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Ratings by the Kweb Crew:
PKBarb 3
Karl 4
AmyJ 4
Johryn 3
Toadie 3
Performance of the Week:
Three of my favorite guest aliens appear in "Til the Blood Runs Clear" – Furlow, played by Magda Szubanski, and the two Vorcarian blood trackers, Rorf (Jeremy Sims) and Rorg (Jo Kerrigan). They all looked like they were having a wonderful time playing their parts. Ms. Szubanski had the whole Furlow package down pat from the grin to the glare. Mr. Sims and Ms. Kerrigan were equally enjoyable as the snarling mathematically challenged blood trackers.
Quote of the Week:
John: "How good are you two? ‘Cause I might be willing to cut you in. If you help me capture the prisoners, I’ll split the bounty – seventy/thirty."
Rorf: "Grrrr…seventy…forty"
John: "Eighty/forty. You in or out?"
Creative Staff:
Writers: Doug Heyes, Jr. Director: Tony Tilse 

 

'Til the Blood Runs Clear

John and Aeryn take the Farscape 1 into space to test some newly installed biomechanoid components. Since there’s a lot of solar flare activity in the area, John decides to fly a slingshot maneuver in an attempt to create another wormhole. He does, but it’s unstable and causes damage to his module, which is now leaking some sort of plasma that would damage Moya’s baby if they brought it on board. Rygel, in direct opposition to D’Argo’s commands, gives them the name of Furlow, a mechanic on the nearby planet of Dam-Ba-Da.

While they’re waiting for the repairs to be finished, they come across a Peacekeeper wanted beacon offering rewards for Rygel, D’Argo and Zhaan. A pair of Vorcarian blood trackers are already in the hunt but John out-snarls them into thinking he’s the alpha male in the area and that the bounty belongs to him.

When D’Argo comes to Dam-Ba-Da to drag his shipmates back to Moya, the Vorcarians capture him. John tries to make them back off by doing his top dog "I’m in charge here" act, but only D'Argo believes it and he thinks that John has betrayed him. Hoping to learn the whereabouts of the other fugitives, Rorf starts torturing D'Argo. When he begins to bleed, John takes over. The Vorcarians (and D'Argo) think he’s continuing the torture but he’s really stimulating D’Argo’s wounds to make his blood run clear and save his life.

When John comes to free D'Argo from his restraints, he finds that he’s already freed himself, and he’s not too happy, either. He still believes that John betrayed him and goes after him with his Qualta blade. Crichton finally convinces him that he was saving his life and offers friendship. D'Argo claims that friendship is a bit too much, so they settle on becoming allies. John explains the earth tradition of the handshake and they seal their allegiance, making the blood between them also run clear.


Meanwhile, Aeryn has discovered someone trying to steal the Farscape’s flight recorder, and while she’s trying to stop him she’s blinded by a solar flare. She and Furlow cook up a fake Peacekeeper beacon announcing that the reward is no longer being offered. Aeryn stumbles blindly into a firefight between her shipmates and the Vorcarians to set up the beacon and when the Vorcarians see it, they retreat. 

In payment for the work she did on his module, Furlow demands John’s data tape containing the wormhole information. He gives it to her because he knows he can start from scratch and tells her that in five years he’ll be waiting for her at the end of the wormhole.

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