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Recap / Farscape S 03 E 22 Dog With Two Bones

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Season 3, Episode 22:

Dog With Two Bones

As Moya travels to a Leviathan graveyard to scatter Talyn's remains, the crew begins to fragment and scatter off to their new life paths. Crichton tries to imagine a life in which he can have Earth and Aeryn and comes to the realisation that he'll have to choose which is more important. However, Aeryn is still grieving the death of her Crichton and has trouble bringing herself to accept the situation as it stands. At a crossroads, they choose to let fate decide and flip a coin — the result is tails, and Aeryn leaves in her Prowler.


Crichton decides to leave Moya as well and use his wormhole knowledge to find Earth. As he waits in a module for a wormhole to open, the whisperings of Moya's newest crewmember, Noranti, make him realise exactly what's affecting Aeryn's behaviour: she's pregnant. Resolving to find her, Crichton turns his module around and heads back to Moya, only to witness the Leviathan getting sucked into a wormhole and disappearing, leaving Crichton alone in his module, in deep space with a finite supply of oxygen...


Tropes present in this episode include:

  • A Lady on Each Arm: Go D'Argo!
  • Ax-Crazy: The other Leviathan has gone insane after the enslavement and death of her children, has killed her own Pilot and other Leviathans, and attacks Moya to stop her from burying Talyn. Eventually Moya decides this is crossing the Moral Event Horizon and asks their help in killing her.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For
    Crichton: When I was a kid I dreamed of outer space. And then I got here, I dream of Earth. Lately none of my dreams work.
  • Berserk Button: The rogue Leviathan despises anything related to the Peacekeepers due to what they did to her children.
  • Break the Cutie: Chiana in particular is devastated by Talyn's death. Crichton reasons it's because she was basically midwife for Talyn's birth.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Following up on the prior episode, everyone is intending to pursue their various goals. Once the rogue Leviathan is dead, everyone begins to depart.
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  • Children Are Innocent: In one of the cutaways, D'Argo is shown to be a good friend of a couple human children.
  • Cliffhanger: The crew go their separate ways, Moya gets sucked down a wormhole, and Crichton is left stranded in deep space in his module.
  • Cloning Blues: With various problems resolved, Crichton and Aeryn have to deal with the emotional fallout of the other Crichton's death.
    Aeryn: I'm afraid it's not that easy for me. You see, you died. I watched that happen and yet you're still alive.
  • Due to the Dead / Burial in Space: The intention is to deposit Talyn's remains in the Leviathans' sacred burial space. D'Argo also remarks surprise that Crais that sacrificed himself.
  • Friendship Moment: While sitting in his module, Crichton recalls a few goodbyes.
    D'Argo: Anything positive I do with the rest of my life will be because of you. Take care, my friend.
    Chiana: You better not forget me. You better not ever forget that I love you.
    Rygel: Of all the lesser species, I admit I've grown to like yours the best.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment: Except for Crichton, the crew is openly in favor of Moya's desire to kill the rogue Leviathan.
  • Imagine Spot: These recur throughout the episode, showing what things might look like if the crew joined Crichton on Earth.
  • It's Personal: The Peacekeepers enslaved three of the rogue Leviathan's offspring. She rams Moya for trying to deposit Talyn's remains in the sacred space and starves her own Pilot for trying to put a stop to this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though initially willing to cut their losses on depositing Talyn's remains, Rygel delivers a rather respectful and dignified eulogy for him.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Crichton's father is shot in the head just as he's proposing a toast to Mr & Mrs Crichton.
  • Love Confession
  • Meaningful Echo: A dying Aeryn says, "Don't you worry about me, I've never felt better."
  • Mundane Utility: D'Argo uses a blast from his Qualta Blade for fishing.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: Averted; Crichton is disturbed by Chiana sleeping with all his friends and his dad.
    Chiana: Hey, I spent some time with the boys. Think I know who the best man is.
  • Never Say Goodbye
  • No Name Given: The Old Woman is referred to as just that. It'll be three episodes into Season 4 before we learn her name (Uta-Noranti-Pralatong).
  • Not Listening to Me, Are You?: John is distracted due to the various Imagine Spots he's having.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After the rogue Leviathan goes too far, Pilot relays the normally peaceful Moya's request to the crew: "Kill the rogue Leviathan."
  • Pet the Dog: Harvey reveals to Crichton the memory that the Old Woman hid from him.
  • Ramming Always Works: The rogue Leviathan's default attack, which Moya has to use as well.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Played with. Everyone acts as if Noranti has every right to be there because they all assume she had joined another crew member since they are splitting up. It turns out she really just popped up after stowing aboard and none of them have seen her before.
  • Scrap Heap Hero: Aeryn does not want to retire on a planet as John's House Wife.
    "I am miserable here and he just won't see it."
  • Ship Tease: Chiana to Crichton. "I would love come with me."
    • And later: "You better not forget me. You better not ever forget how I love you."
  • Sick and Wrong: John's reaction to Chiana snogging his father.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers
  • Surrogate Soliloquy: Chiana to Moya.
  • Two Roads Before You: Crichton can have Earth or Aeryn, not both.
  • Too Much Information
    Crichton: I thought you said this thing only responds to your DNA.
    D'Argo: That's why I covered all the controls in—
    Crichton: Woooah! That's why I'm wearing gloves.
  • Twisted Echo Cut: Between Crichton's imagine spots and what's happening on Moya.
  • Wave Motion Gun: A single blast from D'Argo's ship is enough to obliterate the rogue Leviathan.
    Cricthon: Very effective.
  • Wham Line: "Aeryn is with child."
  • Widowed at the Wedding: Crichton's hallucinations end with Scorpius' mooks killing everyone at his wedding except Crichton.
  • With Friends Like These...
    Aeryn: Can you melt that?
    Jool: How, there's no power?
    (Aeryn twists Jool's finger until she screams)
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Crichton fears his friends would be miserable on Earth and that the Peacekeepers would follow.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Aeryn argues that if she and Crichton are meant to be together, they'll meet again. Crichton argues that her running away is not fate and proposes a coin toss. He loses.

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