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Self Inflicted Wounds, Part 1:
"Could'a, Would'a, Should'a"

John finally closes in on wormhole technology, but it leaves Moya and Pilot dying...

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Aeryn and D'Argo are moving the remaining Interon cryo-chamber, and D'Argo is still hurting from finding out about Jothee and Chiana (see log Suns and Lovers), but doesn't want to discuss it. Aeryn tells him they were just rebelling like children and offers to listen to him.

Stark is watching Zhaan in her quarters, as her condition is getting much worse. Crichton complains to Pilot that Stark says Zhaan needs to be "put in soil" soon, to which Pilot says a planet meeting requirements is less than an arn away. Crichton wants to go immediately but Pilot says he thought Crichton might like to see this first – it's a wormhole! Crichton tells Pilot to take readings, but Pilot says that a ship is approaching fast, and it collides with Moya!

When Crichton gets up, the two ships appear to have some how merged. Pilot and Moya are in a bad state, when an alien steps out calling for "Neeyala". Crichton pulls his gun on him and everyone panics in a standoff. Stark and D'Argo go to tend to Pilot, as the alien comments to Neeyala that they seem to communicate in different tongues and yet all understand each other. A DRD injects her with translator microbes, and she introduces herself to the crew as Pathfinder Neeyala.

D'Argo and Stark are with Pilot, who pukes everywhere, saying that he cannot function here. He tells them to disconnect him from Moya's neural nexus, and then pukes again.

The merged ships are still stuck in the wormhole, as Neeyala explains that her ship was regaining dimensionality when the ships collided. They are trying to bring online a generator that will hopefully help separate them. The alien man, Kreetago, attempts to join in the discussion only to be rebuked by Aeryn because for not being injected with the translator microbes, however she must show him around the ship to help familiarise himself with the ship. Neeyala says that they can escape the wormhole through a small gap that they pass every third of an arn. They have ricocheted into the "turbulent zone" of the wormhole – the distorted region dividing a wormhole from normal space-time.

In her quarters, Zhaan sees an image of an Earth-like planet through her window, when an image if a serpent flies past. Stark enters and Zhaan tells him that the goddess has chosen her harbinger. Stark tells her of the planet that is near, but she says a serpent lies between, which Stark says is a hallucination. She tells him that he's so afraid to let go, and he tells her he has a darkness that frightens lovers away; when he assists the dying he involuntarily absorbs a tiny part of their existence. Over the cycles he's accumulated a vast reservoir of evil. He says that he can't bear to lose the one thing that mitigates the twisted core of his existence.

Crichton explains to D'Argo and Stark that they need to wake Pilot to get starburst when they get to the gap. Everyone goes to seal all the vents whilst they have time. When Chiana arrives to assist D'Argo he's less than friendly; still cold with regard to their relationship.

In the cargo bay, Rygel has accidentally triggered the remaining cryo-chamber to open. The woman inside suddenly wakes up, and asks who Crichton is, and says his time is up. She thinks he's Sebacean, and when asked she clearly hasn't heard of Earth. Crichton asks her name, to which she replies Joolushko Tunai Fenta Hovalis, but it's so long he shortens it to Jool. When Rygel tells her that she was in the chamber for 22 cycles she lets out a terrible scream, which melts nearby metal.

Moya starbursts, but it only causes more damage instead of setting them free. Zhaan tries to heal one of Neeyala's injured crew, but since Neeyala is the only one with translator microbes she cannot communicate with it. Neeyala believes that the generator can be repaired before they're all incapacitated, but she needs vital information about their position within the wormhole, and asks Crichton to get it. Stark tells Crichton that stopping starburst took everything out of Pilot, so Aeryn goes to help. She has a private word with Crichton first though, where she brings up how suicidal the plan is. She's worried that the wormhole's getting him a little too excited. Meanwhile Zhaan says she couldn't save Cresto, and Neeyala gives Crichton a position recorder and says that she appreciates the risk he's taking.

As Aeryn opens the hangar doors, Stark, rather disturbingly, notices how pretty she is. She says that she's not Zhaan and they'll get her out of here and put her in the soil she needs to heal. Meanwhile Shreena tells Kreetago that the generator is leaking, and she doesn't want to die, but Kreetago says that the information on the ship must be saved no matter the cost.

Jool asks Rygel how her cousins died, and as he's about to say Chiana enters and stops him from blabbing. Jool asks what they're not telling her, but Chiana says they're in a crisis so to either shut up, help or go back to sleep. Jool says that she won't be spoken to like that by some "alley whore", when Crichton comes in to take Rygel with him. They leave in Farscape 1 and begin to take readings.

