The Last Ship (2014–…): Season 1, Episode 10 - No Place Like Home - full transcript

Now the human tests show the vaccine and cure works, all crew in injected and the ship seeks a port to organize its mass-production. Their initial choice, a fort, proves deliberately bombed. A radio signal however invites them to the tiny remnant of the US government's HQ in what's left of Baltimore. Acting 'president' Amy Granderson's weakling government offers them suitable facilities, but the ship attracted the lethal attention of a ruthless confederation of warlord-like militias who want to maintain their power and hence the pest-caused chaos. Granderson's state troopers guard proves a poor match.

Come in, anyone.

Anybody out there?


We're sick. I'm broadcasting in the blind.

Mama? Mama?

JED: In the blind!
- Mama, please don't fall asleep.

Mama, we're gonna get you help.

- Wake up, Mama, please!
JED: Anyone, come in, please.

Anyone out there?

Anyone, damn it!

Mama, please don't fall asleep.

Wake up, Mama. Mama!

What's your name?

You sure you have enough
for the whole crew?

And 50 or 60 more.

When we get home, we can
use this as a vaccine and a cure?

Well, the uninfected will be immunized...

and the sick can be cured...

providing they're not too far gone.

After all the failures and the false starts...

I just feel so...



I can't remember the last time
that I felt that emotion.

Still so much to do.
We have to mass-produce it...

- we have to distribute it. My God.
- Rachel.

You did it.

Let's enjoy the moment.

I told her how I feel.

I mean, basically, I spilled my guts to her.

I mean, sure, I'm spiking
a hundred-and-four-degree fever...

but still, you know.

"You make me wanna love again."

I actually said that.

And what does she give me? Zip.

What I understand about women,
you'd fit in a shot glass.

I don't need to tell you.


Hey, how are you feeling?

I don't get seasick, so...

I've never seen morning sickness
on a DDG before.

Have you seen a nursery?


Form up.


Okay, here's the deal.

We're attempting to make contact...

with the infectious disease lab
at Fort Detrick...

as it is just the facility Dr. Scott requires
for mass-producing the cure.

So far we've had no joy.

I'll be honest...

knowing how deadly this plague is
and how fast it spreads...

I don't have any confidence that
there's gonna be any survivors, so...

That being said,
there's a reason they call it a fort.

And if anyone can hold their own...

it's our friends in the U.S. Army.

- Master chief.
- Thank you, sir.

I wanna address the issue
that's on all of our minds.

On our way up the coast, our ship will be
passing right by Norfolk. By home.

Our comms team tells us
we could pick up...

some orphan signals
from random cell towers...

or servers still online.

You may even get a phone call
if they've restored power on land.

It's unlikely, but I just wanna prepare you.

We don't know what to expect
when we get back to the States.

Only way to help the people we love
is to deliver Dr. Scott and the cure...

to a secure and workable lab.

Detrick's our best bet,
so that's our mission.

ALL: Aye, sir.
- Carry on.

Any station in vicinity of Fort Detrick...

USAMRIID, this is
USS Nathan James, over.

Aye, sir. Captain, SSES reports
that the keyhole satellite...

will be flying over our whiskey
in 50 seconds. Unable to steer...

but they did manage to
break the uplink encryption.

Bringing up the feed now.

- It's traveling fast.
- Too fast, sir.

There's no one left to control it.

When it gets over the area,
we'll have a minute to capture the images.

We'll just need enough to chart
a route from the land to the lab.

We've tapped into one of the Air Force's spy
satellites to check the traffic to Fort Detrick.

Well, why not send
your helicopter or drone?

No more fuel.

They spent it all looking for me.

KARA: Satellite passing over us.
MAN: This is USS Nathan James, over.

- Any station in this net...
- Come on, give us something.

- This is USS Nathan James. Over.
- There it is.


SLATTERY: That's Interstate 70.
- If clear, it'll get us all the way to Detrick.

There'll be some image blur,
but I'll get you closer, sir.

That's a mass evacuation.

- Take us north a mile.
- Aye, sir.

Any station in this vicinity
of Fort Detrick...

USAMRIID, this is USS Nathan James.

That red X, some sort of quarantine?

More like a warning sign to stay away.

Looks like people took it seriously.

Sir, the satellite's approaching Fort Detrick.

I say again, anyone at Fort Detrick,
please respond.

The laboratory building's
in the center of campus.

Roger that, ma'am. Zooming in.

Oh, my God.

It's been completely destroyed.

The lab, the containment areas...

the equipment, everything.

Nothing else on the base was burned.

