Mitch Lange, a Marine (?) with a new, virulent, and almost invariably fatal strain of avian flu, is flown into Hawaii in order to be treated at Tripler Army Medical Centre. He’s escorted by our old friend Joe White (Terry O’Quinn) who, despite his claim to now be working in the private sector, seems to be able to move around the military world with indecent ease. Steve and Joe are part of the convoy taking Mitch to Tripler, and in the course of the journey Joe reveals that he has finally decided not to be all enigmatic about the Steve’s Mom storyline. But just as he’s about to spill the beans to Steve the convoy is hijacked. It’s been a while since we had a proper H50 hijack, and this is a good one, with a wrecking ball slamming repeatedly into Steve’s vehicle. He gets a couple of shots off but Mitch is abducted.
A couple of leaps in logic later, the team concludes that someone wants to extract and weaponise the flu virus that poor old Mitch is carrying – it’s a “major national security situation”, according to Steve; well, yes – and a bit of investigation later they work out who the baddie is, and that he’s going to use bees dusted with freeze-dried virus to wipe out the population of the world. There’s a particularly uncomfortable scene in which they test out their virus delivery system on some hapless dude who thinks he’s applying for a job, but instead finds himself locked in a room and catching a dose of flu – which, contrary to everything else we hear about it, kills him in seconds – from Brer Bee. It’s decent stuff; I would, though, have expected an episode which hypothesizes the end of humanity to be a little more… exciting?