The Last Ship (2014–…): Season 1, Episode 6 - Lockdown - full transcript

With monkeys for testing, they work towards a vaccine but with no cure in sight, a serious lack of monkeys and increasingly depressing distress calls, they think about returning to Nicaragua.

MAN [OVER RADIO]: If anyone can hear me,
I'm just outside Trujillo.

- I'm not sick, but I'm running out of water.
WOMAN: My children need help.

Please, if you can hear me,
please call back. We're out...

People are starting to ask
about what goes on here.

- And what do you tell them?
- That there are still survivors out there.

That most of the news isn't good.

The crew knows that we cross-check
every message against their files...

that we'd tell them
if we heard anything about their families.

People have no idea what's going on
outside the ship...

other than what the officers tell them
and that's not much.

Well, Dr. Scott says she's close
to testing a vaccine on the monkeys.

We should set a course for home.

- No sense in idling here.
- Agreed.

I know I'm not your mother...

but you gotta eat, Mike.

I think I'm becoming a vegetarian.

- Did you inform the galley?
- I'm hoping to get over it.


So, what's on your minds?

We were wondering if you'd given any
thought as to what we're gonna tell the crew.

About Nicaragua.

It's our opinion, sir,
that they be spared the details.

The DCA crew saw blood
all over our uniforms.

We encountered some hostiles,
like at Gitmo.

They don't need to know
about the village, El Toro.

- Or our lovely dinner.
- The sick people...

how close we were to them,
the fact that we couldn't help.

You don't think they can handle it.

It's our job to carry the weight of this,
not those kids out there.

We talked to Tex and the lieutenants,
everyone's on the same page.

And as soon as Mason's well enough,
we'll give him the drill.

It's need-to-know.
It's how we've always functioned.

Well, some things have changed.

We were all in the dark for four months
up in the Arctic. People didn't like that much.

They took our word for it
that we were in the dark with them.

We start keeping information
from them now...

I understand, sir...

but the crew needs hope.


So that's the vaccine?

These are vaccine prototypes.

There are dozens of small gene mutations
between the primordial Arctic...

the Egyptian and the super-virus strains.

The key will be targeting the right one
with the right combinations.

And when you inject one
of those prototypes...

how long before we know if it works?

Anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

But one of these could be the vaccine,
it's just a matter of finding the right gene?

It's not really that simple, but...

But essentially, yes.

Captain's on the bridge.


Good evening, Nathan James.
This is the captain.

- What's up?
- Hang on.

CHANDLER: I wanted to inform you all
of our progress in the mission.

As you know, a small team entered Nicaragua
to find primates for Dr. Scott's tests...

which she hopes
will be a vaccine against the virus.

While there, we encountered a drug lord
who enslaved 150 people.

We eliminated his men...

and we eliminated him...

freeing those healthy people there
to establish a life for themselves.

We also encountered several dozen
infected people, including children.


we couldn't help them.

But perhaps tomorrow, we will be able to...

because we came back to the Nathan James
with 34 monkeys.

Dr. Scott will now conduct her trials
on those monkeys.

But we, we are not waiting.

We're setting a course for home.

By the time we get there,
we believe Dr. Scott will have a vaccine...

and our mission will be completed.

Today's a good day.

Carry on.

Them Kardashian girls
always getting into trouble.

- You think they're still fighting for press?
- No doubt.

No doubt.

Oh, man. I just hate reading
about people breaking up.

I may not look it, but I'm a softie.
I like seeing people getting together.

Yeah, man, I bet you do.

I got a theory about you.

You keep going on about
this no fraternization business...

but I think maybe you just want me to keep
my grubby hands off the girl you're sweet on.

You'd better tell me, amigo.

Don't want our swords crossing by accident.

Heh. I'm just messing with you,
because I already know who she is.

- Yeah, keep talking, Tex.
- All right, I will.

I'll bet you 10-to-1 that she's a lieutenant...

and her initials are K.F.C.
without the C.


I swear to God, if you say anything...

Ha, ha. Buddy, your secret's safe with me.

