The Boys have seen better days. In “Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker,” Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) may have finally found the key to bringing down Vought. Homelander (Antony Starr) and Stormfront (Aya Cash) take a short trip to meet someone special.
Last week, Frenchie (Tomer Capon), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) took a big risk infiltrating Sagegrove hospital and found an ally. Hughie (Jack Quaid) was seriously injured in a Supe accident and ended up in the hospital. Stormfront revealed to Homelander her plan to build an army, made up entirely of white people injected with Compound V. Congresswoman Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) may be the only person to stop Vought. Congress agreed to hold hearings about Vought and Compound V.
THE POWER OF FEAR
If there’s one thing that Stormfront is good at, it’s inciting fear. It doesn’t help that all of the super terrorists are foreign. She says anyone from a foreign land could be a terrorist. And that causes some people to panic. That panic leads to anger, and anger can lead to murder.
Grace Mallory (Laila Robins) and The Boys take Lamplighter (Shawn Ashmore) to meet with Congresswoman Neuman. He tells her all about the activity at Sagegrove hospital, but he doesn’t know why Vought wants more Supes. Mallory might know someone who could fill in the blanks. Mallory says Neuman is their best chance to nail Vought. She puts Frenchie and Kimiko on security detail for the Congresswoman.
Billy receives a call from his mom, Connie (Lesley Nicol), informing him that his father passed away. While Billy goes to visit her at her hotel room, Hughie is left to babysit Lamplighter. Lamplighter is certain that he will be killed after testifying against Vought. The two sit and watch porn until Hughie changes the channel to the news.
Vought uses Donna January (Ann Cusack) to find Starlight after she removed her tracking chip. Donna is desperate for forgiveness. She suggests they take a road trip together and says she already cleared it with Vought. That’s alarming for Starlight, but before she can explain, Vought security busts in the room and takes Starlight and Donna. Vought locks up Starlight in a dark room with no electricity. If she doesn’t have a power source, she can’t use her powers.
BUTCHER, BAKER, CANDLESTICK MAKER
Homelander and Stormfront hold a rally, condemning acts of violence against possible super terrorists. Stormfront says they are at war and they need more Supes. Homelander announces that Starlight was a mole and has been apprehended. Hughie hears the news about Starlight and jumps into savior mode. Lamplighter says Vought is keeping her in a Supe-proof room in the tower, if she’s still alive. Hughie asks Lamplighter to help him save her. This is his chance to be a hero again, so Lamplighter agrees.
Billy arrives at his mom’s hotel room only to find his dad, Sam (John Noble), on the balcony. She tricked him to make Billy talk to his dad. Billy is upset with his dad because he blames him for Lennie’s death. Sam says Lennie was weak. He wasn’t tough like Billy and couldn’t handle life. That’s why he killed himself. Sam angers Billy, making him push the old man against the wall. Connie stops the fight, and Billy leaves.
After the rally, Homelander tells Stormfront that he wants Starlight dead. Stormfront is using Starlight as a scapegoat, to gain support for their cause. She gets distracted when she sees a mother and a baby. It reminds her of her own daughter. Homelander decides it’s time for her to meet his son.
Homelander takes Stormfront to meet Ryan (Cameron Crovetti), making Becca (Shantel VanSanten) very nervous. Stormfront mentions that Ryan is the first natural born superhero. Becca tells Homelander to call ahead before coming to their house, to which Stormfront snaps back at her that Homelander is Ryan’s father and should be able to see him whenever he wants. Homelander keeps things cool, saying he’d like for them all to be a family.
THE FEAR THAT DRIVES YOU
Elena (Nicola Correia-Damude) decides to leave Maeve (Dominique McElligott). She is scared of what the Supes can do to her. Maeve tries to reassure her that she can protect Elena. She has a plan, but Elena is too afraid. Maeve gets frustrated and throws a table. She says that is the real her. Elena knows and is more scared than ever.
MM and Mallory visit Jonah Vogelbaum (John Doman) to ask him to testify against Vought. He refuses, fearing for the safety of his family. Mallory agrees that Vought is dangerous and tells MM to return to his family. She offers to send them away so no one will ever find them. MM refuses, but Mallory says the cycle never ends. The war will never end and he will never get revenge for his father. He should just leave and never come back.
