Reed turns to the Watcher for help, but he's disappeared, so Reed hopes to analyze the molecular structure of the device and send it to another dimension. They return to the lab but Mrs. Forbes has had them locked out as she serves their eviction notice. They go in anyway while below. The Silver Surfer recovers from the Fantastic Four's attack and is impressed by their courage. He begins to doubt his master's intent and notices Alicia playing the piano nearby. Alicia senses the goodness in the Surfer, whom reveals himself to her and stays with her at her request.
Galactus sends forth energy scavengers to prepare for planetary consumption and the Four attack, but the Watcher reappears and tells them to weight. Alicia befriends the Surfer and impresses him with her spirit and caring nature. Inspired, he goes to fight Galactus while the Watcher goes with Johnny to the Eye of Infinity to recover the one item that Galactus fears, while the others create a distraction while he goes. Galactus summons his other Heralds, Firelord and Terrax, to remove the irritants.
Johnny enters Galactus home base while Galactus sends the two Heralds back. The Surfer shows up and offers to find Galactus another planet to feed. But Galactus must feed now, and the Surfer pits himself against his former master. The Watcher and Johnny show up and Johnny has the device, the Ultimate Nullifier, that they need. Reed quickly masters the weapon and threatens Galactus with it. He departs, taking the Nullifier with him. But he exiles the Surfer to Earth as punishment for his betrayal. The Silver Surfer leaves to survey his new home, while Mrs. Forbes shows up and they make a hasty exit.