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"Dirty Business" is the sixth episode of the fourth season of The Boys. It was released on July 4, 2024 on Amazon Prime Video. It is the thirtieth episode overall.

Summary[]

Vernon Correctional Services provides compassionate rehabilitation to those in our care to prepare them for successful community reentry. At Vernon, it’s not about custody. It’s about family.

Plot[]

Butcher wakes up Sameer, demanding he create a stronger dose of the Supe virus to take down Homelander. Sameer hesitates, worried that they might use this same dose against Victoria.

In a final farewell to his dad, Hughie scatters his father's ashes during a Maid in Manhattan walking tour with Daphne, Starlight, M.M., and Kimiko. He tells Daphne about Frenchie turning himself in for his past murders working for a Russian mob boss, but their conversation is interrupted by a protestor shouting "Abortion is murder!" at Starlight. Hughie tells the guy off and they continue their walk to avoid causing a scene after Starlight asks Hughie to back down. Later, Kimiko visits Frenchie in prison, but he refuses to see her or anyone.

Firecracker replaces Cameron Coleman as the anchor of Vought News Network. Her first story focuses on Jewish space lasers brainwashing people. M.M. watches and turns the TV off. He tries to meditate but is interrupted by a panicked call from A-Train who is terrified he will be found out as the leak.

After A-Train gives The Boys some intel about a meet and greet at Tek Knight's house, MM devises a plan to infiltrate the party, where they might uncover what Tek Knight has been discussing with Sister Sage. With Butcher missing, they turn to Webweaver, a Supe, for help. Webweaver, a drug addict, agrees to help in exchange for a fix. MM reluctantly helps him and they prepare for the mission by taking his costume.

Homelander, Ryan, and The Seven attend Tek Knight's party. Tek Knight suggests a team-up with Homelander but is immediately dismissed because Homelander would never be an "equal" to Knight. Ashley, who goes way back with Tek Knight, shows up at the party to the surprise of Sister Sage. Hughie, disguised in Webweaver’s suit, sneaks into the mansion to plant bugs and gather information.

Homelander mentions to Victoria a secret meeting to convince the rich elite to commit high treason. Victoria, worried but strategic, supports Homelander’s plan despite its risks. Sister Sage advises her to maintain their alliance for the upcoming challenges, claiming that women in the past can only be successful by pretending around the men before cutting their throats. Victoria keeps her composure, even as Homelander reveals Stan Edgar is out of jail.

Tek Knight takes Webweaver (aka Hughie in his suit) on a house tour. He invites him to his secret Tek Cave, a BDSM dungeon and a torture chamber. Tek is delighted to show Webweaver this room, inviting him to be his next sidekick. Hughie notices Tek Knight's last sidekick chained to a wall in a gimp suit. Tek Knight misinterprets Hughie’s nervousness as excitement, promising more extreme activities. Hughie manages to humor Tek Knight until Ashley interrupts. Tek Knight instructs Hughie to clean up with sandpaper, but Hughie is soon tied up and subjected to Ashley’s sadistic whims. Tek Knight grows suspicious when Hughie can't recall Webweaver’s safe word, leading Tek to rip off his mask and find Hughie inside.

Annie, Kimiko, and M.M. sneak into the party after they lost contact with Hughie. Starlight uses a syringe to subdue Firecracker, and M.M. holds Sage at gunpoint while Kimiko searches for Tek Knight’s secret book to open the passageway into his dungeon. Sage is shot when she tries to trigger an alarm. Kimiko convinces A-Train to help M.M., who collapses, by bringing him to a hospital.

Meanwhile, Homelander prepares for his meeting but struggles without Sage’s support, as she’s incapacitated by the bullet. Victoria steps in, reassuring the attendees of her control and outlining her vision. She gains their support.

Hughie, Starlight, and Kimiko find Tek Knight and they try to torture him for information, but this only excites him because he's into BDSM. Laddio, the former sidekick, helps them access Tek Knight’s computer with access to his bank accounts. Realizing hurting him physically won't get anything out of him, they start to donate his money to various causes like The Innocence Project and Black Lives Matters. Tek Knight starts to lose it and reveals his deal with Homelander and Sage about turning prisons into internment camps. Elijah, Tek Knight’s assistant, strangles him, telling Hughie and the others to leave. As they depart, Elijah reveals Webweaver's safe word, "Zendaya."

Back at Vought, Firecracker tells Homelander she ran into Starlight at Tek Knight's house but that she got away. She demonstrates her loyalty by producing breast milk after a regimen of drugs to make her body produce it. Homelander drinks the milk, finding a new maternal figure in Firecracker.

Meanwhile, Butcher returns to Sameer with more equipment, pressuring him to develop the virus despite the catastrophic risk. Kessler, now revealed as a figment of Butcher's imagination, insists on the necessity of the virus to finally eliminate all Supes. Butcher struggles with this.

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Trivia[]

  • The title of the episode is named after issue 9 of the comics.
  • This is the first episode Black Noir II's face is seen without mask.
  • During Tek Knight's party, Victoria Neuman is seen speaking to a politician who is explaining his rationale for a nationwide ban on abortion, without exceptions made for victims of rape. He explains, "Actually we know that if the rape is legitimate, the woman's body has a way to reject that pregnancy. A nationwide ban on abortion is just good policy."
    This was obviously to satirize an infamous gaffe made by the late Todd Akin, former Representative of Missouri's 2nd District. Addressing the question of whether a ban on abortion should make exceptions for rape victims, he said, "First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare, If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child."
    Neuman than fantasizes about making her own head explode as a way to escape from him.
  • Immediately following Neuman's encounter with the uninformed party guest who thinks women's bodies automatically reject impregnation in cases of rape, Neuman then spoke to Sage, and told her, "I just had abortion mansplained to me by a guy who refuses to be alone with any woman who isn't his wife . . . or mistress."
    This was obviously a reference to former Vice President Mike Pence. According to a 2017 article in the Washington Post, "In 2002, Mike Pence told the Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either."

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TV series The Boys Episodes
Season One
1. The Name of the Game • 2. Cherry • 3. Get Some • 4. The Female of the Species • 5. Good for the Soul • 6. The Innocents • 7. The Self-Preservation Society • 8. You Found Me
Season Two
1. The Big Ride • 2. Proper Preparation and Planning • 3. Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men • 4. Nothing Like It in the World • 5. We Gotta Go Now • 6. The Bloody Doors Off • 7. Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker • 8. What I Know
Season Three
1. Payback • 2. The Only Man in the Sky • 3. Barbary Coast • 4. Glorious Five Year Plan • 5. The Last Time to Look on This World of Lies • 6. Herogasm • 7. Here Comes a Candle to Light You to Bed • 8. The Instant White-Hot Wild
Season Four
1. Department of Dirty Tricks • 2. Life Among the Septics • 3. We'll Keep the Red Flag Flying Here • 4. Wisdom of the Ages• 5. Beware of the Jabberwock, My Son • 6. Dirty Business • 7. The Insider • 8. Assassination Run
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