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Gary and Avocato get into a mission to save Little Cato from the Lord Commander’s prison colony. Meanwhile, Quinn tries to go solo again to close the breach, but is stopped by HUE, who finally shows her Gary's video messages.

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  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Little Cato is brainwashed by the Lord Commander to attack Avocato.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • When Avocato sees his son, hovering above the ground, with glowing eyes and speaking in a ghostly voice, he first thinks Little Cato is mad at him. Gary actually has to point out how weird the situation is.
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    • Then Gary goes right back to his usual not-too-bright self when he asks for Little Cato’s name, who responds with “Death is sweeter than life”. Gary thinks that is Little Cato’s actual name.
  • Distress Signal: Finishing a subplot that has been going on for 3 episodes, the episode starts with the protagonists receiving Little Cato’s call for help and his current location.
  • Foreshadowing: In the cold opening, Gary calls out to Avocato to come and pick him up now. HUE reminds him that Avocato won’t come. We find out near the end of the episode why.
  • Gilligan Cut: One moment Quinn is flattering KVN to coax him into untying her, then without a clear cut or chance of scene KVN is the one tied up and Quinn is loading her gun.
  • Glowing Eyes: Little Cato has these when the Lord Commander possesses him.
    • Gary as well when the Lord Commander tries to read his mind about Mooncake’s location.
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  • Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die: Gary tries to give a rousing speech to Mooncake about their upcoming mission to the Lord Commander’s prison colony. But although he is certainly sounding enthusiastic, he absolutely doesn’t bother to hide how dangerous the mission will be. As a result, Mooncake flees in terror, leaving Gary and Avocato without backup.
    Gary: I didn’t really sell that very well, did I?
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Lord Commander uses one of Avocato’s own sticky bombs to try and kill Little Cato, forcing Avocato to make a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Internal Reveal: Thanks to HUE, Quinn finally gets to see the hundredths of video messages Gary send her during his five years in space. This allows her to gain a better understanding of him as a person, but she still insists that she's not romantically interested in him.
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  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Said by Avocato to Little Cato to try and snap his son out of his mind control. He finally suceeds by giving his son a Cooldown Hug.
  • Jumping on a Grenade: How Avocato saves the others from the sticky bomb the Lord Commander attached to Little Cato’s back.
  • Left the Background Music On: The rock music that plays while Gary and Avocato space vault onto the prison colony is actually played in-universe by Gary. As such, he and Avocato have trouble communicating with each other once they realize there are actually two planets, and end up landing on the wrong one.
  • Little "No": Avocato and Gary quietly and fearfully say "no..." seconds apart from each other when they notice the sticky grenade. Little Cato immediately joins in with a louder one just as Avocato takes it and gets as far out of range as he can.
  • Lured into a Trap: As show in the previous episode, the message Little Cato sent is a trap to lure Avocato and Mooncake to the Lord Commander. Avocato however predicts this.
  • Man Hug: Avocato and Gary when they agree to save Little Cato despite the risks. At first both are quite shocked they even want to hug, but Gary encourages Avocato to go through with it.
    • Avocato and Little Cato share two: one instigated by Avocato in order to snap the latter out of the Lord Commander's mind control, and a shared relieved one when they finally board the Galaxy One.
  • Mexican Standoff: Avocato and Quinn both draw guns on each other when the former wants to go rescue his son while the latter wants to close the breach first. Then they both aim their guns at Gary to force him to choose which mission comes first. KVN tries to join in by drawing two guns of his own, but is quickly disarmed.
  • Nobody Poops: Subverted; When inside the prison, Gary excuses himself a moment to take a pee. But we learn later he actually wanted some privacy to send Quinn one last message, in case he would not come back.
  • Nothing but Skulls: The exterior of the Lord Commander’s prison is decorated with hundreds of skulls.
  • Offing the Offspring: Avocato reveals that the Lord Commander once made all his generals prove their loyalty to him by killing their own first born children. It was this act that made Avocato rebel against the Lord Commander.
  • The Reveal: We learn this episode that Avocato used to be the Lord Commander’s second in command, committing planet-wide genocides in his leader's name. He tried to rebel when the Lord Commander ordered him to kill Little Cato.
  • Serenade Your Lover: One of Gary’s videos shows him, dressed in just a Modesty Towel, trying to sing a balad he wrote for Quinn. While playing on a small, improvised guitar he made from scrap since HUE wouldn’t let him have an actual guitar.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: Little Cato is saved, and the Lord Commander once more failed to get Mooncake or kill the heroes. In fact, he’s left behind in the ruins of his prison, trapped under some debris and unable to move. The protagonists all regroup on board the Galaxy One, while happy music plays… and then Avocato notices the sticky bomb the Lord Commander attached to Little Cato’s back at the last moment, forcing him to sacrifice himself to get rid of it.
  • Take Care of the Kids: Just before his Heroic Sacrifice, Avocato tells Gary to take care of his son.
  • Wing Ding Eyes: When Quinn starts complementing him, KVN’s eye briefly turns into a heart.
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