Season 2, Episode 8
Sting of the Scorpion’s Tail
Sunny plays a dangerous game, causing his friends to question his loyality. The Widow discovers the existence of a new weapon as her alliance falters.
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At Baron Hassan's cotton mill, a sword is thrust through the Foreman's stomach. Hassan draws a sword as a swarm of Butterflies attack. Hassan defends himself until the Widow and Tilda appear. He begs for his life and promises to support the Widow – despite voting against her at the conclave – but it's too late. She cuts off his head.
Sunny, M.K. and Bajie arrive at the Wall. Bajie strikes a deal with a smuggler and offers Nos's car in exchange for passage through the secret tunnel under the wall. Both Sunny and M.K. express concern, but Bajie maintains it's the only option they have. An old school bus arrives and the trio piles on, along with other refugees.
The bus comes to a stop and the refugees are ordered off. Sunny sees Baron Chau's Clippers and Bajie realizes the smugglers sell the refugees to double their profits. Sunny advises staying on the bus, but one of Chau's Clippers, Jair, orders his men to attack and they’re caught. "Welcome to the Badlands," Jair says.
The Widow and her Butterflies arrive at Quinn's bunker. Tilda is hesitant, but the Widow assures her that if anything goes down, Waldo will give up Quinn's location and send the Butterflies in to attack. Quinn welcomes the Widow and presents Baron Broadmore's head as a "gift.” The Widow unveils Hassan's head, but wonders what's in the other boxes Quinn has. He tells her he killed Broadmore's wives and children, too. The Widow protests, saying that wasn’t part of their deal. Tilda whips out her knife, but the Widow stops her. She takes Quinn’s hand to talk business.
Sunny, M.K. and Bajie are taken to Chau's Cog pens and held as prisoners. Sunny curses Bajie for his failed strategy and plans to talk to Baron Chau. Sunny gets the attention of a Clipper on guard and shows him his Clipper tattoos. "Take me to your Baron now," Sunny orders. "She's going to want to see me."
At Chau's mansion, Sunny fingers through a book and finds a metal bookmark. Chau enters and notes Sunny survived the Outlying Territories "only to discover that the Badlands have become just as treacherous." She explains that Quinn and the Widow have aligned and are on the warpath – information she learned from one of Quinn's Loyalists. Chau offers Sunny a position as Regent and Sunny makes a counter offer: use M.K. to lure the Widow into the open, take her down and be led to Quinn. In exchange, Sunny wants freedom.
While waiting for the Widow in Quinn’s bunker, Tilda spots Veil and Lydia. She approaches Veil and apologizes for the circumstances, but Veil rebuffs her. Veil recounts Tilda’s chance to poison the Widow and how she herself could have let Quinn die, but declares neither of them had the strength.
Sunny, now in a white Regent uniform, returns to the Cog pens. He points out M.K. and explains that the Widow wants him because she thinks he unleashes a dark power when cut. Sunny cuts M.K. to demonstrate how nothing happens. Sunny walks over to Bajie, who's not a part of the deal. Bajie, furious, berates Sunny and says he'll always be a killer. During the exchange, Sunny secretly drops the metal bookmark he stole into Bajie's pocket.
Chau and Sunny go over the plan in the mansion. Sunny instructs Jair to tell the Widow that Chau is trading M.K. to the River King. Afterwards, one of Chau’s Clippers asks her why she trusts Sunny and Chau responds that if Sunny dies, "we've lost nothing."
Quinn, Lydia and Veil sit down for food and wine. Quinn toasts to his "impending demise" and takes a jab at Veil's phony treatments, as well as her murder of Edgar. He says Veil's actions made him realize that "our boy" is safest by Quinn’s own side and proposes marriage to make Henry his rightful heir. Lydia and Veil balk, but Quinn asserts they will all raise Henry together.
In his cell, Bajie curses Sunny's name and swears to never help anyone again. Just then, he finds the bookmark. When the coast is clear, Bajie uses the bookmark to pick the cell’s lock and leaves behind his cellmate – who looks similar to Bajie – knocked out, in Bajie's clothes. He steals a motorcycle and follows behind Chau's truck that Sunny and M.K. are in.
At the Sanctuary, Tilda confronts the Widow about Veil. The Widow admits she wanted to punish her for trying to pit Tilda against her and thinks sacrificing "one person who had no allegiance to our cause" was worth it. Tilda is taken aback, but the conversation is interrupted by Odessa, who has caught Jair. Jair pretends to be deserting Chau's cause and claims Chau is desperately trading M.K. to the River King in exchange for weapons. Both the Widow and Tilda react.
As she gets ready for the wedding, Veil confides in Lydia about wanting to kill Quinn and her refusal to consummate "this sham." Lydia reminds her that Quinn's Loyalists won't hesitate to avenge Quinn's death, and Lydia promises to get them both out if she follows along for now.
After M.K. confronts him about his plan, Sunny signals to play along for Chau’s Clippers. M.K. mentions Bajie, and Sunny remains confident he’s long gone. Meanwhile, Bajie continues to follow the truck.
Lydia officiates the wedding as Quinn's Loyalists watch. Quinn slices Veil's palm so they can join bloodlines and hands her a dagger to do the same. She cuts his palm and Lydia hurriedly grabs the knife. "Till death," Quinn vows. After the ceremony, Veil hands Henry to Lydia and asks her to take care of him "no matter what."
Sunny, M.K. and Chau’s Clippers arrive at a warehouse, where the bogus sale of M.K. is set to go down. Jair's corpse is thrown from above and the Butterflies swoop in to surround the group. The Widow immediately steps in to protect M.K. just as Sunny points Moon's ringed sword at her throat. The Widow tells Sunny she knows where Veil and Henry are, but Chau's Clippers expect Sunny to kill her as planned. Sunny turns against Chau's Clippers and stands with the Widow. Bajie watches the subsequent rumble from outside. Before one of Chau's Clippers can hurt M.K., Tilda throws a Butterfly star to save him. They smile at each other. Meanwhile, Sunny and the Widow ruthlessly finish off Chau's Clippers. The Widow promises to keep her word about Veil and also show him where Quinn is so they can both "finish what you started." Tilda watches the exchange.
In Quinn's private quarters, Veil undresses in front of Quinn as part of the marriage “consummation.” As he kisses her, she reaches for a razor she's hidden in her garter belt.
Lydia paces in Veil's barbershop before deciding to escape with Henry. She’s caught by a Loyalist, right when Gabriel hurries over with an important report about Sunny's ambush and new alliance with the Widow. Lydia insists Quinn be told immediately.
Just as Veil is about to cut his neck, Lydia barges in, carrying Henry, with the report and the interruption prompts Veil to release the razor. Quinn walks out. Veil holds Henry and tears up over the news that Sunny is alive.