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"Wisdom of the Ages" is the fourth episode of the fourth season of The Boys. It was released on June 20, 2024 on Amazon Prime Video. It is the twenty-eighth episode overall.


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The episode opens with a scene of the underground lab where Homelander, previously known as John, grew up. In the lab, scientists are going about their usual work when a security guard alerts the assistant director, Marty, that the security cameras upstairs had gone blank. When the security guard calls Vought to inform them that there has been a breach, he discovers that the line is dead. As they watch the elevator slowly come down to their level, they prepare themselves for the worst. When the door opens, Homelander is revealed to be standing there with a box with a chocolate ice cream cake inside.

Homelander appears to be in good spirits, although the lab staff are noticeably nervous because Homelander can be unpredictable. Homelander reminds one of the people on the staff, Frank, that he remembers as a child when Frank put him in the incinerator while playing a game outside. Homelander asks Frank to step into the incinerator while Homelander throws a paper ball into the trash. He burns and dies while Homelander laughs. Later, Homelander asks Marty to touch himself in front of his staff after recounting a memory of when Marty laughed at Homelander doing the same thing. He lasers and kills Marty. Finally, Barbara Findley (the boss) comes to the lab and tells Homelander that he always had the ability to escape the lab but never did because Vought brought in the best psychologists to ensure that he constantly sought their approval. Homelander recognizes the truth in this. He locks Barbara in what he called "the bad room" and killed the entire lab staff and left Barbara in the room with their bloody bodies.

Meanwhile, Hughie visited his father in the hospital where he was told that his feeding tubes were to be taken out and that he would die in a matter of days. Devastated, he and Kimiko go to meet A-Train. Hughie tells him they will finally be even if A-Train can steal him a vial of Compound V. Reluctantly, A-Train agrees and manages to secure it for him by stealing it from Homelander's apartment. After their meeting with A-Train, Kimiko and Hughie get shot at by some members of the Shining Light. They manage to fight their way out, but Hughie gets injured in the process.

Sister Sage continues her plan to take down Starlight by getting Firecracker a six-hour TV special where she reveals Starlight's secrets. Firecracker sets up her stage directly across from Starlight House, which enrages Annie who can't help but listen to some of the claims Firecracker makes. Annie gets so enraged when Firecracker reveals that Annie had an abortion, which was a very tough decision and time for Annie, so she loses it and attacks Firecracker nearly beating her to death. Sage watches the TV from afar, pleased at how rattled Starlight is. President Singer is forced to distance himself from Starlight, who offered her support, after the incident.

While Firecracker was on stage, Butcher and Frenchie break into Firecracker's trailer hoping to find some of her secrets. However, they get interrupted by Ezekiel, who attacks Frenchie and throws him through a window. He wraps his arms around Butcher nearly choking him to death, however Butcher somehow manages to cause Ezekiel to explode. Even he is surprised by these unknown powers.

Colin helps tend to Frenchie's wounds when Frenchie finally breaks down and confesses that he was the one that murdered Colin's family. Appauled, Colin tells Frenchie to stay away from him or he'll kill him.

Sister Sage asks The Deep to give her a frontal lobotomy, claiming that she finds pleasure in feeling less intelligent even if it's only briefly. He agrees after she offers to sleep with him.

At the end of the episode, Hughie brings the Compound V to his father's bedside but ultimately decides against giving it to him after some warning words from Butcher. However, his father suddenly comes back to life and breaths again. Compound V is seen entering his bloodstream but Hughie seems confused how it got there. His mother, however, looks on calmly and it is assumed that she took it from his jacket to give to him.




You couldn't stand the idea that we would be disappointed in you.
―Barbara to Homelander


  • The episode is named after issue 5 of The Boys: Highland Laddie, a mini-series regarding Hughie Campbell.
  • In this episode, it is revealed that Homelander's intense need for love and approval was in fact an intentional act by Vought, with Barbara explaining they hired the best psychologists to mentally condition him into seeking love from everyone, ultimately cursing him with a deeply human emotion





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