Protesters gather in front of Congresswoman Neuman’s house. Billy is at the bar when he hears the news. MM calls to update him on their meeting with Vogelbaum. Billy says he will take care of it and leaves.
Frenchie and Kimiko are across the street from the protest. He asks her to teach him sign language. She agrees and teaches him the sign for gun.
The Deep (Chace Crawford) and A-Train (Jesse T. Usher) attend Alastair Adana’s (Goran Visnjic) birthday party. A-Train gives Deep a fish to say he’s sorry for how he treated him. Adana informs them that he has a meeting with Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito). The situation with Starlight was bad publicity for Vought. They need trusted heroes. Adana says they need The Deep and A-Train. And they are also to stay away from Eagle the Archer (Langston Kerman). He is a toxic personality and has failed the church.
Maeve handles her breakup by sleeping with a man, and Ashley (Colby Minifie) loses it. She can’t let Maeve lead a private and personal life. She promises to get Elena back because they are America’s second favorite lesbian couple. Maeve tells her to shut up and act human for once.
Ryan shows Homelander and Stormfront his Lego movies, but they want him to be interested in more kid stuff. Stormfront mentions that Homelander has movies and Ryan is excited. Homelander and Stormfront do everything they can to undermine Becca. Becca pulls Homelander outside to talk, while Stormfront watches more of Ryan’s movies. They both want what’s best for him. Becca wants Ryan to have the childhood that Homelander didn’t, and that includes a mother. She says he’s better off with her and begs Homelander to let Ryan stay.
Billy shows up at Jonah’s house. They talk about Homelander. Jonah is a former Vought scientist who helped create Homelander. He was kind of like a father figure to the Supe. He admits being hard on Homelander– not for the boy’s own good, but for Jonah’s amusement. Jonah also hid Becca and Ryan from Billy and Homelander. He says he won’t help Billy or Mallory because he’s trying to keep his own family safe. Billy threatens his family if Jonah doesn’t help him.
Hughie and Lamplighter arrive at Vought Tower. Lamplighter notices his statue is missing and gets sad. He says he wanted to do something in front of his statue. He wanted to make his dad proud. Lamplighter sets himself on fire and sets off the fire alarms. Hughie needs Lamplighter’s hand to get through access points. He cuts off a hand and leaves to find Starlight.
The fire alarms give Starlight an energy source, and she is able to use her powers. She gets out and runs to find her mom. She finds Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) instead, and they fight in the conference room. Black Noir throws Starlight around and starts choking her until she blacks out. Hughie finds Donna, and they run to find Starlight.
Starlight wakes up to see Maeve with Black Noir in a chokehold. She opens a candy bar and stuffs it down Noir’s throat. The candy bar was an Almond Joy. Black Noir has a tree nut allergy. He reaches for is EpiPen, and Maeve crushes it. Starlight asks Maeve to join her, but Maeve refuses. Starlight runs into her mom and Hughie in the hallway. She is surprised to see Hughie, but happy. They use Lamplighter’s hand to get out of the tower.
Becca finishes dinner and finds Ryan outside with Homelander and Stormfront. They took him for a flight to show him that their home is fake. Ryan is upset that Becca lied to him. Homelander says Ryan needs some space from Becca, and she gets nervous, saying the boy needs his mother. Stormfront says he will have a mother … her. Ryan runs to Homelander, and they all take off.
Everyone is upset that Hughie let Lamplighter kill himself. Except for Starlight, she’s still very grateful to him for coming after her. But without Lamplighter, they don’t have anything to use against Vought.
Billy meets his mom at a coffee shop. She admits to reuniting Billy with his father for her own reasons. Connie wants them to get along again, for her peace of mind. She accepts that will never happen and says goodbye to Billy.
The congressional hearings are beginning. The Deep and A-Train watch together from a bar. Billy, The Boys, Starlight and Donna watch from their hideout, excited about what’s about to happen. Congresswoman Neuman states the charges against Vought: Corporate malfeasance and multiple felonies.
Jonah Vogelbaum enters the courtroom and is sworn in. The committee spokesperson’s head explodes before they begin, shocking everyone in the room and those watching on TV. Vogelbaum’s head explodes next, causing mass hysteria. More people begin losing their heads, including Shockwave (Mishka Thébaud). Mallory grabs Neuman to get her to safety as Homelander watches all of the heads explode. C-SPAN shuts off their live feed. So what are The Boys going to do now?
Season two finale is next week!