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"The Monster and the Rocket" is the twelfth and penultimate episode of the second season of The Expanse. Overall, it is the twenty-second episode. It aired on April 12, 2017.


A discovery pushes Naomi and Holden apart and sets the Roci crew against each other.


On Earth, Undersecretary Errinwright spends time with his young son. He is seemingly haunted by the testimony he is going to have to give to the panel on Eros. As he tries to impart lessons about growing up, a sense of suicidal thoughts appears. Still, he assures his son that everything is going to be okay.

The Rocinante — with Holden, Alex, and Prax aboard — takes off from Ganymede and begins scanning for the human-protomolecule hybrid that escaped. They find it in the agricultural dome and, while Holden wants to eliminate it, Prax posits that it could be his daughter. The two men argue but, Holden does not want to hear dissent. Alex is forced to take evasive maneuvers to avoid MCRN detection, though, and they lose the signal on the hybrid.

Avasarala tries to assure Errinwright that the hearing will be okay. She also tells him about her upcoming meeting with Jules-Pierre Mao. Errinwright tells her to make him a peace offer, as it may be their only chance for the UN to remain a superpower. He believes the MCR will use the protomolecule to destroy Earth and he tells Avasarala to convince Mao of the same.

On Ganymede, Melissa, the captain of the Weeping Somnambulist, is trying to herd refugees when Naomi approaches with an offer to fix the Somnambulist. Eventually, Naomi convinces Melissa that she is needed.

Avasarala — along with Draper and Cotyar — prepares to leave for her meeting with Mao. She is nervous about traveling off-planet and Cotyar teases her. Draper is uneasy about being there in the first place and remarks that she used to use the U.N. logo for target practice. Cotyar distracts her with his misgivings about this meeting with Mao.

Meanwhile, Errinwright is in his office and hand-writes what appears to be a suicide note then, lingers over a vial of what appears to be poison.

Having evaded detection, the Roci approaches the agricultural dome. Alex tries to maneuver the ship inside the crumbling structure and Holden tells him to keep pushing. They see the hybrid and fire upon it. They miss but, Prax is enraged. He and Holden have another argument and it is seen that Holden is crazed about eliminating the hybrid before it can do any more damage.

On Ganymede, Melissa is having trouble controlling the crowd of refugees, who try to overrun her. Amos tries to help with crowd control but, they ultimately have to shut the doors. Still bleeding, Amos requires a shot of painkiller. Melissa informs Naomi that the ship can hold 300 people but, they only have air enough for 52. There are over 100 refugees and they are all going to rush onto the ship once the doors open. Naomi attests they can take off with 100 and then send the overflow to the Roci when they rendezvous but, Melissa does not agree. She does not trust James Holden. She does not believe they can safely open the doors at all but, Naomi is adamant.

Martian Defense Minister Korshunov meets with Errinwright in his office, where they attempt to negotiate over what to do about Bobbie Draper and her defector status. Korshunov makes the case for new technology as a game changer. He notes that it could shave a century off of their terraforming efforts, if nothing else. While the meeting appeared to be civil, Korshunov suddenly drops to his knees, clearly having been poisoned by Errinwright, who monologues about a poison they discovered that only affects low-gravity physiology.

The unrest on Ganymede continues. The big muscle guy whom Melissa hired for crowd control, Champa, is turning on her and the hordes might bust down the door. On the ship, Amos tells Naomi that Melissa is right: they cannot open the doors.

While Draper and Cotyar continue to bicker, she catches on to the fact that he served in the military. They talk about his secret ops service and he says it was because of him that Avasarala's son died.

Captain Malick greets Avasarala and welcomes her to Mao's ship. It's very ornate and Avasarala makes sure to mention it. Jules-Pierre Mao soon joins them and, while he starts with small talk, Chrisjen interrupts demanding that he get to the point.

The Roci continues to search the agricultural dome for the hybrid. They are also tracking the MCRN ship Karakum when it suddenly disappears from RADAR. Alex concludes that someone must have blown it up.

On Ganymede, there are explosions outside, as something big has fallen out of orbit. Crisis and panic sets in and Melissa tells Naomi to prepare for lift-off.

J.P. Mao demands that Avasarala stop persecuting his family and unfreeze his assets. He points out his plan to keep the UN and MCR in balance, giving them both access to the protomolecule. To this Avasarala notes that what Mao truly desires is to keep himself wealthy profitting in the middle of the two superpowers' rivalry. Suddenly, they are interrupted by a tightbeam video message from Errinwright who announces both Minister Korsunov's death and the destruction of the Karakum over Ganymede. Errinwright threatens to destroy Mao where he sits but, he also turns to Avasarala, telling her he feels betrayed by her. He orders Mao to handle the situation and return to Earth alone so they can resume their partnership. Mao's people draw their guns on Avasarala, Cotyar, and Draper as Mao exits.

On the Somnambulist, Naomi wants to try talking to the refugees. Amos tries to stop her. Shooting him up with a double dose of painkillers, Naomi strides out to the doors and opens them; the hordes stream in. The muscle Melissa had hired, Champa, tries to choke Naomi out but, she tells him they need to get only 52 people on the ship or none will survive. She attests she did not do enough before she left Eros and that this is her chance to atone. He agrees to help and Champa delivers an emotional speech on the Belter's common hardship, strength, and determination. He and Naomi manage to get the Belters to put their children onto the ship first. Thereafter, they're followed by an orderly procession of the youngest adults, half of those are female and equally another half are male. Naomi offers Champa, the crowd-control guy, her place on the ship but, he pushes her aboard.

The Roci continues to maneuver inside the agricultural dome when the hybrid resurfaces. Prax wants to go make contact but, Holden once again denies his request. Alex asserts that Holden's hunting expedition is a pointless fool's errand and they must immediately rendezvous with the Somnambulist to defend their family from impending peril.

