Over a year passes, during which the Meta begins to kill many individuals to claim armor enhancements and A.I., including Omega, Gamma, and Tex after her Pelican crashes at Valhalla. Due to the Meta's increasing threat and chance the faction's crimes will be discovered, Project Freelancer send Agent Washington to pursue the Meta, with the help of \"specialists\" who have dealt with the rogue A.I. Washington obtains the aid of Caboose and Church, who help him rescue Delta and kill South Dakota for her previous betrayal. However Sarge, Simmons, and Grif are manipulated by the Meta to attack Wash's group, allowing the Meta to take Delta and restore his power. Realizing what they've done, Wash has the Reds join them, leading to the Reds and Blues to be reformed once again.
Despite the Director's, Counselor's, and the Meta's attempts, Church appears and distracts the Meta long enough to allow Wash to activate the base's EMP, which destroyed all technological equipment, including Church, Tex, and the fragmented A.I., in the area. Fortunately, the Reds and Caboose escape with Epsilon intact. They are awarded the Valhalla bases from the UNSC for helping bring Project Freelancer to justice, but Caboose keeps Epsilon to try to make a new best friend. All notable members of Project Freelancer then were presumably arrested, including Washington and the Meta.
As the conflict begins at Armonia, the group attack the Space Pirates at the radio jammer, having Wash and Carolina face Locus and Felix while the others defeat the remaining mercenaries by tricking them (such as Freckles being uploaded into Caboose's Assault Rifle). Carolina and Wash are eventually beaten by the two before Tucker faces Felix while Locus reveals his soldier ideology to Wash. Despite Felix seriously injuring Tucker, Tucker has Epsilon run his Helmet Camera to record Felix's confession of the Space Pirates involvement in the Chorus Civil War just as the others destroy the radio jammer, allowing Epsilon to send the video to Armonia, revealing to the inhabitants the truth and ending the battle. With their plans now foiled, Locus and Felix retreat before the heroes are brought back to the New Republic Headquarters by the united Chorus armies.
Upon arriving at their destination the group find a portal and learn that only a true warrior of mental clarity and great strength can be accepted through. Epsilon realizes that Caboose fits these instructions and the latter is sent through as a result. He manages to pass the test and befriends an alien A.I. he names Santa. Santa informs them of the Temple of Communication, which will allow them contact with Earth without the disruption of the radio jammers. He also mentions the planet's Purge and the location of a key that can activate it. Just then the group is ambushed by Sharkface and his band of space pirates, forcing Carolina to protect the team under her bubble shield. After Sharkface leaves to get the key, Grey has Freckles kill his pirates. The group then learn that Doyle himself flew to the key's location and obtained it, prompting them to follow him. Upon arriving at an east mountain range, the team encounter Sharkface again, who soon flees. Carolina chases him and the two quickly engage in combat. As Sharkface begins to overwhelm Carolina, the latter pushes Epsilon to run all of her enhancements in order to beat him, but Epsilon is unable to, losing control of his memory counterparts of Delta and Theta in the process. Because of this, Epsilon dematerializes, causing Carolina to fall off a cliff.
Unfortunately, the crew are confronted by Felix and Locus, having survived the Tartarus' destruction. Surprisingly, however, Locus betrays Felix and refuses to attack the crew, prompting Felix to attack them. Luckily, the crew quickly kill Felix, with Locus gaining control of Felix's discarded sword. Locus then activates the Comm. Temple for the crew and disappears, allowing Epsilon to broadcast the message. Epsilon reveals Chorus' location, the Reds and Blues' survival, and Hargrove's crimes to the message's recipients across the galaxy. In response to this, the Chairman flies to Chorus and releases numerous Mantis droids to kill the remaining inhabitants. Epsilon, as a result, suggests infiltrating the Staff of Charon in order to shut them down. After the crew manage to enter the ship by flying up in Felix and Locus' Falcon, they reunite with F.I.L.S.S., who directs them to a terminal located inside Hargrove's trophy room that can shut down the droids.
At the same time, Washington and Carolina discover a small shack stocked with alcohol with a picture, revealed to be the apparent \"retirement home\" built by Agent Illinois, Project Freelancer's demolition expert. Washington and Carolina reminisce about the old days, noting how Illinois was not concerned about their work or the leaderboard rankings, but rather instead looking forward to retirement, and was known to be York's drinking buddy. The two share a tender, romantic moment at the beach after Carolina attempts to throw away York's lighter, which she has kept all this time. Washington then remembers that all Freelancer armors have a recovery beacon built-in, allowing for them to lure out whoever has been tracking them. To Washington's chagrin, he finds the Reds and Blues with their doubles, which he and Carolina later learn are the Blues and Reds.
