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Rock Bottom is the sixth episode in the first season of The Expanse. It premiered on January 12, 2016 on Syfy.

Synopsis[]

Miller discovers revealing information on a hidden data cube. Holden and crew arrive at Tycho Station, surprised by their host’s hidden agenda.

Recap[]

On Earth, Chrisjen Avasarala asks her ex-colleague Carlos Davila for access to his spy on Tycho Station in order to keep an eye on Fred Johnson. When Davila refuses, she persuades him with talk of his imprisoned son, Esteban, who's up for parole.

After Davila goes crying to him, Errinwright disciplines Chrisjen for her actions. Chrisjen insists she only "politely asked" Davila about spying on Johnson, whom she considers to be a potential threat due to him building the Nauvoo, the "largest spacecraft in history" … and the fact that he's OPA. Errinwright points out that the OPA killed Chrisjen's son and Johnson turned his back on Earth … is she sure this isn't a personal vendetta? "Of course it's personal," she replies, after which Errinwright gives in and grants her permission to use Davila's spy.

Speaking of Fred Johnson, he's given the crew of the Rocinante safe harbor on Tycho Station … though he's somewhat taken aback when he discovers that he's harboring James Holden, the poster boy for all the Belter unrest on Ceres. After some initial tension, Johnson recruits Holden, Naomi, Amos and Alex to find Lionel Polanski, the sole survivor of the Scopuli … a ship that Johnson himself commissioned for an OPA recon mission.

Johnson's crew disguises the Rocinante as a simple gas freighter and the gang is off on their rescue operation … whilst Johnson retrieves some sort of data cube found on the body of Lt. Lopez.

Elsewhere in the Belt, we catch up with Diogo, the "gutter punk" whom Miller busted for stealing water on Ceres earlier. He's assisting his bitter, cranky Uncle Mateo, a working-class 'rockhopper' who explores asteroids looking for precious ore.

Soon, their ship, the scrappy Xinglong, is intercepted by the MCRN Scipio Africanus, a Martian border patrol vessel. Mateo is busted for an expired transponder and ordered to impound his haul.  

Enraged by how Martians treat Belters, Uncle Mateo kicks Diogo off the Xinglong and goes after theScipio Africanus. "A man has to stand up!" he drunkenly exclaims as he unleashes his haul of rocks upon the Martian ship, pummeling it with an impromptu asteroid field. The Martians destroy the Xinglong as Diogo is left floating in space, hoping that someone will find him.

Back on Ceres, Miller is being interrogated and tortured by Anderson Dawes, who demands to know what the detective knows about Julie Mao. During their "talk," Dawes tells the tale of his sickly younger sister, whom he had to leave for dead in order for the rest of his family to survive. Disgusted with what he perceives to be Miller's lack of loyalty to his own people, Dawes leaves him to be murdered by his two goons … though luckily Octavia Muss comes to the rescue.

Based on the information on the data cube he found in Julie's mechanical hamster, Miller presents his now rather epic conspiracy theory about the disappearance of Julie Mao, which involves some sort of bioweapon that was being developed on Phoebe Station. Captain Shaddid rewards his impressive detective work by firing him. "Dawes got to you, too," Miller snarls as he's escorted out of the Star Helix offices by security.[1]

Cast[]


Transcript[]

Davila [01:11.82]: You don't show up anywhere without a reason.
Davila [01:15.99]: I don't work for you fine people anymore.
Davila [01:18.16]: So why am I being ambushed?
Avasarala [01:20.16]: I need to borrow your spy on Tycho Station.
Davila [01:23.54]: What for?
Avasarala [01:25.00]: To keep an eye on Fred Johnson.
Avasarala [01:27.63]: He's over-charging the Mormons for their toilet seats.
Davila [01:32.84]: Well, you can't have him.
Avasarala [01:34.63]: Why not?
Davila [01:36.09]: It took me five years
Davila [01:37.26]: to sheep-dip him in Johnson's outfit
Davila [01:39.01]: to steal tech for his competitors.
Davila [01:41.01]: He's worth a lot of money to me.
Grandson [01:43.47]: What's sheep-dip?
Avasarala [01:46.52]: I wonder if they have ice cream in the snack shop?
Davila [01:55.19]: The answer's no.
Davila [01:57.07]: I do my patriotic duty
Davila [01:58.49]: by screwing over Fred Johnson.
Davila [02:01.16]: Isn't that enough?
Avasarala [02:03.62]: How's your son, Esteban?
Davila [02:06.12]: He's up for parole soon.
Davila [02:10.75]: You're really gonna play that card?
Davila [02:13.00]: No games, no subterfuge,
Davila [02:15.63]: just straight for the jugular?
Avasarala [02:17.55]: I'd be happy to play some other time, Carlos,
Avasarala [02:21.39]: but the matter is pressing.
Davila [02:23.22]: He made one mistake.
Avasarala [02:25.68]: Then help him move on.
Avasarala [02:27.73]: Let me help him.
Davila [02:31.02]: You know why I quit the Intel desk?
Davila [02:34.19]: I couldn't tell anymore
Davila [02:36.03]: if I was still working for the good guys.
Avasarala [02:38.57]: I'll go get the ice cream, you make the phone call.

