WARNING: If you don't want to know what happened in this episode, don't read this photo recap!
Johnny and D'avin are attempting to coordinate a test flight with Khlyen's Black Root ships. Johnny with his tech, D'avin with his Hullen-infused mind. It doesn't go so well, and ends in the destruction of the ships and death of the human pilots. Turin is furious, and Johnny is demoralized. The two think everything would be so much easier if only Dutch were here.
But Dutch, with the help of Zeph, is undergoing an experimental mind trip procedure that will help her envision Aneela's memories. There's a danger to it, though: if she spends too much time in that headpiece, her own brain tissue could fuse with Aneela's for ever and ever. There's a lot at stake.
Dutch sees Aneela's memories as a voyeur. For now. In this one, Aneela confides in Khlyen that she feels inadequate, that the plasma isn't doing its job. Khlyen tries to comfort her, but she's a tough sell.
Meanwhile, the emissary the Ferran sent to partake in the multilateral war is having doubts. With Dutch gone, he needs a leader whose heart is in the right place. Is that leader D'avin? Only time will tell.
And Turin is being a pain in the ass, more so than usual. He wants D'avin to hunt down Fancy Lee, who's goodness knows where. Fancy was Khlyen's right hand man, and might know the secret touch to his fleet.
D'avin finds Fancy Lee, and entreats him to join the fight against the Hullen. He's still a little pissed at Turin's behavior, and is torn. But he ultimately ends up agreeing to help D'avin. He tells him that human pilots have no chance at operating Khlyen's ships. Only Hullen, or in this case cleansed Hullen, can do it. Maybe he can rustle up some of them. But he wants D'avin, and everyone else, to have his back in return.
Meanwhile, Johnny deduces that Zeph and Dutch have taken the Remnant somewhere to conduct further experiments on it. But when he attempts to track their location, he's surprised by mini Zeph and the coded firewall she's put in place to slow him down. Johnny gets to work.
And just as Fancy Lee is trying to recruit cleansed Hullen for D'avin, he witnesses a cleansed group getting rounded up by some renegade Killjoys. This is totally a dealbreaker for him, and he dissolves the partnership between him and D'avin.
Dutch's brain and Aneela's have entwined to a dangerous degree. Dutch mistakes Zeph for a footmen in one of her memories, and proceeds to choke her and then cut her throat. By accident, and non-fatally, of course. She escapes, thinking she's the princess she used to be.
Oh, and who was behind the crackdown on innocent cleansed? Turin, of course. His military aspirations are starting to turn him into a bit of a Machiavellian. And no one wants that. He's imprisoned the cleansed and conscripted them into forced military service, with plans to subject them to further physican and mental evaluation. It's very sketchy.
Johnny manages to break Zeph's code just in time for him to track her location down and revive her. Zeph tells Johnny the last words she heard Dutch say before she scrammed, and this is clue enough for Johnny to know her next move. He meets her…on Lucy.
Dutch thinks she's her princess self again, and Johnny's the erstwhile thief he was when they first met. He has to sweettalk her into trusting him. Which he does. She shoots him. And that's enough to press the refresh button on Dutch's brain. She's back.
D'avin has gone ahead and freed the imprisoned cleansed from the brig, with the promise that they'll help helm the fleet. Turin is furious, and threatens D'avin with reprisals. But D'avin has backup: all the races have defected from Turin and joined D'avin's ranks. He's the new sheriff in town, and he's locking Turin up for sedition, and other war crimes.
And we're back in Aneela's memories. Or is it Dutch's memories? It's kind of both. Basically, Aneela was so desperate she birthed a baby in the green goo: it's mother was she, it's father…was Khlyen. That baby, is Dutch. She's kind of an Aneela clone, if Aneela hadn't been locked up in that Arkyn cube for so long. So Dutch is a bit more mentally stable.
To protect Aneela, Khlyen has plans to slay the child Dutch. But once he gets a good look at her, he just can't bring himself to carry out the dirty deed. So he gives her a peach instead, tells her magical stories--ya know, dad stuff.
But the memories have only succeeded in piquing Dutch's appetite, not slaking it. She returns to the ship, but is having doubts about her position as leader. D'avin, who's proving himself an eligible general, takes her place at the top as she steps down. She's got personal business to take care of. And that personal business' name is Aneela.