|Red vs. Blue Episode|
|"Fed vs. New"|
|Airdate||September 22, 2014|
Fed vs. New is the eighteenth episode of Red vs. Blue: Season 12 and the 263rd episode overall. It aired on September 22nd, 2014.
As the hour for the Blood Gulch Crew to make a decision comes to an end, Felix and Locus learn that the Reds and Blues have not arrived at Crash Site Bravo, and conclude that they did not agree with their deal. Suddenly, Felix spots a space pirate acting unusually and confronts the latter, soon finding out that the pirate is Carolina. Felix questions her on where her comrades are but Washington holds Felix at gunpoint. Unfortunately, Locus does the same to Wash.
Meanwhile at Armonia, Doyle and the Federal Army of Chorus surround Kimball's forces inside the city, where Doyle accuses the New Republic for destroying Chorus' government. Kimball retaliates by arguing that the government was a broken bureaucracy that nearly killed Chorus and its inhabitants. Doyle, however, retaliates back by blaming the rebels for killing the Reds and Blues, confusing Kimball and concerning a group of Space Pirates watching nearby.
Back at Radio Jammer 1C, Felix yells for the other Reds and Blues to reveal themselves, with Caboose accidentally giving away his position. As two Space Pirates approach the said position they discover Caboose's assault rifle mounted on a crate. However, the rifle is soon revealed to be Freckles, now implanted inside, who quickly kills one of the Pirates. At the same time, the Rebels and Feds engage each other at Armonia. Back at the Radio Jammer station, Felix and Locus battle Carolina and Wash in combat, while the Reds eliminate the remaining space pirates.
As the firefight escalates at Armonia, Kimball pursues a fleeing Doyle. Back at the radio jammer station, Felix breaks off his battle with Carolina and searches for the other Reds and Blues, eventually coming across Tucker. Tucker asks him how he was able to convince Kimball to go to the capital, in which Felix explains that he easily manipulated Kimball by lying about the crew dying. He then begins to proudly monologue about how he and the space pirates tricked the Chorus armies for so many years, but realizes that the Reds and Caboose are right behind him. After Felix intercepts them, Tucker charges at Felix, but is stabbed in the stomach.
Meanwhile, Wash searches for a cloaked Locus, who of which questions Wash's reasons for fighting and states that he was once a real soldier. Wash on the other hand states that he was a different person then and questions why Locus differentiates a soldier and a human being. Locus explains that a soldier does not question his orders and simply does what is expected of him, but Wash describes Locus as a coward for hiding behind his "soldier" ideology instead of owning up to his past actions. This results in Locus tackling Wash.
Meanwhile, with Tucker wounded, Felix takes aim at him, but Epsilon appears next to Tucker and the two reveal that they have been recording the entire situation through Tucker's helmet cam. In response, Carolina, the Reds, Caboose and Dr. Grey use the mercs' advanced weaponry to disable the radio jammer, allowing Epsilon to send the recorded footage of Felix to Armonia. The Blood Gulch Crew's actions are shown to be successful, as the Feds and rebels witness Felix's monologue throughout various screens at the capital, revealing the truth behind the Space Pirates' involvement in the Civil War.
With their mission now a failure, and their plans exposed, Locus, Felix, and the pirates retreat, with Locus vowing to the Blood Gulch Crew that their battle isn't over. Afterwards, Tucker falls to the ground, with Dr. Grey quickly running to his aid, while the rest of the Blood Gulch Crew, minus an injured Wash, watch from nearby. Over the radio, Doyle and Kimball order their respective armies to cease fire, with Kimball desperately trying to get in contact with the Blood Gulch Crew.
Open in on the radio jammer station, where Felix and Locus are waiting for the Reds and Blues' call.
RADIO JAMMER 1C
Felix: Time's almost up.
Locus: (speaks on his radio) Bravo, report.
Bravo: (over radio) No visual on the targets. I... don't think they're coming, sir.
Locus: (to Bravo) Hmm... stay on guard.