CONTROLLER [02:57.88]: Rocinante, you are cleared for station dock at Berth Z4.
$. [03:01.09]: Please cut your engines and release your guidance systems to Tycho TC.
$. [03:05.39]: Acknowledged, Tycho Station.
$. [03:08.93]: You now have control.
CONTROLLER [03:17.78]: Prepare for docking clamp capture.
$. [03:26.08]: (CLANGING)
Fred [03:39.22]: James Holden.
$. [03:40.59]: You son of a bitch.
$. [03:41.76]: Stay where you are.
$. : You either some kind of genius, Mr. Holden,
$. [03:46.10]: or you're the luckiest dipshit in the solar system.
$. [03:48.43]: Why did you invite us here?
$. [03:50.10]: You two are the only witnesses to a series of catastrophic events.
$. [03:53.06]: You could be the key to stopping all-out war.
$. [03:55.23]: We're not the only witnesses.
$. [03:56.90]: You were watching.
Fred [03:57.98]: I've been out of the war business a long time, son.
Fred [04:00.78]: I broker peace treaties these days.
Holden [04:02.41]: Not exactly what you're known for.
Fred [04:06.49]: You can put those guns away.
$. [04:08.20]: Tell the others to come out.
$. [04:10.04]: I'll give you safe harbor.
$. [04:12.16]: And I'll get rid of that ship for you.
$. [04:13.42]: No one's getting rid of our ship.
$. [04:15.17]: Martian vessels come through Tycho on a daily basis.
$. [04:17.75]: If they see that frigate parked there,
$. [04:19.84]: it's a bad day for me too.
$. [04:21.34]: I'm just the messenger,
$. [04:23.34]: I have half a platoon of pissed-off Martian Marines
$. [04:26.30]: who are just itching for some payback.
$. [04:29.81]: Huh.
$. [04:30.85]: That's a corvette-class Martian frigate that typically crews 30.
$. [04:34.27]: I only see two of you.
$. [04:36.36]: That tells me that you're trying hard to hide your numbers.
$. [04:39.57]: Tactically, if there were more, as a show of force,
$. [04:43.28]: you would've brought them out.
$. [04:45.20]: I'm guessing there are two to four people left on your ship.
$. [04:48.08]: And I'm confident that there's no Martian Navy on board.
$. [04:51.20]: If they were, they'd be out here speaking with me now.
$. [04:55.08]: You walked off that ship because you're in charge.
$. [04:59.71]: At least you think you are.
$. [05:02.21]: If I wanted to hurt you,
$. [05:03.55]: I would have broadcast your transponder and your position to the entire system.
Fred [05:07.76]: Coming here was your only option.
Fred [05:10.76]: But it was also your best option.
Fred [05:14.89]: Now, you want to continue to play games,
Fred [05:18.61]: or shall we talk about how to help each other?

$. [05:28.32]: (GROANS)
$. [05:30.03]: (TASER PULSES)
$. [05:31.58]: (GRUNTS)
$. [05:34.25]: I'm Lida.
$. [05:35.75]: My brother, Kaipo.
$. [05:38.50]: Your parents must be proud.
$. [05:42.46]: (TASER PULSES)
Dawes [05:43.88]: Hey, hey!
$. [05:46.59]: You can't do that to him.
$. [05:50.26]: He's Star Helix.
$. [05:55.81]: I take it then that you don't want to be friends,huh?
$. [06:00.11]: (GRUNTS)
$. [06:03.65]: The old EVA helmets used to burn like that.
$. [06:06.95]: The contacts would cook your skin.
$. [06:10.07]: Thanks for sharing.
Dawes [06:12.45]: I had to let that stinking animal Kothari go,
$. [06:16.29]: since you weren't interested in him.
$. [06:19.46]: We're going to have a nice long talk, you and I.
$. [06:23.63]: How long depends on you.

Mateo [06:53.87]: MAN: Diogo! Hey!
Mateo [06:57.45]: What's taking so long?
Diogo [06:59.96]: Setting the last charge now, Uncle Mateo.
Mateo [07:02.21]: Well, hurry up,
Mateo [07:03.34]: or you'll be back stealing water on Ceres,
Mateo [07:06.01]: you street rat.
Mateo [07:23.94]: Did you pattern the charges?
Diogo [07:25.44]: Yeah, yeah, just like you said.
Mateo [07:39.71]: Time to make some money, béchemang.
$. [07:46.21]: (INHALES DEEPLY)
$. [07:57.72]: (EXHALES SLOWLY)
$. [08:06.52]: HOLDEN: Once all the shooting got started, it was over pretty quick.
$. [08:09.49]: The Martians barely knew what hit 'em.
$. [08:12.40]: The Donnager and the Cant were attacked by the same class of stealth warships.
$. [08:16.41]: You will have to testify.
$. [08:18.91]: Testify?
$. [08:21.96]: To the UN Security Council.
$. [08:24.88]: You mean the one that you and the OPA
$. [08:26.46]: aren't allowed into?
$. [08:27.88]: You'll open that door for me.
$. [08:29.25]: You want to use me to get yourself a seat at the table?
Fred [08:31.92]: It's okay to be a pawn, Holden,
Fred [08:34.55]: so long as you're on the right side.
Holden [08:36.43]: Maybe you know exactly where those ships came from.
$. [08:38.47]: Maybe I have no idea.
Mmm.
$. [08:41.27]: It's a pretty big boat
you're building out there.
$. [08:43.85]: A small fleet of stealth ships
wouldn't be impossible.
$. [08:46.15]: I'm not going to debate with you.
$. [08:47.61]: We're going back to our ship now.
$. [08:51.44]: I'm afraid you can't go back to the ship.
$. [08:53.61]: Sounds like he doesn't like goodbyes.
$. [08:55.28]: I'm taking control of the Tachi right now.
$. [08:57.03]: The hell you are!
$. [08:58.12]: Freeze! Right there!
Fred [08:59.16]: Those guns can't help you anymore.
Holden [09:00.62]: Are you sure you want to find out if that's true?
Fred [09:04.00]: Put the gun down.
$. [09:06.63]: You might want to don a poncho, Holden.
$. [09:11.30]: You don't want to test this particular guy.
$. [09:13.13]: I've raised and buried your kind by the hundreds.
$. [09:15.18]: Not my kind.
$. [09:16.30]: Broken boys, quick to the trigger, slow on the uptake.
$. [09:20.51]: Go ahead, son.
$. [09:22.02]: Pull it. Bullet will cut right through me,
$. [09:25.23]: but there'll be countless OPA brothers and sisters standing behind me.
$. [09:29.44]: They will hunt you to the ends of the Belt.
$. [09:37.45]: Holden, tell The Butcher to call off his men,
$. [09:40.16]: or I'll have Alex vent his bloody station.
$. [09:50.50]: How's it going out there?
Assistant [09:52.50]: Uh, sir,
Assistant [09:55.84]: we have a problem.