The Somnambulist gets a final no-fly warning from the MCRN Valkyrie and then the Martians fire a torpedo at the ship. A moment before the torpedo can reach its target, the Rocinante manages to intercept it. More targets are now locked on the Roci but, Holden gets on an open channel and demands that the MCRN vessels remove their target locks, or the Roci will unleash its full arsenal. Consequently, the Martians remove their target locks.

Melissa tells Naomi they did well as the Somnambulist and the Rocinante form up into positions to fly off together. Unbeknownst to the crew, the human-protomolecule hybrid was able to secretly board the Roci before its departure from Ganymede.


Main Cast[]

Guest Starring[]




Errinwright [2:25.852]: [voiceover]Everything I did, I did out of love.
Errinwright [2:28.521]: [voiceover]For Earth. For our people.
Avasarala [2:31.424]: [voiceover]I know you did.
Errinwright [2:32.559]: [voiceover]Well then, help me.
Errinwright [2:35.061]: [voiceover]These hearings...
Errinwright [2:37.230]: [voiceover]They'll have my head on a stick.
Avasarala [2:39.599]: [voiceover]Tell them everything.
Errinwright [2:44.471]: [voiceover]There's no way to answer for it.
Avasarala [2:47.240]: [voiceover]Trust in mercy.
Avasarala [2:49.275]: [voiceover]Atone for your sins.

Jefferson [2:52.011]: Real or imaginary monsters?
Errinwright [2:54.047]: Huh?
Jefferson [2:55.482]: Real or imaginary monsters?
Jefferson [2:57.083]: I mean… I heard you screaming in your sleep last night.
Errinwright [3:00.353]: Ah. A bit of both, I guess.
Jefferson [3:03.790]: Is that why you're walking me to school, like I'm seven? *gasp*
Errinwright [3:08.461]: Sometimes it takes a few monsters to get back on track.
Jefferson [3:11.931]: I don't have nightmares.
Errinwright [3:15.168]: Sit down a minute.
Errinwright [3:17.137]: Come on. You got time.
Jefferson [3:19.839]: All right.
Errinwright [3:21.237]: Never get a chance anymore to just talk, you know? Just hang out.
Jefferson [3:26.746]: You okay, Dad?
Errinwright [3:31.418]: I never really did tell you that...
Errinwright [3:35.455]: I was sorry that I had to leave your mother.
Errinwright [3:42.061]: You know, you're of an age now when time is just gonna...
Errinwright [3:46.104]: you're just gonna put your head down and...
Errinwright [3:47.934]: "Whoosh."
Errinwright [3:50.018]: And all the old farts like me,
Errinwright [3:51.604]: we're all going to be telling you this is how you do it and this is the path you take.
Errinwright [3:56.142]: We're all gonna be experts on how you should grow up.
Errinwright [3:59.298]: …but, there's only one thing that I need to tell you.
Errinwright [4:01.548]: …and it's the simplest thing.
Errinwright [4:02.849]: …but, it's the hardest thing to remember.
Errinwright [4:07.554]: Listen to your heart.
Errinwright [4:10.757]: No matter what.
Errinwright [4:12.158]: It'll always be the right call.
Jefferson [4:18.932]: [exhales]Come on.
Jefferson [4:20.333]: You're kind of freaking me out, Dad. Come on.
Errinwright [4:23.536]: Sorry, man. I don't mean to...
Errinwright [4:24.988]: I don't mean to freak you out.
Errinwright [4:28.141]: Everything's going to be okay.
Jefferson [4:32.645]: Okay.

Holden [4:44.524]: It went over that rise, dead center.
Alex [4:48.361]: I'm on it.
Holden [4:49.762]: I want every sensor we got looking for that thing.
Alex [4:52.055]: I can give you scopes and thermals with full motion detect but, I can't give you any active RADAR or LADAR.
Alex [4:56.360]: Not without making our presence known to the patrols upstairs.
Alex [5:02.509]: When I first saw that thing outside, for a split second, thought I was hallucinating.
Alex [5:07.547]: After hearing what went down in that lab, now, I wish I kinda had been.
Holden [5:12.519]: When European tall-ships first arrived on the American continent, the natives couldn't see them.
Holden [5:19.692]: The sight so completely outside of their experience, they just couldn't compute.
Holden [5:27.300]: So they didn't see.
Alex [5:28.935]: Those natives all got wiped out in the end. Didn't they?
Alex [5:35.663]: If that thing out there really is some sort of human-protocrap hybrid… then, we're yesterday's model. Obsolete.
Holden [5:46.286]: We'll see about that.

Alex [6:01.210]: There it is!
Alex [6:03.112]: In the ag dome.
Holden [6:04.380]: Ready PDCs. Fire control to me.
Prax [6:06.549]: Why kill it?
Prax [6:07.917]: It's such a base human instinct to destroy things we don't understand.
Holden [6:10.753]: Don't talk down to me, plant-guy.
Holden [6:12.922]: If you were on Eros, you'd understand plenty.
Prax [6:15.291]: You saw it.
Prax [6:16.559]: What you keep referring to as a "thing," could've been my child.
Holden [6:18.288]: You don't know that.
Holden [6:20.596]: Alex, give me the scopes!
Prax [6:22.097]: A child with a soul, Holden.
Prax [6:23.732]: Terrified and tortured, unable to comprehend what happened to her.
Alex [6:29.138]: Shit.
Holden [6:32.107]: What's happening? Why are we stopping?
Alex [6:33.709]: There's a patrol flying overhead.
Holden [6:35.444]: Do not break off.
Alex [6:38.080]: If we keep moving and they see us, they're gonna send us a high-explosive welcome package and then this hunt is going to be over permanently.
Alex [6:43.953]: Right now, we need to look like part of the scenery.
Alex [6:47.823]: We'll be out of range in a couple of seconds.
Holden [7:12.114]: Get us to the ag dome now!
Alex [7:18.487]: Aye-aye, Captain.

