The Monster and the Rocket
Errinwright expresses remorse to Avasarala as she departs to Mao’s ship with Bobbie and Cotyar. Mao claims he will give both Earth and Mars access to the protomolecule while he sits comfortably in the middle, preventing war. Errinwright meets with Martian Defense Minister Korshunov, poisoning him with a banned toxin for Martians that makes it look as if he died from a heart attack while also ordering the destruction of the Martian black-ops ship that was going to pick up the protomolecule monster on Ganymede. Errinwright orders Mao to kill Avasarala and her aides or he will destroy everyone on Mao’s ship next. Holden becomes increasingly aggressive while hunting the protomolecule monster. Naomi and Amos repair the Somnambulist but it only has enough air for 52 people, while over 100 refugees riot at the door. Naomi, with the help of a Belter who gives up his spot to her, manages to evacuate mostly women and children. When the Somnambulist is fired upon for violating the Martian blockade, Alex convinces Holden to save them, threatening the Martian ships with the Rocinante’s arsenal. The protomolecule monster is shown to have stowed away aboard the Rocinante.