24 December 2006
John Barrowman (Captain Jack), Eve Myles (Gwen), Burn Gorman (Owen), Naoko Mori (Toshiko), Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto), Kai Owen (Rhys Williams), Paul Chequer (Eugene); Alex Hassell (Mark Lynch), Paul Kasey (Weevils), Alexandra Dunn (Barmaid), Matthew Raymond (Boyfriend), David Gyasi (Hospital Patient)
|Written by||Noel Clarke|
|Directed by||Andy Goddard|
|Produced by||Richard Stokes|
Jack decides to take a desperate measure: they will release the weevil they have in captivity (which he calls”Janet”), plant a tracking device on its clothes, and then see if it will be picked up by this mysterious group. Tosh and Ianto have grave reservations about letting it loose in the city, but Jack assures them they will be with Janet each step of the way. They do so, and watch Janet being captured. Gwen has meanwhile been sent home by Jack so she can spend some time mending things with Rhys.
Posing as an exporter of jellied eels, Owen has met with Mark Lynch to supposedly investigate procuring a new warehouse for his business. Lynch invites him out to drinks, and they end up at the same bar Owen was at the previous night. The same man whom Owen had fought with the previous night approaches him with friends. They attack Owen, but Lynch helps him defeat The men.
Rhys returns home earlier than expected, and Gwen hands him a drink. She then confesses to him that she has been having an affair with a co-worker. Rhys initially does not believe her, and then starts to feel woosy. Gwen has put Retcon in his drink, so that she can confess to him, and hopefully gain his forgiveness, but he will not remember her confession in the morning. She tries desperately to get Rhys to say he forgives her, but he passes out before doing so.
After being invited over to Mark’s home for drinks, Owen finds a chained weevil in a locked room in the house. Mark, aware that Owen isn’t who he claims, is still intrigued by his anger and offers to take Owen with him for the evening’s entertainment.
The entertainment is a fight club which Mark moves to a different empty building each night. Mark brings Owen into the fight club where Owen sees men fighting each other to warm up. Each contender pays £1000 to enter a cage with the weevil. The man who stays in the longest wins the pot. Mark informs Owen that he is up next.
Text messages with the location of that evening’s event show on the screen and Gwen passes that information onto Jack, Tosh, and Ianto.
Owen seems more than willing to enter the cage and leaves his guard down as the weevil attacks. Just then Jack and Gwen bust in and have Owen pulled from the cage and send the participants scattering. While Jack is tending to Owen, Mark realises that both his fight club and his livelihood are ruined. Not willing to commit himself to a meaningless life in prison, Mark enters the cage to end his life, knowing the Weevil will surely maul him to death. Jack does not stop the Weevil as it attacks and kills Mark.
Owen is recuperating at the hospital when Jack appears and gives him grapes.
The next day, Owen returns to the hub. Down in the vaults, he looks at both the captive Weevils, who gape at him with bloodthirsty expressions and hiss at his face. Owen, not willing to be intimidated, hisses back with menacing intent far more pungent and fearsome than theirs. They both groan submissively, recoil, and cower at the superior predator, as Owen looks on with a decidedly satisfied smirk.