That lab was targeted.

Who would've done that?

Slow down.

Slow down. Stop the car.

- Where you going?
- My family's sick. They need help.

- You can't go this way. Turn around.
JED: Please.

- Please, we're trying to get to Olympia.
McGREGOR: Olympia can't help you.

Go back where you came from, old man.

Get down.


Should we go after them?

No. They'll be dead soon.

Sir! Sir!

Take a breath. What is it?

I caught a new broadcast.

It's another loop,
but this one was updated today.

And there's something you need to hear.

Winds are coming southwest...

and temperatures will reach
50 degrees in Baltimore.

How come we're hearing this now?

A weak FM transmitter.
It must've just come into range.

There are reports of an
outbreak of the Red Flu...

Red Flu. Is that what they're calling it?

- Doesn't do it justice, somehow.
- It's looping around. Here it comes.

Nathan James, we are aware of your mission
and we have secured the facility you require.

If you are within range of the signal,
we urge you to reply over channel 1-6.

I repeat, USS Nathan James...

if you are still out there,
please reply on VHF channel 1-6.

- Get them on the line.
- Yes, sir.

This is U.S. Naval warship Nathan James
hailing you on channel 1-6.

We have heard your call, over.

This is U.S. Naval warship Nathan James
hailing you on channel 1-6.

We have heard your call, over.

Baltimore. We'll set a course
in that direction.


We may still be too far out.

Then let me know as soon as you find out.
Good work, son.

Schools have reopened in Sector 3...

and some city services are set to resume.


Attention, attention.

This call goes out to the crew
of the USS Nathan James.

We are aware of your mission and
we have secured the facility you may require.

If you are in range of the signal
we urge you to reply over channel 1-6.

I repeat, USS Nathan James,
if you are still out there...

- Jed?
- Did you hear that, Darien?

Tom's still out there...

and people are waiting for him.

Don't worry, sweetheart.

You're gonna make it. You hang in there.

QUINCY: I had to do what was best...
KELLY: Best for who?

QUINCY: Please listen.
KELLY: How could that...


KELLY: Quincy, we have been through it.
QUINCY: This is not fair.

- They're at it again.
KELLY: Tell me what this is.

You know that I love you.

Events, just, they keep happening
and have a mind of their own...

I know that things are better now...

but I don't think they'll be the same again.

- Hello, Kelly.
- Hi.

- Ava, darling, shall we find something to eat?
- All right.

- I'll see you later.
- I'll see you later.


She can't forgive me
for what I put them through.

And to be honest, I don't blame her.

Well, when the captain finds
the right place for us to put ashore...

maybe you can all start again...

on more solid ground.

Captain, I've got Baltimore.

- A Mrs. Granderson is on the line.
- Did you say Granderson?

- Yes, sir.
- Well, put her through.

They're trying to use the VIDCOM,
but can only get audio, sir.

- Go ahead, sir.
- This is Tom Chandler...

commanding officer of the
USS Nathan James, over.

Captain Chandler.

You have no idea
how good it is to hear your voice.

We thought you were lost at sea.

No, ma'am, we're alive and well.

Oh, there you are.

- I got it.
- You must be nearby.

I'm Amy Granderson...

and I suppose an explanation is in order.

As vice-chair of the
President's Defense Policy Board...

I was briefed on your mission to the Arctic.

I knew the risks of the coming pandemic...

and I had my daughter
transferred to your ship.

You must forgive me.

No apology needed, ma'am.
Your daughter's been an incredible asset.

I'm pleased to hear from you.

We had no word
from the presidential bunker.

President Geller invited me underground.

I declined. I thought the risk was too big...

to have so much of our civilian and
military command in one confined space.

Unfortunately, I was right.

So the government is gone?

For the most part, yes.

Since the bunker went silent...

there has been
a breakdown in infrastructure...

general panic, and, of course,
a tremendous loss of life.

I have tried to execute a contingency plan...

working with the state
and local police to create safe zones.

We have been hanging on as best we can.

And I have been praying
every day for your return.

Ma'am, we can be in Baltimore
in a matter of hours.

In the meantime, I'm sure there is
someone you'd like to speak with.



Mom, I don't... I don't understand.

What are you doing? Where are you?

I'm here, darling.

Oh, I knew you were out there.

I just knew it.


We've intercepted a transmission.

A U.S. Navy ship is due to make port
in a matter of hours in Baltimore Harbor.

- What kind of ship?
- I don't know, sir.

Well, is it a tug? A destroyer?

A 5000-sailor aircraft carrier?

