Katie meets Jocasta at
her office in Gray Sector so that they can go out on a date.
Giles interrupts their pre-date kissage to tell Jo that he
has decided that the Council does indeed need to look into
ways in which magic can be reintegrated into its operations.
Jo is thrilled and immediately starts up her
computer—until Katie reminds her about their date. Giles
tells Jo that, although she is cleared to research magic,
the magic ban itself is still in effect. When Giles leaves,
Jo and Katie leave for their date.
the Council renegades, Sean Rayne and Horatio Tyrell, enter
their room at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Tyrell apparently has
access to a large reserve of funds. Before Rayne can settle
in, Tyrell sends him out to keep an eye on Katie and her
an American Conglomerate Marine Corps (ACMC) transport
arrives at the International Space Station (ISS) from Mars.
Colonel Hartman is anxiously waiting for someone on the
transport. When the soldiers disembark, Hartman cheerfully
greets Captain Trenton Darby, who has been on a Mars mission
for three years and is now on his way home. Hartman asks
Darby when he’s going to marry his girl, and Darby says as
soon as his promotion comes through. Hartman says that
should be soon and promises to come to the wedding. Darby
pulls out a digi-frame and looks lovingly at a picture of
three Marines from Darby’s team, two male and one female,
all back from Mars duty, are looking to party in the
American Sector’s "Red Light" District. They end
up in a bar called Lunarticks. The female Marine, Corporal
Melly Collins, instantly connects with Willy, a tall blonde
man dressed in all black. After a quick drink, the two move
to the back room. Collins’ fellow Marines soon go looking
for her and find her in the back room, dead from a vampire
next morning, Giles comes to see Jo in her office. Jo
excitedly tries to tell Giles some of the details she’s
discovered in her research on the history of magic, but
Giles says that she’ll have to postpone her work due to
another project needing her attention. Giles explains that
his brother, Alan Giles, who is the administrator of the AC
sector of the ISS, has told him that there’s been a
vampire attack on the station. Jocasta is alarmed, pointing
out that there’s never been a demon in space, but Giles
calls attention to the autopsy report, which indicated that
the victim had been turned. Since the AC wants this kept
low-profile, Giles is sending Jo and Katie to the station to
quietly take care of the problem. When he adds that Toni
will be flying them, Jo groans in complaint. She also
expresses regret at having to put off her magic research,
but Willowgram suggests taking her along so that they
continue the research there. When Giles says that he
hasn’t been able to find Katie to tell her, Jo explains
that the blonde slayer is still at Jo’s apartment.
Red Sector in Lex’s office, Lex is finishing up lunch with
Mira and Livia, who have been assisting him in reviewing
modifications for the Seraphim suit, the Council’s
state-of-the-art prototype battle suit. When Livia complains
about the servos locking up, Lex shows her the new design,
which implements a polymer contractive material which
contracts and relaxes just like real muscle. Lex asks Mira
to stick around while they work on the modifications. When
Livia accuses Lex of trying to hit on Mira and warns him to
watch out for his girlfriend, Lex denies the accusation and
explains that Toni isn’t around anyway; she’s off taking
Jo and Katie to the ISS, at Giles’s orders. At that news,
Livia stomps out angrily.
on the Council Space Shuttle (CSS), the Joyce Summers,
Jo leaves Katie in the aft compartment to join Toni in the
cockpit. While Jo is gone, Katie gets out Willowgram’s
mobile processor and activates it. She asks Willowgram to
help her find information on her earlier incarnation, Tara
Maclay. Katie admits that she and Jo feel as deeply for each
other as Willow and Tara did. Willowgram agrees to help
Katie explore Willow’s journals for more information.
on earth, Livia storms into Giles’s office and demands to
know why he sent Katie to the ISS with Jo. She tells Giles
that just because Katie and Jo are involved doesn’t mean
that Katie should get the choice assignments. Giles puts
Livia in her place and threatens to assign her to the Gobi
Desert. Livia changes her tune and leaves.
in the shuttle, Toni hits up her cousin for details on her
relationship with Katie. Jo admits that she and Katie are
crazy about each other, but Jo expresses concern about the
reincarnation issue, wanting to live her own life and not
Willow Rosenberg’s. Toni assures Jo that it shouldn’t
matter as long as Jo and Katie love each other. They leave
the cockpit and join Katie and Willowgram in the aft
compartment. When Jo teases Toni about her relationship with
Lex, they end up in a confusing examination of their twisted
family tree, in which Jo and Lex and Toni, and even Giles,
are distantly related. Jo and Toni explain that their
great-great-grandmothers, Willow Rosenberg and Rowena
Allister, were partners, and that when they decided to have
children, they asked their best friend, Xander Harris, who
is Lex’s great-great grandfather, to donate sperm on their
behalf. Jo and Toni both agree that it was the emotional
bonds in the family that have meant more than the genetic
bonds, especially since most of them have worked within the
Council. With that said, Toni welcomes Katie to the family,
which makes Katie smile.
