-"Dulcinea" is the series premiere and first episode in the first season of The Expanse. The first episode debuted on-demand in advance of its December 14, 2015 premiere date.

Synopsis Edit

In the asteroid belt near Saturn, James Holden and the crew of the ice freighter Canterbury investigate a distress call from a mysterious derelict ship, the Scopuli. On Ceres Station, Detective Miller begins an off-the-books investigation of a missing heiress, Julie Mao.

Recap Edit

In the 23rd century, humans have colonized the Solar System.
The U.N. controls Earth.
Mars is an independent military power.
The inner planets depend on the resources of the asteroid belt. Belters live and work in space.
In the Belt, air and water are more precious than gold. For decades, tensions have been rising - Earth, Mars and the Belt are now on the brink of war.
All it will take is a single spark…
— "Dulcinea"

We begin, rather ominously, with a young woman, floating in tight metal quarters in zero gravity. We hear the sounds of some sort of commotion from outside her room, then silence.

She calls for help. She can't get out. She checks her water supply … two precious drops float in front of her face, as if mocking her. She guides them to her lips and swallows.

Finally, she manages to break free of the room, donning a space suit labeled with the name JULIE and the word SCOPULI. She puts on magnetic boots that allow her to move about in the gravity-less environment. As we will soon learn, this woman's name is Julie Mao.

She explores her seemingly deserted environment, noticing what looks like blood by the airlock door and an S.O.S. signal coming from the Engineering Bay. She stifles a shriek as a spacesuit floats past her … was there anybody inside it?

She makes her way to the Engineering Bay, which is enveloped in what looks like unstable blue lightning. A deformed figure cries out as it's sucked into this vortex, and the woman screams …

Now we're on Ceres, an asteroid that's been transformed into the most vital port in The Belt. As we learn from an angry street preacher, Ceres was once covered in ice … until Mars and Earth stole it all. The preacher rails against the slave-like conditions of the Belters who work the docks, living in a world where their air and water are rationed … and warns of an impending war between Mars and Earth, with Ceres caught in the middle.

Here we meet Joe Miller, a hard-boiled, hard-drinking, hat-wearing detective for Star Helix Security — and, according to the preacher, a welwala — a traitor to his people. He's showing the ropes to a new recruit, Dmitri Havelock, with their first stop being at a brothel. Via a series of Belter gestures and phrases, Miller comforts a prostitute, Gia, whose john — a Belter gangster — has just been killed by unidentified assailants. Havelock notices how Belters have long, thin limbs and fingers — the results of living without normal gravity, or in "low-g," as the saying goes.

Miller points out that Belters are very territorial and suspicious of those from Earth and Mars — "If you grew up with real sky over your head, and real gravity holding you on the ground, they're never going to trust you," he tells Havelock. Miller points out how you can spot those who are trying to hide the fact that they're Belters … until the bartender points out what gives away Miller himself: the spurs at the top of his spine where the bones didn't fuse right, the result of "cheap bone density juice" given to him when he was a ward of the state.

Back at Star Helix Headquarters, Captain Shaddid gives Miller his latest assignment: find Julie Mao, the daughter of Ariadne and Jules-Pierre Mao of Mao-Kwikowski Mercantile. A poor little rich heiress, Julie defied her parents by becoming a member of a student protest movement known as the Far Horizons Foundation … and the champion pilot of a racing ship known as the Razorback.

She's also the woman we met floating around in zero gravity in the very first scene.

As Miller does his homework on Mao, including asking his ex-lover and fellow cop, Octavia Muss, for her "woman's intuition" on the case, he has a change of heart about being on the take with Vargas, the owner of a sweatshop in which the children workers often develop "the Cough" due to the poor air filtration system. Miller throws Vargas into an airlock and lets him gasp for air himself for just long enough to make his point.

Meanwhile on Earth, we meet Chrisjen Avasarala, the U.N. Deputy Undersecretary, who's taken from an idyllic day with her husband Arjun Rao and grandson in her Westchester home to a U.N. black site, where U.N officials are interrogating Heikki Sabong, a member of the rabble-rousing Outer Planets Alliance (OPA) who's been accused of carrying contraband stealth technology. The OPA is a unsanctioned political group fighting for the Belt to become its own governing body.

Sabong is naked except for his shorts, chained to a wall, standing under his own weight. That's all that's needed to torture him, as Earth's gravity crushes his fragile Belter bones and lungs.

But Sabong's not talking. Avasarala tells her minions to leave him be for ten more hours and contact her if he survives.

Meanwhile, in outer space, the ice trawler Canterbury is about to deliver a shipment to Ceres Station when the crew receives a distress signal. As an investigation would mean a late arrival and therefore losing their on-time bonuses, Captain McDowell opts to purge the message as if they never received it … a decision that doesn't sit right with Second Officer James Holden, whom the Captain has been courting to be the ship's new XO upon the old one going crazy. Holden's usually content to have as little responsibility as possible as he romances the ship's navigator Ade Nygaard in zero gravity, but something about that transmission bothers him … especially when he enhances it to reveal a woman's voice saying "Please help me."

Unbeknownst to the crew except for the Canterbury's chief engineer, Naomi Nagata, Holden logs the message with HQ, which means the ship is now obliged to investigate. After performing a painful, high-g "flip and burn," the Canterbury approaches a wounded ship in the dead of space: the Scopuli.

Holden, Naomi, med-tech officer Shed Garvey, pilot Alex Kamal and mechanic Amos Burton take theCanterbury's shuttle, the Knight, to get a closer look and board the Scopuli  (you'll recall, we saw Julie Mao at the beginning of the episode on a flightsuit that said "Scopuli"). They find no trace of any survivors (or our own Julie Mao) … and hightail it out of there once Captain McDowell informs them that an unidentified ship has entered their vicinity.