Dawes [10:04.81]: What did you find at the data broker's place?
Miller [10:08.02]: Some third-rate porn.
$. [10:10.69]: I guess your men,
$. [10:12.65]: I think they got all the good stuff.
Dawes [10:15.40]: Why did you go back to Julie Mao's apartment?
Miller [10:18.86]: I'm gonna come clean.
Miller [10:21.83]: Embarrassing, but...
Miller [10:25.20]: I really like her shower.
Miller [10:27.37]: It's great water pressure.
$. [10:30.96]: Nah,hey,hey!
$. [10:32.13]: (TASER PULSES)
$. [10:33.34]: (GROANS)
Dawes [10:34.51]: Why do you care so much what happened to this girl?
Miller [10:38.38]: I take my job
Miller [10:41.05]: very seriously.
Dawes [10:42.89]: You are the station joke.
Dawes [10:46.06]: I did my homework.
Miller [10:47.64]: Yeah, maybe.
Miller [10:50.69]: But Star Helix knows I'm onto you, so...
Miller [10:54.02]: You wanna be careful how far you wanna take this.
$. [10:57.28]: Should be in the Black Freighter right now,
$. [10:59.82]: buying each other rounds,
$. [11:01.99]: talking future plans.
Miller [11:03.45]: Try it on.
Miller [11:05.49]: Your head's big enough.
Dawes [11:08.08]: We are fighting for something precious here, Miller.
Miller [11:10.96]: Sure, a fatter percentage of the docks.
Dawes [11:14.29]: (SCOFFS)
Dawes [11:16.46]: You even think like an Earther.
Miller [11:19.05]: You are something, man.
Miller [11:21.43]: You create a bunch of chaos, you stir shit up
Miller [11:24.89]: so you can ride in and save the day, right?
Dawes [11:26.77]: You have no idea how close we are, huh?
Dawes [11:29.52]: I am talking about independence!
Miller [11:31.60]: Yeah. With you as governor.
Dawes [11:35.36]: It's a great idea.
Miller [11:37.11]: You know, that Scopuli disaster
Miller [11:39.86]: is a dead fish on your doorstep.
Dawes [11:41.82]: You keep missing the point!
Dawes [11:44.12]: That's why you gotta make the Mao case disappear.
Miller [11:48.04]: The only question is
Miller [11:50.91]: why you gotta sacrifice her?
Dawes [11:54.59]: (SIGHS) Son of a bitch.
Dawes [11:56.50]: I can't believe I didn't see it before.
$. [11:59.80]: On! (LAUGHING)
$. [12:03.22]: Detective Miller.
$. [12:10.68]: You're in love
with Julie Mao.
$. [12:15.52]: Yeah.
$. [12:18.44]: (TASER PULSES)
$. [12:19.53]: (GROANS)

$. [12:34.75]: Detonate already.
$. [12:36.34]: I'm ready, I'm ready.
$. [12:39.25]: MATEO: You locked down the net?
$. [12:40.92]: DIOGO: Yeah, yeah.
$. [12:44.01]: Then why is my money floating away?
$. [12:46.93]: Sabang!
$. [12:48.64]: Stupid, good-for-nothing rat.
$. [12:50.64]: The net is old.
$. [12:51.85]: MATEO: By the time we secure the haul,
$. [12:53.64]: half Will be lost.
$. [12:55.23]: I'll barely make enough to cover the trip.
$. [12:58.90]: (BEEPING)
$. [13:01.19]: MAN: Attention Xinglong, this is MCRN Scipio Africanus
$. [13:04.99]: power down and prepare
to be boarded.
$. [13:07.53]: Who they want?

$. [13:12.37]: FRED: Cards are on the table.
$. [13:13.71]: I provided a ship for an OPA recon mission out of Ceres,
$. [13:17.29]: which disappeared.
$. [13:18.92]: The name of that ship is the Scopuli.
$. [13:21.05]: That's right. I need this frigate
$. [13:22.80]: to retrieve the lone survivor.
$. [13:24.84]: Lionel Polanski. Who?
$. [13:27.05]: It's a code name.
$. [13:28.39]: We received a set of coordinates from him
$. [13:30.26]: a short time after the disaster.
$. [13:32.35]: He would know more than anyone else
$. [13:33.85]: about what started this and who's behind it.
$. [13:35.89]: There's got to be another ship you can send.
$. [13:37.40]: I need a gunship.
$. [13:38.77]: It's getting hot out there.
$. [13:40.32]: And the OPA's got nothing like this.
$. [13:42.61]: I'll pick up your operator.
$. [13:43.82]: You're too valuable as a witness. If you get killed...
$. [13:45.82]: The other three saw just as much as I did.
$. [13:48.62]: They'll stay and be your witnesses.
$. [13:49.99]: We'll all give sworn statements.
$. [13:51.70]: I'm sorry. I can't do that.
$. [13:54.50]: We're going to be spending a lot of time
$. [13:56.29]: staring at each other across the dock out there.
$. [13:59.08]: You and I both want the same thing,
$. [14:02.17]: to do right by our people.
$. [14:06.43]: Let me do this.

