In Old Town, Dutch and D’avin come across two scavengers for Company tools. They agree to hand over the devices in exchange for technology for their condition. Then, Dutch and D’avin reveal their identities as RAC agents and arrest the men. As they take the two down, Dutch ponders John’s mission with Pawter, questioning if things will turn out okay. D’avin reminds her who she’s talking about but doesn’t share her worry. He suggests meeting up for a drink at the Royale, leading Dutch to remark on how interested he is in the new assistant bartender Sabine.
On Qresh, John escorts Pawter to her family’s home where they meet the servant Castor. It’s John and Pawter’s hope that she can convince her mother to lift her exile ban from Qresh in order to help the citizens of Old Town. The two then meet with Pawter’s sister Louella Seyah Simms. She introduces her sister to her fiancé Hank who appears to have had a romantic history with Pawter. Regardless, they are less impressed with Pawter bringing a Killjoy escort. In the midst of the awkwardness, Pawter’s father Weyner comes to see his daughter. Despite her exile, he warmly embraces her.
D’avin arrives at the Royale where Sabine already has his favorite drink ready: a beer. In exchange for knowing him so well, Sabine asks that after he leaves the wall of Old Town if he could pick up some peaches for the return since her family used to farm them. She then asks about D’avin’s background, leading him to reveal that he was born on Telen. Instinctively, she deduces his horrible childhood noting that he wouldn’t be halfway across the galaxy if his upbringing was good. D’avin begins to respond but then starts hearing an odd tune playing in the background. He then sees strange images of a green ooze and bright lights before finally losing consciousness.
At the same time, Khlyen links himself with the green ooze to search for D’avin’s father. Fancy tells him that the Black Root is on their trail. Using an electric weapon, he plans to fight off the people tracking them.
Pawter: There used to be a family of four in this picture.
Johnny: Points for being thorough.
Back on Qresh, Weyner admits that he is a little disappointed that she left the protection of Spring Hill, but Pawter is insistent to speak to her mother. He attempts to offer help, but Pawter reminds him that he is a Simms only by marriage. Only the head of the house can lift her exile, and as her daughter, she reveals to her father, she can pull her weight in protecting Old Town by speaking with the board. With the help that she has done on Old Town, this can mean exponentially more.
Meanwhile, John enjoys the comforts of the wealthy by skinny-dipping in the baptismal pool. Pawter meets up with him in order to prepare him for the traditions he needs in having a dinner on Qresh.
On Telen, Khlyen and Fancy track down D’avin and John’s father Marris and asks for a talk.
D’avin returns to the ship and recounts everything that happened between him and Sabine. When he reveals that he had passed out in the middle of the talk, Dutch grows a little worried, remembering the last time D’avin passed out for no reason. Without thinking, D’avin begins humming the song he heard, leading Dutch to hold him at gunpoint. She reveals that only Khlyen knows that song since he wrote it for her.
In the midst of this, Khlyen and Fancy continue to interrogate Marris who insists that D’avin left him for the Army a long time ago. With no clear answers, Khlyen moves on to another method of learning the truth: finding out if Marris shares his son’s immunity.
The Qreshis begin their dinner rituals, much to John’s discomfort. They welcome the rest of Pawter’s family and attempt to act naturally with Louella referring to her new interest in deep sea diving. Then, they are presented to Adeline Simms, Pawter’s mother. Weyner attempts to appeal to his wife, but Adeline is insistent that Pawter’s exile remain. Nevertheless, she allows her daughter to eat with them. Pawter leaves the table, peaking John’s attention. Hank tries to advise John on the proper tradition to exit, but John shoots him down. Since he is not a Qreshi, he doesn’t care about their manners.
In the main room, John tries to console Pawter who feels as though she has been no better than the girl she was when she left Qresh. John then reminds her about the reason she came back since she believes Old Town deserves better, but, suddenly, the two are interrupted by Castor. He walks in stilted, keeping everyone away from him. Suddenly, he warns the two about a fog and then freezes before their eyes.
The rest of the household gather together to analyze what happened. Adeline plans to study the pieces of Castor and orders everyone to stay where they are. John disagrees, believing the attack could be a part of a larger biological warfare. Nevertheless, Adeline states that she will protect the family as she has for the past twenty years. John tells Pawter that, despite her mother’s insistence, she should help while he sets up a distress signal.