The mystery ship -- which Alex theorizes is Martian due to its advanced stealth tech -- fires torpedoes, which sail past the Knight and head straight for the Canterbury. Holden's lover, Ade, gives one last transmission: "There's something you should know …," before the Canterbury — and everyone on board — is blown to kingdom come.[1]

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Co-Starring Edit


$. [1:41.18]: (PANTING)
$. [1:43.64]: MAN: (OVER INTERCOM) Target in position.
$. [1:56.65]: (FOOTSTEPS CONTINUE)
$. [2:00.37]: MAN: (OVER INTERCOM) Prepare to fire.
$. [02:01.95]: (HYDRAULICS WHIRRING)
$. [02:03.95]: (BOOMING)
$. [02:05.04]: (BREATH TREMBLING)
$. [02:07.87]: (HYDRAULICS WHIRRING)
$. [02:09.29]: (BOOMING)
$. [02:11.59]: (CLANGING)
JULIE [02:14.88]: (WAILING) Please! Get me out of here!
$. [02:22.31]: (RUMMAGING)
$. [02:25.85]: (RIPPING)
$. [02:52.38]: (GRUNTING)
$. [02:53.50]: (CLAN KING)
$. [03:03.72]: (DOOR SLAMS)
$. [03:10.48]: (CLUNKING)
$. [03:47.60]: (GASPS)
$. [03:49.93]: (BREATHING HEAVILY)
$. [04:10.33]: (ENERGY PULSATING)
$. [04:25.14]: (SCREAMING)

GAUNT BELTER [04:39.57]: BELTER: (OVER SPEAKERS) Ceres was once covered in ice.
GAUNT BELTER. [04:43.86]: Enough water for 1,000 generations.
GAUNT BELTER [04:47.37]: Until Earth and Mars stripped it away for themselves.
GAUNT BELTER [04:53.54]: This station became the most vital port in the Belt.
GAUNT BELTER [04:57.88]: But, the immense wealth and resources that flow through our gates
GAUNT BELTER [05:02.88]: were never meant for us.
GAUNT BELTER [05:05.05]: Belters work the docks,
GAUNT BELTER [05:07.01]: loading and unloading precious cargo.
GAUNT BELTER [05:10.10]: We fix the pipes and filters that keep this rock living and breathing.
GAUNT BELTER [05:16.44]: We Belters toil and suffer, without hope and without end.
GAUNT BELTER [05:21.69]: And for what?
GAUNT BELTER [05:23.53]: One day, Mars will use its might to wrest control of Ceres from Earth,
GAUNT BELTER [05:28.57]: and Earth will go to war to take it back.
GAUNT BELTER [05:31.99]: It's all the same to us.
GAUNT BELTER [05:34.08]: No matter who controls Ceres, our home,
GAUNT BELTER [5:37.54]: to them, we will always be slaves.
GAUNT BELTER [5:41.42]: That's all we are to the Earthers and Dusters.
GAUNT BELTER [5:44.51]: They built their solar system on our backs,
GAUNT BELTER [5:48.34]: spilled the blood of a million of our brothers.
GAUNT BELTER [5:51.01]: But in their eyes, we're not even human anymore.
GAUNT BELTER [5:54.77]: So, the next time you look in the mirror, say the word.
GAUNT BELTER [5:58.23]: Slave.
GAUNT BELTER [5:59.36]: Every time we demand to be heard,
GAUNT BELTER [6:01.48]: they hold back our water, owkwa beltalowda,
GAUNT BELTER [6:04.53]: ration our air, ereluf beltalowda,
GAUNT BELTER [6:06.95]: until we crawl back into our holes,
GAUNT BELTER [6:08.95]: imbobo beltalowda, >and do as we are told.
$. [6:15.00]: Watch your eyes.
$. [6:16.66]: People get killed over a wrong look around here.
$. [6:19.08]: We could run him in for inciting.
GAUNT BELTER [06:20.58]: Time and a place. Hey, you, Badge.
$. [06:23.46]: (CROWD MURMURING)
GAUNT BELTER [06:25.92]: Day's coming soon, keya?
GAUNT BELTER [06:27.93]: And when the blood is on the wall,
GAUNT BELTER [06:30.14]: sasa ke which side you're on?
$. [06:33.31]: Yeah, I'll know.
GAUNT BELTER [06:34.93]: See you then, welwala.
HAVELOCK [06:38.19]: What is welwala?
MILLER [06:43.19]: "Traitor to my people."
MILLER [06:46.32]: Come on, we have work to do.
$. [06:48.99]: (INDISTINCT CHATTER)

