WARNING: If you don't want to know what happened in this episode, don't read this photo recap!
Quick catchup: Julia transferred her powers to Alice and it's not going great, Margo and Eliot are trying to defeat the Queen by stealing fairy eggs, and now Quentin and Poppy are roped into a plan to solve everything, while continuing their quest to find all seven keys that will return magic to the world(s).
Alice, meanwhile, is in the throes of having her body reject the magic that Julia gave her. Everyone's pretty concerned and even though she tried to protect against this, she's pretty desperate to keep the magic - at any cost. Julia advises Quentin to steer clear, and he agrees.
Poppy, Quentin and Penny all come up with a plan to get the key that Benedict took to the underworld when he died. There's a dragon called the Bookworm that transfers information between the library where Penny worked and the underworld library. The plan is, Penny will become a book, travel to the underworld, and send the key back up.
In order to do that, they'll need the help of another traveler - and that means Victoria (remember her?) - she was who they saved from Martin Chatwin in Fillory. She won't help them unless they ALSO enlist the help of Harriet. (Remember her?)
Meanwhile, in order to save Alice, Julia devises a plan to steal back her magic powers. And in order to do that, they need help from Irene McAllister, who bought Brakebills and whose family has limited magic in the form of magic cocaine. She agrees to help but Julia will owe her a favor in the future. Of her own choosing.
Meanwhile, Eliot and Margo hide all of the fairy eggs back at the cottage and tell Todd to keep an eye on them (what could go wrong?). Then, they tell the Fairy Queen she has 24 hours to hand over her bathtub so all of the Fillorians can see her, thereby sort of ending her reign. She says maybe she'll find the eggs. How would she do that?
Fray. Outsmarting Todd (not hard!) and angry that her father has stolen fairy eggs, Fray tells her mother that she's furious about it. Fen talks her into trusting that Eliot did this for a good reason. It seems to work, but then Fray tells the Fairy Queen about Eliot and Margo's betrayal.
Now that she knows where the eggs are, The Fairy Queen wants them back unharmed, so she poses a deal: they don't hurt the eggs and she won't hurt Fray. In a heroic act, Fray confesses: she's NOT Eliot and Fray's daughter. Their daughter died in childbirth. Fray is just a human working with the Fairies. Without leverage, the Queen is forced to accept their deal. But Fen is devastated.
Kady convinces Harriet to help them with their insane plan to steal a key from the underworld library. Thing is, Harriet's a freedom fighter who wants ALL magical books and information free to everyone. So, she also has a stake in this.
Also. Alice has learned that if she becomes a vampire, she can hang onto magic powers altogther. Julia saves her from that plan, and that leads to a MAGIC FEUD that ends with Julia unconscious. Somehow, that ends up bonding them, and Alice gives Julia back her powers.
And the Fairy Queen double-crosses Margo and Eliot and they find themselves in the midst of an uprising. See, the people of Fillory are TIRED of humans being rulers. It only has ever led to problems. And they want justice.