Eight strangers from cities around the globe begin having experiences that defy explanation.
A woman, Angelica, lies on top of a dirty mattress in the middle of an abandoned church. It is clear she is in great pain; she pulls out a revolver from nearby. She then begins fumbling through her things, trying to find her stash of heroin. When she doesn't find any, she reaches up and her lover, Jonas, takes her hand. Jonas comforts and holds Angelica in his arms. She asks him for more "medicine", but he tells her that it has to be now. Jonas reminds her that she was the strongest of them, before warning her that they’ll be hunted, and only Angelica can give them a fighting chance of survival. Suddenly, she sees visions of eight people across the world.
- Lito Rodriguez is in Mexico City, Mexico, where he enters a church with a gun.
- Riley Blue, an Icelandic DJ, plays a set in London, England, in a club called KOKO.
- Sun Bak, a Korean businesswoman in Seoul, practices tai chi outdoors.
- Wolfgang Bogdanow, a German locksmith and safe-cracker, is at a club in Berlin.
- Will Gorski, an American police officer, makes his rounds in Chicago.
- Kala Dandekar, an Indian pharmacist in Mumbai, walks through an office building.
- Capheus, a Kenyan bus driver in Nairobi, prepares for his day.
- Nomi Marks, an American hacker and political blogger, injects herself with her hormone treatments in her bathroom in San Francisco.
Each of them sees Angelica as well, standing before them, although no one else can.
After a moment, Angelica gasps and collapses into Jonas’s arms, and he congratulates her. Another man, Whispers, appears in Angelica’s visions and realizes that she’s been using the drugs to hide from him. Whispers notes that she’s pregnant. Jonas tells Angelica to remember what Whispers has done, and Whispers tells Angelica to let Jonas know that he’s looking forward to meet him. She tells Jonas that she loves him, and Whispers asks if Jonas knows that she’s lying.
Angelica prepares to kill herself, and when Jonas tells her that he's staying with her, she insists to him that she can’t do it if he’s there. As she prepares to shoot herself, Whispers mocks her, confident she won't do it. The real Whispers and his men enter the church, and he mentally tells her to put the gun down. She puts the gun in her mouth and pulls the trigger, killing herself.
A young Will runs through the forest, called on by a girl. He catches a glimpse of her, begging him for help, and she enters an ancient manor. Will goes in after her and the girl points down a hallway. Will becomes his adult self and follows the girl, and comes to Angelica’s corpse in the empty church. She comes to life and sits up, and then kills herself again with the gun in her mouth...
And Will jerks awake, grabbing for his gun. Gasping, he realizes he was dreaming, and he clutches at his head as he goes into the bathroom to look in the medicine cabinet. However, when he grabs the bottle of aspirin, he hesitates for a moment before tossing it into the bin. Very loud club music is playing from the apartment next door, and Will, frustrated by the fact that he's been awakened in the middle of the night, goes over and knocks to tell them to turn it down. After a moment, there’s no response, so Will finally opens the unlocked door. When he goes in, the music stops and Will discovers that the apartment is empty, and no music is being played in there.
In London, Riley is playing a set at a club as the guests cheer. Afterward, Riley meets with her manager, Jacks Riles, and his partner Nocker. Jacks congratulates her on her great night of DJing and introduces her to a man named Nyx. When they invite her to go out with them, Riley complains that she has a migraine, and Jacks tells her to tell Nyx about her vision. Nyx says that he understands what she's talking about, but Riley claims that it was just too many drugs.
In Mexico City, a bloody Lito enters a church with a gun and approaches the padre. The nun begs Lito to stop but he pushes her away and tells the Padre that he came to kill him. The “padre” complains that they’re going off-script and the director calls cut, revealing that this was all filming for a movie. The crew takes five and the director asks Lito why he’s having visions of suicidal angels and is forgetting his lines. Lito says that he’s not feeling like himself, and the director tells his lover that Lito needs to be his character, Tino El Caido.
