Cut to Arrakeen, with Leto, Ghanima, and Irulan fleeing the city. They disguise themselves in long brown robes, which seems to be successful for no other reason than the fact that everyone in this entire miniseries has disguised themselves in a brown robe at some point, so it's basically just impossible to tell who is who. Even so, Jack manages to spot them as they leave the city, and lo and behold, he's standing there with the tiger-minder we saw way back at the beginning. In fact, Leto and Ghanima actually pass the tigers themselves as they walk through the market. They're not wearing the special robes yet, though, so they've got nothing to worry about. Completing our circle of prying eyes is The Preacher, who may or may not actually be there, and could just be a vision on Leto's part. Commercial.
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Alia leads us back from commercial by freaking out about the twins' escape. But don't worry, the Baron is still there to console her. And also to recommend that she wait a bit before ordering that Jessica be killed. Alia runs into his arms for a hug, and he happily obliges as he strokes her bare shoulders with a leering smile that she can't even see. He also teases her about the fact that she killed him when she was only a child, and laments that she wasn't old enough to have been truly attractive at the time. Ew. But I guess that's par for the course with the Harkonnens. At least we never have to see his heart plug this time. As a diversion from the bad day she's currently having, he recommends that she invite Javid in to "mix business with pleasure." Sadly, however, he doesn't rhyme at all in this scene. I wonder what that's supposed to mean.
Arrakeen. Javid walks the streets in his own Brown Robe Of Invisibility, and then goes to report to Jack that their plans are on schedule. Jack orders him to let Sarandonia know that it's time to strike, and then his laughter provides an audio segue to the throne room, where Alia is holding court. The throne itself has been greatly expanded since Paul last sat upon it, and Jessica has been given Alia's old seat to the left side of the dais. The main event of the day, of course, is the Ritual of Supplication, which involves the hapless and the great unwashed seeking an audience with royalty to beg for whatever it is they may need. We get a quick nod to the book when the first supplicant in line is a troubadour looking for passage to his homeworld, but then entire chapters are excised as we jump ahead to hear a Fedaykin begging Lady Jessica for the opportunity to speak. I'd be remiss, by the way, if I didn't mention the golden chamber pot Alia has on her head in this scene. Which I guess would be convenient if it's a long ritual and you don't have time to go to the bathroom, but isn't really much of a fashion statement. The Fedaykin wishes to speak about "a matter of the desert," which is the most important request a Fremen can make. Jessica agrees to hear what he has to say, although Alia does get in a few of her standard bitchy barbs as she does. The Fedaykin (which I'll keep calling him instead of trying to repeatedly type "Ghadhean Al-Fadi") worries that the greening of Arrakis is having a negative impact on the worms, who have already retreated to the deepest parts of the desert. Jessica instantly realizes the importance of this, because without the worms, there can be no spice. She stands and walks out into the audience, delivering a highly dramatic Mr. Smith Goes To Arrakis speech praising the Fremen and revisiting all the same potential ecological horrors we've been hearing about all night long. "We cannot abandon the desert," she proclaims. "The worms will not survive. Spice production will slow until it is only a fraction of what it has been. And when that happens…" "We will have a corner on the scarcest commodity in the universe!" shouts Alia, her chamber pot threatening to teeter over onto one side. Suddenly, a dart is fired from the back of the room, and Jessica is forced to use the Weirding Way to dodge almost certain death. And no, Mr. MS Word, that's still not an address. She pleads with the Fedaykin for help, and he escorts her out of the room and into straight into a commercial for Tremors. Perhaps she would have been better off staying put.
The show resumes with a long CGI shot of us racing over the desert, fetching up somewhere in Leto's vision of Jacurutu. Paul is there, using his diamond-hard nipples to chisel a warning about the Golden Path into a nearby stone tablet. Ghanima is there as well, although her nipples are hard for an entirely different reason. When the vision ends, we find Leto and his sister crouched on the same Sietch Tabr rock outcropping that their parents used to favor. You know, in the daylight now it looks almost exactly like that rock where Simba was born at the beginning of The Lion King. Of course, in this movie, "Hakuna Matata" would probably mean, "Damn, my sister is hot!" The kids decide that the time has come to head for Jacurutu, and then they kiss! Okay, not really. But they do press their foreheads together and nuzzle noses a little. It's every bit as disturbing as it sounds.