The signal was spotty.

All we know is the name. Nathan James.

It's the ship they've been hailing for weeks.

Granderson's sending out a greeting party.

Well, if they're having a party...

then let's party.

MAN 1 [OVER RADIO]: We cleared Baltimore,
port distance 1000 yards.

No threats, no contacts.

MAN 2: All commands reporting
forced rigging.

VBSS on the way to
designated meeting point.

E-W reports negative rackets of interest.

Nothing moving on surface plot.
Clean picture.

MAN 3: Bridge, CIC. ATTWO reports
SCAT team manned and ready...

at all crew-served weapon stations
port and starboard.

All right, let's move. Fan out.

- Aye, sir.
- Secure perimeter.

Dennis and Rowler, left flank.

Cruz, we take right.

Keep your heads on a swivel, fellas.

MAN 4:
Perimeter secure.

MAN 5: Keep eyes on upper structures.
MAN 4: Copy.

Here they come.

Contact the front.

Hi. Hey.

I'm Lieutenant Pete Norris
of the Maryland State Police.

Inside my vehicles are
my assistant barrack commander...

my criminal section supervisor,
and a few surviving state troopers.

You don't need the masks. We're not sick.

I'm Lieutenant Green,
this is Lieutenant Burk.

It's a pleasure to make
your acquaintance, lieutenant.

Bridge, Burk. The pier is secure.
All clear, over.

Understand. All clear on the beach.
Landing party underway.

- Welcome to Baltimore.
BURK: It's great to be here.

McGREGOR: Looks like the troopers just got
a couple hundred U.S. sailors.

A few dozen Tomahawks too.

Second landing party arriving.

Including the captain.

You must be Lieutenant Norris.
Tom Chandler, CO, Nathan James.

Pleasure to meet you.
This is Lieutenant Landau.

- Sir.

Hey. How y'all doing?

Just fine, now that you're here.

We can escort you guys back to our HQ.

Here comes another van.

MAN [OVER RADIO]: Cobra 1 in place.
All clear on the beach.

- Holy shit.
- What?


I had to come see for myself.
Oh, my baby girl.

It's her. It's Granderson.

She came out herself.

I am so glad to have you back.

Captain Chandler, thank you.

Thank you for returning my daughter to me.

Privilege. We wouldn't be here without her.

Take the shot.

Mrs. Granderson, we really
need to get you back in the vehicle.

She's blocked.

Come. Everyone's eager to meet you.

I can take out the fat man.

No. You only have one shot. I want her.

Nathan James, we're having a family reunion
here. We're headed out with the group.

Sending Lieutenant Norris
back with the VBSS to update you...

with the situation on ground, sir.

Roger that. We'll arrange a
welcome for Lieutenant Norris.

Oh, and say hi to Mom for us.

Damn it.

I lost her.

Talk to your friends on the inside.

Find out what they're doing here.

We were fortunate to find this building.

There's only one coal-fired plant
still operational...

and we have a direct line.

Plus, strategically, we're far enough
from the city to avoid infection.

You'll be safe here.


Mom, this is amazing.

- Yes, but it's been a battle.
- And who's the enemy?

Warlords, they call themselves.

And recently, they've killed
more people than the actual virus.

Do you know they raided
the National Archives?

They actually tried to steal
original copies of the Constitution.

As if that could take away
who we are as a people.


I didn't wanna broadcast about
the virus over an open radio feed...

but the president told me that
you had the materials to produce a vaccine.

Is that true?

Yes, ma'am.

We've actually made a little more
progress than that, Mrs. Granderson.

We have the cure.

Fort Detrick was our first option too.

They had the lab and all,
but Thorwald got there first.

- Thorwald?
- A former Baltimore P.D...

turned self-proclaimed leader
of the warlords.

Been a real pain in our ass
since this whole thing started.

I shouldn't complain. I imagine you've
been through a hell of a time yourselves.

Listen, lieutenant, last I talked to my wife...

- she was taking the family to Deer Park.
- Safe zone, heard of it.

You know if it's still there?

There was fighting, but there are survivors.

I can get you there as soon as
we get you off the ship.

Thanks, doc.
You have no idea how good that felt.

- Oh, I have some idea.
- Yeah.

What were the results of Test 37?

See, these results are consistent...

GRANDERSON: Now, this is the main reason
we chose this building.

We've worked for months
trying to develop a cure...

but now you're here.

It's heavenly.

You're not gonna like this, boss.

My guy inside Granderson's
said the ship came back with a cure.

It could be bullshit. We've heard this before.

