John and Nurse walk back through the station toward the freighter and get stopped by a guard, but Nurse says even though he's a PK, he's with her. Easy. They pass some Charrids and John is very touchy and shifty as they walk, checking his six the whole time. Nurse excuses herself, maybe to freshen up or something, and John makes small talk, sitting down on one of the ugly gurney beds and bouncing -- hard -- to make it squeak. He is not kidding with this shit! She finally just holds out her hand: "Cure now." He's whoring himself to get on the freighter; she's whoring herself so she won't die. It's all very wartime right now. He tells her it's concentrated -- just enough for both of them. She's unhappy about that, admitting she's got a Sebacean patient as well. John looks past some equipment and stuff toward us; in the foreground is Aeryn, tied to her bunk. He whispers to himself, "You bastard," as Nurse gets the stuff diluting. "Too bad for them," he says, and knocks her out.
John hurries to Aeryn, who heartbreakingly resists him as he kneels beside her, moaning wordlessly and waving him away. Pushing against him. The Prisoner's Dilemma. He begs her to stop, to hold still so he can untie her. "No, it's me. I'm real. Aeryn." She weeps, too tired for hope, and puts her arms over her face, whimpering. He can barely look at her as he's untying her wrists. Jenek's Charrid comes in with a gun and tells John to cut it out. "Don't do anything stupid," John says smoothly, even as she's breaking up at his side. "Scarran Hierarchy paid good crindars for me. They wouldn't want their package delivered damaged." Aeryn cries, batting at the air, unable to speak. The Charrid drops John and stares down at Aeryn.
Commercial, and then John on his knees in the freighter, getting Scarran heat-probed by Jenek. The Charrid and Nurse watch. "He claimed it was a cure for Hynerian Dermafollica." Jenek asks if it was genuine and John spits in the fire, grunting: "No, it's a fake." Jenek asks why he went through the whole thing and John laughs, gasping in the heat: "Because: horny. I am looking for a Sebacean woman." Nurse is like, you totally attacked me and then tried to untie a patient, and John gags: "No offense, but she's sexier than you." He puts on a gross face and explains in no uncertain terms his plans for the patient -- and it's all true. Which is how, if you're getting Scarran Heat-Breathed, you should be quick on your feet, Hot Box or no. "Taken her back to my ship. Frelled her. Made babies." Aww. He would have, too! Lies becoming truth, becoming lies, and things just getting worse and scarier.