The BEST Episodes of Last Resort

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 31, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

500 feet beneath the ocean's surface, the U.S. ballistic missile submarine Colorado receives orders to fire its nuclear arsenal at Pakistan. Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) and XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) question the orders and the Colorado comes under fire from another U.S. submarine. With their submarine crippled, the crew of the Colorado are forced to seek refuge on a nearby island. They must survive unprecedented odds as they work to unravel the conspiracy and clear their names.

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Controlled Flight Into Terrain

#1 - Controlled Flight Into Terrain

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 24, 2013

In the exciting series finale, a violent battle for control erupts on the submarine, which leaves the Colorado vulnerable to capture by a third party — one with an exploitative plan. Can Marcus and Sam take control of the sub before it’s too late?

star 8.08
2,035 votes
Directors: Michael Offer
Writers: David Wiener, Karl Gajdusek

#2 - Captain

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 27, 2012

The submarine "USS Colorado" receives orders to fire nuclear weapons at Pakistan. When the Captain and XO demand confirmation, the Colorado crew are declared rogue enemies of their own country.

star 7.95
3,946 votes
Directors: Martin Campbell
Writers: Karl Gajdusek, Shawn Ryan
Skeleton Crew

#3 - Skeleton Crew

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 25, 2012

In an attempt to end the standoff on Sainte Marina, Marcus and Sam enter into tense negotiations with the U.S. Government. Meanwhile, when a critical system fails, Grace must take command of the Colorado on a perilous repair operation.

star 7.94
2,942 votes
Directors: Michael Offer
Writers: David Wiener
Cinderella Liberty

#4 - Cinderella Liberty

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 6, 2012

The crew waits for a visit from its families; Marcus must contemplate the unthinkable; the reason for the attack on Pakistan is revealed.

star 7.83
2,341 votes
Writers: Morenike Balogun
The Pointy End of the Spear

#5 - The Pointy End of the Spear

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 17, 2013

Kylie works with Admiral Shepard to bring down the President, using evidence of what really happened in Pakistan. This affords Marcus the opportunity to surrender the Colorado, if all goes according to plan. Meanwhile, Speaker of the House Conrad Buell, meets with a small group of Washington heavyweights to discuss the unthinkable when Kylie’s video information helps persuade him to participate in a risky and treasonous maneuver.

star 7.72
1,909 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: John Zinman, Patrick Masset
Nuke it Out

#6 - Nuke it Out

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 15, 2012

As Marcus and Sam hunt for the traitor in their ranks who stole their nuclear launch key, Prosser disobeys orders and starts a small war he can’t control. Meanwhile Grace and James must work together to defuse a dangerous situation, as back in D.C. Christine is indicted as Sam's co-conspirator.

star 7.71
2,565 votes
Directors: Michael Offer
Writers: Ned Vizzini, Nick Antosca
Blue Water

#7 - Blue Water

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 13, 2012

Sam and James depart the island in a daring rescue attempt. Back on the island of Sainte Marina, a Chinese diplomat arrives to make a deal with Marcus. With scarcity and a prison problem plaguing him, Marcus finds himself treading down a more treacherous path than he could have imagined.

star 7.71
2,170 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Eileen Myers, Julie Siege
Blue on Blue

#8 - Blue on Blue

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 4, 2012

More than 20 warships close in on the Colorado. As Kendal is forced into a battle on the ground, Prosser questions Marcus' judgement.

star 7.64
3,374 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Karl Gajdusek
Damn the Torpedoes

#9 - Damn the Torpedoes

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 10, 2013

A typhoon, a mutiny and a Washington coup d'etat will force Marcus and his crew into unlikely alliances. As Sam's grief strains his loyalty to Marcus, will Sainte Marina get the supplies it so desperately needs? How far will Marcus go to ensure the crew's survival -- will it cost him his life?

star 7.64
1,800 votes
Directors: Clark Johnson
Writers: Paris Barclay

#10 - Voluntold

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 18, 2012

Even as Marcus and Sam learn that they have been charged with treason against the United States, a greater threat within their own crew is brewing. Meanwhile, an old friend of Sam's, Paul Wells, pays Christine a visit and tries to ease her fears about her husband.

star 7.64
2,961 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: John Zinman, Patrick Massett
Eight Bells

#11 - Eight Bells

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 11, 2012

A search for missing crew members leads to Serrat's compound and an ominous demand. A clandestine meeting between Kylie and Admiral Shepard confirms that the fire order came through a back channel.

star 7.64
2,928 votes
Directors: Michael Offer
Writers: Eileen Myers
Another Fine Navy Day

#12 - Another Fine Navy Day

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 8, 2012

The crew is hit with an attack by an unknown force unlike anything they’ve seen before. As confusion and aggression take hold, Marcus and Sam can no longer trust their own senses even as they race to save the sub and defend the island.

star 7.53
2,658 votes
Writers: Ron Fitzgerald
Big Chicken Dinner

#13 - Big Chicken Dinner

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 29, 2012

Marcus brings the islanders and the members of the Colorado together for a feast in the spirit of Thanksgiving; Grace searches for the truth when an essential crew member is accused of a crime.

star 7.52
2,357 votes
Writers: Julie Siege