We finally learn what King and the Seal team had done to set the events in motion that caused the Pakistan bombing and the USS Colorado’s ‘rogue’ status. They planted compact mobile nuclear weapons, suitcase bombs, in the bags of a scientist they were holding in Pakistan. The Colorado picked them up shortly after this and we know the rest of that story.
Kylie tells Kendal that the helmet cam will tell the story of the cover up. Christine Kendal needs to get the memory card. Sam had no clue she was coming, but before he can ask more questions, the call is disconnected. Chaplin thinks it’s a trap to get Kendal out on the open water.
A reporter is on the boat and says she believes in Kendal and Chaplin. The Pakistani Navy shoots their entrance onto the family boat and the Admiral messages Chaplin that he has to meet with him. He boards the Colorado and Chaplin informs him that the Colorado didn’t fire on Pakistan. The Admiral knows this and is there to get the Colorado to save his country from India, who is about to invade. To make their point, one of the family members is shot and tossed overboard on camera. Chaplin’s face crumples in frustration.
Chaplin speaks to the Secretary of Defense for help to save the families. All they can do is send Seals and that would take another hour. The problem is, the mole sailor still has the second launch key. Chaplin is shrewd and doesn’t give this information but tells the Admiral he’ll produce the second key for half the hostages. The Admiral talks to the his guy on the boat and instead of complying, they shoot another female family member. The Colorado crew is watching this on TV, crying and frustrated. Cortez is feeling the guilt.
Kendal and the Seals sneak onto the family boat, armed and ready to save the day. James recognizes the lead guy as the brother of a military man they shot on the Pakistan mission. This guy is out for revenge. Once he points his gun at the reporter, she outs Christine Kendal, then she apologizes. Whatever. Sam Kendal has to hold his fire. It’s not the right time. Paul steps up to offer assistance in calling Washington to help them and loses his life instead.
Grace goes to her office and just like that, the firing key is hanging from a hook. It’s about time Cortez. She inserts the key and tells Chaplin that they’re ready to launch. Braugher’s face says a million words. Surprise, relief, suspicion at Grace. He’ll deal with her later. They prepare to fire. Chaplin calls the boat and tells the Pakistani sailor that he’s ready to launch, not on India, but their own hometown. No negotiations. This confuses them and in that confusion, Kendal and the Seals make their move, striking all of the Pakistani sailors. India retreats as well. The Seals flown in grab Christine and make off with her. Kendal and the Colorado Seals can’t go after her. Poor girl is getting all the abuse in this situation.
Chaplin pulls the keys and puts them both on his neck as he gives Grace the eye. She assures him she didn’t take the launch key and he charges her with finding out who did it.
King approaches Kendal and Chaplin at the bar and fills them in on the story of how they ended up in this mess and on the island. Hopper didn’t want any part of that since he was the one who did the actual planting and recording. We’ll see how this moves forward next week.
What can you say? They were on orders, but when the crap hit the fan with the Colorado, a full telling could have saved a lot of lives and prevented the conflicts on the island with the locals. The season went too far on these side pieces instead of sticking with the meat and having them all come together to get their justice in Washington, D.C.
A great episode that shows how other countries have sorted ways to use the USS Colorado for their own conflicts. #DemBombs
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