Toni docks the shuttle at the ISS. As they gather their
belongings, Toni informs them that both the AC administrator
(Giles’s brother, Alan) and the ACMC’s commanding
officer are waiting for them. Katie expresses concern about
the ACMC’s involvement, but Jo shrugs it off since the
victim was a Marine. Jo and Toni step out first while Katie
hangs back. Jo and Alan greet warmly, then Alan introduces
Colonel Hartman and Captain Darby. Alan explains that
Hartman has requested that Darby act as liaison between the
Council and the Corps. When Katie emerges, Darby
unexpectedly calls her name and wraps her up in a hug and
twirls her about in an excited embrace, while Jo and Toni
look on in shock.
back on earth, Rayne returns to the suite at the
Ritz-Carlton. Tyrell wants to know why he’s back when
he’s supposed to be watching Katie. Rayne says that it’s
hard to follow someone into space. When Tyrell furiously
demands an explanation, Rayne says that Katie and Jo left on
a Council shuttle for the ISS that morning. Tyrell
immediately makes a call and tells the person on the end of
the line that the Council has discovered their ISS project
sooner than planned.
on the station, Katie makes Darby put her down. Darby
expresses surprise at Katie’s arrival, believing Katie was
assigned to New York, and identifies Katie as his fiancée.
Jo is in total shock. Katie insists that they aren’t
"officially" engaged, but Darby says that now that
he’s done with Mars, they can skip the engagement and move
straight to the wedding. Alan intervenes in the
uncomfortable situation, sending the Council visitors to
their quarters. Darby offers to accompany Katie, but she
leads Jo and Katie to their quarters and quickly leaves the
two women alone. Katie tries to talk, but Jo is extremely
angry that Katie never once mentioned that she was engaged.
Katie explains that three years ago, when Darby left for his
Mars mission, the plan was that they would start talking about
getting married when he returned, just talking. Katie says
that she meant to tell Jo, but she thought she had time
before Darby returned. She wanted to tell him in person, not
send an electronic "Dear John" letter. A furious
Jo tells Katie that she’d better tell Darby soon. Katie
begs Jo to let her come inside her quarters so that they can
continue talking, but Jo refuses.
next day, back at Council HQ, Morgan Travers has called
Giles into his office to demand access to Katie as part of
his investigation into the escape of Tyrell and Rayne from
Council detention. Giles explains that Katie is out of town
on assignment. Travers questions the wisdom of this
arrangement and expresses concern about the relationship
between Katie and Jo. Giles warns Travers that he’d better
not overstep his bounds. Travers comes back by saying that
both Katie and Giles himself are under suspicion.
in Red Sector, Lex continues his work on the Seraphim suit,
with the assistance of Mira as well as James and his
android, Anya. Anya corrects something Lex is doing, causing
Lex to call her an overpriced sexbot. A humorous argument
ensues. When James makes a final adjustment, Lex instructs
Mira to give the suit a try. While she’s donning the suit,
John West, Jo’s second-in-command of Gray Sector, drops in
and observes for a short time. After John leaves, James
receives a message from Giles to come to his office. Anya
accompanies James, complaining that the meeting better not
last too long.
little later, Livia goes to the office of Velika Petrova,
Head of Slayer Command. There, she tells Velika that she
wants to file a formal complaint against Chairman Giles for
showing favoritism in his assignments. Velika defends Giles
and points out that they’re lucky to have Giles as
Chairman. She says that a formal complaint could damage
Giles’s position and perhaps give Travers and his cronies
an excuse to get rid of Giles. Livia reluctantly backs down.
Giles’s office, the Chairman asks James for a report on
his probe into Tyrell’s financial records in an effort to
track down the renegade. James says that there have been no
hits on any of Tyrell’s personal accounts. Tyrell must be
using a secret account or is being financed by someone else,
he says. Giles tells James to keep looking.
his office in Gray Sector, John West is seen watching Giles
and James on his computer screen, apparently via the
security camera in the Chairman’s office.
the AC mess hall, Katie meets with Darby and finally breaks
the news to him that she can’t marry him because there’s
someone else. When Darby asks who "he" is, she
reveals that the "someone else" isn’t a guy.
Darby guesses that it’s Jo but urges Katie not to throw
away their relationship because of a fling. Katie tells
Darby that it wasn’t a fling and that she’s in love with
Jo. Darby angrily throws a tray of food against the wall and
Jo has Willowgram do some research, and they discover that
the vampire that first stowed away came to the ISS via a
Hubris transport which did not follow protocol before
departure from earth. They estimate that the vampire nest
may now be 12-15 strong. Willowgram notices that Jo is upset
and tries to get her to talk, but Jo doesn’t want to.
