Sarah and Mika start at the library, filling out college applications and scholarships. Mika needing a bit of extra help thanks to her memories not aligning with the current timeline. Dio, now visiting from Canada, finds Sarah and puts on the charm trying to convince her that he should join the Wildcards. Sarah doesn't outright tell him no, per say, but does express that the team isn't actively looking for new members. But maybe he should try filling out an application. Dio asks Mika how long it took for her to get into the Wildcards, and she answers honestly, offending Dio. Sarah says that she was grandfathered in, and is an exception. Mika also points out that "Buzzard" guy wants to join too, and Dio is even more offended.
Buzzer calls Pete which is unusual because mental communication is more common. Pete picks up and asks who it is, because its a new phone. Buzzer introduces himself and tells Pete that maybe they should not hang out for a while. Pete says well they'll help figure out some way for Buzzer to join the team. Buzzer says that L'Esprit is still really mad at him. Pete says we'll keep in touch and don't be afraid to call if he is in trouble. Buzzer agrees to this.
As the phone call ends, Pete gets temporarily knocked out by a pink and yellow fluffy creature. Shield seemingly looking for something, arrives at Pete's ship as it's littered with holes. The creature, a mixed hybrid between a rosy maple moth and a great Pyrenees dog, got pried off of Pete by Vanessa. As Pete regained consciousness, he catches Vanessa trying to sneak off with the creature. The two have a brief back and forth about the creature, Vanessa trying to pretend that she has no idea what he's talking about. And it almost succeeds, but she gives up in the end not wanting to have Pete question human senses of perception. As Pete asks Evil knife for a ship diagnosis, he realizes that the holes in the ship are connected with the creature. Vanessa admits that the she found the creature in the other half of Pete's ship, while she was attempting to repair it. She has since named it Pink Lemonade due to it's bright coloration and kept it as a pet, much to Pete's expressed concerns. And violent sneezing. Pete tries to deter her from keeping it, expressing that it'll damage the engine in the ship and is an overall pest. Shield doesn't seem the least bit concerned however, mentioning that she is the active engine and she's been trying to train Pink not to eat everything. Before they could continue talking about ship mechanics and odd power usage, L'Esprit interrupts them with a call.
When the two arrive, L'Esprit and Cosmica immediately ask about Pink, and once again Shield denies it. Reflect asks Pete about it, and Pete mentions what had happened before. Everyone gives Shield a sideways glance, and she sheepishly confesses, admitting to having the pet for a short while now. Feeding metal scraps to it, L'Esprit shows mild offense to Vanna hiding it from her but continues to the subject of their meeting.
Cosmica confesses that she wouldn't mind having Dio back around, pointing out that he DID almost die to save them once before. Plus, he IS still really hot. L'Esprit insists that there should be no new members, and that barely includes Mika as a special favor to Mike and doesn't include Buzzer or Rampage or Dior any of the former New Exemplars on anyone else.
L'Esprit mentions that Dr Lavar and a drug lord El Leche are currently in Mexico. They have kidnaped some children and are doing some experiments on them. Branch mentions that she remembers Issac Navarro, from Mike's memories, is working in Mexico. He was the leader of the Clean Up Crew before being intercepted by the Wildcards. Branch calls Issac, who is confused amd wants to know who this stranger is. Mika rememberes some of Michael's memories, and Isaac believes her. He mentions they have not kept in contact much after the invasion on Thule, but the Clean Up Crew and Violent Gang intermixed and became coworkers. Then they all went freelance.
Buzzer, following his original plan to find Midas, gets a call from his superiors in the future. They demand he rejoin the Wildcards to observe and report back to them. He argues, saying that there's no way to join them. Buzzer does not think it can be done, but Ghost tells him that he needs to find a way to do it. Orders are orders.
