Farscape

Season 1 Episode 10

They've Got a Secret

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jun 25, 1999 on Syfy
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During routine searches for Peacekeeper beacons, D'Argo falls down a chute, destroys a Peacekeeper shield and gets ejected into open space. After being rescued D'Argo starts to think that everyone on Moya are members of his family. Moya, meanwhile, starts to alter the environmental conditions inside the ship so that it is hardly habitable for the crew.moreless

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Alison Fox

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Lo'Laan

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Jothee

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Lani Tupu

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The arm that was cut off of Pilot in the previous episode "DNA Mad Scientist" appears to have regenerated fully.

    • Sebaceans apparently don't have a very good sense of smell. Aeyrn only detects that the food is spoiled after tasting it, while Crichton detects the smell of spoiled food immediately upon opening the refrigeration unit. This is hinted at again in "Home on the Remains", in which Aeryn is the least affected by Zhaan's spores. This is most likely deliberate so Peacekeeper soldiers can withstand harsh environments.

    • We learn that Luxans can generally survive for up to a quarter of an arn (about fifteen minutes) in the vacuum of space. In this case, D'Argo managed to survive twice as long, about a half of an hour before being revived.

    • We learn that most Peacekeepers are born and raised on ships and remain in a totally controlled environment until they're sent on their first Peacekeeper assignment, at which point they're issued several standard inoculations to protect them from harmful invading organisms.

    • For some reason, Zhaan's body carries no bacteria.

    • Terms:

      -Atmospherics is an umbrella term for Moya's atmosphere monitoring and control systems.
      -Ballasts are controls on Pilot's console which helps stabilize Moya.
      -Bio-Mechanoid Particles are Zhaan's description of Moya's pregnancy catalyst.
      -Bio-Polymer is the substance of which Moya's structures are made.
      -Deep Space Internathermia is a form of hypothermia resulting from exposure to vacuum in space.
      -Environmentals is an umbrella term for those systems necessary to Moya's crew (heat, air, gravity, etc.).
      -Higher Functions is Moya's intellect and independent will.
      -Illumination is a control on Pilot's console which regulates lighting.
      -Peacekeeper Shield is D'Argo's description of the contraceptive device he destroyed.
      -Personal Monitoring Systems are mechanisms for monitoring Pilot's own health and functions, separate from Moya's.
      -Propulsion is the system Moya uses to travel in space (when not using Starburst).
      -Tiers are the deck levels within Moya.
      -A Viewscreen is Moya's visual display panel, on which schematics (among other things) can be projected.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Crichton: Zhaan how much do you know of Leviathan physiology?
      Zhaan: No, not a great deal, why?
      Crichton: Do you know how they reproduce?
      D'Argo: Reproduce?
      Crichton: Yeah, I think... I think Moya is pregnant.

    • Crichton: Aeryn, turn back on the DRDs, now! (the DRDs power up and start to advance; Crichton gets down on his knees and puts his gun down) Moya, I don't know if you can hear me through the DRDs, Hell I don't even know if you can understand me without Pilot translating. But we would never hurt you or your baby, we're happy that you're having a child. But do we have to die so that your baby can live?

    • D'Argo: I know exactly what you're trying to do Jothee.
      Rygel: Jothee?
      D'Argo: Come here boy.
      Rygel: Boy?
      D'Argo: Now.

    • Aeryn: There should be parallel passageways that vector off on that tier, I think.
      Crichton: You think?
      Aeryn: Look, do you want to come up here and try to handle all of these thousands of controls?!
      Crichton: No, no, no. I'm vectoring, I'm vectoring.

    • D'Argo: You must hold still, we're up in the mountains and the air is very thin.
      Rygel: So it's mountains now. Do you know I sincerely believe you require physical restraint?
      D'Argo: You are making things very difficult for you old man.

    • Crichton: (to D'Argo about Zhaan) What are you doing here? With her? You keep your hands off my sister.
      Rygel: Your sister?!
      D'Argo: You have nothing to say on this, Macton!
      Crichton: I have everything to say on it! I reject you, and I reject your marriage! No, you think yourself worthy of her, when you cower from her memory?!
      D'Argo: Her memory burns in my very soul!

    • Crichton: I think you and I may have one other chance. Rygel where are you?
      Rygel: Getting a piggy-back ride.
      Crichton: Well see if you can get a ride back up to Command.

    • Crichton: Moya has an independent intellect right? Well maybe the explosion that D'Argo was involved in short circuited that. Maybe she consciously cut off Pilot's resources in order to prevent him from keeping us alive. Our beloved ship may be trying to kill us.

