Recap / Farscape S 03 E 08 Green Eyed Monster

While Stark and Rygel are away in a transport pod, Talyn gets eaten by a budong with Crichton, Aeryn, and Crais still on board. They manage to tether Talyn to the budong's digestive tract to avoid being digested any further, but still need a way out. Soap opera-level dysfunction ensues: Crichton and Crais are at each others' throats, Talyn despises Crichton and is straight-up abusive toward Crais, and Aeryn is left trying to keep everyone from killing each other. She even accepts a modified "Hand of Friendship" neural link in an effort to keep Talyn under control, although she abandons it by the end of the episode. Stark and Rygel argue extensively over whether Talyn and crew should just be abandoned to their fate, especially as Stark is convinced that the budong is an unstoppable killing machine that nothing can survive. Finally, they come up with a solution: there is water in the ice ring around them and Talyn has cesium fuel. Water + cesium = exploding water. Talyn escapes, but not before attempting to lock Crichton outside as the explosion goes off. Aeryn assures Josh that nothing is going on between her and Crais (no matter what Talyn says). He gives her some sappy line about her being his guiding star. They kiss.

Tropes present in this episode include:

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Stark is panicky and crazy, but he knows more about the crew's situation than anyone else.
  • Call-Back: The crew encountered a dead budong back in Season 2.
  • Ignored Expert: According to Crais, Talyn doesn't believe what Stark says about the the budong.
  • Irony:
    Crais: We've come full circle, John Crichton. Now, you want to kill me.
  • Last-Name Basis: Crichton takes offense to Crais calling him "John."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Crais knew about Talyn's dislike of Crichton, but he's stunned to see what it almost leads to.
  • Shipper on Deck: Talyn. The ship. He writes his own fanfiction. Erotic fanfiction.