Later on, Dylan grows suspicious of how secretive the Blues and Reds are, having Jax distract Sarge, who is tasked with keep an eye on them. She overhears Temple and Loco discussing a \"weapon\" of some kind, which they previously referred to as a cloaking mechanism in their first encounter, and informs Tucker. She manages to regain some of his trust, as he informs her about Temple's private computer. After discovering a recording of Church's message, Dylan and Jax are restrained. Temple decides to explain why he despises Project Freelancer so much: he was a childhood friend of a member from Red Team, Biff, who had a girlfriend waiting for him back home. The two planned to have Biff receive an injury, allowing for a medical discharge. The opportunity comes in the form of Agents Carolina and Texas, who are tasked with playing a game of \"Capture the Flag.\" Unfortunately, Biff was killed by the two agents, both of whom were unconcerned about him and instead opted to fight each other. Temple also learned that Biff's girlfriend was pregnant. After finishing his explanation, he ties the two to a chair in a \"basement.\"
Once they arrive in the underwater base, Grif is captured to provide a distraction, allowing Locus to enter the \"trophy room\" and save Washington and Carolina. Sarge frees Dylan and Jax, and then joins with Locus as they go to the brig and release the imprisoned members. On the way out of the base, the Blood Gulch Crew engages in a firefight with the Zealots, in which Wash is shot in the throat. Locus flies him out of the planet to get medical help, while everyone else realizes the Blues and Reds are targeting UNSC's headquarters on Earth. They fly away to Temple's Arctic base, where their ship is shot down. The Reds and Blues manage to get out of the wreckage unharmed, save for Lopez, reduced to a head, who is then misunderstood by Sarge and ends up thrown into the ocean.
Subplot: Leonard is hurt that Penny can't seem to remember their first kiss on Halloween. This episode includes examples of the following tropes: Call-Back: Leonard and Penny kissing on Halloween and her kissing him again on his birthday both play important parts in the plot. Coordinated Clothes: For Leonard and Penny's Halloween party, Howard and Bernadette go as Bert and Mary Poppins, while Raj and Anu go as Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the U.S. Constitution. Sheldon and Amy were going as Doc Brown and Clara Clayton, but instead they go as Howard and Bernadette as payback for Howard dressing as Sheldon earlier. Let the Bully Win: While trying to get Sheldon to apologize for the costume, Howard brings up the almost-trope-naming moment from Star Wars: A New Hope. When Sheldon asks if he's saying they should \"let the Wookiee win\", Howard agrees with the sentiment, even if he rejects the exact terminology being used towards his wife. Moment Killer: Stuart accidentally interrupts Leonard and Penny in the middle of a romantic moment. More Insulting than Intended: Amy dresses up as Bernadette for Halloween and mocks her high voice. This turns out to be a major sore spot for Bernadette, who's had to deal with this kind of teasing her whole life. Oblivious to Their Own Description: Sheldon has no idea who Howard is dressing up as until he's told, despite Howard doing a spot-on impersonation of Sheldon's quirks. Running Gag: The poor quality of the guacamole comes up repeatedly. Sacred First Kiss: After denying that she remembers her first kiss with Leonard the entire episode, Penny admits she did and gives the details to back it up. When Leonard questions why, she says it felt like an unworthy first kiss compared to the one on Leonard's birthday (given that she was still technically with Kurt and drunk at the time). Third-Party Deal Breaker: Invoked; Sheldon and the other guys sit down to watch Halloween; the others caution him that it's scary, but Sheldon insists he can handle it. As the opening credits are playing, in comes Amy and insists that Sheldon not see it, much to his disappointment...until they get into the hall, when it's revealed Sheldon sent Amy a text asking her to come in and get him out of seeing the movie Wholesome Crossdresser: Raj goes to work and the party as Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He's fine with Anu knowing this but asks the guys not to tell her he made the neckpiece himself. Worse with Context: When Amy goes to see Bernadette about Howard apologizing, Bernadette brings up the offensive things Sheldon has done and not apologized. Specifically, she mentions that Sheldon said her baby looked like Winston Churchill. When Amy tries to spin it as a compliment towards Neil, Bernadette flatly says that he said it about Halley. 59ce067264