Before I begin, let me state that I'm Kim, and I'll be guest recapping for a while. I haven't seen the show before this episode; I read all the recaps so hopefully I'm all caught up, but I want to apologize in advance if I make a mistake in terms of a character name or background. I appreciate your understanding, and hopefully by my next recap, I'll be all set! So enough about me -- let's start with the show.
Either the producers knew that I was recapping this episode, or the show has been pre-empted so much that they figured people would have forgotten the premise by now. Or, now that I've read the recaps, I realize that they do this every week. Regardless, they start out with a quick discussion of the show's backstory, which is helpful to me, and might be to you, if you're new to the recaps. In the near future, Max was "designed to be the perfect soldier" and "trained to be the perfect weapon." As a child, she escaped the lab, and a few months later, terrorists set off an electromagnetic bomb, which caused the U.S. to turn into a Third World country. Max now works as a bike messenger and drives her motorcycle really fast around Seattle, but she's always looking over her shoulder. She made a friend in Logan Cale, who is rich and working as an "underground journalist" named "Eyes Only." For the purposes of these recaps, he'll be known as "Cap'n The Cap'n." Max wants to find the others who escaped with her.
Max enters Cap'n The Cap'n's apartment, but he's not there. Some guy that I later find out is unfortunately named Bling explains that Cap'n is out somewhere. Max can't believe that Cap'n "spaced" that they were going to "hang." The other guy says that Cap'n has been acting weird lately. Max doesn't seem that upset that he stood her up as she explains that they were supposed to go to a basketball game. The other guy says that he'll go to the game with her, and Max gives him both tickets because she's "not a big sports fan." Max turns to leave, and notices that a painting is missing from the wall. You might think it's because of her photographic memory, but really it's because there's a mark on the wall where it was hanging. Plus, it's dirtier where the picture was than where it wasn't, which doesn't really make any sense. Other guy explains that Cap'n sold the painting, and supposes that he "got tired of it." Max contemplates this as she leaves.
Shots of homeless people and dirty alleys. A futuristic-looking car (which I think is actually a Pontiac Aztek) pulls into an alley, and The Cap'n gets out. He doesn't turn off his headlights, though; maybe in the future it's standard to have the lights turn off automatically or something. He walks with a cane, but still pretty well, and knocks on a door. A blonde woman answers and glances out into the alley before inviting him in. Once inside. The Cap'n hands her some money. The woman explains that "$10,000 covers the first consultation, it's $5,000 for each session after that." Wow, and I thought my health insurance was bad. The blonde woman (who we now know is a doctor) explains that The Cap'n can afford it (but then why did he have to sell the painting?), and tells him to undress. Blonde Doctor helps me out some more by explaining that, six months ago, a bullet hit Cap'n in the spine, causing a loss of mobility in his "lower extremities," but that last week he started to feel sensation in his legs, and now he's able to walk again. The doctor calls it a miracle, and The Cap'n agrees, but then the doctor says she knows it's not a miracle, because she's seen the results of his blood test. Okay, The Cap'n is kind of hot. I have to confess. In a Miami Vice five-day-stubble kind of way. The doctor explains that Cap'n has "obtained stem-cell enriched blood," and she presumes that he was able to buy it. The stem cells have regenerated muscle tissue, which is why he can walk, but now he's "finding it difficult to stand, and walking is becoming increasingly painful." Cap'n concurs. The doctor explains that his autoimmune system is rejecting the new tissue that's formed. Kind of like when people get an organ transplant. Cap'n asks if he'll end up back in a wheelchair, and the doctor says that he will unless they can get his immune system in check. Cap'n says that he doesn't care what it costs or what he has to do -- he wants to keep walking. And…credits.