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Recap / Runaways 2017 S01E06: "Metamorphosis"

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The teens hatch a plan to steal recordings of their parents' dealings from the Wizard servers at a gala fundraiser hosted by the Minorus as revelations continue to strain the PRIDE's internal relationships.

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Teaching Nico how to use the Staff, Tina says "do the first thing that comes to mind." The Staff lights up and suddenly, Tina's words are soundless. Tina is talking for a bit before Nico smiles and exclaims that it works and she can't hear her. When Tina realizes what's happened, she "yells" but then has to laugh herself when Nico says "You said do the first thing that comes to mind" as she understands.
  • Can't Tie His Tie: Alex has trouble tying his tie. Geoffrey offers to help him with it, but given the previous episode, Alex isn't too keen on it.
  • The Caper: One of the episode's subplots revolves around Alex and Nico infiltrating Wizard to hack its servers.
  • Creator Cameo: Stan Lee as the limo driver.
  • Deal with the Devil: Said verbatim by Geoffrey in the flashback when the PRIDE realize what the "ritual" entails and how they all agreed to Jonah's help without knowing the details. They then discover they've been filmed taking part in killing a kid with the footage already saved to a server and thus there's no turning back.
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  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Tina reconnects with Nico over the Staff and tries to do the same with Robert.
  • Dirty Old Man: Kincaid, who is likely in his late thirties, hits on Gert.
  • Doing In the Wizard: The Staff of One, which was purely magical in the comics and appeared as such in previous episodes, was apparently developed in Wizard laboratories and runs on neural impulses transmitted from the user's brain. Granted it's Tina explaining this, so she might be lying. It's also vaguely implied that it is Sufficiently Advanced Technology given by Jonah to Tina Minoru.
    Tina: It is science, Nico.
    Nico: If by "science" you mean high-tech magic, then sure...
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Karolina takes an entire bottle of vodka up to the roof and apparently drinks most of it in an attempt to deal with her increasing despair at her parents and church being evil, secretly being Not Quite Human, and her increasingly apparent feelings for Nico.
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  • Expository Hairstyle Change: The flashback to the PRIDE's first sacrifice has both Tina and Stacey wear their hair down.
  • Geeky Turn-On: Gert's idea of flirting with the receptionist is talking about the themes of The Metamorphosis. And it works.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Not only is there no security by Tina's office or the Wizard servers (which is lampshaded), the sole person acting as security is the receptionist, whom Gert easily distracts.
  • Graceful Loser: Kincaid, after discovering that he can't beat Gert's high score in the retro Star Wars arcade game.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Chase gives Karolina a Now or Never Kiss after they discovered that she can fly. Karolina is visibly uncomfortable, not helped that she previously almost came out to Nico.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Gert demands Karolina to admit her sexuality... in the middle of crowd of people. Given that she's already bullied for being 'church girl' and feels deeply insecured about her sexuality, this is pretty rude.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Frank has blurry flashbacks to walking in on Leslie and Jonah having sex.
    • Victor reveals to the rest of PRIDE and the public of the fundraiser that Janet and Robert are having an affair.
    • Chase reminds Victor that he has a brain tumor in front of Janet, Leslie and the Yorkeses.
    • Molly accidentally clues Catherine in to the fact that she, at least, knows something about PRIDE.
  • Magitek: The Staff of One. See Doing In the Wizard above.
  • Mistaken for Gay: When Chase tells Nico that their parents are having an affair, Nico's first assumption is her mom and his dad, followed by her mom and his mom.
  • Moment Killer: Gert and Molly barge in when Karolina is about to come out to Nico. Molly doesn't seem to notice, but Gert got the message that Karolina is into Nico.
  • Not So Above It All: Earl the WIZARD receptionist ends up playing a retro Star Wars arcade game after attempting to scold Gert for playing it before. Then Kincaid, Tina's "fixer" who has been spying on her friends and is implied to have killed for her before, enters the room and scolds them both for playing the game before ends up playing the game himself while Gert and Earl watch.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Alex easily guesses the password to Tina's office, which is apparently "password." Nico has her doubts.
  • Saying Too Much: Molly accidentally clues Catherine in that she knows about PRIDE when she said that "she didn't see anything" and "weird robe".
  • Serious Business: Tina apparently takes that Star Wars arcade game in her office extremely seriously. An employee claims that she would "epically lose her shit" if she knew that anyone had touched it.
  • Ship Tease: This episode teases Nico/Karolina, given their extended sequence getting ready for the party together where Karolina heavily implies she has feelings for Nico. Gert even lampshades it, saying there was kind of a "vibe" when she and Molly entered the room.
  • Team Hand-Stack: Lampshaded and parodied when the team tries to perform one at the coffee shop when discussing plans. After they perform one, Gert wonders aloud how long they're supposed to stay like that.
    Chase: Sorry, I didn't realize putting your hand in a pile was some sort of legally binding contract.
    Alex: It's symbolic.
  • Title Drop: The episode takes its title from The Metamorphosis, which the receptionist at Wizard is reading.
  • We Need a Distraction: Gert distracts Tina's receptionist by engaging him in conversation about the book he's reading, allowing Alex and Nico to slip past him and go up to Tina's office.
  • Wham Line: Jonah talking to Leslie about meeting Karolina.
    Jonah: Tell should I meet my daughter?


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