The team splits into two parties. L'Esprit, Reflect, and Cosmica go off towards the Hall of Heroes to meet Miracle Woman who they suspect might be under mind control (I think by the alien spiders?). Pete, Branch, Shield, and Rampage move out to Mexico to meet up with Gardenia, being the only friendly one of the three ex-Thule antiheroes in Mexico, (instead of Toxiplasmosis and Psilocybin)
As L'Esprit, Cosmica, and Reflect arrive on the scene, Miracle Woman and her Aegis agents are already waiting for them including a woman called Iconoclast. L'Esprit notices that they are there to launch their own surprise attack, but Refelct deflects this plan by teleporting in and socking Miracle Woman straight in the jaw. This knocks the spider out, and Cosmica crushes it. There a small fight that breaks loose, but Miracle Woman, no longer under the influence, tells her team to stand down. L'Esprit takes the opportunity to inform them what's up, and all but one soldier comply to a mind control test. The soldier is dealt with quickly.
In two space ships, Pete, Branch, Shield, and Rampage arrive in Mexico and find a drug field of poppies. Gardenia is there watching the field and some armed soldiers. Pointing their weapons at the 'intruders' Rampage is able to lower their guard slightly, but it doesn't last for long. As Gardinia starts to run to a truck, Branch gets out to slow Gardinia down. Gardinia turns around and entangles Branch into the poppy field, as Pete threatens to burn the field down. As soldiers are beginning to surrender, Shield jumps out and pulls Branch from the vines, getting her away from the field to make the threat less of a problem for them. Branch is rescued and out of the field, but Shield gets captured in the process. In the end has to get Pink to dig her out of the ground.
The soldiers begin to shoot, but Branch is able to stretch out of the way. Knowing that Branch is out of the blast radius, Pete burns the field, much to the enjoyment of the Evil Knife AI. The poppies fumes knock the soldiers out. Branch is able to grab El LEche'sman,m who orders Garninia and the narcos to stand down, but Rampage runs off in the chaos.
Buzzer tracks Midas to Mexico. He lets Pete in on the conversation visually. Buzzer approaches Midas. Midas says Aren't you supposed to be dead. Buzzer is taken a back and says "You can see me." Midas confidently says "Of coarse, I am a master of Illusion." Buzzer feels another mentalist, Toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis says "Leave Midas alone." Buzzer defiantly responds "Midas is one of ours." The cat girl forces Buzzer to leave. Pete concerned says "I will come get you." Buzzer says "I am not in trouble." Pete says "I don't know if you know what trouble is. Someone is controlling your mind." Pete takes his ship to pick Buzzer up.
Gardinia is worried because they are holding some of the other crew so she is not willing to reveal any information. Branch convinces that they will save them. Gardinia gives the location of El Leche's compound. The two ships fly to El Leche's compound.
Back in Halcyon, despite some apprehension, L'Esprit, Cosmica, and Reflect take Branch's Magic Portal to Mexico, all exiting somewhere near Branch.
Robbie teleports out and punches some soldiers. Buzzer gets taken control of again by Toxoplasmosis. He throws a flash bang grenade at Pete. With Pete nearly out of commission, Evil Knife takes control of the ship with the intent of destruction. Pete says "Protect those soldiers." Evil Knife says "You wish I would protect those soldiers" and lets weapons out on them. Shield's ship gets attacked by a blast and crashes.
L'Esprit sneaks into the compound and spots a child using telekinesis to hold back a large piece of burning rubble. The child is barely keeping it away, protecting two paralyzed children. L'Esprit pushes the children to get it out of the way, including the one trying to save them, but she gets buried by the rubble afterwards. Cosmica rescues L'Esprit.
Reflect, having a moment away from the soldiers fleeing the scene, spots a girl who is oddly calm in the chaos. As he attempts to collect some of the fleeing children to safety, the calm girl refuses to cooperate. He figures out quickly that she is (being controlled) by Golden Master, and shouts out this revelation. Shield does not see L'Esprit in trouble, and instead attacks the child (being possessed) by Golden Master. Pissed off that she got punched, she controls some of the children to attach themselves to Shield. Before she can get another hit in, she spots another villain running into the burning building with intent, and chases after her. Mind controlled children chase after Shield, and the next thing she sees is Dr. Lavar, hurt in a room with two more children strapped to familiar torture devices. There's a silent exchange between Shield and Dr. Lavar, but in the end she's unable to face him. She instead goes to the two trapped children and free's them from their binds. Branch asks through Pete's party line, if anyone has found Dr. Lavar. Shield hesitantly gives her position before gradually leaving the scene. By the time she's out of the building with the five children, she's emotionally distressed and flee's the entire scene via her ship.