Felix: Guess they didn't trust us.
Felix glances at the mercenaries around them. He spots one from afar walking away into the shadows.
Felix: Locus... how many men did you bring with you?
Locus: Four. The rest were needed at the capital.
Felix: You don't say...
Cut to a disguised Carolina walking away.
Carolina: (speaks on her radio) Four pirates carrying prototypes. The mercs are sticking to their usual. I'm heading away from the jamming tower now...
Washington: (over radio) Did they see you?
Felix: (offscreen) Excuse me!
Carolina turns to see Felix standing on a platform above her, aiming his rifle at her.
Felix: (tauntingly) You look familiar. Have we met?
He fires at Carolina, disrupting her camouflage and restoring her cyan armor color.
Felix: (laughing) Ohhhh man! You are fast! Oh, but minus points on originality.
Carolina fires at him, but he activates his Hardlight Shield, deflecting the bullets. More pirates decloak around him.
Felix: See what I mean?
Carolina: All right. You have me.
Felix: So... where's the rest of the crew?
Carolina: They're not here. I came alone.
Felix: Well, that is classic you from what I've heard. But seeing as how they weren't at the gas station or the ship we so generously provided, I'm not sure I believe you.
Carolina: Well, I guess that's your problem.
Felix: Actually, if you don't tell your friends to come out and surrender, you're going to have a problem the size of a golf ball in the middle of your forehead.
Felix aims his rifle at Carolina only for Washington to appear behind him, weapon aimed at his head.
Washington: Funny... I was just about to tell you the same thing.
Felix: Oh hey, Wash. Heads up, you're going to feel like an asshole in three... two... and...
Locus decloaks behind Washington, his gun pointed at him.
Locus: You continue to both surprise and disappoint me, Agent Washington.
Felix: (to Washington) Yeah, yeah. There it is.
Cut to Armonia and the standoff between the New Republic and the Federal Army of Chorus.
Doyle: Never in all my life have I met a human being as selfish and bloodthirsty as you, Miss Kimball!
Kimball: How dare you!
Doyle: Marching into the capital thinking you could kick us while we're down. Have you no decency?
Kimball: We tried to be decent in the past, but we all know how that turned out, don't we?
Doyle: (laughs) Oh my dear girl, I can assure you I haven't the slightest idea what you mean.
Kimball: Of course no! You're still too busy trying to uphold a government that doesn't even exist anymore.
Doyle: Because you killed everyone who stood for it!
Kimball: It was a broken, fucking bureaucracy that nearly killed the planet!
Doyle: And you are a ruthless lot of anarchists who killed the only outsiders brave enough to try and save it!
Kimball: I would- (confused) Wait, what did you say?
Cut to the space pirates overlooking the confrontation.
Space Pirate: This might be a problem (they cloak)
Cut back to the Radio Jammer, where Washington and Carolina are now surrounded by the Space Pirates.
Felix: (yelling into the wilderness) All right, guys! Come out and I promise to kill you quick! Waste my time, and you get to watch the Freelancers die over the course of... ah... well until whenever I get bored!
Felix waits for a bit but nothing happens.
Felix: (to pirates) Hmm... spread out and find them. They might be hiding in one of the caves...
The sound of gunfire is heard offscreen.
Tucker: (offscreen) Caboose!
Caboose: (offscreen) I didn't do it!
Felix: ...or maybe they'll just telegraph their position because they're idiots.
Locus: (to pirates) Shoot on sight.
Cut back to Armonia
Doyle: (to Kimball) Tell me, when you murdered the Reds and Blues, was it because you couldn't stand the thought of them siding with us, or were they mere caught up (raises voice angrily) in the decimation of our outpost?!
Kimball: What are you talking about? We didn't decimate anything!
Cut back to the Radio Jammer. Two pirates are at the entrance to a cave.
Female Pirate: (whispers) It came from in here.
Male Pirate: (whispers) Right. Move in on three...
