The Fourth Generation

Outta Sight Invasion

Reflect wakes up in a girls room in his underwear. There is an Elvis poster on the was. A girl enters a room and says she found him falling out of a tree and decides to help him. She introduces herself as Deborah and she seems oddly familiar and asks if he is a superhero. Reflect says he is and Deborah asks if he can teach her and shows him that she can create a small golden flame and a superhero costume based of her mom's flight attendent uniform.

Pete Friendly wakes up in a sheriff cell and over hears a cop asking what to do with someone that looks like Frankie for Real. Pete tries to talk his way out and phases through the bars. A strange robot enters the room and a Pete goes to shake his hand. The robot takes his hand and say "Frankie will see you now" then shocks Pete and he passes out. 

Shield wakes up to a young Blue Hydra flipping a cop car. She runs over and smacks her and she surrenders. Blue Hydra describes that she was trying to help her as she picked up a dimensional portal and wanted to find out more. She said she flipped the cop car because she stole some money and plutonium to create a dimensional portal that got her the hydras on her back. Shield notices that Blue Hydra does not seem to be in full control of the hydras.

Reflect decides to head to downtown and paint his sign on building to find the others. Deborah calls her friend to drive them. John shows up and they head out. John says he is a superhero too and plans to form a super group. Says he is going to call himself "Alpha". Reflect instead recommends "Omega" and John agrees. Deborah seems to flirt Reflect a lot.

Pete wakes up next to Frankie in a skybox and Balboa Stadium where the Chargers are about to play their first game in San Diego. Pete realizes that the year is 1961, the same year as the Oolu invasion. Frankie confirms and says it will happen soon. Pete notices that Frankie is partially under control of The Golden Master as he can sense her in his mind. He questions Frankie's masculinity and he shoots the robot and they run out back. Pete is able to contact Shield and Reflect.

Pete has Frankie take him to his ship where Pete contacts the invasion force. He realizes the Commander of the Oolu force is his father "Roach Clip". He tries to convince his father he is making a big mistake but delays him as he sends down a small scouting force.

The rest of the group shows up and start to plan how they are going to take down Frankie (who left to watch the game) and Golden Master. Omega becomes inpatient and flies to find Frankie and Shield is right after him. She creates metallic chains and wraps Omega in them but he flies off pulling her with. The talk it out as Shield explains she was trying to keep him from doing something stupid but the Oolu ship reveals itself and blasts Omega knocking him out. Shield uses her liquid metal to wrap around the ship and grabs Omega before he falls. 

Reflect teleports to Frankie and hits him hard but Frankie hides in the crowds. Pete tries to find them but thinks the only way to do is to disperse the crowd by ending the game. He tries and lands on the field but gets hit by a linebacker just as the Oolu ship reveals itself.

Pete heads straight for the ship and talks to his dad who has him arrested. Shield claws her way into the ship and knocks out the guards. The go back to Roach Clip and threaten him to stop the invasion. Omega wakes up and starts to destroy the ship from the inside.

Reflect is confronted by the robot but distracts him with a duplicate. He realizes the robot is being powered by 4 energy cells and takes two of them. As he is going to take two more Deborah tries to fly by forcing her golden flame downward and launches herself into the air. Reflect teleports to save her and when the are safe she kisses him causing enough of a distraction that the robot shocks both of them. This causes Reflects powers to go crazy as 100s of duplicates start to appear and Reflect becomes transparent. 

Roach Clip, feeling trapped, decides to launch the invasion. Shield proceeds to show him physically why that was a god awful idea, while also hating the fact that the ships integrity is shot thanks to Omega. Shield doesn't like flying anymore.

Pete calls upon the powers of being an alien, to change his appearance to Roach Clip, and proceeds to call off the invasion. With the entire armada at his disposal, he tells them to make a record to keep Earth off the examination list (for the time being). He also, at Shield's request, shoots a laser at an undisclosed location in Alaska (don't ask why, it didn't work anyway.) Lastly, he sets up a date between Roach Clip and (whoever-Pete's-Mom's-Names-is-here) since Shield beat the confidence out of Roach Clip.

(This is where my memory gets hazy) Reflect's dups, in the meantime, have run amuck. Football player Reflects are doing football things (you expect me to know sports?) There's a bunch of Reflects selling hotdogs and pretzels in the stadium starting to fill with excited Reflect fans. Cheerleader Reflects are supporting their respective Reflect teams. Reflect Umpires are arguing over god knows what. It's pandemonium.

The next part I remember happening was all of them stopped being wacky and started to soldier on towards Blue Hydra, who is starting to act a little more like Modern Blue Hydra now. With the exception of affectionate Kyle-Hydra-Head being scolded again for demanding attention right this second. And I think they follow her out of the stadium?

Omega, after wrecking the ship, did see Gold Raven kiss Reflect, and is now super pissed. Reflect, see's the intent he has of pummeling him because Omega needs to work on his jealousy issues. He tells him that he's justified (or something), and ends on a witty comment about seeing him in the future. Before getting crushed/time jumped by the crashing space ship.

As they travel through time, they notice that the timeline has been restored(?) enough. New memories might occur but everything seems (relatively) unchanged. With the exception that now there's a goth Nega-Reflect who hitched a ride with them.

And that's all I remember. I'm probably missing stuff.

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The Renegade Present

When last we left our time-displaced heroes Lio, Joey, and Robbie, they had just been rudely dragged out of 1935 and into an Oolu-controlled present.

They are spotted almost immediately by an Oolu patrol. They retreat, Robbie pausing long enough to make rude gestures at the patrol, and find an abandoned building wherein to lie low. Lio is able to connect to the internet. Although it's mostly Oolu propaganda, it still gives them a pretty good idea of what went down: Frankie, left behind in the past, engineered the invasion and is now Emperor of Earth alongside his wife, The Golden Master. Supplementing the Oolu control are the Bodyguards.

Also, Pete's a good Oolu overseer and is responsible for nuking Australia, and he married Cygnus. So that's a thing.

While they're researching, a broadcast cuts in: Roy Goldsmit, apologizing for his work with 'The Renegades' and imploring Sarah to give herself up.

Meanwhile, footage of Robbie from the Oolu patrol has made its way up the chain to one of the top  Oolu enforcers: Ugat. Ugat speaks to her superior, Pete, noting that Robbie's convict tattoo isn't in their system. Pete suggests bombing the area, but Ugat points out that Mother Dearest is vacationing nearby and would not appreciate bombs disrupting her spa day.

Lio, Robbie, and Joey set out toward Mission Trails, but are quickly waylaid when they cross paths with Vanessa. Robbie calls out to her. Luckily, she is part of the Renegades and does not immediately attack them. Unluckily, a drone catches sight of the meeting and relays the information back to Pete and Ugat before Vanessa smashes it.

Pete, Ugat, and a squad of Oolu and Bodyguards (including Cathy) teleport onto the scene and a skirmish erupts. At an order from Vanessa, Joey retreats, but Lio and Robbie engage. During the battle they notice flashes of recognition from Ugat and Pete.

After some brief and exhilarating fisticuffs, Vanessa figures out that Robbie is their target. She contacts Sarah at the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary teleportal brings Sarah into the fray, and by straining her power she's able to grab Robbie and return him to the Sanctuary.

Pete receives an order to retreat — directly from Emperor Frankie. Lio tries to remind him of the other universe, where they were friends and none of them liked Frankie. He teleports out before she can find out if it worked. Lio tries the same on Ugat. Instead of teleporting out with the rest, Ugat grabs her and runs off down a side-street. Joey follows at a distance, toting a laser rifle that he liberated from one of the Oolu.

In the Sanctuary, Robbie finds that the Renegades are lead by Dr Cosmos. Cosmos wants to recruit him, while Robbie tries to explain that he's not the Robbie from this timeline.

Pete returns to the Dreadnought, confused and mind whirling from the incompatible memories. He is confronted directly by Emperor Frankie, who commands him to stay away from the new rebels, and that they're to be destroyed on sight. The Empress also speaks with him, but Pete's able to convince her he's still 100% on their side. When asked where Ugat is, Pete bluffs that she's doing reconnaissance. 

