Seems like Stahma and Datak can't keep their hands off each other, for all their warring - or maybe because of it! After a particularly rousing under-the-sheets session, they discuss the terms of Datak maybe, possibly, returning home, but Stahma's terms are too steep for Datak (anything resembling equality makes him dry heave) and so he throws her out in a storm of violence. She hits the streets, chastened from her wish to take him back, and is greeted with a burlap sack over her head and a trip to a mysterious silo. She wakes to find her husband has met the same fate, and the pair let all their passions fly at each other - blame, fury, rancor - until they finally melt into love.
Just as they admit to one another how much they need each other, who should pop in but Pottinger, fresh from a night of lovemaking (blech) with the object of his affection, Amanda. Can we pause here and just say again, Blech! The thought of Mayor Peeper putting the moves on Amanda given all he's done is just... blech. Okay, back to our regularly scheduled recap! Pottinger has maintained his misguided, slightly sociopathic pursuit of Amanda's heart by tracking down Kenya's killers. A tip from Raiga, the Sensoth on the Tarr crew, led Pottinger to the slightly marked grave where Kenya's skeleton - and the necklace she was wearing when Stahma poisoned her - were buried. He gives the necklace to Amanda as proof, and hands her a pistol to wield justice as she sees fit.
The pistol wakes something ferocious in Amanda. She points it straight at Stahma and tells her that Kenya never loved her any more than she loved her other clients. It was just a job, and she should know that before she meets the bullet Amanda's going to put into her head. But just then, Datak starts begging. Yes... Datak. Begging. For Amanda to kill him instead, or if she must, kill him, as well. He can't live with the thought of a world without Stahma. He can't live without her.
Amanda leaves the silo and makes for town. Pottinger's completely stunned - how could she not like his present? She proclaims her bloodlust for the Tarrs in the same breath as she condemns herself for having it. In her tight skirt and high heels, she stumbles through the woods back to town - blistered, achy feet are a better fate than any more time with Pottinger.
How we wish she had stayed with Nolan! But he's rather busy with his daughter - she's a handful, and maybe doesn't leave much time for romance. Nolan's currently dragging Tommy, who's gushing blood, back to Defiance. Tommy urges Nolan to find the man in Irisa's journal - Mordecai - as he's the only one who can potentially stop Irisa. Nolan argues with Tommy that he doesn't have to choose, he'll get Tommy back to town and save his life, but Tommy's only half-listening - his mind is flashing on distant memories, like his first days as deputy to the cantankerous Nolan, and the day he got down on one knee and asked Irisa to marry him. She told him, presciently, that she'd only wind up hurting him. Nolan keeps his friend awake long enough for the two to make peace, but on reaching the stasis net, Nolan realizes he lost the good fight. Tommy is gone. He leaves his comrade in the care of Berlin, who knows Irisa killed him, and does the only thing left to do: find Mordecai, and bring him back to Defiance.
Mordecai wants no part of it: ever since Irisa kissed him, he's been having freakish visions of the two of them overtaking the Kaziri and merging with the silver and gold artifacts. But if Nolan's plan doesn't work, there just may be another hope... Doc Yewll, in her underground “don't execute me for following Pottinger's orders” bunker, finds she has to surface for more food. On her way, accompanied by the hallucination of her late wife (thanks, faulty EGO device!), she comes across the very same genocidal ship that Irisa is working so hard to resurrect. The Kaziri hijacks Yewll's EGO device and makes Lev (Yewll's wife) argue that Yewll should step inside one of the pods and be saved.
But Yewll's previous genocidal tendencies have glutted her on future acts of mass murder. She knows it's time to remove the ego from her neck and stop Irisa. She takes care of the first part presently - with no small measure of grief - and then starts in on the second. But she better work quick - Irisa is doing that freaky levitating thing she does, this time with a bunch of rocks and pebbles that correspond to debris floating in space. As she moves the rocks, the space debris start gathering and attacking Manhattan- the plunder has already begun, and it may be too late to stop it.
Blissfully ignorant of the looming apocalypse are Rafe and his estranged, presumed dead wife, Pilar. She visits him in Camp Reverie, and the two even share a sloppy kiss through the bars. Rafe begs her to get help if her thoughts start getting murder-y again, but she assures him she's fine. He wishes her well, and she goes to visit Christie, who welcomes her with open arms and heart. Christie may have to deal with more family than she expected, as Stahma has not only welcomed Datak back into the house, but helped him murder the remaining guards who beat him. The terrible twosome is back - it's going to be crowded at bath time...