Deadly negotiations with Scorpius begin, but as always things don't go according to plan...
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Talyn and Moya are drifting in space, with another ship nearby. On Moya, Naj Gil offers Jool the chance to join him on the medical facility (the other ship) that he's preparing to leave for, but she initially declines. Aeryn returns from recon, reporting that the ship is definitely a medical facility with five or six hundred on board and they have agreed to take Naj Gil. John is on command, and Chiana asks if there's been any word from Rygel and D'Argo. John says no, and she asks if they're definitely going ahead with the plan to go to Scorpius' Command Carrier (see log Fractures), and John replies that they will so long as they can make a deal with Scorpius, and Rygel thinks he will. Chiana gets worried and argues that Scorpius doesn't deal, and is probably frying D'Argo in the Aurora Chair right now. Chiana says that it doesn't matter, because she's splitting at the next planet they pass. Suddenly, she has a premonition of Peacekeepers...
In a diner on a rather desolate-looking planet, D'Argo and Rygel are eating, awaiting the arrival of Scorpius, although D'Argo is expecting a double-cross. Lt. Braca arrives to check for any others, before Scorpius enters. Scorpius ensures that they're unarmed, before his troops storm in. D'Argo can't fend them off, and Scorpius tells Braca to prepare to execute them!
Braca asks where their rescue squad is, and Scorpius asks Rygel, who is still eating, if he isn't afraid of death. Rygel tells him to aim for the head, and says that if he's finished his games they can get on with it. Scorpius answers that he had to be sure that they were alone, and tells his troops to lower their weapons. One by one, D'Argo starts punching them out, while asking Scorpius if he's sure he wasn't going to kill them. Rygel says that they're here to talk, and D'Argo takes their comms and stamps on them, and tells Scorpius to send the troops back to his ship. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, the cook, Voodi, and the waitress, Essk, are unsure of what to do with Peacekeepers out there.
Jool runs to the hangar, calling for Naj Gil, but Chiana explains that he just left. Jool remarks that she has nothing against the Peacekeepers, as she was never a prisoner, so she is leaving. Chiana describes a premonition in which she mourned over Jool, and when Jool says she doesn't believe her premonitions Chiana knocks her out.
Back in the diner, Scorpius asks if he's understood them right – they want transport on his Carrier, full amnesty and relocation to a planet of their own where they can be free citizens, and in return, John will help him with his wormhole research. Rygel says yes, and Scorpius asks what prompted this, and Rygel and D'Argo explain that the goal for the Charrid/Scarran alliance (see logs Infinite Possibilities Part 1 and Part 2) is to discover wormhole technology and use it, and although they stopped the alliance once they may be unable to again, and so John would rather Scorpius had it than them. Meanwhile, Voodi and Essk continue to argue.
Pilot announces that Peacekeepers are approaching, and Chiana lifts up Jool reminding her that she knew they were coming. John wants to starburst, but they're too close to the medical facility. Crais gets Talyn to target them, but tries to get him to stay calm. Chiana thinks that Scorpius saw Rygel and D'Argo, and they are now dead. The Peacekeepers target them, prompting Aeryn to decide they have no choice; Crais tells Talyn to fire, and he destroys them. However, as the hospital ship moves away, Talyn targets them. Crais attempts to stop him, but he destroys the ship. Jool slaps Crais, blaming him for 600 deaths, saying he could have stopped them and thinks that Chiana knew. Moya decides that she will not move, as Talyn is refusing to respond.
Scorpius agrees to the terms, but D'Argo wants a guarantee. Braca has "I – Yensch" bracelets, and Scorpius tells him to put one on, and urges D'Argo to do the same. Despite Rygel and D'Argo's cautions, D'Argo puts on the bracelet and Scorpius tells Rygel to hit Brace, so he headbutts him but both Braca and D'Argo fall to the floor. The bracelets have synchronised nerve impulses, allowing them to feel each other's pain. If one were killed, both would die. Rygel agrees that they're acceptable, but asks who will wear them. Scorpius suggests John and Braca, but Rygel laughs, knowing that Scorpius wouldn't hesitate to kill Braca if the situation arose, and demands that Scorpius wear it. Rygel explains that the only way they'll trust him is if they can control him. Scorpius says that is unacceptable, so Rygel says no deal. Two armed aliens, Sko and Wa suddenly storm the diner guns blazing, one hitting Scorpius and Braca, the other finding Voodi and Essk in the kitchen. They say they want everything they have, but Rygel says they have nothing. One of the aliens notices that they're Peacekeepers, prompting the other to say that "he" never told them about Peacekeepers. One asks Scorpius where his troops are, and Scorpius replies he has none, and has no comms because the Luxan destroyed them. They send Voodi and Essk to cook some food, and Braca spots an opening to attack, only to be shot, injuring D'Argo too.
Crais says that Talyn is in shock, but has expressed absolute remorse for his mistake. Jool says that it's more than a mistake, but Crais thinks a case of extreme paranoia could happen again. He declares Talyn a danger to himself as well as them. He says they should shut down all his mechanoid systems, and although Moya doesn't like the idea, as she gets uneasy, he continues. He says they would not be killing him, but his biologics would remain in stasis, and they could go to a place where they could repair the anomalies in Talyn's character, and come back with a full system replacement. Aeryn asks if he'd still be Talyn, but Crais says no – he'll be different, brand new, but something has to be done.