Ugat, now powered down to humanoid form and answering to Mika, takes Lio to what would have been the Hall of Heroes, now a horticultural garden powered by the remains of this universe's Atomic, which keeps the area warm enough that Oolu tend to avoid it. Mika confirms that she has Michael's memories now, and Lio hugs her.

Pete goes to see Cygnus, his wife. He brings up her memories as well, but realizes she's happier in this universe. He lies, reassuring her that he has no intention of resetting the timeline.

Vanessa tracks Mika and rushes in to attack. Lio and Joey attempt to stop her, but Mika is able to stimulate her memory and reassures her that they're allies again. They have a brief scuffle with another Oolu patrol, but Vanessa is able to take them out without trouble.

Joey takes Vanessa back to the Sanctuary while Mika gives Lio a crash-course on this timeline's history and their available resources. From Michael's memories, Mika recalls that they'd jury-rigged a device to bring Lio, Joey, and Robbie back, and their best bet is to recreate that. Mika gets in telepathic contact with Pete, and they start planning a controlled explosion of the Dreadnought's hyperdrive.

Meanwhile, in the Sanctuary, Dr Cosmos outlines a plan to destroy the Dreadnought, if only they can get it close enough to a superweapon they have set up at the El Cortez. Joey and Vanessa show up. Between them and Robbie, they bring Sarah's memories from the alternate timeline. Her first reaction is confusion over why Joey is carrying a gun. He argues that he's a fine shot and offers to demonstrate. They argue back and forth about that for awhile before giving him an earpiece to deliver to Lio.

Lio and Sarah excitedly reconnect. Lio's able to add her phone into the call so that Mika can explain the plan. Robbie insists on following through the plan to destroy the Dreadnought, as well, since they don't know for certain that this universe will disappear once they're gone.

Joey, Lio, and Mika use Mika's clearance to board a shuttle in order to get aboard the Dreadnought. Pete sends the teleport codes for the Dreadnought to the Sanctuary computer, as well as the news that the Sanctuary's location has been discovered and the Dreadnought is maneuvering to destroy it. Robbie, Sarah, and Vanessa try to convince Dr Cosmos to evacuate the Sanctuary but he refuses.

Pete prepares the Dreadnought's teleporter room. Before he can bring them up, Lucy walks in and draws a gun on him, intending to take him hostage for her own rebellion. She knocks him out, but he just manages to activate the teleport anyway. Vanessa subdues Lucy, and Robbie convinces her to help them. They head to the engine room.

Lio, Joey, and Mika dock with the ship and head towards the engine room. On the way they are intercepted by one of Frankie and Altaa's children, Midas, and a group of guards. Lio demands that they be taken to the Empress. Along the way, Mika convinces Midas that the escort is unnecessary and she has this under control, and he should really go consult his dad. Midas and the guards leave and our heroes resume their course to rendesvous with the others.

Sealed in the engine room, Pete and Lio take contol of the ship to send it toward the El Cortez and to start a reactor overload.

Shortly, the engine room door is cut away, revealing Gold (Black? Blue?) Raven on the other side. Vanessa readies to charge, but Mika holds her back, insisting that they all stay together, and Sarah puts up a shield instead. Gold Raven gets around it by melting through the floors. Now that she's in the room anyway Vanessa lets loose on her.

Joey starts up a defense but quickly loses control of his trajectory, and between him and Gold Raven the engine controls are damaged and the ship stalls. Pete's able to bring them back up with encouragement from Mika, but the ship remains motionless. Lio figures out the PA system enough to broadcast a general order to evacuate the ship.

Gold Raven gets telekinetically pushed into the engine, her power flares kickstarting the reactor core and the not-so-controlled explosion. Moments before it goes off, Midas charges into the room.

Everything goes white.

When it clears, everyone is back in the 1930s — but separated once more.

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The Spirit of The Spectre
we dun hecked up guys

The place: Halcyon City.

The time: Approximately 9 PM.

The year: 1935.

Three heroes awaken suddenly with no idea of where — or, indeed, when — they are.

It is dark. They are likely to be eaten by a grue.

- L'Esprit and the nearly-unconscious Frankie find themselves blocking traffic. The driver and passenger of the car recognize L'Esprit's Spectre-like outfit and step out to confront her. After unsuccessfully attempting to intimidate them, she manages to stun gun them both, though one gets off a shot that grazes the back of her head. Loading Frankie into their car, she heads to one of The Spectre's safehouses. Several police cars pass her on the way.

- Reflect finds himself in an alley. He discovers his powers are acting up, causing him to randomly become immaterial. He checks his phone; finding there is no signal, he wanders out of the alley. He encounters a couple, a man and woman, out on a stroll. Announcing himself to be From The Future and demonstrating his teleportation ability, he impresses the man, who suggests they get him on stage. Reflect thinks this is a great idea.

- Officer is shaken awake by a stranger, who informs him that he's near the El Cortez hotel. The man comments on how Officer appeared out of nowhere, and tries to bribe him into getting into a nearby car. Officer backs out, but opts to follow the car once it starts on its way.

- Reflect spots who he thinks is L'Esprit up on a rooftop and ditches his new friends. Appearing behind the be-coated figure and yelling "Boo" turns out to be a bad idea as the figure promptly opens fire on him. Reflect quickly figures out not only that this is The Spectre, but that The Spectre is not interested in hearing what he has to say. Reflect makes the wise choice to remove himself entirely from the situation.

- L'Esprit leaves Frankie in the safehouse. She calls up The Spectre's night contact and instructs him to send the doctor to the safehouse. Leaving a letter to explain his condition, she heads out to try and follow the police cars. She finds them clustered in front of a bank where a robbery has just been foiled, and recognizes the scenario as a distraction for another crime.

- Officer follows the car down to the navy base at the docks. The car and several others are let into the base. Officer rides in with the last car. Figures emerge from the car, one shooting two navy guards with a silenced pistol, and begin to advance on a docked ship.

- Figuring he might not be alone, Reflect finds a tall building and spraypaints the Delinquents symbol across the top. He sets down to wait.

- On her way to the docks, L'Esprit passes by the hotel and sees the symbol. She's able to turn her phone into a wifi hotspot and directly connect to Reflect's phone and texts him to get down to the street. He joins her and she fills him in on the kidnapping they're going to go foil.

- Officer darts up onto the ship and rushes through it, finding it full of Russians. He warns them of the impending attack as best he can while also trying to find whatever it is the attackers want. Finally he finds a room with a young girl under guard. Shots begin firing elsewhere. Officer negotiates with the guard. The girl, a Russian princess, decides she trusts Officer, so the guard lets him take her to keep her safe. Officer removes her from the scene.

- L'Esprit and Reflect literally gatecrash the navy base, setting off the alarm. Reflect hops to punching thugs while L'Esprit finds the controls for the PA system and broadcasts an approximation of The Spectre's laugh. She regroups with Reflect and gives him her hat and coat, so that his duplicates can all look like The Spectre. The attackers surrender promptly. Figuring the navy and Russian forces have things under control now, L'Esprit and Reflect retreat.

- The princess asks Officer to take her to a soda shop. It's late, so none are open, but Officer breaks into one anyway and shows off a bit to impress her.

- L'Esprit and Reflect return to the safehouse to find Frankie gone. They start to try and track him, only to be confronted by The Spectre. L'Esprit tries and fails to convince him to help them. He tears off her uniform and tells her and Reflect to leave the safehouse. L'Esprit gives up and they set off to find Frankie.

- The princess points out the spray-painted symbol to Officer. He takes her up there to see if anyone is still around. Finding no one, he asks her to wait while he goes back to clean up the soda shop. When he returns, she is gone, but he spots someone flying away and goes after them as best he can. He tries to get some police attention but doesn't manage it so well.

