Upon the group’s arrival at the secret, underground base of The Resistance, Pete is immediately whisked away to be looked at by a doctor. The others are brought to an operating theatre and introduced to The Doctor, who will be removing their spikes. Suzie, wary of these new allies, asks to watch her friends’ operations. Surprised by the request, David Blackwood nevertheless agrees. Eugene and Phia are selected to be operated on first, followed by Suzie and Vanessa. Before going into her surgery, Suzie makes sure to ask Phia to keep a close watch as well.
The surgeries go smoothly, with no obvious evidence of tampering. It is clear that The Doctor is using some kind of psychic process during the surgery – an extension of TK that promotes healing. Freed from their spikes, the group is brought to a recovery room. While waiting for Pete to join them, they are visited by Terry. He brings their spikes – actually flat, slightly curved pieces of metal – saying that some people chose to keep them. Vanessa and Phia find the idea appalling, and hand them over to Eugene for study. Suzie chooses to keep hers, planning to make a bracelet out of it.
Hours pass while they recuperate in the recovery ward, where they are left mostly by themselves. Phia continues her efforts to hack into Ascar’s laptop. While she does make some progress, it soon becomes obvious that the security is quite extensive. Eventually the group receives clean clothes (matched to their individual tastes) and guest passcards. Their weapons are not returned.
The next morning, David comes to visit. Before anything else, Vanessa asks to be able to go shopping. David seems taken aback by the request, and leaves the room for a while. He returns with wallets, and gives everyone $200. Asking Vanessa to be patient, he suggests they go on a tour of the lab after which they will stop by the cafeteria for something to eat.
On the tour they are shown various rooms – a gym, operating theatre, lounge. Other than an upgrade to “business chic”, the group starts to get heavy deja vu about their first days at The Department. On the way to the cafeteria, Suzie gets a strange feeling that seems to be emanating from behind a door. Stopping, she asks David what is in that particular room. Clearly uncomfortable, he answers “that’s where we keep the triplets”.
Entering the room, they are subjected to a security sweep. Alarms go off as the scan picks up their spikes. David assures the guard that the spikes have been deactivated, and they are permitted to enter a secondary chamber. Inside they see a pillar laced with electronic equipment, with three sleeping pods hooked up to it. Inside the pods are three apparently sleeping figures, two women and a man. They are white, bald, and evidently the term “triplets” is accurate. While the group stares at the figures, the man’s eyes open, seem to focus on Suzie momentarily, and then shut again. David hastens to tell Suzie that it is a frequent occurrence, and unlikely the man was actually looking at her.
At the group’s questioning, David explains that the triplets suffer from a sort of “psychic MS”. They are incredibly powerful psychically, but completely incapacitated physically. They are also largely unable to control their abilities, and have a difficult time communicating. The Doctor theorizes that they are very psychically active, but that their minds operate very differently and that they have no real attention span. David also explains that they are recoveries from The Department, and that he considers it a major coup to have obtained them. During the conversation, Phia tries to communicate psychically, prompting a myriad of alarms to go off and a death glare from David. After the alarms have been reset, David asks Suzie & Vanessa if they would be willing to spend some time with the triplets – to try to reach them as a psychologist and a teacher. Vanessa eagerly agrees.
Leaving the triplets, the group goes to the cafeteria where an impromptu market has been set up for them to “shop” for food. Vanessa is unimpressed, stating this wasn’t what she had in mind, and returns the money David gave her. The rest spend their money on food, with the exception of Phia who hangs on to hers.
After breakfast they are brought to a training area, which basically looks like a well-appointed fitness club. After they have changed, Vanessa challenges Pete to a fight. Still recovering from the wounds he sustained, he declines. Instead, David agrees to fight Vanessa. He suggests that he could teach her something new, but she turns the opportunity down saying she just wants to fight “like normal people”. Although David clearly knows his way around a fighting ring, the group is unsurprised to see Vanessa triumphant.
With the “normal people” fight over, David takes the opportunity to show the group how to bolster a punch with TK. The group practices on some gym mats, although Phia looks less than thrilled. David states that “we can’t ignore the body in pursuit of the mind”, using the state of the triplets as a sort of worst case scenario.
Eventually Phia asks whether the Resistance does training for any of the other process types. David hesitates, but eventually agrees to show the group something for the pushers. They are brought to another lab environment, which has a lot of equipment they recognize from their time with the TSI. They enter a dramatically white room with a black foor and ceiling, where a lone woman is sitting in a white bucket seat. She is introduced as Rosie Macintosh, one of the Resistance’s non-psychic subject volunteers.
Before the disapproving eyes of Pete & Vanessa, Eugene & Phia are taught about prolonged commands. Phia pushes the taste of lemon candy on Eugene, after which he is told it will last for the next 12 hours. Before Eugene’s turn, Phia hopefully asks for the taste of strawberries. With a smile, Eugene instead takes the opportunity to push an elaborate hallucination of an open field, comfortable chair, and a bowl of strawberries. Phia is suitably impressed. During this training, it becomes evident to Phia & Eugene (and likely their companions), that with enough time and careful focus, they could potentially permanently effect someone’s mind.
After the pushers have had their fun, Pete asks about the healing process Terry was able to do while they were in the field. David warns Pete that he (David) would have to hurt him (Pete) in order to teach him. Pete agrees. The group heads back to the gym, where David uses psychic brawl to punch Pete in the stomach. Pete flies backwards and hits a wall – apparently David hit him a bit harder than intended. While Pete is gasping for air, David instructs him to use all his processes to damp down the damage. Pete is temporarily healed. David explains that the effect will last only as long as Pete is concentrating, and suggests he wait for a nurse to arrive before dropping his processes.
Finally the group is brought to their quarters – which again look eerily similar to what they had at the Department. Eugene & Suzie disappear into his room, to see if they can “share” a hallucination (for science!). Phia goes back to working on Ascar’s laptop, and Pete and Vanessa head off to speak privately with David. Although they planned to do so separately, they manage to arrive at the same time.
Pete simply states that he wants to ask David about the Resistance’s stance on psychic ethics. Vanessa, more blunt, says that she wants to speak about some people in her group. David, choosing his words carefully, explains that the Resistance differs from the Department in some important respects regarding psychic rights. He believes that psychics should be free to use their gifts, as long as they do so responsibly. He also admits that the Department does a good deal policing rogue psychics, and that he isn’t sure what will happen once the Resistance achieves their goal of wiping the Department out and bringing psychics into the open. When Pete pushes for a more definitive answer, David simply states that he doubts he will be among those making the decisions once the revolution is complete. With regards to the rest of the group, David says that he believes Eugene & Suzie could be very helpful as researchers and that Phia, while she may not look it, would make an excellent operative (like Terry). Whether Vanessa is reassured by this remains unclear.
The group is given the run of the facility for the next few days. Terry is around, but seems to be very busy. In one of his few conversations with the group, he asks if they would be willing to participate in some experiments. When the group dithers, he says they don’t have to decide right away.
Taking advantage of the Resistance’s research facilities, Eugene begins to examine the sample he liberated from Ascar’s lab. He determines two things: first, that it doesn’t match any material known to science, and second, that its origin is not geological.