Thereâ€™s a cure! Of all the things that happen on this episodeâ€” Cossettiâ€™s funeral, the vaccine trial, news of a pregnancyâ€” the moment when Dr. Scott tells Captain Chandler the good news is by far the most significant.
After a pretty intense few days, Dr. Scott is taking a few quiet moments of relief and exhaustion. Chandler comes asking if what he thinks is happening is really true. Heâ€™s already choked up after seeing members of his crew healing so quickly when he thought just recently that they were all going to die.
Chandler: â€œWe have itâ€¦ We have a vaccine?â€
Dr. Scott: â€œWe donâ€™t just have a vaccine. We have the cure.â€
Chandler: â€œYou meanâ€¦â€
Dr. Scott: â€œI mean that we can save people who are already sick.â€
They both seem to try to contain their emotions, Chandler forcing back tears and Dr. Scott stifling a sniffle. Itâ€™s no surprise that itâ€™s difficult for them to remain composed, especially after seeing so many of the crew suffer this week. Chandler wraps his arms around Dr. Scott and holds her close. For a moment, I thought they would kiss (and for real this time), but Iâ€™m glad they chose not to go thereâ€”at least for now.
Still, this was a key moment for these two characters. Chandler and Dr. Scott have had a trying relationship so far, filled with mistrust from the very beginning. Even in this episode, the other scientists seem to be skeptical and Chandler regrets having members of his crew test the vaccine when they all start falling ill. Dr. Scott even questions herself in this episode, so finding the cure also restored her confidence in herself. More than that, it means that everything the crew has been through so far, including losing a few of their own, hasnâ€™t been in vain.
The scene fades out as we see Chandlerâ€™s eyes, and we can only imagine what heâ€™s thinking. Heâ€™s hoping theyâ€™ve found it time and that they can save his family. By the way, thereâ€™s a good thing that thereâ€™s a cure, because from what I can tell, Chandlerâ€™s wife has let herself get infected and she just spread it to her two kids and her father-in-law.
Master Chief: â€œWe both know weâ€™re all needed. And weâ€™re all dispensable.â€
Tex: â€œJust like a good hangover.â€
Chandler: â€œLadies and gentleman, youâ€™re entertainment for the next three days.â€
Chandler: â€œWhen they tell the story of the great plague of the 21st century, theyâ€™ll talk about you. The six.â€
The season finale of The Last Ship airs Sunday, August 24th at 9/8c on TNT.
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