    • Pilot: To nourish the fetus during the very tenuous period right after conception, Moya needed to re-route a few resources.
      Rygel: A few resources? She nearly suffocated us and starved you!
      Pilot: That is all behind us.

    • Pilot: (about Leviathan pregnancy) Frankly speaking, I don't know what we can be expecting.

    • Crichton: All right, D'Argo, I'm in. Where's the Peacekeeper panel.
      D'Argo: What do you see?
      Crichton: Infinity.
      D'Argo: Then you're close either way.
      Crichton: Thanks a lot.

    • D'Argo: Jothee! You are so big!
      Rygel: My size is never an object for discussion!

    • Crichton: The suffering that you've managed to avoid with your science is immeasurable.
      Aeryn: Creatures still die out here, and we find new ways to suffer and to make others suffer.
      Crichton: Well I never said Earth had a monopoly on that.
      Aeryn: But you say that you want to go back to this place, Earth, a place that you tell me has so much disease and suffering.
      Crichton: Well, you guys don't have chocolate.

    • Crichton: (about Peacekeepers) So you guys just zip around the galaxy hoping you don't pick up some STD--Space-Transmitted Disease?

    • Crichton: Pilot, what is going on with Moya?
      Pilot: Something is wrong?
      Aeryn: Yes! Something is wrong. What about that dip that Moya took after the explosion? Have you identified that yet?
      Pilot: Working on it.
      Crichton: Are you feeling okay?
      Pilot: I'm...working on it.

    • D'Argo: (as they scour Moya for any Peacekeeper devices that might cause them problems) How much longer do you expect this to take?
      Pilot: That is not a legitimate question considering, as I have just stated, I have no data on how many Peacekeeper devices may still be concealed. It will take as long as it takes.

    • Zhaan: Pilot, we're all glad to see you're up and back on your feet.
      Crichton: At least up, anyway.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode is Anthony Simcoe's favorite from the first season. It's also one of Virginia Hey's, especially the scene where D'Argo reminisced about his wife and child.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on November 17, 1999 on YTV.
      -This episode aired in the UK on February 21, 2000 on BBC-2.
      -This episode aired in Australia on September 22, 2000 on Nine.

    • The revelation that Moya is pregnant was originally written in to the very first version of the "Premiere" script, which Rockne O'Bannon used to try and sell the series to Fox. O'Bannon decided to hold it back for this episode instead of throwing it away at the end of the opener with a lot of story events.

    • Moya's set is made up of ten pieces, including one junction, which are all on wheels and make up every version of the corridors we see. Originally Moya's junctions were meant to have up to six directions, including up and down; however the production team couldn't build it within their budget. The consoles used by the crew were also going to rise up out of the floor, but again they couldn't fit it in the budget.

    • Producer Matt Carroll assigned Ian Watson as this script's director because he is known as the performance director, whereas the other three regulars (Tony Tilse, Andrew Prowse and Rowan Woods) are more action-oriented.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Crichton: Uh oh. Eyes.
      Aeryn: Eyes?
      Crichton: Yeah, like a cave scene in a Yosemite Sam cartoon.
      Yosemite Sam is another character from Warner Bros Looney Tunes cartoons. In the scene Crichton refers to, Yosemite Sam stands at the mouth of a cave, where he can only see a multitude of eyes staring at him belonging to wild animals about to attack.

    • Crichton: You missed that Hitchcock picture playing back there a little while ago, but a flock of these little guys just tried to kill me.


      Crichton is referring to the Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds.

    • Crichton: Happy place, Aeryn, go to your happy place.


      Crichton is referring to the movie Happy Gilmore (1996) where Chubbs Peterson, played by Carl Weathers, is attempting to calm Happy down to teach him to putt.

    • Crichton: Man, I am never going to get used to walking around inside a living ship.
      Aeryn: You have nothing similar in your culture?
      Crichton: Well, Jonah and the whale, but no, no contemporary parallels.

      This is a reference to the story of the Prophet Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale when he tried to disobey God's Will. It is told in The Bible's Book of Jonah.

    • Crichton: Is there some kind of What to Expect When You're Expecting Baby Leviathan book? Dr Spock, Mr Spock...

      Dr. Benjamin Spock is one of the world's best known pediatricians. In 1946 his book Baby and Child Care was published and it has become somewhat legendary. The second "Mr Spock" refers to Spock from the original Star Trek TV series.

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