The Boys Season 1, Episode 4 recap: The Female enters the picture

The Boys -- Photo credit Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video -- Acquired via EPK.TV
The Boys -- Photo credit Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video -- Acquired via EPK.TV /

The Boys Season 1, Episode 4 is a clear cut away from the source material. Here’s everything that happened when The Female enters the picture.

We knew that elements of The Boys source material had been changed for the Amazon Prime Original. Introducing the members of the vigilante group over the course of four episodes was going to do now. However, Episode 4, titled “The Female of the Species,” certainly made it clear everything was going to change at this point.

And the changes aren’t necessarily bad. I know those who wanted the rawness of the graphic novels will be disappointed, but as a show-first fan, this is just what the production needed. We have to remember that a TV show needs a different type of pacing to books and graphic novels.

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But getting to the recap of The Boys Season 1, Episode 4, we open to Mother’s Milk, Hughie, and Frenchie on a mission to get the V serum. They need to go on a mission, which leads to us meeting The Female. Meanwhile, Butcher is having dreams about his wife, who we’re led to believe was killed by Homelander or because of Homelander.

During the operation, the three Boys come across a woman sitting under a table and watching something on TV. They let her out of the cage, which turns out to be potentially a huge mistake. She quickly attacks, killing her former guards but leaves the Boys and escapes. There’s something dangerous about this one.

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A-Train knows Popclaw has talked

After seeing the aftermath of the Boys’ operation, A-Train realizes that someone has been talking to them. It has to be Popclaw, so A-Train heads over to her to get her to pack her bags. Homelander will kill her if he finds out.

You just know things aren’t going to work out here. Popclaw says that she had no involvement in anything, but she’s not the greatest liar in the world.

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The Deep wants his own storyline

After forcing Starlight to give him a blowjob, The Deep turns to Stillwell. He’s fed up of his lack of position in the group and wants to go on his own mission. His ability to talk to sea life means he knows all about the poor treatment dolphins receive in places like Sealife.

Well, he wants to save them all. When Stillwell won’t let him, he decides to take matters into his own hands. He kidnaps a dolphin and starts driving it to an ocean. The problem is he’s pulled over by the cops. So, he slams on the breaks and allows the dolphin to fly out of the windshield.

It looks like the dolphin could end up in the ocean, but that’s sadly not the case. The Deep forced the dolphin into the middle of the road for an oncoming truck to kill it. The Deep can’t do anything right but at the moment, I just have absolutely no sympathy for him. However, it looks like there’s going to be an attempt to bring a redemption arc.

The Boys — Photo credit Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video — Acquired via EPK.TV
The Boys — Photo credit Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video — Acquired via EPK.TV /

Homelander and Queen Maeve attempt to save a plane

The two main superheroes of The Seven head to a plane that’s been hijacked by terrorists. The passengers are happy to see the superheroes at first, except that things go horribly wrong. The control panel of the plane is destroyed and there’s no way of saving the 123 lives on board.

Queen Maeve doesn’t want to leave them. She wants to be able to save someone, which does show the heart that she has deep down. I get the feeling that she’s been forced to adapt to the men’s world and we’ll get more of that as the episodes go on.

However, the ever-unloving Homelander refuses to take anyone. Taking just one will mean that they’ll talk and the mess on the plane will be exposed. He can’t have that. The Seven can’t have that. So, he tells Maeve she either comes with him now or she stays and goes down with the plane.

Maeve, apologetically, leaves with Homelander. The plane goes down and all Maeve can do is watch in tears. For Homelander, this is a way to push for the Supes to be part of the military, pretending that he and Maeve didn’t get there in time and it was the Air Forces’ fault.

Please tell me Maeve tells the truth at some point!

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Finding The Female

For the Boys, the focus is on finding the female. While Hughie has a date with Starlight, where he finds out that Translucent had a kid, the rest look for The Female. They have a plan, but Frenchie decides to go off script. He doesn’t want to knock her out and thinks he can talk to her instead.

Of course, it all goes wrong. This starts an argument between Mother’s Milk and Frenchie. This has happened before and Mother’s Milk refuses to work with Frenchie. Butcher has the perfect way to bring them back together. They’re like the Spice Girls!

With the band back together, they head out in search for The Female again. She’s headed ot the Underground.

Unfortunately, A-Train arrives and starts smashing The Female’s head in. Luckily, the Boys group together and save her. She runs off again, leaving the Boys and A-Train to fight it out before he leaves.

Overall, it’s a strong episode and raises a lot of questions about who The Female is. Those who have read the graphic novels know that story, but this isn’t the same. There’s something different about her, something Supe-like. Can the Boys figure out what it is?

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What did you think of The Boys Season 1, Episode 4? Is there a redemption arc for The Deep coming? Did you feel for Queen Maeve? What do you think is The Female’s secret? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

The Boys Season 1 is now available on Amazon Prime Video.