'NCIS: New Orleans' Season 6 Episode 5 sees unstable Lasalle frustrated as his brother’s unsolved murder leads to dead ends
Fate only had Lasalle meet dead ends, over and over. The episode ended with Pride promising Lasalle they were in this together and that he would not let his brother’s murder go unsolved
Spoilers ahead for ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Season 6 Episode 5: ‘Spies and Lies’
One one end, Special Agent Tammy Gregorio (Vanessa Ferlito), Special Agent Hannah Khoury (Necar Zadegan), forensic expert Sebastian Lund (Rob Kerkovich), and tech specialist Patton Plame (Daryl “Chill” Mitchell) were dealing with a case of industrial espionage. On the other, Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride (Scott Bakula) and Special Agent Christopher Lasalle (Lucas Black) were hot on the trail of the killer of Cade, Lasalle’s brother, in Alabama.
Earlier in the season, Cade’s girlfriend’s son Will (Wyatt Walter) got into trouble with a drug dealer when he promised to make a drop but never did. Cade promised Will he would handle the situation.
Unfortunately, he did not make it out alive. As expected, his brother’s murder rendered Lasalle unstable, and finding out the details of his death -- three carefully calculated stabs -- did not help. Lasalle even broke into tears and Jefferson Parish Coroner Doctor Loretta Wade (C. C. H. Pounder) comforted him. But didn’t prove to be enough.
When they tracked down “Shorty”, Will’s drug contact, Lasalle attacked him and behaved unprofessionally, something Pride had warned him about before they went in. As it turned out Carl “Shorty” Goggins (Kendall Johnson) was not the murderer.
He tipped the duo towards the guy who was likely to have been in Cade’s contact, Pual Dolan (Stephen Louis Grush). But when they identified and chased him, Dolan managed to escape.
He did, however, leave his backpack behind; evidence that would soon prove to be useful in their investigation. When they opened the backpack back at the headquarters, Sebastian, who inhaled the vapors coming out of it, fainted.
They discovered it was a variety of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, and traced it back to the Alabama lab where it was patented. There, the doctor told Pride about a disgruntled ex-employee, Stan Jenkins, as a likely suspect for who could have stolen the formula.
But fate only had Lasalle meet dead ends, over and over. When Pride, Lasalle and a SWAT team raided the factory where they were manufacturing the narcotics, during the ensuing skirmish, Jenkins died before Lasalle could interrogate him.
A hopeless Lasalle was all but on the brink when he and Pride were informed of a man who brought himself into custody for the murder of Cade. But things may not be what they seem. The man in custody turned out to be Dolan.
And while he was able to verify how Cade was murdered -- he even had the murder weapon with him -- Pride and Lasalle remained unconvinced of his guilt. An investigator of experience, Pride immediately identified Dolan as being coached.
The story also didn’t add up in other facets. Like the fact that Dolon, who claimed to have killed Cade to save his drug business, looked unlikely to have financed what was found to be a multimillion-dollar drug lab.
The local police, who aren’t happy with the NCIS meddling in their jurisdiction, told Lasalle and Pride off and planned to shut the case there. The episode ended with Pride promising Lasalle they were in this together and that he would not let his brother’s murder go unsolved.
‘NCIS: New Orleans’ airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.