Announcer (Female#1) [7:26.225]: The Eros Incident Hearings will commence in the General Assembly in five minutes.
Announcer (Female #2) [7:34]: [French]L'Audience de L'Incident à Eros commence dans cinq minutes aux Assemblée Générale
Errinwright [7:34.734]: Jefferson and Jodie...
Errinwright [7:36.936]: They don't deserve this.
Avasarala [7:38.804]: You'll be strong for them.
Errinwright [7:46.558]: You keep this.
Errinwright [7:48.194]: You give it to Jefferson if I can't.
Errinwright [7:50.082]: And you tell him that this medal was given to the father he knows, no matter what he hears about me.
Avasarala [7:55.855]: You were instrumental in bringing Sergeant Draper to our side.
Avasarala [7:59.892]: She's given us critical information on the Martian weapons test on Ganymede.
Avasarala [8:04.163]: All of that will go in your favor.
Errinwright [8:06.032]: History is written by the winners, Chrisjen.
Errinwright [8:08.234]: Isn't it?
Errinwright [8:09.735]: I promised fire from the gods and I delivered smoke.
Avasarala [8:14.040]: Jules-Pierre Mao lied to you and, now, I'm trying to decide if he is lying to me.
Avasarala [8:20.379]: I have received back-channel communication from Monsieur Mao.
Errinwright [8:23.816]: What does he want?
Avasarala [8:24.984]: An end to my public witch hunt against his family.
Avasarala [8:28.721]: He's demanded a face-to-face meeting at a location of his choosing.
Errinwright [8:32.316]: We have to hear him out.
Avasarala [8:33.433]: If he's in bed with the Martians…
Errinwright [8:35.094]: He holds all the cards here.
Errinwright [8:38.097]: Make him a peace offer.
Errinwright [8:39.899]: I'll grovel even if it's from a prison cell.
Avasarala [8:42.134]: He won't speak to you, Sadavir.
Errinwright [8:46.939]: Chrisjen, this may be our only chance to stay in the game.
Errinwright [8:50.475]: They're already making weapons. They're testing them.
Avasarala [8:51.777]: You honestly believe that Mars would use this protomolecule to destroy Earth?
Errinwright [8:57.383]: Yes, I do and I couldn't persuade Jules of that but, I know that you can.

ANNOUNCER (Male) [9:32.685]: Attention. Any ship without GC clearance must submit to inspection upon arrival.
Geir [9:43.929]: We don't… We don't have much scrip.
Melissa [9:45.898]: Save your scrip. All are welcome, long as you enjoy a hard floor.
Swarthy Refugee [9:49.935]: I heard they're shuttin' off the air handlers one level at a time.
Swarthy Refugee [9:53.252]: Then what everyone gonna do?
Melissa [9:54.588]: Line up over there, keep out of the way,…
Melissa [9:56.575]: Soon as we clear the cargo hold, I'll allow you aboard.
Melissa [9:59.645]: I can take you as far as Europa.
198 [10:03.161]: I can… I can help you unload.
Melissa [10:05.451]: That's not necessary.
200 [10:06.585]: We wanna work for our passage.
Announcer (Female) [10:10.434]: Please be advised that water systems in sector three are no longer in service.
203 [10:15.628]: Once again, water systems in sector three are no longer in service.
Melissa [10:21.967]: You're not welcome on my ship.
Naomi [10:23.703]: We don't want a ride.
Naomi [10:24.804]: I want to fix your ship.
Naomi [10:26.505]: Your panel was shot to shit.
Melissa [10:27.940]: Thanks to you.
Melissa [10:29.475]: It's being taken care of.
Melissa [10:32.378]: Hey, big fella.
Melissa [10:34.246]: How about corralin' these folks for me?
Champa [10:37.383]: What's in it for me?
Melissa [10:38.651]: Guaranteed first class seat.
Melissa [10:40.186]: Maybe two. How about that?
Champa [10:44.924]: Back it up!
Champa [10:46.492]: Back it up!
Naomi [10:48.527]: Who's working on the ship?
Melissa [10:50.463]: A friend who owed my dead husband a favor.
Melissa [10:53.666]: He'll get it done. It's covered.
Naomi [10:56.202]: Your ship is a rust-bucket, cobbled together with spare parts.
Naomi [10:59.538]: That's my specialty.
Naomi [11:01.207]: If you want to get out of here and help these people, you need me.
Melissa [11:08.114]: You people are shit-magnets...

Station Engineer [11:18.324]: Goddamn piece of shit.
Naomi [11:21.861]: What the hell are you doing? That doesn't go there
Station Engineer [11:23.496]: Who the hell are you?
Naomi [11:25.631]: Please put those down and step away from the panel, right now.
Station Engineer [11:28.401]: The hell I will!
Naomi [11:32.104]: Station power's failing. There's no time for this shit.
Naomi [11:34.540]: Move! Move!

Bobbie [12:09.454]: So where's the old lady? I was told I need to…
Cotyar [12:11.089]: It's Madam Undersecretary to you.
Cotyar [12:14.326]: Or just Madam.
Bobbie [12:22.167]: Is there a problem?
Cotyar [12:23.635]: You're with us because you betrayed your oath.
Cotyar [12:26.338]: Is that a habit for you?
Cotyar [12:28.540]: Now, I'll be polite but, I'm short on time.
Bobbie [12:31.009]: I have never crossed anyone first but, burn me and mine and I'll go through you like a door.
Cotyar [12:40.914]: All right, then.
Cotyar [12:43.922]: Let's go.

