“The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, I to die, and you to live. Which of these is better, God only knows.” Socrates’ quote kicks off the Tuesday, April 26 episode of “Containment,” “I to Die, You to Live.” Things are already getting worse, and it’s only the beginning.
Is Lex a national hero or government stooge? That’s the question posed in this “Containment” by a blogger. While he may have won over some people with his intervention when Xander wanted to get inside the cordon at the end of the pilot, when he’s less than forthcoming with information about someone else who may be infected, the blogger accuses him of being “theirs,” neither good or bad, but rather, just a mouthpiece, someone to go where they want and say what they want.
With the virus currently having a mortality rate of 100% and no vaccine or cure in sight, all they can do is take necessary precautions. “4 to 6 feet.” Electric fences. Trying their best to track down anyone who might be infected. That means when Jake finds a photo of patient zero’s cousin with a girl, it’s up to him to find her after a brief panic that she may be outside the cordon – and when he does, she’s not the only one who is sick and ends up in an isolation room in the hospital.
“You’re determined to get me killed,” Jake comments at one point to his best friend, a sure sign that their friendship is going to be taking a number of hits since Lex was the one whose order put him in the hot zone when the quarantine went into effect. Katie finds him after he lets his frustration and anger out on his gear and the wall and warns him to keep it together, considering the kids she’s watching are doing a better job of that and they want to believe he can protect them. When the city quarantine is extended – they can’t trace just how many people have been infected so they have to wait for the virus to die out and can’t get the healthy out – Jake decides to stay at the hospital to help Katie out with the kids whose parents are stuck outside.
Meanwhile, Teresa’s worried about being pregnant in the middle of “contagion city,” but her friend Amy just wants her to come out and party with her and their friends. “Live fast, die young,” she says. Famous last words, as Amy is one of the people found sick by Jake. And when Teresa sees a news report about it and remembers her friend kissed her cheek, she hurries to bleach the plate she picked up at her grandmother’s and rushes out with her groceries with the awful excuse that it was the wrong order. Once she tells Xander, he’s even more determined to get to her – just as the cordon is being reinforced to seal off the 4000 inside indefinitely.
Elsewhere, Jana’s time alone in the safety of a clean room at her Data Recovery office doesn’t last long, as two other coworkers (and later, a third, after they’ve divided their rations) show up. (And even in the middle of a viral outbreak, Jana doesn’t fail to comment on Suzy having drinks with their married coworker.) But even though she is Lex’s girlfriend, he has his duty to the city (and Sabine has already made sure that his girlfriend and best friend being inside won’t lead to him breaking the rules they’ve established) and warns her that there are things he won’t be able to tell her, and when she tries to question him on exactly what he means, he ends their call.
“Containment” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 2 “I to Die, You to Live”?