Doesn't matter anyway. It's over.

Didn't look over to me.

Well, it is.

It has to be.

Did you see Mason?

His leg's pretty messed up.

He didn't wanna talk about
what they saw out there.

The master chief looked right through me on
the bridge and nobody's seen the XO all day.

You really think Dr. Scott's close
to having a vaccine?

I'm not counting my chickens.

So the captain's just trying
to buck everyone up?

- So we're going home then?
- Seem like.

And how long will that take?

From here, seven to 10 days, probably.
Not sure if we're gonna have to refuel.

And where will that be?

It's above my pay grade, man.

Have any idea what they'll do with me?

Wherever we end up, I'm sure we'll find
a little place to make a cell for you.

It's the end of days.
You think the captain will bother with that?

He ain't gonna let you roam free.
Why should he?

This is madness.

The fate of the world hangs in the balance.

I can help Dr. Scott. It was me who found
the altered gene when they let me in the lab.

You tried to kill everyone on the ship.

And I didn't go through with it.
I was scared...

desperate to save my family from Ruskov.

Look, man...

I can't help you.

And if I could, I wouldn't.

So let's just stick to chess, okay?

Save your whining for someone else
or take it up with the captain.


I'm sorry.

I increased the concentration
of her vaccine...

and gave her some epinephrine.

Although I can't say
that I am altogether hopeful.

But you expected this could happen.

I expected that there might
be some setbacks.

The virus seems to be a bit more
complicated to target than I anticipated.

And the added gene might not be one
that I've identified as of yet.

So you don't really have an answer
for what's going wrong?

I'm still trying to figure out
what the right questions are.

You've gotta be kidding me.

This is all part of the scientific process.

- You heard what I told the crew earlier.
- I did...

- and I wish you hadn't been so optimistic.
- Really?

I said that I was ready to test.
I did not say that I had the vaccine.

You brought tea.
You said you would've brought champagne.

- I am making progress.
- It doesn't seem like it.

The biggest breakthroughs almost always
come after the most enormous setbacks.

You just need to be patient.

And how you gonna dispose of them?

They're going to need to be tossed
overboard. I can't leave them there rotting.


Do it at night.

Flight deck.

If anyone asks...

just tell them it's hazardous waste...

which is what it is.

SLATTERY: There's no way they all died.
CHANDLER: Six for six.

- She has no idea why.
- Jesus.

I thought you said she had it.

it's a little more complicated than that.

She's got 28 more, right?

She keeps testing six at a time,
it might not leave her much wiggle room.

I don't wanna burn more fuel or time
moving towards home...

when we may be heading back
to Nicaragua.

- So we're stopping the ship.
- The closer we get to home...

the harder it's gonna be on everyone
if we reverse course.

We just told everyone
she's on the verge of having the vaccine.

Now what do we say?

She's gonna be discrete
with how she disposes of the monkeys.

Well, I'm good with that.

If we go dead in the water without a plan,
people are gonna scratch their heads, chatter.

We just have to stall for a couple days,
just until we know what we're dealing with.

Yes, sir.


QUINCY: Any idea why the captain
stopped the ship?

The officers are trying to figure out
where to go to make the vaccine.


Well, they don't wanna waste fuel
going in the wrong direction now.

Well, that's odd.

Because the only possible places which
could accommodate the manufacturing...

are in North America.

Well, maybe they're thinking
about going to Brazil or Venezuela.

I'm sure they got labs there.

Brazil and Venezuela were the hottest zones
in this hemisphere.

What does heat have to do with it?

Hot zones, Bacon.
Ninety-eight percent death rates.

There is no way anchoring south of here
could even be contemplated...

and Dr. Scott knows it.

I'm sure there's somewhere else.

Puerto Rico has a lab, but would the captain
wanna go anywhere near there...

when Ruskov may still be somewhere
off the Cuban coast?

Something's wrong, Bacon.
Let me assure you.

Wrong how?

Dr. Scott's experiments must be failing.

Well, you said yourself
that they should be using you.

If they were really failing,
don't you think they would be?

