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"The Innocents" is the sixth episode of the first season of The Boys. It was released on July 26, 2019 on Amazon Prime Video. It is the sixth episode of season one. Billy reveals information about his late wife to Hughie, including the fact that Homelander raped her. Billy reveals that nobody has seen her in eight years. Butcher theorizes that either Homelander killed her or she killed herself. Billy uses the talk to remind Hughie who his friends and who his enemies are.


A Vought Industries promotional video titled "Super in America" is shown to Courtenay. The video introduces The Seven, showing kind acts they have done with underprivileged people. Courtenay, however, is very critical of the video, saying that it's supposed to be for support of their presence in the military.

Starlight and Hughie participate at the local pub quiz. Hughie's friend, Anthony, joins them. Anthony reveals certain stories from Hughie's past to Starlight, much to his embarrassment. Anthony admits he has been worried about Hughie since Robin's death; however, Hughie deflects, saying that he wanted a fresh start.

Mother's Milk reveals to The Boys information he has found about shipments of Compound V. He reveals that Samaritans Embrace is a company bankrolled by Vought Industries that ships the compound to hospitals around the US. He reveals that no Supe is born, simply injected with Compound V as a baby. Butcher admits that they have many charges to take to Raynor.

At Seven Towers, Starlight approaches Stillwell's office just as she hears the last words of Ashley Barrett being fired due to Starlight's Believe Expo breakdown. Ashley tells Starlight that it was her idea to book Starlight for the Believe Expo, because it would play to her base. Starlight meets with Stillwell, who expresses her anger that Starlight isn't following the rules; perhaps that she has been influenced by Queen Maeve's reckless history. Starlight refuses to obey Stillwell, demanding that she be allowed to save people and follow her own rules. Stillwell contemplates firing Starlight; however, Starlight threatens that firing her will tank Vought Industries stock price considering that she just proclaimed she was the victim of a sexual assault. She also threatens to reveal that it was the Deep who harrassed her and points out how she's aware she's not be the first victim, precisely because Stillwell keeps covering for him. Should Stillwell fire Starlight, she will sink as well; angry but with no other options, she dismisses Starlight without further threat.

The Deep and A-Train film their respective parts of the promotional video. A-Train is questioned about knowing Popclaw; however, he replies that he hasn't seen her in years.

Queen Maeve runs into Starlight at Seven Tower. Starlight admits that she was a fan of Maeve as a child, wanting to be exactly like her, having memorized much of her autobiography. Now, she assumes that it was more likely written by marketing.

Frenchie questions what Mother's Milk really thinks about Kimiko Miyashiro. Frenchie reveals that they could use the help of a Supe, Mesmer, to get information from Kimiko. M.M. initially refuses, but Frenchie is able to get him to agree to the idea.

Butcher and Hughie attend an ACDS meeting: a meeting between people who have experienced collateral-damage incidents with Supes. Butcher uses this to convince Hughie to think differently of Starlight.

At Seven Tower, Stillwell tells the Deep he is going to take a break from The Seven and make a public apology before people begin speaking out about the Deep. He expresses his dismay, but films the apology video nevertheless; admitting to the public that he thought that the incident with Starlight was consensual.

Mother's Milk meets with Mesmer, a Supe has-been, seeking an audience by signing autographs at a comic book convention. He reveals that he is aware that Mesmer uses his telepathic skills to profit from insider trading. He allows Mesmer to look inside his head, revealing who he is. M.M. takes Mesmer to see Cleo, his estranged daughter, and he promises to be in her life more. He is saddened when she reveals she doesn't really know him. Mesmer agrees to the deal of being allowed to see Cleo one hour per month, supervised, in exchange for him reading Kimiko Miyashiro's mind.

Billy reveals information about his late wife to Hughie, including the fact that Homelander raped her. Billy reveals that nobody has seen her in eight years. Butcher theorizes that either Homelander killed her or she killed herself. Billy uses the talk to remind Hughie who his friends and who his enemies are.