Aeryn goes to D'Argo telling him Pilot's been unconscious for an arn, and he should stop ripping out the wiring. D'Argo's angry with himself though, because he almost forgave Chiana. He asks how he could trust Chiana again, and then asks if Aeryn can trust Crichton. She says that he trusts the aliens, that wormholes seem to blind him. Suddenly a serpent shoots past... and it's definitely real.

Rygel asks what he and Crichton are doing here since they're just recording images. He wants to escape the wormhole, but Crichton tells him he's being selfish. Rygel reminds him how they all came together against their will, and all want to go home.

Zhaan is with Pilot, and Starks says how masterful she is with him. Zhaan says that he must replace her and minister theses souls. Starks says he loves her, and Zhaan asks if she didn't feel the same and more how could she ask this sacrifice of him.

Rygel attempts to take over the module and escapes from the wormhole, but Crichton whacks him and goes back in, where they get caught in the docking web. Rygel swears that Crichton has attacked him for the last time.

Aeryn and Zhaan have Neeyala in command and are questioning her about the serpent. She says that she could have killed them all, but didn't and instead worked with them, proving her intentions. She explains that the serpent only exists in wormholes and is only visible when shifts in the phase are present. Jool and Chiana run in having been scared by the serpent, when it comes into command.

D'Argo and Stark meet in the corridor saying that systems are failing everywhere. D'Argo blames Pilot but Stark says the stress on Moya is frying junctions everywhere – the wormhole is killing her. Meanwhile Zhaan visits Rygel who is preparing to kill Crichton, but talks him out of it. He tells her he appreciates her counsel, and she says that by him accepting it she knows so.

Crichton is watching the images captured from the wormhole, only he's watching them in his mind with Harvey (the Scorpius-Clone), sitting on his car at a drive-thru. Harvey resents being called there at Crichton's whim, and when asked says he thinks Scorpius is alive and that the wormhole technology is the centre of a new research facility. Crichton tells him that only one ship can survive, and Harvey says he knows; it's a shame about Moya. He asks if Crichton called him to talk him out of his guilt, which Crichton refutes. Harvey tells him that Moya and Pilot are to die so to take the wormhole technology and call it a day.

Later, the crew are debating which ship to use, with Zhaan, Stark, Aeryn and D'Argo objecting to leave Moya. Neeyala explains that after separation one vessel slides into the portal maintaining a chance of surviving, and the other tumbles through the wall to normal space. Whilst Zhaan continues to object, Rygel and Crichton say they have to leave Moya, and Zhaan comments on how desperate Crichton must be for the wormhole technology, and D'Argo adds that he places his obsession above the lives of his friends. After everyone leaves, Rygel tells Jool what really happened to her cousins.

Zhaan meets Chiana in a corridor, and Chiana says that she feels guilty as she loves Pilot and Moya but doesn't want to die here, so Zhaan comforts her.

Aeryn tells Crichton in a cargo bay that everything is blown, and when Aeryn leaves Jool enters and attempts to kill Crichton, but is unsuccessful and D'Argo tongues her. D'Argo notices that the gap in the force field of the ship he brought aboard (see log Suns and Lovers) is the key to its access, then tells Crichton to lock Jool up.

Neeyala tells Shreena that she does not enjoy sending the youngling to her death, but plays a guilt trip about her family, and says the crew of Moya must not know her true mission. Meanwhile Chiana checks a panel but before she closes it, it shorts out. She tells the others that there's no way they can repair all the damage. A big shake occurs and Aeryn says that settles it – they will abandon Moya.

As everyone reflects on the decision, D'Argo sees Chiana and says that he can't leave her alone in pain. Once again Crichton watches the pictures from the wormhole in Pilot's den, and tells Pilot he's so sorry. He notices one of the pictures is a black and white scene (that looks like it's off television), when the serpent attacks, and he's left hanging on the edge of the walkway, with a long drop below...

TO BE CONTINUED – IN PART 2: WAIT FOR THE WHEEL


Synopsis by Dani Moure

Alternate Perspective: To see a different perspective on this episode, read Mary Wood's summary.

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Episode Credits
Season 3, Episode 3 - Self Inflicted Wounds, Part 1: "Could'a, Would'a, Should'a" (Part 1 of 2)
Writer: David Kemper
Director: Tony Tilse
Production number: 10303
First UK Transmission: 10th Sep 2001
First US Transmission: 30th Mar 2001
Guest Stars:
Tammy MacIntosh (Jool); Victoria Longley (Pathfinder Neeyala); Nicholas Hope (Kreetago); Dwayne Fernandes (Cresto); Kerith Atkinson (Shreena); Brian Carbee (Lastren)
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