Pete decides to pull the knife from the AI system and ends up getting taken over by the evil knife. He stabs Buzzer. Buzzers eyes dilate as his body starts to go limp. Through sheer will he is able to stay standing. Buzzer says "Fuck, go ahead and stab me again." This is the first time Pete has heard Joey cuss, and wonders if it really is Joey. Pete tries to stab Buzzer again. Buzzer leans on his intense training and is easily able to disarm Pete. Buzzer then passes out.
Branch points out to Toxoplasmosis and Dr Lavar that the basement of a burning compound is not a good place for a fight. They call a truce until they're out of the building.
L'Esprit gets out of the rubble. She sees a child. The eyes of the child show behind them Golden Master. The child smiles at L'Esprit Recognition. She says "You will never defeat me. I will tear your family apart." L'Esprit takes her stun gloves and zaps the child dead right in front Cosmica. Cosmica puts her hands on the child and shocks her back to life.
Toxo and Dr. Lavar look at the situation and surrender. Psylocibin apparently decided to leave as soon as Rampage showed up, so Gardenia rescues her people and heads back to Halcyon. By the nature of her power, everyone forgets about her. Dr. Lavar and Toxo are turned over to… AEGIS? but only the ones that Miracle Woman vouches for, or that Reflect can punch in the mouth to check for spiders.
The Experimental Kids are taken to Canada, where the Junior Guard will get them placed in good homes due to the excellent refugee programs in Canada. Some of the kids have weird Alien DNA now.
Everyone meets back up in Sanctuary, which is slowly being rebuilt. Buzzer says out loud "Everyone knows I am Joey except Branch. Branch surprised says "What?" Robbie says "death does not matter." Pete asks Buzzer if he is ok. Buzzer says that he is ok. Pete says you looked pretty messed up after he stabbed him. Buzzer offers to help Pete fix his ship. L'Esprit points at Buzzer and said I told you, you can't trust him. What was the first thing he did when he got into combat. You leave. Reflect steps in and says "Can't we have a vote." Cosmica comes in right after, "I vote he should be a part of the team." Leo reluctantly says "Fine if the team wants a vote, we will have a vote. Looking at Buzzer, Branch says "You have to agree to not go out on missions alone. You got killed because you went out alone." Buzzer initially upset, figuring she is working an angle. He takes a closer look at Branch and realizes she is genuinely trying to set something up. Buzzer calms down. Buzzer agrees to not take missions alone. He admits that he has a bit of PTSD when he goes out alone. This gets Cosmica a bit worried. Pete says "I hope I don't regret this but I agree that Buzzer should be a part of the team." Lio quietly disheartened says "Fine, if you want him on the team, see how it ends." Buzzer spirits brightened at the sudden team support, looks to Cosmica "Are we ok?" She says "I do not want you going on missions alone. There are other people who want to get on the team. It is not just for you but for everyone. Last time Shield went out she ended up with amnesia." Lio quickly steps in "When she went out and she accomplished her mission." Cosmica continues "I just don't want to lose anyone." Branch supporting Cosmica's words "You don't have to be watched all the time. You can go home if you want to." Buzzer offers to help Pete fix the holes in his ship.
Buzzer very relieved at the turn of events. He turns to Lio and apologizes. Lio says "You are just saying the words. You don't mean them." Buzzer feeling a bit rejected but confused because he does not know what to say next.
Lio suggests to Pete that he try and restore MAX to be the new AI of his ship instead of Evil Knife. Pete insists that he can still fix Evil Knife AI in the next update, but he'll consider it.