So here’s what happened on The Boys season two premiere. Hughie (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso) and Frenchie (Tomer Capon) are in hiding after Vought pinned Madelyn Stillwell’s (Elisabeth Shue) murder on them and Billy Butcher (Karl Urban). Homelander (Antony Starr) threw a fit and ran away to see his son. Hughie and Annie/Starlight (Erin Moriarty) are secretly working together to expose Vought’s use of Compound V. And there’s a new girl in town! Stormfront (Aya Cash) arrived, and she’s just lovely!
In “Proper Preparation and Planning,” Billy has a plan to find a super terrorist. Homelander tries to connect with his son. Stormfront makes her official debut.
DISCLAIMER: SPOILERS AHEAD for anyone who hasn’t watched the second episode.
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Billy only got to see Becca (Shantel VanSanten) for a moment before Homelander moved him away from “his” family. When he woke up, he tried really hard to remember the details of Becca’s location. That was about the same time that the news broke of Madelyn Stillwell’s death. Now he’s back with The Boys and comes up with a plan to get Becca back. But he doesn’t reveal anything to The Boys just yet. Hughie doesn’t like that Billy is back, but the others are happy to see him. Hughie actually believes that Billy killed Madelyn. And on top of that, he left the others for dead. But Billy knew they’d take care of themselves.
Billy goes to Susan Raynor’s funeral, after sending an edible arrangement. He meets up with Grace Mallory (Laila Robins) and says he knows who killed Raynor. Not really, but that gets her attention. He thinks Vought killed her because she figured out what they were up to. What that is, he still doesn’t know. He offers to help Mallory capture the super terrorist in exchange for her help in finding Becca.
Homelander tries to connect with Ryan (Cameron Crovetti) by playing catch with him. He suggests Ryan use his superpowers to catch the ball, but Ryan isn’t so sure he can. Becca interrupts, saying Ryan is going to have a normal childhood. But he’s anything but normal because he’s Homelander’s son. Homelander and Becca have made some kind of deal so he could see his son. It appears Becca was forced into that arrangement.
Becca drops off Ryan for his piano lessons and high tails it to Vought. She demands to talk to someone named Dr. Park. While she’s gone, Homelander snoops around the house, smells the milk and Becca’s clothes. He finds photos of Becca and Billy, but nothing else out of the ordinary. Becca tells Dr. Park to make Homelander leave. He promised she would never have to see him again. Dr. Park says corporate made the decision not to antagonize Homelander. He’s hoping the Supe will just get bored and leave, so he’s no help. The Vought location has cameras up of Homelander in her house, looking directly at the cameras.
Homelander gives Ryan a cell phone, but the kid doesn’t have many friends. Homelander knows what that is like and admits he didn’t have parents growing up. Being superior to others is a lonely road. He is a god and shouldn’t feel that way. Being a god is a good feeling, though, and now Homelander can share that with Ryan because they are both gods. Ryan gets a little freaked out and goes to bed.
Becca is waiting outside the door and tells Homelander to leave. He retaliates by saying Ryan will hate her when he finds out that she’s been keeping him prisoner. And Dr. Park was wrong, he’s not going to get bored and leave. Homelander knows all about her visit to Dr. Park. And he’s not leaving that easily, scaring Becca.
Carol (Jessica Hecht) tests The Deep (Chace Crawford) and realizes he’s insecure. She tells Eagle (Langston Kerman) that he has no operating perspective. Eagle wants to try something new and make tea with mushrooms. He thinks the tea will open up The Deep’s issues. And he’s right. The Deep starts hearing someone talking to him. It’s his gills talking to him, in the voice of Patton Oswalt! The gills talk about girls that The Deep violated and says he only violated their bodies because he hates his own body. The Deep tries to ignore him, but the gills won’t stop talking. Eventually they both start singing, “You are So Beautiful,” while The Deep cries.
GIRLS GET IT DONE
Ashley (Colby Minifie) sets up a press junket for Stormfront, Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) and Starlight. There’s never been three women in The Seven at one time, so it’s a big deal, for Ashley at least. Maeve gets a call and has to leave, despite Ashley’s protests. Maeve dresses in regular clothes and goes to the hospital. Her ex-girlfriend, Elena’s (Nicola Correia-Damude), appendix burst. Maeve, or Maggie, is still Elena’s emergency contact.
