The Last Ship Season 1 Episode 6
Season 1, Episode 6
Written by: Hank Steinberg
Directed by: Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
Running time: 42 minutes
Original airdate: July 27, 2014
Nielsen rating: 18-49 rating:
Viewers (million):
El Toro (Episode)

After returning from the horrors of Nicaragua, panic begins to spread throughout the ship when Lt. Danny Green comes down with a mysterious illness that could be the virus. Losing faith in Rachel and her failing vaccine trials, Chandler now has to deal with a restive crew. If he fails to keep the crew together, the whole mission is in jeopardy.


EDITOR'S NOTE: The original summary, which I have edited to suit this wiki, was originally written on IMDB.

With the team back from their eventful trip to get Dr. Scott her test monkeys, the guys aren't talking about what they saw, or their encounter with the jungle kingpin El Toro.

In CIC, a sailor tells Lt. Granderson that the crew is starting to ask questions about what they hear on the radio distress signals.

Jeter, Chandler, and Slattery try to figure out what to tell the crew about El Toro. They came back covered in blood and the crew has questions. Jeter and Slattery argue they shouldn't give details about the mission, so that the crew will still have hope.

Meanwhile, Chandler visits Dr. Scott, who explains she has to find the right combination to get the vaccine to work.

Chandler goes on the bridge to address the crew over the intercom. He tells them they encountered a kingpin enslaving people and were able to help them, but there were others they weren't able to help. Dr. Scott has 34 monkeys and they're heading home - he thinks she'll have a vaccine by the time they get there.

Later, Dr. Scott has a crisis as those test monkeys die and consults with Commander Tom Chandler. All six of the ones she tested on died and she has no idea why. He advises her to drop them into the ocean at night and tell no one.

The next day, Chandler briefs XO Mike Slattery and CMC Jeter. She's going through her test monkeys quickly. Chandler doesn't want to burn more fuel heading for home if they're just going to have to turn around again for more monkeys.

Dr. Quincy Tophet plays chess with Bacon and suggests the fact the boat has stopped means that something must be seriously wrong with Dr. Scott's experiments. He tells Bacon that Chandler is hiding something from him.

At night, Dr. Scott dumps the monkeys bodies overboard. Two sailors, Cossetti and O'Connor, on watch see her.

Six more monkeys died after only four hours, a way shorter time than the first batch. Slattery wonders if they should involve Quincy but the captain objects.

In the rec room, the crew starts speculating on the away team's health, thinking that they're sick. Tex assures them they were tested when they returned and are fine. But then Danny Green stumbles in, looking feverish and passes out.

O'Connor sees him and begins to get seriously worried.

Dr. Scott goes to check on Lt. Green, adamantly insisting to everyone in the room, that he doesn't have the virus. She thinks it's most likely he got something from an insect bite.

Doc Rios comes to check on him wearing full protective gear, which everyone he passes in the hallway sees him in.

Dr. Scott tries to convince everyone to calm down, but Chandler wonders if Danny could have a mutated strain. Dr. Scott assures him she tested for the core virus and is positive she would have detected it. She says the mistakes she made with the vaccine are different, and part of experimenting.

Nevertheless, Chandler calls Slattery to lockdown the ship. Everyone stays where they are and puts on suits as the ship is sealed off.

Everyone but Kara -- who races to the rec room to be with Danny, announcing to Chandler that they ate lunch together and if Danny is sick, so is she.

Doc Rios tests Danny's blood to determine what he has.

In the rec room, Birk asks Dr. Scott about the "mistakes" she made with the vaccine. But they're interrupted when Rios calls. Danny has dengue fever, for which he needs fluids and Tylenol. It's not contagious.

Chandler dismisses everyone and talks to Kara alone as Slattery announces that there is no threat.

Chandler asks for the room and once everyone clears out, he wants to know what happened the night they took the RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) to the Russian ship and were late. She tells him about Danny slowing down to try to convince her to get off. Chandler points out she just potentially exposed everyone running through the ship to get to Danny. He reminds her of her oath and duty to her shipmates.

Out in the hallway, Dr. Scott essentially tells Chandler he should have trusted her. He reminds her that he's killed for her, delayed going back to his family for her and any number of things -- but she says it wasn't for her, it was for the human race, and he needs to find a way to trust her.

Bacon checks in with Quincy about a scheme to leave the ship.

Chandler reviews Dr. Scott's record.

Miller talks to O'Connor and Cossetti, they try to convince him to leave the ship with them but he is adamant the they should all stay, and he is definitely not leaving. They're all summoned to a meeting on deck to get briefed by Chandler.

He acknowledges he's made some mistakes in the past few days in keeping information from them. He reminds them the mission isn't about the crew, it's about the people out in the world who need them. Chandler then plays recordings of people asking for help over the radio.

Then he opens the bay doors to reveal Dr. Scott working in her lab and invites everyone to look. He tells them Dr. Scott has dedicated her life to working on vaccines, and that, despite the fact that everyone of her colleagues saying she was wasting time, she fought to be on this mission. He asks her to explain what's happening.

She addresses the crew, telling them right now her vaccine is failing in the monkeys because she has to find the right mixture. She gives an example of another doctor from the past about failing to find a cure for the Spanish flu. He tried 99 times and failed, but on his 100th mouse he found the vaccine. She states that no matter what she'll keep trying.

Chandler tells the crew that it's easy to believe in someone when they are succeeding, but that they also have to believe in each other when they fail as well. Chandler states that they are setting a course for home, but no matter what they will get whatever Dr. Scott needs in order to find a vaccine. If she needs more monkeys, they will get them. Even of they have to go to Bengal to get a tiger, they will do it.

Chandler acknowledges the group planning to leave, and says he knows their enlistments are up, so he'll give them a RIB and supplies for their back pay and they can leave tomorrow morning at 7AM.

Tex talks to Chandler, telling him that it's only 16 guys. However, Chandler replies that if the group of 16 goes, hope goes with them.

The next morning, Chandler, Jeter and Slattery find the group of 16 waiting. Cossetti presents Chandler with a flag and announces they all respectfully request to re-enlist.

Chandler places the flag into Jeters arms and raises his right hand, but before he can even start to precede saying the oath, all of the soldiers say it perfectly without his prompting in unison.

Later, he goes to check on Danny Green and finds Kara Foster there with him. They agree on punishment for her and he asks her to train some junior officers in CIC. He also wants her to explain to others why her behavior is so dangerous.

Chandler drops in on Quincy, telling him he knows what unrest Quincy was causing while talking to Bacon. He takes the chess board and says there will be no more talking from that point on, indicating that his visitation days for playing chess were no longer going to be happening.




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