- Back with Lio and Reflect, they're able to track Frankie to not far from the El Cortez, where it seems he met with someone. Lio gets knocked upside the head by a pair of guards. Reflect surrounds them with duplicates. They explain that the top floor of the El Cortez is the base of operations for The Golden Master. At Reflect's order they disarm and leave.

- Officer tracks the flying kidnapper to the El Cortez, finally re-uniting with Lio and Reflect. The three of them hatch a plan to get into The Golden Master's base via the service elevator. On the way, they find and borrow some hotel uniforms. They encounter guards who stop Lio, demanding to know who she is since they control the hotel hiring and don't recognize her.

- Officer attempts to punch the guard who grabbed Lio, but is caught by The Golden Master's right-hand man Brass Brilliant. Brass dangles Officer out the window. Lio stun guns the guard, but since he's holding her she zaps herself in the process. Her new technopathy ability goes crazy and causes all the lights to explode. Brass drops Officer, who catches himself on a projection. Reflect attempts to spraypaint Brass's eyes, but both he and his spraypaint are immaterial and pass straight through. He takes advantage of the temporary incorporeality to pass through the locked door at the end of the hall.

- Reflect finds the flying villain negotiating with The Golden Master to turn over the princess. The Golden Master notices him and causes him to freeze. His wavering powers fail him, leaving him solid and unable to teleport away when the guards grab him. The Golden Master unmasks him. She begins stroking his face and speaks admiringly of his powers. He bluffs that The Spectre is on his way and that he's a close friend.

- Lio attempts to take out the guards in the hall. Brass Brilliant gets ahold of her and starts choking her.

- Officer ducks back in through a window — incidentally leading into a bathroom where a woman is bathing — and rushes back up the stairs. He attempts to rush into the room with the princess but finds the door locked.

- Reflect's powers return and he blips back into the hall. He again attempts to spraypaint Brass's eyes, this time succeeding. Reflect's luck again fails as he tries to grab Lio to teleport her away.

- Seeing Lio in danger, Officer snaps and picks up a gun, shooting Brass Brilliant with intent to kill, though he only hits Brass's shoulder. It's enough to get Brass to drop Lio. Brass retreats into the next room, the door of which is now unlocked for reasons I missed.

- Officer — still thoroughly snapped — starts into the next room and threatens to shoot the princess if they don't hand her over. Lio calls to him and un-snaps him out of the murderous cold rage. The Golden Master laughs at his threat and offers to kill the girl herself. Officer tries to guilt-trip her over this, but fails.

- Lio instructs Reflect to focus on getting the princess out of there. She steals a coat, hat, and scarf from a nearby room to re-approximate The Spectre's uniform. Stepping into the room after Officer, she impersonates The Spectre, calling on his personal relationship with The Golden Master. While she keeps the Master's attention, Reflect attempts to teleport the princess, but his solidness continues to fail him. Officer grabs her to run her out but the ways are all blocked. Lio tells The Golden Master that the princess is one of The Spectre's people. The Golden Master agrees to let them all go, but first cuts Lio's forehead badly enough to scar.

- On the way out they are met by Frankie, suddenly refreshed and in a fitted tuxedo. He rebuffs their attempts to bring him with them, and in the interest of not renewing trouble, Lio orders them to leave without him — they'll deal with Frankie later.

- They find somewhere to lay low for awhile. Robbie tracks down the man from before and makes some money doing stage shows. Joey shows the princess around town — finally learning her name is Katyana(?) — and spends his nights beating up crooks. Lio spends her time trying to figure out how to send a letter to the future to let Michael know where they are, and occasionally helps out The Spectre from the sidelines with her knowledge from his files.

- After approximately two weeks, the three Wildcards suddenly black out again. They awaken to find themselves back in what seems to be the future — but the sky is dark with Oolu dreadnoughts, the streets full of Oolu guards and dispirited, controlled humans.

Fuckin' Frankie, man.

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Be My Bodyguard

It has been two weeks since the events at the wedding and L'Espirit, Reflect, Officer and Freddie for Real are missing if not dead. BodyGuards have been brought in to guard the remains of the Oolu ship and The Hall of Heroes.

Roy secretly passes a note to Sarah asking her to meet him out back after school. She later gets a text from her mom saying to meet her directly after school. Sarah asks Pete Friendly to give Roy the bad news.

Vanessa meets up with Sarah at lunch and sees Kelsi has returned to school but has her arm in a sling. They talk and are getting along. 

After school Pete gives Roy the bad news that Sarah can't make it. At first he thinks that she doesn't like him but Pete convinces him that she does actually like him. He overreacts and decides to meet at her place. Pete gives him a modified calculator that can defect if someone has powers. 

Sarah returns home and her mother gives her a talk about how she should rejoin the Bodyguard Program. She says they have changed and are now based out of Halcyon City. She can continue to go to school and hang out with her friends. Sarah says she is fine the way things are and asks about her two friends who are Bodyguards. Her mom says the Bodyguards are already dealing with them. Sarah is shocked and decides to leave only to run into Roy who tried to kiss her but she dodges and takes him to a coffee shop.

Vanessa returns home to find her place devastated and Cathy and Betty missing. Ugat and Pete show up to help. Ugat sees tracks for an Excursion and head to their secret base. He gets Sarah's help to track the vehicle which goes to the peer and meets up with a submarine. The figure they are heading to the underwater THULE base.

They take Pete's ship underwater and Pete makes a deal with Mother Dearest that he will let her go if she helps him break into THULE. She agree. Pete disguises the ship as a whale and they connect and sneak in. 

Meanwhile Sarah is on her date with Roy at a Starbucks. Roy's x-girlfriend, Jessica, walks by calling Sarah a freak and making Roy choose. Roy chooses Sarah and Jessica walks away pissed saying he will regret his choice.

The crew finds Cathy being held and guarded by Bodyguard 12Colleen Drake and 2 other bodyguards. Vanessa charges in attacks Colleen and grabs Cathy. They end up in a nasty fight but Ugat and Vanessa get away with Cathy and Colleen captures. Pete turns into a giant rhino squid monster preventing the bodyguards from following. 

Sarah goes to the bathroom and when she comes back out runs into Barb Sharpton. She also tried to convince Sarah to rejoin saying she doesn't need combat training. Barb leaves saying she is under constant video surveillance. 

Ugat and Bodyguard find Betty getting something injected into the side of her head. Colleen says it is a tracker bomb and Ugat flings her around and she reveals the device to remove but Ugat damages it. The Bodyguards push past Pete and lock him in the room that Cathy was being held in. Mother Dearest makes a deal with Pete that he will let him out of his cell (since she hacked and has control of the facilities in the THULE base) if he releases her from her cell in Pete's ship. Pete agrees.

Sarah sits down to enjoy her coffee but after a few minutes sees someone in a suit of power armor blast at her. Sarah forms a shield around her and Roy and they run but the armor jumps in front of them. The armor holds up her hand causing a noise and Sarah's shield to fail. She telekinetically pushes the suit back accidentally harming civilians. The armor presses the attack and Sarah decides to teleport herself and Roy to the THULE base.

By the time Sarah blips into the fray, Bodyguard holding Cathy and Betty, and Ugat holding the broken removal device, are running from Bodyguards. Roy has a minor freak out (because teleporting is weird), and all of them begin booking it to the whale ship. Bodyguard-12 catches up to Vanessa quickly, forcing her to toss Cathy and Betty to Calavera, while she focuses on fighting/distracting 12.

Mother Dearest has made it perfectly clear that she had no real intention of keeping her word on helping The Wildcards with their plan, as trouble seems to be boiling over (curse you inevitable betrayal!). Calavera is the first to make it back to the ship, and bubbles Mother. Mother fights back, but Calavera holds out for Pete.

Pete was able to fight the Bodyguards for a while before they finally figured out how to fight a squid with horns. He gets whaled on pretty hard. (I don't remember what exactly Ugat was doing in this instance). Vanessa has been blocking and dodging 12 surprisingly well, before flinging him to the guard beating up Pete, giving him the chance to go to the ship. Vanessa doesn't see the third guard coming though, and gets knocked out in the fight. Pete fights for control of his ship and wins, and locks his mother back in the laundry room. She screams dramatically.