$. [14:20.61]: Hands where I can see them.
$. [14:26.19]: Transporting any weapons?
$. [14:27.45]: No. What's the problem, bosmang?
$. [14:29.49]: Show us your transponder.
$. [14:36.12]: Says here it's expired.
$. [14:38.08]: What happened, pebble jockey?
$. [14:39.62]: Did you get drunk and forget to renew your license?
$. [14:41.54]: I didn't have the scrip, kopeng.
$. [14:43.09]: I had to replace the...
$. [14:44.30]: Yeah, you Belters always got an excuse.
$. [14:47.63]: We're gonna have to AO-66 you.
$. [14:49.76]: When you arrive on Eros,
$. [14:51.14]: your cargo will be held under lien until your fines are paid in full.
$. [14:54.35]: Oh, come on. There must be something...
$. [14:55.89]: Leave him alone.
$. [14:56.98]: Dzeet! Dzeet! Dzeet! Dzeet!
$. [14:59.14]: Why are you doing this, huh?
$. [15:01.27]: Impound our haul
$. [15:02.81]: and there's nothing left for your taxman, to pochuye ke?
$. [15:06.03]: Oh, are we being too hard on you?
$. [15:08.40]: Should we cut you a break?
$. [15:10.45]: We are just trying to feed our families, okay?
$. [15:13.58]: I'll tell you what I'm gonna do for you.
$. [15:17.70]: Absolutely nothing.
$. [15:20.21]: What God gives you the right to life's riches, huh?
$. [15:23.13]: You set up your zones and tell us where we can and cannot go.
$. [15:26.05]: You living belly-full with your glass palaces
$. [15:28.47]: while half my people are starving to death.
$. [15:31.05]: How is this justice?
$. [15:32.39]: You Skinnies wanna take credit for blowing up the Donnager,
$. [15:34.81]: we'll give you justice. With both hands.
$. [15:37.56]: What are we gonna blow up the big Martian warship with, huh?
$. [15:39.94]: Little pebbles?
$. [15:41.60]: (ROCK CLATTERS)
$. [15:43.19]: Have a nice day.
$. [15:45.36]: Oh?
$. [15:46.69]: Hey! Hey!
$. [15:48.07]: Leave him alone! He didn't mean...
$. [15:50.32]: Hey. I went easy on you before,
$. [15:52.70]: but now you're not gonna pass through
$. [15:54.57]: the restricted zone on your way home, "bosmang."
$. [15:57.20]: We can't go around. Not enough fuel.
$. [15:59.33]: We die for sure.
$. [16:00.66]: That's your problem, not mine.
$. [16:03.50]: (COUGHING)