Not from the U.S. Navy.

If that's true, Granderson will spread out.
Go anywhere she wants. We will lose the city.

We need to get our hands on the cure.

It's probably locked away somewhere
on the ship.

The only way is to
take Granderson on directly.

We have to take her lab.


Look at her.

She's in love with a toaster.

- You still haven't made your move?
- I've been making my move since Gitmo.

She ain't buying what I'm selling.

I thought once she saved the world,
she'd let loose a little.

BURK: Nathan James, this is Vulture 1.
Do you copy?

This is her letting loose.

I repeat, Nathan James,
this is Vulture 1. Do you copy?

- I can't get through, sir.
- You won't get a signal.

Warlords are jamming
local frequencies.

They have a radio room, sir.
I let the XO know where we are.

Ma'am, if that radio room's still available...

I'd like to get word to my family,
see if they're out there.

I think it's time you thought of yourself.

Meanwhile, we can work with your team...

to arrange safe transit here
for your ship's crew.

This is Tom Chandler listening on a spread
spectrum, looking for Jed Chandler...

in Clearwater, Virginia or parts nearby.

This is Tom Chandler
listening on a spread spectrum...

looking for Jed Chandler in Clearwater,
Virginia or parts nearby. Over.

And some city services are set to resume.

This is Tom Chandler looking for Jed
Chandler in Clearwater, Virginia. Over.

This is Tom Chandler looking for Jed
Chandler in Clearwater, Virginia. Over.



Hey, listen, just wanted to let you know
that I'm heading off.

Heading off?

What are you talking about?

I'm moving on.

By yourself?

But it's chaos out there.

I've seen worse.

And thanks to you,
I can travel wherever I like.

Where will you go?

I got things to take care of.

The young girl whose picture
that you keep in your locket.

Among other things, yeah. Anyway, you seem
to have things plenty well in hand here.

Right, then.

Uh, you're a special woman, you know that?

You take care, now.

What the hell.

This is Tom Chandler looking for Jed
Chandler in Clearwater, Virginia. Over.


This is Tom Chandler, U.S. Navy,
looking for Jed Chandler...

in Clearwater, Virginia. Over.

- Dad?

Dad? Are you there?

It's me. It's Tom. I'm back.

- Tom.
- I'm here, Dad.



Are you at the cabin?

We 're going to Baltimore.

- Are you with the kids? Darien?
- We're sick.

We had to leave the cabin.
Going to Olympia.

It's our only hope for a cure.
Please, Tom, come quick. We're sick.

Tell me exactly where you are.

What do you see?

- Onik's Truck Stop.
- Truck stop?

- What happened? Are you on the road?
WOMAN: Onik Truck Stop.

- It's a tire shop downtown.
- We can get you there.

Listen to me. Stay put.

I'm coming for you.

Put these jackets on.

You'll blend in better.
We're in and out, gentlemen.


- Dad?
BURK: Let's get eyes 360.

- Darien?
- Sir.



Where did you get this radio?

- Where did you get this radio? Answer me!
- It's mine now.

The man you took this radio from,
where'd he go?

- Where did he go? Where?
- The arena.

- What arena?
- Olympia.


Come on. Let's go.

- Can't do that, sir.
CHANDLER: What do you mean?

- Olympia's for sick people.
- But we're immune.

- You got the shots too.
- Get back in the car. We're going back to base.

- We're going to Olympia.
- You don't give the orders, captain.


- Drop your weapon!
- Don't wanna do this.

We're on the same side.
Everybody calm down.

Master chief!

I'm all right. I'm okay.

Nathan James, this is Vulture 2. Come in.
Damn it. Still can't get through.

Take the truck, get the master chief
back to the ship.

- Tell the XO what's going on.
- What is going on?

Find a way to get the others back to the ship.
We're getting out of Baltimore.

You Okay?

What about us?

We're going to Olympia.

You'll inform the others, then?

Very good.

Everything okay?


All good.

Everything's under control.

I wanna try and look for Sarah.

If you survived, there's a chance...

- that maybe she's still okay.
- Alisha.

Your friend lived in Wisconsin.

There's no way to get there now.

- Soon, maybe.
- But if we make...



tell me this.

What kind of man is Captain Chandler?

He's amazing.

Without him, we wouldn't
have gotten through any of this.

So he hasn't let the power go to his head?

I'm not sure I understand the question.

I'm asking if he will still follow orders.

Follow orders from whom?

Mother, what's going on?


Have you seen these protocols?

Of course. Why?

Well, Dr. Hamada claims that his treatment
prolongs the lives of the infected.

