Ship Outta Luck
Season 5, Episode 4
Killjoys s5
Air Date        August 9, 2019
Written By       Julie Puckrin
Directed By       Paolo Barzman
Three Killjoys and a Lady
A Bout, A Girl

Ship Outta Luck is the fourth episode of Season 5 of Killjoys, as well as the forty fourth episode of the series.

This episode aired on August 9, 2019 on Syfy and Space.

The Killjoy trio must figure out a way to breakout from an inescapable maximum security prison.


The Lady has sentenced the Killjoys to spend some time at Herks Supermax Prison. (Dutch was sentenced to 436 years for multiple crimes including assassination, homicide, vaticide and senicide. Both Jaqobis brothers got 30 years.) It was actually Khlyen who suggested the plan to The Lady to lure Jaq out of hiding, and it was Khlyen who called up the warden at the prison to arrange the whole incarceration.  

When Zeph returns to her lair, having had her memory wiped (again), she finds an explanation video that she recorded preemptively, in case she should have her memory wiped (again), which she did. Zeph on the video tells her to use a device with a protein inhibitor to restore her memory, and she does. Shortly after, she uses the same device on Turin, whose memory restores.

Johnny gets put on laundry duty, roaming the halls for dirty sheets. But while he's doing that, he's also going on liberation duty. He uses the memory chip which contained Lucy and integrates it into an arm band device he pilfered from a guard. He then programs it with Lucy's voice and names her New Lucy, or Nucy. Now he's plugged in.

Meanwhile, Dutch, who's been placed in solitary confinement, gets a pleasant surprise from an unseen hand. It's breakfast, plus a spoon wrapped in a napkin. Looks like someone on the outside likes her... aka Johnny boy!  

And down in Westerley, Zeph zaps Pree next with her re-memory serum, and he jolts back to consciousness. They put their heads together to figure out where The Lady may have stowed the Killjoys. Pree remembers there being a radar blackspot out in the Salt Plains. So they set a course there.

Back in prison, when a guard makes a routine prisoner check to Dutch's cell, she grabs his hand, jerks him unconscious, and then captures his thumbprint with a spoon, which she then uses to open up her cell door. Ingenious. After Dutch and Johnny spring D'av from the mental ward he's been detained in, they break into the warden's office to get her override code to open the access hatch of the surface tunnels to climb their way out of there. They find out that they're on a prison ship floating through space (instead of subterranean!), and, while gobsmacked, said warden enters with her guards.  

After she's dismissed her guards, the warden talks turkey. She's been sent orders to keep one of the three Killjoys alive (and we know from who). In exchange for transfering them to a less shabby wing, she wants them to find out who's infiltrated her prison to put a hit on a powerful inmate named Sparlo. Done deal.  

In the mess hall on the inside, Dutch, Johnny and D'av are making inroads with Sparlo. That's when Coren — old nemesis of the Killjoys from Season 1 — returns from solitary, spots Dutch, and whips the inmates up into an anti-Killjoy frenzy. The prison's riot protocol initiated just in time to paralyze everyone with an electric shock, and they went down.  

Zeph and Turin drop in on those coordinates and find nothing but Black Root ships and a few guards. They find that the ships have been making the same rounds for a while, right above cloud cover. These are the ships seeding the clouds and making the rain with whatever is in their tanks. They can put an end to it….

The warden gives the Killjoys another chance to stop Sparlo's assassination, and they find his right-hand man in the hall and intercept him. Unfortunately, someone else has gotten to him, and drugged his food with a powerful sedative. Back to the kitchen!  

Turns out the assassin is Calvert, an inmate that D'av had met in the mental ward and who seemed nice enough (but those are the ones you've got to watch out for). After a fight with the deceptively agile and strong assassin, the Killjoys triumph, and learned that Coren Jeers ordered the hit to get Sparlo's turf. In exchange for saving Sparlo's life, the trio are granted protection.

Meanwhile, Zeph and Turin agree that they need to take some drastic measures to put an end to The Lady's reign. They're going to blow up her ships. They succeed in destroying 30% of her Black Roots fleet and she's mad!

And the Killjoys asked to be sent back to the hyper-max wing (X Wing, not to be confused with an X-Wing Starfighter), to hopefully take over the prison and use it to fight The Lady.[1]

Cast & Characters

Main Cast

Guest Stars

Additional Cast

  • Kato Alexander as Armada Guard
  • Will Conlon as X Wing Guard #2
  • Anastasia Phillips as Calvert
  • Rachael Ancheril as The Warden
  • Alain Goulem as Sparlo
  • Dmitry Chepovetsky as Coren Jeers
  • Alanna Bale as The Lady
  • Leslie Adlam as Supermax Intake Guard
  • Olaf Sham as Psycho Halo Inmate
  • Mike Chow as Mustache Doctor




Executive Producers




  • When Newcy is told to call John by his name, she acknowledges with Shawn. Inside joke here, actor Aaron Ashmore (who plays John) has an identical twin brother named Shawn .[2]


[Zeph trying to convince Turin to take her new "drug" aka the protein inhibitor to restore memories.] 

Zeph: Hey, want to have your mind blown? Once you try what I've got, you'll never be the same.

Turin: Yeah, I'm sure there's a market out there for Stinky Raincoat sex but it ain't me. Hard pass.

Zeph: Ok, offensive. But that's not what I'm selling.

[Dutch to the warden after Coren's prison riot incident.]

Oh, it's our process. It looks like we're failing until we don't.


  1. Syfy Killjoys - Season 5, Episode 4: Ship Outta Luck
  2. ‘Killjoys’ Review: How To Make Friends and Enemies in Prison
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