KILLJOYS – Season 1 Episode 3 – SPOILERS
DUTCH (to Johnny): “Stop being friends with everyone you sleep with. It’s just weird.”
N’oa (Elena Juatco) is a sex worker whose time Johnny has paid for, but he just wants to talk because he’s worried about work stuff. N’oa talks him into helping her get her husband Vincent back from Leith before his work visa expires and the penalty for that gets transferred to her. On Westerley, criminals are sentenced to mine yttrium, a rare-earth element, the inhalation of which causes lung disease.
Another great side character was introduced, to go along with Lucy, Pree, and Bellus Haardy. Pawter Sims (Sarah Power) is the only RAC certified doctor in Old Town, and D’Avin needs a doctor to sign off on his psych evaluation so that he can officially become a Killjoy. Sims was raised on Qresh, but The Company threatened to suspend her medical license unless she left the planet. Just why, we haven’t been told yet.
Leith was colonized after Westerley, and many of the people who settled on Leith were distant relations of the nine families that control The Company. Plantation owner Martell tells Dutch (who is undercover as a Qreshian noblewoman) that most of Qresh was submerged by the time his father had come of age, and therefore there was no land for him to inherit there. Last episode, we learned that the surface of Qresh is fifty percdnt water, but apparently that was not always true. It could be that the planet once had icecaps.
Martell (George Tchortov) tests Dutch’s cover with an impromptu wine tasting. Dutch passes the test by correctly identifying the vintage and describing the wine’s flavour. There are some unusual things about the tasting. The glass in which the wine is presented to her is not stemware. She gives the wine a cursory swirl, takes a rather substantial gulp, and swallows almost immediately. This must be normal procedure in The Quad.
After the tasting, Dutch gets Martell into bed but interrupts the act with the equivalent of a Vulcan neck pinch (though it isn’t as long lasting) to access information on Martell’s computer. During this pseudo-romantic interlude, Martell asks: “What about these bruises? Are they nothing? What high born Qreshan woman has these scars?” “I Like to play rough,” she explains, identifying one of the scars in question as the result of “a long night and an even longer whip.”
The team locates its quarry in the woods growing a potent and illegal drug called jack. Aware that his computer has been hacked, Martell has reported his own drug operation to the authorities as though he knew nothing about it, and defoliation ships have been dispatched to wipe it out. Shyla and the others decide to suicidally remain behind as Dutch and John take Vincent (Stephano DiMatteo) away. Are the yttrium mines that bad?
D’Avin passes his psych evaluation because the doc promised and she keeps her word. She tells him that he should seek treatment.
D’AVIN: “What about you. Can you treat me?”
D’AVIN: “I don’t like most doctors. I like you.”
PAWTER: “What’s in it for me?”
Elena Juatco (N’oa) also sings. Last March, she released a nine track album titled BEYOND THIS LINE which is currently available on iTunes and Amazon. Juatco is Dr. Scarlet McWhinnie in the YTV show OPEN HEART, the season one finale of which aired on 31 March.
In The Quad, Pumpkin Beer comes in a fat bottle with a picture of a pumpkin on the outside. (Algae beer, featured in the first two episodes of KILLJOYS, comes in normal sized bottles.) Pumpkin beer is an actual thing, a seasonal, spiced brew, widely available in the fall. According to The Great Canadian Beer Snob, the highest rated is Russel Happy Jack Pumpkin Ale, brewed in Surrey, B.C.