Watching video of the destruction of the Martian moon Deimos by Earth, retaliation for Mars destroying Phoebe Research Station, tensions build between Earth-born MMC Private Richard Travis and Private Hillman which Gunnery Sergeant Bobbie Draper defuses. On Earth, Avasarala warns Errinwright that the situation between Earth and Mars will escalate which Errinwright believes is necessary.
The Rocinante docks at Tycho Station, where James Holden and Naomi Nagata meets station commander Fred Johnson and Miller. Holden is furious at Miller for killing Dresden and Nagata restrains him. Johnson frees Miller and tells him to leave the station.
At a bar where Miller is drinking, Amos Burton confronts him over killing Dresden. He makes the comparison that Holden is righteous or at least has a better chance to be. Nagata tries to convince Holden that Miller's shooting of Dresden was necessary.
Diogo and Staz find Miller still in the bar where Amos left him. When the barkeeper cuts them off, Diogo realizes Miller has no place to go and invites Miller to stay with him on Tycho.
Drummer reviews the damage to Rocinante with Alex Kamal and Nagata. She is awestruck and even relays to Alex that she's impressed at the skill it must've taken him to overcome the barrage and survive. The sheer thrill can be seen on her face. Alex's concerns aren't lost on her and she promises to treat their ship as though it was one of Tycho's own.
Holden, Johnson and Burton watch the only surviving scientist from Thoth Station, Paolo Cortazar, kill a fellow prisoner. Draper and her fellow Marines are routed to Ganymede on assignment to protect the food supply. She and her squad are frustrated that they aren't retaliating for the recent destruction of Deimos. They want to engage Earth immediately and tensions with Travis and Hillman boil over. Even Bobbie won't restrain herself and ultimately punches Travis as he comes at her.
Kamal, struggling from another bout of survivor's guilt, plays and replays simulations of the Battle of Thoth Station, so the next time he can save the 25 Belters that died.
Drummer invites Naomi to play handball and then go dancing. Naomi is beat but hasn't had so much fun in a while. Diogo introduces Miller to the Eros Radio feed and Miller hallucinates seeing Julie Mao while shaving.
Cortazar is interrogated by Johnson, Burton, and Holden who isn't interested in creating a vaccine for the protomolecule. Holden can't get through to him on an emotional level. The Station Doctor determines that Cortázar has been purged of all empathy through an irreversible manipulation of his brain.
With Cotyar Ghazi's help, Avasarala sends a secret message to Johnson, revealing that there are factions within Earth's government who want war with Mars and asking for his help finding evidence of corruption. Burton, recognizing Cortazar's motivation, divulges info about Julie Mao and the evolving Eros project. This triggers Cortazar's curiosity and he shares details of what he learned studying the protomolecule.
Miller enters a Latter-Day Saints temple and talks with Elder McCann about the Nauvoo. With Burton, Holden talks to a more pliant Cortazar who indicates he may be able to control the protomolecule if he gets access to all his data and the progress on Eros. Johnson gives Cortazar a feed to Eros and he's able to determine that the protomolecule is building something.
Johnson sends Avasarala the location of a stealth ship. Following a conversation with Lieutenant Sutton, Draper and her squad make gestures of peace and solidarity toward Travis. Miller suggests to Johnson that they use the Nauvoo to knock Eros into the sun.
Reporter : All 17 people in the station were killed instantly.
Reporter : The massive explosions shattered the moon and the resulting orbital debris has forced planet-wide flight restrictions that will remain in effect.
Reporter : As Congress convened in emergency session, Defense Minister Pyotr Korshunov denounced the sneak attack as a lawless and cowardly act by Earth that would not go unanswered.
Sa'id : They ruined our goddamn sky.
Hillman : Take a load off your heavy bones.
Bobbie : There's no way this goes anywhere but war.
Hillman : I always knew Earth would strike first.
Travis : What're you calling me?
Bobbie : Not today! You hear me, soldier?
Bobbie : I will not have you disrespecting a fellow Martian. He's got as much dust in his blood as the rest of us.
Bobbie : Marines. Who do we fight for?
Bobbie : Suit up. We need to train. War is coming.
Avasarala : Mars still hasn't issued an official statement.