Ugat, for lack of a better description, joins forces with the rest of the plant life and trees in the THULE facility, in this ever growing singular hive mind of Ugat tree mess. This massive growth/connection however causes the building to be too small to hold all of him, and ocean water pours through. People start evacuating, and he tosses Vanessa and Roy into the Whale ship, and everyone escapes.

Calavera and Roy have a talk about how crazy being a super hero is, but even with the minor freak outs he's over all okay and excited about the adventure. Sarah seems to appreciate Roy's enthusiasm. Ugat tells Pete that Betty has an explosive in her head, and Pete creates a one time removal device using the broken parts. It works, before falling apart. Vanessa wakes up, and quickly checks on Betty and Cathy. Betty has come to and is unharmed, essentially, and tells Vanessa they need to leave Halcyon. Vanessa agrees that Betty needs to leave, but that she's staying in the city. They have a spat.

Cathy wakes up, and is also luckily unharmed. She shares her story of how she fought 3 bodyguards by her awesome self, but that 3 versus 1 was unfair. Vanessa praises her for her it. Pete drives the ship to Iceland, to which he understands the language easily (because English is hard guys). Betty waits in Iceland, and Vanessa tells Cathy that Halcyon isn't safe anymore and to choose between staying or leaving. Cathy breaks Betty's leg.

Pete helps fix Betty's leg, before leaving her in Iceland alone. Vanessa proceeds to scold Cathy that she shouldn't hurt people weaker than her just because they are jerks. The team return to Halcyon, mostly unscathed. They drop Mother Dearest off at General Mikey's current home in La Jolla, and with the help of Lucy they make plans to try and follow the rest of their team into the past!

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Wedding Crashers
The Wildcards have a Very Busy Afternoon

The crashed Dreadnought is still in the bay. Coronado Bridge has been rebuilt, part of it going through the ship.

Joey visited Lio briefly to return her housekey before returning to training with Ghost and Badger. Lucy and Robbie got metal sleeves to block the signal from their evil tattoos. Blue Hydra has awoken and been informed of where she is and that she'll be turned over to the authorities as soon as we have the chance. Vanessa has been out of contact, working with Betty as agreed, while spending her free time working with Cathy and sneaking out at night to stay by Kelsi.

Michael finally passed Vanessa in the hospital and took her aside for a talk, during which she agreed to be publicly known as Shield. She went on to see Kelsi, finding her awake, and the two talked, Vanessa making the significant gesture of taking off her gloves to hold Kelsi's hand.

We rejoin our heroes on the day of Frankie and Cygnus's wedding, and a team interview scheduled with 60 Minutes. The team arranges to meet up at the Sanctuary.

Before the meeting, Joey reveals to Pete, Michael, and Robbie that The Badger stuck a tracer in his neck. Pete removes it. Lio investigates Dr Infinity's house and finds a hidden laboratory with diagrams of the death orbs and two tubes of the liquid metal.

In the Sanctuary, Sarah familiarizes everyone with the setup. They discuss the team name, throwing out a couple ideas before settling on Wildcards. Michael arranges to get his mom, Sarah's parents, and Dr Betty in contact with each other. Although several members of the team are hesitant about the interview, Michael insists that everyone be present so that Halcyon residents will be able to recognize them for heroes. Vanessa is allowed to opt out for reasons that I missed.

Pete and Ugat take the helm during the interview. The only really interesting part is that the new name is publicly unveiled. The proceeding is thankfully interrupted by an intruder alert from Max 2000. A reporter attempts to come with them, but Pete shoos them off. Alerting Vanessa, the team heads back to the Sanctuary, prepared to deal with Dr Infinity trying to take her old base back.

They find not only Dr Infinity, but also Siphon and Black Raven in the Sanctuary, Blue Hydra broken out and Dr Infinity working at the computer. Along with her are four (six?) of the death orbs.

Black Raven attacks Calavera at the head of the group; both Bodyguard/Shield and L'Esprit move to protect her, and Black Raven flees when Shield presses the attack. Siphon attacks Reflect, stealing his teleportation powers and teleporting the two back outside. Ugat takes control of one of the death orbs and uses it to blow up another. Officer and Pete go after Dr Infinity but are brushed off ("Unhand me, small disco child!"); Calavera finally succeeds in getting her away from the computer. L'Esprit tries to engage Blue Hydra, who grabs her. Dr Infinity says that they got what they came for and vanishes with Hydra, L'Esprit, and the remaining death orbs.

Siphon surrenders. Ugat turns the captive death orb over to Pete to add to his growing trophy collection. They start preparing to deal with the wedding in less than two hours and, more importantly, the imminent alien invasion after that. Lucy joins them for this process.

L'Esprit finds herself in a dark, unfamiliar room. Dr Infinity offers to let L'Esprit work for her, using the super-steroids until Infinity can turn her into a cyborg. An Oolu guard lets Infinity and Hydra know that the wedding will be soon. It turns out that L'Esprit is in the basement of the Hotel Coronado. Dr Infinity has one of the orbs pin L'Esprit to a wall to deal with later. Lio contacts Pete, letting him know where she is and about the guard, and she tells them not to do anything dangerous to get her. Joey wants to rescue Lio anyway, but Sarah talks him down.

Pete contacts Cygnus to try and get her to make a distraction. Cygnus is not cooperative. Lucy loses patience with the team's dithering, so sheds her arm-guard and heads out on the Kirby-scooter to cause the needed distraction. Immediately the guard at the hotel musters shuttles and scooters to give chase. Reflect teleports out to join her. The remaining team hurriedly finishes planning and sets out for the hotel.

Left alone, L'Esprit frees herself and scouts out the hotel, locating General Mikey and Mother Dearest at Pete's suggestion. Vanessa shows up to challenge the General to public combat. L'Esprit passed on that the General, Lucy's dad, is worried about her and could be turned against the invaders for her sake. Vanessa confronts the General and talks him into take a dive. He won't fight her until after the wedding ceremony, though, relegating that to Plan B.

Meanwhile, over with Plan A, Officer shows up to bug Frankie. Frankie reacts quickly enough to grab him, and Officer is arrested and shuffled off to the side. His Badgerphone buzzes, but he's unable to answer due to the whole handcuffs thing. Pete confronts his brother, but Mother Dearest density-pins him and tells him to stand by as the Best Man like he's supposed to be.

Also meanwhile, Ugat asks the hotel plants where the villains have gone. They direct him to the crashed dreadnought.

The wedding ceremony begins. Frankie is beyond pleased. Cygnus is beautiful. Everything is perfect so long as you ignore the sounds of the scooters chasing Lucy and Reflect. Even L'Esprit stun-gunning the guard and freeing Officer fails to disrupt the ceremony.

Then Pete gets free of his mom, drawing his peashooter and demanding Frankie admit before the cameras that the invasion is already underway. Frankie starts to comply, but before he can say the words, he's blasted aside — by none other than Mother Dearest. Mom announces that the ceremony will continue, but Pete will marry Cygnus instead. Calavera bubbles Pete and Cygnus while Officer steals Mom's gun.

Seeing that the ceremony is all but off, Vanessa and the General begin their duel.

Meanwhile, Blue Hydra, Dr Infinity, and Vanquish have taken over the dreadnought. It begins to lift off, destroying Coronado Bridge (again). Reflect, having taken care of the Oolu chasing them, crashes the Kirby scooter into the dreadnought cockpit. He teleports he and Lucy off it at the last second and onto the hull of the dreadnought. Although tragic, the sacrifice of the scooter does very little except give Ugat an objective when he starts climbing up the dreadnought. Officer finally picks up the Badgerphone and is instructed to head to the dreadnought.

Black Raven shows up, proclaiming that she and the three supervillains are the New Exemplars. She is ignored as Ugat gets Officer to use Mother Dearest's gun to cut them a path into the cockpit. Black Raven is not pleased by this and in response melts the hull open. Officer tackles Dr Infinity away from the ship's controls while Reflect handles Vanquish.