In Seoul, the secretary tells Sun that her brother’s assistant called to say that Joong-Ki still isn’t there. She warns Sun that Mr. Yuen has arrived, and Sun meets with the man in the conference room. She introduces herself, but Yuen insists that he’s there to close, and remarks that women don’t close things. As Yuen chuckles at his sexist joke, Sun clenches her fist and tries to keep in control. She suddenly gets a vision that she's at the church with Angelica , who starts to rise into a seated position on the mattress. Back in the real world, Joong-Ki arrives and tells Sun to get them some coffee before leading Yuen away.
In London, Nyx talks about a psychic experience that his nieces had. He explains that it’s limbic resonance brought on by DMT, and hypothesizes that Riley experienced the same thing during her vision.
In Mumbai, Kala is leaving the family restaurant and starts searching for an umbrella when she hears the sounds of rain outside. When she notices the umbrellas are missing, she asks her father Manendra about it, as she doesn’t want to look a mess for her meeting; however, Manendra points out that it’s a sunny day. This surprises Kala, who insists that she heard thunder, but her father says that she might want to take some time off, since her wedding is approaching. Despite his suggestion, Kala insists that her job is important and leaves for work.
In Germany, Wolfgang attends his grandfather’s funeral and takes aspirin for his headache. Afterward, Wolfgang’s friend Felix asks if he’s okay, but Wolfgang shrugs it off and states that he has a migraine. Their cousin Steiner comes up behind them and boasts that he’s going to make a big score, and that while the two of them will always be petty thieves, he will be a true businessman.
In Nairobi, Capheus tends to his mother Shiro, who is sick with AIDS. He tells his mother that he has a feeling that he’s going to have a really good day. Capheus then leaves and goes to his bus, which is named "Van Damn", and prepares for the day's business.
In San Francisco, Nomi and her girlfriend Amanita make love. Afterwards, Amanita asks if that helped Nomi with her migraine and they kiss passionately. Sean texts and asks Amanita if she can work the charity box during the Pride festival, and she assures Nomi that it’s for a good cause.
In Mexico City, Lito rehearses his lines in his dressing room and tries to get back into character for the telenovela. The actress playing the nun, Cassandra, comes in and asks if everything is okay. Lito says that everything is fine and assures her that it wasn’t her fault. Cassandra comes onto Lito but he stops her and says that his heart belongs to another. The actress says that his lover is a very lucky woman and leaves.
In Berlin, Wolfgang offers his condolences to his aunt and uncle. They tell Wolfgang to pay his respects to his father, who is buried in the same cemetery, while he's here, and assures him they'll wait for him. Wolfgang reluctantly walks over to his father Anton’s grave, but the sight of it makes him so angry that he unbuttons his trousers and pisses on the grave before he leaves.
Capheus and the other competing bus drivers pick up customers, and his friend Jela lines up business while Capheus waits in the driver's seat. Jela insists that they need a Facebook page and notices that their competitor and their bus, named "Bat Van," are bringing in plenty of customers. Capheus wonders if their idol, Jean-Claude Van Damme, is no longer famous enough to get them customers, but Jela assures him that he is, and Capheus tells him to get some customers, as their bus is only half-full. A man comes aboard the bus, but admits that he has no money. When Jela insists that everyone must pay, the man offers him a live chicken for fare, and Jela reluctantly takes it.
Sun is working at her desk when she suddenly sees a chicken in front of her on the desktop, which startles her so much that she yelps loudly. It disappears as suddenly as it came, and Sun looks around in shock while she recovers. Just then, her assistant calls to say that Mr. Jong from Seoul Citibank is on the line again. Sun tells her to tell Jong that she’s out and nervously glances over at a folder.
As Riley walks down the streets of London, she briefly sees a vision of Angelica at the top of the stairs. Unnerved, she keeps going until Jacks catches up to her and informs her that Nyx has invited them all to his place. Riley begs off, reminding him that her headache is killing her, and takes a rain check for the next day. As they talk, Riley briefly finds herself in San Francisco with Amanita, eating a burrito, while two men dressed as fairies dance around them.
