Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman

Last Resort co-creator Shawn Ryan knows he could stand to gain more viewers. Thus far, the show has averaged just 7.8 million viewers and a 1.9 in the demo. Fortunately, he thinks Thursday's episode (8/7c, ABC) is an engaging hour, both for fans who have already sampled the show and newcomers who are curious about diving in.

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Meanwhile, Grace will finally get a taste of what it's like to have her orders followed. She's forced to bring along Chief of the Boat Prosser (Robert Patrick) for her mission, and even though the two have a bit of a rocky past, Grace's leadership during a battle might silence Prosser's dissent once and for all. "We wanted a story that would really test the mettle of Grace," Ryan says. "[We wanted] to see how she would come through this kind of situation and to see what kind of respect she might or might not earn from those around her in these circumstances."

Also uniting in this episode are Christine (Jessy Schram), Sam's wife back home, and Kylie Sinclair (Autumn Reeser), one of the few people stateside who believes Christine's ramblings about the government conspiracy involved in the USS Colorado disaster.

"It's a good thing for us going forward," Ryan says of teaming the two characters. "It kind of streamlines the stories going forward because in the first batch of episodes, we've had to have a separate Kylie and a separate Christine story. Now we've crossed the streams, and the two of them together seems to us more valuable than the sum of the two of them apart."

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