NCIS: New Orleans Is Giving Pride The Perfect New Love Interest

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Just because NCIS: New Orleans takes place in the party-ready Big Easy, that doesn't mean anything is ever easy for this characters. The job keeps everybody busy on a regular basis, but even special agents need a little love and affection every so often, and Scott Bakula's Dwayne Pride is going to get another stab at romantic happiness that, understandably, doesn't involve his ex-wife Linda. But what makes this particular NCIS: New Orleans addition interesting is that the role was filled by Chelsea Field, who just so happens to be Bakula's wife in real life.

Sounds like a match made in heaven, right? It should not be much of a (non-quantum) leap for him to get along with her on the set, since they should have perfect chemistry. When Chelsea Field shows up on NCIS: New Orleans, which is set to happen in the March 7 installment, she will be playing Rita Devereaux, an old friend from Pride's past. On the strictly official side of things, Rita is a District Attorney and a Reserve Navy Commander within the JAG Corps, and she gets embroiled in some cases that Pride and his NCIS team are investigating. Don't be disappointed when sparks aren't immediately flying, as the follow-up episode is where the heat starts up.

For the March 14 episode, Team NCIS will be tracking down a rogue Special Ops Marine who managed to take out six men inside a bar, and this situation will be the one that gets Pride and Rita back in front of each other. You see, the two used to do other things together that had little to do with busting bad guys...they played music together, as she would partner up with him on the piano back in the days when his music major was still fresh. You were probably thinking much dirtier, weren't you? Well, that's fine, too, since they apparently were tickling more than just the ivories back then, according to TV Guide.

It's going to be great to see Pride getting some excitement in that area of his life, particularly when it's Scott Bakula's legit significant other hitting it off with him. Interestingly, though, while this will be actress Chelsea Field's first time on NCIS: New Orleans, it won't be her first appearance within the connected CBS universe, as she also appeared on an episode of NCIS prime back in 2006. That character's name was Jocelyn Wayne, though, so they're clearly not the same person, and we definitely won't be seeing a crossover where she plays both characters. (Or will we?) Here she is with Gibbs.

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Not exactly killing it in the ratings, NCIS: New Orleans will keep Pride's boots a-knockin' when it airs Monday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS. Head to our midseason premiere schedule to see what else is heading to the small screen in the near future.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.