Avasarala : We named our planets after the ancient gods.
Avasarala : He was a representation of the horrific fear that comes with war.
Avasarala : Can you imagine what it would be like to lose the moon?
Avasarala : Our moon? To never see it in the night sky again?
Errinwright : From Mars, Deimos is just a little dot, the same as Venus is to us.
Errinwright : I know you're worried about Arjun and the grand kids but, we're more than capable of protecting Luna.
Errinwright : What we should be doing is trying to get out of this mess while we still can.
Errinwright : Our navy might be older and slower but, the numbers are still on our side.
Errinwright : We have enough ships to shoot theirs down.
Errinwright : We could knock Mars out of our sky for good.
Avasarala : Did you know that Martian Marines always train at one g, Earth gravity?
Avasarala : If we continue to force their hand, sooner or later, they will invade.
Errinwright : If we cripple their navy now, they can't touch us.
Avasarala : A few strategic bomb drops, most certainly on this wretched building, and we'll be staring into the faces of Martian Marines.
Errinwright : This could be our last chance to win, Chrisjen.
Naomi : Amos, how's it look?
Amos : Outer door and blast shields are shot to shit. I can't get a seal.
Amos : We're gonna have to jet it out the cargo bay.
Naomi : Let's check our thruster packs.
Naomi : Spin's about 40 meters a second.
Naomi : Gonna be a hell of a jolt when we leave the ship.
Alex : It's gonna take more than a couple of Band-Aids to get the Roci back on her feet again, you know.
Holden : The Roci's the least of our goddamn problems now.
Staz : You love killing Belters?
Fred : Get these men to holding.
Holden : I don't want him anywhere near the prisoners.
Fred : And get these people to holding!
Staz : Sure thing, bossmang.
Fred : Without any further harm! We clear?
Holden : You shouldn't even be on this station.
Miller : Hey, hey. That's something you need to get off your chest there?
Miller : He's had a tough day.
Fred : Dozens of ships leave here every day.
Fred : Pick one, and I'll get you on it.
Fred : It's time for you to go.
Miller : Can I have my gun back?
Amos : Captain had us clean out your quarters.
Amos : Naomi dropped a few cancer med chargers in there for you.
Miller : Hey, you want a snort?
Amos : Free booze is free booze.
Miller : Well, they let me keep the bottle to save her the trip.
Miller : So, I'm dipped in shit right now?
Amos : Oh, no, this shit is permanent.
Amos : Captain doesn't want you around anymore.
Amos : We don't want you around either.
Amos : For what it's worth, I get it.
Amos : He killed your girl and you shot him.
Miller : [shaking his head]No. Just a guy … needed to go down.
Amos : The captain always gets a little jumpy when you kill people without talking it over first.
Miller : Yeah, I'm sure you would've asked for permission, too.
Amos : Well, here's the thing.
Amos : You and me, we're a lot alike.
Amos : We've been around.
Amos : But, the captain, he's as close to righteous as it gets out here.
Amos : So, when he says you're out, that's just how it is because, the way I figure it, he's probably right.
Amos : Sure as hell has a better chance of being right than I do.
Amos : You keep picking fights with the wrong people.
Naomi : Not too shabby, right?
Naomi : And since Fred's picking up the tab until the Roci's livable,
Naomi : I figured we'd order a lot of room service.
Holden : We fought for nothing.
Holden : We nearly died. And Miller just...
Naomi : He got you out of Eros alive.
Holden : He shot an unarmed man right in the head.
Naomi : An unarmed mass murderer.
Holden : Are you defending him?
Naomi : You can't understand...
Holden : The only thing he was out for was revenge.
Naomi : No, he cared about all of us.
Holden : We had Dresden. He was going to talk, we could've used him...
Naomi : We could've what? Worked out a deal?
Naomi : With a man who casually murdered countless Belters.
Naomi : A man who was a threat to all human life and that is why Miller shot him.
Holden : He didn't have the right to make that decision.
Holden : What I have to do now is clean up his mess.
Miller : Guys. I'm a little busy here.
Staz : Ayy, You kill the biggest dick in the universe, beratna.
Staz : We make a big party for you. You a hero, man!
Miller : No, don't say that. Ayy...Don't say that.