$. [16:13.05]: (DOOR CLOSING)
$. [16:15.93]: How do you know what's waiting at those coordinates?
$. [16:18.39]: I don't. Neither
does Fred Johnson.
$. [16:20.73]: And when the felotas
m the fan,
$. [16:22.56]: he will wipe his hands
clean of you.
$. [16:24.56]: That's assuming it's not a
set-up in the first place.
$. [16:26.73]: Why would he lie
about the Scopuli?
$. [16:29.32]: Get himself tangled
up in this mess?
$. [16:31.07]: You're out of your
ever-lovin' mind
$. [16:32.45]: you think you can
trust that guy.
$. [16:33.82]: Look,
$. [16:34.91]: I only committed myself.
$. [16:38.12]: Fred Johnson offered
to crew me up.
$. [16:40.08]: You guys will be safe here on
Tycho till all this blows over.
$. [16:43.08]: Then you can go
back to your lives.
$. [16:44.75]: Whoa, whoa, whoa.
You're using his crew?
$. [16:47.04]: How do you know he's not going to space
you the second you get out there?
$. [16:49.59]: Because you're going to rig the Roci
so it only responds to my command.
$. [16:52.38]: For God's sake.
$. [16:53.47]: Look, I don't need to
trust Fred Johnson.
$. [16:56.60]: We both have a gun
to each other's head.
$. [17:01.14]: So, what is this?
$. [17:03.89]: Goodbye?
$. [17:07.94]: ALEX: Nah.
$. [17:09.52]: All that's waiting out there
for you is more trouble.
$. [17:12.65]: More death. Why are you
so hell-bent, Holden?
$. [17:17.87]: Because this is my fault.
$. [17:23.62]: What is?
$. [17:27.63]: I logged the distress
call on the Cant.
$. [17:32.80]: Amos.
$. [17:35.55]: I'm glad we
cleared this up.
$. [17:38.30]: I knew.
$. [17:42.39]: Holden did the
right thing.
$. [17:45.44]: Why didn't you tell me?
$. [17:47.56]: I don't know.
$. [17:52.65]: You were afraid of me.
$. [18:11.38]: (SCOFFS)
$. [18:19.05]: You should have
said something.
$. [18:32.11]: So...
$. [18:34.15]: Let's talk about Julie Mao.
$. [18:36.90]: Is she alive?
$. [18:38.11]: She chose to be OPA
because she believed
$. [18:40.99]: that what we are
fighting for is just.
$. [18:43.29]: You took an innocent kid and you
forced her to do your dirty work.
$. [18:46.20]: No. She came to me.
Asked me to help her.
$. [18:49.08]: She knew what she was doing.
$. [18:51.42]: She was willing to
make a sacrifice for us.
$. [18:54.71]: It's more than you.
$. [18:55.84]: She trusted you,
$. [18:57.42]: she put herself
in your hands
$. [18:59.80]: 'cause she couldn't
see the blood on 'em.
$. [19:05.22]: Just like your sister.
$. [19:07.43]: Isn't that right?
$. [19:08.64]: Wasn't she, like, 15 when you
let her die out on the Belt?
$. [19:13.90]: Sure. It's part of the legend
you like to leave out.
$. [19:17.40]: Everybody knows
that story.
$. [19:18.61]: I doubt that.
$. [19:21.70]: You were just stupid
kids, right?
$. [19:23.33]: Rock-hopping out
on the Belt.
$. [19:25.70]: And what,
$. [19:27.37]: you forgot to check her
magboots or something?
$. [19:32.79]: She was your sister.
$. [19:34.59]: She relied on you
to keep her safe.
$. [19:36.88]: Would you like me to
tell you the real story?
$. [19:39.76]: I'm sure you've told
so many lies about it
$. [19:41.43]: you don't even
remember what happened.
$. [19:43.09]: My sister Athena
$. [19:45.26]: was touched by
the hand of God.
$. [19:48.77]: The most beautiful child in
all the Belt, the smartest.
$. [19:54.27]: But she was fragile.
$. [19:58.03]: Her bones were like chalk
$. [20:01.15]: from spending a
lifetime in zero-g.
$. [20:06.20]: She was never
going to recover.
$. [20:09.41]: An impossible burden for a
dirt-poor family of rock-hoppers.
$. [20:15.84]: And when she became
too ill even to travel...
$. [20:22.13]: I had three other
sisters to think about.
$. [20:27.81]: Our family was starving.
$. [20:32.48]: So you killed her.
$. [20:35.94]: And that makes me a monster.
$. [20:39.86]: There was no
scrip to bury her,
$. [20:42.28]: so I laid her to rest
$. [20:43.99]: in a beautiful bauxite tunnel
that we discovered together.
$. [20:50.70]: Do you know it is possible to
$. [20:55.29]: cry so hard
$. [20:58.67]: that your tears turn to blood?
$. [21:02.72]: (SCOFFS)
$. [21:06.72]: And living with this pain,
$. [21:09.01]: I came to realize
that I have millions
$. [21:12.73]: of brothers and
sisters in the Belt.
$. [21:17.69]: I even count you among them.
$. [21:21.28]: As I did Julie,
an Earther.
$. [21:25.74]: So, everybody dies
for the cause,
$. [21:29.58]: except for you.
$. [21:33.54]: Now I'll tell you
the truth about Julie.
$. [21:37.33]: Just tell me
if she's alive.
$. [21:40.17]: If she was here right now,
$. [21:44.59]: she'd spit in your face.
$. [21:48.97]: You're everything
she despised,
$. [21:51.85]: a Belter who preys
on his own kind.
$. [21:55.02]: Welwala.
$. [21:58.61]: Die as you lived.
$. [22:08.07]: GAUNT BELTER ON RADIO: ...that
every drop of water on Ceres
$. [22:10.37]: has been blood and piss
and tears and spit,
$. [22:14.25]: a hundred times and will
be
a thousand times more.
$. [22:17.75]: The innocent can
never comprehend this.
$. [22:20.92]: Perhaps they will comprehend
the hail of stones
$. [22:23.42]: that will one day come crashing down
through their precious blue skies.
$. [22:28.72]: You want us to call you
Sir and Madam and grovel,
$. [22:32.26]: like we are some
second-class citizens.
$. [22:34.93]: Well, enjoy your final
days in...
$. [22:36.68]: (RUMBLING)
$. [22:40.02]: ...the stars
belong to Belters,
$. [22:42.11]: the heavens
belong to Belters...
$. [22:43.90]: (GRUNTING)
Uncle, what are you doing?
$. [22:45.86]: (GROANING)
What are you doing?
$. [22:47.65]: Uncle Mateo, no!
$. [22:50.07]: No! No, no, no!
$. [22:52.28]: Go on! Go! (GROANS)
$. [22:55.91]: No!
Get out!
$. [22:57.46]: Please!
I'll try harder!
$. [23:02.96]: I'm sorry.
I'll work harder!
$. [23:05.51]: Mi gonya
wowk mo gut!
$. [23:06.97]: GAUNT BELTER: If you could
round us all up... Please!
$. [23:08.63]: ...and burn us
in a nuclear fire,
$. [23:10.51]: you'd do it...
I'm sorry!
$. [23:11.64]: ...and warm your fat...
$. [23:13.10]: No!
What are you doing?
Diogo [23:24.40]: [SOBBING]Please. Uncle, please!
$. [23:27.86]: Please!
$. [23:30.36]: Uncle! Please!
Errinwright [23:42.50]: Carlos Davila just reamed me out for half an hour.
Errinwright [23:45.09]: He's a private citizen, Chrisjen. You can't go squeezing his berries.
$. [23:47.84]: I politely asked to borrow his spy on Tycho.
$. [23:51.80]: Why are you interested in Fred Johnson?
$. [23:53.30]: He has blood on his hands and wants redemption.
$. [23:56.35]: While Earth and Mars throw sand in each other's faces,
$. [23:59.64]: the OPA rises in the Belt.
$. [24:01.94]: Tycho spins up asteroids.
$. [24:03.56]: The Donnager was destroyed by advanced stealth warships.
$. [24:06.19]: And Fred Johnson is building the largest spacecraft in human history.
$. [24:11.11]: He'd have to be siphoning off resources on a massive scale.
$. [24:14.12]: The OPA smuggler we captured
$. [24:16.66]: was carrying stealth composites.
$. [24:19.08]: That's not a coincidence.
$. [24:22.54]: Are you going to shut me down?
$. [24:25.21]: Fred Johnson turned his back on Earth.
$. [24:27.88]: The OPA killed your son.
$. [24:30.34]: You sure this isn't personal?
$. [24:33.26]: You're damn right it's personal.
$. [24:37.06]: All right.
$. [24:41.31]: You keep me in the loop.
$. [24:43.19]: Of course.

