Brief episode summary: Irisa is forced to confront a disturbing power; at the same time, Defiance is invaded by a swarm of menacing Hellbugs.
Episode summary by Shooter: Dalton Taggart, a human Defiance resident, prepares to take a run in the wilderness nearby using scavenged running shoes while the Irathient Spirit Riders led by Sukar ride into town. Shortly after beginning his run Taggart is attacked by Hellbugs and is killed before he can return to his Roller. Meanwhile, as the Spirit Riders arrive in town Irisa is performing her morning Tai Chi-like exercises with knives. The Irathient Riders begin their trading. Rynn and the local butcher antagonize each other until Irisa intervenes. After the confrontation Irisa has a vision and notices blood on Rynn ‘s face while Sukar re-extends his offer for Irisa to ride with them. Tommy and Irisa are called to investigate Taggart’s crime scene with Nolan. Irisa has a second vision involving a past crime. Meanwhile back in Defiance Sukar is meeting with Major Amanda Rosewater regarding the Spirit Rider’s presence in town. Amanda asks Sukar to stop provoking people yet vows that as long as she is mayor they are welcome in town because they helped fight off the Volge. Sukar mentions that Amanda is up for re-election soon and states his people will attempt to assimilate until the citizens of Defiance turn on them again. At the NeedWant Kenya is busy with a food sex customer until a hellbug comes up from under the bed and kills him. Doc Yewll pronounces the killer to be a hellbug while Irisa has another vision of the past crime after seeing the dead man’s tattoo while Nolan is explaining that killing the hellbug Matron is the only way to get rid of the hellbugs. Nolan confronts Irisa about the visions and explains that they are Post Traumatic Stress yet Irisa states that they had been getting stronger since they came to Defiance. Doc Yewll discovers an empty hellbug egg purse under the bed and the hellbug attack pheromones on Boyd Bowen’s clothes, Taggart’s red shoes and Kenya’s sheets. At the Tarr’s Christie McCawley sets out a Voton River Otter meal but Datak insults Christie’s cooking in Casithan, yet Christie has learned Casithan. Christie retreats to the patio where a hellbug lays in wait for her. Datak successfully kills the hellbugs and the Tarrs take Christie back to Rafe McCawley’s house. Doc Yewll and the lawmakers arrive and determine Christie’s clothes were soaked in the pheromones. Rafe admits to knowing Bowen and Taggart as Wildcatters in a land deal more than a dozen years ago. In going through the records Rafe states that the filing system is the best he could do without a computer and that Defiance started as a tent city. While going through the pictures of the records Irisa has a vision about one of the properties and drives out to it alone. Irisa has a more intense vision and collapses into Nolan. When the pair return to town they confront Sukar about Rynn. Sukar helps Irisa channel her gift to locate Rynn in the mines after identifying Taggart and Bowen in the murder of Rynn’s parents on the property in question. Sukar comforts Irisa after the vision session while Nolan looks on. Nolan attempts to apologize to Irisa about her gift, but Irisa resists his offers. Sukar, Nolan, Irisa and Tommy travel to the mine to apprehend Rynn. On their way down the mineshaft they cover themselves in hellbug shtako to mask themselves from the hellbugs. They return to the elevator only to fall the rest of the way to the bottom of the mine into hellbug central where the hellbug Matron is. As the team prepares to blow the nest with explosives Rynn ambushes them and shoots Sukar while keeping them on the defensive with the threat of hellbug pheromones. Rynn throws the pheromone bomb at the team but Nolan grabs it and throws it at the Matron while Irisa subdues Rynn by throwing a knife. Tommy hotwires the elevator while Nolan sets the charges off by shooting the charges and killing the Matron and collapsing the hellbug nest. Back in Defiance Amanda officially returns the property to the original Irathiens (Rynn’s family) and Rafe will lease the land back to continue mining operations. Rynn will be tried for the murders of Bowen and Taggart and the other attempted murders as well. Nolan watches Irisa become closer to Sukar in the NeedWant. Christie, now with a mended relationship with Rafe goes to spend the night again at the Tarr’s house. At night Irisa has a vision induced nightmare while Nolan calms her.
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