Your captain's a stubborn man.
He hates to admit he's wrong...

and as a result,
the wrong people get punished.

He just about tore a hole in the hull
evading the Russians...

because he didn't wanna share
the ingredients for the vaccine.

Then he almost got everyone killed
when the water filtration broke.

That crazy stunt with the parachutes.

Nobody's knows what's happening
until it's over.

I speak the truth, Bacon.

Whether or not you want to hear it
is another matter...

but your captain is hiding something
from you.

You're relieved, my man.


Not a peep.

You think we're really the only ones left?

The Russians are still out there somewhere.

What the hell is she doing?

She killed six more.
This time, it only took four hours.

How did that happen?

She tried something different. She's
obviously going in the wrong direction.

Do we need to bring in Quincy?
Maybe she needs another set of hands.

Well, she said no.

- He's not gonna be able to help much.
- Does she have a game plan?

She's modifying and experimenting.

- That's all she can tell me.
- Keep me posted.

I heard blood comes out of,
like, every orifice.

- Dude, come on.

We saw that shit at Gitmo, it wasn't pretty.

- You saw live ones?
- No, I mean, they were dead.

But rats were chowing down on their bodies.
It was disgusting.

- I hope those CBR suits really work.
BURK: Of course they work.

But when we were at Gitmo,
we never even put our masks on.

That was the protocol to save the oxygen.

When you got near those sick people
in Nicaragua...

- how long did it take to get your masks on?
- Jesus. Will you fellas just relax?

Nobody got exposed and the lady doc
gave us a test when we got back on board.

Now, are we gonna play cards or what?
Seven-card stud.

Deuces, one-eyed jacks wild.

Wild cards? Where you from, man?

Would've thought you were more of a purist.

Ain't nothing about me that's pure.
I thought you'd figure that out by now.

Look what the cat dragged in.

- You all right, sir?
- Yeah, I just...

- Sir.
- Man, he looks bad.


You all right?

No. Hey, hey, hey. Stay away from him.

Hey, buddy. Buddy, you all right?

I thought you said he got tested.

- Heard we got a game going on.
- Get out of here now.

Talk to me. All right, look at me. Look.

Medical emergency. Medical emergency.

Medical emergency
in compartment 12545 L, lounge.

Medical response team provide.


- How is he?
- Sir, you shouldn't be in here.

- You need a suit on.
- He's not infected. What happened?

He came in looking for water and passed out.
He is burning up.

- Danny? Danny, can you hear me?
DANNY: Yeah.

- How long have you been feeling like this?
- Just a few hours.

It just happened.

It's all right. We're gonna take care of you.
You're gonna be just fine. It's just a fever.


- Do I have it?
- No, you do not have the virus.

- Let's get him up.
- A little help here.

You have to understand...

if this is airborne or blood-borne,
we will all be infected.

The most likely scenario
is that he was bitten by an insect.

In which case, he will not be contagious.

Holy shit, doc. Is it Halloween?

Did you walk down the P-way wearing that?

It's for safety.
We should all be wearing them.

SCOTT: Don't you get it?

If Lieutenant Green has it,
we're all dead anyway.

Everyone just needs to stop panicking.

How long will it take to run a blood panel?

Four to six hours for the first set.

- If nothing pops up, could take longer.
- Do it.

- Something's not right here.
- What do you mean?

Me and Cosetti, we saw her dumping
bio-hazard bags off the flight deck.

Where is she heading with the captain
in such a rush?

- I don't know.
- Yeah. That's what I'm saying.

Nobody knows anything.

This'll keep him sedated.
It'll lower his fever and rehydrate him.

I'll be back to replace the bag
in a couple of hours.

I will do it. You just find out
what is actually wrong with him.

Sir, you need to lockdown the ship.

No, he does not.
I tested everyone before we boarded.

That was two days ago. I mean,
maybe the virus hadn't taken hold yet.

It doesn't work like that. If he'd been exposed,
it would present itself in his blood...

within a few hours, if not a few minutes.

All right, everybody. Let's put our panties
back on and see how we can help our friend.