Diogo : We wanna space all them prisoners, too, but the big man say no.
Miller : I'm just, just a cop. A cop.
Miller : A guy who used to be a cop.
Diogo : Okay, okay. Where's your house?
Diogo : Ooh. You electric. I like you.
Waitress : Hmm, you wouldn't know what to do.
Diogo : Oh, you gonna need that for your heart after Diogo!
Diogo : Oi! Pampaw! You old lady put you out?
Miller : Yeah. Something like that.
Diogo : So, what? You go to hotel?
Diogo : Oh, shit, Miller, you ain't got no scrip!
Diogo : What, you sleep on the dock?
Miller : Aw, yeah. Sure, sure.
Diogo : Ah, come, come, you stay with me.
Diogo : You one of us now.
Miller : Oh, no, no...I'm not gonna come
Diogo : This way. This way.
Drummer : There's multiple PDC and rail gun impacts but, we have the panel stock here to fabricate replacements for the holes too big to patch.
Drummer : That one just missed puncturing your reactor, see?
Drummer : You guys would have melted. Instantly.
Naomi : One almost punctured me.
Drummer : Wow. If that had gone through to the inner hull, your girl would have snapped in two.
Drummer : Most ships would have been blown to scrap after that kind of beating.
Alex : Yeah, well, not the Roci.
Drummer : I'm actually impressed as hell you were able to make it back here.
Drummer : You're a Martian, right? You still got people there?
Drummer : You didn't reach out? After Deimos, I mean.
Alex : They think I'm dead. That I went down on the Donnager. Died a hero.
Alex : So, is the Roci gonna be okay, or what?
Drummer : Don't worry, we're gonna treat her like one of our own.
Drummer : In the meantime, you look like you could blow off some steam.
Drummer : I see you're from some rock. Care to put the ball to the wall?
Fred : The station was lightly garrisoned,
Fred : and my soldiers were more trigger happy
Fred : than I would've liked.
Fred : Those are the survivors.
Fred : Mostly low level tech and security types,
Fred : with the exception of that one.
Fred : He was in the data center.
Fred : So we're going to interrogate him first.
Fred : He has to know more about the protomolecule
Holden : Not more than Dresden.
Fred : We got ID scans for the whole lot of them.
Fred : The last two years are completely blank for everyone,
Fred : they all worked for the same company, Protogen.
Protogen Prisoner : Hey!
Fred : It's an Earth-based
Fred : bio-tech contractor
Fred : with facilities throughout the system.
Fred : Including the one destroyed on Phoebe.
Tycho Security : Against the wall. Now!
Amos : This should be an interesting conversation.
Travis : Well, I thought it'd be motivation.
Hillman : It's a loving recreation.
Travis : Are you starting with me again?
Hillman : Take a compliment. Texas looks perfect.
Hillman : It's your hometown, right?
Travis : Your hometown's only named after you because your family infested it like some hyper-breeding rats.
Hillman : Well, we need more real dust-eating Martians.
Hillman : Too many Earthers as it is.
Travis : I see the way you all look at me. Huh?
Travis : …Like I don't belong here.
Bobbie : No one's questioning your patriotism.
Hillman : Simmer down, there, cowpoke.
Travis : You know something, I earned my iron, Hilly.
Travis : Your family just bought your way into the Corps.
Sa'id : Settle down. Go fetch.
Fred : You were a member of the team studying Eros…
Cortázar : I'm a specialist. Nanoinformatics.
Holden : That sounds important.
Holden : We want to know about the protomolecule.
Cortázar : Then you should talk to Dr. Dresden.
Holden : He can't control you anymore.
Cortázar : The project, what about the project?
Fred : You're going to have to answer for it.
Fred : The genocide on Eros. Or, you can work with us.
Cortázar : Are you taking up the project?
Fred : We need you to make a vaccine.
Holden : I understand you grew up in Londrina, on Basic.
Holden : That must've been hard.
Cortázar : Only if you can't find a way out.
Holden : It's especially admirable for you after the loss of your mother.
Holden : I can't imagine what it must have been like watching your mother die.
Holden : Type-C Huntington's Disease. That's just so ungodly cruel.
Holden : Is that why you went to work for Protogen, to find a cure?
