Pete and Myka are on a mission – people are getting taller. Sounds fairly benign, until a woman wastes perfectly good mousaka, falling to her knees in pain. Like all artefacts, the downsides seem to be unpleasant. Brief consult with Artie who, of course, is still hiding the evil priest’s evil campaign of evil (and a funny line on where they draw the line – David’s slingshot, yes, Paul Bunyan’s axe, yes – but magic beans? How silly!)
And on the subject of Artie hiding things – Jinks and Claudia confront Artie with one of the black diamonds . Artie tries to point out he is keeping it from them to protect them – but Claudia rejects that and Jinks points out he was an ATF agent and had already died while Claudia has already been possessed by Alice. They don’t need protecting.
On the case, it seems the people growing taller were all taking the heart burn medicine Roduxical – something even a member of the corporation has noticed. She wants to investigate because if it is true there’s so many wonderful applications for a drug with these kind of miracle properties (unfortunately, her boss at the pharmaceutical company doesn’t care that much about helping people – but he can be convinced by more vain applications).
Pete and Myka see all 4 of the growing people in the hospital in agony as their bodies start tearing themselves apart. They discover 2 of the victims went to the same doctor – and while there questioning the doctor (he’s only seen 2 of the people) they also run into Deb Stanley – the woman from the pharmaceutical company.
She wants to help and, after being sure that they’re not the FDA after their company since other people have taken the pill elsewhere and being unaffected, she concludes they’re looking for an environmental factor – something that connects them all that they’ve all been exposed to. This rather takes Myka and Pete back at how quickly she grasped the issue and what to do.
They start trying to track down connections and Pete awkwardly flirts with Deb, of course. And we learn that Deb didn’t become a doctor because she likes research – she likes things that are developing, she likes surprises and she’s sure the world is full of them, she likes new things, she likes to stamp “make me a Warehouse agent” on her forehead.
Then they wake up in bed together. Just as Myka knocks on the door and finds Pete in a sheet, she begins to sum up the case and point to an artefact Artie has sent that will slow down the symptoms - before putting 2 and 2 together. In between mocking Pete for his sex life, she points out the newest victim is a Christian Scientist – so has no doctor and it has nothing to do with the drug. When Myka leaves, Pete tells that to Deb (after establishing that he’s not “that guy” who just has sex then leaves – Deb points out she’s an adult and is happy to be “that guy” herself) but Deb still wants to be involved in the investigation. She wants to be part of it – but he says she can’t (secrecy and all that). Of course being told no means she stops and goes home – hah. No.