247 [12:52.968]: We have confirmed rendez-vous coordinates for Mr. Mao's ship.
250 [12:57.669]: We will be departing momentarily.
Avasarala [13:01.439]: Nice of you to join us.
Cotyar [13:03.241]: Aaahh… Just making sure they didn't lose our luggage.
Cotyar [13:12.199]: When was the last time you left Earth?
Avasarala [13:13.885]: None of your goddamn business.
Cotyar [13:16.488]: Thought so.
Avasarala [13:17.822]: When you mysteriously vanish, no one will ever find your body.
Bobbie [13:24.996]: We used to use that for target practice.
Cotyar [13:26.931]: Ah, this must be weird for you.
Avasarala [13:29.534]: If it's any consolation, I don't want to be here either.
Bobbie [13:32.570]: Why am I here?
Avasarala [13:34.038]: …because the Martian delegation is still on Earth and as long as they are here, you're a bargaining chip.
Avasarala [13:39.177]: So, now, I've taken you off the board…
Bobbie [13:41.413]: I see, I'm… your property.
Cotyar [13:43.815]: Let her win. Trust me.
Bobbie [13:46.651]: I'm not a fragile flower.
Avasarala [13:48.720]: Which is also why you're here.
Avasarala [13:50.388]: Any shit hits the fan out here, I expect you two to get me out of it.
273 [13:55.493]: All hands prepare for lift-off.
274 [14:22.120]: Archangel One clear and on course for Hotel Echo Oscar insertion.
Avasarala [14:28.526]: Say something to distract me.
Cotyar [14:30.728]: I don't like this whole set-up.
Cotyar [14:32.897]: Why's Mao suddenly so eager to come in from the cold?
Cotyar [14:38.403]: It reeks.
Avasarala [14:39.604]: Actually, be quiet.
Avasarala [14:48.613]: A child can leave Earth without looking back, but not an old man.
Avasarala [14:55.086]: Jules-Pierre may be a titan of the system but, his life, his memories,… are anchored to that rock.
Avasarala [15:02.560]: That is Earth's real gravity.

Holden [15:59.083]: It's in there.
Alex [16:24.142]: Damn it.
Alex [16:34.519]: I'm going to back us up and ease us out.
Holden [16:36.588]: No, you're not. Keep going.
Alex [16:39.157]: Alright. You wanna talk about this for a second?
Holden [16:40.925]: Not really.
Alex [16:42.226]: Okay.
Alex [16:44.662]: Look, those things you saw on Eros…
Alex [16:47.332]: I mean, I can't even…
Alex [16:48.700]: You were in the belly of the beast, so…
Alex [16:50.969]: I get why this might be kinda personal for you…
Holden [16:53.438]: Good. So let's not overthink it.
Alex [17:04.616]: How far are we gonna take this, Jim?
Holden [17:07.385]: Got it!
Prax [17:10.421]: No, please!…
Holden [17:11.623]: That is not your kid!
Holden [17:12.924]: Not anymore!
Prax [17:14.459]: All this death…
Prax [17:16.427]: It's not the protomolecule.
Prax [17:17.695]: It's Protogen and men like you.
Holden [17:21.130]: Damn it! We lost it. Alex, give me a full 360!
Alex [17:23.666]: We cannot maneuver here!
Holden [17:21.666]: Do it!
Alex [17:24.669]: You ever think that maybe it's luring us in here?
Holden [17:29.207]: Are you refusing to fly?
Alex [17:35.680]: No, sir.

Melissa [17:45.289]: All right, listen up.
Swarthy Refugee [17:55.133]: Why can't we wait on board?
Swarthy Refugee [17:56.501]: Air out here is gettin' like poison...
Amos [17:58.069]: 'Cause she said so, asshole.
Melissa [18:00.138]: People!
Melissa [18:01.172]: We're doin' this my way or you can find yourself another ship out of here!
Swarthy Refugee [18:05.677]: The connectors between the docks are collapsed.
Swarthy Refugee [18:08.813]: How we gonna find another ship?
Swarthy Refugee [18:11.649]: We're getting on...
Melissa [18:14.732]: We're shutting the doors
Melissa [18:16.354]: until this crowd calms down!
Melissa [18:20.692]: Big guy!
Melissa [18:21.959]: These doors are going to stay closed until you get them under control.

Naomi [18:35]: What's goin on out there?
Melissa [18:33.345]: People are getting scared.
Melissa [18:35.715]: Which means they'll start getting ugly.
Naomi [18:37.184]: Hey. You doin' all right?
Amos [18:39.577]: Yep.
Amos [18:41.245]: Another hot day at Pimlico.
Naomi [18:43.114]: Take it easy. I got this.
Amos [18:45.450]: I'm gonna need a little nip. Take the edge off.
Melissa [18:50.434]: Call the refill station and...
Station Engineer [18:52.309]: Refills shut down an hour ago.
Melissa [18:54.325]: This can't be right.
Station Engineer [18:56.461]: [exasperated sigh]Take a look for yourself.
Naomi [19:02.300]: Not much longer.
Naomi [19:03.668]: Just the new wiring harness.
Naomi [19:09.052]: What is it?
Melissa [19:10.094]: We've got a problem.
Melissa [19:11.796]: The air refill station's been shut down.
Melissa [19:14.233]: We can't fill our ship's air tanks.
Amos [19:17.449]: How much air do we have?
Melissa [19:18.884]: Not counting us five, enough for about 52 people.
Melissa [19:24.764]: There's over 100 out there and they'll be coming faster now.
Amos [19:28.267]: That's not good.
Melissa [19:29.135]: We open that door and announce we're taking 50 on a ship that fits 300, they'll tear each other apart and us.
Naomi [19:35.007]: I'll call the Roci.
Naomi [19:36.509]: Get Holden to come back.
Melissa [19:37.810]: You can't.
Melissa [19:39.212]: The Martian ships have jammed all our comms.
Naomi [19:41.314]: So, we load up everyone and when our ship comes back, we transfer the overflow to the Rocinante.
Melissa [19:46.385]: …and, when your ship doesn't come back, you wanna suffocate slow with a couple hundred people?
Melissa [19:50.991]: I trusted you to repair my ship. Don't ask me to trust James Holden.
Naomi [19:54.469]: Are you telling me we have to leave all those people behind?
Melissa [19:57.338]: You wanna walk down that line, look at every face and decide who gets to live?
Melissa [20:02.109]: You think they're going to let you do that?
Naomi [20:03.811]: We're not fucking leaving those people here!