In San Francisco, Amanita and Nomi are at the LGBT Pride festival, where they're having lunch in the park while two men dressed as fairies dance around them. They talk about the first time they kissed after getting high on marijuana brownies at a previous year's Pride festival, and end up buying two more brownies from the faeries in honor of their anniversary. Nomi has a flashback to a previous Pride festival, when Amanita introduced her to some feminist women she's friends with, one of whom was a lesbian complaining that Nomi, as a trans woman, was just another man trying to encroach in women's spaces. Amanita defended Nomi so passionately that Nomi started to cry, and when Amanita asked her why she was crying, Nomi admitted that it wasn't because of what the woman said, but that she has never had anyone fight for her like that before. In the present, Nomi informs Amanita that was the day that she knew she would always love her.
In Mumbai, Kala goes to a shrine and leaves an offering for the Lord Ganesha. She insists that the offering comes without obligation before she begins to talk about how the next weekend she is marrying Rajan Rasal, the son of the owner of the pharmaceutical company where she works. Everyone insists that Rajan is the perfect husband for her, but Kala admits that she doesn’t love him.
Felix meets with Wolfgang later at the locksmith shop and tells him that after the funeral, Sergei talked about Wolfgang’s father, insisting that the man was an idiot for trying to break an uncrackable S&D safe. Felix finishes with a key and assures Wolfgang that it will get them in. Wolfgang takes it and Felix asks him if the safe in the house they’re robbing is an S&D.
A costumed Amanita is collecting donations at the theater for Pride as Nomi watches. Later, Nomi and Amanita sit in the theater and watch a dance performance about AIDS in the 1980s. As she watches, Nomi sees Angelica on the stage, caught in a spotlight. Angelica looks directly at her as everyone applauds, and the vision fades. Nomi realizes that she’s the only one who saw the woman.
In Chicago, Will tells his partner Diego that the dream he had of Angelica killing herself seemed like it was real. They head out on patrol, and when they pass a group of young gang members on the streets, Will states that he can literally feel the hate coming off of them. Diego sympathizes with this statement and says that Will has every reason to be wary of them after what gangbangers did to Will’s father. The two officers get a report of gunfire and head out.
That night in Berlin, Felix and Wolfgang break into an art gallery and easily bypass the alarms. They find the S&D safe and Wolfgang insists on cracking it personally. Wolfgang thinks he hears sirens, but it is coming from Will's police car in Chicago. Felix presses Wolfgang to use a drill, but he refuses and works the tumblers.
In London, Riley looks up from her book when she hears a clicking sound. She looks out the window but sees nothing, and hears a siren.
Will and Diego arrive and request backup, and then go into an old tenement building. They check the place and find a wounded young gang member, Deshawn. He draws a gun on Will but then lowers it and asks for help. As Will checks the wound, Diego reminds him that the neighborhood they're in is so dangerous that there's no way an ambulance will come to them in time, if at all, so Will sighs and tells Deshawn to apply pressure to the wound. Will then picks him up and carries the boy out despite Diego’s protests to the contrary.
Back in Germany, fifty-eight minutes have passed, Wolfgang is still working on the safe. He finally says that he needs a break, despite the fact that Felix warns him that Steiner will soon arrive to break into the safe himself. Unimpressed, Wolfgang turns on the TV and listens to a talent show.
As Diego drives to the hospital, Will sits in the back with Deshawn and holds the boy. He tells Deshawn that it isn’t the first time he was in the back of a police car because his father was a cop, and Deshawn says that his father was shot before he was born.
Wolfgang listens to a singer, Natalie, on the talent show and tells Felix that she’s good. As they watch, Wolfgang remembers himself as a child, standing in front of an audience and nerving himself to sing. He watches as his father Anton watches from the back and smiles, and then breaks out into laughter as Wolfgang freezes. On the show, Natalie gets voted off and Wolfgang goes back to work.
Will and Diego take Deshawn into the ER and the nurse says that policy requires them to take gunshot victims to Mt. Sinai. They were losing too many resources to gunshots that they couldn’t take care of the other patients. Will begs her to take Deshawn anyway.
Felix tells Wolfgang that they’re out of time but the safe-cracker continues working. Steiner pulls up outside and Felix, spotting him, insists that they have to go. Wolfgang turns the dial one last time... and cracks the uncrackable safe. The two thieves grab the diamonds, close the safe, and leave the way that they came just as Steiner and his men come in to rob the place.