Cut back to Armonia
Kimball: You killed the Reds and Blues after they rescued their friends!
Doyle: We did no such thing!
Cut back to the cave
Male Pirate: ...two...
Cut to Felix at the Radio Jammer
Felix: (to Wash and Carolina) You know, I just gotta ask. What did you think seven morons, a couple of Freelancers, and an AI would actually be able to do here?
Cut to the cave
Male Pirate: ...One! (they cloak)
Cut to Armonia
Kimball: But... Felix said-
One of Kimball's men are killed by a cloaked pirate. Cut back to the cave. The two pirates enter only to see an assault rifle lying on a crate.
Male Pirate: What the...?
Washington: (offscreen) Well, not much.
Cut back to Wash at the Radio Jammer
Locus: The dog...?
Cut back to the cave. The assault rifle's flashlight lights up. It's Freckles in a new body.
Freckles: Heat signatures detected.
Female Pirate: D-did that gun just fucking talk?
Freckles: Firing main cannon.
Freckles fires, killing the Male Pirate and alerting the other pirates.
Carolina: (to the hidden Reds and Blues) Now!
Cut to the capital. Doyle ducks.
Kimball: Open fire!
Cut to the New Republic recruits in the corridor surrounded by enemy soldiers.
They duck, and the Federal Army soldiers on either side of them kill each other in a crossfire. Cut back to the main road. The two armies open fire on each other. Kimball and her soldiers run for cover.
Cut back to the Radio Jammer. Felix and the other pirates open fire. Carolina and Wash dive away from the gunfire. Locus jumps off the platform and engages in a fistfight with Carolina. Wash dodges a stream of bullets from Felix and returns fire, disarming Felix's gun from his hands. Cut to the Female Pirate running out of the cave.
Female Pirate: Man down! Man-uggh! (Tucker slams her in the head with his rifle, knocking her out)
Tucker: Hi-ya! Haha, bitch!
Cut to the interior of the cave. Caboose comes out of hiding.
Caboose: Yes! Good one, Freckles.
Freckles: Thank you, Captain Caboose.
Tucker: Alright guys! Two down, two to go!
Cut to the Radio Jammer. Sarge, Grif, and Simmons are hiding behind a rock formation.
Sarge: (to Tucker) Roger that!
Sarge runs out from cover.
Sarge: (to pirates) Come and get us, boys! (he dives for cover as they open fire) Whoa! (to Grif and Simmons) Now might be a good time to run.
Cut back to the tower. Locus and Carolina brawl, but Locus manages to lift her up and slam her into the ground. Before he can stomp his foot down on her, Wash fires a burst at him, distracting him long enough for Carolina to kick him off the platform. He bounces off some pipes and lands on the ground. Carolina jumps after him. Wash turns around and fires at Felix, who uses his shield to deflect the bullets and charges at him. Wash sidesteps and Felix runs past him. Wash pulls out his pistol and fires at Felix, who pulls out his knife. They exchange blows, but Felix manages to pin a grenade onto Wash's pistol.
Washington: Oh come on!
Felix laughs and mockingly salutes him. Wash tosses the grenade-pistol at Carolina and Locus.
Washington: Fire in the hole!
Carolina notices the armed device and kicks it at Locus, who dives away before it explodes.
Felix activates his Hardlight Shield and knocks Wash off the platform. Cut to the capital, where the recruits are pinned down by a pair of chaingun-wielding Federal Army soldiers.
Smith: Take out those gunmen!
Bitters jumps out and fires, though he misses. The soldiers pause.
The soldiers open fire again.
Palomo: (to Bitters) Missed!
Bitters: Palomo! (he opens fire and kills the cloaked soldier about to kill Palomo)
Palomo: Okay, nice shot.
Cut back to the Radio Jammer. A pirate is searching for the Reds when Simmons pops out.
Simmons: Hey, suck it black! (he runs back into cover)
Simmons runs back out
Simmons: Just to clarify, that wasn't a race thing! (he runs back into cover)
Pirate: Come back here!