Korshunov [20:27.383]: You did your homework.
Korshunov [20:28.786]: You knew this was my favorite opera.
Errinwright [20:30.743]: Uh hmm
Korshunov [20:30.743]: Don't quote me but, Earth still makes the most beautiful music.
Errinwright [20:34.813]: Well, there's no short-cuts to culture.
Errinwright [20:37.383]: Right? Please.
Korshunov [20:45.691]: It's unfortunate we had to grin through those photo-ops tonight pretending we'd signed a peace agreement but, that's off the table until we have our wayward Marine back.
Errinwright [20:54.867]: Well, then, let's talk solutions.
Errinwright [21:00.773]: How many times have we worn our masks with each other?
Korshunov [21:03.609]: It becomes the habit.
Errinwright [21:04.810]: What do you say we break that habit?
Errinwright [21:07.879]: For half an hour?
Korshunov [21:09.214]: Great. Just had a new liver installed.
Korshunov [21:12.117]: I need to break it in.
Errinwright [21:13.319]: Well, sir, you're in luck.
Errinwright [21:14.954]: Scottish gold. It's 107 years old.
Errinwright [21:17.122]: Found in a shipwreck off Scapa Flow.
Korshunov [21:27.433]: Oh.
Korshunov [21:29.501]: 107 years old...
Korshunov [21:31.437]: I love that about Earth.
Errinwright [21:33.038]: Well, you know, you take that bottle. It's a gift.
Errinwright [21:35.674]: …but, as for the protomolecule,
Errinwright [21:39.812]: Sergeant Draper was witness to a game-changing technology and there can't be peace if one of us has it and not the other.
Errinwright [21:49.688]: I understand you, Pyotr, because...
Errinwright [21:53.058]: Well, because you're me.
Errinwright [21:54.526]: you've chosen to work outside the limits of your government because you knew no one would see the big picture.
Errinwright [21:59.141]: …but, our hour on the stage is short.
Korshunov [22:03.869]: You gambled everything on the project, Sadavir,… and now you have debts you cannot pay.
Korshunov [22:11.110]: I'm truly sorry one of us has to lose.
Errinwright [22:13.579]: Aw, don't worry about me.
Errinwright [22:16.115]: Or you, for that matter.
Errinwright [22:18.717]: God damn it, think about our people about to blow each other up over Ganymede and it won't end there..
Errinwright [22:24.857]: Let's not let the next war become our last war.

Announcer [22:43.542]:
Announcer [22:46.345]:
Alex [22:51.717]: MCRN is securing a landing corridor for an inbound burner.
Holden [22:55.154]: Those scientists were packin' up the lab to leave with that thing.
Holden [22:57.623]: I'm guessin' that was their ride.
Alex [22:58.791]: They're not gonna be too happy when they find out their lab rat is loose.
Holden [23:01.694]: Even more reason to kill it now.
Holden [23:05.330]: I guess you got your wish.
Holden [23:07.966]: Mars is in the protomolecule business now, just like everyone else.
Alex [23:12.707]: You know we don't know that for sure.
Holden [23:14.406]: Yeah. We do and Ganymede is their fake war to cover it up.

Swarthy Refugee [23:25.584]: That lady, she's makin' a fool of you.
Swarthy Refugee [23:28.754]: She's usin' you to keep us off her ship.
Swarthy Refugee [23:31.323]: No money in savin' refugees.
Champa [23:41.133]: You lying to me, coyos?
Champa [23:43.535]: When you gonna open this door?
Melissa [23:50.676]: You finished?
Naomi [23:53.345]: Yeah. She'll fly.
Amos [23:58.484]: Hey.
Amos [24:01.048]: You know she's right.
Amos [24:03.355]: We can't open that door again.

Korshunov [24:07.092]: Why is all new technology first viewed as a weapon?
Korshunov [24:12.798]: To Mars, this could be the grail that shaves a century off our terra-forming efforts.
Errinwright [24:17.536]: You're in that much of a rush?
Korshunov [24:19.171]: I think you'll empathize.
Korshunov [24:21.707]: The young people on Mars don't give a shit.
Korshunov [24:26.287]: They grew up under domes.
Korshunov [24:29.273]: They don't embrace old men's dreams of turning Mars into another Earth.
Errinwright [24:35.651]: The thing is, of course, that any power corrupts.
Errinwright [24:39.619]: Even old men's dreams.
Korshunov [24:40.956]: There's no evolving past that?
Errinwright [25:08.150]: No, Pyotr.
Errinwright [25:14.557]: It was 186 minutes ago.
Errinwright [25:21.697]: We spent billions developing this simple enzyme to debilitate soldiers taking drugs for gravity sickness.
Errinwright [25:31.307]: Your soldiers.
Errinwright [25:33.108]: This enzyme could be genetically tailored for one recipient.
Errinwright [25:36.912]: Absorbed instantly through the skin without a trace.
Errinwright [25:39.748]: Cardiac arrest. An act of God.
Errinwright [25:43.018]: I mean this stuff was staggeringly effective but, then,…
Errinwright [25:45.254]: they banned it under the Brussels Act and, yet, here we are… using it.
Errinwright [25:53.629]: You give a monkey a stick, inevitably, he'll beat another monkey to death with it.
Errinwright [26:07.443]: You were right.
One of us has to lose.
Errinwright [26:44.079]: Help!
Errinwright [26:45.447]: I need help!
Errinwright [26:47.516]: Get a medic! Get a medic!