Back at the wedding grounds, a ring has gathered around Vanessa and General Mikey as they battle, her holding her own while remaining visibly human. She hears Bodyguard 12's voice in the crowd urging her on.

Cygnus tries her voice power at Pete's urging, only for it to reflect off the bubble and knock her out. Calavera pulls the bubbles off them and onto Pete's mom instead. Pete starts to fly off with Cygnus and his mom despite the latter continuing to fight him.

Dr Cosmos — a wedding guest — mind-freezes everyone who is fighting. Vanessa breaks through it, in the process going fully metallic. L'Esprit sneaks up and stun guns him, releasing the freeze. Vanessa knocks Mikey down and he concedes the fight. Pete and Sarah fly to his ship with Cygnus and his mom. L'Esprit picks up the wounded and unconscious Frankie and heads out to find him medical help.

Once more back to the dreadnought, Badger calls Officer back to the reactor room. As Officer arrives, he recognizes that it's about to overload and grabs Badger to get him out.

The dreadnought explodes, throwing the fighters in the cockpit clear and sending massive pieces of shrapnel everywhere. Vanessa deflects a piece from the wedding party but it still critically injures a civilian.

When the blast clears, L'Esprit, Officer, and the unconscious Frankie suddenly find themselves no longer by the bay, but rather in the middle of a street — with the irate driver of a 30s-style roadster honking at them.

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Delinquents Gold Team in... The Gang Initiates An Alien Invasion
... or... Flight of the Black Raven

Pete Friendly's patented Crime Toaster popped, the word "Crime!" burnt darkly into the sourdough! He flipped the bread inquisitively to note the map showing the location of the voracious villainy.

"As I well know, the darkness of the toast burn indicates the severity of the crime… This must be something big!" the otherworldly Outsider said aloud, despite being alone. "I must call upon the forces of… The Delinquents!"

Using his mighty mental powers, Outsider called out to his friends for assistance! He received a hard pass from his first choices, Ugat, Calavera, Bodyguard, and L'Esprit. In a fit of desperation, he reached out to Cygnus, who just thought about the sound of a dial tone until he disconnected. With a sigh, he finally called Reflect and Officer, who were happy to assist.

With the Gold Team assembled, Outsider's Ooloo fighter™ flew in hot to the scene of the crime. Police officers were taking cover behind cars as hunks of asphalt were hurled at them at high speed. The camera panned up slowly to reveal… The Villainous Vanquish! Now freed from the shackles preventing him from using his powers, he was tearing up the street with an intense focus, flanked by a pair of jackhammer wielding henchmen wearing sweatshirts with a big "V" on them.

Acting with abandon, the optimistic Officer leapt from the ship at speed, quickly dispatching with both henchmen. Outsider and Reflect then casually walked from the ship, looking confusedly at Officer.

"Sup, Vanquish," said the recalcitrant Reflect.

"Reflect! How are you? Why did your little friend beat up my day laborers?" Vanquish replied.

"We really don't know," said Outsider.

Vanquish revealed that he was digging for a power source he buried back in the 70's. It used to be a field (confirmed by Officer), but has since been paved over. He had almost got to it, but there's one problem. It was contained in some sort of… container. A container impenetrable to even Vanquish's might.

"… but with your teleporting ability, you can retrieve the power source for me! Bwahahahaha!" Vanquish continued laughing evilly for a solid 5 minutes.

Reflect questioned Vanquish about his intended uses for the power source. He was informed that it could power anything, Death Rays, Star Ships, Doomsday Devices.

"Dude, I'm a hero. That's not cool," said Reflect, before realizing that, actually, it was pretty cool. Reflect agreed to assist Vanquish… or so it seemed.

Secretly, using Outsider's telepathy as a conduit, Reflect formed a plan to bamboozle their felonious foe. He would teleport into the container and grab the enemy source… but he wouldn't return it to Vanquish. Instead, he would teleport it into Outsider's Ooloo fighter™ and they would take off. Meanwhile, Officer would use his speedy superpowers to dazzle and distract Vanquish. It was a perfect plan, and nothing could possibly go wrong.

OR COULD IT?

The plan began just fine, before immediately falling apart. Reflect teleported inside the container, finding a large, glowing, egg-like object.

"Easy, peasy, I'll be out in a breezy, just as I pleasy," Reflect rhymed, reaching for the egg with his evil hand. As he touched it, he immediately blacked out.

Outside the container, Officer began his part of the plan, zipping around Vanquish in circles at a high speed. Vanquish stood in the center of the ring of rapidity, confused as to why the child was running around him.

"Don't mind him," said Outsider. "He has ADD."

"I'm full of energy!" shouted the Officer.

Outsider reached out to Reflect's mind, but heard an actual dial tone. After a while of waiting, Vanquish became annoyed at Officer running around him, and hit him, sending him flying. He went over to the container, and started striking at it, trying to open it.

Elsewhere, Reflect awoke in a strange white room, empty except for a door, a cot, and a young Ooloo lady with a similar evil arm tattoo as Reflect's.

"Hi," she said.

The Ooloo revealed her name to be Haiosdhfgdsjbfhsdjcoaishyuaibsj, but her Earth name is Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

"Wow, that's a really long name," said Reflect. "It's also an LSD reference. Your name is a reference to a drug. I'm just gonna call you 'Lucy.'"

"Ok," Lucy replied.

They then moved in to high five, and found that their hands passed through each other. After a discussion of which one of them might be a ghost, Lucy picked up a ball, and threw it at Reflect. It went right through him. After discounting the possibility that it might be the unquiet soul of a dead ball, Reflect realized that he was probably the ghost. But, then eventually worked out that he was probably… a dupe or something? Something… to be revealed later.

Reflect then learned that Lucy was a prisoner, they were onboard Outsider's Mom's Ooloo Dreadnaught Class Battle Ship™, and the tattoo is a mark of Ooloo prisoners, before waking up back on Earth inside the container. He tried to wipe the sweat from his brow with an exaggerated sigh, but found he couldn't because the tattoo on his arm was fused with the Egg-ish energy source. His whole sleeve was burnt off, revealing the full tattoo, which glowed brightly, the same color as the Egg. Despite this, Reflect alerted Outsider that the plan was still on. He teleported with the egg onto Outsider's Ooloo fighter™.

To further confuse Vanquish, Outsider used his telepathy and density shifting to rip open the container's door, revealing it to be empty. He told Vanquish that Reflect had a teleporting accident, and was at the ruins of the Hollywood Hills with the power source now. Vanquish flew off to meet him.

The Gold Team met back up aboard the ship and saw Reflect's predicament, still fused to the power source. Reflect told them about the prisoner, and the prisoner mark she had.

"Oh yeah, I guess your tattoo does look familiar," said Outsider. "It's a mark of exile for the worst Ooloo prisoners. The only way to get it off and free you will be to a) cut your arm off, or b) get a high ranking Ooloo officer like my Mom or maybe Frankie / Freddie 4real to release you of it."

"Let's make cutting off my arm Plan B," said Reflect.

The gang went to find Fredankie 4real. He confirmed that he could remove the mark, but then Reflect's arm just released itself from the egg. The egg looked completely drained of energy, but Reflect's tattoo glowed bright.

"Never mind, Fredfrank," Reflect said. "I want to keep it now. This thing's gotta have some cool power."

 

 

META – Holy crap, writing like this takes forever. I'm just gonna wrap up with some details.

Gold Team rescues Lucy, but the Ooloo are aware of it! Officer is being mentored by Badger! Cygnus wants to break up the wedding! We learned that the purpose of the Ooloo inspection wasn't to see if we were "worthy", it was to see if we were capable of fighting back against an inevitable invasion! Gold team fought a bunch of Kriby-Scooter riding Ooloo soldiers! Gold Raven (now, Black Raven) is now all evil and working with Vanquish! Vanquish stole and crashed the Dreadnaught into the Coronado Bridge! Outsider publicly rebuked his family and stood on the side Earth as the invasion begins!