Homelander meets with Stillwell to explain his dismay about the promotional video in which he pretended that he was visiting the house he grew up in. Stillwell uses Homelander's sexual attraction to her to convince him to finish the promotional video.

Mesmer attempts to read Kimiko's mind, however, it brings up such raw emotional memories that she inadvertently breaks his wrist. Mesmer insists that the session is off, however, M.M. is able to convince him to stay. Billy calls M.M., questioning his whereabouts. He initially lies, but Billy calls him on it, revealing that his phone is being tracked.

Elena shows up at the filming of Maeve's promotional video. Maeve tries to have a moment alone with Elena, but the film crew secretly keeps recording. Elena questions why she hasn't replied to her messages. Maeve insists that she was just looking for a hookup, however Elena can tell that she is lying.

Butcher arrives at Mesmer's house, declaring that they have to kill Mesmer now, but M.M. refuses. Trying again to read Kimiko, Mesmer reveals that Kimiko was a terrorist before being captured. This saddens Frenchie, who refuses to believe it. Hughie questions why Vought would give Compound V to terrorists, with Butcher deducing that Vought is crafting super-villains to justify getting The Seven into the military. After pleading by Frenchie, Kimiko shows Mesmer memories from her past: when she was young, her parents were killed, she and her brother were kidnapped, and forced to be soldiers. He reveals that she wants to save her brother.

Butcher reveals what he has found to Raynor, teasing her with a sample of Compound V. Billy issues a list of demands, including that his team receive a salary, an office and her word that Homelander be prosecuted. Raynor admits that she can meet all of his demands, with the exception of prosecuting Homelander. Raynor fears that pushing Homelander too hard will result in thousands of deaths.

Frenchie reveals that he is there for Kimiko, but is willing to take her to the airport if it is what she wants. However, Kimiko holds Frenchie's hand, admitting that she wants to stay with him. Butcher arrives, revealing that Raynor has refused to authorize his demands. He believes that they don't need Raynor, but can take down Vought themselves.

Mesmer meets with Homelander, revealing spy-cam photos of Hughie and The Boys. He says that all he wants is a good word at Vought, however, Homelander leaves without promising him anything.

Hughie and Starlight sit at a bar, talking about the possibility of leaving New York together. The two kiss, but are interrupted by Butcher, who introduces himself to Starlight. Butcher questions what Translucent is up to with the aim of making Hughie uncomfortable and wary of Starlight.




  • The title of the episode is the title of Issues #40-43 of the comics.
  • Billy Butcher asks Susan Rayner for office space in Manhattan's Flatiron Building - the same landmark building where the Boys have their office in the comics.
  • Frenchie identifies Mother's Milk's most enduring idiosyncrasy as his obsession with order and detail, which stems from his background in the military. Laz Alonso says he also embodies similar characteristics in real life; whenever he visits friends' houses, he finds himself unable to resist the urge to start cleaning.
  • Series co-creator Eric Kripke's actual Twitter username, @therealkripke, is seen tweeting support to Starlight after her Believe Expo speech.
  • The song Mother's Milk uses for Butcher's ringtone is "Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner. Karl Urban portrayed Skurge, an Asgardian character in Thor: Ragnarok, and a Viking in Pathfinder.
  • Despite being an "eco-warrior," The Deep drives a gas-guzzling Hummer.
  • In the scene where The Deep gets a rock thrown through his window, the news statement states "The Deep: It wasn't on porpoise". Being a clear reference to the underwater animal of the same name.
  • "Heroes and Headliners" is an annual autograph show held at the American Adventures Inn in Trenton, New Jersey. Mesmer is a regular there, as are Shockwave, Billy Zane, and Tara Reid.
  • Vought's "unscripted" producer Courtenay cites Heidi and Spencer, referring to celeb-reality couple Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt.
  • In the comics, Vought also fabricated Homelander's all-American backstory, one where he grew up in a nuclear family in an idyllic, suburban home, when in reality he was born in a Vought laboratory and raised by scientists.
  • Homelander describing his childhood in the promotional video has become an Internet meme late 2022-early 2023.




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