In Rudy's lab, Vaughn has isolated Danica's synthetic soul which should allow the team to track her. Vaughn thinks of his creations like children, but once the DRNs started to malfunction, the powers that be decided that the logic-based MXs were the way to go. Vaughn reveals that he had another fleet of DRNs ready to go when his contract with the police was pulled. He then created Danica out of resentment and desperation, and believes some of that feeling may have rubbed off on her. (There's some interesting stuff here about how a creator can affect his creation that I hope the writers follow up on.)
Vaughn instructs Kennex that he'll have to get up-close-and-personal with Danica and jab an EMP spike into her neck. Meanwhile, Danica crashes a fundraiser for city councilman James Hart and starts blasting. At the scene, Kennex enters with a SWAT team while Dorian evacuates hostages in the back. Danica takes down all of the MXs and officers with her sweet machine gun. Kennex jams the EMP spike into Danica, but she's unfazed. They proceed to engage in fisitcuffs, but Danica clearly has the advantage strength-wise. (Seeing Kennex getting thrown around is always enjoyable.)
Danica is about to kill Hart when Dorian intervenes and an awesome robot fight ensues. Danica kicks Dorian into a wall and he takes a spike through his chest, which in the past has caused him to malfunction but this week he was mostly fine. Before she can destroy Dorian, however, Kennex comes to his rescue. They fight, and Kennex does the ol' "pull the pin on the grenade that the bad guy conveniently has on their belt" trick. Danica explodes, and Dorian and Kennex share a nice ro-bro moment.
Maldonado calls and reveals that Vaughn has vanished. Also, the synthetic souls are gone! Cut to Vaughn, who has the synthetic souls and is picked up in a van driven by another service bot. Vaughn was behind everything! Stahl reveals that Councilman Hart was behind the decommissioning of the DRNs and the switchover to MXs. Kennex notes that this wasn't just Vaughn getting revenge on Hart -- he's also collecting resources. Dorian determines that beyond the Wall would be the best place to vanish to and build an army. Maldonado and Kennex are skeptical that anyone would be crazy enough to go over the Wall. Cut to Vaughn with climbing gear ascending to the top of the Wall. Who does he contact on the other side? Jon Snow, perhaps??
After a few weeks of Fox juggling episodes around and hoping that something sticks, it's good to see the show back and firing on all cylinders. We get some awesome action sequences, a few choice Rudy one-liners, a nice Dorian/Kennex robro-mantic moment, and minimal Minka Kelly. The mystery of what's beyond the Wall adds an intriguing new wrinkle (I'm betting it's roving Mad Max-ian gangs of the various MXs Kennex has destroyed) and with Vaughn being Dorian's creator, the show finally has a "big bad" with some emotional resonance. (It's hard to care about the random Insyndicate members we've met so far.) Fox is still playing around with the episode order (next week we're getting episode four), but at least we can be optimistic about the episodes to come. Hopefully we'll be seeing Larroquette again soon. (And Carano. Danica's head seemed to be mostly still intact!)
Next week: Designer drugs! Stahl finally gets some character development! (So I guess she's a clone or some sort of perfect genetic creation? I'm still betting she's a robot programmed to deliver awkward, exposition-heavy dialogue.)