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"A Human Reaction"
John finally returns to Earth, but all is not as it seems...

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Zhaan and Chiana are arguing about something that Chiana took from her quarters, whilst Crichton is leaving a message to his dad. Pilot contacts him and tells him to go to command immediately. Moya has found a wormhole that just appeared right in front of them. Through the wormhole they see a planet, and it's Earth!

He's preparing to launch, and Aeryn says that she can't go with him because she's not certain that she'll belong there, but Crichton must leave immediately. Zhaan says it could kill him, because it's unstable, but he says he has to do it, because it might be Earth. Crichton tells D'Argo he hopes he'll get to see his son one day, and everyone's a little choked up. Crichton tells Rygel that he's going to leave all his stuff and give it to Aeryn, but Rygel realises it as a joke. Aeryn peeks round the corner, and he says his goodbyes.

He's at the mouth of the wormhole, but he hesitates. D'Argo persuades him to go in, despite his fears. Pilot loses him from sensors, and the crew's faces say it all. Crichton crash lands on the Australian coast, where he sees a woman before the military come for him, and knock him out with a tranquilliser.

Inside a military base, a man called Wilson is questioning him in a cell. They bring in different foreigners, thinking that the translator microbes in Crichton's brain are in fact an alien virus, so he has to translate what they are saying. He says he won't play any more games, so Wilson leaves. He later asks the guard, Cobb, when he'll get out. Cobb says he doesn't know, so Crichton asks to read the paper, to find out what's happened in the seven months he's been gone. He asks Cobb who won the Super Bowl but Cobb doesn't know.

Crichton's dad comes in and says he wants to see his son. John asks him to get him out of here, and his dad asks what happened on his tenth birthday, checking if he's who he says he is. John says his dad was late, again, because they held him at Houston for tests. He woke him up at four in the morning to go fishing. Jack hugs his son, and John asks what's going on, since this is far from normal recovery procedure. Jack says that nothing's been the same since he left, and the wormhole stayed open. John asks his dad to get him out of here, and he says he will.

The two of them walk along the beach, and John says that Wilson would not have just let him go. His dad shows him a van and two women who are watching them. He says that Wilson wants him to find out if it is his son, and everything about the wormhole and what's on the other side. They return to the base, where John tells one of the workmen that he's doing something wrong, when he recognises him as someone he's met before. The base goes on alert, as a transport pod has come through the wormhole and John tells them not to fire, since it has no weapons.

Inside were Aeryn, D'Argo and Rygel. Aeryn says that Earth disappeared when he went through the wormhole. Rygel says that it was her idea to go after him. She says she wanted to get a closer look, but the wormhole sucked her in. Wilson wants to know what they're saying (since the other humans can't understand because they have no translator microbes), and John says they're scared. Rygel asks why they're treating him like this, to which John replies that they're freaking out, but he says he'll take care of them.

John asks his father what's going on, and notices that because all the magazines are seven months old they don't want him to know anything. He says that he trusts the others a lot more than Wilson – they're his friends. A man calls him to the medical bay, where they find Rygel cut open, and dead! John has a go at Wilson, and tells Aeryn and D'Argo that the official word is that Rygel died from an allergic reaction to the tranquilliser. He says that he thinks they killed Rygel, and D'Argo says they cut him open to study him. D'Argo says that they cut him open to study him. D'Argo says that when they come for him he'll fight. Aeryn says that even Peacekeepers wouldn't kill a prisoner to study them, and tells John to just go.

Jack says that John was na´ve to think he could protect them, and John says that he's going to make Wilson understand. Jack asks if he's willing to die for those creatures, and John say she gave his word. He goes to the medical room, where he finds a man on the ground. Aeryn appears and asks if she killed the man, and John says no. He says he's on her side, and she must trust him. She says they took D'Argo, but she was ready when they came for her.

John and Aeryn find Cobb, and they ask him where D'Argo was taken. Cobb says he was flown to another base, and John takes his gun, and knocks him out, for Rygel. They leave, and Aeryn is fascinated by the rain, and says she likes it. They're at a place where Jack and John spent some time last year, but Aeryn doesn't trust that his dad told him where it was. They go in and drink some beer, which Aeryn says tastes like Fellip Nectar. John apologises for getting her here, and stuck on Moya. He looks out the window, and Aeryn says he was right; Earth is actually very beautiful. She says they'll have to kill her to capture her. He says he knows, and rests his head on her shoulder. Then they kiss...

We cut to the next morning, where Aeryn tells John to get out of bed. Aeryn's found an uninhabited place to hide. She puts on a dress and the door knocks. It's Jack, and Aeryn holds her gun to him. She wants John to search him, but he refuses. Jack says that he talked to everyone he knows, but no one will help them. D'Argo is on the way to a military warehouse, and the official word is that they never existed. He tells them that they have to get out of town; he'll cover for them. He says goodbye, and Aeryn says something that he seems to understand, as he says "thank you, Aeryn Sun".

Aeryn and John walk down the street when John sees the girl who was on the beach. He asks the man at the newsstand why all the magazines are seven months old, but recognises him from being on the beach the other day, and says he used to ride his bike past the man's house in the fifth grade. He knows everyone around him, and pulls a gun on Aeryn. Every place that he's been so far he has been to in his past. He goes into a pool bar that is just the way he remembers it, and he knows all the people there too. He's been in the men's room before, but never the ladies' so he kicks open the door to reveal an energy barrier.

He goes to talk to his dad at the military base, who says he did well. Everything here is a physical creation from his memory. He's not his father, but the others are real. They were investigating the wormhole so they were used too. D'Argo and Rygel are locked up, and Rygel says he was treated like royalty. "Jack" says that they needed a human reaction. He apologises, but says that John had to believe everything. His race only have enough power to transport their race one last time, so they had to know how they'd be received if they went to Earth. John goes through a door, where there is a hive of aliens. "Jack" says that they only want to co-habit while they replenish their hive. The Ancients (their race) have stories of a world that will welcome them. They had to know if humans would welcome them or fight them. He apologises for taking John's dad's form, and John asks to see what he really looks like. Surrounded by light he transforms into his creature form, and says the highest form of life on the planet is often the most destructive, and humans would kill them. He says that they will continue searching for a home, and John says so will he. The Ancient returns Jack's good luck charm, and says that maybe they'll meet again one day.

Synopsis by Dani Moure

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Episode Credits
Season 1, Episode 16 - "A Human Reaction"
Writer: Justin Monjo
Director: Rowan Woods
Production number: 10116
First UK Transmission: 3rd Apr 2000
First US Transmission: 20th Aug 1999
Guest Stars:
Kent McCord (Jack Crichton / The Ancient); Phillip Gordon (Ray Wilson); Richard Sydenham (Cobb); Frankie Davidson (Newsstand Guy); Albert Mensah (Dialectic); Andy Cachia (Technician); Selina Muller (Woman on Beach)
Gigi Edgley (Chiana)
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