It’s a “Quantum Leap” reunion on “NCIS: New Orleans” this week when Dean Stockwell guest stars as Tom Hamilton, father to Councilman Doug Hamilton (Steven Weber). Star Scott Bakula tells Zap2it that it’s a case of “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” as Tom is as much trouble for Agent Pride as his son has been when it turns out Tom is mixed up in a cold case from 40 years ago.
“It’s a really interesting episode,” says Bakula. “It’s based on true
events. Sadly, this group that in the ’60s and ’70s, people were being —
well, we all know about the activities of the KKK. This particular episode is
about a young Jewish petty officer who was enlisting young
African-Americans into the Navy, and this group called the Brigade didn’t
like that and he was harassed and was eventually hung. That’s based on
true events that happened to people who weren’t the same as other people, back in those days.”
When a gun belonging to the dead petty officer is found four decades later, it leads the NCIS team to some interesting modern-day connections.
“It’s a pretty harrowing episode, but it leads us to a bunch of information about today,
some interesting scenes between myself and Steven Weber, and then great
stuff with Dean,” says Bakula. “Once we put the pieces together on the cold case, we realize that it ties back to Tom Hamilton and his history before he was a politician. He was in the sheriff’s department, and he wasn’t a good guy.”
The case also has a personal connection to medical examiner Dr. Wade (CCH Pounder), who was one of the original investigators.
“It was either [Dr. Wade’s] first case out of school or she was still working as an assistant to the coroner while she was in school,” Bakula reveals. “She was unable to effect any change and it went as an unsolved murder, and she felt it was covered up. It was certainly race-related and she fought and lost, so it’s part of her stack of files next to nightstand that are her cold cases and this is one that opens up again and she digs back into it.”
“NCIS: New Orleans” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.