Last Ship Recap: Arrested Development

Last Ship Recap Chandler Arrested

This Sunday on TNT’s The Last Ship, the Nathan James was the site of some unexpected on-board battles, while back home Kara scrambled to find someone to trust.

Having witnessed the execution of Secretary Rivera and Senator Beatty by Secret Service agents, Kara sent her baby off to be safe with her mother (and Tom Chandler’s father), before carefully reaching out to Allison Shaw. Upon seeing that Allison dispatched Secret Service agents to nab her at their arranged rendezvous, Kara realized that the chief of staff was in on the coup. Kara sought out and looped in reporter Jacob Barnes, who himself was shocked to see President Oliver reverse Michener’s domestic policies. Since Barnes has White House access, Kara tasked him with snooping in Beatty’s office to see why the senator was delivering “troop readiness” reports to Rivera at the time they were killed.

Barnes has little luck — Beatty’s office was already being cleared out — but his conspicuous visit landed him on the Secret Service’s radar. As such, an agent showed up at the reporter’s apartment to take both him and Kara out. Barnes got winged, but Kara used Barnes’ shotgun to blow away their attacker. Thanks to Kara’s computer-savvy colleague Dennis, she and Barnes had deduced that the regional leaders were fortifying remote prisons, to accommodate the citizens who do not comply with the new policies. What’s more, they learn while driving away, actual walls are being erected on the regional borders!

Meanwhile on the Nathan James….

Captain Meylan of the critically damaged Hayward is already iffy on Chandler’s decision-making, especially when the CNO barters scarce rations to Takehaya’s pirate pals in exchange for a needed cipher. After Allison Shaw leverages President Oliver to sign off on Chandler’s arrest order, Meylan is empowered to relieve the CNO as well as Slattery of duty, and steer the Nathan James back toward Pearl Harbor. Chandler, though, smells a rat back home and thus sets in motion a plan that will dictate an immediate at-sea trial, upon him resigning his commission. Slattery meanwhile conspires with the James crew to stage a mess hall riot, during which they get their hands on the key to the armory. They then deftly take over the ship (using ammo-free guns, we were told and shown many times!!!!), ending with the room in which Chandler is giving an opening statement at his trial.

Meylan gets in a self-righteous moment, gloating about how he was right about Chandler all along, to which the CNO shoots back that when all is said and done, if he is in the wrong, he’ll have a far higher power to answer to than the likes of Meylan!

What did you think of the episode “Scuttle”? And which among you has surmised who Kara has set out to track down?

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