$. [24:51.74]: (TECHNO MUSIC PLAYING)
$. [25:15.68]: I'm Daniel.
Amos [25:16.93]: I'm not interested, Daniel.
$. [25:21.06]: Tell me. How do they treat you here?
$. [25:24.69]: The others say it's better than most.
$. [25:28.11]: That bucker, ogling you?
$. [25:31.03]: He's packing a knife on his left hip.
$. [25:34.07]: Thanks.
$. [25:43.45]: (CLEARS THROAT)
$. [25:46.00]: What are you, their union rep?
$. [25:48.46]: I grew up in places like this.
$. [25:51.80]: You grew up? I wouldn't have figured that.
$. [25:56.38]: Must've been rough.
$. [25:57.55]: Ah, it's fine.
$. [25:59.89]: I guess you must have been as happy
$. [26:01.43]: as a puppy with two peckers, right? (CHUCKLES)
$. [26:04.02]: I didn't... I didn't mean it like that.
$. [26:06.06]: Like what?
$. [26:08.81]: I'm going to stop talking. Two more, please.
$. [26:12.78]: It's an honest living.
$. [26:15.45]: It's more honest than most.
$. [26:17.95]: And you can tell a lot about a place
$. [26:19.57]: by how they treat their people.
$. [26:22.20]: Fair enough.
$. [26:27.25]: Why don't you spend some scrip?
$. [26:30.29]: Go on, it'd be good for you.
$. [26:32.88]: Ah, I can't.
$. [26:32.88]: Oh, come on.
$. [26:35.34]: You're not married.
$. [26:41.10]: What makes you say that?
$. [26:42.85]: Like I said, I grew up in places like this.
$. [26:47.56]: I was married.
$. [26:49.85]: Out on a run, all I could think about was getting back home.
$. [26:54.11]: And lying in my bed, all I could dream about
$. [26:58.86]: was getting back out here.
$. [27:00.87]: Big brass said I didn't have what it takes to
$. [27:03.95]: fly their bad-ass gun-ships.
$. [27:06.87]: But I'll tell you one thing, flying the Rocinante back there,
$. [27:11.88]: that was just about the best feeling I have ever had.


$. [27:31.56]: I'll do it.

$. [27:36.44]: The ship will look like a run-of-the-mill gas freighter.
$. [27:39.11]: Don't fly too close, but don't try to avoid it.
$. [27:42.45]: The Martian patrols won't give you a second look.
$. [27:44.24]: The drive signature? We're altering that too.
$. [27:49.87]: A lot of Martians gave their lives getting us onto this ship.
$. [27:54.00]: In the heat of the battle,
$. [27:55.92]: they fought to get you off the Donnager?
$. [27:59.80]: Wow.
$. [28:00.93]: Are there any bodies we need to take care of?
$. [28:02.59]: Lieutenant Lopez. He's in the rear hold.
$. [28:07.93]: He died for us.
$. [28:09.93]: I'll make sure his body is returned to Mars.
$. [28:12.48]: He's a fellow soldier. Thank you.
$. [28:23.16]: You all right?
$. [28:27.45]: Relax. You rigged the fail-safe, right?
$. [28:31.79]: They try to access any areas that they shouldn't,
$. [28:34.25]: and the Roci's core will self-destruct.
$. [28:38.80]: (sighs) I'm confident you got us covered.
$. [28:41.47]: You feeling confident?
$. [28:43.84]: Come on, let's let them do their thing
$. [28:46.22]: and we'll go get a drink in the crew lounge.
$. [28:49.27]: You sure?
$. [28:50.85]: I could use a drink.
$. [28:53.23]: We'll charge it to Fred's tab.

