Sommershaus. Becca eating ice cream and listening to music. Predictably, Law School Friend comes to the door to return some shoes, and she knows nothing of the trip to Napa she's supposedly on, so Jaime is busted vis-à-vis the big lie about where she's going. Becca looks wounded. I don't know about you, but I think she might just go live with Dad.
Jae is at Berkut, working behind a curtain of plastic, as you do, when Jonas pays him a visit. Jonas wants to know what Jae is looking for, and Jae says he's looking for the proof Starbot wants that there are available upgrades that can help her. Jae is upset, because there isn't any information on upgrades that he can find, and he's thinking Jonas didn't tell the truth. Jonas says there are upgrades; he just doesn't have them. They were being kept...ta-da!...on a flash drive in Paraguay. Ding!
Cut to Jaime's anthrocytes, working away on her bullet in The Fantastic Voyage close-up, and then Stevens is hacking away at her shoulder while she apparently dozes. But it turns out she only looks asleep, because when he asks her how she's doing, she says she's been thinking about lies she's been told and been telling. She asks Stevens how he can "make peace with it," but he says you can't. You do your best, and "sometimes, you pay a price." He tells her that he helped with something that ultimately led to a bombing that killed a bunch of civilians. So he left and came to Paraguay, it seems, to "atone" by helping people. Now, the CIA only asks for an occasional "favor," but he only successfully deciphers things if he can live with the consequences. Jaime points out that if he'd given her up, they might have let him go, but he says that would have been no good for anyone. Jaime points out that her hand is twitching, and he seems to know what that's about, but he's hesitant to tell her.
Eventually, Stevens gives up the fact that her entire interface is basically flawed, and her anthrocytes will eventually become "fatigued." Somehow, the idea of your anthrocytes being "fatigued" is very amusing to me. They're synthetic, but they're exhausted. Essentially, as he explains it, the anthrocytes will only keep going for five years, and then they're done. She wants to know what that means for her, and he's too busy pulling out the meaty bullet (ick) to answer for a moment, but once it's out, he admits to her that she's doomed. "You're going to die," he says. She looks unhappy.
After commercials, we find Ruth quizzing Starbot about clichés, beginning with "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." Starbot says that's ridiculous, because if you drag the horse underwater and hold him, he'll eventually swallow. Ruth tells her that's the wrong answer, which I think is...kind of not what this exercise is about, no? Ruth uses this as an excuse to mention that Starbot and her sister had a horse when they were younger. Oh, goodness. The horse's name? Cocoa. What happened to Cocoa? This is so painfully dumb, you guys. Did we have to bring in the stone-cold killer's childhood pets? Ruth tries again with "people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones," but Starbot makes a predictable joke about voyeurism and a very obvious remark about how she enjoys throwing stones to get people's attention. Ruth tries the rock/hard-place thing, and Starbot says, "Now you're just trying to be funny." They try to out-bon-mot each other for a little while, but fortunately, it doesn't last very long. This is two too many blondes for that scene.