Holden : To keep others from going through what she went through?
Holden : …because, I can't imagine a more noble endeavor.
Holden : We can get you back there. If you help us.
Cortázar : Her brain was fried. She didn't think anything was wrong with her.
Cortázar : …even when the drool was hanging from her lip for hours on end, until it crusted to her chin or she fell off the toilet while taking a piss.
Cortázar : She just kept going. Serene as the Buddha.
Cortázar : So, not a bad way to die, actually.
Holden : It's different on Eros. There's real pain and death.
Holden : You're free now to do the right thing.
Holden : Dresden is gone. You don't have to answer to him anymore.
Cortázar : If he were here, I'd thank him. He made me what I am today.
Alex : Bring up my last battle simulation.
Alex : Use all the sensor data from the actual raid to correct flight parameters.
Alex : Now run the sim from the beginning.
Alex : Right. Nine degrees, three-g burn.
Alex : Target PDCs. Fire.
Alex : Go back one minute. Run it again.
Drummer : What are you laughing at, loser?
Naomi : It's just, I feel good. It's been a while.
Drummer : Come on. We should hydrate… with some beers.
Miller : Can you please turn this shit off?
Diogo : This is the new banger, fresh out of Eros!
Miller : There's no music coming out of Eros.
Diogo : We make it here but, it come from there.
Miller : What do you mean, what are you talkin' about?
Diogo : The rock talking, pampa. It sing.
Miller : Are you telling me that those sounds are coming off Eros?
Diogo : Hottest beats-maker on Tycho.
Diogo : Mad OPA pirate, too.
Diogo : She jacked a crypted data stream off that station we kill but, it come from Eros…
Miller : Those Belters you're jamming to are dead or dying.
Diogo : That's why it's our anthem, pampa! A call to war.
Miller : Oh, yeah? You going to war now? Hmm?
Diogo : Everyone's goin' to war. Earth, Mars, Belt.
Miller : You'll never even know what you were fighting for.
Diogo : You kill that guy. What you fighting for?
Miller : I cut off one head. Plenty more where he came from.
Diogo : So we cut off all the heads. Rule the whole system.
Miller : The system rules you, kid. Always has.
Diogo : Even more reason I choose to fight.
Miller : You don't choose anything.
Miller : You're born into it, man. One side or the other.
Miller : When those Inners… they figure out what's on Eros,
Miller : they'll kill every last one of us to get it.
Alex : Target PDCs and… Fire!
Alex : Go back one minute.
Station Doctor : The neurons in his right temporal parietal junction have been impeded.
Station Doctor : Part of his temporal lobe has been effectively erased.
Station Doctor : The part that governs empathy.
Amos : You can do that with a magnet?
Station Doctor : I've only read about the procedure.
Station Doctor : It's not that simple but, it's not complicated either. It's non-invasive.
Holden : So someone waves a magnet at the right side on my head and, suddenly, I can watch 100,000 people die in agony and not give a shit?
Station Doctor : I've checked the other prisoners, it's been done to all of them.
Fred : The security guards on that station were armed with riot bullets.
Fred : Probably to keep them from murdering each other.
Station Doctor : Well, he's not a homicidal maniac. He just no longer has the capacity to consider any life other than his own meaningful.
Amos : Is his condition reversible?
Station Doctor : I'm afraid not.
Holden : How do you reach a guy like that?
Sutton : Can you tell me how Private Travis ended up with a fractured orbital?
Bobbie : Sir. Did you ask Private Travis, sir?
Sutton : Don't give me that, Gunny.
Bobbie : Are we going to just keep eating shit from Earth or are we going to take them out and end this?
Sutton : What does that have to do with one of my sergeants assaulting a private?
Bobbie : You can only get slapped around for so long before it boils out one way or another.
Sutton : I'm well aware of Private Travis' background and the shit that he gets for being born on Earth.
Sutton : …and, if he'd been willing to talk, you'd be thrown in the brig right now but, he wasn't. That's how Martian he is.
Bobbie : Current appearances to the contrary, he is one of the toughest Dusters I've served with.
Sutton : So, this is about you.
Bobbie : We trained all our lives for this. Now it's here and we just want to use it. The sooner we have it out with Earth the better.
