Now Nolan knows all about Irisa’s murder woo-woo she can now talk about her uber uber guilts over all the murder-resurrection. Nolan does not approve – he’s also very very sure that it’s not Irzu or some other deity – it’s all some weird sciency thing from the Votan ships and they just need science to fix it (sadly, he also decides they can’t trust Yewl. Which is kind of true, but she’s awesome). In between banter, Nolan tries to threat Irzu
This touching scene is interrupted by Mercado calling – the result of which call has Nolan and a whole bunch of people run into the Need/Want with guns (Amanda gives them a literal “what the hell”? look). They arrest Mahsuvus for being a Votanis agent. Amanda doesn’t see the big deal – Defiance isn’t political – but the Votanis collective have apparently planted a big bomb in New York (the capital of the Earth Republic) and Mahsuvus is supposed to know where the bomb is.
As soon as they leave Amanda gets a call – free Mahsuvus or Kenya dies. And it’s not a bluff – he does seem to have Kenya. She seems to be alive (and she screams at Amanda to not do anything her kidnapper wants, so it may even be the real Amanda)
Amanda goes to see Mercado (and he calls her “Madam Mayor” so looks like she has the job back) and he confirms the bomb is a nuke. They also have pretty good proof that Mahsuvus is a Votanis agent. He also throws in how impossible it would be to actually evacuate in New York (in general, let alone in dystopian Defiance land). Amanda adds the TMI that Mahsuvus is a popular employee because of his huge pain tolerance so torture won’t work (um, if you’re clients require someone who can take so much pain as to be immune to torture then they’re definitely doing BDSM wrong).
Amanda offers to help them interrogate him by having him released into her custody… Mercado says no and is a little suspicious of Amanda’s interest.
Berlin and Tommy are questioning Stahma about Mahsuvus because she did visit him – but she says for sex not spying and adds that she’s doing really really well under the stability that E-Rep has brought Defiance. Of course, anyone who talks to Stahma does not do well, and Stahma delicately drops Berlin being with Nolan into the conversation. Berlin concludes that Stahma is a gangster not a spy but Tommy huffs up and asks if Berlin and Nolan are dating – she laughs off the idea, of course not! They’re just having lots of sex.
Back to Nolan who is preparing torture bugs for Mahsuvus while acknowledging how totally not personal this is and how they’d be such good buddies in other circumstances (Yewl is also on sight to assist) and how the war is over and the fighting has to end (actually well done given the history of Defiance and Nolan’s place in it). Mahsuvus agrees they could be friends – but won’t tell them anything. The torture begins – Nolan and Amanda actually looking more upset by this than Mahsuvus
Amanda gets another call from Kenya’s kidnapper to urge her to hurry up and Kenya isn’t being a good little kidnap victim – she defies and taunts her kidnapper.