This episode belonged to the women of the the cast and in a good way, expect for the traitor.
Grace really got to shine in her handling of her dalliance (without annoying emotion) and in her rape reveal. I finally felt like I got to know her and her values as she defended a rapist in a ‘trial’, while knowing the truth in her gut. When she voiced her concern about Navy justice to Chaplin, that rang very true.
Kylie and Christine are still working as a team keeping ears on Paul and working him like he’s working Christine. Kylie having a hard time getting out that she finds Christine to be a friend was a sweet moment.
A ship will be allowed through in 5 days for those who want to leave, day long visits with family and provisions coming in, announced Chaplin. The government is behind this for PR reasons. Chaplin helms a holiday shindig for the crew and islanders. Good relations and trust needs to be built, which is why Serrat needs to eat a dirt sandwich. He’s the door stop that just won’t quit.
Chaplin meets with Big Chief. He’s not happy that the crew is still there or happy with his daughter for helping them. Insert Big Chief as the leader of the island and we’d have a much better show. He’s down for his people, but not motivated by power or greed, therefore, he’s a man of reason.
After the party, a woman comes forward to say that she was raped by a sailor. So much for good food, good feelings. At the bar, a group comes up and grabs Anders, a sailor, after the female points him out. They are ‘the law’ on the island. They prepare to cane him for raping the girl as he protests innocence . Chaplin insists on a trial. Big Chief and Chaplin argue over their different systems of justice, but agree on a mixed jury and a trial for Anders. Anders is valuable to the Colorado as he’s the only one who can work the reactor. Chaplin talks to Anders and asks for the truth. He swears he did not commit the crime. Chaplin wants Grace to handle Anders’ defense in the trial.
Kendal comes back to Booth. He used an MRE spoon to break free. Kendal trains his gun on him. Booth promises to lead him to the communication site. They walk through the jungle as Booth yammers on about past missions. They drive to the bottom of a mountain and decide to camp out before heading to the site. They talk wives and women. Booth brings it back to Chaplin and Kendal being a hero. Booth brings up Quadaffi again and relates him to Chaplin. He’s trying to work Kendal’s head. The child’s voice comes on and gives a message. Booth says ‘they’ won’t give up the sleeper, that the asset is more important than Kendal, then, still bound by the wrists, he attacks. It’s a fight for their lives. Kendall goes from being chocked to cracking Booth’s neck. Kendal sets his body on fire at the top of the mountain.
Serrat leads the closing of the trial. The room is full of islanders and military and the presumably fair jury. Wherever Serrat is, lies will follow. Grace follows up with her closing remarks that there was no evidence of rape, just one person’s word.
While everyone awaits the verdict, Grace tells Chaplin about how she was raped at the Naval Academy. She had reported it and was told that as an Admiral’s daughter, she should think about how it would be perceived. She had to see the man who raped her every day until she graduated. She knew the woman in this case was raped. She could recognize it and see it on her face.
Anders is found not guilty and a riot breaks out. Islanders are looting, burning and destroying cars and property. Sophie tells Chaplin how the votes played out. Good old Serrat had rigged the jury against himself so there wold be dissension.
Anders and Grace hide out in the courtroom. He blames Chaplin for what happened with the girl. Grace tells him he raped her. Chaplin yanks him up and drops him back down on the bench, looking at him like he’s a piece of shit.
He relieves Anders of his duty. Not guilty doesn’t mean innocent.
Anders makes a break for the jungle. ‘I’ll see you in hell, sir.”
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