The Pirate follows Simmons only to find the Reds and Dr. Grey waiting for him.
Sarge: Get him!
Sarge jumps on the soldier, who is barely affected. Grif then jumps on both of them, knocking the pirate down. Simmons follows shortly after. Grey stands back and shouts encouragements.
Grey: Aim for the jugular!
A punching sound is heard offscreen.
Grif: (offscreen) Ow!
Grey: The JUGULAR!
There is more scuffling
Grif: (offscreen) Ow!
Grey stamps her foot angrily
Grey: (annoyed) Punch him in the goddamn throat!
There is another punching sound and then the pirate is heard gasping for breath.
Grif: (offscreen) Well why didn't you just say so?!
Sarge is heard chuckling. Cut to the final pirate patrolling the perimeter.
Pirate: Does anyone copy? Got damn it, what the hell is happening up there?!
Donut and Lopez appear from behind a rock.
Donut: Stick 'em up!
The pirate fires at him. Donut dives aside and the shot instead knocks Lopez's head off.
Lopez: ¡Mierda! [Fuck!]
Donut: Lopez! Noooooo!
Lopez: ¡Tienes que estar bromeando! [You've got to be fucking kidding me!] (he manages to make his leg twitch) Oh... espera un minuto.[Oh... wait a minute.]
The pirate walks up and aims his gun at Donut, only for Lopez's headless body to stand up and punch him in the face, knocking him out. Lopez then picks up his head and puts it back on.
Lopez: Pues... eso salio mejor de lo esperado. [Well... that worked out better than expected.]
Cut back to the Freelancers and the mercenaries. Carolina grabs Locus' SAW and opens fire. Wash and Locus dive aside to avoid the spray.
Felix puts up his shield, deflecting the bullets. Carolina charges him. The pair brawl, but Locus jumps in and knocks her to the ground, leaving Wash to face the pair. Felix bashes him with his shield, disorienting him. The pair tag-team Wash, punching him and kicking him until he is almost knocked off the tower and into the abyss.
Washington: Woah... (he glances below him)
Felix: Haha, that was awesome.
Locus: Stay focused.
Felix: Right, where's the other one?
Carolina jumps in at that moment and punches Locus, but like Wash, she is overwhelmed by the pair and literally launched by Locus onto a platform, where she lies stunned. Meanwhile, Wash manages to pull himself back up.
Washington: (to himself) If it's not a car, it's a cliff.
Locus: (to Felix) Take care of the simulation troopers. I have this under control.
Felix: Right. (he runs off)
Wash notices a battle rifle lying near him. A SAW lies near Locus. Both are just out of reach for either of them. The pair glare at each other.
Locus: Do not disappoint me again.
The pair both dive for the weapons. Wash grabs his and opens fire. Cut back to Armonia. A soldier next to Doyle is taken out by Kimball.
Doyle: Oh dear. (he runs away while under fire from Kimball) I'm a leader, not a fighter!
Kimball is forced to duck when a soldier next to her is killed.
Kimball: Damn it! (to the soldiers next to her) Get ready to cover me! This ends today!
Cut back to a sandy area around the Radio Jammer. Felix is stalking the area.
Felix: Come on guys! Let's not draw this out any longer than we have to!
Tucker: (offscreen) Sounds good to me!
Tucker is standing on a rock above Felix. He draws his Energy Sword.
Felix: (laughs) Ho ho... you are not! Seriously? Y-you're going to go with the sword?! Oh no, okay, oh no, alright!
Tucker: What's wrong? You scared?
Felix: Oh this is going to be fun.
Cut to Wash, hiding from Locus.
Washington: (to himself) Last mag, Wash. Make it count.
He runs out of cover, but Locus is nowhere to be seen.
Locus: (offscreen) Why do you continue to help these people, Agent Washington?
Washington: (softly) Where are you? (he walks forward slowly)
Locus: (offscreen) You have nothing to gain from them. No reason to fight for them. And yet, here you stand with your life on the line for them.
