John sits in his cage -- this and Rygel are the only things I like about this episode -- whistling the obligatory Bridge On The River Kwai joke. Katoya looks down at John, where his hands are saying zero-four. "Are you real?" asks John. "Are you?" Katoya responds all "pain is inside the box"-style. (Katoya's a douchebag, but this is his rodeo and his house.) John bitches gibberish at him and asks to be let out; Katoya drops a key through the grill and it lands in the coals below him, and begins to melt. "You weren't quick enough. Get a key and you may come out." He stands up and walks away, and John whistles, like a bratty like kid, until he's gone -- then looks down, at the coals, and up, out of the cage. I like the cage because it says: will you or no, you will get better and you will grow. Keep screaming, but you're not going anywhere until you learn. So that John's whining and screaming stops looking like bathos and starts looking like an intervention happening.
D'Argo and Macton enter the refectory from opposite ends. Awkward! D'Argo keeps the long table between them and gets dramatic: "I'll say this just once: stay away from me, stay away from my friends, and stop spreading your lies." Macton offers that he's not the one lying, and D'Argo accuses him of being full of dren. (And full of sexy!) "You've always hated me -- you'd have hated any non-Sebacean who married your sister." (Also known as "being a Sebacean." Not that you should knuckle under to racism at any point, but stop being so wide-eyed surprised by it. It's really unattractive.) Macton suggests the total lie that he might have accepted their marriage eventually, if D'Argo hadn't started beating her. Macton nods at D'Argo as he takes a long, deep breath in through the mouth and out through the nose. Out with anger, in with love! "I'm violent...when I choose to be. And right now, I choose not to kill you. But that could change." But I won't have a compelling or flattering reason, because this episode has some frelled-up beliefs about what honor really means. Macton invades D'Argo's personal space a little bit. "Really? Well, if I chose to kill you, you'd never see me coming." He spills that he's there -- the whole purpose of him being there all of a sudden -- to tell him the truth: that Lo'Laan kept the truth from him. Not even Macton knows that D'Argo blackmailed her into it. This episode is retarded. "Even a stupid Luxan should be able to see the truth," Macton says, so of course D'Argo loses all composure and attacks.