What to Expect When You’re Expecting … an Alien Parasite
Well, this is it: Delle Seyah is about to pop out D'av's baby. And as much as she'd like to do this without all the onlookers, well, this birth will be a spectator sport. Pree, Zeph, and Pip are there as handmaidens. And Johnny, still possessed of the green plasma, and in captivity, is trying to relieve the pressure in his head caused by a temproary antidote. But for his brother's stopping him, he might succeed in bashing his skull in.
And an interesting thing: Zeph tells D'av that once Dutch crept out of the green plasma pool, it changed the chemical constitution of ALL the green plasma everywhere. It turned it... solid. But no time for that. Because there's something strange happening with Delle Seyah's baby: it's growing at an abnormal rate. It's too big to shoot out vaginally, so Zeph is going to have to extract it caesarean-style. Except every time she attempts to make an incision, Delle Seyah's pregnancy meds and green goo-infused blood heal it up instantly. This is going to be more difficult than expected — which was already very difficult.
Dutch wakes up from her slumber, and confronts Johnny on his, um, new attitude towards life. She tries to get information about Khlyen out of him, while he guilts her for leaving him and allowing him to get in this mess in the first place. It's a very dysfunctional conversation.
In the green land not long ago, the Lady, posing as Aneela, was trying to trick Dutch into telling her the story that would enable her to escape the plasma pool, and into the real world. But Dutch doesn't fall for it. She's been around the block WAY too many times for that. But the Lady doesn't relent: she impersonates Khlyen in an attempt to get some memories inside her head extracted. Dutch has been holding out, but for how long?
Zeph needs to suppress Delle Seyah's Hullen immune response, and gives her an injection to do so. But when she does, it triggers a reaction in the baby, which revolts against Delle Seyah's system. It's a whole mess of trouble.
Dutch has hijacked the consoles and redirected the ship toward a green plasma pool, purportedly to save Johnny. But as Lucy reports, the plasma pools are no longer active. That's bad news for Johnny, and when hears this, he resolves to kill himself. Going between Hullen and human is torture: one minute he's got feelings, the next he's an amoral killing machine. It's hard. So he breaks his neck on his harness. Luckily, Zeph is able to get to Johnny in time to not only rescussitate him, but also cure him of his Hullen-ness. That was a close one!
Johnny isn't awake for five minutes before Dutch is grilling him on why Khlyen had Dutch remember that story of Johnny and she becoming Killjoys. It's a mystery, and a valuable one! When Delle Seyah wakes up, Zeph tells her that the procedure will not just dampen her Hullen response, but turn her human altogether. She doesn't like the sound of that, and plots her escape from the lab. First, she knocks out Pree. Then she rushes the cockpit and gets Dutch by the throat. She demands to know where Aneela is — after all, the baby is part hers. Dutch tells her she's back in the green, which is not good news. D'av arrives and threatens to blow Delle Seyah's head away if she doesn't stand down. And Dutch promises that once the baby is born, she'll take it back to Aneela in the green because... Aneela saved Dutch's life...?
See, when Dutch tried to run from the Lady, Aneela found her, near death. She encouraged her to keep going, and promised to handle the Lady while she left the pool and returned to her friends. Aneela's not SO bad, people.
And it must have been hearing that Aneela was still alive that made Delle Seyah more amenable to Zeph's procedures. The baby comes out, and it's alive! Now that everyone has some breathing room, Dutch has some sour news for them: the Lady is coming, and the future doesn't look bright. The Lady gave her a taste of prophecy, and it ends in mass death for the Killjoys. Unless they do something to change it.