MILLER [6:56.25]: Just tell me what happened. Take your time.
$. [07:04.00]: (CONTINUING IN CREOLE)
MILLER [7:13.68]: Forgotten arm, keya?
GIA [7:13.68]: Forgotten arm, yeah.
MILLER [07:17.22]: Hmm.
$. [7:27.15]: If any of these guys come round again, shoah.
MILLER [7:36.41]: All right, let in the coroner. Let him clean it up.
$. [7:40.29]: (SQUISHING)
HAVELOCK [07:47.13]: What did she mean, "forgotten arm"?
MILLER [07:49.38]: The thing you never see coming.
$. [07:51.59]: Don't start. You are never gonna pass for a Belter.
MILLER [07:56.22]: Every time they look at you, they're always gonna see Earth.
HAVELOCK [07:58.56]: (SCOFFS) Coming from a guy dressed like an Earther.
HAVELOCK [08:01.48]: What's the deal with the hat?
MILLER [08:04.40]: Keeps the rain off my head.
$. [08:06.23]: (CHUCKLES)
$. [08:07.40]: (MUSIC PLAYING)
$. [08:10.03]: (INDISTINCT CHATTER)
$. [08:13.78]: Okay. What am I looking for?
$. [08:16.28]: All right.
$. [08:18.12]: See that piss-poor rock hopper down there?
$. [08:20.50]: He's trying to cover it up with that baggy flight suit.
$. [08:22.83]: See the way the skin hangs off his bones?
$. [08:25.58]: You get the red eyes and the shakes
$. [08:28.09]: when your body rejects the growth hormones.
$. [08:31.05]: You also get that from a little too much whiskey.
$. [08:33.55]: Nah, tremors, man.
$. [08:35.34]: That's from growing up in low-g.
$. [08:38.06]: Your muscles don't develop right.
$. [08:40.22]: I guess that's from generations in low-g, huh?
MILLER [08:43.56]: Someday, I'd say every Belter's gonna look just like that
HAVELOCK [08:49.78]: What about you?
MILLER [08:51.44]: What about me?
HAVELOCK [08:52.70]: What's your tell?
$. [08:54.11]: Let me help you with that, inyalowda.
$. [08:56.07]: This one, he has spurs at the top of his spine
$. [08:59.74]: where the bones didn't fuse right.
$. [09:01.41]: He got the cheap bone density juice when he was a child.
$. [09:04.54]: Probably a ward of the station.
$. [09:06.67]: So,even if he disguises himself, he's just like me.
$. [09:10.63]: I am nothing like you, longbone.
$. [09:13.80]: Take your OPA bullshit back to the Medina,
$. [09:17.30]: and wait for the revolution
$. [09:19.01]: along with the rest of the victims.
$. [09:20.47]: Please, why don't you go outside...
$. [09:24.31]: Lunch break's over.
$. [09:28.48]: (ZOOMING)
$. [09:43.58]: Hey' voyu...
$. [09:44.71]: Detective, (CONTINUES IN BELTER CREOLE)
$. [09:46.92]: I've been looking all over for you.
$. [09:48.25]: Hmm. I trust you changed those air filters, right?
$. [09:51.42]: Full compliance, mi sa-sa.
$. [09:53.80]: Good, good.
$. [09:56.68]: (TONE SOUNDING) FEMALE PA ANNOUNCER: Now arriving.
$. [09:58.18]: ANNOUNCEMENT:-Mid-town level... Miller:
-No<need to pay a visit, then.
$. [10:00.26]: Exit for Star Helix Police and Emergency Services. Excuse me.
$. [10:04.14]: (DOOR OPENING)
Come on.
$. [10:11.52]: (DRONE WHIRRING)
MUSS [10:15.69]: Okay, I'm gonna ask you one more time. Stop grinning like an idiot and give me your real name.
MUSS [10:20.03]: I promise you things will not go well for you if you do not...
$. [10:22.58]: Jesus, Miller!
MILLER: Did you hit her?
$. [10:24.04]: (GRUNTING)
Miller! Hey!
$. [10:25.12]: Get the cuffs off. If I want his ass kicked, I'll do it myself.
$. [10:27.66]: I know who you are! I'll find you!
$. [10:29.88]: I'll find you! I'll find you!
$. [10:31.92]: Any laws against beating up suspects?
$. [10:34.25]: No laws in Ceres. Just cops.
$. [10:38.01]: (SPITTING)
SHADDID [10:39.84]: I have something for you.
SHADDID [10:42.39]: New contract.
SHADDID [10:43.97]: Just you. Not Havelock. He's too new.
MILLER [10:48.31]: You sidelining me, Captain?
SHADDID [10:49.73]: No, this is off-book. On your own time.
SHADDID [10:52.19]: A favor someone down on Earth is doing for a shareholder.
SHADDID [10:54.65]: Oh, we're groveling to the shareholders now?
MILLER [10:56.78]: I need someone discreet.
$. [10:58.20]: Ah. Say no more.
$. [11:00.28]: I've linked you into the files.
$. [11:02.45]: A little lost-daughter case. Ariadne and Jules-Pierre Mao.
$. [11:05.99]: Mao-Kwikowski Mercantile?
$. [11:07.75]: They're Luna-based.
$. [11:09.08]: They do a lot of shipping through here.
$. [11:11.08]: (WHISTLES) And they >misplaced a daughter?
$. [11:15.80]: Black sheep. Went to college, got involved with a group
$. [11:18.51]: called the "Far Horizons Foundation."
$. [11:20.63]: Students. With big ideas and big mouths.
$. [11:25.22]: Why do the parents want her found all of a sudden?
$. [11:27.52]: Probably got tired of her embarrassing the old man.
$. [11:30.27]: It's all in the files.
$. [11:31.48]: Okay.
$. [11:37.19]: So... So, what's my contract exactly?
$. [11:39.36]: Find Julie Mao, if she's still here on Ceres, detain her, and ship her home.
$. [11:43.24]: Kidnap job. My pleasure.