Sutton : Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you. We're not going to Earth. We've been ordered to Ganymede Station to secure the food supply.
Bobbie : Farm patrol? We're Marines…
Sutton : …and we serve where we are ordered to serve.
Sutton : Now you and your team will carry out your orders with the pride and dedication befitting soldiers of the Martian Republic. Are we clear, Gunny?
Cotyar : A secure channel to Fred Johnson. Yes.
Cotyar : Despite the satisfaction it would give me to see you arrested…
Avasarala : All you need to tell me is that it can't be traced and that the message will get to him.
Cotyar : It's solid but, the OPA leaks like a sieve…
Cotyar : Right now, this is just a bad idea but, you hit send and it's treason.
Avasarala : If I do nothing, millions could die.
Avasarala : There is no need for us to hang together.
Cotyar : Oh, I'm sure they'll hang us separately. You'll get a better view.
Avasarala : The things you've no doubt heard me say, the things I blamed on you, those words were lies, a facade to protect myself, because you were right.
Avasarala : There are people in my government who are willing to take us to the brink of annihilation for reasons that I still cannot fathom.
Avasarala : …but, like you, I want to stop this war.
Avasarala : So, now, I'm asking you for help. I need evidence.
Avasarala : Anything I can use to turn the guns of Earth and Mars away from each other before it's too late.
Avasarala : If you have any cards left in your hand, the time to play them is now.
Fred : I never thought I'd see the day.
Fred : I think I got something she can use.
Drummer : You spaced a Black Sky faction leader because they put a hit out on that woman.
Drummer : If they learn that you're helping her, the OPA will put a hit out on you.
Fred : Well, then I guess it's gonna have to be our little secret, then, huh?
Amos : I was on Eros. I saw Julie Mao. Have a seat.
Amos : In the hotel room where we found her? It was a wreck.
Amos : All the screens and the lights were smashed to pieces but, it wasn't strategic violence.
Amos : …not like you cracking that guy's head because he messed with your stuff.
Amos : That was a problem and you found a solution.
Amos : No, in that hotel room, there was madness and it stank of sick death.
Amos : See, you and I, we're both from the slums so, I know you know the smell that I'm talking about.
Amos : …and, there was a puddle, blue-brown slime, in the center of the bed and it smeared down across the floor.
Amos : She must've dragged herself, like a dying animal.
Cortázar : Blue-brown, metabolic excretions.
Amos : …and she was sitting on the shower floor.
Amos : …blue barnacles jutting out of her mouth, out of her body,… snaking out of her hair, growing up against the walls.
Amos : …and there she was, naked as Eve…
Cortázar : An expression of pattern-matching systems, lattices that mimic beta sheets,and expand on them but, capable of control systems like brain tissues, two-stage pumps adapted from hearts.
Cortázar : …and, at the very center, a particle nothing leads to… like a…
Cortázar : …like a seed crystal that requires, and provides, a massive amount of energy.
Amos : That's why she smashed the lights and the screens?
Amos : She was trying to take away its power source?
Cortázar : Did it work? Was it still moving?
Cortázar : I know what it looks like. What was it doing?
Miller : Yeah, maybe. I don't know.
McCann : You seem a little anxious.
Miller : Well, I am kind of in a hurry.
Miller : Well, that's the thing. I've seen your sign outside.
Miller : It says, "We know where we're going."
Miller : I think maybe I know where I need to go now, too.
McCann : What would make you positive?
Miller : Well, why don't you tell me a little bit more about your journey?
McCann : I was born into this, but I've never doubted it...
Miller : No, no, no. I mean the big one.
Amos : Have you ever talked to a pedophile?
Amos : You try to ask them stuff and, they're not going to just talk about raping little kids.
Amos : …but, if you show them pictures of kids, then, they'll go on and on and on.
Amos : I had a private chat with Cortázar and Eros is his pedophilia.
Amos : You were talking about stopping it, taking it away. That's why he wouldn't help you.
Cortázar : I was there. That's the Martian science team.
Holden : What happened to them?
Cortázar : To observe the progress of the infection in a human host.
Holden : You infected them and watched them die?
Cortázar : The protomolecule is the first evidence of a tree of life apart from our own.