Rygel tells the aliens to hold the Peacekeepers hostage, to think bigger than robbery. He says that the Peacekeepers will pay anything to get them back, and the robbery doesn't seem to be going as planned – he'd hate to see it when the mess up. One alien says that he'll make sure Rygel is inside when he burns the building down, prompting Rygel to realise that they're burning it down for Voodi as an insurance scam. Voodi and Essk emerge from the kitchen, and the alien tells Voodi that Rygel knows he hired them to burn the place down. Essk gets angry at this, and she and Voodi argue. The alien explains to his companion Rygel's plan, but Scorpius says he wouldn't do that.
Talyn is refusing to let Crais aboard, and Moya is still refusing to move. Aeryn asks what to do, prompting John to ask "you asking me?" She says they can still work together – they always did that well. John says that someone needs to talk to Moya – maybe her.
Aeryn asks Pilot to speak to Moya, and she does. She says that Talyn has been home, and saved their lives. She's shared the best and worst of times with him, and she would never harm him, but Crais is right – they must shut Talyn down. She swears that they'll all work to bring him back as he was; it's the only way.
One of the aliens thinks he knows what the Peacekeepers will do, but Scorpius explains that they have a far greater source of wealth right there – Rygel XVI, Dominar of Hyneria. He would get them a much bigger ransom.
Pilot announces that Talyn has agreed to allow Crais on board, but he wakes up and shoots at Moya!
D'Argo is trying to keep the injured Braca awake. Rygel says that Braca needs water, but the aliens say they only care about Rygel. They call the kitchen for food and water, when Rygel farts, and in helium voice Scorpius says his bravery is convincing, and Rygel thinks they bought it. Essk and Voodi continue to argue in the kitchen, Essk is unhappy but Voodi proclaims he wants to start over. One alien says they should just burn the place down; if they do the hostage plan someone will die. The other one wants to take the opportunity handed to them, though. Scorpius tells Rygel that they only have a limited window before they discover no one would pay anything for Rygel. Scorpius says they'll do this themselves, if Rygel is up to it, and tells Rygel the combination to unlock Braca's bracelet.
Jool and Chiana are cleaning the mess in Moya, as John, Aeryn and Crais fly over to Talyn, after managing to convince him to let them dock.
The aliens meanwhile describe their plans for the ransom, but Rygel says Scorpius' ship will just decode the transmission, and they cannot outrun Peacekeepers. He says they could take his ship – it's fast, but only D'Argo can fly it. Essk brings out some food, and Voodi tries to get Sko and Wa to leave, but they kill him. Rygel manages to whisper Braca the code to his bracelet, despite being caught chatting.
John, Aeryn and Crais arrive on Talyn, who aims his internal guns at them. Aeryn tells Talyn that he killed innocent people and shot his own mother, and he wouldn't have done that if he wasn't ill; he just panicked. She doesn't believe he wanted to hurt Moya, or to hurt them. She says he knows he's sick or he wouldn't have let them board, but he's not going to die – he'll be reborn and get a fresh start. They can take the pain away. Aeryn's words convince Talyn to retract his guns.
D'Argo and Braca are still lying down, when one alien tries to convince the other to just leave. Rygel explains that they were meeting Peacekeepers to negotiate their freedom – they're prisoners. The aliens try to get Rygel to shoot Braca, since Scorpius is more valuable, as a show of trust. Rygel refuses, as it'll kill D'Argo too, and they'd have no one to fly the ship. Instead, Rygel turns and shoots Scorpy, who flies across the room landing behind the bar! The aliens want to leave, and when Essk walks past she whispers to Rygel that there's a knife under the tray behind the counter.
John asks Aeryn if she's OK, adding that he and Crais could wrap it up, she could return to Moya. She declines, but thanks him or the offer, and, after Crais promises they'll do everything they can, and says he doesn't blame Talyn and calls him brave, they proceed to shut Talyn down.
The aliens try to get Braca up, and want to kill Essk. Rygel stops them and tells her to go back into the kitchen. Rygel goes behind the counter to get a "kill souvenir" from Scorpius. Rygel apologises for shooting him, but says he knows how it is. Scorpius asks how Rygel knew he was wearing body armour, and Rygel replies that being held captive for 131 cycles teaches you, but if he was wrong, it wouldn't be so bad for him. Rygel tells Scorpius about the knife, and Scorpius hands him a pulse charge, with just one shot, that he had hidden in his coolant system. Rygel goes out and tells the aliens he's changed his mind – he'd rather be dead than deal with the likes of them. Rygel says they didn't have a plan, and a struggle ensues. Scorpius throws the knife into the back of Sko, who spins around firing his gun, before Rygel kills him with the pulse charge. Braca meanwhile has put his bracelet on Wa, and D'Argo has kept him still by banging his own head off the floor. Rygel goes over to Scorpy to talk about their deal... Scorpius thinks that there's now a basis for them to trust each other, and throws a piece of food into Rygel's mouth.
D'Argo and Rygel return to Moya, with Rygel saying to John that they got everything they wanted. Aeryn says she has a bad feeling about the Command Carrier, but they don't have a choice whether to go or not, because if Scorpius masters wormholes... John says that some things you die for, but Aeryn tells him she can't watch that happen again – it was perfect and he's just like him, he is him. John says that he is "me", he was on Moya, he missed that dance, and says she shouldn't go. Aeryn replies that they started this together, and that's how they'll end it...
Synopsis by Dani Moure
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