"Last Resort" Big Chicken Dinner (TV Episode 2012) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • "Big Chicken Dinner" - Marcus brings the members of the Colorado and the islanders all together to celebrate their two cultures -- a feast in the spirit of Thanksgiving. But the good times suddenly turn bad the next morning when an essential crew member is accused of a serious crime. Grace handles the man's defense and she's tasked with finding out the truth.


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  • "Big Chicken Dinner" - 29 Nov 2012

    It would appear that the crew of the Colorado is finally getting some good news. Chaplin announces to the crew that in five days a transport ship will be arriving for those who have decided to leave. As a bonus for those who aren't, the government is also sending food and members of the crews families. Woohoo, right?

    Yes and no. Mostly it's just good PR, agree Chaplin and Sam but after a gesture of goodwill for the also food-strapped islanders -- whose supply ships have been blocked by the perimeter-- in the form of a belated Thanksgiving, things start to go awry.

    After a fun night of breaking bread, listening to music, and playing soccer with the islanders a native woman, Erita (Faye Kingslee), comes forward to say that one of the crew, Anders (Michael Mosley), raped her. Tani's father, the Chief (Tyler Tuione), comes after him ready to dispense island justice, including 100 cuts with a machete and a branding, Chaplin says hell no, there's going to be a trial, Navy-style. There will be a seven person jury with three sailors, three islanders, and a neutral juror in Sophie (Camille De Pazzis).

    Shepard is tasked with defending Anders. She investigates by talking to both Erita and Anders. As she talks to the woman we see what we think are flashbacks to her alleged rape. Serrat represents the woman in the "court" -- which is the island church. He stirs up the crowd but Shepard argues that essentially it's a "he said-she said" scenario and there's no evidence. A Not Guilty verdict comes back and the islanders riot. Sophie reports to Chaplin that this is odd since she and two crew members voted guilty and it was the islanders and one crew member who voted not guilty. Chaplin realizes Serrat rigged the jury against himself to provoke this mayhem. During the riot, as they take cover. Shepard gets Anders to confess that he did in fact do it, which she suspected all along. Anders claims it's all Chaplin's fault to which Chaplin does not respond favorably. (Shepard had admitted to Chaplin that she herself was raped at the academy and was told that there would be no winners if she reported it and therefore had to see her rapist every day until she graduated. It turns out it was her rape that was being flashed back to and she says she knew, as a fellow survivor, that the island girl was telling the truth.) The next morning after the smoke clears and they're leaving Chaplin tells Anders he's discharging him and arresting him and will be holding him in solitary until he can be taken away. Anders, whose pregnant wife had just sent him a "Dear John" letter, is aghast and instead of being arrested decides to take his chances with surviving on the island until the transport arrives, and takes off into the jungle. The only problem with this is everyone believes that Anders was the only person rated to handle the nukes. But, it turns out, Chaplin has been tutoring Cortez (Jessica Camacho) and believes she's ready. Of course, he doesn't know she's the mole who stole the launch key yet.

    Meanwhile Sophie has found the comm site signal being used by the sleeper agent but can't tell Sam where it is so he tries to get it out of Booth (Gideon Emery), the CIA guy who they are still holding captive. He continues to try and gain Sam's trust and turn him against Chaplin -- comparing him to the delusional Ghaddafi at one point-- but Sam says Booth has given him no reason to trust him. So the next time he arrives and Booth shows Sam that he was able to break free from his restraints and could've run at anytime and promises to take him to the comm site, Sam starts to trust him. They head off for the comm site and arrive late in the day and decide to camp for the night. They trade literal war stories and talk about how memories and images of their wives got them through the worst of the torture. The next day they head to the comm site. Booth types in Sam's question into the laptop: the reply comes that the asset is more important than Sam so Booth tries to kill him. He's surprisingly nimble and effective even in cuffs but Sam gets the upper hand and kills Booth. He burns his body.

    Back home in Washington Kylie and Christine that Paul has a hero complex and he falls in love with the people he's protecting. Christine leverages this attraction in order to get on the boat going to Sainte Marie to see Sam. She tells Paul it's so she can tell him to his face that she's leaving him, otherwise he won't believe her. She essentially says the kiss they shared, though wrong, was real and she has to leave her husband. He buys this and gets her passage on the boat with the stipulation that he has to go with her. Kylie and Christine overhear Paul talking to Curry who also notes that the two have gotten close and that Paul should see what Christine's reaction is when he drops Kylie's name. Christine prepares to leave and the two women hug and declare their friendship.

    Meanwhile, Shepard tells James they can dispense with the niceties and he should pay more attention to Tani since she seems nice and seems to really like him. Tani's own dad was skeptical of her loyalty earlier in the episode telling her that she couldn't have one foot in the water and one foot on the shore. When James protects her and the bar during the riot and then starts fixing the floor the next day she decides to plant both feet in one place and kisses him. But she also has secreted something in her purse and after he leaves to get more lumber, she takes off with the secret item in her purse.

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