The power comes back on and everyone returns to the control room in time for Cameron to report that there are two B-1 bombers en route and fifteen minutes out. Chaplin orders everyone back to the sub. Is fifteen minutes enough time to get an entire submarine crew from land back onto the boat?
Looks like it is, and with time to spare, because we cut to the fully-staffed conn eight minutes later. Shepard reports that only Brannan and Cortez are unaccounted for. Kendal orders them to prepare to dive, but Chaplin belays that, saying they aren't leaving crew behind. Especially not one with Brannan's beatboxing skills. "And leaving is not going to stop them from bombing this town and all the people in it," Chaplin adds. Would those be the same people you were all pointing guns at a short while ago? Chaplin says it's time to change the game, and orders Weapons to spin up missile one. Just like that, it's ready and the coordinates are set.
Chaplin and Kendal take the keys from around their necks, and Chaplin counts down to the moment when they turn them together. So much for all those fail-safes. Clearly they're not worth dick when the commanding officers already have their keys busted out. The town is just getting back to its normal everyday business when a missile pops up out of the harbor, ignites its afterburners, and launches into the sky. King understates to the ever-quiet bar owner, "Thaaat's not good." Inside the Colorado, Cameron reports that the bombers are four minutes away. Chaplin picks up a phone and tells whoever's on the other end that he's got a missile en route to D.C. "I'm sure you're reading it." It's Curry on the phone again, who tries to call Chaplin's bluff, but the captain isn't bluffing. "If those bombers aren't turned around in two minutes, you have my word: that missile will detonate. Colorado out." We go to ads on a visual of the Trident missile streaking over the earth, in a shot that probably cost more than entire episode of Grey's Anatomy.