When the Killjoys get passed over for the Bellaxion, they turn to Sparlow to get them in. He owes them a favor, after all. Saving a fella's life doesn't come cheap! But Sparlow declines, for if the Qreshi find out he's helping the Killjoys, he'll get killed.
Afterwards, Johnny is sent on his cleaning rounds. He uses his new Lucy (Newcy), which he houses in a little transmitter, to hack into the ship's mainframe. From there, he hopes to be able to control all the prisoners on the ship via the chips implanted in their heads.
Dutch spends no time waiting around for someone to tell her she can fight, she just does it herself. She picks a brawl with a beefcake, and proves herself worthy of the ring to the onlooking Qreshi hotshot. She's in.
Meanwhile, D'av is taken aside by the sister Qreshi noblewoman, who asks of him a favor: kill her brother for her. That's unexpected. But things on Qresh have gotten real bad, and the nobles are going insane, as well as hungry. She tells D'av her life is in danger, at the mercy of her brother.
Back in Westerly, The Lady has ordered Khlyen to help her find Pree (who in turn can help her find the Killjoys). They drop in at the bar, and there Khlyen mixes The Lady a little concoction that gets her emotions going, in particular, love.
Jaq closes his eyes, and is able to see through the universe to where his biological father is. He wants to go save him, but Delle Seyah won't let them. Not yet at least; they need that green. Jaq says some pretty nasty things to his mom, and throws a tantrum.
The warden calls Dutch into her office for what Dutch thinks is going to be a reprimand. Quite the opposite. The warden wants Dutch to continue fighting, so that maybe she can rise to the top and embarass the Qreshi nobles who flash their money and power every which way in her prison. Dutch accepts, on the condition that if she wins, Johnny gets to go free.
To get her back in the fight, D'av makes a deal with the Qreshi sister. He'll kill her brother, using a device that she furnishes, if she demands the warden put Dutch back into the ring. This plan's got so many layers.