Shuttle 07 Crew Announcement [27:07.099]: Security scans are complete.
Shuttle 07 Crew Announcement [27:09.113]: We are clear to dock.
Shuttle 07 Crew Announcement [27:10.448]: Madam Avasarala will meet you at the airlock.
Bobbie [27:14.029]: Aw. Adorable.
Cotyar [27:16.249]: That's how they never see me comin', sister.
Bobbie [27:16.249]: [scoffs]Pfft!
Cotyar [27:20.553]: I'm running ops here. Understood?
Bobbie [27:21.688]: Not my first rodeo.
Cotyar [27:23.623]: Oh, "cowgirl," consider yourself a diplomatic observer on this rodeo.
Bobbie [27:25.024]: You served.
Cotyar [27:35.068]: SIGINT, back in the day.
Bobbie [27:37.737]: Ah. Military intelligence.
Bobbie [27:40.640]: Filing reports and hiding behind a desk, huh?
Cotyar [27:42.809]: Forward observer. Spent plenty of time in the dirt.
Cotyar [27:45.478]: My IQ tested too high to be a marine.
Bobbie [27:47.914]: Your morals tested low enough to be a spy.
Bobbie [27:51.117]: That's good training for politics.
Bobbie [27:53.520]: No wonder you ended up in her world.
Cotyar [27:56.890]: Actually, I got her son killed.

Malick [28:14.140]: Madam, I am Captain Malik.
Malick [28:16.709]: Welcome aboard the Guanshiyin.
Avasarala [28:18.278]: Thank you, Captain.
Avasarala [28:19.412]: My aides.
Avasarala [28:32.559]: It's a beautiful ship.
Avasarala [28:36.996]: Earth has been very good to Mr. Mao.
Malick [28:42.068]: Do you like cucumbers?
Avasarala [28:45.972]: I was going to ask you where you got those lovely couches but, I don't want to run out of sparkling conversation before your boss joins us.
Malick [28:54.113]: I don't think that will be a problem.
Avasarala [28:55.648]: Hmm.
Jules-Pierre [29:07.193]: Madam Undersecretary,
Jules-Pierre [29:08.928]: I appreciate you coming here. …
Avasarala [29:10.229]: Just get to the fucking point.

511 [29:28.381]: Karakum, respond.
512 [29:30.516]: - Karakum, respond.
Alex [29:33.386]: Holden. Patrol comms are going nuts.
Alex [29:35.622]: The Karakum, it...
Alex [29:37.991]: It's gone.
Holden [29:40.627]: You mean it veered off? Or went stealth?
Alex [29:42.629]: Nah, I mean it...
Alex [29:44.297]: It went dead.
Alex [29:46.542]: and there's still a heat signature where it used to be but, it's all scattered and dissipating.
Alex [29:52.405]: I think someone blew it up.

Champa [29:55.375]: You gonna behave like a pack of animals?
Champa [29:57.343]: That's how I treat you!
Champa [29:59.412]: Hey, hey, hey! hey!
Champa [30:01.547]: You push him again,…
Champa [30:02.783]: I send you out the nearest airlock.
Champa [30:04.284]: sa sa ke?

Naomi [30:16.063]: What was that?
Melissa [30:17.254]: Something fell out of orbit.
Melissa [30:18.589]: Something big.

Champa [30:32.679]: Stop! Stop! Get back!

Melissa [30:37.250]: Naomi, get ready to push off.
Melissa [30:39.619]: There's nothing we can do.

Jules-Pierre [30:46.225]: You even arrested my cousin.
Jules-Pierre [30:48.361]: He's a monk.
Jules-Pierre [30:50.196]: When you exonerate my family, unconditionally, unfreeze my assets, we'll talk about how I can help keep Earth and Mars from blowing up this whole goddamn system.
Jules-Pierre [30:59.305]: …and I'll remind you I chose to work with Earth first.
Avasarala [31:02.542]: …and selling yourself to Mars was the remedy for a lovers' quarrel?
Jules-Pierre [31:06.112]: In time, Earth may be granted access to the protomolecule, same as Mars.
Jules-Pierre [31:11.617]: You'll partner with my companies in funding and research.
Jules-Pierre [31:14.821]: Mars and Earth will maintain peace through balance, which you prefer to call mutually-assured destruction.
Avasarala [31:19.992]: …and you'll remain in the middle, benefitting from both and somehow loyal to both?
Jules-Pierre [31:25.131]: It's that simple.
Avasarala [31:26.432]: A lovely thought but, when parents fight, the child has a crisis of loyalty.
Jules-Pierre [31:31.671]: You'e got that backwards, Madame.
Jules-Pierre [31:33.473]: Earth and Mars are the children here.
Jules-Pierre [31:35.475]: Screaming for their trinkets.
Jules-Pierre [31:37.043]: Blind to a miracle… Wha… What is it?
Malick [31:39.178]: Sir, an urgent tightbeam from Secretary Errinwright.[3]
Jules-Pierre [31:42.415]: Excuse me?
Malick [31:44.283]: It's for you, sir… and the Undersecretary.[4]
Jules-Pierre [31:48.554]: Put it up.
Errinwright [31:54.160]: Time is short, and I'll be brief.
Errinwright [31:56.562]: Martian Defense Minister Korshunov suffered a fatal attack earlier this evening.
Errinwright [32:01.200]: Simultaneously, the MCRN Karakum, dispatched by Korshunov to take delivery of your protomolecule technology was destroyed over Ganymede… …and I gave the order.