$. [29:01.11]: (ALARM BUZZING)
$. [29:09.54]: (GROANS)
$. [29:11.87]: (SCREAMS)
$. [29:34.77]: (GROANS)
$. [29:48.78]: (GASPING)
$. [29:56.58]: (GROANS)
$. [30:04.59]: (PANTING)
Diogo [30:19.36]: Uncle Mateo, please.
Diogo [30:22.07]: You don't need to do this.
Mateo [30:23.48]: A man's gotta stand up.
$. [30:25.74]: (EXHALES)
Diogo [30:29.12]: Uncle Mateo!
Mateo [30:30.74]: A man has got to stand up!
$. [30:33.91]: Come back!
$. [30:36.96]: We'll be okay.
$. [30:38.42]: We can only live so long
$. [30:39.92]: with a boot to our necks.
$. [30:42.88]: Uncle Mateo,
$. [30:44.88]: you don't need to do this. We'll be okay!
$. [30:49.05]: MAN: (OVER INTERCOM) Xinglong, you are on unauthorized intercept course.
$. [30:52.05]: Adjust trajectory immediately...
$. [30:52.05]: It's okay, Diogo.
$. [30:53.85]: Someone will find you out there.
$. [30:55.27]: We'll be okay.
$. [30:56.68]: Someday, things gonna change.
$. [30:59.23]: We'll be okay, Uncle. We'll be okay!
$. [31:02.44]: A man's gotta stand up.
$. [31:18.41]: (BREATHING HEAVILY)
$. [31:26.67]: (GASPS)

$. [31:33.64]: (sesame)
$. [31:47.03]: To Shed.
$. [31:51.74]: Always generous.
$. [31:52.91]: Mmm.
$. [31:54.58]: Thoughtful.
$. [31:56.91]: Sometimes a whiny little prick.
$. [31:58.62]: (BOTH LAUGH)
$. [32:02.17]: We're going to miss you, pal.
$. [32:04.04]: Wherever you are,
$. [32:07.00]: I hope no one there needs medical attention.
$. [32:09.05]: (BOTH LAUGH)
$. [32:10.67]: Yam seng. (飲勝)
$. [32:15.01]: Mmm.
$. [32:18.18]: To those brave, crazy bastards
$. [32:20.43]: who got us off the Donnager.
$. [32:23.73]: Hey.
$. [32:26.15]: A little respect.
$. [32:28.36]: I have nothing but respect.
$. [32:29.99]: Then what's your problem?
$. [32:32.99]: Gung-ho military hypnotized by a uniform,
$. [32:35.91]: fanatics, religious freaks.
$. [32:38.70]: Those Marines could've saved themselves,
$. [32:40.87]: gone home to their families,
$. [32:42.92]: instead of coming back for us.
$. [32:46.25]: Yeah.
$. [32:48.55]: Well, it did take some convincing.
$. [32:53.51]: I know it was because of you.
$. [32:58.64]: Why did you come back for us?
$. [33:03.56]: Well, you were only there because of me.
$. [33:05.23]: Mmm.
$. [33:08.90]: Why?
$. [33:11.07]: Would you have come back for me?
$. [33:13.20]: At the time? With all those bullets flying?
$. [33:19.74]: Probably not.
$. [33:20.79]: (LAUGHS)
$. [33:28.09]: So, what's next for Naomi Nagata?
$. [33:30.80]: When all this blows over?
$. [33:36.26]: Nawe Nada.
$. [33:38.85]: I'm using my last remaining brain cells
$. [33:40.76]: to try and kill my last remaining brain cells.
$. [33:43.60]: So let's get to work on that, shall we?