RIKER [11:55.17]: So, what you gonna do with your bonus check when we get this ice to Ceres?
PAJ [11:58.80]: Well, I'm not gonna make the same mistake as last time.
$. [12:01.80]: Casino before brothel.
$. [12:03.34]: You got cleaned out.
$. [12:04.80]: Yeah. And let me tell you, brothels on Ceres
don't like extending credit.
RIKER [12:09.02]: Bet I can load twice the ice that you do in half the time.
PAJ [12:11.98]: Am I smelling a wager, ke?
RIKER [12:14.06]: Not yet. But I will drag my...
RIKER [12:17.27]: [*CRASHING*]Watch out!
$. [12:20.15]: (Paj SCREAMING)
$. [12:23.95]: (SCREAMING CONTINUES)
$. [12:36.29]: (PANTING)
$. [12:43.47]: (BREATHING HEAVILY)
$. [12:46.09]: You're entirely
too good at this.
$. [12:48.01]: I told you, I've got no power to
get you promoted on this ship.
$. [12:50.68]: Well, then I take it back.
$. [12:52.35]: WOMAN: (OVER INTERCOM)
Standby for thrust correction.
$. [12:54.35]: Warning. Gravity has...
$. [12:56.31]: (GROANS)
$. [12:58.36]: (COMPUTER BEEPING)
$. [13:00.23]: MAN: (OVER INTERCOM) Holden,
report to the flight deck.
$. [13:02.49]: (GROANING)
$. [13:04.20]: (CHUCKLES)
$. [13:05.32]: We never saw it.
$. [13:07.49]: Sorry, cowboy,
but we did.
$. [13:10.24]: MAN: (OVER INTERCOM) We got a code
22, Cameron Paj. Can't find the XO.
$. [13:13.04]: All right, all right,
I'll hunt him down.
$. [13:15.75]: Don't get dressed.
$. [13:19.13]: Hey, Paj,
how's the arm?
$. [13:20.63]: Looking good. Still got
a few nerves, though.
$. [13:23.26]: Shed's been telling me how the
prosthetic:'s gonna hook up.
$. [13:25.30]: Well, you know that
naturally the company'll try
$. [13:26.89]: to screw you out of
a good one, right?
$. [13:28.55]: I've been signed on long enough
to get one with force feedback,
$. [13:31.52]: pressure and temp sensors,
the whole package.
$. [13:33.93]: SHED: I know. What you should
have is that new bio-gel
$. [13:36.06]: they developed
on the inner planets.
$. [13:37.65]: Then you wouldn't need
a prosthetic.
$. [13:38.94]: It regrows
the limb perfectly.
$. [13:40.23]: Screw the loners
and their magic Jell-O.
$. [13:42.69]: No offense, Holden.
$. [13:44.07]: No, I'd rather a
Belter-built fake any day.
$. [13:46.28]: That's 'cause you're
stubborn as hell.
$. [13:47.78]: No worries, Paj.
$. [13:49.57]: Hey, I need some Z-PRO.
$. [13:51.12]: Been cleaned out
for two weeks.
$. [13:52.79]: You're gonna have to
count sheep, sorry.
$. [13:54.29]: Oh, I do have something
a little stronger, though,
$. [13:57.87]: if you've got
$. [13:59.96]: Nah.
$. [14:01.09]: No?
$. [14:02.67]: Hey, seriously,
$. [14:03.92]: You won't let them screw me out of an
arm, will you? I don't want a used one.
$. [14:07.09]: I'm just a clock-puncher
like you, Paj.
$. [14:10.26]: Hey! Hey, you seen
the XO?
$. [14:12.56]: No, sa-sa.
$. [14:13.93]: Just follow
the reek of whiskey.
$. [14:15.31]: That's not nice.
It's the truth.
$. [14:17.98]: You didn't sign
the PRP.
$. [14:19.94]: I didn't sign
the what?
$. [14:22.61]: It's the retrofit...
$. [14:24.07]: (BEEPING)
$. [14:25.53]: (BEEPING STOPS)
$. [14:26.90]: It's the retrofit proposal to overhaul
this bucket before it breaks apart.
$. [14:30.78]: Ah. If Naomi says it'll happen,
$. [14:33.08]: you can take it
to the bank.
$. [14:34.54]: Listen, kids, I've been
here longer than you.
$. [14:36.62]: It's way cheaper for the company
to settle up with a few widows
$. [14:39.42]: than to overhaul
this old barge.
$. [14:41.13]: (ELEVATOR CLUNKING)
The truth.
$. [14:43.17]: Besides, the Cant is a legend for
her scars. Badges of endurance.
$. [14:49.43]: Hey, do you have
a pry bar?
$. [14:52.97]: Make sure
I get it back.
$. [14:54.31]: Sure.
$. [14:55.89]: You must tell me the amazing story of how
you managed to become a second officer.
$. [15:00.48]: My biggest failure in life.
ALEX: Look out below!
$. [15:04.11]: Welcome to the rodeo.
ALEX [15:05.48]: Ladies and gentlemen, please sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
ALEX [15:08.53]: Ceres Station, here we come.
ALEX [15:10.86]: Please adjust your tray tables and seat backs into their upright and locked positions...
BYERS [15:14.99]: Shut up and fly, would ya?
$. [15:16.33]: You, too, Boo Boo.
$. [15:17.37]: CREW MEMBER: Okay,
reverse thrust. B5...
$. [15:20.96]: How are we looking, kids?
ALEX [15:22.33]: It's easy as picklin' eggs, Hoss.
HOLDEN [15:24.00]: Paj needs approval for a new arm.
HOLDEN [15:26.09]: I gotta get XO on it. Have you seen him?
$. [15:28.55]: If I said I had,
I'd be lyin'.
$. [15:33.80]: (BANGING)
$. [15:35.14]: Hey, XO!
$. [15:38.77]: Hey!
$. [15:43.61]: (STRAINING) All right,
I'm coming in,
$. [15:44.73]: and I don't wanna see
anything hairy.
$. [15:46.65]: (METAL GROANING)
$. [15:48.19]: (DOOR OPENING)
$. [15:57.70]: (CELLO MUSIC PLAYING)
$. [15:59.20]: XO: mums)
$. [16:02.87]: A daffodil
$. [16:06.92]: (XO CHUCKLES)
$. [16:09.34]: Rosa“.
$. [16:13.89]: Roses.
$. [16:18.39]: Daisies.
$. [16:19.72]: (SINGING) Daisy
$. [16:22.39]: Daisy
$. [16:24.48]: Ah, Jimmy boy.
$. [16:29.73]: You know what I just
can't figure out?
$. [16:34.57]: We make it
all this way,
$. [16:37.78]: so far out
into the darkness...
$. [16:42.21]: (CHUCKLES)
$. [16:44.58]: Why couldn't we have
brought more light?
$. [16:48.80]: (LAUGHS)
$. [16:51.46]: I hear ya.
Okay, come on, now, X.
$. [16:53.97]: (LAUGHS)
$. [16:55.09]: (GUNSHOT)
Whoa! Whoa, whoa, whoa!
$. [16:58.05]: (LAUGHING MANIACALLY)
$. [17:01.85]: (sesame) on, my God.
$. [17:04.27]: (sesame)
$. [17:11.61]: Just lay back, real slow, okay?
$. [17:14.32]: What's that?
$. [17:16.07]: Okay, everything's
gonna be fine, all right?
$. [17:17.95]: Daisy, bluebell...
$. [17:20.45]: Pull that tight. (XO

