Wolverine sits in Xavier’s office. His cat, Mystique, roars at Logan. Logan threatens Xavier to control his cat, or else he’ll do it for him. Xavier calls Mystique to him, and it goes to sit on his lap. Logan wants to know what kind of a name “Mystique” is anyway, for a cat. Xavier becomes sad, and remembers he used to date a woman with that name. Logan smiles, joking and wants to know if that woman was a stripper. Logan jokes that, for a guy sitting in a wheel chair, Xavier does get around, remembering he used to go out with Moira MacTaggert and Emma Frost as well.
Xavier changes the subject, as they’re not there to discuss his past. He wants to know what happened to Deathstrike, the woman Logan and Storm faced in Alberta. Logan corrects that he didn’t kill Yuri, if that’s what Xavier means. Xavier didn’t, but explains he already has been brought up to date by Nick Fury, who told him that Wolverine had Deathstrike brought into SHIELD custody, and that she’s now trapped in a holding cell deep within the Triskelion. He thanks Logan for that.
Logan appreciates being allowed back at the school, but tells Xavier he doesn’t need to give him a “gold star” every time he did something good. Xavier adds that Fury violated a longstanding extradition treaty with the Canadians and risked demotion in order to answer Logan’s call for help, and only told Xavier that it was simply his time to turn the favor. Logan wants to know what Fury meant by that. Logan hesitates and, with a serious look on his face, answers that isn’t a door Xavier wants to re-open.
Meanwhile at the school’s game room, Kitty disturbs the quality time between Angel and Dazzler. She’s furious, and demands to know where Bobby is. Dazzler angrily responds that Iceman’s downstairs, but wants to know why. Kitty wants to rip his heart out of his chest, and phases through the floor. Warren thinks they best go check that out, but Alison has other ideas, remembering that love is a battlefield.
At the same time in the Danger Room, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Iceman are fighting a simulation of Magneto, fighting in the city. And they aren’t doing so well. Storm defends that they need to pull together, or else humanity’s a stain under Magneto’s boot! Kurt teleports besides Ororo, and doesn’t like having to fight a simulation of Magneto for the tenth time this month. Storm corrects that this is also the tenth time Magneto has defeated them. She explains to Kurt that he wasn’t around the last time they faced Magneto, so he needs to know what he’s capable of.
Colossus defends that the last time they faced Magneto, it was he who defeated the master of magnetism, and thinks he can do the same with a mere simulation. Storm remembers that Magneto is a tactical genius, and that they can’t possible know all of his moves, so they need to be ready. Iceman is with Kurt, and thinks that Magneto is cooler in reality, and that they need to fight guys who can really bring trouble to them. Kitty phases through the Danger Room walls, and shouts at Bobby that she can give him a fight if he wants one. She demands to know why Iceman has been e-mailing with Rogue!
Kurt smiles, and Storm ends the simulation. Colossus asks Bobby if he knows where Rogue is. He denies that, but explains that Rogue sends him short messages while on the road, but she never tells him where she is. Bobby goes down to Kitty, and wants to know what she has been doing in his account. Kitty becomes sad, defending that she didn’t do that, but that Bobby accidentally CC’ed to her! Kitty reads a print of a mail from Bobby, in which he asks “Rouge” when she is coming back, as he still has feelings for her.
Bobby rips the printout out of Kitty’s hands, not wanting her to read on. Kitty doesn’t understand, as he told her that he wanted to make things work between them. Iceman tells her to knock it off, as he’s only trying to make things clear between him and Rogue. This makes Kitty even angrier, thinking that Bobby is only using her until Rogue gets back. She punches Bobby in his stomach, telling him that it’s over between them.
From the Control Room, Cyclops shouts at Bobby and Kitty not to fight each other. Jean calms Scott down, and asks him to let them blow of some steam, as Bobby and Kitty are still kids. Scott knows that, but they are driving him insane, as Kitty and Bobby are fighting each day: one moment, they’re at each other’s throat, the next, they’re making out at the attic! Jean asks Scott to understand, and to remember how difficult it was to hold a relationship at that age. Scott gets silent. Jean wants to know if Scott has been dating other girls before her. “Only one,” he sadly nods.
Meanwhile in Chicago, Illinois, Lorna Dane introduces herself to a new, handsome student. Lorna welcomes him at the Academy of Tomorrow, one of the best magnet schools in the school. And Lorna knows a thing or two about magnets. Roberto introduces himself, and explains that somebody mailed him a plane ticket to an open house but, when looking around, Bobby thinks that there’s been a mistake, as his grades suck. Lorna mentions that grades aren’t everything. Headmaster Frost sent her an article from the Star that wrote about Bobby, and she knows he’s a star. Alex walks up on them, and jokingly tells Bobby not to get any ideas, as Lorna is already his girl!
