'NCIS: New Orleans' Season 6 Will Reveal Why Pride 'Is Built Like He Is'

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"We ended on an upbeat moment, with an asterisk," NCIS: New Orleans' exec producer Christopher Silber says of May's Season 5 finale.

NCIS field-office honcho Pride (Scott Bakula) survived being kidnapped and drugged with LSD. Now, he'll cope with the aftereffects: insomnia and troublesome dreams. Having hallucinated seeing his mentally ill mother (Joanna Cassidy), he'll visit her, because, as it turns out, recovery requires dealing with a mystery from his past. 

He's also back on the ground. In the premiere, team leader Hannah (Necar Zadegan) breaks protocol during a joint investigation with the FBI and is suspended. Pride steps in to help locate a bomb containing nerve gas, Silber says, and "to protect her from the target on her back." Another mystery from the past, her past, is at play. 

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Plus, Lasalle (Lucas Black) goes in search of his brother Cade, who is bipolar and has gone off his meds before. But this time, Silber notes, the special agent "realizes something [else] has gone wrong." (CSI: NY's Eddie Cahill guest stars in the multi-episode arc.) 

The season's back half then digs into what has been tormenting Pride, reveals exec producer Jan Nash: "We get to the heart of why he is built like he is — saving people at great personal risk."

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NCIS: New Orleans, Season 6 Premiere, Tuesday, September 24, 10/9c, CBS