HOLDEN [17:22.66]: He started talking to his plants about six months ago.
HOLDEN [17:25.46]: I figured he would've pulled himself out of it.
MCDOWELL [17:27.92]: So it goes.
MCDOWELL [17:30.80]: [places XO badge in front of Holden]It's been a long time comin'.
HOLDEN [17:33.51]: Are you kidding?
HOLDEN [17:35.34]: No. I thought I was getting my walking papers.
MCDOWELL [17:37.30]: What for?
HOLDEN [17:38.39]: Well, fraternizing with our navigator, for starters.
MCDOWELL [17:41.06]: What? Look, people like you. You get things done, and you're gonna make a good XO.
HOLDEN [17:47.19]: You got me pegged wrong, Captain.
MCDOWELL [17:48.90]: Captain's never wrong. First lesson, free.
[17:51.94]:  You've been on the Cant five years now. Turned down two transfers. 
Face it, this is your home. It's your family.
HOLDEN [17:58.24]: Is this where we hug?
MCDOWELL [17:59.37]: So, why haven't you moved on, then?
HOLDEN [18:01.12]: Because no one tried to push an XO badge on me. I like things the way they are.
MCDOWELL [18:04.83]: Evolve or die.
HOLDEN [18:06.25]: Then at least I'll die grinning.
MCDOWELL [18:08.17]: Don't be stupid. One of these days,
$. [18:10.13]: Earth and Mars are gonna bury the
hatchet and hammer out a treaty.
$. [18:12.92]: Yeah, and now
you're dreamin', Cap.
$. [18:15.09]: McDOWELL: I'm a man of great vision.
You'll see.
$. [18:16.97]: Means we'll finally get out
of the ice-hauling business
$. [18:19.05]: and into the
Earth-Mars business.
$. [18:21.10]: Less risk,
way better reward.
$. [18:24.10]: Maybe a chance
to see Earth again.
$. [18:26.02]: What makes you think
I wanna see Earth again?
$. [18:28.23]: You a "wanted man"
back in Montana?
$. [18:30.31]: Maybe I am.
$. [18:31.48]: Someday you'll
tell me that story.
$. [18:33.57]: Right after you tell me
the story about those.
$. [18:37.28]: Well, those are,
uh, mine.
$. [18:40.95]: It's just... There's...
$. [18:43.83]: I don't care
about your past.
$. [18:45.16]: Everybody on the Cant is
hiding from something.
$. [18:46.96]: Yeah, I appreciate
the offer, Cap.
$. [18:48.71]: ALEX: (OVER INTERCOM) Hey, boss, we
need you out here. You gotta see this.
$. [18:52.92]: McDowell: Hang on to this
for a couple of days.
$. [18:54.75]: It might feel good
in the pocket.
$. [18:57.72]: (INDISTINCT CHATTER)
$. [19:03.51]: ALEX: Picked up a Mayday.
$. [19:05.47]: Looks like a light freighter.
Calls itself the Scopuli.
$. [19:08.39]: Anyone else
in the vicinity?
$. [19:09.73]: No siree, Bob, we are the only
ship in three million clicks.
$. [19:12.98]: Of course we are.
ADE: Got it.
$. [19:14.65]: Next to a charted,
non-Belt asteroid.
$. [19:18.24]: What the hell were they
doing way out there?
$. [19:20.61]: We're obligated
to check it out.
$. [19:22.41]: I'm well aware of
the statute, Ms. Nygaard.
$. [19:31.62]: It's pirate bait.
$. [19:32.79]: That far outside
the shipping lanes?
$. [19:35.09]: It's not far out of our way, Captain.
Two days at most.
MCDOWELL [19:41.47]: A delay means we lose our berth at Ceres.
MCDOWELL [19:46.01]: Kiss our on-time bonus goodbye.
MCDOWELL [19:49.35]: I say we move on and let the good God Darwin sort it out.
NYGAARD [19:55.32]: What goes around comes around.
NYGAARD [19:57.28]: One of these days, it's gonna be us stranded out there.
HOLDEN [20:03.78]: Captain gave an order, people.
HOLDEN [20:06.58]: Purge the logs. We never received that signal.
MCDOWELL [20:10.83]: Set the watch and proceed.
MCDOWELL [20:18.21]: See, you're a natural.
MCDOWELL. [20:20.59]: That was some real XO shit in there.
HOLDEN [20:23.05]: No. That was rne wanting to get to Ceres worse than you.

NYGAARD [20:43.82]: Thanks for backing me up on that distress call.
HOLDEN [20:46.78]: McDowell's got
a nose for trouble.
MCDOWELL [20:49.37]: He's been doing this a while longer than we have.
$. [20:51.75]: I guess you really are
sucking up for that XO badge.
$. [20:54.67]: Turned him down flat.
$. [20:56.25]: You kidding me?
$. [20:58.25]: You'd be on
the short path to Captain.
$. [21:00.30]: Exactly.
$. [21:02.47]: Besides, if I took it, we'd
have to stop seeing each other.
$. [21:07.68]: Well. You know.
$. [21:09.51]: There's that saying about
all good things. (CHUCKLES)
$. [21:16.19]: I told you. A couple more
rotations and I'd be moving on.
$. [21:20.36]: A couple is,
$. [21:22.53]: you know, two at least.
I assumed.
$. [21:25.82]: Hey.
$. [21:27.78]: There's right now
and there's later.
$. [21:30.16]: Why worry about
later, right?
$. [21:31.87]: Right.
NYGAARD [21:34.58]: Come on, Jim.
Lie down.
$. [21:37.92]: I promise I won't
lay a finger on you.
$. [21:53.10]: I can't sleep.
I'll take over.
BYERS [21:56.44]: I'll buy you
a bottle on Ceres.
HOLDEN [21:57.73]: (CHUCKLES) I'll settle for
a good cup of coffee.
$. [22:05.07]: (SIGHS)
$. [22:21.54]: (SQUEAKING)
$. [22:28.93]: (SQUEAKING)
$. [22:34.52]: (PRESSES KEY)
$. [22:45.28]: (STATIC BUZZING)
$. [22:50.49]: (COMPUTER BEEPS)
$. [22:57.54]: (STATIC GROWING LOUDER)
$. [23:04.55]: (DISTORTED BUZZING)
$. [23:07.88]: (DISTORTED BUZZING)
$. [23:10.01]: VOICE: (DISTORTED)
Please help me.
ls anybody there? Please.
$. [23:22.81]: (STATIC BUZZING)
JULIE [23:28.44]: (DISTORTED)
Please help me.

$. [23:54.26]: (SMASHING)
$. [23:56.01]: (GRANDSON GIGGLING)
$. [23:57.52]: How many times
have I told you?
$. [23:59.23]: This calls for tickling!
$. [24:01.52]: No!
$. [24:03.19]: No, please, no!
$. [24:07.82]: He'll wet himself
if you're not careful.
$. [24:09.78]: (CHUCKLING) That's the advantage
of being a grandparent.
$. [24:12.70]: I get to hand him off
to his mother.
$. [24:15.20]: (PLANE APPROACHING)
$. [24:21.91]: (SIGHS)
$. [24:23.21]: GRANDSON: Amma, do you have to go?
AVASARALA [24:26.29]: Yes, I do. I'm sorry.
$. [24:28.55]: There's someone< I need to talk to.
$. [24:30.55]: Are people
fighting again?
$. [24:32.13]: Not yet.
$. [24:35.09]: That's why we need to talk, and tell the truth.
$. [24:41.27]: When people don't tell the truth,
$. [24:43.65]: it always ends badly.

