NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 7 Review: Sheepdogs

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Finally, we learned more about Hannah.

Hannah let slip some of her secrets on NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 7.

What brought this out of her was a case that dwelled on the relationship between mothers and daughters.

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Hannah has been a breath of fresh air on NCIS: New Orleans Season 5.

When Pride has, once again, left his regional office to get directly involved in yet another case (learn to delegate, Dwayne), Hannah willingly takes a step back and becomes another member of the team. 

But when Pride is off doing his own thing, which never seems to be administrative, she smoothly takes over leadership of his old team with hardly a ripple.

Related: NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 6 Review: Pound of Flesh

That's not to say there isn't any tension, however. Gregorio, who had been the resident profiler, seemed to bristle when Pride handed Hannah the interrogation of Yasmin. But then, Gregorio bristles a lot. It's in her nature.

The rest -- LaSalle, Sebastian, Patton, and Loretta -- seem to accept Hannah's role without question.

After all, Pride long ago gave everyone the freedom to follow their hunches. That's only right since he's the leading proponent of that investigative style. Becoming a suit certainly hasn't changed that.

Many Pieces - NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 7

Maybe Pride won't have to give up his new title. He appears to have the authority to follow up on whatever case piques his interest. 

Since Pride is Special Agent in Charge for the Southeast Region, does that mean he could conceivably investigate a case at another office in that region? I sense a backdoor pilot of NCIS: Dallas.

But let's not kid ourselves. Pride's weaselly No. 2 is going to snitch on him, even if he did save Ginny's life on NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 6

Related: Watch NCIS: New Orleans Online: Season 5 Episode 6

Then Dwayne will be right back where he belongs. Only he will have had a couple of months to heal further.

But I digress. Back to Hannah.

She has been slow to fit in with the team socially, not joining them at the Tru Tone. And being New Orleans, partaking socially is almost a job requirement.

Morning Remains - NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 7

There was a wistfulness to her that appeared when she watched kids trick-or-treating. I thought that was just because she was getting comfortable in a new city.

But we learned that she has a 10-year-old daughter Naomi who lives with her ex, which obviously has a great deal to do with why Hannah came to New Orleans.

Naturally, Gregorio picked up on the fact that something was borrowing Hannah, based mainly on that phone call she overheard. And even though Sebastian told her to let it go, she didn't. She's like a bulldog that way.

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It was sad to see Hannah watch Naomi through the window, without going inside. There's got to be some reason why she stays clear of her daughter, and I'm sure we'll find out more in a future episode.

Yasmin, the bomber, was a piece of work.

Yes, she had been abandoned first by her father, then her mother, which led her to self-radicalize. Still, a difficult upbringing didn't give her permission to bomb people and places.

A Difficult Spot - NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 7

I enjoyed Bernadine, the former radical seeking redemption. I knew she was going to have to pay for her sins, which in Yasmin's eyes included abandoning her, But I was still sad to see Bernadine get killed.

No one would have blamed Hannah for trying to slap that smug look off of Yasmin's face.

Instead, Hannah threw a bunch of different approaches at Yasmin in interrogation, hoping to knock her off-balance, with Gregorio eventually giving her grudging admiration.

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Once Hannah determined that the bombing targets were personal to Yasmin, that allowed the others to scramble about to defuse the other bombs. Of course, Sebastian had just the right tool to disarm a bomb in his bag. Because you never know when you're going to need it.

Yes, Hannah used a terribly old ploy to get Yasmin to give up the locations of the other bombs. How many times have you seen faking out the suspect with sound effects and other stagecraft?

But I guess these gambits become oldies but goodies because they work. Everybody but Yasmin knew what was going on. Then Hannah bared her teeth at Yasmin, who she had finally outsmarted.

Hey, both NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans went with SJW criminals for their latest episodes. At least fellow show, FBI, went with the lost-veteran-in-over-his-head ploy instead, weirdly, a day after Veterans Day.

To check Hannah's development, watch NCIS: New Orleans online;

Did you suspect Hannah had a daughter? How annoying was Jasmin? Who needs to get spotlighted next?

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NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 7 Quotes

We are rational, not radical.

Bernadine [to Pride]

I'd say good morning, but 7 a.m. is too early to deal with this kind of tragedy.

Loretta