The latest episode of DC Universe's ‘Young Justice: Outsiders’ is called "Quiet Conversations," so we can all relax and settle in for a nice, leisurely half-hour of superheroes having deep, meaningful chats about important topics, with no pesky explosions or laser blasts to disrupt the discourse, right? Basically a meta-teen Merchant-Ivory film. Right?
Well… not so much. In fact, things kick off not-so-quietly at all in Hollywood, where New Year’s fireworks are going off. Victor is out for a moody midnight walk when he gets a call from his dad. He’s not thrilled to hear from Silas. In fact, there’s lots of shouting and "I don’t want you in my life, Dad!"
So, very much not a quiet conversation.
After hanging up on Pops, Victor suffers an attack of some kind and stumbles into an alley. Cut to the same alley on January 2, when Forager finds Victor and brings him back to the Hub. Victor reveals that the Father Box part of him seems to be taking over, and it’s only getting worse. On the plus side, his diodes are glowing purple now, so hooray for a new splash of color.
Back at the Hub, Dr. Irons isn’t sure what she can do to help Vic. Then Connor shows up with Dreamer, of the Forever People of New Genesis, who has some important instructions. She tells them they have to place Vic in the Mobius Chair of Metron — obviously — since the chair is the only thing with a powerful enough connection to the Source to help. And she’s going to lend her a Mother Box to help get them to Metron and back. So helpful, that Dreamer.
She can’t join them, though, since the Forever People and Metron have beef, so she zaps herself out of there before Connor, Jefferson, and Forager zip off to Metron. That Mother Box is incredibly useful!
They warp straight onto the giant face of one of the Promethean gods on the Source Wall just in time to watch Metron zoom by in his super-cool chair. After marveling/recoiling at walking around inside a god’s nostril, they spy Metron peacing out and tell the Mother Box to help them follow him.
Before Dreamer departed, she warned Vic to stay in bed and not get too stressed out, or else the Father Box takeover will just get worse. Which means that now's the perfect time for Vic’s dad to drop by. Much shouting ensues until the Father Box does another number on Vic, forcing creepy protrusions out of his arms. Prognosis: He’ll be a full-fledged evil murderbot by morning. Thanks, Dad! To slow Vic’s decline, Silas puts him into a medically-induced coma because he’s really going for that Father of the Year award.
Connor, Jefferson and Forager pop out of their warp on the Minosyss Ring — right in the midst of a fight between a fleet of Parademons and Superman himself. So naturally they join in the fight and best the beasts. The heroes then catch each other up on things, Connor asks Kal to be best man at his wedding and they convince Metron to come back to Earth to check out Vic’s gnarly Father Box infection. He also lets them know DeSaad and Granny now have the final element they need for the sinister device they’re building. So that’s nice and not at all ominous.
When they get back to the Hub, they discover all Metron really intended to do is watch Vic die. Which is kind of messed up, honestly. He’s refusing to help, but Jefferson points out they just need his chair, so they subdue him while the others put Vic in the chair. The treatment works super-quickly and completely eradicates the Father Box spirit within him, scuttling it back to the Source. Vic is totally fine! He even hugs his dad.
Metron, surprisingly, seems to forgive them pretty quickly and then just peaces out. Before he goes, he leaves some cryptic words about Granny Goodness that… can’t be good.
Meanwhile, Violet has run away, leaving a simple note that reads “Thank you/sorry. Don’t try to find me.” Like that’s going to stop them. Artemis and Tara grab Sphere and head off in search of their missing terminal super-teen, while Brion just stays back at the pad to brood. And brood and brood and brood. Maybe he has brooding super powers in addition to his geo powers?
Speaking of Violet, she’s back in Dhabar, Qurac to pay one last visit to Gabrielle’s family, posing as her former self. They are, to put it mildly, surprised to see her. Then she tells her that she’s dying and is just there to say goodbye. Then they figure out she’s not really Gabrielle anymore and that she’s an “unholy demon” possessing their daughter’s body, as they put it. But Gabrielle’s grieving mom calms the situation and thanks her for the closure. When Violet leaves, she finds Artemis and Tara outside waiting to take her home.
Back in Happy Harbor, M’gann is trying to get through to Harper Row, who is not feeling up to admitting she and her younger brother are being abused by their dad. But M’gann is going full 'Good Will Hunting' on her and not letting up with the “It’s not your fault” treatment until Harper relents and reveals her father hits them. They wrap things up with M’gann taking Harper and her brother to Happy Harbor Child Protective Services.
Over at S.T.A.R. Labs, Aquaman is ready to take that poor unfortunate, now-water-dwelling meta-teen that Klarion activated down to Atlantis, where she can start a new life and breathe easy. He works some translation magic — turns out she’s a native Hindi speaker — and introduces her to the reigning monarch; and former Aquaman — and an as-yet-unidentified Atlantean who smiles warmly from over the king’s shoulder.
Kaldur then takes her to meet his parents, who have agreed to take her in. She still doesn’t want to reveal her name for whatever reason, but they’re willing to be patient. New name or no new name, she seems to take to her new home like a fish to… sorry.
And then! Just as the episode is wrapping up, we see that long-haired Atlantean who was hanging out with King Orin, only this time he’s locking lips with none other than Kaldur. Get it, Aquaman!
For those keeping tabs on the whole “Will Tara betray the team to Deathstroke" situation, she ends the episode taking a call from him on the balcony, insisting that things have been quiet there and that there’s nothing to report. So she’s leaning toward the good side. For now, at least. And at least that conversation was quiet.