Katie comes in from her patrol and reports that she sensed
no vampires at all. Katie tries to get Jo to talk and asks
Willowgram to give them some space, which she happily does.
Katie informs Jo that she broke things off with Trent, but
Jo still seems mad. Katie confronts Jo about whether or not
her anger is due to the fact that Katie’s fiancée was
male. They argue, and in the process, both admit to not
being 100% gay. Before any of their argument can be settled,
Darby arrives to tell them there’s been another attack.
Jo, and Darby go the maintenance deck which connects to all
of the AC sectors of the station. While they investigate,
both Jo and Darby make repeated childish, jealous stabs at
each other. Then they discover a body in a storage locker.
When Darby questions Jo’s removal of the body’s head,
she explains that it was done to keep the body from being
animated by the spirit of a demon. Katie finds and takes
care of three more bodies, and then she senses vampires
nearby. They realize that the vampires are outside the
station. The trio dons EVA suits and goes outside.
back at the Council, Giles meets with Veronica and shares
Jo’s report on what’s happening at the ISS. The two cook
up a plan to punish Hubris and to keep an eye on the
suspicious company at the same time.
the space station, Jo discovers that, despite the
station’s rotation, one portion of its surface is
remaining protected from the sun at all times. Katie uses
her slayer senses to lead them to the vampire nest taking
advantage of this safe spot. Darby wants to attack them
immediately, but Jo wants to wait for backup. She calls Toni
for assistance; the pilot says she’s on her way. Jo also
calls Alan for backup, but Colonel Hartman, who is with the
administrator at the time, asks Trent for his assessment,
and naturally he says he can handle it. Alan tells Jo to
wait for backup, but then he and Hartman begin to argue.
Trent starts forward to engage the vampires, but Jo reminds
him that she outranks him and orders him to stand down. He
refuses, causing Jo to send Katie after him. Their
altercation alerts the vampire nest.
the docking bay, Toni attempts to take off in the shuttle.
Hartman refuses to give her clearance, but she hacks into
the station and clears herself and then takes off.
on the station hull, Katie tells Darby to take care of Jo.
He responds with the smart-ass comment. Katie tells Jo to be
careful to not let the vamps get close enough to damage her
EVA suit. She looks at Jo lovingly, then jumps into the
fight, taking the brunt of the attack. While Darby is
fighting three vamps, one breaks away from engaging Katie to
move towards Jo. Jo tries to stun it, but the vampire knocks
her weapon away. Jo cries out for Katie. Trent has killed
two of the three vampires attacking him, so Katie calls out
to Trent to help Jo. He turns and looks at Jo struggling
with her vampire attacker. His third vampire starts fighting
him again, though, and Darby turns from Jo. Jo cries out to
Katie a second time.
Marine fighter craft approach, Toni uses the shuttle to
snare an orbiting solar reflector panel and begin towing it
in Jo’s direction, despite Colonel Hartman’s objections.
herself and able to only hold off the attacking vampires,
Katie calls to Darby again, but he is focusing on his third
vampire. Suddenly, Jo uses magic to fling the vampire
attacking her into a support joist, beheading it. Just in
time, Toni arrives with the solar panel and reflects light
into the protected area, dusting the remaining vamps.
Jo, Katie, and Darby are safely back inside, Jo quickly
excuses herself to report to Alan. Now alone with Darby,
Katie uses the opportunity to go off on him about his
ignoring Jo when she needed help. She tells him that it’s
definitely over between them, and that, after his behavior,
she doesn’t even want to be friends with him. He pleads
with her to give them another chance, but she tells him
Jo comes to see Katie in her quarters on the station. Jo
updates her on what their Giles wants them to do. Jo admits
that she did not tell Giles about having to use magic to
defend herself, and Katie concurs with that decision. When
Jo tries to leave, Katie asks her to stay, but the redhead
refuses. Katie apologizes once again for not telling her
about Darby. Jo says that she can’t trust Katie now and
that she doesn’t think things are going to work between
them. Katie tells Jo that she loves her, but Jo insists that
they need space, that they need to step back and re-evaluate
where they are and where they need to go. When Jo leaves,
Katie curls up on her couch and cries. After leaving
Katie’s room, Jo goes to her own. She activates Willow’s
mobile processor, and when the friendly hologram appears, Jo
breaks into sobs, telling her that it’s over between
herself and Katie.
on earth, Travers storms into Giles’s office, demanding an
explanation for the serious punishment put on Hubris for its
violation of space travel protocol. Giles reminds Travers of
the cost of Hubris’s negligence and asks him why he’s
putting Hubris’s interests above the Council’s. Travers
stomps back out.
news net reporter Lisa Lance is seen giving a live report
about Giles’s actions against Hubris and its consequences.
She states that many are questioning the leadership of the
newly-elected chairman and wondering if the Council will
improve under his guidance or fall more deeply into public