Verell tells the approaching John to leave him the hell alone, and John tells him to come correct because they aren't doing research, they're doing creepy Bad Science, and he also knows they are fighting the "Scorpions," and Matala is one of the Scorpions, and also she is going to kill his old ass dead, so what about that? Verell's like, "You're nuts," and John's like, "And yet. Your science weapon will thusly end up with your slutty enemy, so you tell me." Realizing that he sounds even more nuts than he should, he reminds Verell about the crazy green science that went in his forehead and explains that now he can see the sexy future of death. Verell's like, "Makes sense." What? "Temporal dislocation. Entropic oscillations. Anomalous phase signatures. That would account for the dislocation you are experiencing." John's like, "Which was worse? Crazy or 'entropic oscillations'? Because if I am not crazy, that means I'm going to get freaky with alien Debi Mazar." Verell's not interested in explaining why this is the first thing he thought -- because it has to do with the scary nature of the secret science -- so he changes the subject to his impending death. "What exactly did you see in the future?" John's more interested in the thing in the shuttle, and pushes again: "Exposed to what?" Oh, nothing really. Just a quantum singularity. John shits, of course. But it gets interesting.
"A black hole?" he asks. "A minute particle of one, yes. Its power and application are unimaginable. It is the ultimate weapon." (Sound familiar? When he brings peace, it won't be through war, and it won't be through science.) "You capture a piece of a black hole, and you're gonna to use it as a weapon?" Oh, the horror on his face. Verell points out that the survival of not only the Ilanic species, but also his own ass, now, kind of depends on it. So of course now that we're getting somewhere, fucking Matala shows up, with D'Argo. Having overheard the part where Verell mentioned the possibility of Matala going all cobrasnake on him, Matala and D'Argo get very defensive and start yelling. Verell admits that John said she was a Scorvian imposter, and she totally doesn't even front, just gabbles a second and then cobrasnakes D'Argo. "Aeryn, now!" shouts John, and drops.
Matala starts firing the Qualta all crazy, John begging Aeryn to get her ass into the bay, and Matala kills Verell, nabbing the secret science and boarding the shuttle. John checks on D'Argo as Aeryn finally enters, yelling that Matala sealed the doors so she couldn't get to him. The shuttle gears up and heads out of the bay, but before John can stop her, Aeryn fires directly at the shuttle, because obviously that's what she'd do, because that's how she rolls. Talyn would be proud. Either of them. Just outside the bay, I think, the shot hits right and the shuttle goes all greeny-scary and starts shooting green science all over the place, and John is engulfed in black hole, and the Ilanic shuttle vanishes in the black hole, and then Moya, everything pulled into the center and nothingness.