Marcus protests the fact that he and Percy have been stuck in the Tulip's engines since the Tulip got its current crew, and gets Travis to agree to assign them to active duty on the next job. At the same time, the weekly holo-vision reality series "The Third Thing" is trying to come up with ideas to boost ratings, and hits on doing a show on bounty hunters. Rudolpho makes a deal with them in exchange for a significant sum, and the show's people arrive in time for Percy and Marcus' first field assignment together; Callie is assigned to help keep an eye on them.
In order to boost ratings, the show arranges for some assistance for the person the crew are trying to arrest. The episode chronicles the Tulip crew members' struggles against the whimsical, random plot twists that the show's producers introduce. Rudolpho realizes what is happening when he sees the show on the Tulip, and gets involved. Travis is away on a different job, and never finds out what happened when he gets back.
(Recap contributed by haflinger.)