|Don't Stop Beweaving|
|Season 5, Episode 8|
|Air Date September 6, 2019|
|Written By Julian Doucet|
|Directed By Paolo Barzman|
Cherchez La Bitch
Back on Lucy, Zeph, Dutch and Fancy Lee are trying to figure out what the species is that has run amok on Westerley and how to obliterate it. Zeph has someone she can contact to help them identify the species' Achilles' Heel and exploit it. Only thing is the person is family, and their relationship is rocky.
The Lady's henchmen have apprehended Turin, and brought him to Khlyen, who's been snooping around Zeph's makeshift lab for hatchling corpses. Khlyen tells Turin that Dutch and company are dead; Turin says they're not, they're just faking it. But if they were dead, Turin says, Khlyen better kill The Lady before it's too late.
When Khlyen returns, he finds The Lady already in a tizzy. For some reason, every time he leaves the ship, she loses control, people die, and the place gets really messy. The Lady, rightfully suspicious, threatens to use Dutch's knives against Khlyen to extract secrets. She'll need to regain control of her limbs for that, though.
D'av and Johnny have devised a fail-safe plan to groom the prisoners as rebel fighters against The Lady: a game of capture the flag. They'll get to flex their muscles while performing team-building exercises without the risk of live ammo.
Zeph takes Dutch back to her home on Leith, and her family (a line of agrarian, puritanical people known as The Madeleines) in order to retrieve from them a tapestry that contains some hints to beating The Lady. But they're quickly picked up by miffed family members and led, by pitchfork, to be judged. Before Zeph ran away from home all those years ago, she burned down a wheat field infected with a parasite, and was anathematized.
The reason The Lady is looking so wan is that her host body is dying. She either needs to abduct a new one (something Khlyen wants to discourage) or get treatment for her current body. For some reason, Khlyen is the only one on board the ship that she trusts to administer to her. This gives Khlyen the perfect opportunity for sabotage.
Meanwhile, the game of convict laser tag has hit a snag. D'av finds one of the guards has been shot through the head. That was definitely not permitted by the rules.
Zeph and Dutch meet with the matriarch of Zeph's former community, The Great Mother, and implore her for access to the tapestry. She says such knowledge is now forbidden, as it was used in the past to do all kinds of bad stuff that killed the moon, people, and animals. Apparently, though, The Great Mother has no reservations inflicting small doses of harm on present company, as she's spiked their cups of tea with a sleeping agent to get them to shut up.
Johnny temporarily stops the game so they can identify the guard's killer. It soon becomes clear that it was likely Mace, the only one to dip out during play. He jumped the gun (literally) on the liberation deal, and just wanted out.
Well, turns out Khlyen didn't poison The Lady's IV. She's feeling a little better, and wants Khlyen to tell her a story during her convalescence. So he starts in on one of his yarns and she conks out.
In a passageway, Kalvert wrests the live gun from Mace's hands, and turns it on Johnny.
Meanwhile, in the psych ward, the Warden and D'av are investigating why all the patients here accidentally overdosed on their medications. The doctor in charge says it was an oversight because of his lack of staff. But then the truth comes out - he killed them all. Then he tranquilizes the question-askers.
The Madeleines have separated Dutch from Zeph and sent her beyond the boundaries of their territory. Meanwhile, The Great Mother pulls some emotional blackmail on Zeph, guilting her back into the fold. This time, Zeph doesn't fall for it, and instead incapacitates The Great Mother with a nerve pinch she picked up from her years of fighting with the Killjoys. Then she steals The Great Mother's medallion, which is the key to accessing the tapestry.
Indeed, Khlyen does attempt to nix The Lady, but her protestations stop him. She doesn't really want to colonize all of humanity; what she really wants is a father to love her like Khlyen loves Dutch. Well, okay, maybe she wants both, but the sentiment touches Khlyen and he abstains from killing her.
Out in the woods on Leith, a marooned Dutch crosses paths with Zeph's real sister. The two go at it with a pitchfork and a hand knife.
Zeph uses The Great Mother's medallion to download the information from the tapestry. Zeph finds Dutch out in the woods, having already subdued her real sister. The two spare the ignorant one, and leave this backwards village behind.
So, turns out that it was the doctor behind the guard's murder as well. He was angry that the Killjoys were trying to give the inmates another lease on rehabilitation, and decided to sabotage their whole plan. He starts flooding the prison with a nerve agent, to put an end to their quasi-humanitarian efforts. A woozy Kolvert manages to grab the flag and hurl it, bulls-eye, right in the doc's chest.
Everyone reconvenes back on Lucy for a much-deserved dinner party, hosted by Fancy Lee. They rejoice that they have community among each other, and also that The Lady has no one who loves her and is all alone.
But is that really true? Looks like Khlyen and she might be forging a kind of partnership... or maybe even a friendship.
Cast & Characters
- Mayko Nguyen as Delle Seyah Kendry
- Kelly McCormack as Zeph
- Atticus Mitchell as Pippin
- Tamsen McDonough as Lucy (voice)
- Rob Stewart as Khlyen
- Patrick Garrow as Turin
- Sean Baek as Fancy Lee
- Hilary McCormack as Zaia
- Elena Khan as Prisoner
- Blaine McKenzie as Prisoner
- Jennifer Wigmore as The Great Mother
- Anastasia Phillips as Calvert
- Rachael Ancheril as The Warden
- Richard Chevolleau as Tattoo-Face Guy
- Alanna Bale as The Lady
- Neil Girvan as Durek
- Julian Doucet (Writer)
- Derek Robertson (Executive Story Editor)
- Vivian Lin (Story Editor)
- Anusree Roy (Story Editor)
- Claire Welland (Producer)
- Julian Doucet (Producer)
- Trish Williams (Co-Executive Producer)
- Andrea Boyd (Supervising Producer)
- Beth Iley (Co-Producer)
- Nikolijne Troubetzkoy (Consulting Producer)
- Andrew De Angelis (Consulting Producer)
- Julie Puckrin (Consulting Producer)