Cordon Episodes 9 & 10
The final episodes. Who lives? Who dies? Who still hasn’t got over the shower curtain scene? (Apart from me).
We continue where we left off with the door to the fire escape in the lab being smashed in. Despite my hopes to the contrary, it isn’t Jack Nicholson that comes through it, but Lars, Melissa and the men who were terrorising the outside on the bikes. Sam has a lighter and aerosol which he is using as a flame thrower to try and keep them back, but it runs out in about 10 seconds.
When they discover it is a computer lab and not one which contains the drugs they are hoping for, Lars blames Melissa and is dragging her around by the hair. Jana is trying hard to hide from the man who she stabbed in the eye with her shoe and half blinded in the other eye with the pepper spray. He soon spots her though and chases her and punches her in the face, knocking her out.
Lex goes to see Gryspeerts and asks him why he hasn’t blogged about what they found out. The journalist tells him that he is scared and there is a lot at stake. They argue, but Gryspeerts phones his contact in public health, who says that he would need to see a copy of the files before he does anything. Lex agrees that the files are sent.
Lien and Jokke are out looking for Tyl. A man tells Jokke about someone who is immune to the virus and he is drinking the urine from this person that he has bought, as it is said to have healing powers. Despite the fact it is probably reassuringly expensive, it’s unlikely to have the taste or aroma of Stella Artois.
Lex is telling Nald about what he has found out and is asking how the cordon was up so quickly and that Cannaerts and Lommers are responsible. Nald is disbelieving and asking why he would believe some old journalist who stitched him up rather than his friends and colleagues.
Jana comes round and is asking Melissa if anyone touched her. It seems they were all too drugged up to do anything. Lars and co have gone, but have left one of the men in the area outside the office before the lifts as he is infected. Melissa and Ineke have stayed. Jana is scrubbing herself down in the shower, but thankfully with no shower curtain action.
Jana and Sam have an intimate moment and kiss. She tells him that they are all going crazy and then says “Stop. Leave me alone”. She’s such a tease.
Lommers is skyping Cannaerts and telling him that questions are being asked. He has to make sure all traces have been removed and the truth is what they say it is. She will stop the questions at her end.
Lex is with the team investigating the shooting that Nald did last week and the story seems to pan out. The money that was paid by the people escaping the cordon has gone, but the investigator will follow the trail.
Lex phones Gryspeerts. He doesn’t answer. Lommers is with him.
Sam and Melissa go out of the lab to get powdered milk for Ineke’s baby and for some food. Jana tells them to ask for Jokke. One of the men at the supermarket tells Jokke there are people there to see him and when he asks who, he replies “Cinderella and Bob the Builder”. But it’s just Sam and Melissa.
Sam buys a gun from the remaining brother at the supermarket and is asked if he wants to escape the cordon. “I’ve heard that story before” he says.
The man that Lars and co left behind, Remco, manages to burst through the doors at the lab, causing untold panic, but dies before he can do too much damage.
Lex is set to meet Gryspeerts in an underground car park, where all shady dealing takes place, but Lommers turns up and asks if he is waiting for someone. She tells him that he needs to go to a psychiatrist after the shooting incident with Nald. After telling her that he is meeting one of his men, she says that “you can’t trust some people can you?” and gives him a knowing look.
Lex goes to see Gryspeerts who says that he had taken a sleeping pill and slept through their arranged meeting. Gryspeerts tells him that there isn’t anything that his contact has revealed and they may have got the dates wrong that suggested the scenarios for dealing with the cordon had been drawn up before the outbreak. Lex says the dates have been changed and attempts to upload the files from his mobile phone, but it doesn’t seem to be working. When he goes to his office to retrieve the files from his laptop, the files are remotely deleted.
Sam is speaking with Jana and Suzy back at the lab and talking about trying to escape the cordon again. Suzy, being very politically correct shouts “Are you retarded?” Ineke overhears them and says they must take her baby.
Lex blames Gryspeerts for the files being deleted and he says he didn’t do anything but they need to forget exposing anyone. It is too big and will put the whole country into chaos. Nobody will believe them.
Veerle admits to Bert that she lied and did not see Micheline. Despite his compound fracture, Bert manages to go round to their house with the aid of a crutch and he and Micheline are reunited.
Melissa is sneezing a lot in the office and claims it was the pollen when she was out getting food, but they force her into the area outside the lift.
Things continue to go wrong for Lex. He tries to phone the secure line at the NIIDA, but the codes have been changed and his name is not on the list of names to be given the new code. He goes to see the psychiatrist and asks her what they have asked her to write in her report. She asks “Do you think people are conspiring against you?” Looks like she won’t have to make anything up.
Despite Sam’s reservations, they are going to take the baby. They are at the supermarket to arrange it all and Jokke sees Jana and asks if she will take Quinten. Jana says there is no more room, but she will look after him if Jokke gets him out.
A man comes to the supermarket looking for ammunition for a gun which Lien realises is the gun Tyl had. Jokke forces him to take him and Lien to where he is. He takes them to a house then runs off. They enter the house and find lots of things that have been looted and one of the boys who was bullying Tyl is there. He is drinking urine.
Lex is asking Nald to look into what he has discovered as he needs proof and they are watching him. Nald eventually agrees.
The shooting investigator phones Lex and asks him to come to the scene of the shooting as he has found something. There is a receipt down the side of one of the seats in a car at the scene that is for blow torches. There is also a box in the car with the same equipment that is uses to lock the containers at the cordon. They use the car’s sat nav to go to its last location, which is one of the containers, stationed above an entrance to the sewers. Nald and Lex open the container and find a hole has been cut in the floor directly above a manhole cover which leads to the sewers.
