Shooting aftermath. DeLucawitz frantically hustles Maria further away from Brodek, shielding her daughter with her body. Brodek strides over to the Lovebirds in Bondage. He darkly warns against any further attempts to contact the others, promising violence should further attempts be made. Maria's cell phone chirps again in the background. Brodek barks angrily into it by way of greeting. Porno's on the other end from high atop his perch in the Lizbot's Aerie across the street. Pardon me while I bitch about the time frame for a moment. This scene follows immediately upon the one that ended with the break. Do the people who produce this awful excuse for televised entertainment expect me to believe that Porno instantaneously materialized in the Aerie of the Lizbot with all of his surveillance equipment at the ready? Do they? Katims & Co. should have gone with their original plan and destroyed all copies of this episode. Actually, they should have pissed on all copies of this episode, then destroyed them. Brodek launches into a tirade on the phone. I'd transcribe it, but it's so scattered and pointless, it served only to make me scream, "Stop. SHOUTING. Shut UP. Shut UP. Shut UP. Shut UP. LEANNA has LEFT the BUILDING!" Yes. Fear for my sanity. Porno negotiates, asking Brodek if he's willing to provide a list of demands. Brodek's taken aback at the suggestion. My So-Called Sean pipes up, suggesting that Brodek get the gang some food. DeLucawitz shoots him a grunt that clearly indicates she will be throttling her criminally-stupid nephew as soon as her hands are free. Brodek runs with this idea, requesting six hamburgers and six orders of fries. He refuses to negotiate further until this request has been satisfied, and hangs up. Porno sighs. You and me both, Porno. You and me both.
Brodek barricades the staircase with bits and pieces from various El Centro displays, muttering nonsense to himself all the while. He reaches behind Tess to retrieve a rubberized alien dummy, snarking, "I need to borrow your cousin for a while." He turns away, but stops suddenly as if remembering further details from his other life. This is, indeed, exactly what has happened. He spins around with, "Of course! That's it! Damaris Rock!" Max has no clue what Brodek's babbling on about. Brodek spins a tale of young alien love and his role in bringing Max and Tess together. Damaris Rock, named for their home planet's third moon, "juts out over the water" of -- I'm guessing here -- Damaris Lake. Tess shuts her eyes, enraptured at her own memory of the event described. By the light of the many, many moons, Brodek and Zax were frolicking in a strictly heterosexual manner in the "crimson red" waters of the lake when Zax caught sight of Tess lounging on a nearby boulder. Zax, strict heterosexual alien he was and is, was immediately smitten. However, Zax was quite the shy one, it seems, and refused to be introduced to his once and future queen. Brodek mischievously arranged for the two of them to meet later that evening. "At a party," Tess coos, completely blowing their cover. Stupid Tess. Max glances over at her, then turns back to Brodek and breathes through his nose, "That's a nice story." Take it down into your throat, Jason. We know you're pushing thirty, and that you have a pack-a-day habit. Talking through your nose doesn't make you sound eighteen; it makes you sound like you have a hare lip. Tess looks moistly stricken at her beloved's denial of their shared past. Brodek carries on in the same vein he's been overmining all night, telling Max he "[has] to know that what's in [his] head is real." Max offers no comfort, again denying his relationship with Tess. Tess gazes off into the middle distance, tears forming in her eyes.
Aerie of the Lizbot. Porno, peering through a telescope, eyes Deputy Duh's wary approach to El Centro de UFOs y Hostages. "Y'know," Porno observes, "I could spit on a whore from this balcony." Okay, he doesn't say anything close to that, but that one statement would have made this episode that much more enjoyable. Deputy Duh knocks on the glass door of El Centro, much to the confused consternation of Brodek inside. Porno interrupts the proceedings with a well-timed call to Deputy Duh's cell. Cop chat. Ralph The Obese Electrician determined that the initial power surge that knocked out the town's grid came from El Centro. Porno invites Deputy Duh to join them in the Aerie. The Ferret, of course, finds this problematic. If the issue at hand involves aliens, it would be imprudent to involve Deputy Duh at this juncture. Porno opines that they're all better off if Deputy Duh remains ignorant of the unfolding hostage situation. Porno intends to trick the deputy into leaving the scene. Given Deputy Duh's nonexistent IQ, this should be easily done. Porno reveals to the deputy that El Centro is actually a fallout shelter. The doors lock automatically whenever external sources of power are cut off. Porno believes a couple of people are trapped inside, but it's nothing he and his teenaged entourage can't handle. Deputy Duh would better serve his office directing traffic. Deputy Duh agrees, and exits. I told you he was dumb.