$. [25:02.46]: INTERROGATOR: You've been linked to a radical faction of the OPA.
$. [25:05.42]: Were you just a courier?
AVASARALA [25:09.84]: How long has he been out of the tank?
$. [25:11.92]: Ten hours.
$. [25:13.68]: (RASPING)
AVASARALA [25:19.60]: I'm sorry the gravity of a real planet hurts but, it's appropriate. You wish to hurt Earth.
AVASARALA [25:27.61]: The Earth that is now crushing your weak Belter lungs, and your fragile Belter bones. All you have to do to make it stop is talk.
AVASARALA [25:40.45]: You're an OPA terrorist. You were carrying contraband stealth technology. What was it for?
AVASARALA [25:51.25]: (WHISPERING) A whisper will do, if that's all you can manage.
$. [25:56.80]: (WHEEZING)Hey.
AVASARALA [26:03.31]: Give him another 10 hours. If he survives, call me.
$. [26:09.48]: (STRUGGLING FOR AIR)
$. [26:13.40]: (ZOOMING)

$. [26:19.70]: FEMALE PA ANNOUNCER: Now arriving,
Medina Exchange District.
$. [26:27.17]: OFFICER 1: Everybody calm down, all right!
OFFICER 2: Back away.
$. [26:29.79]: OFFICER 1: Back up, people!
$. [26:32.13]: (sesame)
$. [26:34.59]: (GIRL COUGHS)
$. [26:36.97]: (WHEEZING)
$. [26:40.18]: (CROWD COUGHING)
$. [26:41.80]: OFFICER 1: Hey! Back up, buddy, I'm talking to you! (BABY CRYING)
$. [26:45.52]: What's up, doll?
$. [26:46.56]: Cheap-ass air filters crapped out.
$. [26:48.10]: Second time this month.
$. [26:50.02]: (COUGHING CONTINUES)
HAVELOCK [26:51.86]: I guess this guy pays well to be taken care of, huh?
MILLER [26:55.82]: Yeah, he pays our bosses pretty well, too, pal. Look, don't try to save the whole station on your first day. Pace yourself.
HAVELOCK [27:07.08]: Any rain yet?

