a friend, but Pride, with his years as a cop, knew that Laurel was lying to him.
Meanwhile, Brody and La Salle managed to get the VIP list.He discovered that the club owner, Russell James, matched the description of the man that Toussaint had been arguing with. Also, he had a history of stabbing people when he had his fits of anger. However, he told them that he was a better person now. He had “roughed” Toussaint up a little after he had spilled a drink all over him. He also told them that Toussaint had already been bleeding when they had bumped into each other. He said that Toussaint had been carrying a gas mask, and not a jester mask.
Back outside, NCIS Special Agent Patton Plame (Daryl Mitchell) worked his magic and managed to get an entire timeline of the night thanks to social media and strangers’ selfies. Because of that, they were able to confirm everything that Russell had said. They were then interrupted by La Salle.He informed them that the local police had just found Toussaint’s car.
There, they discovered that there were a lot of gas canisters in the trunk. Back at the office, Brody and La Salle informed Pride that the canisters contained a chemical called isoflourine. It was used as an anesthetic- it was a knock- out gas, and could be used personally as a drug. La Salle then showed them that if you took the filters off from the gas masks, it made a perfect siphon to inhale it. Brody then informed them that several boxes of isoflourine had been stolen the day before from the Algiers Medical Supply Warehouse. Pride then decided to talk to Felicia about any new friends that Toussaint might have fallen with, and Brody and La Salle checked out the warehouse.
There, they were given the security camera footage of the night of the robbery. They discovered that last night, three boxes of isoflourine had been stolen from another company.
Meanwhile, Pride learned that Felicia had been unemployed that year. They were having money troubles as Toussaint’s telemarketing job didn’t earn that much. She then told him that after serving three tours in Iraq, he had resulted to using drugs and alcohol in order to cope with things. However, after he got clean, he decided to give back and volunteered often at the Sober Living Facility.
Later that night, at the office, Pride confronted his daughter about where she had gone that day. It was because he knew for a fact that she didn’t go to see her friend, and had gone somewhere far going and back. He then deduced that Laurel had seen her grandfather. She had deliberately chosen to wear the red necklace, the one that Cassius really likes. Laurel then confessed that she had discovered his existence a few years back. It had started writing letters to him, which eventually turned into phone calls, and last year, she had visited him. She told him that she had kept it from him because she knew that he would get angry. After pleading him to write the appeal letter for Cassisus’ parole, he told her that he wasn’t allowing her to speak or to communicate to Cassius in any way for her own sake. This made her upset. She told him that she would still continue to keep in touch with her own grandfather.
The next day, thanks to the vascular mapping software of the FBI, in which vein patterns in the hands were used to identify a person, they were able to ascertain that the thief in the Algiers robbery and the killer were the same person. They were then able to identify him as Cyd Lawson (Rocky Marquette). The three went to confront him in his home later that night. He died of a stroke caused by a drug overdose. It was strange because he knew how much at a time he should be consuming as he was an experienced drug user. Before he died, he told them that “they” made him kill Toussaint, and that a heist was going to take place on Mardi Gras- that very same day.
Thanks to his phone, they were able to pinpoint the other crew members probably working with him as Ian Knox, Randy James and Marv Williams. Pride then instructed Brody and La Salle to go to Sebastian, who had an update about the glass that they had found, while Pride went to Gretna, as his father had been in the same cell block as Marv before.
There, Cassius tried to use the information that his son wanted as leverage to get that recommendation letter. His son then told them that if he didn’t say anything, then Laurel would never see him again. He also told him that he had been careful about what he had told her about her “grandpapa.” He didn’t tell her about the many women he brought home, or the “envelopes of money delivered” to their house, and about the fact that during one Mardi Gras, they received a King cake with a severed finger in it. Pride then told his father that the only reason why he denied him his release was because he felt that prison was the safest place he could be as it protected him against himself. Finally, Cassius gave in and told him that Marv would probably go after jewelry.
Meanwhile, at the laboratory, Sebastian informed them that the glass was part of a telephoto smartphone lens that could zoom into things fifteen times better than usual. They then realized that Toussaint had most probably learned about the planned heist. Then had confronted Cyd at the VIP lounge where he was casing out their target, and then Cyd had killed him.
From that vantage point, they realized that they were going to target the fundraiser of the Museum of Southern Art, as the town’s old rich would be there with all their “state jewelry.” Sure enough, James, Knox, and Marv slipped in through the front doors. They knocked everyone out with their isoflourine and proceeded to rob everyone of their jewelry.
La Salle, who had entered first, gave his mask to an unconscious door guard and got a good whiff of isoflourine before he started running after James, whom he later caught. Pride managed to catch Marv, while Brody took down Knox.
The next day, Laurel went to visit her grandfather again at Gretn.He asked her father if she could still write to her grandfather. He didn’t answer, but told her that he had left something out of the throwing up story. His father had brushed away all the vomit on his shoulders in an instant and made sure that he got to enjoy the entire procession. Then he told Cassius to tell Laurel about the time that he had been appointed as Rex, the King of the Carnival. Meanwhile, Patton, Sebastian, Brody, Loretta and La Salle enjoyed the Mardi Gras procession as a team, and as a family.
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