$. [34:04.91]: I got it.
$. [34:08.96]: I never killed anyone before.
$. [34:11.50]: (WHISPERING) Right.
$. [34:13.55]: You'll be all right.
$. [34:16.84]: Ugh. I'm gonna be sick.
$. [34:20.30]: Ohm(GROANS)
$. [34:24.60]: Hey, you're all right.
$. [34:27.14]: It's just a reaction.
$. [34:31.86]: You know, my third
year on the job,
$. [34:36.49]: I caught this Skinny, (CLEARS THROAT)
$. [34:38.99]: he was from the Lower Levels.
$. [34:40.32]: He was coming out of a drug den.
$. [34:45.50]: He grabbed his old lady by the hair,
$. [34:47.50]: he was waving his piece around.
$. [34:49.33]: Drink.
$. [34:52.17]: And, um...
$. [34:55.09]: You know how they
tell you in basic,
$. [34:57.63]: you're either somebody who can
pull the trigger or you ain't.
$. [35:00.76]: Well,
$. [35:03.31]: you and me are the same.
$. [35:06.64]: First shot,
$. [35:08.81]: I killed him, all right.
$. [35:12.36]: But it wasn't the blood or the
iron smell of it that got me.
$. [35:19.53]: It was that little
girl in the window
$. [35:23.20]: watching me.
$. [35:28.71]: You know...
$. [35:34.13]: The only guy
lever killed.
$. [35:39.05]: You know, every time
you remember something,
$. [35:42.22]: your mind changes it,
just a little,
$. [35:45.89]: until your best and
your worst memories,
$. [35:52.06]: they're your
biggest illusions.
$. [35:55.27]: My advice is
just forget it.
$. [35:59.24]: Make yourself forget it.
$. [36:03.41]: I appreciate that,
$. [36:05.99]: but it's terrible advice.
$. [36:09.12]: Yeah, probably.
$. [36:11.54]: (SOBS QUIETLY)
$. [36:30.27]: Um...
$. [36:37.27]: What are you doing?
$. [36:46.28]: Found this at Julie's.
$. [36:49.87]: Let's see what's on it.
$. [36:53.37]: (DEVICE CHIRPING)
$. [37:12.64]: NAOMI: You're late.
$. [37:16.36]: What is this?
Oh, spare us the speech.
$. [37:18.82]: The ship's ready.
$. [37:21.99]: Are you?
$. [37:24.15]: I guess we lost Amos.
$. [37:25.91]: Oh, he'll be
here in a sec.
$. [37:30.33]: Okay.
$. [37:33.54]: I guess I'll put
on some coffee.
$. [37:41.80]: You people drive
a hard bargain.
$. [37:43.51]: You got our recorded
statements.
$. [37:47.34]: We'll bring your Lionel Polanski
home if he's out there.
$. [37:51.35]: In return, I want you to
help me find someone.
$. [37:55.02]: Someday, I'll come
to you with a name.
$. [37:57.90]: No questions asked.
$. [38:00.98]: I'll do what I can.
$. [38:31.81]: (COUGHS)
Muss [38:33.39]: [SCOFFS]Jesus, Miller. Should I even ask?
$. [38:36.48]: I figured it out.
$. [38:39.73]: Most of it, anyway.
$. [38:41.90]: Here.
$. [38:43.57]: It's not dormant, it's giving off heat.
$. [38:46.45]: I'm seeing molecular
reactions,
$. [38:48.07]: vibrational resonances
all across the spectrum.
$. [38:50.87]: Can you hear me?
$. [38:52.08]: Look at this thing.
$. [38:53.37]: What the hell
am I looking at?
$. [38:54.62]: You're looking at, I don't
know, some kind of bio weapon?
$. [38:59.21]: Where'd this
recording come from?
$. [39:00.54]: Phoebe, that's what I think.
$. [39:01.75]: Phoebe Station. I meant
where'd you get it?
$. [39:03.67]: Julie Mao.
$. [39:05.34]: She bought that
from a data broker.
$. [39:07.13]: She gave it to Dawes.
$. [39:08.93]: Dawes crewed up
this black-bag ship
$. [39:11.55]: which vanishes with
all souls aboard.
$. [39:14.56]: And then the data-broker
ends up dead
$. [39:17.48]: and ships start blowing up.
$. [39:19.69]: We know who's pulling
the strings?
$. [39:21.90]: Well, let's play
it through.
$. [39:24.19]: Scientists on Phoebe
discover something,
$. [39:25.98]: something big that would
tip the balance of power.
$. [39:29.24]: The OPA gets wind of it,
$. [39:30.99]: they send a crew out
to steal it.
$. [39:33.20]: The mission goes south.
$. [39:35.16]: Which leaves
$. [39:37.75]: someone with a lot of power,
$. [39:40.50]: a lot of resources, who'll do
anything to keep it quiet,
$. [39:44.34]: including starting a war.
$. [39:49.13]: And that man,
he holds the key.
$. [39:52.59]: Radiation levels
are off the charts.
$. [39:55.93]: We're ready for
the next phase.
$. [39:58.64]: We need to get a
sample off Phoebe,
$. [40:02.56]: HOW.
$. [40:05.94]: You tell anyone
about this?
$. [40:07.53]: No. Just you.
$. [40:08.99]: What about this? Copies?
$. [40:12.45]: No. It's encrypted.
$. [40:14.12]: You can't copy it.
$. [40:21.58]: Erase Detective Miller's case files
and cancel all his clearances.
$. [40:24.75]: What are you doing?
$. [40:27.96]: You're fired.
$. [40:32.63]: Dawes.
$. [40:35.30]: He bought you.
$. [40:36.64]: Get out.
$. [40:38.60]: You're in his pocket.
$. [40:40.85]: What, did he buy himself
a whole police force?
$. [40:42.64]: Have it your way.
$. [40:44.23]: Security.
$. [40:45.52]: What does it go for these days, huh?
Undying loyalty?
$. [40:50.19]: I'm tired of
speaking to a child.
$. [40:52.95]: Yeah, well, I'm tired
of smelling this shit.
$. [40:55.37]: You know that?
$. [40:57.66]: Help Mr. Miller
find the door.
$. [41:00.25]: If he gives you any problems,
feel free to shoot him.
$. [41:32.86]: I'm sorry.
$. [41:43.87]: Thanks.
$. [41:53.09]: ALEX: Tycho Control, this
is gas freighter Rocinante
$. [41:55.18]: requesting clearance
for departure.
$. [41:57.09]: FRED: Understood, Rocinante.
$. [41:58.60]: Your flight plan has been filed and logged.
$. [42:00.51]: Be advised you'll be crossing three Martian trade zones.
$. [42:03.14]: Likelihood of encountering MCRN patrols is high.
$. [42:05.94]: Sorry, that's the best we could do. You are clear to disengage.
$. [42:09.11]: Thank you kindly, partner.
$. [42:29.42]: (ENGINES POWERING UP)


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Trivia[]

  • The opening scene with Avasarala and Davila was filmed at the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto.
  • "Rock Bottom" was the intended title for this episode, but due an issue in SyFy's listings grid, the episode was mistakenly titled "Retrofit". Ty Franck believes the title "Retrofit" was taken from a very old draft of the script.
  • The Xinglong takes its name from the Chinese term 兴隆 (xīnglóng), meaning "prosperous."
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  • According to the script for this episode, Mateo's ship Xinglong is described as a "crappy two-person ship that looks like a Winnebago."[2]
  • The conflict between Scipio and Xinglong was taken from the single paragraph in Leviathan Wakes. Chrisjen previously mention this in the episode "CQB".[2]
  • The Nauvoo, the massive ship being constructed by Fred Johnson and his team, has the most powerful sensor and communication array ever built. Johnson used it to spy on what was happening during the Donnager battle. .[2]
  • In September 2017, it was noted that credits shown for streamed episodes on Amazon Instant Video were revised to include more stunt performer credits especially those stunt performers supporting major roles. In the case of Rock Bottom, that was Miller's stunt double. Also added were stunt wire team credits. These additions were included in the Amazon Instant Video Ultra HD 4K stream.

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