Crescent City is the eighteenth episode of Season Eleven of NCIS and the 252nd of the entire NCIS series.
In addition, this episode is also the backdoor pilot for the spin-off series, NCIS: New Orleans.
The body of a Congressman and former NIS/NCIS agent washes ashore in New Orleans with the leader of the NCIS: New Orleans team, Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride arriving in D.C. for help on the case with both teams working together alongside the FBI to determine if the murder was politically based or linked to McLane’s most well-known case, the arrest of the Privileged Killer, a serial murderer who targeted military and public servants.
The next day, Fornell tells his boss that he understands and that he'll tell Director Vance before hanging up.
As Fornell does that, Vance asks if the rumor's confirmed.
Fornell then reports that Senior Agent Doyle was found dead in her car this morning with two puncture to her abdomen and her throat had been cut which means that it's the same M.O.
Vance gets to his feet and states that there should be no more jurisdictional nonsense because they've got a multiple on their hands.
Fornell wants to know why Doyle.
Pride suggests that she fit the profile because she was a public servant.
"She knew too much or she got too close", Gibbs states.
- Special Agents Dwayne Cassius Pride is introduced for the first time.
- Gibbs and Bishop along with Pride travel to New Orleans where they meet Pride's team of Special Agent Christopher LaSalle and local Doctor and Medical Examiner Loretta Wade as well as temporary team member, Special Agent Meredith Brody.
- Zoe McLellan who appears in this episode as NCIS Special Agent Meredith Brody previously appeared in NCIS's parent series, JAG as Petty Officer Jennifer Coates.
- Scott Bakula who plays NCIS Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride is credited as a Special Guest Star.
|Leroy Jethro Gibbs||Mark Harmon||Special Agent in charge of the Major Case Response Team, NCIS|
|Anthony DiNozzo||Michael Weatherly||Senior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS|
|Timothy McGee||Sean Murray||Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS|
|Abigail Sciuto||Pauley Perrette||Chief Forensic Specialist,NCIS|
|James Palmer||Brian Dietzen||Assistant Medical Examiner. Credited but did not appear in the episode.|
|Donald Mallard||David McCallum||Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS|
|Leon Vance||Rocky Carroll||Director of NCIS.|
|Eleanor Bishop||Emily Wickersham||NSA Analyst and NCIS Special Agent.|
|Dr. Loretta Wade||C. C. H. Pounder||Jefferson Parish Coroner.|
|Christopher LaSalle||Lucas Black||NCIS Special Agent.|
|Meredith Brody||Zoe McLellan||NCIS Special Agent.|
|Dwayne Cassius Pride||Scott Bakula||NCIS Special Agent in Charge of the NCIS field office in New Orleans.|
|Tobias Fornell||Joe Spano||Senior Supervisory Agent with the FBI.|
|Abraham Lycek||Andrew St. John||Navy Petty Officer Second Class and Tom Speakman's nephew.|
|Tom Speakman||D. C. Douglas||A lobbyist who was campaigning to prevent McLane's reelection.|
|Lynette Doyle||Kelsey Scott||FBI Special Agent in New Orleans. Is later murdered by the unidentified Privileged Killer.|
|Linda||Paige Turco||Special Agent D. Pride's wife.|
|Kyle Travers||Trav Lyons||Sheriff's Deputy.|
|Sally Hammond||Vanessa Bell Calloway||Escort.|