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Rehearsal Dinner

See Delinquents Gold Team in… The Gang Initiates An Alien Invasion a variation on events below

The wedding between Frankie for Real and Cygnus is getting prepared at The Hotel del Cornado. Considered the event of the year all the big names are invited. Pete Friendly is busy trying to help his brother but his "crime" device goes off. He excuses himself but Frankie tells him to hurry back as there mom is about to head down.

Pete assembles Reflect and Joey to help. The find Vanquish tearing about a parking lot in Chula Vista. Vanquish treats them as allies and asks for there help. He says he buried a powerful power source in the area before he was arrested but needs Reflects help as he won't be able to get it out of its storage container. The agree to help him find it in hopes to keep it out of his hands. Pete picks up a faint signal and Vanquish digs up the container. Reflect teleports in finding an egg that is glowing. When he touches it Relfect's tattoo on his arm starts to glow and he passes out. When Vanquish gets suspicious Pete tricks Vanquish saying Reflect has his egg at the Hollywood sign and he flies off. 

Reflect find himself in a strange alien room where a young alien woman with the same tattoo is getting her hair brushed by a robot. She notices Reflect and asks why he has an Exile Tattoo on his arm. He says it was by accident and find out that her name is Lucy in the Sky. An Oolu who is prisoner for leading another planet against the Oolu. Reflect finds out she is scheduled for execution and she asks for his help when.

Reflect returns to the container and finds his Tattoo is wrapped around the power-egg and absorbing it. He teleports back to the ship and they leave.

Pete flies the ship to Coronoda hearing that his mother's congregation has landed with 5 shuttles and around 30 Oolu. Pete wants to talk to Frankie and Joey zips out and tries to grab him embarressing the two of them. They talk and Frankies says he need to talk to Cygnus. 

The egg stops glowing but Reflects tattoo does not. He decides to try to teleport back to the ship though he has never teleported that far. He succeeded and asks Lucy if she wants to escape. She is hesitant thinking escaping might be a mistake but then agrees and they teleport back down.

Pete and Joey wait for Reflect and Joey decided to scout the area. He is tripped up by The Badger who puts a tracker on him and then says he wants to take him on as an apprentice so Joey doesn't make the same mistakes as Ghost. Joey agrees but only if he makes up with Ghost. Badger says he will try if Ghost tries.

Cygnus meets up with Pete saying she made a mistake and wants to call of the wedding. She has feeling for Pete and can't deny them. Pete says he will talk to Frankie and she kisses him on the cheek and flies away.

Reflect and Lucy teleport back into the middle of the Oolu congregation. Reflect immediately teleports back to Pete's ship. The four try to decide what to do as they know the Oolu will be after them soon. Reflect decides to teleport him and Lucy to downtown and they will walk as civilians. To everyones' surprise Lucy could change her skin color and blend in.

Joey finds Ghost at a bar flirting with a woman. He tries to convince him to talk to Badger and he gets upset and then becomes enraged when he says Ghost is not a cop.

Vanquish calls Reflect and asks him why he is not at the Hollywood sign. Reflect says that the Oolu stole the power-egg. He asks where Reflect is and he gives Vaniquish his position. A little later Gold Raven flies over looking in his general direction. She is now wearing and black costume. 

Reflect and Lucy find they are being tracked by Oolu scouts. Reflect is able to teleport but they find them again soon after. Pete says they are tracking the tattoos. Pete figures out that the box the stored the power-egg could block the transmissions of the tattoo. 

When they try to retrieve it Black Raven and Vanquish are already there looking around. Reflect again insists that the Oolu have the power-egg on the dreadnought and they must attack it. Vanquish agrees and the two fly off and attack the ship.

Soon after the scouts catch up and attack. They quickly take out the scouts and are able to load the container on the ship where Reflect and Lucy hide giving them a moment of privacy. Lucy moves close but Reflect not sure what to do gets embarrassed and they both turn away.

A little later the dreadnought crashes into the bay crushing the Coronado bridge. It is reported that they have captured Vanquish but Black Raven got away.

Pete's mom confronts him angry and insists that he and the Delinquent Corp show up to the wedding except for Reflect who will be arrested. He refuses.

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Picking Up the Pieces

In the wake of the Exemplar meltdown, Halcyon has been in chaos. More than usual, I mean. The fight at Homecoming has been all over the news, bringing attention to Sarah's unmasking. The splintered Exemplars have gone to ground, with Gold Raven and Miracle Woman's roles still a mystery. Long-forgotten villains have come out of retirement, suddenly at full power once again — with them, new villains, emboldened by the bedlam. There has been no sign of Atomic.

In the midst of it all, the soon-to-be-renamed Delinquents under Ugat's leadership have declared (at least temporary) neutrality. Ugat has also made clear he will not tolerate any infighting, regardless of Exemplar loyalties — punching Exemplars is fine, but punching each other is not.

We rejoin our heroes a week after Homecoming.

- During school, Michael asks Sarah to arrange a neutral ground on which he and Lio can talk and do some team-building. Sarah has just the thing in mind, but it's a surprise.

- Sarah approaches Roy. He is not unfriendly but a bit wary now. An ex-girlfriend of his grabs his arm and pulls him away, calling Sarah a freak and saying he's been trying to get away from 'that kind of thing'. Sarah tells him to call her.

- Lio has been trailing drug dealers and managed to track them back to a run-down apartment. She sees the leader and a group of dealers leave the building. A laser suddenly cuts one of the dealers in half. Lio finds the lasers originate with a group of four spheres of liquid metal, similar to mercury or to the substance being tested in the THULE base. One of the dealers shoots a death orb but it does not deter them. The death orbs kill the dealers; all but the leader, who escapes by taking the super-steroid and leaping across the roofs. Lio sees the orbs enter the apartment building, then two of them exit again, escaping into the sewers. The drugs in the apartment have all been taken and another dealer slain, but the civilian inhabitant spared. Lio calms her and takes her to the hospital.

- Later Lio meets Sarah and Michael. Sarah has arranged for the three of them to go through an escape room together. While they puzzle it out, they talk. Michael tries to figure out Lio's motivations. She remains cagey, but she insists that they don't need to worry about her. They manage to get the door open, only for Michael's mom Rose to be standing on the other side. She says that The Badger needs their help.

- The Badger tries to recruit them to help take down Omega, whom he calls the greatest criminal threat in Halcyon now. He insists that Omega has never agreed with Dr Cosmos's leadership and thus went behind his back. They believe that Gold Raven and Miracle Woman are working with Omega. Michael asks for evidence, unwilling to act on hearsay. Lio accuses Badger of arranging the meeting to try and get to Lady Night through her. Badger tells them that anyone else Omega kills is on their hands, and flounces off with a smoke bomb. Rose tells Michael she wants him to work with Badger and be more heroic. She leaves as well.

- Lio, Michael, and Sarah discuss the mystery of Miracle Woman and the various other odd and contradictory occurrences surrounding the Exemplars, THULE, and the Bodyguards.

- In the Signet household — I think? — Vanessa and Cathy spar and then Vanessa has an argument with Betty, demanding to know why Betty took them from Bodyguard. The answer upsets her. Vanessa takes Cathy and leaves.

- Sarah takes Lio and Michael to Mission Trails. Vanessa and Cathy meet them, and Vanessa introduces Cathy, who immediately takes to climbing on Michael. Sarah shows them her Sanctuary: an extensive secret base under Mission Trails that used to belong to Dr Infinity and was shut down after her arrest. Sarah and her mother have been cleaning it up for the last month, so it looks like a Lisa Frank store exploded inside a paramilitary bunker. Sarah offers it as the new team base.

- An alarm goes off on the Sanctuary's supercomputer. A satellite image shows Blue Hydra attacking a house in La Jolla. Then everything freezes and Sasha Blaze strolls in through one of the holes, revealing that her power has a limited range. The team decide to use the Sanctuary's teleportal to intervene, but as soon as Ugat passes through he's caught within Sasha's sphere of influence. Calavera is able to telekinetically pull him back to the Sanctuary. They follow on the satellite feed instead. Sasha Blaze pushes a woman out of the house. L'Esprit is able to identify the house as Colleen Drake's. Blue Hydra wraps up Drake and makes off with her.

