Vicious makes his move against the elders of the Red Dragon Syndicate, but it fails and as such all who're associated with him are set to be killed. This ends up putting a target on Spike with Jet and he barely managing to get escape thanks to an old associate of Spike's. Meanwhile, Faye is left wandering after finding her home is no longer around anymore and has a chance encounter with Spike's old flame, Julia.
- Cliffhanger: Vicious manages to kill the elders and take over the Red Dragons and Spike meets with Julia in the rendezvous he had set years ago. But she ends up pointing a gun at him when he gets there.
- Foreshadowing: Vicious's ominous comment to the elders, "Don't forget, a serpent's venom poisons slowly after the bite," alludes to the fact that his real takeover plan has yet to transpire. Even before that, when the elders reveal themselves; unlike the four men accompanying him, Vicious doesn't flinch when the lights come on, or look surprised in any way.
- Grand Finale: Part one of two.
- The Coup: Vicious enacts his plans to take over the Syndicate. It seems to fail at first, but he eventually succeeds.
- Xanatos Gambit: Vicious allows himself to be caught so that he can enact his real plan by having members of the syndicate loyal to him be within the firing squad. His bird explodes (it's unknown if that was deliberate or a robot) and provides a distraction while his men free him and kill two of the elders. He kills the third and completes his takeover.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Not that Spike had any intention of returning to the Syndicate, but he remarks that when they start targeting you, it means you can never go back.