{Transcript Statement|Errinwright|…and I can give the same order to end your life where you breathe at the same coordinates I'm sending this message. …You'll do well to keep that thought in mind.|timestamp=32:13.513|highlight=02|speaker_wiki_link=Sadavir Errinwright (TV)}}

Jules-Pierre [32:19.585]: You led him right to me…
Errinwright [32:21.053]: Don't be an idiot.
Errinwright [32:23.222]: Monsieur Mao…
Errinwright [32:24.557]: there were two men in the entire universe who could protect your protomolecule project and, now, Korshunov is dead.
Errinwright [32:30.530]: I can assure you I'm the only friend you have left and do not test my resolve on this.
Errinwright [32:37.780]: Chrisjen, if you're listening,
Errinwright [32:41.517]: you taught me, you drilled it into my head
Errinwright [32:43.185]: that Earth must come first.
Errinwright [32:48.357]: and now you throw me to the wolves
Errinwright [32:50.559]: for fulfilling my sacred oath
Errinwright [32:52.461]: while you grovel at the foot of Mars
Errinwright [32:56.398]: and Jules-Pierre Mao.
Errinwright [32:58.333]: And that is the real betrayal here.
Errinwright [33:02.671]: So, Jules, you will clean up the mess you made for me.
Errinwright [33:06.375]: You will return to Earth alone.
Errinwright [33:09.211]: You will await my instructions.
Errinwright [33:11.814]: And you will get the fuck back to work.
Cotyar [33:25.944]: Easy now...

599 [33:47.400]: All systems are online and we are commencing pre-flight checks.
601 [33:52.968]: We should be ready to depart the station in a few minutes.
Melissa [34:01.376]: Where the hell are you going?
Amos [34:04.146]: Naomi! What are you doing?
Amos [34:05.547]: We need to be strapped in, now.
Naomi [34:06.982]: I'm gonna try talking to those people.
Amos [34:09.718]: I can't let you do that.
Naomi [34:11.286]: People are scared.
Naomi [34:13.055]: A lot of them are going to die.
Naomi [34:15.657]: And I know you can't understand why that should matter but, that's not my problem.
Amos [34:20.562]: Those people will kill you.
Naomi [34:22.698]: Let go of me!
Naomi [34:24.399]: Let go!
Melissa [34:41.383]: Don't do it.
Melissa [34:42.684]: Naomi!

Naomi [35:05.540]: Listen to me, please!
Champa [35:09.177]: You! You beltalowda!
Champa [35:11.146]: Letting your own die out here!
Naomi [35:13.348]: Listen to me!
Naomi [35:14.750]: The ship has air for 52.
Naomi [35:16.752]: Only 52.
Naomi [35:19.354]: I came out here to see what you
Naomi [35:21.323]: and I could do about that.
Champa [35:22.758]: Trying to trick me, huh? Like that sebakawala
Champa [35:24.626]: who flies this ship?
Naomi [35:25.961]: Calm these people down and line them up.
Naomi [35:28.363]: Children first, best you can.
Naomi [35:30.966]: Do it and I'll trade places with you.
Champa [35:33.502]: Why would you do that?
Naomi [35:35.103]: I was on the last ship off Eros
Naomi [35:37.873]: I didn't do enough.
Champa [35:40.542]: I had a brother on Eros.
Naomi [35:42.811]: We all did.
Swarthy Refugee [35:45.514]: The ship is locked from the inside!
Swarthy Refugee [35:47.549]: Get her to open the door!
Naomi [35:49.084]: If they open that door right now, all of us are dead.
Swarthy Refugee [35:51.553]: Give her to me. I'll make her talk.
Naomi [35:54.222]: 52 people. Help me save that many.
Champa [36:01.697]: Get back!
Champa [36:03.565]: Everybody back!
Champa [36:04.766]: Get back!
Champa [36:07.069]: Go!

Champa [36:17.179]: Where is your pride, beltalowdas?
Champa [36:19.748]: We're tougher than anyone in the system.
Champa [36:22.317]: Every single one of you knew,… you were certain… on the day you were born. Our life is hard.
Champa [36:30.292]: Now, there is air for only 52 aboard.
Champa [36:36.198]: Only 52 of us can go.
Champa [36:38.834]: There will be children, young women, and young men getting on.
Champa [36:43.071]: If we have to stay back, we have to stay back.
Champa [36:46.241]: So, let's be tough and do what needs to be done.
Champa [37:05.460]: Children, go.
Mother [37:16.138]: Go! I'll have my turn.
Naomi [37:18.540]: Stay together.
Mother [37:18.540]: No. He'll lose his place!
Naomi [37:20.075]: Go!
Champa [37:23.211]: Next group, go!
Champa [37:25.013]: Move, move, that's right.
Champa [37:26.715]: That's good. Keep moving.
Champa [37:28.600]: Keep moving.
Champa [37:37.626]: Next group, go!
Champa [37:34.823]: I'm sorry sister.
Champa [37:37.626]: And next group, go!
Champa [37:41.396]: Come on.
Champa [37:45.734]: That's it. No more.
Naomi [37:55.410]: Go.
Naomi [37:56.945]: You've earned it. Thank you.
Champa [38:10.759]: You're not finished yet.

671 [38:37.394]: Somnambulist, this is the harbormaster.
672 [38:39.084]:
673 [38:40.186]: You do not have clearance to leave dock.
674 [38:42.154]: Return to your berth immediately.
675 [38:44.023]: You are violation MCRN flight restrictions.
676 [38:47.126]: Please acknowledge.