Washington: Is that so hard to understand?
Locus decloaks and fires at Washington, who dives for cover. He runs back out, but Locus has cloaked again.
Locus: (offscreen) You used to be so much more.
Cut back to the beach, where Tucker and Felix are circling each other.
Felix: For God's sake, man, loosen up! You got to get limber!
Tucker: How did you convince Kimball to go to the capital?
Felix: Vanessa? Oh, (snorts) she was easy! I just made up some story about how you all died heroically. You should have seen it man. I gave the performance of a fucking lifetime! Got all broken up, threw in a few dramatic pauses, and they just ate it up.
Tucker: So how long have you and Locus been working together?
Felix: I'm sorry, I thought we were going to be fighting here? (He drops into a ready stance)
Tucker charges him, but Felix kicks him in the back, sending him sprawling.
Tucker: Agh! Son of a bitch!
Felix drops into a mocking praying bow.
Felix: (in a fake Japanese accent) Round One: Felix.
Tucker: God, you're a fucking tool.
Cut to Wash, who is slowly walking through the area, glancing around him.
Locus: (offscreen) You were once an enemy to these men. You were ruthless! You were a survivor!
Washington: I was a different person.
Locus: (offscreen) No, you were a soldier.
Wash notices the air shimmer and watches it suspiciously.
Washington: You say that like they're two different things.
Locus: (offsceen) When a true soldier is told to kill, he kills. He does not question why, he does not mourn the fallen; he fulfills his role and moves on to the next.
Washington: Is that what you want to be? A true soldier?
Locus is revealed to be cloaked and standing on a catwalk above Wash, his gun aimed at him. He decloaks.
Locus: No, that is what I am!
Locus fires, but Wash avoids it. He aims back at Locus, but he's disappeared again.
Washington: Damn it!
Cut back to the beach. Tucker is hit again by Felix.
Tucker: Ow, you dick!
Felix: God, I really just want to savor this. You know, once the Feds and rebels kill each other, I don't know what I'm going to do. I mean, we've been playing these guys for years. How do you just walk away from something like that?
Tucker: What happened to retirement?
Felix: Oh yeah, well I'll be filthy stinking rich, but I'm still in my prime! There's so much more I can do.
Tucker: Keep talking, asshole.
Felix: Well, the thing about that is, ah...oh (chuckles) You'd like that, wouldn't you? You know I just realized, I haven't seen your pals in a while. I wonder if they're trying to (pulls out a sticky detonator and turns around) get the jump on me?!
The Reds and Caboose are revealed to be standing on a platform behind Felix.
Simmons: Ahh! He knows!
Felix fires the grenade. It sticks to the platform.
The grenade explodes, throwing the Reds and Caboose back.
He charges forward, but Felix turns around and stabs him in the stomach.
Felix: That's the last time you try to outsmart me, Captain Tucker.
Felix shoves Tucker off the knife and onto the ground; his knife is seen covered with blood. Cut back to Locus and Washington.
Locus: (offscreen) I'm a professional, Agent Washington. I complete my-
Washington: Yeah, yeah, yeah, you complete your missions at all cost. You can say that as many times as you want, but I know what you really are. You're a coward.
Locus: (offscreen) Ridiculous.
Washington: You keep trying to play yourself off as some sort of weapon. That you don't care about anyone or anything. But the fact that you're trying so hard to understand me breaks your entire act! No matter how hard you may want to be, you're not a machine, you're a murderer. But you hide behind the idea in your head, because you're too afraid to take responsibility for what you've done.
The air shimmers behind him.
Washington: I know, I used to be a real piece of shit. But at least I'm trying to do something about it.
Locus decloaks and tackles Washington. Cut to the capital, where Kimball is hunting Doyle. She finds him in the command center, alone. They aim their guns at each other.
Doyle: Stop right there!
Kimball: (angrily) You... (she advances on him)
Doyle: (scared and retreating backwards) D-don't make me use this!