$. [27:11.54]: That distress call
we never received,
$. [27:14.55]: it was logged with HQ.
$. [27:16.92]: By some anonymous, piece-o'-shit
do-good-er aboard this ship.
$. [27:20.38]: Well, at least
somebody has a soul.
$. [27:21.76]: I swear, I find the rat...
$. [27:23.05]: Quit lookin' at me, Byers,
or I'll put your lights out.
$. [27:25.01]: Any 0l' time, girl.
$. [27:26.22]: McDowell: Now, we're forced to divert,
or the firm's legally on the hook.
$. [27:30.06]: Holden.
$. [27:31.73]: You'll head up
this rescue, or salvage,
$. [27:34.07]: (MUMBLING) whatever
we're calling it.
$. [27:36.57]: Put a shuttle team
$. [27:41.66]: Is there a problem, XO?
$. [27:43.28]: Acting XO, sir.
$. [27:51.17]: I ain't goin'.
No way, no how.
$. [27:53.04]: Well, you ain't invited.
$. [27:55.09]: Alex, ping the beacon
that we're on our way
$. [27:57.21]: and let Ceres know
that we're gonna be late.
$. [27:59.26]: Ms. Nygaard?
$. [28:00.59]: If we flip right now
and burn like hell,
$. [28:02.26]: I can get us within 50,000 clicks.
$. [28:04.14]: BYERS: Oh, great. Then we'll all be puking in our crash-couches
$. [28:06.47]: while the cargo busts loose and scuttles the ship.
$. [28:08.72]: Make sure that ice stays put.
$. [28:10.77]: Naomi. How's the Knight looking?
$. [28:13.77]: She's one leaky lifeboat.
$. [28:15.86]: But she should be able to manage 50,000 clicks of vacuum.
$. [28:18.57]: All right, then you're on board.
$. [28:25.62]: HOLDEN: This is Holden.
$. [28:27.20]: We've logged a distress call near CA-2216862.
$. [28:32.25]: (CONTINUING OVER PA) We're obliged to change our course and respond.
$. [28:34.79]: Make sure your acceleration drug dispensers are full.
$. [28:37.59]: This will be a high-g maneuver. Prepare for flip and burn.
$. [28:44.76]: (BOOMING)
$. [28:56.77]: Here comes the juice.
$. [29:14.67]: (ROARING)
$. [29:22.34]: (BLASTING)
$. [30:26.90]: (CLUNKING)
NAOMI [30:31.53]: I can't figure out why Cap would put you in charge of this little excursion.
HOLDEN [30:35.45]: Well, he still thinks he's grooming me for bigger things.
NAOMI [30:38.71]: Then he's wasting his time.
HOLDEN [30:40.88]: That's what I keep telling him. (SIGHS)
$. [30:46.92]: If your girlfriend logged
that distress call,
$. [30:50.26]: she's gonna be living it
down for a long time.
$. [30:59.44]: I did it.
$. [31:06.78]: I just couldn't
shake it
$. [31:11.12]: I'd keep that to myself
if I were you.
$. [31:19.83]: ALEX: What's the
good word, y'all? (GROANS)
$. [31:22.96]: All right.
$. [31:24.63]: How's my sweet old
rust bucket today?
$. [31:27.63]: Well, I guess we'll
find out, won't we?
$. [31:30.13]: I guess so.
$. [31:33.55]: ALEX: Okay.
$. [31:38.85]: (SIGHS) So just for
the record, guys,
$. [31:41.10]: I don't wanna
be here right now.
$. [31:42.69]: Me neither.
But here we are.
$. [31:45.61]: One big, happy unit.
$. [31:47.82]: Knight, your
flight plan is set.
$. [31:49.65]: It'll be a two-hour trip to
the tango, flying tea-kettle.
$. [31:52.36]: Thank you, Canterbury.
$. [31:54.12]: Welcome, Knight. Godspeed.
$. [31:56.83]: If you see anything that seems off, you
pack up the toys and come on home.
$. [32:00.00]: No heroes, Captain.
$. [32:01.83]: Clear to leave the barn.
Good luck.
$. [32:16.14]: (UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING)
$. [32:21.69]: (MUSS LAUGHING)
$. [32:26.11]: (LAUGHING)
$. [32:33.86]: MUSS: Really?
$. [32:38.20]: She's off the clock.
$. [32:40.45]: Then she can
tell me that.
$. [32:54.84]: I'd keep an eye
on that guy.
$. [32:56.35]: I hear he collects moon
rocks in his spare time.
$. [33:00.56]: (CLEARS THROAT) You wanna
know what else he's into?
$. [33:02.39]: Hey, hey, now. I'm just
lookin' out for you.
$. [33:08.19]: I need a woman's intuition.
$. [33:11.74]: Who is she?
$. [33:12.78]: Oh, she's just
a missing-persons case
$. [33:15.78]: I'm not "permitted
to discuss," you know.
$. [33:19.74]: Juliette Andromeda Mao.
$. [33:22.33]: She's the richest
bachelorette in the system.
$. [33:25.92]: Now what would
a rich girl do
$. [33:28.75]: to really piss
Daddy off on Ceres?
$. [33:31.76]: Are you asking
what I did?
$. [33:34.84]: Bang every space
bucker I could find.
$. [33:38.35]: That's not helpful.
$. [33:40.06]: Oh, I'm sorry, Miller. Did
you come here for my help?
$. [33:42.81]: Come on.
$. [33:45.06]: Admit it. You miss me.
You miss these little chats.
$. [33:49.77]: Good night, Miller.
$. [33:54.49]: (SIGHING)
$. [33:59.24]: Eat something, for God's sake.
You look like hell.
$. [34:21.56]: NAOMI: Config matches
the registry information.
$. [34:25.48]: It's definitely
the Scopuli.
$. [34:27.56]: NAOMI: No IR or electro-mag
other than the distress beacon.
$. [34:31.32]: Looks like the
reactor's shut down,
$. [34:32.78]: but no radiation leakage.
$. [34:36.15]: What about that thing that looks
like a big hole in the side?
$. [34:40.45]: Uh, LADAR says it's
a big hole in the side.
$. [34:43.62]: (CHUCKLING)
$. [34:46.29]: Well, the big array on the Cant's
reading no one within a million clicks.
$. [34:50.58]: ALEX: Looks like we're
the only game in town.
$. [34:52.46]: Well, we came, we looked,
we, uh, left.
$. [34:55.76]: No one's gonna know if we
set foot on that thing.
$. [35:01.35]: Take us in.
$. [35:03.31]: And, Alex, if something
nasty's hiding in that ship,
$. [35:06.48]: we bolt like hell and melt
anything behind us into slag.
$. [35:08.94]: Good plan, Hoss.
$. [35:10.19]: (SIGHS) All right,
I'll go in and poke around.
$. [35:14.82]: I'll go With him.
$. [35:25.58]: (THUDDING)
$. [35:27.25]: (AIR HISSING)
$. [35:33.09]: Good times.
$. [35:42.39]: (BOOTS CLUNKING)
$. [36:11.04]: HOLDEN: How do you
think that happened?
$. [36:14.38]: It wasn't a torpedo.
A breaching charge did that.
$. [36:23.26]: Amos.
$. [36:25.76]: Keep that gun out.
$. [36:29.64]: Engineering first. I wanna know
why that reactor's offline.
$. [36:48.70]: Reactor wasn't
killed by the blast.
$. [36:52.54]: AMOS: Someone went through
the shutdown procedures.
$. [36:56.79]: So, if everyone's dead,
who turned it off?
$. [37:00.17]: Well, it
wasn't pirates.
$. [37:03.22]: They wouldn't have
left all that behind.
$. [37:05.68]: And they left all the
pressure doors open.
$. [37:11.39]: So no one could hide.
$. [37:17.90]: AMOS: Six o'clock!
$. [37:19.78]: (AMOS PANTING)
$. [37:22.69]: HOLDEN: Naomi, Shed,
we need more eyes in here.
$. [37:27.70]: All right. Meet us
on the bridge.
$. [37:46.34]: SHED: Hey, guys?
$. [37:49.35]: Where are all
the bodies at?
$. [37:51.77]: Amos, cut out the data core.
We'll take it with us.
$. [37:56.90]: Roger that.
$. [38:02.40]: HOLDEN: These panels
are all dead.
$. [38:05.11]: How are they sending a distress
beacon with dead comms?
$. [38:26.97]: Does that look like a...
$. [38:28.59]: HOLDEN: Well, maybe not...
$. [38:30.43]: If it was a bomb,
we'd be toast.
$. [38:34.68]: AMOS: It's a transmitter.
$. [38:40.56]: NAOMI: This must be
the beacon that called us.
$. [38:43.03]: Somebody planted it.
$. [38:45.03]: Pirate bait.
$. [38:47.65]: McDowell was right.
$. [38:49.57]: ALEX: Hoss, forwarding you an A-1
tight-beam from the Canterbury.
$. [38:54.29]: Holden, a ship just appeared
near your location.
$. [38:57.71]: HOLDEN: How is that possible? You
cleared us out to a million clicks.
$. [39:01.63]: It didn't show up on
any of our scopes.
$. [39:03.80]: We're setting you a rendezvous point.
Get the hell back here.
$. [39:09.93]: (ALL BREATHING HEAVILY)
$. [39:18.39]: Alex! Disengage!
$. [39:19.77]: My pleasure.
$. [39:23.48]: ALEX: Disengaging!
$. [39:25.78]: (ENGINE ROARING)
$. [39:31.37]: (PANTING)
$. [39:35.20]: Where did that
thing come from?
$. [39:36.50]: Damned if I know! Just
suddenly, it was there.
$. [39:39.08]: Stealth tech.
Has to be.
$. [39:40.75]: Who the hell has
stealth like that?
$. [39:44.21]: Mars.
$. [40:02.65]: MAN 1: That's more thinner
to the mix, all right?
$. [40:04.65]: MAN 21 All right.
$. [40:05.86]: MAN 1: Hey, hey, you see that other one?
$. [40:08.32]: MAN 22 What was that? MAN 1: You
got that other one with you?
$. [40:11.99]: That's a cute kid.
How old?
$. [40:15.24]: Two and a half.
$. [40:17.49]: Hi.
$. [40:19.83]: FATHER: How about you?
Any kids?
$. [40:23.33]: Yeah, no.
I missed that boat.
$. [40:29.84]: (CHILD LAUGHING)
$. [40:41.39]: (CHIRPING)
$. [40:50.69]: There you go, pal.
$. [40:55.41]: GIRL: My turn. (COUGHS)
$. [40:58.24]: (COUGHS) My turn.
$. [41:00.54]: (GIGGLING)
GIRL: Me turn, me turn!
$. [41:09.55]: (GIRL COUGHING)
$. [41:12.80]: We had an understanding,
Detective! An arrangement!
$. [41:15.22]: You can't just...
It was a mistake!
$. [41:19.22]: (SCREAMING)
$. [41:21.39]: (BEEPS)
$. [41:23.23]: (ALARM BLARING)
$. [41:26.10]: (DOORS LOCKING)
$. [41:28.07]: (MUFFLED) You made your point.
I'm a changed man!
$. [41:31.36]: Thank you for
opening my eyes!
$. [41:33.40]: (WHEEZING)
$. [41:35.57]: (STRUGGLING FOR AIR)
$. [41:37.78]: Twice the money!
$. [41:41.08]: (MUFFLED)
I'll pay you double!
$. [41:45.42]: (ALARM STOPS)
$. [41:50.59]: Air is good,
don't you think?
$. [41:53.51]: (PANTING)
$. [41:55.84]: Air is nice.
$. [41:59.76]: Keep those filters
clean, asshole.
$. [42:05.85]: Knight, we have
your rendezvous.
$. [42:07.06]: Negative. Unable.
$. [42:08.15]: Advise.
$. [42:09.44]: Bogey is 12,000 clicks
and closing.
$. [42:11.40]: ADE: Holden, advise!
$. [42:15.40]: (BLASTING)
$. [42:16.70]: ALEX: Torpedo launch!
$. [42:17.86]: We're gonna take 'em for a ride.
Alex, go around the asteroid.
$. [42:20.08]: Run 'em! Now! Lead the
torpedoes into the rock.
$. [42:23.12]: ADE: What is your situation?
Please advise!
$. [42:28.79]: Six thousand clicks.
$. [42:31.04]: ALEX: Five...
$. [42:32.63]: Four...
$. [42:34.63]: Three...
$. [42:41.30]: (BEEPING)
$. [42:46.52]: Those weren't
meant for us.
$. [42:50.69]: Canterbury, burn like hell,
you've got incoming!
$. [42:56.32]: Right 30, G-burn.
Do it! Now!
$. [42:59.28]: Range?
Two-four. Closing.
$. [43:01.32]: McDowell: Standby cargo door.
$. [43:02.62]: Captain, eject the ice
as a shield.
$. [43:04.16]: We're on it!
Stay off this channel.
$. [43:05.70]: Ade?
$. [43:07.08]: (BREATHING HEAVILY) Ade,
did Mac eject the ice?
$. [43:09.29]: Did he eject the ice?
$. [43:11.50]: You take a hit, you stay calm.
They just want the cargo.
$. [43:14.25]: We'll SOS, start negotiations
for prisoner release, okay?
$. [43:16.47]: Just...
$. [43:17.67]: There's something
you should know...
$. [43:20.18]: (BOOMING)
$. [43:52.00]: She's gone.
$. [44:05.01]: They nuked her.
$. [44:09.14]: She's gone.

