"The Big Ride" is the first episode of the second season of The Boys and the ninth episode of the series overall. It was released on September 4, 2020 on Amazon Prime Video.

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With Butcher still missing, Hughie, Mother's Milk, Frenchie, and Kimiko are now fugitives, and Homelander and Vought are more powerful than ever. But just as the Boys are about to leave the country, they are pulled back into the fray.

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In a meeting, Stan Edgar, CEO of Vought, discusses the incorporation of the Supes into the military. He talks logistics and explains that they are prepared for a 34% casualty rate, in a worst case scenario.

Black Noir goes on a secret mission to kill the super terrorist known as Naqib. Meanwhile at home, Homelander holds the funeral for Translucent, along with Translucent’s family and his son Maverick. Homelander lies to the nation that Translucent was killed by the Supe Terrorists and that he will kill them to avenge his death. Starlight sings a song at his funeral.

Meanwhile, A-Train is hooked up to tubes at a hospital and seems unable to talk or move.

In Sandusky, The Deep watches the funeral from a T.V. and tears up. He gets enraged when he sees that they cut him from a photo of him with Translucent. The Boys have gone into hiding with "associates" of Frenchie's, the (Clarkson Avenue) Haitian Kings. Frenchie and Cherry deal with the gang business, MM works as medic to treat wounds, and Hughie as a supply man. Hughie leaves lying that he's going on a supply run, and instead secretly goes to meet Starlight, who is back in her normal clothes and trying to be under the radar since Hughie is a wanted criminal. Hughie hands Annie a paper with a photo of a Supe named Gecko on it, hinting that he is the target for a secret mission and Annie needs to track him down. She recognizes him from her childhood, but she takes the paper and agrees to find him.

The Boys watch the news and see their faces still splashed across the media as “wanted”. They brainstorm what to do - run, find Compound V and tell the media, or stay and hide. Butcher is missing and is being blamed for Madelyn Stillwell’s murder, leaving Mother's Milk as the defacto leader for the time being.

Homelander walks around Madelyn’s empty office and chugs a bottle of her breast milk. Ashley walks in on him awkwardly and thanks him for helping her get Madelyn’s old job. She says she’ll fill her shoes as best as she can. She says that they found them a new hero to replace Translucent. She introduces him to Blindspot, a blind superhero, and explains that he fits a specific demographic that will really serve The Seven’s image.

Homelander greets him and tells him he’s a hero moments before bashing his ears in and asking Ashley why on earth he would allow a cripple to be a part of The Seven. He threatens Ashley to tell him every single thing that happens in her job and explains that he is the boss, not her.

Starlight tracks down Gecko. She records him in a hotel room letting someone hack his arm off in exchange for money. His arm regenerates instantly, demonstrating his Supe power.

One of Frenchie’s friends comes into their hideout, bloody and in pain. Frenchie finds out that he and a few others were not only smuggling drugs but also humans, including a Supe terrorist, who ended up attacking him before running away. Frenchie, Hughie, and Mother’s Milk debate over who to tell about the Supe terrorist, but it’s difficult since they’re wanted. Hughie suggests Annie and admits he’s been seeing her secretly.

The Deep wakes up at Eagle the Archer’s house where he tells The Deep, “We’ve all been there…rock bottom.” A “friend”, aka therapist, named Carol is there, but she says she’s more like this teacher than a therapist. They corner him into a therapy session and give him a religious book.

Annie finds Gecko at a diner and chats him up as if it’s a casual run in. She asks him for a favor - to go into the labs on 67th to steal her a sample of Compound V. He pretends not to know what that is, at first. He tells her it’s impossible to get but she threatens him and says he has to or if not she’ll reveal that he is an S&M hooker.

Maeve and Homelander shoot a commercial for their “Save America” campaign about defeating the Supe Villains. Stormfront comes to the set and introduces herself as the newest member of The Seven, shocking Ashley, Homelander, and Maeve. Stormfront explains the the guys on “82”, aka Stan Edgar, made it happen. Stormfront livestreams the whole meeting to her fans and Homelander fakes excitement but walks away in a huff.

The Boys meet with Susan Raynor who asks them if they know where Butcher is and they say no. She updates them on their families. They give her a description of the Supe Terrorist. Raynor thinks that Vought International is behind everything - that it’s a “fucking coup from the inside”. All of a sudden, her head explodes and the boys, covered in blood, scream and run into their van. They theorize that Vought actually killed her because she knew too much.

Homelander pays a visit to Stan Edgar, where he asks to be consulted on the new additions to The Seven. Homelander threatens Stan that he might move on when his contract is up. Stan asks him what he knows about Frederic Vought, the founder of Vought. Stan explains that Homelander is under the impression that they are a superhero company when in fact they are a pharmaceutical company and Homelander is not their most valuable asset, but Compound V is. He accuses him of distributing Compound V around the world to terrorists and says that Homelander is not as significant as he thinks he is. Frustrated, Homelander flies to Becca’s house to see his son.

Starlight calls Hughie, excited to “burn those fuckers down”, and says that Gecko is getting her the Compound V and that they should decide which news outlet to reach out to.

Butcher enters The Boys hideout, admitting that Frenchie called him. He turns to Hughie and says, “Don’t you worry, Daddy’s home.” Hughie looks confused and upset.

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"Half our own heroes don't know they have Compound V in their veins. You want China finding out?"
—Stan Edgar
"The only reason you’re here and not doing corporate PR for fucking DivaCups is that I brought you here. You are dispensable which means that you answer to me."
—Homelander to Ashley
"There’s no one else. No one’s coming to save us. "
—Hughie to Mother’s Milk
"I don’t have to consult you about Stormfront or anyone else."
—Stan Edgar to Homelander
"Meaning I've been trying to put this puzzle together, and there's a missing piece and it's been driving me nuts. And I think you just handed it to me."
—Susan Raynor to Mother's Milk
"The whole picture, it's Vought! It's a fucking coup from the inside."
—Susan Raynor to Mother's Milk


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