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Dr. Larry Fleinhardt
Lt. Lee Havercamp
1 UNKNOWN PATHOGEN
The MATH used in this episode was the application of 'Patient Zero'. This term is used to describe the first known carrier of a disease. The term was first used during the smallpox epidemic.
Charlie has had top level clearance in National Security for almost five years. He'd earned the position after doing work for NSA years ago and had kept it a secret from Don the entire time.
Terry: You mean the Spanish Flu?
The Spanish Flu Pandemic killed 25 million to 50 million people worldwide in 1918 and 1919. It is thought to have been one of the most deadly pandemics so far in human history.
Charlie and Lt. Lee Havercamp are reviewing the structural identities of the two viral strains, by superimposing them over each other, claiming that it will take months to find the difference between the two strains.
However, the two structures shown are DNA helixes, and they are based on the DNA sequence. So the whole thing is meaningless, they wold not have access to those structures without knowing the DNA sequence, and thereby the differences.
And Lt. Lee Havercamp starting to talk about recognizing protein patterns from a nucleotide structure is rather meaningless, unless she is able to translate the DNA sequences in the structures to a protein sequence on the fly, which is more than unlikely.
Why doesn't the team question Dr. Weaver when they question Grolsch and the female researcher? Wouldn't the FBI consider everyone with access to the virus a suspect until they've proven otherwise?
How did Weaver manage to spread the virus using an aerosol can without getting himself infected? He didn't appear to be wearing a face mask or anything to protect himself. Are we really to believe he would put himself at risk?
When Don first talks to Grolsch, the dialog suggests that he said the virus was out. But a few moments later, they act surprised he knows. What brought up the Spanish Flu in the first place then?
Havercamp tells Eppes and Lake that Joshua (the kid in the van) got ill on Saturday. If it was a Saturday, then why was the mom taking all the kids to school and Josh trying to finish his homework?
The two kids (David and Ryan in the credits) get out of the minivan to go to class. But when they head out, they don't shut the door. Few shots later, mom is racing to the hospital. Who shut the door?
Once the bus station has been identified as a possible point of origin for the virus, the Hazmet team go in clad in special suits and breathing equipment. Yet just a couple of feet away are many of the cast team, with no preventative measures. Spanish flu is an airborne virus and could easily have infected those very close.
Why did the virus suddenly stop to spread? Where the CDC able to track down all the victims? I find it rather hard to believe. But, these laboratory strains was weakened from the original Spanish Flu virus, and therefore not so contagious...
Jessica Avery is sometimes referred to as Janice Avery.
When Gerald is talking to Linda in the bathroom, the audio to Gerald's mouth doesn't match his face. He isn't talking, the audio is dubbed in.
(About the Spanish Flu)
Don: What did they do in 1918? How did they stop it?
Terry: Nothing. There is no cure.
(To Don about Charlie)
Terry: You were speaking terrorism, he was speaking math.
Terry: I find the idea of a medical hero interesting.
Larry: When we met just now, was I going out or coming into the library?
Charlie: You were coming out.
Larry: My memory needs a memory. All right.
(Turns to go back into the library.)
Charlie: Larry, you were coming out!
Larry: Charlie, you're making the assumption that these people know their field as well as you know math, and that's an assumption I find tremendously problematic.
Charlie: How do you forgive yourself if you're wrong?
Don: You don't. We can't be wrong.
Charlie: I wish we could make Dad just stay in the house for a couple of weeks.
Don: Yeah, well, good luck with that.
Charlie: What? I've gone months without leaving the house.
Charlie: Well, listen, Dad, whenever I have a girlfriend, I will let you know by putting a note on the refrigerator.
Charlie: Larry, do you have a minute?
Larry: Yes, because we all have the same number of minutes at all times, do we not?
Charlie: The virus was at Union Station, but that's not where it started. The source point is the Downtown Main Bus Terminal.
Don: Yeah, but the CDC and the Public Health Service are sure about Union Station.
Charlie: They say it's the logical place for someone to release the virus. But if they don't understand the motivation behind the release, then how can they say it's the logical place for someone to release it?
Don: I see your point.
Weaver: Fifty years ago, scientists uncovered victims of the 1918 pandemic from the Alaskan permafrost. The found intact pieces of the Spanish Flu RNA in the lungs of a young soldier who was killed by the disease.
Don: So what you're saying, you resurrected the 1918 string?
Weaver: The bio-pathogens can exist for decades, hidden in nature, only to suddenly re-enter the human population. The Ebola virus crops up periodically in Africa. Eventually, at some point, the Spanish Flu was bound to re-emerge in a major outbreak.
Don: And without a vaccine we're talking about a global epidemic.
The title of the episode is based around the principal used for finding virus origin points.
This episode was meant to play second, but CBS pushed it down to 3rd in order in favor of Uncertainty Principle.
This episode is rated: TVPG.
Czech Republic: June 9, 2008 on TV Nova
Slovakia: October 6, 2009 on JOJ
International Episode Titles:
Czech Republic: Vektor (Vector)
The Spanish Flu:
There is much discussion of the 1918 outbreak of this flu, and they say that 600,000 people were killed in the US, though the actual figure is usually presented as 675,000. It is interesting and horrifying, though, to note that in just 18 months, the virus killed anything from 50 million people to 100 million people, depending on which figures you take, and because it was a worldwide pandemic, right at the end of the war, it's probably impossible to estimate the exact number. It's also interesting to note that this flu killed more people in that time than those killed in World War 1 or those killed in the four years of the bubonic plague. The virus also targeted the young and healthy, whilst most flus go for the young, old or weak. And as a last note, during the 25 or so years that AIDS has been around, 25 million people have died. The same number died in just 25 weeks of the Spanish flu.
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