Dregon is being jerked across the ground on a litter made of driftwood. He gasps, "Please!" Aeryn pauses and asks, "Please stop dragging you?" Dregon whimpers, and Aeryn says that she knows it hurts. She asks, "You want it to not hurt?" Dregon does. Aeryn says, "Well, next time," and then screams, "hold on to the FRELLING WALL!" With that, Aeryn continues dragging a very quiet Dregon.
Back at the bar, D'Argo races over to Rygel and asks if he's seen Chiana. Rygel hiccups as he says, "Have you tried looking under your sheets?" D'Argo explains that Scorpius and Cargn may have grabbed her. Rygel says that he and Chiana were looking for Crichton, but he had to take a break. "I was so nervous I had to stop for a bite. Which I'm too nervous to eat!" He continues hiccuping, and D'Argo rather parentally asks what's wrong. In between hiccups, Rygel explains that he learned an interesting fact: "The last time the Empress threatened to execute off-worlders -- she did!" D'Argo gently grabs Rygel's head to get his attention. Hands on the puppet! He explains that Scorpius and Cargn will torture Chiana, and she doesn't actually know anything. Rygel offers to float up above the streets to look for her. D'Argo happily bustles off as Rygel assures him, "We'll find her!" Okay. So when Cargn was interrogating him, D'Argo was cut off before he could finish saying, "Chiana thinks she does, but she doesn't." Or something similar. That's fine. But why does Chiana think she knows where Crichton is?
Clavor walks into his gazebo of conspiracies and asks, "What the frell is that?" Cargn is standing there with an unconscious Chiana draped over his shoulder. Oh, she's a counterbalance! Cargn says that, as he suspected, Chiana didn't know where Crichton was. Clavor duhs, "So get rid of her." Cargn thinks he can use Chiana in another way. But Clavor is tired of Cargn's schemes and, rather stupidly, says so. Cargn tosses Chiana down -- ow! -- and angrily points out that if Crichton doesn't turn up by tomorrow, Clavor will be king. Clavor hmphs, "Through no efforts of yours, sadly. Which means, I no longer need your allegiance." Cargn isn't getting any happier. Clavor says, "My mother knows about us." Oh my. "I can't be married until I renounce you." He adds that the Empress is going to start the wedding ceremony with the execution of all off-worlders (festive!), so Cargn should be grateful for the warning. Cargn hisses that he can't escape. With a "them's the breaks" shrug, Clavor turns to leave. Cargn says he has one more question, as as Clavor turns, he makes the claw-gesture of wooblitude. Cargn asks, "Do you know that, as promised, I am about to kill you?" Clavor screams, "No!" as his face goes from woobly to melty, and he collapses. "Yes," says Cargn.