You said the virus mutates.

How do you know the strain
in Nicaragua wasn't different...

from the other ones you've seen?

Even if it was, its essential core
would be the same and that is what I test for.

Well, what if you're wrong?

The mistakes that I made with the vaccine
are an entirely different matter.

That was an experiment.
This test, I am certain of 100 percent.

Sir, every minute we wait is a minute
people are walking around the ship...

spreading their germs.

This is the XO.

We're gonna have to take precautions.

Assume the worst until we learn more.

Circle William, set boundaries.
Full CBR gear.

Till Doc Rios gets us more answers,
I don't wanna take any chances.

And I can't leave the crew lounge.
You're gonna have to make the call.

Attention, Nathan James. This is the XO.
All personnel stand fast.

Do not break boundaries.
Set Circle William throughout the ship.


Close all hatches and secure all ventilation.

DCA and Departmental Damage Control
personnel pass out CBR gear...

and filter masks.

This is the XO. I say again,
close all hatches and secure all ventilation.

DCA and Departmental Damage Control
personnel pass out CBR gear...

and filter masks.

- What the hell are you doing in here?
- If he has it, I have it.

We had lunch together, sir.

Put this on. Now.

She was throwing bio-hazard bags overboard,
at night.

If she dumps at night
it's because she's working at night.

Why is the lab under armed guard?

- How come nobody knows what's going on?
- It is a bio-hazard area.

We know she's tested the vaccine
on the monkeys. Is it working or not?

Is it working? For all we know, it's infected
monkeys she's throwing overboard...

- and that's what spreading the disease.
- Everyone, calm down.

The disease is not spreading anywhere.

You said you made some mistakes
with the vaccine.

Excuse me?

Before, when you were arguing
with the captain...

you said you made some mistakes
with the vaccine.

We thought it was going
in the right direction.


This is the captain.

Can you alert the XO, please?

Thank you, doctor.

It's dengue fever.

And it's not contagious.

What does that mean?
Is he gonna be all right?

The only treatment is fluid replacement
and acetaminophen for the fever.

The next 24 hours is crucial.

You gentlemen are dismissed.

Now, get some rest.

Dr. Scott,
would you give us a moment, please?

Attention on deck. All hands, this is the XO.

Biological threat has been disproved.

There is no biological threat.

Secure from Circle William.
Restart ventilation. Secure all gear.

I say again, secure from Circle William.
Restart all ventilation.

Secure from MOPP level four
and re-stow all gear.


now I know why he insisted
on being on that vessel with you.

Yes, sir.

And you were late that night.

- Sir?
- The timing was off to impact with the Vyreni.

What happened, lieutenant?

He slowed down, sir.

He wanted me to jump too early.

He was more concerned about you
than the mission.

We almost ran into the coral waiting on you.

And now, here you are,
possibly infected by the disease...

running around the ship
exposing everyone else to get to him.

You took an oath...

and you have a duty to your shipmates.

I'll have the doc come back and relieve you.

I'm pretty sure you're anxious
to get back to the lab.


I know that I kept things from you
in the Arctic.

But I thought we understood
that we were in this together now.

And I will always be straight with you.

When I don't know, I will say it.

And when I say
that I am absolutely 100 percent about...

I don't know you.

But I've risked everything for you...

killed for you, lost men for you...

asked these people
to turn their backs on their families...

for you.

Not for me, captain.

For the human race.

I just happen to be who you're stuck with.

You might wanna figure out a way
how to trust me...

or I have a strong feeling
that this whole thing is gonna fail.

Cossetti saw Dr. Scott
dumping bio-hazard off the deck.

No, I'm quite sure that was the monkeys.

Her vaccine is failing,
and the captain is covering it up.


those monkeys were infected?

Of course.

She's injecting them with the virus
to see if her vaccine is working.

And when it doesn't, they die.

Think that's why captain called
for the lockdown?

It sounds to me,
the captain feared an outbreak on ship.

Because of the monkeys.

Or because he doesn't trust her test.

Don't forget a bunch of them were directly
exposed to the disease in Nicaragua.

