A group of escaped prisoners turn up on Moya, just as Talyn's crew returns for the reunion...
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Moya has detected a transport pod closing in to rendezvous with Moya, and everyone has concluded that it must be the crew of Talyn. Crichton is anxious; asking D'Argo which shirt (green or black) looks better. Meanwhile Jool advises Chiana on what to wear for the reunion, and the pod arrives as Crichton and D'Argo speculate on the state of Talyn's crew. The four go to the maintenance bay, but out of the pod step a Scarran, Nebari and a female Hynerian, along with an unconscious Peacekeeper Tech. They say that they've just escaped imprisonment, and ask for help.
The Scarran, Naj Gil, says that they were part of a Peacekeeper weapons test, to see how different species would react to their new weapon. Chiana, Crichton and the Nebari, Hubero, are on the pod looking for a Boolite – a creature that has been blown to pieces but can survive as individual parts for half a cycle.
On Talyn, Rygel asks Crais where they are, and Crais replies that Talyn has found Moya at the extreme range of his sensors. Aeryn enters with Stark's mask and tells Talyn to intercept. When Pilot senses Talyn's approach, D'Argo sends Crichton to welcome them back.
Rygel is first out, but is hesitant when Crichton speaks to him. Crais is next, but when Aeryn steps out and Crichton acknowledges the "familiar face," she simply says "Hello John" and walks away. Immediately noticing a problem, Crichton asks what's wrong, and Crais informs him that the other Crichton is dead.
Rygel returns to his quarters to find the female Hynerian, Orhnn. She gets in his good books by treating him as a Dominar. Meanwhile, as Chiana, D'Argo, Jool, Naj Gil and Hubero are in the bay, Chiana has a flash, saying that she heard a pulse blast, causing panic. Aeryn wanders past the Tech's cell, and he tries to convince her to let him go, and of the value of the escaped prisoners, but she doesn't care anymore.
Crichton unpacks the other John's stuff, and after sizing up their pulse pistols, he takes back Wynonna. He throws Stark's mask aside, causing an image of him to appear. Stark says he has a message for Crichton and only Crichton, but is interrupted by Pilot who has detected a Peacekeeper distress call – from aboard Moya!
Pilot says that Moya will StarBurst and Talyn will follow on a close trajectory to meet up later. Chiana blames the Naj Gil, but D'Argo sticks up for him and places the blame on Hubero. Chiana jumps to her defence, as Rygel acts as an alibi for Orhnn. Crichton wants to lock the prisoners up, but they all refuse in favour of sticking by the person they're paired with. Everyone leaves, and with Aeryn facing away from him, following a long look Crichton leaves too.
Crais is trying to put the Boolite back together, and Jool offers some of her biological know-how as to how it should be done, since he is struggling.
Crichton and Aeryn are repairing the transport pod, with her handing him requested tools as she works. She ignores his attempts at humour, but when he tries to talk about the other Crichton she gets up and leaves. D'Argo enters to offer advice. He says that he has no advice to give, and that he knows Crichton is jealous of his twin. Crichton says that the other guy, "the copy," died, and D'Argo recognises that the problem is that Aeryn now thinks of him as "the copy."
Crichton wakes Rygel from his sleeping with Orhnn, and tells him that the prisoner's pod will be ready in half an arn. Rygel says that he doesn't want her to go because he loves her, but Crichton says they only have that half an arn. When Crichton leaves, Orhnn opens her eyes and says she heard it all, and wants to go at it again. Meanwhile, Chiana asks Hubero what her crime was, and she replies that she's a non-conformist; she's an androgen (not male, not female).
Crais and Jool have the Boolite talking, and Crichton asks who the traitor is, but it says it doesn't remember. Crais says that the memory may be in brain matter that they have yet to add. Pilot suddenly screams "shots fired" – the Scarran was shot. D'Argo threatens Hubero, and then grabs Orhnn. Chiana and Rygel stand by them though, and Crichton gets D'Argo to release them. Pilot says that another signal was sent, this time including Moya's coordinates.
They find a transmitter expertly assembled from scraps, and Crichton goes to the Tech only to find that the DRD watching him sensed no movement. Pilot says that the pod will be fixed in a quarter of an arn. As Crichton tells Rygel and Chiana that one of their people is the traitor, Chiana hides Hubero and Rygel and Orhnn hide out in an access shaft, only to go at it in there.
Jool and Crais heal the Scarran, as D'Argo and Aeryn search for Chiana. D'Argo is about to speak to her about Crichton, but she quickly tells him not to. When they leave, Hubero tells Chiana that she doesn't want to cause her any trouble, and leaves to return to the transport pod. As Jool and Crais finish assembling the Boolite, more fire is detected; the DRD was destroyed and the Tech's cell opened. Naj Gil awakes, as Orhnn wakes Rygel. She tells him that he must move his ass now, and pulling a knife on him insists on it.
As the others search, Orhnn tells Rygel that she struck a deal with the Tech on the pod, and then on Moya she found a great bargaining tool – Rygel himself. She reveals that she is a soldier, and he gave her no pleasure, so she didn't fall asleep with him and could roam Moya freely. Suddenly, Moya is neutralised so that she can't move. The Tech appears before Jool and Crais and opens fire. Running through the passageways, Orhnn shoots Hubero, much to Chiana's dismay. The Tech makes it to the pod, where Orhnn is waiting with Rygel as a hostage. They leave Moya and begin broadcasting their location, as Crichton and Aeryn leave with D'Argo in his new ship.
As Aeryn recalls a moment on the Budong (see log Green Eyed Monster), she and Crichton hook on and slide over to the pod. They blast their way in, and Aeryn shoots the Tech. As she tries to escape on Rygel's throne-sled, Crichton holds it down and Orhnn ends up floating away in space. Talyn returns, as Aeryn, Crichton and Rygel are lifted off the pod, which explodes in their wake.
Crichton is in his quarters, listening to the message, which is actually from the other John. The other John explains that whilst the Scarrans are back to square one with the wormhole technology, the Peacekeepers are Crichton's problem; Scorpius cannot be left to crack the secrets. Aeryn overhears, as the other John tells him not to push her, because she takes time. As a last moment, they have a final go of rock-paper-scissors, and both draw scissors, tying again. He wishes Crichton luck, the message ends and Aeryn slowly walks away.
With everyone assembled in Pilot's den, Crichton explains the situation. Pilot says that he and Moya are against the idea, and Talyn disagrees too. Chiana says that they don't know how far Scorpius is in his research, or where he is, and asks how Crichton will stop him. Jool opts out, and Crichton says that he doesn't see another option. After a long, lingering pause, the other watch on as Aeryn slowly rises and joins Crichton, and Crais soon follows. Chiana says that they're all going to die, and Crichton asks if she saw it or is just guessing. He goes on to say that we choose our own path and this is his – he's going to the Command Carrier, and he's going to stop Scorpius...
Synopsis by Dani Moure
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