Pawter enters her mother’s lab and proceeds to help analyze the frozen pieces with Adeline. In spite of the crisis, Pawter remarks on how the situation of watching her mother in the lab seems familiar. Watching her mother in the lab, she notes, is probably why she became a doctor. Adeline still shows her disappointment in her daughter even as she tries to help since, according to her, Pawter couldn’t measure up to being a household head. In order to do that, she would need to prove that she could make hard decisions. In their research, Pawter discovers that the fog is actually a pathogen.
Back on the ship, D’avin begins to experience more images of Khlyen. This time, D’avin attempts to focus on what Khlyen can see as he tortures Marris. Since Marris has proven weak against the green substance, they have found that the father apparently has no immunity. Fancy then suggests they search for D’avin’s mother, but Khlyen then begins to experience D’avin’s connection. As the men struggle, the two scavengers from the warrant attempt to escape, forcing Dutch to fight them off by herself. In the intense connection between D’avin and Khlyen, the two end up switching consciousness as D’avin faces his father and Khlyen fights off the warrants in each other’s body. The resulting fight causes Khlyen to bleed as he uses D’avin’s body.
On Qresh, the family gathers together as the fog begins to gather closer to the house. Louella suddenly remembers about the ship crew on the yacht and runs to try and warn the others. The family attempts to stop her, but she reaches the door as her arm touches the fog. Her hand begins to freeze over without signs of stopping. Thinking quickly, Pawter takes a decorative axe and hacks her sister’s arm to stop the pathogen, much to the shock of her family.
On Telen, D’avin attempts to fake his way as Khlyen, but he is quickly found out by Fancy. The two fight off with Khlyen’s enhanced strength playing in D’avin’s favor. He defeats Fancy by knocking him out with the electrical weapon and attempts to wake up his dad to save him.
On Qresh, John tries to develop a plan as Weyner breaks apart a chair to provide heat. In that moment, Weyner reveals that he used to be a carpenter before he married into the Simms family. In fact, he and his family helped to build the Simms family home. He and Adeline fell in love, despite her family’s objections, and the two married following Adeline fighting for their relationship. John fires back at him, questioning what he did when Adeline called for the exile of their own daughter. Weyner explains that when you love two women equally, you chose the path that makes you a better man. John simply calls him an asshole, since he of all people knows about asshole fathers. Weyner just replies that John does not know what’s best for the Nine or his daughter. In his research, John discovers an alpha barrier surrounding the building, one that keeps everything except light and air trapped in the area. All he needs to do now is destroy it.
Back on the ship, Dutch demands to know what happened. Khlyen explains plainly that his and D’avin’s consciousness were switched, but now, he needs to message Fancy before the Black Root can track his body on Telen. Dutch remarks that the Black Root seems to be the only thing she’s seem him to be afraid of something, but Khlyen states that they ordinarily report him. The wounds on D’avin’s body keep bleeding, however, so Dutch proceeds to staple the area, despite helping Khlyen.
John goes to the lab to demand that Adeline explain why she didn’t reveal she had an alpha shield on the building. Unfortunately, she reveals that she has infected herself with the pathogen in hopes of inspiring a cure. John correctly deduces that she created the pathogen in the first place, but Adeline admits that this is otherwise an attack on the family as someone has stolen it. John believes he can stop the spread around the area by planting a bomb at the power line of the shield, destroying the barrier in order to let them escape. Adeline, however, argues that the barrier is what keeps the pathogen from infecting the planet. When John states that the water will help disperse the toxic, Adeline reveals that the pathogen would actually replicate and spread until it reaches the rest of the planet.
Pawter then arrives to see her mother being infected with the pathogen. In spite of being infected, Adeline remarks that she was impressed by Pawter’s quick thinking with her sister. She then reveals to her daughter that Qresh is under a ticking bomb, and the pathogen was a method to make the planet uninhabitable for anyone who would want to take it. While some members of the Nine have accepted it, others have not. Pawter doesn’t understand what her mother is saying, so Adeline gives to her the pathogen formula to figure out a new cure. In spite of her daughter’s fears, Adeline insists that this is what it takes to be the head of the family, something Weyner never wanted for her. Adeline then freezes from the pathogen.