After accepting Deshawn, the nurse tells Will and Diego that the boy will make it. She asks Will how he’ll feel if Deshawn's survival leads him to return to his gang and later kill someone, like a cop or another innocent civilian.
Riley meets with Nyx and the others and Nyx passes a pipe full of the drug DMT around the table on a gold metallic plate. Once Jacks and Nocker pass out in their drug haze, Nyx tells Riley that she’s beautiful and doesn’t belong with Jacks. He says that he felt alone and isolated from the world, until a woman gave him this drug, which he claims tore down his walls. Nyx offers Riley the pipe, and she takes a hit from it and breaths deeply. She then finds herself transported to Chicago, where she's driving in Will's place in the cruiser with Diego, though he doesn’t notice anything different. Will looks back and sees Riley as Diego drives away, leaving her behind. Riley then sees herself as a child, going into a cave on the beach.
As they pass an old church, Will/Riley tells Diego to stop the car. Will says that’s where the woman in his vision killed herself and goes inside. Looking around, Will recognizes the room and realizes that it wasn’t a dream. Diego points out that there’s no blood, but Will finds Angelica’s drug stash and insists he would never know to look there if his dream wasn't real. His partner still isn’t convinced and goes back to the car. Will checks the mattress that Angelica was lying on, and looks up to see Riley standing there in front of him. She admits that she has no idea where she is and that she lives in London. Will explains that she’s in Chicago, and then their perspectives switch and Will finds himself in London as Jacks and Nocker shoot down Nyx’s bodyguard.
Riley switches back to London and Jacks explains that they know Nyx had a shipment coming in. She begs them not to hurt Nyx, and Jacks warns that the man would kill her without blinking. When Riley tries to leave, Jacks stops her and says that it’s the break that they’ve been waiting for. They take the money and drugs from Nyx’s safe and Jacks reminds Riley that she wanted to go to America for a new life, and now she has it. Nyx’s bodyguard manages to shoot Jacks in the leg despite his injuries, and Nyx stabs Nocker in the neck as he shoots the bodyguard multiple times. Nyx then grabs a gun and kills Jacks, who manages to shoot back as he dies, seemingly killing Nyx. Riley, sure that the four men have successfully killed themselves, stands horrified in the middle of the room with blood splattered all over her face and neck.
Sensate Interactions Edit
- Both Jonas and Mr. Whispers "visit" Angelica at the church, though the two men could not see each other. Mr. Whispers also apparently "shares" with Angelica, as he could feel the pain of her giving birth.
- Angelica, while giving birth to the new Sensate cluster, visits all eight Sensates in their respective locations: Lito, Riley, Sun, Wolfgang, Kala, Will, Capheus, and Nomi.
- Will and Riley have several unintentional interactions through their Sensate connection in this episode.
- First, Will hears the music Riley was playing at the club in London at his apartment in Chicago, and incorrectly assumed the music was being played by a neighbor.
- Secondly, Riley "shares" experiences with Will when she accidentally slips into his mind while he and Diego are patrolling.
- The two also accidentally "visit" each other in their respective locations; Riley visits Will in the south side of Chicago at the church where Angelica killed herself, and Will visits her in London.
- Riley also inadvertently "shares" experiences with Nomi when she accidentally slips into her mind while she was eating with Amanita in the park in San Francisco.
- Kala hears the rain at the funeral Wolfgang is attending in Germany and mistakenly believes it is raining in Mumbai when it isn't.
- Sun hallucinates that there is a chicken on her desk in Seoul after Capheus and Jela are given a chicken as fare in Nairobi.
- Lito becomes sexually aroused in his trailer as Nomi and Amanita are having intercourse in San Francisco.
- Riley hears the clicking noises of Wolfgang's safe-cracking attempt in Berlin while she is at her apartment in London.
- Wolfgang hears the siren of Will's police car in Chicago as he attempts to crack the diamond safe in Berlin.
- Sam, say one more thing about my girlfriend and I will colonize your face with my fist. - Amanita about Nomi