Recap / Farscape S 02 E 20 Liars Guns And Money With Friends Like These

Season 2, Episode 20:

With Friends Like These

With their takings from the heist onboard, Moya heads to the slave auction at best speed, only for the crew to discover that Jothee's lot has been sold — to Scorpius. Thanks to his hack of Moya's computer during the heist, Scorpius discovered what the crew was after and beat them to the punch. Now he's willing to trade: Jothee for Crichton. What's more, Stark is able to "feel" it when the rest of the slave lot — almost 10,000 Baniks — are executed by Natira simply because Scorpius couldn't be bothered to find a use for them.

Crichton and Aeryn come up with a plan to rescue Jothee from the Shadow Depository, but to do so, they'll need to recruit several former enemies to help out. Crichton takes his module to find Bekhesh, the gauntlet-wearing Tavlek warrior, and convinces the now-pacifist to take up arms again. Aeryn finds the Sheyang pirate Teurac, who appears weak and sickly but claims he can do the job. D'Argo rescues Rorf and Rorg, the two Vorcarian blood trackers and now soon-to-be parents. As thanks for saving them and their child, they agree to be part of the plan. Finally, Rygel seeks out the Zenetans pirates in order to get their expertise, as well as the Flax, but discovers that his archenemy Durka has taken leadership of the pirates. Rygel tries to make the deal anyway, but when Durka tries a double-cross, he gets a knife in the knife in the gut for it. The second in command, Zelkin, agrees to the plan.

While this is happening, Moya begins to experience metal fatigue. Zhaan and Chiana realise that their currency from the heist is actually a kind of living creature that eats metal and breeds quickly; apparently, Natira added them to Scorpius' vault in an attempt to kill him before his transport could reach his Command Carrier. All attempts to destroy them are fruitless until Zhaan realises that intense fire would work — but to use fire in quantities necessary to destroy the creatures, it means flooding half of Moya's tiers with flammable gas and igniting it. Moya and Pilot reluctantly agree to the plan, and when Crichton, Aeryn, D'Argo and Rgyel return, they find Moya crippled and covered with intense burns. Unable to Starburst and with no currency, it looks like the crew's plan is a bust. As they deal with the mercenaries, a transport pod arrives with Jothee onboard: Crichton has traded himself to Scorpius...


  • Badass Boast: Rygel's sudden appearance helps Chiana establish the pecking order among the mercenaries.
    Chiana: You're being paid to work together.
    Rygel: That's right. [throw's Durka's severed head on the floor] And that's what we do to people who don't.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: Mostly as an excuse to actually do something interesting with all those one-shot mercenary antagonists from the Early Installment Weirdness.
  • Half-Sebacean Hybrid: Jothee, which is of some interest to a fellow hybrid.
    Scorpius: Your father abandoned you to a life of slavery. Is it his lineage you hate the most?
    Jothee: My mother was murdered by her brother. Does that answer your question?
  • I Have Your Son: "I have Ka D'Argo's son. Surrender to me or the boy dies."
  • Man Hug: D'Argo actually chokes Jothee doing this.
  • Off with His Head!: Durka
  • Oh, Crap!: After Jothee says Scorpius simply let him go.
    Aeryn: [worried] Why?
    D'Argo: Oh, no.
  • Shout-Out: Crichton refers to Harvey as "Leatherface."
    "Man that's Texas Chainsaw Massacre! That's a classic!"