But they wore the suits.

So did Frankie Benz
and he didn't make it back.

Accidents happen.

I imagine you're not the only one
feeling out of sorts about all this.

No. There's a lot of grumbling.
A lot of grumbling.

At the beginning of this epidemic...

your captain told you all
that this ship was the safest place on Earth.

I'm afraid nothing could be further
from the truth.

Your ventilation systems,
everyone living on top of each other.

You think the crud spreads fast?

We're talking about the most powerful, most
contagious virus ever to strike the planet.

And now you've got teams going out
into infected areas for supplies every week.

A makeshift lab that was never meant
to support production of a vaccine.

Dr. Scott playing God down there
with no real idea of what she's doing.

This vessel is a deathtrap.

His temperature's spiking.

When's his next dose?

Not till 7.

Can't you up his dosage?

I'm sorry. Any more, it'll damage his liver.

Tell her it's Prince Charming.
She'll know who you're talking about.

Ask her, or I'm gonna start singing.
Hmm? Country? Western?

Oh, just let him in, for Pete's sake.

Ha, ha? All right.


this is your Fortress of Solitude.

Except for I have no superpowers.

Well, I don't know about that.
I got a feeling about you.

Sounds like the captain did too, but...

Well, he got a little spooked.

- Well, he did what he had to do.
- Ah, come on.

Don't tell me that didn't smart.

That lockdown?

Who believes in me and who doesn't
seems like a fairly trite matter...

compared to what I have
on my plate right now, so...

You're gonna figure it out.


Dr. Scott let it slip in the crew lounge...

that she was having problems
with her experiments.

Now Burk, Miller and Cruz are onto it.

People are asking about the monkeys
and why the ship stopped.

They're questioning
the ham-frequency monitoring.

They're isolated.

They have no idea when it's gonna end.
Or how it's gonna end.


Come in.

I apologize, gentlemen.

But we've got a problem.

A couple of the enlisted men came to me.

They were speaking for a larger group,
16 to be exact.

They want off the ship.

Who are they?

You should know
that they were very respectful.

Their enlistments are up, all 16 of them.

And since we didn't OPHOLD them,

they're not even in the Navy anymore.

I didn't know what to tell them.

Are you suggesting we let them go?

How do you think they'll feel
if we try to stop them?

It'll mean holding them against their will.

I mean, we're not El Toro.

And what kind of message will that send
the rest of the crew?

They can just leave
when things get uncomfortable?

Well, we all knew this moment might come,
didn't we?

- What did the master chief say?
- He'd bring the request to the captain.

- You didn't mention me?
- Not yet.

- Save that for the last possible moment.
- I don't see why he'd let you go.

You can't survive on land without me.

You make that painfully clear, and at that
point, the captain will have no choice.

It will all blow up in our faces
if he keeps us here.

I can't see how he could possibly do that.

We know she's dumping monkeys.

You told us she was nowhere close
to finding a vaccine.

We took an oath.

- To a country that doesn't exist anymore.
- To each other.

Look, nobody needs us here. All right?

We leave, that's 16 less mouths to feed.
That's it.

Can't believe you're doing this.

I saw you after lockdown.
You were white as a ghost.

Even Burk was freaked out.

- Doesn't mean we're jumping ship.
- Your enlistment was up three weeks ago.

Come with us, man.
You don't owe anybody here anything.

Attention, Nathan James.

Ali hands report to the flight deck

All hands report to the flight deck.

- Is this about us?
- I don't know, man.

I made some mistakes the past few days...

in the ways I've handled information.

I kept you in the dark about our mission...

because I'm trying to protect you
from the truth, which...

is painful.

That was a poor decision on my part.

I am your captain.

I'm your leader.

And you have every right
to be disappointed in me.

But that does not mean
that you should give up hope.

Because this mission's not about me...

and it's not about you.

It's about them.

- Play it.
- Roger that, sir.

HENRY [ON RECORDING]: My name's Henry.
I'm up in Portland, Maine.

We're not sick, but we're running out of food.

