No. The world isn't awful. People are not awful. They want to be good. Something makes them bad. Something breaks them down, makes them snap. There are always signs. Symptoms before someone has a psychotic break.
Camille to Klaus

Girl in New Orleans is the fourth episode of the first season of The Originals and the fourth episode of the series overall.



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WOMAN ON A MISSION — With the annual Dauphine Street music festival around the corner, Davina, itching for a night out, convinces Marcel to let her attend. Marcel cautiously obliges but asks Camille to keep a watchful eye on Davina. Agnes convinces Hayley to visit a mysterious doctor in The Bayou where she makes a shocking discovery. Meanwhile, Klaus takes a special interest in Cami, who reveals some alarming information about her past, and a determined Rebekah is on a mission to get to the bottom of a recent strange encounter involving Elijah.


Davina comes out of hiding and gets an offer she can't refuse from Klaus. Hayley has a harrowing experience at her first doctor's appointment. Cami reveals a tragic family secret to Klaus.

Davina, whose relationship with Marcel remains a conundrum, said she wouldn't return Elijah to his family until she learned how to kill an Original. Cooler heads have prevailed, and it sounds as if Marcel has convinced her that it is in his best interest to honor his word. Davina, in typical teenage fashion, is already moving on to other matters she thinks are important. Specifically, she wants to attend the Dauphine Street music festival. Marcel argues against it, which is expected. Why would he let his secret weapon against the witches out in public? He does seem genuinely concerned for her safety and well being. Davina says he can clear the quarter of any threats just so she can have one night.

When Marcel denies her request, a bit of Davina's true nature is revealed. She tells Marcel that she may do anything he says, but he forgets what she's capable of—making someone's blood boil, for example. Realizing he has to keep her content or suffer the consequences, Marcel says she can attend the festival with a friend of his—Cami. Cami may be romantically linked to Marcel, but she's on Team Klaus thanks to all that pesky mind control. She informs him that Marcel will be bringing a girl he's mentoring to the festival. She has anger issues and is rebelling against authority. Doesn't take our boy Klaus long to figure out who this troubled youth is. Cami turned down the opportunity to babysit Marcel's young charge, but Klaus insists she'll have to change her mind.

Hayley finally gets some attention after weeks of the Klaus/Marcel/Rebekah threesome. One of the witches, Agnes (Karen Kaia Livers), scolds the mother-to-be about her poor prenatal care. She makes Hayley an appointment with a doctor out in the bayou and safe from possible probing vampire eyes. Rebekah hasn't given up locating Elijah and does remember him being held in an attic somewhere. Klaus tells her that Marcel's delay in returning Elijah means he might not be the one calling the shots. He takes this as an indicator that the relationship between Marcel and Davina might be strained, leaving him an opening to lure her to the other side.

Marcel sets down strict guidelines for the evening's festivities. No witches or Originals allowed in the quarter during the festivities. The punishment for the witches—death, of course. Not much he can do to Rebekah or Klaus. He orders his crew to keep their eyes on Cami and Davina at all times but no snacking allowed. Even though she's stowed away from prying eyes in an attic, Davina still manages to have a love interest. His name is Tim, and he's a musician. This explains her insistence at attending the festival. She confides in Cami that she's known him since they were 10. Davina drops a breadcrumb regarding her history when she says she had to leave school and didn't get the chance to say goodbye. She's hoping to speak to Tim that night.

Rebekah is tracking down her brother by attic shutters. A needle in the haystack, to say the least, but her search leads her to a church called St. Anne's, and she learns of its gruesome history. According to a priest, it used to be the heart of the neighborhood but has been abandoned for a while now. Nine seminary students were murdered by one of their own. She compels the priest to direct her to the attic which—ding, ding, ding—contains her daggered brother. Rebekah can't enter, even though she's been invited in once before. Suddenly, she's transported into some kind of dream or vision or flashback or whatever. Elijah is there, and it turns out they are in a memory only the two siblings share. It doesn't seem to be witch power, but rather Original power, fueling this encounter. Elijah is awake and tells Rebekah that Davina removed the dagger and was unaware that doing so even once would negate its power. He says in a few hours, he'll be as good as new.

She tells him to pop her back in the attic, and they'll find a way to get him out. But Elijah isn't quite ready to leave yet. He senses the tenuous connection between Davina and Marcel, just as Klaus does, and thinks he can talk to her and barter a truce. They both seem to forget they are dealing with a moody teenage girl. He tasks Rebekah with protecting Hayley and the baby.

Agnes delivers Hayley to the doctor, but as soon as Hayley exits the car, she's on the phone ordering that "they" be sent in quickly. After her ultrasound, the doctor comments on Hayley's birthmark. Not interested in chit chat, Hayley readies to leave when she receives a text from Rebekah asking where she is. Something is up because the doctor says Hayley's blood pressure is high and disappears into a backroom with the witch. Wolves howl nearby, and a car full of ominous strangers pulls up. The doctor tries to inject Hayley with something, but Hayley kicks her butt and escapes out of a window. I have to wonder if the people she's running from are actually the family she's been searching for.