Cut back to the beach. Felix picks up his pistol, and Tucker holds himself up, clutching his side.
Felix: You still don't get it, do you? The entire reason you sim-troopers were allowed to live this long, (chuckles) is because you're all losers! Control was confident that you'd do more damage to these people than they could ever do to themselves. I mean, a bunch of idiots in charge of an army? Come on, it was a recipe for disaster! Locus and I figured we'd let you rack up the casualty count then kill you after a few weeks. Oh, but then you did something special! You gave these people hope! And with that came a new level of motivation. To fight harder, to die faster! All with the belief that their sacrifice might actually mean something. But you know what? It all means nothing! At the end of the day, if I'm stronger than you and if I'm faster than you, then I can kill you! And that's better than anything money can buy! (he aims the pistol at Tucker)
Tucker: (coughs) I don't know man, I think I'd rather be rich than a fucking nutjob. What do you think Church?
Epsilon appears next to Tucker.
Epsilon: Yeah, this guy's got no idea what he's talking about.
Felix: (surprised) What the...what the fuck is this?
Tucker: Oh this is Church. He's the AI that helps me run my equipment.
Felix: What equipment?
Tucker: (tauntingly) My helmet cam.
Cut to a first-person view of Tucker's HUD. A line of text shows: EPSILON UNIT CAPTURING FOOTAGE
Epsilon: Oh-ho! Someone just got fucking busted.
Carolina: (offscreen) All right boys!
The camera pans up to show the others aiming their weapons at the jamming tower.
Carolina: Bring it down!
The Reds and Blues open fire at the radio jammer, shutting it down.
Epsilon: (to Tucker) Be right back!
Epsilon disappears and transmits the helmet-cam footage to Armonia. At the capital, everyone stops fighting as the footage of Felix's monologue plays over every visual and audio device. Doyle and Kimball lower their weapons and stare at the image of Felix.
Felix: (recording) Once the Feds and rebels kill each other, I don't know what I'm going to do! I mean, we've been playing these guys for years!
Tucker: (recording) How did you convince Kimball to go to the capital?
Felix: (recording) Vanessa? Oh (snort) she was easy! I just made up some story about how you all died heroically! You should have seen it man, I gave the performance of a fucking lifetime! Got all broken up, threw in a few dramatic pauses, and they just ate it up.
Kimball: You son of a bitch!
Felix: (recording) The entire reason you sim-troopers were allowed to live this long is because you're all losers! Locus and I figured we'd let you rack up the casualty count then kill you after a few weeks.
Felix's recording continues to play as the two armies realize how they've been tricked. The space pirates watch from their perch.
Space Pirate: This is bad... (they all cloak)
Cut to Locus, who is standing over the stunned Washington.
Space Pirate: (over radio) Locus, everyone at the capital knows! What do we do?
Locus stares at Washington.
Locus: (hesitantly) ...Follow... protocol...
Cut back to the beach.
Tucker: (to Felix) Oh, dude, were you speechless? 'Cause that's a first!
Felix: (angrily) You...you're dead!
Felix aims his pistol, but the targeting lasers of Carolina's binary rifle appear on his head.
Carolina: (offscreen) I wouldn't, if I were you!
Sarge: Ugh...you know those sticky grenades kick like a mule! But I hear these newfangled laser blasters are quite lethal!
The Reds and Blues aim their weapons at Felix. Felix puts up his shield. Locus decloaks and covers his back, facing Tucker.
Locus: The mission is a failure. Protocol states we are to report to Control immediately.
Felix: They're injured! We can kill them, now!
Locus: No! We follow orders. (he turns to the others, holding a teleportation grenade) Let me assure you all: This is not over! (he tosses the teleportation grenade towards the ground and the pair vanish)
The screen flashes white and dissolves back into the scene. The camera pans out as Tucker collapses from his wound, while Dr. Grey and the others rush to his side. We hear the frantic orders for a cease fire from Kimball and Doyle.
