Catastrophe transforms to opportunity as an obstacle in Destiny's path proves to be a seed ship akin to Destiny. As the seed ship automatically docks with Destiny, it begins transferring massive amounts of data, from which Eli learns that the seed ship has enough power to dial Earth and send the crew home. Young sends a team to the ship as the scientists devise a plan to transfer power from the seed ship to Destiny, and the civilians ready their effects to go home.
But the recon team finds an unpleasant surprise: An alien, weak from months or possibly years of stasis aboard the seed ship. They call TJ to examine it, but on her way, Chloe stops her to tell her that her gunshot wound is almost completely healed. TJ is stunned, but has no time to investigate the matter. Before they can discern the alien's origin or purpose, it regains its strength and slips out of their custody.
Telford, out of concern for Young, asks to be included in the search team and heads to the seed ship. He arrives to find Rush unconscious, stunned by an alien weapon. Further recon reveals a stargate manufacturing plant, as well as a dozen or so alien stasis pods - all recently open, and vacant.
Aboard the Destiny, tensions remain high between Young and Camille regarding treatment of the Lucian prisoners. Although many of them are compliant, one Lucian officer's continued aggression is making matters worse for all.
And as Eli and the team begin dialing Earth, the power suddenly spikes, then begins reversing direction; someone or something outside of Eli's control is directing power from Destiny to the seed ship. If they can't find a way to stop the draw, not only will they not be able to go home, but Destiny will be left without enough power to even make an FTL jump. Telford, who has a working knowledge of Ancient technology, volunteers to stay on the seed ship in a last-ditch attempt to get everyone home. Eli talks him through the steps as the rest of the crew tries to hunt down the remaining aliens and prepare for the eventuality of disconnecting from the seed ship.
As Telford is on the verge of reversing the power flow, Rush suddenly disappears. Moments later, the two ships disconnect, and Destiny powers up for an FTL jump. With no way of returning to Destiny, Telford is stranded on the seed ship, just as a cadre of aliens encircles him.