Adeline: To protect those you love you must become something you hate.
Dutch finishes stapling D’avin’s wounds as Khlyen explains that he is interested in D’avin’s immunity to the green substance. Dutch questions what the substance is, but Khlyen only responds that it is the beginning or the end, depending how one looks at it. Rapidly, however, D’avin’s body starts shutting down, unaccustomed to the change. The only way to save either of them is to switch back, something that even Khlyen is unsure how to do.
D’avin continues to try and move his dad, but Marris refuses to listen to him. D’avin then recounts a time when Marris forced him to sleep in a cave for a summer as a child, and Marris recognizes his son. As Khlyen, D’avin helps his dad escape the room before Fancy can reawaken. Marris attempts to apologize to his son for his actions, but D’avin refuses to listen to him. D’avin then fights a renewed Fancy, but the stress of the switch finally knocks D’avin unconscious.
Khlyen reawakens in his ship with Fancy. He reveals his new knowledge on D’avin’s experimentation based on the military, providing a new angle to discover his immunity.
Using her mother’s research, Pawter delves deeper into the pathogen, discovering it to be a hybrid of a virus. One of its fatal components is heat. If they can find a way to create a devastating heat, they could destroy the pathogen. Dutch then calls John and asks, on the hypothetical notion, on how to switch two people’s brains. John responds that with the right electrical jolt she should be able to produce a change. He then asks her, on the hypothetical notion, of how many explosions would it be necessary to disrupt a power system. She gives him the idea that if he goes after the main line he would only need one clear shot. He reiterates this plan to the others, but Pawter reminds him that the main line is located outside the house in the fog. Fortunately, Louella reminds him of her deep sea diving hobby. She lends him a diving suit to move through the fog untouched to the main line. Once he reaches the power system, he confronts a vengeful Hank.
John learns that Hank was the one to set off the pathogen, and now he is willing to let it kill of the family to collect the bounty. Weyner, questioning the time John is taking, decides to go after him. Pawter and Louella protest since he has nothing for protection against the fog, but Weyner is determined to save his family.
On the ship, Dutch prepares to shock D’avin’s body, though she has no full idea if it will work.
Weyner arrives just in time to save John, but their time is almost up to blow up the main line. With no other solution, Weyner orders John to evacuate the system so that he can set off the explosion to the main line. John protests, but Weyner admits that he will be killed by the pathogen anyway. His last request is for John to take care of his daughter as he gives the younger man two minutes to return to the house. John leaves with a deeper appreciation of Pawter’s father.
Meanwhile, Dutch’s electric treatment is proving unhelpful, though she remains desperate to have D’avin return. Khlyen asks if she has any last words for him before he goes, and she reveals that things have changed. She used to hate him, which was simpler than things are now. Now, she feels as though she is floating. Khlyen then notices D’avin’s readings and realizes what he wanted to know all along. He asks Dutch who had experimented on D’avin before him, to which Dutch responds the army. Khlyen then admits that his last transmission from Red 17, the one they have not yet decoded, will provide her answers. Before she shocks him one last time, Dutch asks why was she on Arkyn. Khlyen responds that it wasn’t her before shocking himself.
Weyner sets off the explosion to the main line which disrupts the barrier and disintegrates the pathogen. Unfortunately, when John returns to the house, Pawter and Louella face the fact that both of their parents are dead.
Pawter is then sworn in as the Lady of the Land to represent her family. Although she still has many opponents in the Nine, she is now in a position to fight for the people in Old Town. Despite his neutrality as a Killjoy, John encourages her to keep to her plan to help the people in Westerly. Pawter questions his devotion, but John admits that he prefers giving a shit, believing she is the one who reminds him to give one. Unfortunately, Pawter advises John to keep their plan hidden from Dutch and D’avin, but John responds by kissing Pawter.
Level 6 Notes
- The episode title "Meet The Parents" refers to the 2000 movie by the same name.
- Based on Adeline's pathogen and Delle Seyah's preparations, a war may indeed be coming to the Quad.
- Could the Army have had something to do with D'avin's immunity?
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