Elena had some issues with Maeve being a Supe, but it’s obvious they still care about each other. Maeve deflects any questions about hanging out with Elena. She tells Elena about how Homelander killed someone for wanting to spend time with her. Elena doesn’t believe it at first and then wonders why Maeve never said anything before. Maeve doesn’t want Elena hating her anymore.
Stormfront and Starlight continue with the press tour. They are promoting Vought’s “Girls Get It Done” Campaign, and Stormfront gets sick of it. She expresses her annoyance during an interview and Starlight loves it. Ashley doesn’t. A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) interrupts the interview, and Starlight is nervous to see him. After the interview is over, she checks in with him. A-Train remembers everything about her betrayal. He suspects she’s still working with The Boys. He hasn’t told anyone else… yet.
Starlight tries to talk to Stormfront about her thoughts on Vought. Stormfront thinks she’s spying on her for the company. Stormfront thinks Starlight is 100% Team Vought because of her goodie two shoes persona. Gecko (David Thompson) interrupts them and gives Starlight the sample of Compound V she asked for. He hides it in a bag of tampons, but Starlight has nowhere to put it. She has no pockets on her outfit. Starlight bends over to put it in her boot and A-Train sees her. He rushes to her side to find out what she’s hiding. When he pats down her boots, there’s nothing there. That’s because she put it in Stormfront’s backpack.
PERFECT PREPARATION AND PLANNING
Billy returns and tells The Boys about his meeting with Mallory. He made a deal with her to deliver the super terrorist, and she will scrub their CIA files so they can go home. Mallory was able to track down who smuggled the terrorist in and gave the address to Billy. The Boys all go to the location, that’s actually a costume shop, and there’s actually someone there in the office. Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) kills him, and Frenchie sees a familiar tattoo on his chest. The guy was a member of Shining Light, the people who kidnapped Kimiko and made her a Supe.
Kimiko climbs on top of the shelves and sees the super terrorist. She jumps to the floor to face him. She knows him, too. It’s her brother. Billy is aiming his gun when Hughie tells him that the super terrorist is Kimiko’s brother, but Billy starts to shoot anyway. Hughie pushes him over, and he misses the shot. Kimiko’s brother has telekinetic powers and uses them to bring the ceiling down on The Boys. He runs away with Kimiko.
Starlight confronts Stormfront about her assumptions about her. She wants to say everything Stormfront says about Vought. She stops, and Stormfront can’t believe how scared Starlight is to say what she really thinks. Stormfront tells Starlight to stop confusing nice with good. And to take off her mask every once in a while. Starlight gets the opportunity to retrieve the Compound V when Stormfront walks away.
Billy is annoyed with Hughie for pushing him when he did. He says they have to go after Kimiko and her brother, but the others hesitate. Mother’s Milk says Kimiko is one of them. Billy thinks they’ve all gone soft, but he can’t convince them to go with him. So he tells them that Becca is alive and has Homelander’s son. He wants to find her and get her away from them. He asks for their help to do it. If Billy finds the terrorist for Mallory, she will help him get Becca away from Vought.
Annie returns to Vought and texts Hughie. A-Train is still keeping a close eye on her and races into her room. He finds the Compound V and threatens to turn her in. She, in turn, threatens to release to Sports Illustrated that he killed his girlfriend. He counter threatens to take her down with him. Starlight says okay. She doesn’t care anymore. She takes the Compound V, and A-Train leaves her room.
Kimiko and her brother, Kenji (Abraham Lim) stop long enough to talk. They both were taken by Shining Light and injected with Compound V. She feels guilty because she was supposed to look out for him. He feels guilty for not protecting her, too. Kimiko finds out that Kenji is working for Shining Light now. He tells her that their village was destroyed by an American superhero. Shining Light are the only ones who stood up to them. Kimiko begs him not to fight with Shining Light. She tries to hold him back but he pushes back on her and runs.
Kimiko chases him through the city, and they fight. She is stronger than him and is able to hold his arms back so he can’t use his power. She chokes him until he passes out. Billy and The Boys drive up at that moment. They tie up Kenji and put him in the van. Before they leave, Billy punches Hughie. He says if Hughie gets in the way of his misses again, he will kill him.
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