Crescent City (episode)

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Crescent City

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Crescent City is the eighteenth episode of Season Eleven of NCIS and the 252nd episode 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.


Act One


Gibbs and Tony in MTAC.

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four

Act Five

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.

Major Events

  • NCIS Special Agent 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.


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Anthony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly Senior Special Agent and second-in-command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Eleanor Bishop Emily Wickersham NCIS Probationary Agent.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Dr. Loretta Wade C. C. H. Pounder Jefferson Parish Coroner.
Christopher LaSalle Lucas Black NCIS Special Agent and the second-in-command of the NCIS field office in New Orleans.
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.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
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 Pride Paige Turco Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride's wife.
Kyle Travers Trav Lyons Sheriff's Deputy.
Sally Hammond Vanessa Bell Calloway Escort.

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