If anyone knows any good hunting grounds
in the area, we sure could use a tip.

I'm calling out to anyone in Georgia.

If you're healthy,
there's a safe haven up in Dalton.

There's only 19 of us,
and we're making it day-by-day.

Hello. I am Juan from Oaxaca.

We are very sick here.

Does anyone have the cure?

That is our problem.

In there...

is the solution.


Come with me.


You've all seen Dr. Rachel Scott...

but most of you have no idea what it is
she's doing here or even who she is.

She's dedicated her life to research
on treatments and vaccines for malaria...

Ebola, and half a dozen other viruses.

But she wasn't chosen for this.

She fought to be here.

Fought the politicians and the bureaucracy...

and convinced them
to take a chance on her.

And she was right.

When all the scientists were failing...

she knew what had to be done.

Just so we understand
who we're working with here...

Dr. Scott,
can you explain what's happening?

Thank you, captain.

I, uh, understand this must all seem
incredibly foreign to you...

so I'll do my best to explain
without completely boring your socks off.

You see, the monkeys have been dying

right now, my vaccine is failing.

I'm sure you've all heard
of the disease yellow fever.

It killed millions of people all over the world.

In 1937, there was a young doctor named Max
Theiler who was testing a vaccine on mice.

Theiler and his coworkers attempted
the use of 99 different sub-strains...

of the virus in their vaccine.

But each and every time, the mice died.

Until finally, on the 100th attempt,
they found it.

I don't have the answers today...

and I may not have them tomorrow.

But I can promise you this...

there's absolutely nothing
that will stop me until I do.

It's easy to believe in people...

when they're succeeding.

But that's not what we're about.

We have to believe in each other
when we fail.

And if we have to go back to Nicaragua
for more monkeys, we will.

If we have to go to Puerto Rico, we will.

If we have to go Bangladesh
to find a Bengal tiger...

that is what we will do.

Now, what I can promise you...

is that whatever we do from here on in,
we will do together.

And the chiefs and officers on this ship...

will share with you what we know,
good or bad.

Now, it has come to my attention...

that there's a group of you who may no
longer wanna continue on with this mission.

Your enlistments are up.

I will not hold you here.

As a matter of fact,
you are owed our gratitude for your services.

And we have calculated what you are
collectively entitled to in back pay.

One hundred and forty-eight thousand,
six hundred and seventy-three dollars.

Enough to buy you one used RHIB
with a full tank...

plus food, water, and medical supplies.

We have determined to set a course
towards home, again.

But for those of you
who still wish to leave us...

report to the fo'c'sle tomorrow at 0700
and your boat will be waiting.

Hey, commodore. Cubano?

Our girl was impressive.

Hard thing to come back from...

when you lose somebody's trust.

Well, I'd follow you into the gates of hell.

That's only
because you think it'd be exciting.

Heh, well, there is that.

It's just 16 guys, you know.

We can do without them.

Until the next group wants to leave.

We'll deal with that then.

This is a test.

If they go...

hope goes with them.

They're here.


we all respectfully request to reenlist.

I swear to support and defend...

the Constitution
of the United States of America...

against all enemies, foreign or domestic...

that I will bear true faith and allegiance
to the same.

And that I will obey the orders
of the president of the United States...

and the orders of the officers
appointed over me...

according to Regulations
of the Uniform Code of Military Justice...

so help me God.

His fever's down. He's on the mend.

Can I have the room?

Aye, sir.

He's one of the best I've served with.

A true leader.

He is.

Doesn't mean I'm not gonna hand him his hat
as soon as he's well enough.

Yes, sir.

What do you think
your punishment should be?

Four weeks, port and starboard.
Six and six.

I think two weeks ought to do it.

I'd also like you to devise
and run a training program...

for the JOs in the Engineering Department.

I want them all qualified
on all stations in CIC.

Of course.

I think it would also be...

a good idea for you to explain to people
why your behavior was so dangerous.

As a lesson.

I understand, sir.



Thank you.

I hear you and Bacon have been doing
quite a bit of talking.

No more talking.