But his whole assumption about the virus
seems to be wrong.

Heh. I'm a statistician. The data he's given
suggests treatment's working.

- No, impossible.
- Is something wrong?

Dr. Hamada.

You're using Ribavirin to introduce higher
error rates to the virus' DNA replication.

- In a chemical cocktail, yes.
- The pandemic virus is error-free.

Your treatment wouldn't have
any positive effect whatsoever.

In fact, these dose levels are highly toxic.


WOMAN [ON PA]: Enter quietly
and follow instructions once inside.

You will be told which section
to wait for treatment.

You will receive medication
in sequence of arrival.

Left through the turnstile
and wait for assessment.

Do not mass in front of doors.

Enter quietly
and follow instructions once inside.

You will be told which section
to wait for treatment.

You will receive medication
in sequence of arrival.



- Daddy.
- Ashley.

- Daddy. Daddy.
- Ashley.

Oh, my God.

- Sammy.
- Daddy.

- Daddy, we're sick.
- I know, baby.

I know.
Daddy's gonna make it better, okay?

Where's Mommy?

- Tommy.
- Where's your mother?

- Tommy.
- Dad, why didn't you wait for me?

Sam, a little pinch. A little pinch.
This is gonna make you feel better.

- Tommy.
- Where is she?

I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

Dad, where's Darien?

She's gone, son.

She's gone.

I tried to do everything I could to save her.

- I tried to. I tried to.
- I know you did, Pop.

I know you did.
But right now I gotta give you this.

Stack the cases by the door.
We'll put them on a pallet.

Unload them dockside as we make port.

I'm not sure exactly when
that's gonna be... Hey, Norris.

- Answer a question for us if you could.
- Yes, sir.

- Commander. Commander.
- Whoa!

Get on the horn,
and give the order to drop anchor.

You muster your entire crew on the flight
deck. Open up the door to the helo bay...

- where you're storing the cure.
- I'm not giving you a thing.

- I don't know your plan...
- You do exactly what I say.

Or I'll pick off your crew one-by-one.
My troopers are everywhere.

This ship is mine now.

Please, he needs help.

- Call Doc Rios.
- Nobody moves.

- Nobody move.
- Put down that weapon.

- You don't think I'll do it?
- Put down that weapon.

You think I won't do it, XO? Just try me.


I'm not gonna tell you again, commander.

Muster your crew.



My troopers say they experienced
no side effects from the cure.

It's amazing what you've created.

I wish I could say the same in return.

I understand you have some questions...

about the way we've been
treating the sick.

What you are giving the sick
is anything but a treatment.

- Of that, I am sure.
- Doctor.

You know this.

In the 14th century...

the Black Death wiped out...

60 percent of the European population.

The plague killed indiscriminately.

The artists, scientists...


so few and precious to begin with,
were wiped out.

It upended the social order...

and prolonged the Dark Ages
a hundred and fifty years.

I cannot let that happen here.

I understand your allegiance to your friends.

You've gone through so much together...

but you've seen nothing
of the chaos here at home.

The hysteria. The cruelty.

The savagery.

You must try to see the situation
from our point of view.

There are people out there
who would use this crisis...

to take what does not belong to them.

They are the barbarians at the gate...

who want to send us into a new Dark Age.

We have the power to stop them.

To keep them in their place.

It is my duty to help the right people first.

The people whose survival...

will ensure the future
of our entire society...

and all that we hold dear.

So you gathered your elite few
within these walls.

And the rest...

what happens to them?

The virus doesn't discriminate.

That unfortunate task...

falls to me.


Hey, what are you doing? You can't be here.

- You're killing them.
- Get the hell back behind the curtain.

- You're killing them.
- Stay back.

You sick bastards.


Captain, we gotta move.

Security breach in Section 12.

Repeat, security breach in Section 12.

I don't get it.

They're burning them.

They're burning the bodies
to power the city.

I know it's hard to understand.

You've been away so long.

But in time, Rachel,
you'll see it's the only way.

- She was trying to run.
- Dr. Scott, I had no idea this was happening.

- I swear it...
- Hush, dear.

You can't replicate my work
with the doses that I've given you.

Everything that you need
is locked up on that ship.

And the captain will never give it up.

You let me worry about the captain.


We have to go.

Nathan James, come in.
Do you read me?

Nathan James, come in.
Do you read me?

Nathan James, this is the captain.
Come in. Do you read me?

Nathan James, come in.
Do you read me?

Nathan James, this is the captain.
Come in. Do you read me?

Nathan James, where are you?