Last week’s cliffhanger revealed Cortez as the secret CIA mole. Which could be interesting because she also obviously adores Chaplin and it’s not clear which side she’ll ultimately take in the battles ahead.
Like All Good Thanksgiving Parties, This One Ends In Mob Violence
Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) tells the crew that in a few days the blockade will ease long enough to allow those who want to leave the island to exit. There will also be extra food provisions and some family members will be able to visit.
The Captain declares to the islanders that they’re throwing a late Thanksgiving celebration for everyone and it winds down that night with a friendly soccer game. The next morning the island police come into the cafe and grab a crewman named Anders. A local island girl has accused him of rape and they seek to punish him by the established tradition of 100 hits from a cane. The captain and a squad of armed crewman rescue him but it’s clear this is nowhere near resolved.
Where is Perry Mason When You Need Him?
Chaplin explains to XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) that he has negotiated the details for Anders’ trial with the island chief. There will be a seven-person jury comprised of three crewmen, three islanders and Sophie. The Captain asks Grace to be Anders’ defense lawyer. In an effort to win the trust of Kendal, Booth admits he knows where the secret radio site is and offers to take him to it.
Mayor Julian Serrat (Sahr Ngaujah) shows up as the representative for the accused woman. During the interrogation, the two versions of the story are intercut. The main difference is that Anders says it consensual and when it was all over she asked him for $100. While Booth takes Kendal to the radio, Chaplin quizzes Cortez on the mechanics of the sub’s nuclear power plant. If Anders is guilty the sub will need someone to keep it running.
Secrets, Secrets and More Secrets
A crewman tells the chief that he had already slept with the woman and he gave her food. The woman sticks to her story and it begins to appear that she’s telling the truth. Booth and Kendal arrive at the radio and Kendal asks him to ask for the identity of the sleeper agent. While they wait for a reply, Booth tries again to convince Kendal to betray Chaplin. The encrypted reply comes back and Booth looks shaken. He softly asks Kendal to call him by his real name, which he hadn’t heard in twenty years. He then tries to kill Kendal but he must have known this was the end and at the end of the battle he’s dead. So what did that reply actually say?
I Suppose It’s Better Than a Caning
Kendal wraps up Booth’s body and burns it. But what did he do with the radio?
The trial begins and Serrat’s comments have more to do with his anger at the Navy than the details of the sex crime itself. Grace says that there’s no evidence of sexual misconduct and without it there’s nothing but two versions of the same event.
At a break in the trial Grace tells the Captain that she was raped while she was at the academy. She tells the Captain that she can tell the woman was raped, that she recognizes the look and the reaction of herself in that woman. The verdict comes in and it’s not guilty, sparking a wave of violence on the island. During the violence, Grace tells the Captain the results of the vote and he realizes Serrat rigged the vote against himself. He wanted the escalation in violence on the island.
During a conversation with Christine, Anders ultimately admits he raped the woman. He blames it on Chaplin, who won’t let him return home. The next morning Chaplin and a squad of crewmen stop Anders before he can get on the boat. The Captain releases him from the Navy for bad behavior and tells him the only way he’ll get back on the sub is as a civilian in handcuffs. As they talk, islanders begin to gather and Anders tells the Captain he’ll never submit and he runs off into the jungle. Next week the families arrive. Or do they?