Moya. Zhaan is bombarded with Maldis's echoing shouts, calling her name. She puts her hands to her ears and wails. Where is Pilot during all of this?
Maldis continues to be evil with Crichton, even dropping a "Favorite Things" reference. "Oh," Crichton bites out with an angry smile, "Could you do that 'Farewell, Goodbye' song the kids sing? It's one of my favorites." Hee. I had to play "So Long, Farewell" for a piano recital. Maldis screams that he doesn't do requests. He'd be no fun at a karaoke party. Actually, he'd be fun to tease. Just keep calling requests out when he's warming up and he'd probably throw down the mike in a fit of rage and stomp off, his ruff a-quiver with indignation. Of course, he'd probably also eviscerate all the guests. Maldis can read Crichton's mind, and he knows that Crichton thinks Zhaan will save them. I love this line: "Your mind is an open book to me, full of big print and lots of pictures." Crichton places two fingers on his temple and tells him, "Then read this: Kiss..." Maldis draws back in horror as he completes the sentence in Crichton's mind. Crichton's betting on Zhaan, not Maldis.
Moya. Zhaan has just gotten Pilot to agree to her plan when the Maldispers start again. Pilot can't hear them.
In the portrait, Maldis continues to taunt Crichton, reminding him that the last guy who helped Zhaan died. This time, Zhaan's alone. And with that, Maldis zips off to be mean to Zhaan.
Hollering, "Pa'u ZHAAAN!" Maldis causes Zhaan to fall into the pit surrounding Pilot's seat. Zhaan lands with a shattering crash in the portrait. Now outside the portrait, Maldis goes all "Eat Me" on them; his huge eye peers in-to the portrait and he snaps, "So much for that plan! Any more bets?" Zhaan pants up at Crichton that she failed, she was too weak. Crichton tells her not to give up because she never gives up. Maldis now zips back into the portrait and taunts Zhaan that she's weak and she begged him to put her out of her misery. However, he wants to enjoy her misery a little longer. He adds, "However, there's no reason why she should suffer all alone," and puckers up his lips and blows into the archways, causing Chiana and D'Argo to show up. Can you imagine watching this episode high? I feel high just typing that sentence. Meanwhile, this episode has too much talking and not enough Aeryn. Chiana looks around, notices everyone else, and perks, "Who's the ugly old man?" Crichton explains that he's "your basic evil vampire" who feeds on fear, so everyone needs to stay calm. Eh -- he's not that scary of a fear feeder, you know? I respected Barbas way more because not only is Billy Drago one of the creepiest actors in the biz, but he also had to contend with the skeevy Fun Bags, and I feel that takes quite a bit of demon moxie. However, I guess I would rank Maldis above Gachnar because once they figured him out, all it took was Buffy's heel to get rid of him.