The Best Episodes of NCIS: New Orleans

Last Updated: Apr 17, 2019

The NCIS's New Orleans field office investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne 'King' Pride, a native of New Orleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. Working with him is Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, who plays hard but works harder; and Special Agent Meredith 'Merri' Brody, a charismatic and tough interrogator who transferred from the Great Lakes office in search of a fresh start. Supporting them is coroner, Dr. Loretta Wade, who is as eccentric as she is smart. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride's team is at its best.

Checkmate (2)

#1 - Checkmate (2)

Season 4 - Episode 24

Pride’s newly formed off-the-books team and NCIS team uncover a sinister plot during the New Orleans Tricentennial Fleet Week celebration.

star 8.12
201 votes
Writers: Christopher Silber
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Checkmate (1)

#2 - Checkmate (1)

Season 4 - Episode 23

Pride assembles an off-the-books team with hacker Elvis Bertrand, retired Green Beret Sydney Halliday journalist Oliver Crane and attorney Elliott Newman, to search for a loophole when he faces a grand jury indictment for abuse of power.

star 8.03
522 votes
Directors: Jim Hayman
Writers: Brad Kern
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Poetic Justice

#3 - Poetic Justice

Season 3 - Episode 24

Unable to trust anyone in New Orleans, the NCIS team calls in FBI Assistant Director Isler to help expose and stop the sinister scheme Mayor Hamilton has planned for the residents of Clearwater. Season Finale.

star 8.01
1,116 votes
Directors: Ed Ornelas
Writers: Brad Kern
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Down the Rabbit Hole

#4 - Down the Rabbit Hole

Season 3 - Episode 23

After Pride is spotted tracking one of Mayor Hamilton’s accomplices, the suspect opens fire on a crowded street before disappearing.

star 7.92
1,094 votes
Directors: Ed Ornelas
Writers: Brad Kern
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Sleeping with the Enemy

#5 - Sleeping with the Enemy

Season 2 - Episode 24

The NCIS team uncovers a mole in the ranks while working with the Department of Homeland Security to locate 900 missing pounds of explosives that pose an imminent threat to New Orleans.

star 7.90
777 votes
Directors: James Hayman
Writers: Christopher Silber
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Mind Games

#6 - Mind Games

Season 4 - Episode 21

Gregorio calls on Claire McGrady, her former behavioral science professor, when the team’s latest case matches one she studied during FBI training.

star 7.85
571 votes
Directors: Gordon Lonsdale
Writers: Greta Heinemann, Taylor Streitz
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Escape Plan

#7 - Escape Plan

Season 3 - Episode 4

The NCIS team must rescue one of their own after Sebastian is kidnapped while at a restaurant with his mother, Sylvia Lund, and forced to use his gaming skills in a prison break.

star 7.84
1,012 votes
Writers: David Appelbaum
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Powder Keg

#8 - Powder Keg

Season 4 - Episode 20

Pride and his bar patrons, including Sydney Halliday who is visiting Pride after leaving the Army, are held hostage by a group of volatile thieves.

star 7.84
609 votes
Directors: Mary Lou Belli
Writers: Talicia Raggs
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Risk Assessment

#9 - Risk Assessment

Season 5 - Episode 9

The NCIS team investigates the murder of a Navy contractor who, unbeknownst to anyone, lived two lives for decades, with two wives, families and careers.

star 7.83
424 votes
Directors: Tessa Blake
Writers: Elizabeth Rinehart
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Inside Out

#10 - Inside Out

Season 5 - Episode 2

As the team searches for a former IRA bomb-maker who was smuggled into the city, they are joined by Special Agent Hannah Khoury, Pride’s replacement during his medical leave. Also, Pride considers a new position with the agency.

star 7.82
537 votes
Directors: Ed Ornelas
Writers: Adam Targum
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Pound of Flesh

#11 - Pound of Flesh

Season 5 - Episode 6

After Pride’s assistant, Ginny Young, escapes from a kidnapper, the NCIS team uncovers evidence of a suspect who is harvesting organs from multiple victims. Also, Pride turns to his friend, Commander Calvin Atkins, M.D., for medical and spiritual guidance as he struggles with the ramifications of his recent brush with death.

star 7.80
480 votes
Writers: Ron McGee
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My City

#12 - My City

Season 1 - Episode 23

Pride suspects a mole among the ranks as NCIS and local law enforcement continue to track the Broussard Syndicate after new intelligence suggests a breach at the ports.

star 7.80
453 votes
Directors: James Hayman
Writers: Jeffrey Lieber, Zach Strauss, Jeffrey Liber
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Quid Pro Quo