Klaus uses Davina's hormones against her by using Tim as bait. The two meet at St. Anne's, and Tim seems happy enough to see her, but who knows how much of his behavior is being dictated by Klaus? Davina says she won't be returning to school and that she misses him. I think the whole point of this otherwise snooze-worthy reunion is just to demonstrate that, despite whatever power Davina possesses, she's still just a girl, standing before a boy with a violin, asking him to like her. By the way, it turns out the seminary student who went on a murderous rampage was Cami's twin brother, Sean. At least they finally gave this cardboard cutout of a character some depth. She confides in Klaus that she worries her brother demons will become her own. This entire conversation takes place with Tim's maudlin violin-playing going on in the background.

Klaus compels Cami and Tim giving him the privacy to deal with Davina. Klaus accuses Marcel of keeping her prisoner, while Davina argues for Marcel to keep her safe. Klaus plays his mind games, capitalizing on a young girl's emotions. Poor Tim becomes a pawn as Klaus uses him as leverage when Davina starts her witchy hijinks. Klaus gives Davina an ultimatum: she can swear allegiance to him and the boy lives, or stand against him and, well, I'm guessing no more Tim. Klaus doesn't get to finish his sentence because Davina goes all Carrie on prom night.

For a pregnant girl, Hayley kicks some serious ass. It doesn't look like these are friends or family. Rebekah shows up and says she was guided by a text and what I swear sounds like vampire urine. I'm assuming that can't be right. Anyway, they both get taken down by arrows. When Rebekah wakes up, there are bodies everywhere, but no Hayley in sight. She calls her brother, who has survived Davina's tantrum and says he'll be there soon. Davina leaves the church to search for Tim. He's with Klaus in the balcony, and tired of playing nice, Klaus throws the boy over the side and presumably to his death.

Davina returns to the church and finds Tim dying but not yet dead. Klaus offers to heal him if she asks, which of course he does. He then compels the young man, saying he'll forget everything that happened after the concert, including seeing Davina. Klaus lets Davina know she is now in his debt.Klaus makes it out to werewolf country, where he and Rebekah try to put together who killed Hayley's attackers and where she is now. They don't have to look too hard because she comes wandering up to them with no memory of what happened after she was shot. Klaus threatens to slaughter the witches who had vowed to protect Hayley. This is when Rebekah breaks the news that Elijah's been in touch and has plans of his own. I'm glad to see some other characters get some time and attention. Just when I think Klaus has been neutered, he does some of his nastiest acts. Denying Cami the opportunity to uncover the mysteries surrounding her brother is one of his cruelest acts yet, even though he thinks otherwise. I still don't get all the appeal surrounding Cami. I thought he was somewhat devoted to Caroline. Hybrids are so fickle. This new priest is pretty dark for a man of the cloth, so he could become a valuable ally to Klaus.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



  • Antagonist: Agnes.
  • Narrator: Niklaus Mikaelson.
  • Title meaning: a reference to either Hayley (who is stuck in New Orleans because of her yet-unborn child with Klaus), Davina (who is trapped in New Orleans at the heart of the power struggle between vampires and witches), or Camille (who has moved back to New Orleans after an extended absence to discover the reasons behind her brother's unexpected massacre of his fellow seminary students and his subsequent suicide).
  • This episode marks the first appearances of several characters in the series: Kieran O'Connell, Timothy and Sean O'Connell.
  • Both Klaus and Elijah meet Davina for the very first time in this episode.
  • Klaus reveals the existence of the supernatural to Camille, although he compelled her not to be afraid of him and to not remember that she knows about the supernatural or Klaus' status as a hybrid when he isn't around.
    • This compulsion of Cami to forget what she knows about the supernatural when she isn't in Klaus' presence will continue to play a role up through The Casket Girls.
  • Camille reveals she had a twin brother and that the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death is the reason she came to New Orleans.
  • It was revealed that Timothy and Davina were childhood friends, and he has been a long-standing object of affection for Davina, who still has feelings for him even despite not seeing him for almost a year.
  • During the dream/memory scene with Elijah and Rebekah, Elijah reveals that it was he who took Rebekah on her first foray back into New Orleans society after Klaus undaggered her in 1887.
  • Hayley's wolf-eyes are seen for the first time in this episode, although she does not fully transform—running away from the witches who wanted to kill her and her baby caused her survival instincts to surge enough that her ability of lycanthropic enhancement kicked in to help her fight.
  • The baby is revealed to have inherited Klaus' vampire blood after it healed Hayley's wounds even more quickly than werewolves usually heal.
  • This is the first time the city of New Orleans appears in the title of an episode of the series.