Notes Edit

  • The episode title was revealed on the show's IMDB page in November or December 2014.
  • The title is one of many references to Don Quixote in the book and TV series, where Dulcinea is the name of the fictionalized love interest of the novel's namesake. The word today either means simply "a man's sweetheart" [3] or it "implies hopeless devotion and love for her, and particularly unrequited love".[4][5]. In other words, his imaginary love and muse.[4]
  • Unlike the TV version, Chrisjen Avasarala did not make her debut until the second novel, Caliban's War.
  • Terry McDonough and Jonathan Banks previously worked on the TV series Breaking Bad.[4]
  • The scene with Executive Officer is the first scene that was filmed on the first day of filming.[4]
  • The planet Mars is named after the Roman god of war.[4]
  • Due to living in low-gravity conditions, 'Belters' have fragile bones and long, spindly limbs and fingers. [4]
  • Naomi's hand-flip signaling disgust is one of many Belter gestures, left over from the days of space suits with poor comms. [4]
  • The Scopuli were the rocks on which the Sirens of Greek mythology sat and sang to sailors. It's also the name of the ship in which we might find our missing Julie Mao! [4]
  • "Flip and burn" procedure requires the crew to be injected with 'the juice' - a drug cocktail that keeps them conscious at high-g, when an average human body weighs over 500 kilos. It's a nasty and painful process. [4]
  • When Ade uses the term "flying tea-kettle" she means that the Knight shuttle lacks an Epstein drive (which allows for fast, long distance travel) and therefore runs on steam propulsion. [4]
  • The writer of The Expanse novels, James S.A. Corey, is actually the collective pen name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. [4]
  • As per the NASA science video below, it is estimated that Ceres has a composition of up to thirty percent water or even more.
  • According to NASA science video below, Mars has strip-mined Ceres bare of its ice, to terraform the planet.
  • Other material that could be mined from the asteroid belt are titanium, platinum and other precious metals.
  • In the world of The Expanse, Ceres is a port city, outfitted with thrusters, put into a spin, creating a centrifugal gravity.
  • Researchers are uncertain how the planets have acquired their angular momentum, and how to change it over time is a difficult problem, due to its massive size.
  • The unnamed Executive Officer of the Canterbury does not appear in the books. Instead, Holden is the Executive Officer.

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