- Hydra starts to hide her power, so the Sanctuary computer — named Max 2000 — begins to lose her signal. The team uses the teleportal again to confront the villains. Sasha has Drake at knifepoint to urge her into a building, but Calavera puts up a shield and Bodyguard grabs Drake to carry her out of harm's way. Out of nowhere, Omega also arrives, grabbing Blue Hydra. Cathy, eager to take part, punches Omega. Bodyguard rushes back to pull her away.

- Sasha grabs Calavera, holding the knife to her throat, and puts a gloved finger in Calavera's mouth. Ugat snatches Calavera away. L'Esprit stun guns Sasha, who tries to hit her with the glove and Calavera's vitality-sapping saliva, but L'Esprit shrugs it off. Frightened by the stun gun, Sasha backs away, saying she only wants Sarah. L'Esprit says she can't have her. Calavera uses her telekinesis to pull the glove off Sasha, and Sasha retreats in a blink.

- Meanwhile, Omega and Blue Hydra have kept each other well occupied, with some interference from Bodyguard and Cathy. Omega tears apart the Hydra heads, Blue Hydra screaming in pain with every loss. She manages to get the upper hand, so Ugat punches her out, only for Omega to begin ripping the heads off again. Ugat calls him out. Omega nonetheless picks her up and throws her into a wall, knocking her cold. While L'Esprit checks on her, Ugat admonishes Omega. Omega argues that Hydra deserves to die after the damage she's done and that Dr Cosmos has been influencing the super courts so that villains get off light, and besides the super-prison has been destroyed so there's nowhere to hold her.

- Ugat tells Omega that they'll take her into custody themselves, and L'Esprit stands between Omega and Hydra. After a tense moment, Omega leaves. They take Hydra back to the Sanctuary and lock her up there, to be dealt with later through the proper legal channels. Ugat calls Drake, leaving her a voicemail that simply says "You're welcome."

- Vanessa gets a call from Kelsi that she's in trouble, but it gets cut off. Max 2000 traces Kelsi's phone to Halcyon High. Vanessa rushes off on foot, reaching the school before Max can pinpoint the location and get the teleportal configured. She finds Kelsi surrounded by drug dealers and sees Kelsi take a dose of the super-steroid. Vanessa rushes in to grab Kelsi, but Kelsi hits her. Vanessa goes into a rage and in a few seconds has flattened everyone, including Kelsi.

- Arriving moments too late, Lio talks Vanessa down while Michael and Sarah make sure everyone is still alive, and Sarah confiscates all of the super-drug they find. Michael hands Cathy over to Vanessa to help calm her down. Cathy is confused to see Vanessa crying.

- They tip off the cops to the hurt drug dealers and take Kelsi to the hospital. Vanessa stays in the waiting room and the rest stay with her for moral support.

- Lio steps away to get snacks or something. Lady Night takes the opportunity to speak to her confidentially. Night wants her help taking down Dr Cosmos, calling him the greatest criminal threat in Halcyon. She says he's been mind-controlling the Exemplars subtly, influencing them to make decisions that they wouldn't normally make. Lio asks what Lady Night wants from her. Night gives her back her necklace. She explains that her own invisibility is from The Spectre's ring, and that she hasn't been able to activate a power from the necklace, but she thinks Lio can. Before Night leaves, Lio gives her a condition: If Lady Night, Omega, or anyone associated with them goes after Joey for any reason other than self-defense, any deal between them is off. Night says she hopes it doesn't come to that.

- Vanessa recovers enough from her shock to call Betty. She negotiates, agreeing to come home and do as Betty says, so long as Betty lets Cathy go to school and have the opportunity to be a normal kid. Vanessa leaves with Cathy.

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Bring a Date

So, the world exploded. In a metaphorical sense, although there were some literal explosions involved. But, before that, we must return to a simpler, more innocent time… Thursday morning.

- Colleen Drake calls in the group (minus Vanessa, who listens in on a phone). She tells them there's been a leak of an experimental THULE super-steroid. She wants them to look into it being distributed at the school, find the dealers and their suppliers and confiscate the drugs. Getting drugs out of school seems like a good idea so they agree.

- Pete learns there's an Oolu destroyer out near the moon. He contacts it and is greeted by his mother, who wanted to arrive early for the wedding and plans to visit Earth on Saturday.

- Michael calls a group meeting and everybody gets caught up on the story so far. During the meeting, Sarah talks to Michael, Joey, and Lio, and decides to be more friendly with Roy but establish firm boundaries about kissing. Also during the meeting, Pete synthesizes an antidote for the drug out of a bottle of Mountain Dew, but it's single-use.

- They decide to have Robbie pretend to be a dealer, selling for far cheaper than normal. Their first plan is to have Kelsi spread the word. Vanessa approaches her, but Kelsi gets angry and storms away.

- Backup plan is to set up a sting operation. Joey pretends to take the drug given to him by Robbie and races football player Simon. Another player, Thad, trips/shoves Joey but Joey gets back up and still wins. Simon demands a rematch while Roy talks to Robbie, disbelieving that his old friend is now a drug dealer. Joey wins the second race. Simon tries to punch him, but fails repeatedly, tiring himself out and just making him more angry. The football players arrange to buy pills from Robbie for the game tomorrow.

- Later (next day?) there is a pre-homecoming pep rally. Joey, Sarah, Michael, Pete, and Violetta all attend. Lio and Robbie and I think Vanessa? skip out, remaining outside. Many things happen at once.

- Joey recognizes one of the teachers is actually Miracle Woman. She seems nervous. Sarah sees a brief glimpse of Sasha, but she's gone when Sarah tries to point her out to Joey. Michael gets called out onto the floor, everyone cheers him and cheerleaders hang off him. Lindsey is still cold. Back in the stands Violetta starts to show her own plant powers but is met with fright and disgust.

- The outside group spot a kid talking to Simon by the bleachers. Robbie recognizes him as another old friend, Thomas. Lio recognizes signs of him being on the drug or otherwise 'improved'. Thomas wants to talk to Joey, so sends Simon to find him. While he's doing that, Robbie greets Thomas and convinces him that they should work together. When Thomas leaves, Pete and Robbie follow in his camouflaged spaceship while Lio follows on the ground.

- Atomic appeared over the school. Pete mind-talked to him and was rudely pushed away, but learned that Atomic was after Miracle Woman. Atomic flew off. Michael went after him with Vanessa. They catch up to him. He is unfriendly, especially to Vanessa, who he sticks in the ground up to her waist. He's willing to go with Michael, though, as long as Michael promises to keep out of his way from now on. Michael and Atomic go to the hospital to see Rose. At the sight of her, Atomic freaks out, but Michael manages to talk him down. Atomic admits he attacked her, that he was just supposed to damage her car and didn't mean to hurt her, and he didn't know she was Michael's mom. He fixes her shoulder. Vanessa, who has dug herself out and thinks Michael is in trouble, crashes into the room through the ceiling and yanks Atomic's legs out from under him. Atomic retreats without a fight.

- Simon finds Sarah and gets her to call Joey out. Simon quickly becomes hostile and attacks Joey, gets ahold of his superhero uniform and pulls it out. Simon thinks it's ridiculous and taunts Joey. Joey agrees to another, public race against Simon, planning to lose this time to get Simon off his back. He snatches back his uniform.

- Lio, Robbie, and Pete see Thomas meet with a kid from Clairemont High, Bone. Thomas and Bone head to the pier and a submarine begins to emerge to meet them, but Thomas suddenly attacks Lio with metallic tendrils. Lio stun guns him. Robbie takes a dose of the drug and swings on Bone, stunning him and then breaking his jaw. Pete tries to go after the submarine, but Thomas recovers enough to hit him with the tendrils, stealing his telepathy. Lio zaps him again, Pete turns into a giant winged anteater and slings him into a wall. Robbie, still amped up, punches Thomas out and tries to keep hitting him. Lio pulls him away and Robbie teleports off to try and swim after the submarine, which is long gone. Lio and Pete stand by to see how long until the drug wears off. Once it does, they take Thomas into Pete's ship for questioning and tip off the cops to Bone.

