Hostage Central. The various members of Clan DeLuca sulk in silence while Brodek straddles a chair with his head in his hands. Tess and Max sit in artfully-lit bondage off to the side. Tess, in hushed tones, proposes she toss a little "mind warp" Brodek's way. Max approves. Tess pinches her eyes shut and looks constipated. Brodek senses something amiss, and raises his head to stare at her. A strobing montage of shots follows to illustrate Tess's mind warp. Brody, gazing with wonder at the sights of Not York. Tess, constipated in high-contrast black and white. The Ferret and Isabel in their Dupe gear. Tess, still trying to pinch one out. What appear to be subway station tiles, the five triangulated planets sprayed across them with paint. Max, seated at the summit, looking as emotionally attached as always. Which is to say, "just this side of dead." Brody In The Big City and ConstiTess, overlapping rapid-fire, before Brodek interrupts. "Don't play your mind games with me," he seethes. Tess whips back a bit in her seat from the force of the broken connection. She explains through gasping breaths that Brodek's mind is too scattered for her power to work.
Brodek advances on the lovebirds, again demanding that Max explain away the voices in his head. Brodek wants to understand why he knows the conveniently-appearing device he holds in his left hand is called a "Trinthium Ampnification Generator." Hey, leave me alone. That's as close as I can get without closed captioning. Besides, the actual name comes from the same group of crackheads who unleashed "Granilith" and "Vilandra" on an unsuspecting world. I really don't think it matters if a couple of letters are off. The device, such as it is, looks like the one Howie the Backstreet Boy activated during his brief stint as an evil alien in last season's finale. Brodek reveals that if he twists the center piece like so, Max and Tess lose their powers. Brodek then does just that. A rapidly-expanding circle of blue energy shoots out from the Trilithium Apneacation Genominator, booting Tess and Max to the ground as it passes through them. Clan DeLuca remains unaffected as the energy wave passes through the rest of the room. Max again denies knowledge of any and all things alien as Brodek stalks off, disbelieving, into the shadows. Max attempts to do, you know, whatever that thing is that he does when he's using his powers, and discovers Brodek is correct about the various uses of the Trinadial Apdeficatory Geronimonor.
Maria and Mama DeLucawitz, perched on a nearby display, reassure each other. Maria insists that she sent a "coded message" to the Lizbot. "Any minute," she vows, "fifty cops will be busting down that door and getting us all out of here." My So-Called Sean, looking far more comfortable with his hands tied behind his back than he should -- but then again, he's an ex-con, so go figure -- inquires as to the nature of said coded message. Maria blathers on about Brody's habitual Crashdown order. "And?" leads My So-Called Sean. "And Liz is my best friend," Maria explains. "We have our own language. She'll understand."