NCIS: New Orleans Recap 11/25/14: Season 1 Episode 9 “Chasing Ghosts”

NCIS: New Orleans Recap 11/25/14: Season 1 Episode 9 "Chasing Ghosts"

Tonight on CBS NCIS: New Orleans continues with an all new Tuesday November 25, season 1 episode 9 called, “Chasing Ghosts,” and we have your weekly recap below for you. On tonight’s episode,  a cold case is reopened after a Navy issued stolen gun is found to belong to a chief petty officer who died 40 years ago. The case is personal for Wade [CCH Pounder], who has personally tracked and investigated it for years. Meanwhile, the team prepare for their annual Thanksgiving dinner.

On the last episode, the NCIS team investigated the murder of a Petty Officer found in a Mardi Gras float storage facility with an engagement ring and proposal plan in hand. However, the case took a mysterious turn when the team was unable to locate his supposed long-term girlfriend. Did you watch the last episode? If you missed it, we have a full and detailed recap right here for you.

On tonight’s episode as per the CBS synopsis, “after a stolen Navy-issued gun is found to belong to a Chief Petty Officer who died 40 years ago, the NCIS team reopens the cold case, one that Wade has personally tracked and investigated for years. Also, the team prepares for their annual Thanksgiving dinner together. Steven Weber guest stars as Councilman Douglas Hamilton and Dean Stockwell, who reunites with his “Quantum Leap” co-Star Scott Bakula, guest stars as Tom Hamilton, the Councilman’s father.”

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A stolen gun reopens a very old case on tonight’s episode of “NCIS: New Orleans”. Chief Petty Officer Jacob Tarlow died nearly forty years ago. He was part of the Navy that actively recruited Black Americans into joining the navy and unfortunately that wasn’t the safest job in the world at the time. Also there was few that didn’t exactly approve of Jacob being Jewish. And during those days, the KKK or better known as the confederate as they were trying to call themselves used to make things difficult for guys like Jacob in Louisiana. While he strived to help Black Americans, White Americans tended to view him as a race traitor.

So much so he was set upon on the very same night he died. Jacob and a couple of buddies were fighting off guys when they got separated from each other. And by the next morning, Jacob was found strung from a tree.

There wasn’t an investigation. And even Jacob’s boss refused to look into things. So his death (which includes him being hung from a tree) was ruled suicide and years later Dr. Wade took up his case.

Wade keeps a lot of cold cases that have touched a nerve by her bedside and Jacob’s just happened to be one of them. In the years since his death, Wade and his family have never given up looking into his death. His widow who is now dying of cancer has always said Jacob took his gun with him the night before he was found dead. And his friends at the scene of the later race riot also claimed to have seen Jacob with his gun.

But while that wasn’t enough to reopen the case back then – it’s enough now.

Pride and Wade got permission from the family to dig up Jacob. Yet they appeared to have run into a problem as they were doing so. It seems someone had filed an injunction to stop them exhuming body and whoever went through trouble of filing paperwork also took the time to ensure their name wouldn’t be disclosed as well.

So the team was back at the beginning. The one suspect they had couldn’t be the killer because he just happens to be too tall to have strung Jacob up and Jacob’s widow is deteriorating at an alarming rate. Hannah Tarlow doesn’t have that much time so if they really want to give her peace of mind then the team has to start breaking ground in their investigation.

Thankfully the FBI came to be of use. Back in the old days, the feds used to spy on everyday citizen with little to no cause. So they have plenty of pictures to go around. And because the team was still interested in one racist seeing as he was one of the men that beat up Tarlow the night he died and who also had his gun – they looked into the man’s accomplices.

And as it turns out he used to be very good friend with several police officers. One of them is Tom Hamilton and he’s Councilman Douglas Hamilton’s father.

Tom Hamilton was a police officer. But he was old school about it. He felt people like Jacob and the ones Jacob were trying to reach were below him. So Tom would hang around other racists all in the guise of trying to protect their way of life. He let his friends beat up guys like Jacob and then he would most likely arrest guys like Jacob while claiming they were disturbing the peace.

So naturally Tom was suspected of Jacob’s murder. Yet his son had given Pride his father’s DNA and that didn’t match the blood they had of their culprit.

And that’s what got Wade thinking. What if she’s been looking at this case wrong for all these years? She thought Jacob was murdered because of hate. But what if wasn’t hate that came from the racist cop or his backwater friends. What if hate came from unexpected sector?

The last person to see Jacob alive was his friend Paul. Paul had gotten into the earlier scuffle with the racists and Paul had also been the one to deliver Jacob’s diary to the police. It was the diary entry after the fight which led people like Wade to believe Jacob felt he was being targeted by certain. The entry even went as far to imply that he knew his life was in danger.

But analysis done on the handwriting showed it wasn’t Jacob writing fearfully about people coming to kill him in the night. That’s just something his friend Paul had written in after he had died.

Paul wasn’t as good a friend as everyone though. Apparently had a thing for Jacob’s wife. And on the night of the fight, he told Jacob about it. This caused an argument between them and Paul swears things got out of hand. Though that doesn’t change the result of his argument with Jacob.
He killed his friend and then he covered it up. And rather than show remorse, Paul has been proposing to Hannah for years afterwards. So he knew what he was doing. He wanted the girl and he thought he had removed the only obstacle.

But even in death, Jacob had hold over her. She worshiped his memory and raised their daughter. And now both women were left feeling betrayed when they found out their longtime friend had been the one to rob them of Jacob.

Paul will be court-martialed for the murder and in the meantime Hannah plans on forgetting him for the rest of her days until she can be reunited with her husband.