Season 2 Episode 1
X-Men: The Animated Series Season 2 Episode 1
Richard Unger (co-executive producer), Shuki Levy (music), Larry Houston (Producer), Steve Olds (property master), Shannon Denton (production designer), Steven Melching (story), Larry Houston (storyboard artist), Eric Lewald (story editor developer), Dan Hennesey (voice director), Robert N. Skir & Marty Isenberg (writer)
Scott and Jean are married, but little do they know their service is performed by former teammate Morph. Yes, Morph has returned and now he is a vengeful schizophrenic. One by one, he incapacitates the X-Men except for Professor X who has been called away on an urgent mission. Moreover, it does not help that a new hate group, the Friends of Humanity, has emerged and is plotting on the X-Men and all mutants.
Wolverine is dapperly dressed in a tuxedo, but the frills are frivolous since he is locked in combat against Cyclops. This image is juxtaposed with Scott Summers and Jean Grey exchanging their wedding vows in front of friends, family, and their fellow X-Men (sans Wolverine). Wolverine manages to sink his claws into Cyclops who is revealed to be a robot. Wolverine is in the Danger Room releasing aggression due to the concurrent wedding. Logan gloats over the felled robot until a larger Sentinel-clops knocks him unconscious.
After the service, Jean senses Logan’s discontent, but is obviously busy with the proceedings. An enthusiastic Gambit and an amorous Cyclops who is anxious to get to the reception and honeymoon congratulate her.
The reverend that married Scott and Jean leaves without a fanfare and heads for his car. Before he drives away he shape shifts into his true form, that of Morph.
At the capital, former Senator Kelly is sworn in and becomes President Kelly. Graydon Creed unhappily watches as another Friend of Humanity puts on a Sabretooth costume.
At the reception, Beast is the recipient of Jean’s bouquet. Beast also brings good news. He also received a full presidential pardon from Kelly.
At Kelly’s inaugural speech, Creed coordinates the fake Sabretooth’s intrusion and the ensuing ruckus. After causing a scene, the faux Sabretooth leaves, and Creed quietly tells the Friends of Humanity to begin stage two.
Back in the Danger Room, Wolverine regains consciousness. Jean enters, still in her wedding dress, telling Logan that he was missed at the service. He goes to speak, but Jean interrupts saying she has to catch a plane.
In his motel, Morph argues with himself. His damaged psyche has been rendered schizophrenic by the physical damage the Sentinels did to his before. He remembers the fateful night that his fellow X-Men left him for dead at the Mutant Registration headquarters. He remembers his injured body and Mister Sinister’s promise that he would destroy them all. “Yes,” Morph agrees, “I will destroy them all.” Then he screams in anguish.
Creed watches over the city as his F.O.H. hysterically riot throughout. They are seen destroying property, chasing Morlocks, and spewing their anti-mutant diatribe to anyone who will listen.
At the Westchester mansion, Storm and Xavier attempt to explain the increase in bigotry to Jubilee. When Kelly changed his mind about mutants’ rights, his followers felt betrayed. Consequently, they have reacte4d violently. Suddenly Xavier is called away by a message on his private video line.
Xavier is terrified to see Magneto in peril begging for his help and to join him in Antarctica. The transmission cuts out, and Magneto shifts back into Morph. A trap has been laid out.
Meanwhile Wolverine, Gambit, and Beast are attempting to relax at a nearby bar. Beast is flattered and a little embarrassed when one of the bartenders recognizes his as a friend of the president’s. Unfortunately, the F.O.H. do not allow our heroes any respite. They assault the bar, but our repelled by the X-Men. Unbeknownst to them, Graydon Creed tapes the whole scene especially incidents of mutant aggression.
Xavier has left a holographic message explaining that he must depart and that Storm is in charge until Cyclops returns. Jubilee runs into the war room and turns on the news. Heavily edited film that Creed shot is making the X-Men look like the protagonists, especially ex-con Henry McCoy. In a rage, Wolverine leaves the mansion.
Outside Morph is watching and notices Logan’s departure. He shifts into Logan and even quips “makin’ copies.” (Now follow carefully here, because this part gets confusing.) The fake Logan bumps into Rogue who announces that she is about to get some sleep in the recreation room. Wolverine morphs into Rogue. Rogue (Morph, really) confronts Gambit and convinces him that she (actually, he) can touch him without hurting him. Then, she tells him to meet her in the rec room in five minutes.
Rogue then shifts into Storm who orders Jubilee to check out the old veteran’s club. (It is actually a headquarters for Friends of Humanity.) At the same time, Gambit walks in on the real Rogue napping. He decided to wake her with a kiss, which does wake Rogue up, but it knocks Gambit out.
Jubilee goes to the address Morph gave her and is kidnapped by the F.O.H. At the mansion, Rogue drags Gambit’s unconscious body into the war room, and tells Storm what he did. To top it all off, the F.O.H. are rioting again –this time at a mutant counseling center. Storm cannot find Jubilee, so Rogue and Storm must go on alone. Beast does promise to join them soon, but Storm was not really talking to Beast –she was talking to Morph.
Meanwhile, Beast practices obliviously in the Danger Room until Morph decides to kick it up a notch. Beast is assaulted by the toughest the room has to offer and is soon cornered.
At the riot, Storm and Rogue do their best to control the violence; but they are quickly overwhelmed, and Storm is seriously hurt when Morph shoots her down. Storm is carted away to the hospital as Mister Sinister watches.
Beast, Cyclops, Gambit, Jubilee, Professor Xavier, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine (all X-Men)
Morph (former X-Men)
Graydon Creed, members of Friends of Humanity
Ape, other unnamed Morlocks