- Onward to the Homecoming Game. Everyone attends, either for fun or to keep an eye on proceedings. Pete leaves Thomas locked in a room on his ship and sends it into space so he can't escape.

- The football game starts okay, Simon is doing better than expected. Then the other team from Clairemont High start juicing up, and there are several injuries, mostly of Halcyon High players. Lio approaches a coach and suggests they call the game due to clear outside interference. The coach agrees, to the ire of the players and crowd. The players are still amped and hostile, and Roy gets knocked unconscious in the confusion. Sarah puts a forcefield around him and rushes to make sure he's okay, revealing her powers to the school in the process. Joey dons his uniform and steals the Clairemont High mascot to make them chase him so they'll work out their excess energy.

- Then the Hall of Heroes explodes. Things go into a rapid tailspin after that.

- Robbie, Vanessa, and Pete rush to the Hall, while Joey, Lio, and Sarah remain in the stadium, and Michael says fuckit and heads home.

- At the Hall of Heroes they find Miracle Woman unconscious and the three rescued villains — Dr Infinity, Vanquish, and Blue Hydra — ransacking the place. I was not present for most of this so someone else will have to fill in this part.

- Meanwhile in the stadium, Omega suddenly crashes down from the sky into the middle of the football field, followed by Dr Cosmos. Sarah asks what's going on. Dr Cosmos instructs her to hold 'this criminal', indicating Omega. She puts a forcefield around him. Joey attempts to attack Dr Cosmos, but a quick mindlink leaves him in tears instead. Omega recovers and Sarah lets him go to keep Dr Cosmos occupied. Lio and Sarah start to clear the rest of the civilians from the stadium and try to get Joey to help.

- The Badger swings in, but his cord is cut by Lady Night. Lady Night tells Lio to take out Dr Cosmos while Badger tells Joey to go after Omega. Lio draws her guns but Joey steals them from her; she draws a third gun and fires anyway but Dr Cosmos has shields up now. Sarah puts another bubble around Omega. Dr Cosmos starts to shrink it so Sarah drops it. She and Lio agree that Dr Cosmos is the greatest danger and try to find a way for Sarah to get close enough to power him down.

- Cygnus spots Michael and asks him what the plan is. He decides to return after all and gets an update from Pete. Returning to the stadium, Michael sends up roots to break Dr Cosmos' shields. Sarah uses the distraction to kiss him, draining him of his powers.

- Back in the Hall of Heroes, Robbie and Pete convince the villains to come with them to fight the Exemplars. They rush off, leaving Vanessa behind dealing with Atomic. Again everything was very loud and chaotic here and I did not catch most of this interaction.

- Joey goes into hyperspeed to try and protect Badger and Dr Cosmos, knocking Sarah away in the process. Lio makes sure Sarah is okay. The villains arrive at the stadium and Robbie tries to get the Exemplars' attention so they'll fight the villains rather than each other. Lio and Sarah retreat on Lio's motorcycle.

- Michael sends Robbie and Joey back to the Hall of Heroes to make sure Vanessa is okay. They find he's removed her metal plating into a floating orb and she's struggling with it while he is despondent. Robbie yells at him. Atomic lets her metal return to her and tells them to leave. He melts the entire Exemplar tower down behind them, with no sign that he left it.

- The two Exemplar factions and the villains disappear, leaving a half-destroyed stadium in their wake.

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The Atomic Level

Officer (Joey Carron) wakes up in the morning eager to head to school. A woman comes out of Ghost's room wearing nothing but a pair of jeans and a bra. She makes Joey uncomfortable as she asks him about Ghost and himself and teases him. Joey runs away.

Violetta Marcos from the Cleanup Crew has moved to San Diego and hangs out with Ugat (Michael Peña). Lindsey gives them a dirty look and she asks what that is all about.

Calavera (Sarah Mendez) meets with Joey. As they are walking down the hall Roy Goldsmit asks Sara out but she refuses him saying she is going with Joey. Time freezes and Sasha Blaze appears dressed as a normal student. She threatens to hurt Joey and those she cares about. Joey's high speed allows him to witness this.

Bodyguard (Vanessa Signet) and Kelsi Wong head to school. Kelsi tries to tell Vanessa to stay away from Betty. Kelsi then suggests they should going to homecoming together and Vanessa asks if she wants to go. Kelsi quickly agrees.

Michael is asked to go to the main office. Principal Hutchinson tells him his mom, Rose Pena is in the amulance. Michael quickly goes over there and find out she was attacked by someone who could warp her shoulder. She is not sure why she was attacked.

Joey gets a call from his older self, Ghost. Ghost tells him to meet at a house in North Park which needs to be investigated and to bring his friends as it is superhero stuff. Joey ignores him and runs into Roy who asks if he can put in a good word for him with Sara as he really wants to go to the dance with her. Roy is friendly as Joey agrees.

Ugat gets a call from Ghost saying he can't get a hold of Joey and he and his friends need to meet him for some superhero investigation. Ugat lets the team know and they head to North Park. Ugat gets there first finding Ghost smoking and drinking. 

The rest show up and they inspect the house. Ghost explains the local cops checked the house first but didn't understand the scene. They called the Exemplars but got no response so the FBI and Ghost were brought in. Again it looks like the house had been attacked by Chompers. Other parts look like they were melted at a molecular level. There is also a body that looks like it exploded on the walls.

As they are collecting evidence The Badger shows up. Ghost starts yelling at The Badger to leave his crime scene but Badger tells him to leave calling him an incompetent reject. Ugat steps in asking Ghost to leave now that an Examplar leave but Ghost reaches for his gun and Ghost knocks it away with a Badgerang. Ghost then tries to use superspeed but Badger predicts and knocks him flat. Ghost then has a seizure.

Badger ignores Ghost and talks with the Delinquents. Tells him the house belonged to The Desperado. Another villain in witness protection. He would analyze the DNA of the remains and confirm. 

Ghost get frustrated and also leaves. The group tries to find Atomic (Gary Richard) but he is not answering his phone. The call Kelsi and find out that he was upset about something a few days ago and she hasn't talked to him since.

Officer checks the bars for Atomic hearing he liked to get drunk but only find Ghost who is on a serious bender. Ghost tries to speed run home but gets hit by a car. Officer takes Ghost to the group who sees a ball of light fall from the sky. The find Gold Raven who seems to have been attacked but her memory is unstable and she thinks it was Atomic but is not sure. 

The next morning Vanessa sees Betty but she has a young girl with her. She approaches her and Betty hugs her saying how worried she was and she must come home and train. Vanessa asks about the girl and finds out she is Cathy (Bodyguard 102). Betty has contacts back in the Bodyguard program and was able to smuggle her out. Vanessa prevents Cathy from almost killing someone that snuck up on her.

Sara walking to school is encounter by Colleen Drake and Bodyguard 12 asking her to join the Bodyguard program since she left Barb Sharpton. Sara refuses and Collen has Bodyguard attack. Vanessa hears that fighting as Sara put up a shield but Bodyguard 12 is drilling through. She tackles Bodyguard 12 and Sara tries to suck the life from him using her saliva but Bodyguard flips Vanessa having her take to vitality attack. Bodyguard 12 is able to get away.

Michael sees Gary (Atomic) talking arguing with Lindsey. Lindsey walks away and Joey cheers her up but she says she is done with dating freaks. Michael talks with Gary who says things are great with The Exemplars. Michael secretly swaps phones with Gary.

Michael visits his mom whose condition is getting worse as her shoulder dissolving seems to spread. He knows that only Gary or THULE can resolve the issue. He doesn't trust THULE so he knows he needs to go to Gary.

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