“NCIS: New Orleans” Season 1 Episode 12 “The Abyss” aired on Jan. 13, 2015, at 9 PM on CBS. In this episode, Coast Guard Special Agent Abigail Borin (Diane Neal) teamed up with NCIS Special Agent Dwayne “King” Pride (Scott Bakula) as they investigated the deaths of two researchers and searched for the missing daughter of a Navy Admiral. During the investigation, the team also unearthed a very surprising discovery from the depths of the marine preserve. Meanwhile, NCIS Special Agent Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black) finally found his older brother, Cade (Chayne Crawford). Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico, where Coast Guard Special Agent Abigail Borin (Diane Neal) interrogated a human smuggler as to where he got his fancy boats. She was then called on deck, as the crew had found an unidentified vessel whose crew had not responded to them. Abigail then decided to investigate with the other agents and discovered that the boat’s crew had been murdered.
Meanwhile, back in New Orleans, NCIS Special Agent Christopher La Salle (Lucas Black) was informed by a friend of his, Detective Tim Simms (Jason Kirkpatrick), that he might have found the person he was looking for and reassured him that he would inform him as soon as he was able to get more leads on it. He then told NCIS Special Agent Dwayne “King” Pride (Scott Bakula) and NCIS Special Agent Meredith Brody (Zoe McLellan) about the development and that he would update them if there were any other leads. In the meantime, Pride got them another case where they would be teaming up with the Coast Guard.
At the docks, Abigail greeted Pride and La Salle, whom she already knew from past cases, and was introduced to Brody. They were then told that two graduate students had been murdered on that particular research boat and that Anna Huntley, the daughter of Navy Admiral Adam Huntley (Corbin Bernsen), had gone missing. However, they discovered that the boat had scraped off some paint from another vessel, and Pride found some fabric from a wetsuit on the side of the boat that was probably Anna’s. They also discovered Anna’s broken laptop on the boat and that their equipment had been stolen.
At the office, Abigail worked from there to narrow down search and rescue sites for Anna. Brody and La Salle then learned from Professor Sandra Jones (Kerry Cahill) that the two victims were Mark Post and Cindy Rutberg. They had been with Anna, a biologist and the mother of a young boy named Jeremy, and had been on a five-day tour in the marine preserve, where they were studying the effects of climate change. However, La Salle interrupted them as he had been told by Simms that they had found the person he had been looking for.
He was then escorted into prison, with Simms showing him where they had placed La Salle’s older brother, Cade (Chayne Crawford), for the meantime as they had him picked up after conducting a drug sweep at the abandoned hotel he had been squatting at. Cade refused at first to return home with La Salle, who couldn’t understand why he didn’t want to go home to the family that had been worrying about him ever since he had gone missing five years ago. However, given a choice between prison or home, he opted to go home with La Salle.
Meanwhile, Pride reassured Admiral Huntley that they were doing everything they could in order to find Anna. The Admiral then revealed that he was never really close to Anna and had succeeded in driving her away a little bit after he had found out that she had gotten pregnant with Jeremy.
At the morgue, Dr. Loretta Wade (CCH Pounder) revealed that Cindy had died of three gunshot wounds and that Mark had died because he had hit the boat rail. She also discovered a strange piece of metal in Cindy’s gunshot wound and some microscopic worms that lived in bodies of water on the cuff of Mark’s wetsuit. Sebastian Lund (Rob Kerkovich) told Brody that if they could identify what the worms were, they would be able to tell where they had been diving, which would help in the search. He then informed Brody that they had found traces of the red paint that was used for a particular expensive yacht.
After learning about this, NCIS Special Agent Patton Plame (Daryl Mitchell) discovered that that particular boat was stolen from Florida five months ago. Abigail and Brody then interrogated Julio, who admitted that he bought boats from the man who stole the boat, a man named Clive Roberts, who also used young and attractive women as distraction while stealing.
While they interrogated Julio, La Salle informed Pride that Cade was currently in the hospital where the doctors were running tests on him to get his life back on track but honestly did not know what was going to happen afterwards.
