The Discovery teleports in to attempt to rescue another Starfleet ship from attack by six Klingon ships. The Klingons are making excellent use of their cloaking capability. Another Klingon ship decloaks. The Discovery takes a hit for the other ship, but they're unable to stop the Klingons from destroying the other Starfleet ship. The Discovery goes on black alert and jumps away.
Stamets steps out of the drive chamber after making the jump. He refers to Tilly as "captain" and then becomes irritable when he realizes what he's said.
Captain Lorca reports to Admiral Terral. Lorca wonders why Starfleet was so thoroughly outgunned. Terral explains that Kol of House Kor managed to get the Klingon ship of the dead working again and is offering its technology to any Klingon house that swears fealty to him.
Burnham is part of an away team with Saru and Tyler on an away mission to
Saru is just commenting on how the constant noise of the planet is torture on his enhanced senses when floating lights in the air coalesce into a sentient being. Saru notes that
General Kol comments on L'Rell's scar. He makes it
Kol seeks to rule, not to unify. L’Rell wishes to swear fealty to Kol for her house. She offers to use her interrogation skills to get information out of Kol’s prisoner. Kol offers to fulfill her request if she can bring him some useful information
Burnham and Tyler make small talk about what they might do once the war with the Klingons is over. Burnham knows that once the war is over she'll have to finish her life sentence. Tyler suggests maybe they shouldn't let the war end. They kiss.
Tilly finds Stamets and asks him what's going on. Stamets admits that something has been happening to him. What he knows changes at times. He can't tell Dr. Culber because it would require Culber to report him and then he would be sent to a lab.
Saru's conversation with the
The away team rests inside the hut. The noise of the planet wakes Saru. He stumbles outside and asks the consciousness to make the noise stop. The lifeform makes contact with Saru again, seeing the events of past episodes.
In the morning, Saru seems rested and says he made contact with Captain Lorca and updated him. He then takes Burnham and Tyler's communicators and destroys them. He tells them they will now stay on Pahvo and live in harmony.
Saru leaves to tell their host that they’ve accepted their offer. Realizing Saru is compromised, Burnham and Tyler argue about how to proceed. Tyler eventually pulls ranks and determines they’ll take what they need from that
L’Rell and Cornwell make their way to L’Rells’s ship. They’re discovered by Kol. L’Rell and Cornwell fight. L’Rell slams Cornwell against a device, seemingly electrocuting and killing her.
Saru discusses things with Tyler. He says he believes he was the problem before when the planet was making too much noise. He was not
Burnham arrives at the transmitter tower. She begins setting up her equipment to interface with it. Saru sprints towards her, making use of his Kelpian speed.
L’Rell drags Cornwell into a room with a coffin. She finds another Klingon, Grafk, dead, as well as Torath and Sirek. She is determined to end Kol. She leaves Cornwell’s body with the others.
Burnham continues to try to make contact with the Discovery when Saru arrives and begins smashing her equipment. They begin fighting. Saru continues smashing the equipment. Burnham grabs her phaser and tries to stun Saru. Burnham tells Saru that they can’t have the peace he seeks until the war with the Klingons is over.
Tyler and Saru are brought to med bay. Burnham tries to check on Saru. He admits that he lied to her and attacked her, nearly killed her. She says he wasn’t himself. He says he was himself. Fear is how Kelpians survive, and so he’s never known a moment without fear. He found that for the first time on
L’Rell reports to Kol about the technology being used on the Discovery. Kol was hoping for something more. L’Rell attempts to leave, but she’s stopped. Kol believes her skills as an interrogator can still be of use, and so allows her to stay as long as she swears loyalty to House Kor. She does so, and he smears red paint on her face. However, Kol reveals that he knows she was lying and guards take her away. The ship then receives an invitation from
Tyler and Burnham arrive on the bridge. The music on