If there's one thing NCIS: New Orleans has demonstrated over its freshman season, it's that family is paramount.
On NCIS: New Orleans Season 1 Episode 15, the audience learned some rather unsettling truths about Pride's father, which Pride did his best to conceal from his daughter. But did Pride do the right thing hiding it all from Laurel?
TV Fanatic Round Table panelists Doug Wolfe, Amanda Wolf, David Taylor and Kathleen Wiedel discuss this and more below. Read to join in the debate?
Any scenes or quotes stand out for you this week?
Doug: Just one: the father-daughter confrontation scene. Though they have a close relationship, that argument – well-articulated by both of them – provided some depth to their relationship. They both felt their positions fiercely, and battled with passion. Pride's command for not to see her grandfather anymore proved to be a desperate last attempt at winning. Although he seemed to lose that one, she still loved and respected him enough to at least tolerate his point of view. The whole thing seemed real to me.
Amanda: I think the way Pride approached the interrogation made him look crazy. I know he is a cop, but is the first thing that he would suspect that his daughter is doing is talking to Cassius? Maybe, but it seemed far-fetched. Someone from the prison could have just tipped him off, the rumor mill of law enforcement would have been more plausible to me. I might just be being picky though. I agree with Doug that they both felt their positions fiercely. I love when Laurel comes to town!
David: Laurel's using Pride's quip back at him: "Sorry. That's not how it works between fathers and ADULT daughters."
Kathleen: That confrontation between Pride and Laurel was great. Doug pretty much hit all the the good points to that scene!
Do you agree with Pride's decision to keep Laurel in the dark about Cassius's true nature? Why?
Doug: The fact that he kept the bad stuff from her when she was a kid seemed wise. Little people don't need to know about the ugly truths of life, at least not while they're young. And when they get older... why bring it up at all, unless it has some import? Yes, I agree with his decision.
Amanda: He could tell her more stories slowly. She is old enough to make her own decisions and I believe that she would have already braced herself to hear some shady stories about him.
David: Yes... at least until she became old enough to handle it. Laurel's a strong character who's come through a lot – there's no reason to coddle her as an adult.
Kathleen: It's definitely a difficult place for Pride, wanting to protect Laurel as he does. This is his little girl we're talking about, after all. Doug pointed out that there was no gain to be had in telling the truth, but Amanda and David also make good points, too. My gut tells me that no good will come of continuing the deception. Laurel's old enough and strong enough to handle the truth. Of course, it's easy to armchair quarterback this particular decision without having to actually face it ourselves!
Will Pride ever write that letter to the parole board?
Doug: Seems unlikely. Cassius is still a bit of a manipulator and con artist. Pride knows this, and probably knows full well – as he implied when he told him his reason for wanting him in prison – that he would just get out and go back to his old ways.
Amanda: I doubt Pride will write a letter to the parole board. Would the parole board take a letter as seriously from a son, even if that son were a good cop? Maybe, but maybe not.
David: I thoroughly doubt it.
Kathleen: I certainly hope not. As Doug pointed out, Cassius is a very manipulative person. He puts on this friendly, genial air, but then you have to jive that with Pride's rather creepy anecdote about the finger in the cake. Nice guy. I'm not surprised at all that Pride wants to keep his daughter away from Cassius.
Any thoughts on the team's case this week?
Doug: The chase scene at the end seemed wrong. The crowds at Mardi Gras should have meant that every one of them escaped. Seeing Pride throw a punch just as one of them came around a corner (after Pride had chased him for a while) seemed contrived. I didn't believe any of it.
Amanda: I didn't like the Mardi Gras scene either. It did feel too contrived to be handled so easily in a public place. Where was anyone with their smartphone to give it to the major networks or upload to Facebook?
David: Those scenes seemed off to me too, especially when one of the criminals was thrown to the ground and folks nearby applauded – like it was part of the festivities or two drunk guys who couldn't handle their liquor. It just wasn't that kinda moment.
Kathleen: I'm with all of you here. In a crowd like that, I find it iffy that they were able to track down not just one of the criminals, but all three. I also find it unlikely that our heroes wouldn't have called for backup from someone, even the FBI. They have an office there, right? How dumb would our team have felt if they let one of the criminals escape because there were only three of them to go after them? Of course, this is TV, so they caught them all.
Have you ever been to the Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans?
Doug: No, I never have. But it's on my bucket list.
Amanda: Sadly, I have not. But I did just recently move geographically closer and am only three hours away now. I am thinking it might be in the cards for me next year.
David: I've never been either. As festive as it looks, I'm not sure how I'd fare in that kinda crowd.
Kathleen: Wow, what a group we are! To be honest, though, I'm with David; it looks like quite a party, but probably a bit too much for me.
NCIS: New Orleans Season 1 Episode 16, "My Brother's Keeper," airs February 24, 2015, at 9/8c on CBS.