It’s a “Quantum Leap” reunion when Scott Bakula reunites with his former co-star Dean Stockwell for Tuesday’s episode of “NCIS: New Orleans.” But funnily enough, the episode is driven by Dr. Loretta Wade’s (CCH Pounder) obsession with a very cold case, rather than Special Agent Dwayne Pride’s (Bakula).
“This case was one Wade encountered when she was working in the Medical Examiner’s office as an intern,” says “NCIS: New Orleans” executive producer Jeffrey Lieber. “It was the injustice of the case, that caused Wade to decide to stay in New Orleans and become the ME.”
The action begins when a stolen Navy-issued gun is found to belong to a Chief Petty Officer, who died 40 years previously. It is a case that Wade has personally tracked for years, so she makes sure to get involved when the NCIS team reopens the cold case.
Stockwell guest stars as Tom Hamilton, Councilman Douglas Hamilton (Steven Webber) father, and he comes under suspicion. Of course, we know from previous episodes that Pride has been keeping an eye on the younger Hamilton, so now we get to meet daddy dearest.
For more scoop on the “Chasing Ghosts” episode of “NCIS: New Orleans,” airing Tuesday night at 9 p.m. on CBS, check out what else Lieber has to say about the episode.
What was it like watching Bakula and Stockwell do scenes together again?
Totally fantastic. The two of them go back 25 years now and it was such a thrill to be able to reunite them.
What can you say about the current case?
The current case is a simple robbery, but in pursuing the owner of one of the stolen items — an Navy issue gun from the ’70s — we realize we may be able to solve a 40-year-old murder.
Forty years is a long time to expect a killer to still be alive. Is it more about Wade’s wanting to find answers, or making someone pay for the crime?
It’s mostly about Wade’s obsession with discovering the truth and not leaving mysteries unsolved.
We know about Douglas Hamilton. What is Tom Hamilton like?
Tom Hamilton is an old-school, Southern politician who rules by intimidation. In some ways, by realizing where Douglas came from, we’re hoping the audience will start to see Douglas in a more nuanced light.
Pride has it in for Hamilton. Is his father part of that?
The Hamiltons and the Prides have been in conflict for a long, long time. This is just the latest chapter.