'NCIS: New Orleans' season 6 superbly tackles what it's like to be a woman on the force
When a female lieutenant's claims of alien activity is dismissed by her superiors clling her crazy, agents Khoury and Gregorio come to her rescue as women in the force.
This article contains spoilers for season 6, episode 2.
'NCIS: New Orleans' season 6 might be just 2 episodes old but it is already laying down facts about what it means to be a woman in a male-dominated profession. In this week's episode, we see a certain pilot make claims of alien attacks on her aircraft while on air, and two of the strongest women join forces to offer her support and solidarity when nobody else is ready to believe her.
Lieutenant Ella Meyer reports that she has seen some alien activity. Her claims state that a black cloud attacked her aircraft and was responsible for bringing it down. And as expected, she was received with condescension and plenty of mockery as none of her superiors believed her. Even when she claimed that was she saw was unlike anything she had seen before her bosses decided to write off the accident stating that Meyer was crazy.
Realizing she wasn't going to get any help from them, Meyer decided to turn to agents Khoury and Gregorio for help because there was no way she was going to give up on such a hard-earned position because of what others labelled, a silly accident. And things only worked in her favour because last episode we saw Khoury face clear gender bias for breaking protocol and being punished with a demotion -- something that a male counterpart in the workforce would have been awarded and commended for.
Seeing what Meyer was going through was a clear reminder to Khoury of her own recent hard times with the authorities and she didn't want to be just another person to make Meyers feel dejected. And with Gregorio as her backup things could only be expected to look up because when Khoury got demoted, Gregorio -- like the great friend she is -- was shatteredfelt . The two agents joined forces because they know what women, despite their competence and capability, are forced to put up with, and they decided Meyer couldn't be lying, primarily because no woman in the force would jeopardise their position over something as questionable as 'aliens'.
This caused the NCIS unit to dig up facts on the case and finally they decided somebody targeted the aircraft on purpose, and it would be a good start to investigate the man and company behind the aircraft -- giving Meyer much-needed hope in times as dire as these.
'NCIS: New Orleans' airs on Tuesdays at 10pm only on CBS.