  • Sophie does not appear in this episode, but she is mentioned by Klaus, Hayley, and Rebekah.
  • Agnes and a faction of witches from the French Quarter Coven attempts to kill Hayley and her unborn child with help from Dr. Paige. It is suggested that this was in response to the vision Sabine had of the baby while helping Hayley determine its sex in Tangled Up In Blue.
    • It is confirmed in Sinners and Saints that Agnes was indeed acting on Sabine's vision when she launched an attempt on Hayley and the child's life. It is revealed later in the season that Sabine was actually possessed by Céleste Dubois at the time, and that she lied about having the vision to get revenge on the Mikaelson family.
  • Rebekah finally finds Davina's room at St. Anne's Church in this episode in her ongoing attempt to find Elijah, who was daggered and given to Marcel by Klaus off-screen at the end of Always and Forever.
    • She had previously been to Davina's room, where Elijah was being kept, for the first time in House of the Rising Son, but Davina magically erased her memory of its location before she telekinetically kicked Rebekah out for being rude.
  • Rebekah makes a comment to Hayley regarding her reluctance to seek medical attention for her pregnancy and reminds her that there are many women who would kill to have a child of their own. This alludes to Rebekah's time on The Vampire Diaries, specifically Season Four, when she sought the cure in order to finally become human again and have a family and children of her own. This is a desire of Rebekah's that will continue to come up over the course of the Series.


Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 2.23 million viewers in USA, which was 0.01 million more than the previous episode.

Cultural References


Klaus: "My siblings and I are the first vampires in all of history, the Originals. Three hundred years ago, we helped build New Orleans. Now we have returned to find the city has a new king, one who rules with the aid of a powerful girl. They have taken possession of my brother, Elijah. A coven of witches want this girl for themselves. They seek to enlist my help, using my unborn child as leverage, though I suspect they have ulterior motives. So, I've made a plan of my own: I will free my brother and reclaim the city for our family. Then, I will be king."

Klaus: "Over the course of my life, I've encountered no shortage of those who would presume to speak of good and evil. Such terms mean nothing. People do what is in their best interest, regardless of who gets hurt. Is it evil to take what one wants? To satisfy hunger, even if doing so will cause another suffering? What some would call evil, I believe to be an appropriate response to a harsh and unfair world."
Camille: "No offense, but I'm not sure I follow why you've invited me here."
Klaus: "Because I enjoy your company, and I sense you have the capacity for understanding someone of my...complexity. You see, I returned to New Orleans to investigate a threat posed against me. What I found was a young woman, pregnant, in need of protection. My brother, always the do-gooder, tried to manipulate me into helping her. He thought it might redeem me. Trouble is, I've since learned of another young woman-- a girl, really. One with vast potential, held in captivity by a tyrant. I want to help both of these women; protect one and free the other. So, tell me, Cami, does that sound evil to you?"
Camille: "I don't believe in evil as a diagnosis. I think you have unstable personal relationships, stress-related paranoia, chronic anger issues, fear of abandonment. I think you could benefit from talking to someone... professionally.
Klaus: "I think I prefer to talk to you. So, I'm going to offer you a job-- as my stenographer.
Camille: "Okay. What are we writing?"
Klaus: "My memoirs, of course. Someone should know my story. And it will give us time to discuss other riveting subjects, like your handsome suitor, Marcel."
Camille: "Excuse me? My private life is..."
Klaus: "Your private life is, as it turns out, essential to my plans. You see, Marcel wants you. And because of that, he will trust you, which serves me. The thing is, the French Quarter is on the verge of war. On the one side, there's me. And on the other, Marcel, along with a very powerful witch and an army of vampires."
Camille: "What?!"
Klaus: (compels Cami) "You're frightened. Don't be."
Camille: "I'm not scared anymore. That's... amazing. How did you...?"
Klaus: "It's called compulsion. It's a neat bit of vampire trickery. I'll tell you all about it. But first, let's talk a little more about Marcel."

Cami: "How is it that when you come up to me now, and no one else is around, I suddenly remember that you just told me you're a vampire and you're mind-controlling me? And then you leave, and I go back to thinking you're just some hot guy with a cute accent and money to burn on your sprawling memoir?"
Klaus: "Well, that's how compulsion works, love."
Cami: "Yeah, but what's happening? Is it hypnosis? Are my neurons being shut down somehow?"
Klaus: "You're always the curious scholar."

Camille: "I know what you are. It's crazy to me, but at least it makes sense. But this... massacre. It's just a pointless, brutal thing. In your life, have you ever heard of anything like that? A good man, an aspiring priest, just goes on a killing spree out of nowhere?"
Klaus: "I've seen quite a lot in my time. The world is a rather awful place. Best to meet it on it's own terms."
Camille: "No. The world isn't awful. People are not awful. They want to be good. Something makes them bad. Something breaks them down, makes them snap. There are always signs. Symptoms before someone has a psychotic break."

Klaus: "Marcel's delay in returning our brother makes me suspect he's no longer in charge of the situation. If Davina's loyalty to Marcel is strained, perhaps the young witch will be open to discussing a new alliance."
Rebekah: "As usual, your power grabs are more important than rescuing your brother."
Klaus: "Well, I prefer to think of it as killing two birds with one stone. Rob Marcel of his secret weapon, bring our brother home."



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