Kimball: (over radio) This is Vanessa Kimball of the New Republic, ordering an immediate ceasefire!
Doyle: (over radio) All soldiers of the Federal Army, stand down at once!
Kimball: (over radio) Tucker? Grif? Can anyone read me? What are your coordinates? Where are you?
Cut to black
- The title of the episode is a reference to the title of the series, with Red and Blue being replaced, and rhyming, with Fed and New respectively.
- This is the fourth longest running episode of the series, behind Why Were We Here?, Meta vs. Carolina: Dawn of Awesome, and Silver Linings.
- Felix stating that Carolina is fast is a reference to Cloak and Dagger, where he asked her about it during their brief fight.
- Washington holding Felix at gunpoint while Locus holds Washington at gunpoint is a reference to You're the Bomb, Yo, where a similar scene occurs involving Wyoming, Tex, and O'Malley.
- Doyle is again seen with Mark VI forearms instead of the Mark V he debuted with. Also, midway through the episode, the forearms and legs shift, this time both to ODST.
- Freckles is revealed to have been moved into Caboose's assault rifle and appears to function well in it.
- Even though Carolina's leg injury has been a hindrance to her since Cloak and Dagger, somehow it does not affect her combat performance during her fight with Locus and Felix.
- Simmons' statement about Grif being "deceptively heavy" in Catch Up, No Mustard is referenced in this episode, where Sarge jumping onto the Pirate only staggers him a step, but Grif jumping on him throws him to the ground.
- Locus uses the "German Suplex" on Carolina, the same move Epsilon-Tex used on Tucker in This One Goes to Eleven.
- Agent Maine also uses this move on the Demo Man in Fighting Fire.
- Lopez loses his head once again in this episode, but is revealed to still possess complete control of his body, before he reconstructs himself.
- Washington's statement, "If it's not a car, it's a cliff," is a reference to Reunion where he nearly falls off a cliff, as well as a reference to his bad luck with cars.
- Simmons' catchphrase returns with a new variation, "Suck it, Black!", which refers to the Space Pirates.
- Bitters missing his target is a reference to Thin Ice.
- Doyle's line, "I'm a leader, not a fighter," is reference to Exploring Our Differences where Tucker makes a similar statement, "I'm a lover, not a fighter."
- Felix's bow and line "Round One: Felix" is a reference to the Mortal Kombat video game series.
- The end of the fight between Tucker and Felix references the fight between Wash and the Meta in Reconstruction: Chapter 19: both Wash and Tucker were wounded by the enemy (Meta and Felix), and reveal Church/Epsilon to buy time to activate/use a device (the EMP and, in this case, Tucker's helmet cam).
- Along with this, Tucker's attempt to distract Felix as the Reds and Caboose sneak up on him is similar to when Tucker distracts Epsilon-Tex in This One Goes to Eleven: in both situations, Tucker keeps the attention of his opponent (Epsilon-Tex and Felix) so his allies can commence a sneak attack on them (Simmons and, in this case, the Reds and Caboose) only to fail.
- Locus thinking that soldiers and humans are two different things might be a reference to Master Chief in the Epilogue of Halo 4, as he displayed a similar belief about soldiers and humanity.
- This is the first episode where Dr. Grey uses a weapon other than her scanner, that being a Light Rifle.
- Coincidentally, when Felix fights Tucker while Locus fights Wash, the paired fights match the side they aligned with in the Chorus Civil War; Felix and Tucker were aligned with the New Republic, while Locus and Wash were aligned with the Federal Army of Chorus.
- At 4:14, Felix's DMR makes the Assualt Rifle firing noise rather than the normal DMR sound. This occurs again when he is supposedly in full auto and with Bitters' DMR when he attempts to shoot the gunners at 5:22.
- At 4:20, when Felix fires his DMR at Wash, it's firing in full-auto. This is not possible, because since the weapon's debut in Halo: Reach, and afterwards in Halo 4, during gameplay, it fires in semi-auto.