#13 - Quid Pro Quo

Season 3 - Episode 19

While investigating a deadly accident at a naval base, NCIS discovers a unit of Seabees was poisoned with a contagious super virus leaving the rest of the base and the entire city of New Orleans at risk for a catastrophic outbreak. Also, during the autopsy, Wade is infected with the virus and given hours to live if an antidote can’t be found.

star 7.80
1,113 votes
Directors: Alex Zakrzewski
Writers: Zach Strauss
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Sister City (2)

#14 - Sister City (2)

Season 2 - Episode 12

While Special Agent Pride and the New Orleans team investigate a Russian sleeper agent who was involved with Abby’s brother, Luca, Sebastian flies to D.C. to partner with Abby on the forensics in the case. Also, Bishop drives through the night to deliver a package and work the case with the New Orleans team. (Sister City (1) aired on NCIS, season 13, episode 12.)

star 7.80
425 votes
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In Plain Sight

#15 - In Plain Sight

Season 5 - Episode 18

The NCIS team investigates the murder of Patton’s friend, a former Navy Seal gunned down in a drive-by shooting while Patton helplessly watched.

star 7.80
324 votes
Directors: LeVar Burton
Writers: Katherine Beattie
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You'll Do

#16 - You'll Do

Season 1 - Episode 21

With no memory of the night before, Lasalle’s brother, Cade, turns to NCIS for help when he finds his girlfriend’s body in the trunk of his car. Despite a mountain of evidence that implicates Cade, and the case being under Captain Jim Messier and Jefferson Parish jurisdiction, Lasalle is determined to prove his brother’s innocence.

star 7.79
457 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Sam Humphrey
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Close to Home

#17 - Close to Home

Season 5 - Episode 8

The NCIS team places Mateo Diaz, a high school gang member turned informant, in protective custody while they investigate the murder of his junior reserve officers’ training corps instructor. Also, Pride needs his brother Jimmy Boyd’s help to gain Mateo’s trust.

star 7.79
471 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Katherine Beattie
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The Assassination of Dwayne Pride

#18 - The Assassination of Dwayne Pride

Season 4 - Episode 22

When journalist Oliver Crane posts a scathing article documenting Pride’s “reckless use of justice,” the team is concerned about the fallout from the piece and the confidential information included in the story. Also, Rita Devereaux warns Pride that someone in D.C. has coordinated this attack on him, and the article is just the beginning.

star 7.79
580 votes
Directors: Ed Ornelas
Writers: Chad Gomez Creasey, Ron McGee, Katherine Beattie
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End of the Line

#19 - End of the Line

Season 3 - Episode 15

A gruesome copycat murder on a street car reopens a former case for Wade, evoking painful memories from her past.

star 7.78
1,122 votes
Directors: Ed Ornelas
Writers: Chad Gomez Creasey
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See You Soon

#20 - See You Soon

Season 5 - Episode 1

While Pride fights for his life in the ICU, the team scours the city for the hit woman who attempted to assassinate him.

star 7.77
537 votes
Directors: James Hayman
Writers: Christopher Silber
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#1 Fan

#21 - #1 Fan

Season 4 - Episode 2

While preparing to leave on a fishing trip, Martha Roberts, an erratic whistleblower who calls Pride her mentor, kidnaps him to help her locate a serial killer targeting young women in the Gulf of Mexico.

star 7.77
965 votes
Directors: Hart Bochner
Writers: Zach Strauss
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Let it Ride

#22 - Let it Ride

Season 3 - Episode 11

Sebastian is sent undercover and Patton exercises his former gambling skills, as Pride and the team attempt a dangerous operation to trap Garcia.

star 7.76
870 votes
Writers: Brad Kern, Taylor Streitz
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Hell on the High Water

#23 - Hell on the High Water

Season 3 - Episode 12

After Pride travels to a deep sea oil rig for a murder investigation, the team uncovers a gas leak that's on the verge of causing a catastrophic explosion. Also, Sebastian starts his NCIS special agent training at FLETEC.

star 7.76
1,058 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Zach Strauss
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Knockout

#24 - Knockout

Season 3 - Episode 22

After the Belle Chase Navy Chaplain and pastor at Clearwater Baptist is murdered, Pride believes he found a connection between Mayor Hamilton and the illegal activity taking place in the city of Clearwater. Also, Percy continues to face repercussions of her choices on a previous case.

star 7.76
1,072 votes
Directors: Gordon Lonsdale
Writers: Chad Gomez Creasey, Greta Heinemann
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The Third Man

#25 - The Third Man

Season 2 - Episode 23

The team partners with Homeland Security for the investigation of a Navy master diver's murder after learning the death could be linked to a foreign attack on the city.

star 7.75
813 votes
Directors: Bethany Rooney
Writers: David Appelbaum, Zach Strauss
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