They then went over to the marina where Clive was and brought him in. They also discovered the research vessel’s stolen equipment and the gun that was used to shoot Cindy and Mark, but Clive told them that everyone had been dead when he had stolen the equipment from off the boat. After some more digging into the surveillance footage at the marina, Patton determined that based on the time frame, Clive had a solid alibi for not being the murderer. He then showed them what he had recovered from Anna’s broken laptop — a video in which they heard some struggling and panicky voices. They also heard Mark hit the boat rail then saw him fall and saw Anna, with a singular look in her eyes, holding a gun.
Abigail and Pride then learned from Professor Jones that she had been surprised to see Cindy and Mark on a date as she thought that Anna and Mark were together since he had helped her pay her tuition fees when she needed some money. After some more digging, they discovered that Anna was heavy with debt. However, they were interrupted by Sebastian, who was calling them all to the morgue as he had found something exciting and interesting.
At the laboratory, Abigail was introduced to Sebastian, who informed them that he had discovered the location where those particular worms they had found lived in. Thanks to that, Abigail and Pride sent a Coast Guard team to take a look under water in that particular area. There, they didn’t find Anna, but they did find something that could be motive — thousands of old Spanish silver pesos that dated back to the 1700s. Afterwards, they were called by Sebastian to the research vessel. There, he showed them a particular discoloration on the floor, which, after he dropped acid on it, proved that real silver had been on that area, most probably the silver Spanish coins. They were then interrupted by Admiral Huntley who told them that Anna was alive as he had gotten a text message from her asking for forgiveness. Because of this, they started to believe that she had probably killed Cindy and Mark over the silver pesos.
Meanwhile, while Brody was with little Jeremy, La Salle excused himself as he had to rush to the hospital where Cade was trying to make a run for it. After confronting him, Cade revealed that he had to leave as he was in trouble and that bad people were going to go after them as well if he stayed. He then told his younger brother that even though he knew that his medications would help him, he didn’t want to take them anymore as he felt numb and didn’t feel like himself anymore. La Salle then revealed to him that he wasn’t mad at him for being sick, but because he didn’t fight harder against his sickness. Cade then reminded him that he, La Salle, was the fighter between the two of them and left.
Back at the NCIS office, Abigail felt that something about this case seemed a little bit off. Patton then informed them that they could actually sell silver pesos like that via bitcoin on the deep web and found a man named Steve Merris who had also been selling Spanish silver pesos. After they brought him in, he revealed that all he knew was that whoever was also selling Spanish silver pesos was his competition (and a pretty tough one at that). After he gave them his rival’s screen name, Patton managed to set up a meet in order to authenticate whether it was the real thing or not at Jackson Square.
While Abigail and Brody interrogated Merris, La Salle admitted to Pride that he couldn’t understand why Cade was running off away again. Pride then told him that all he could do was to be ready to support him when he was ready to get better, and reminded him that sometimes, what someone just needs is someone who is willing to give the other a second chance, just like what he did with La Salle.
At Jackson Square, they discovered that the seller was none other than Professor Jones, who had started salvaging the pesos after she got sick and tired of getting nothing while all the companies that polluted the environment earned more and more money every day. It turned out that that night, she had offered to split the money between all of them, but Mark had refused and tried to throw it back into the water. She then had panicked; and after a struggle occurred, Mark died, and then she had shot all of them dead, including Anna.
Thanks to her, they were able to recover Anna’s body. Pride and Abigail then informed Admiral Huntley that she had died of a gunshot wound and that they had found a part of Anna’s zipper in Cindy’s bullet wound, which meant that she had died while trying to save Cindy from Professor Jones.
After work, La Salle was surprised to find Cade on his doorstep. Cade then apologized for talking to La Salle like that but revealed to him that he was still in a lot of trouble from several not so savory people. La Salle then promised his brother that they would get through his sickness together, and invited him in for some beer, sports and steaks, to which Cade accepted.
And that was all for the recap on “NCIS: New Orleans” Season 1 Episode 12 “The Abyss.” For more news and updates, including spoilers and recaps, on “NCIS: New Orleans” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).
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