The first thing Jeb Nolan's old Yellowjacket war buddy does is piss Irisa off with some casual racism. The second thing he does is hire Kenya Rosewater for a couple hours. And the third thing he does is get between Mayor Amanda's stance against the encroaching Earth Republic... And the sovereignty of Defiance herself.
A Castithan firebug slash serial killer slash weapons designer blows through town, coming under Lawkeeper control once he blows the leg off a Defiance native, but his extradition gets confusing pretty quick: Nolan's old war-buddy, a mercenary only slightly competitive for Nolan's overall hotness, wants him for the E-Rep, but as we'll see, the actual political power of the jerk is a lot more intense.
While Doc Yewll is interested in keeping him free so nobody will find out about her own wartime atrocities, and even sets him free, the monster is forced in the end to take a mewling Datak Tarr hostage. A lot of gunplay later, Nolan has killed the freak while his war-buddy goes to jail again, for the second time watching out for Nolan's alien daughter. (This is all explained in about five seconds, but since it's pretty much what you expected the entire hour, you don't notice much.)
Meanwhile we also get to deal with Amanda's ex-boyfriend -- played by Gale Harold who is aging so much better than you'd think, and is quickly nearing the hottie Showtime always wanted us to think he was -- who is playing the smooth-talking E-Rep ambassador this week, but eventually has to deal with the death of his bounty once Nolan kills the fucker: This is a tale of Many Ex-Boyfriends, between Nolan working out deals with his old bro, Amanda not having her ex's nonsense, and even Datak forced to consider the balance between Defiance and the Votanis Collective -- because as we learn, this bounty/monster would have been a creepy prize for either side.
Meanwhile -- and speakin' of creepy -- Nicky Riordan and my beloved Mr. Birch approach Quentin McCawley to see if he has the Kaziri or knows what it is, resulting in a lot of ghostly appearances from Luke McCawley (dead racist eldest bro) and the eventual strangulation murder of my steampunk boyfriend, Mr. Birch. So if you thought any of the McCawleys would get a week off from random murder or dogfood-manufacturing, sorry.
Marathon on Saturday, next episode in two weeks. I'm excited because I really spent the last ten minutes of the episode thinking Nolan would end up in Vegas Jail along with everybody else on this entire show, but since his war buddy bro sacrificed himself -- and then totally created a bomb to get out of it, presumably to be in the video game for a second -- I'm guessing the second half of the season will be about Irisa's Godhead problem and the McCawleys' Kaziri situation.
But no Birch for Jacob. That much is clear.
Kenya redefined the terms of her relationship with Nolan, but they were very personal and not very well thought-out. Meanwhile, he intuited that her sister Amanda had been unlucky in love. Irisa found out she might be God, which caused her to have disconcerting sex with Deputy Tommy, the McCawleys located the Kaziri and a cave painting that explains it, and Stahma Tarr convinced Amanda that the best way to deal with Datak's lust for power would be to indulge it. Which should work out well.
A ginge sells the usual weird steampunky postapocalypse couture that is all the rage in the postapocalypse, and a weird -- and human-dressed -- Castithan lurks. A hot E-Rep bounty hunter dude named Eddie Braddock appears and chases the Casti around for a second before he sets off a massive bomb in the market square, sending people and at least one leg flying. While the hunter is down for the count, Nolan jumps out of the blue and takes the guy down.
Eddie Braddock cocks a gun at Nolan's head, and then they recognize each other, and we're treated to a heartfelt reunion.
Eddie: "What an amusing set of circumstances must have led to your becoming the Sheriff of this very defiant town!"
Nolan: "I am self-deprecating to a certain extent, but one thing we do here is take away people's guns. I'm not saying you have to become a hooker -- which is what the Mayor suggested when she took my guns -- but I do think it would work out for you."
Eddie: "Cool, here are my thousand guns I have everywhere on my person."
Pol Madis is the prisoner, a famous firebug and -- turns out -- kind of a terrorist. Or rather, a VC weapons designer from the Pale Wars and thus not a great dude. So much of this show is about sliding in the wreckage, what you do with the leftover parts when there's nothing really left, that it seems doubly sad to think it was not so long ago that this man, a psycho, was also Dr. Strangelove for a war that never should have happened.
Pol Madis: "Doctor Meh Yewll, I presume? Of the no-doubt horrific Project Biodine?"
Yewll: "No! I mean, yes, that is my name. But no, I don't think so."
Pol Madis: "Does everybody know that you were apparently Mengele before?"
Yewll: "My horrible personality renders that redundant. Hush up your mouth about it."
Eddie: "Girl, you look good! What are they feeding you?"