Cortázar : It didn't come with an instruction manual.
Cortázar : We nurtured it the best way we knew how.
Holden : …but, Phoebe wasn't enough for you.
Cortázar : We didn't control the station, so we incinerated the Martians, erased the data cores and left.
Cortázar : Dr. Dresden used two ships. One for our team. One for the sample.
Cortázar : There were contamination concerns.
Holden : He was right to be concerned. It got out on the Anubis. I saw the results.
Holden : Killed everyone aboard.
Cortázar : Obviously. …but, then, what? …and be specific. Please.
Amos : Tell him about the reactor.
Holden : The power was shut down when we arrived.
Holden : The protomolecule was frozen around the reactor core.
Cortázar : It was starving. Did you turn the power back on?
Holden : Mmm-hmm. It started moving.
Cortázar : Is there anything more that I could see?
Holden : We nuked the ship. And everything on it.
Amos : …but, it's still going strong on Eros.
Cortázar : It does something different every time.
Cortázar : The more biomass you feed it, the faster it learns, the more it changes.
Holden : A whole station. A hundred thousand people.
Cortázar : A hundred thousand opportunities.
Cortázar : We can only learn by letting it learn.
Holden : Can it be controlled?
Cortázar : That's what we were trying to do.
Cortázar : And everything coming off Eros.
Cortázar : That's the only way I can tell you more.
McCann : Two kilometers long, half a kilometer wide.
McCann : Ten levels of environmental engineering, crew quarters, schools, wastewater treatment, machine shops, forges, and at the center…
McCann : A piece of Earth, curved back on itself. Our Eden.
Miller : Well, I've never been to Earth but, it kinda looks like a big, huge metal rock tunnel to me.
McCann : The cylinder will be sealed and, after the initial acceleration, the body will begin to spin.
McCann : All this will be farmland.
McCann : It's designed to give the illusion of light and heat that is as gentle and warm as a summer's day.
McCann : I'm ready. We're just waiting on the ship.
Miller : Well, what, uh… What's the hold up?
McCann : Well, the engines burn like a dream but, the atmosphere systems have been an issue since day one.
McCann : When you're going 100-plus years on only the air that you bring in with you, loss tolerances are stricter than normal.
McCann : Our contractors were sometimes less than cooperative.
Miller : You're having a little union trouble?
McCann : Some felt that taking entire families on a journey that their grandchildren wouldn't see the end of was inhuman.
Miller : Well, I've seen inhuman and… this ain't it.
McCann : This is our Temple. You are welcome here.
McCann : We can offer you salvation.
Miller : Boy, it sounds like just what I need.
Fred : It's one of the data streams that Dresden was collecting.
Fred : It's coming directly from Eros.
Amos : I've heard that shrieky shit in the bars.
Amos : I thought it was just bad music.
Cortázar : The universe just kissed me on the cheek.
Holden : Are those people talking?
Alex : All right. Start again. Right from the top.
Alex : You can see what I'm doing.
Alex : Twenty-five people on that pod we lost.
Alex : It was my job to protect them.
Alex : …and we lost 25 people because I made that choice.
Alex : The point is, next time I'm gonna save 'em all.
Alex : Run it again. Right from the top.
Naomi : I just overdid it a bit. I'm fine.
Naomi : It's nice to see the Roci back in one piece…
Holden : I need us to be okay.
Holden : There's something happening on Eros.
Holden : The protomolecule is building something and we don't know what.
Holden : We got one of the prisoners to cooperate.
Holden : There are words in the data stream. Voices.
Naomi : People talking? …but, we saw what happened to Julie Mao.
Naomi : Are you saying those people are still alive?
Holden : The only person who could answer that is dead.
Holden : Eros isn't over yet… and I don't think we can save it… but, I do know we need to do something… and I know I can't do it without you.
Naomi : We'll do it together.
Fred : I take it this means you know where you want to go?
Miller : Something really bad is going on down there...
Miller : Then you know we have to destroy it.
Fred : I think you're right.
Miller : I know that you know that Dresden was gonna get away with it.
Miller : I didn't kill him because he was crazy.
Miller : I killed him because he was making sense.
Fred : Any idea how we can take out a whole asteroid?