NAT GEO: The Hot Zone: Episodes 3 & 4
We’ve got a great interview with a real scientist to discuss some aspects of the show at the end of our recap – Don’t forget to check it out!
On to the recap/review:
The fear is mounting
Ben and Peter continue to question if they have the Ebola virus. Especially when Nancy gets the call about someone getting sick at the monkey lab.
Peter gets a visit from his fiancé, Rebecca (played by Lauren Collins), who he smartly doesn’t let into the lab. One because they might be infected and two, well, she is pissed.
Which I don’t blame her. He seems to be an ass in all aspects of life.
Bruce gets sick
One of the monkey caretakers, Bruce Domanski (played by Mark Kelly), falls ill just as Humbolt explains to Frank what’s going on.
Trying to contain it
Nancy wastes no time in getting down there and getting Bruce suited up and ready to be quarantined.
Enter the CDC
Trevor Rhodes (played by James D’arcy) who will seem familiar by the memories of his time in Africa with Carter – Swoops in and takes over. He takes the guy to a normal hospital not believing it’s the Ebola virus. Or more likely – like Peter who tries to lie to himself about it.
At least he makes sure all the doctors and nurses wear protective clothing.
And gets blood samples.
Trying but failing to get permission
Nancy, and Col. Tucker try to get access to the monkeys to destroy them before it can spread.
But the CDC and Hazelton wouldn’t budge
Even telling them it was airborne didn’t do much to get the suits or the CDC to do anything. Hazelton even lawyered up.
Humbolt and Nancy make a plan
Visiting Humbolt at his office, she has seen he has been throwing things.
And that Hazelton has shut down the lab and that the monkeys are going starve to death.
At first I thought Humbolt was like Peter, but he’s not, he’s a caring loving guy.
As neither of them can do anything, they decide to put pressure on Hazelton by telling the papers about a monkey disease.
It seems like everyone is afraid of the media even big corporations.
Because they fold and give the army permission to destroy the monkeys and the lab after the paper calls them.
Putting together a team
Nancy and Carter put together a team to go in!
During the meetings she gets beeped by her mom, and finds out her dad’s in the hospital and probably won’t make it.
Luckily she can talk to her dad, who tells her to do the work she needs to. After she apologizes for not being there.
And at the end of the call she tells him to hold on.
And, yes, I cried my eyes out at this scene.
Peter on the run
Nancy I’m guessing is ready to blow a gasket as Ben tells her everything about them sniffing the sample and possibly being infected. And about how Peter has ran instead of staying quarantined in the office.
Even though I wouldn’t have cared if he never came back…
Nancy finds him. Which is good for everyone. In a health sense.
At least he wore gloves. Luckily she talks the idiot into coming back and staying in the lab.
After putting together a team. Nancy is called in by Tucker and finds out her husband Jerry is taking over.