Holden [39:03.709]: I got it! Alex get me a clear shot!
Prax [39:05.878]: Let me go out there and see if I can make contact.
Prax [39:07.813]: Whatever happens, it's not on you...
Holden [39:09.271]: How are you gonna make contact?
Holden [39:10.740]: You saw what it did to those people in the lab.
Prax [39:12.485]: They had it in a prison. I need to know.
Holden [39:14.553]: I can't let you do it.
684 [39:15.888]: This is a harbormaster alert.
685 [39:18.057]: The Somnambulist was not clear to depart and is violating MCRN rules.
686 [39:20.493]: All ships…
Alex [39:22.161]: Holden! The Somnambulist is pushing off, they're underway!
Alex [39:25.130]: Things musta got a lot worse on the ground.
Alex [39:26.966]: Screw this, we're outta here.
Holden [39:28.225]: We're not going anywhere 'til that thing is dead.
Alex [39:30.386]: Are you insane? We're in a Martian no-fly zone and that black ops ship just got blown to hell!
Alex [39:35.107]: The second the Somnambulist sticks its head outta the station it's gonna get lit up!
Alex [39:40.713]: Naomi was right and you know it.
Alex [39:42.581]: This ain't gonna end anything and our family needs our help right now.

Valkyrie [39:59.665]: Somnambulist.
Valkyrie [40:01.233]: This is the MCRN Valkyrie.
Valkyrie [40:03.102]: Return to port or you will be fired upon.
Melissa [40:05.771]: Unable to comply.
Melissa [40:07.640]: The station is in collapse.
Melissa [40:09.475]: We are a relief ship, carrying refugees.
Valkyrie [40:12.444]: Standing orders are that no ship leaves the station.
Valkyrie [40:14.914]: Return now. This is your final warning.
Naomi [40:17.182]: We cannot comply!
Naomi [40:19.685]: We surrender. Board us. Take us into custody.
Naomi [40:22.655]: Just do not fire!
Melissa [40:35.134]: Torpedo launch…

Alex [41:04.630]: Ha-ha! I got it.
Alex [41:08.100]: I got it. I got it.

Holden [41:14.206]: Somnambulist, what's your status?
Naomi [41:16.575]: Status? You're a son-of-a-bitch! That's my status.
Holden [41:19.979]: It's good to hear you, too.

Alex [41:23.782]: Hold on, kids. It ain't over.
Alex [41:25.784]: We're being target locked.
Holden [41:27.252]: Well target-lock them back! Every ship up there!
Holden [41:29.521]: Every PDC and torpedo we've got.
Alex [41:35.294]: All right. She's bristling.
Holden [41:38.197]: Give me an open channel.
Alex [41:40.466]: Oh, man. Here we go again.
Alex [41:44.737]: Okay, you're live.
Holden [41:47.406]: This is the warship Rocinante.
Holden [41:49.541]: You're aware of our capabilities more than anyone.
Holden [41:52.778]: We're escorting a vessel of refugees away from your AO.
Holden [41:56.415]: Any ship that opens fire on us, will feel the sum total of our state-of-the-art Martian arsenal, rammed up its ass.
Holden [42:03.489]: We'll all die together.
Holden [42:05.124]: This is our only and final warning, stay clear.
Alex [42:12.765]: You know someone's gonna try and test us, right?
Holden [42:15.634]: Nah. Not today.
Holden [42:18.604]: They're saving their bullets for each other.
Alex [42:26.152]: I'll be damned.
Alex [42:28.781]: When'd you get so wise, Cap?
Holden [42:33.252]: I'll take it.
Alex [42:36.989]: All right, we are good to go.
Alex [42:38.757]: Setting rendez-vous coordinates with the Somnambulist.

Naomi [42:45.664]: Looks like we're clear.
Melissa [43:05.150]: You did good today.


Champa keeps the peace despite Ganymede unrest as station shuts down
Avasarala to the Guanshiyin
Korshunov's murder


  • The opening scene where Errinwright is escorting his son to school was filmed outside Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall. Filming in the interior of the building serves as the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations.
  • Holden mentions to Alex that Native Americans were incapable of seeing the ships of European colonizers due to the sight being so out of their experience that they couldn't compute the new information. This is a popular myth but holds little scientific credibility, to such an extent that it is not mentioned in historical accounts other than the one example discussed below, and no research (at least none that is available on the internet) has been performed on the subject. Due to this, there aren't enough sources to categorically disprove (or verify) this myth, but it is generally considered to be false.   The myth's origin is most commonly attributed to observations made by botanist Joseph Banks in his journal on April 28, 1770: While sailing off the coast of Australia on the HMS Endeavor, Banks was incredibly troubled by seeing the natives ignoring the large European ships and going on their regular business while they passed by. This myth has been applied to other historical figures and the respective Indigenous cultures that they colonized, like Magellan with Native Brazilians, or Columbus with Native Americans, even though there is actually no mention of such a phenomenon in their own writings. It is worth noting that, though there is limited knowledge of what the Natives of the Americas and Australia felt and thought upon seeing European ships for the first time (as most if not all accounts have been recorded through the lens of European historians), there are clear documented instances from our time of uncontacted societies seeing advanced modern technology and being fully able to perceive and interact with it. Examples include indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest shooting arrows at drones that flew over their location, members of an uncontacted tribe in Brazil gathering outside to witness a flying drone, or the natives of Sentinel Island in India repeatedly resisting contact attempts and attacking boats, vehicles and other humans that attempted to approach their lands.

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  2. Inclusion of credit originally was based on ending of prior episode ""Here There Be Dragons" and on appearance in Syfy promo video for the next episode, "The Monster and the Rocket".
  3. Goof? Undersecretary
  4. Goof? Deputy Undersecretary