The bully tells Jokke and Lien that Tyl seems to be immune to the virus and has been taken to a big house where they are using his blood and urine to help people.
Jokke and Lien go to the big house and finds Tyl on a table with blood being taken. He takes Tyl out. He tells Lien to go back to the supermarket and he will take Tyl to the NIIDA.
Nald tells Lex that he can’t get the courier details of the package that was delivered to the NIIDA that the first doctor infected was carrying that Lex had seen on the CCTV footage without a court order. Lex tells him he will give him the details of a judge that owes him a favour.
Sam and Jana have noticed that Ineke is infected, despite her trying to hide it. They say they are not taking her baby as it may be infected. Tony hears what is being said and is standing with the gun that Sam had bought. He is angry that Jana is going to escape and leave him there, taking a cleaner she has just met and a stranger’s baby. He tells them if he doesn’t go, no-one does. Sam grabs for the gun and is shot in the foot. Suzy hits Tony on the back of the head and Sam and Jana manage to get in the lift.
Jana tells Jokke that she can now take Quinten on the escape route.
Cannaerts has discovered that Tyl’s blood helps slow down the virus. He tells Jokke that it is looking good, but that Tyl may still be a carrier despite not being affected. Jokke says he was in close contact with Tyl so must go into isolation at the NIIDA.
Lex asks the army boss for his code to phone the secure line at the NIIDA and phones Jokke. A nurse takes the phone to him in isolation. Lex tells Jokke all about what he has found and that the package the doctor had was from a place in Brazil that deals with infectious diseases. The army man cuts him off and tells Lex he is a psychopath. “A psychopath you gave your code to” says Lex.
Bert and Micheline’s doorbell rings and when they go to the door, Ineke has left her baby on the doorstep with a note for them.
The army boss tells Lex he is taking over his Unit. The rota drawn up to watch the containers to catch whoever is making the escapes has one of the containers without anyone watching. Lex shows him what he drew up on his iPad which shows he did have that one being watched. Lex and the army man head to said container.
Cannaerts is at the window of Jokke’s isolation room with Jokke shouting at him. The doctor remains calm and says that they are always testing new diseases and it may well be the case that a sample was indeed sent from Brazil.
Cannaerts comes through a container with Tyl to the media and Lommers with a crowd there to greet them. They will be taking Tyl to a special unit.
Mees and the brother are leading Jana, Sam and Quinten through the sewers. Lex, Nald the army boss and two soldiers are now also in the sewer. They split up in the tunnels.
Cannaerts returns to Jokke. The virus has taken hold of Jokke now. Jokke wants the truth before he dies. Cannaerts explains that a trainee made a mistake and she was distracted flirting with a doctor. Lommers had the idea of blaming the Afghani. It would help her increase the counter terrorism budget. He told a small lie which got out of hand. Jokke says he has to tell the truth, but Cannaerts says the truth is they save millions of lives, and he couldn’t allow one mistake to ruin it all.
As Cannaerts starts walk away, Jokke shoots through the window of the room and chases after him. He catches him and kisses him full on the lips to make sure the virus is transferred.
Shooting starts in the sewer and Lex sees all the army men dead, along with the brother. He sees Nald standing above Mees and shooting him. Nald says that Mees pulled a gun on him. Lex says it looks like he was expecting you and pulls his gun out. Nald tells him that Jana is there and he got her out. He shows Lex a bagful of money and says they can split it and he has Jana. Lex says he has to do his duty. Sam, having not learned his lesson, grabs for Nald’s gun when he goes for it and is shot. Lex shoots Nald.
Jana and Lex see each other again in the sewer. Jana tells him she is not ill and asks if she can come with him. He says that “If I do that, it will all be in vain”. She asks what he wants. He tells her he only wants what he wants is her. Awwwwwww. They kiss.
We see Jana, Lex and Quinten climbing out of a manhole. But it’s on the side of the cordon where the infection is. Then a horse walks past? And it ends.
As ridiculous as it was, this turned into a very good thriller. It was tough to try and get past the negligent way in which people carried on, but it was well done. With a second series on the way, we will find out what happens next.
Will Tyl infect everyone outside the cordon? Will Lex expose the truth? Will Bert and Micheline contract the virus from Ineke’s baby? Is it too late for Jokke? And Cannaerts? Will Lommers get her comeuppance?
Whatever happens in Series 2, I think I’ll stay off the Belgian chocolate for a while.
- I don’t think the scene with Sam and the aerosol is likely to become a Lynx advert.
- Lex clearly doesn’t know how much effort it takes to blog. No, really.
- Loved Jokke’s reaction to people drinking urine. “Ok”.
- How did Lien recognise Tyl’s gun? Is she a gun expert?
- What contribution have the army actually been making? We have seen very little of them.
- All that blood taken out of Tyl and not once did we see him get a drink and a biscuit.
- How many of you thought when Lex got the call from the investigator to meet him that it was a trap?
- Dr Cannaerts looks scarily like Labour Party leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn.
- If Ineke’s baby has the virus, she has just killed Bert and Micheline.
- I doubt that Nald was anyone’s first choice for a naked shower scene.
- If Tyl is possibly a carrier, why would you take him to the side without the disease?
- Given how delirious people get with the virus, was it not a bit daft to leave Jokke with his gun in the isolation room?
- That was nothing like kiss chase when I was at school.
- Sam seemed to get about pretty well with his shot foot.
- We see no animals apart from rats all the way through, then a horse appears in the final scene. Odd.
- Given Jana’s kiss with Sam, the first website she goes on when the internet is back up and running is likely to be Ashley Madison.