Lorna introduces the two gentlemen to another, and explains to Bobby that it was Alex who convinced her to contact him in the first place. They shake hands, and Alex suggests that he gives Bobby a tour around the school. They walk around, and Bobby recognizes a kid nearby, and asks Alex who that it. Alex explains that the boy’s name is Doug Ramsey, a junior there. Bobby can’t believe that the all-time Jeopardy champion of a game show is a mutant.
Emma walks over to them, correcting that Douglas is gifted. She explains that, at her school, people don’t judge people at what they are of what they can do or how good their grades are, which goes the same for Bobby. Emma introduces her to Bobby, and mentions she was truly impressed by that neighborhood watch Bobby formed back in Harlem. Bobby gets a serious look on his face, explaining that somebody has got to take care of the community while the X-Men are too busy fighting all over the world in their private jets.
Emma corrects that her school isn’t anything like Xavier’s. Her students aren’t soldiers, but ambassadors, charged with tearing down walls between mankind and mutants through education. And, Alex mocks, unlike with the X-Men, their class president isn’t an uptight control freak. Lorna jokes that Alex can’t seem to stop thinking about Scott for two seconds. Suddenly, someone shouts at Emma to get her attention.
It’s Jean-Paul Beaubier! Emma calms the speedster down, correcting that they don’t need him re-opening his old war wounds. Jean-Paul apologizes, but explains that, while preparing their cafeteria food, he noticed a five-alarm over at Cabrini-Green! Alex and Lorna follow Jean-Paul, ordering him to lead the way while he and Lorna will follow in Emma’s car. Emma corrects Alex that they can’t interfere, unless the Fire Marshall specifically asks them to. Bobby powers up and wants to tag along. Emma explains he can’t yet, as only students who’ve passed their Advanced Leadership Workshop are allowed to participate in off-campus community service missions. Bobby brags that he can help with his powers. Emma touches his shoulder, and calmly notices that Bobby is a bright boy, who has a lot to learn. They head towards the academy together.
Some time later, Havok, Lorna and Jean-Paul arrive in costume at the crime scene, where a huge building has caught fire. One of the firemen recognizes them, and isn’t thrilled to see the freaks, but another calms him down, realizing they can use all the help they can get. Alex gets out of the car, and asks for an explanation. The crew leader explains that the structure has been cleared. They only know that someone pulled the alarm ten minutes before the blaze started.
Havok suspects they are dealing with arson. He orders Northstar to run across the area, and search for any suspicious people trying to flee of the scene. Jean-Paul does as told, and leaves. Alex orders Polaris that he wants her reinforcing the building’s steel underframe, as the last thing they need is the building falling down on people’s heads. Lorna does as told, and powers up. But, something goes wrong. Their car suddenly flies up in the air! Alex panics, and asks Lorna what she’s doing, but she isn’t doing anything! She feels that the electromagnetic fields are all… wrong! The car lands among the firemen, and kills one of them!
Suddenly, the firemen’s car flies up in the air as well! Lorna freaks out, still claiming it’s not her doing this. Alex begs her to calm down. Lorna can’t, and begs Alex to help her, as she can’t control this. The fire wagon breaks apart, and its many pieces hit the firemen’s faces, knocking them out. Lorna begs Alex to make it stop, even kill her if he has to! Alex powers up. He quietly apologizes, and hits Lorna with his powers! Lorna falls down, and her powers fade away. Alex promises her that everything’s going to be okay. Northstar arrives back on the scene and wants to know what happened. Alex takes the unconscious Lorna in his arms, and cries. He shouts at Jean-Paul to go get Emma, right now!
Meanwhile, 20,000 feet above Genosha, Nick Fury sits in his plane and gets a priority transmission from SHIELD Commander Dugan. Dugan reports that they’ve got a Mutant Ops situation, and informs Fury about Lorna’s case. Dugan adds that she’s unconscious now, but that there is no guarantee she won’t start killing again. Luckily, Dugan mentions, they own the one prison cell that can hold her. Fury wants to know why he’s being bothered then. Dugan remembers Fury that said cage is one of a kind, and at the moment… occupied. Fury realizes the situation, and starts to think.
Meanwhile, deep beneath the Triskelion, Magneto finishes his game of chess. “Check.”