Something goes terribly wrong aboard The Artemis and Scott awaits his impending doom while the ship's smart-ass computer, PHAL, sings an uplifting song to soothe Scott's fraying nerves. Show producer, Jack Spratt, sends the now unemployed ground crew running for their lives except for two whom he shanghai's into helping him bring Scott home. Jack breaks the bad news to Scott.
GBC Network Exec, Tripp Steves, bullies Scott into believing he will be home soon. Meanwhile, Scott's wife, Becks, deciphers enough of the geek-speak from Ratish and Gerry to learn that her idiot of a husband is stuck in space until his ship makes the round-trip journey to Mars and back. Jack's dirty little secret surfaces when the Yakuza unexpectedly makes a "business call".
Scott suffers from the classic Five Stages of Grief. Making personal, desperate calls to the President of the United States and wallowing in his own depression, one might assume he is falling deeper into his own form of space madness. Or is he simply running away? Becks learns that Scott was fired 9 months ago, and the creditors are repossessing her shoes.