Brave New World Season 1, Episode 6 recap: Bernard finds a new way to stay relevant

BRAVE NEW WORLD -- "In the Dirt" Episode 106 -- Pictured: Alden Ehrenreich as John the Savage -- (Photo by: Steve Schofield/Peacock)
BRAVE NEW WORLD -- "In the Dirt" Episode 106 -- Pictured: Alden Ehrenreich as John the Savage -- (Photo by: Steve Schofield/Peacock) /

Bernard finds a new way to stay relevant in Episode 6 of Brave New World.

In the opening Brave New World‘s sixth episode, John and Bernard are going from party to party as the Savage regales the New Londoners with a story of lost love and violence. Then he pretends that a woman in the crowd “reminds of someone,” before typically taking her back to his place to have sex.

It’s a process repeated ad nauseam, and it becomes apparent that John is growing tired of telling the same story over and over again. But as Bernard explains it, he’s the current hot new trend. Most trends go away within hours, but John has been in style for six days now as the inhabitants become obsessed with learning more about the Savages and their customs.

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Remember how Bernard threw a punch at Henry in the last episode? Well, now everyone is obsessed with punches. A new movie called Face Punch is on the way and some people are touting black eyes called “The Foster.”

Yet, it quickly becomes apparent that both John and Bernard are facing struggles amid John’s acclimation.

Based on conversations he has with Helm, Bernard realizes that he’s out of style, no one really cares about him or his stories of being shot and driving an auto-car. If he wants to stay relevant, he’s gotta find a new way to do that.

Well, Bernard’s idea of doing that is by triggering an all-out brawl with John. He pretends to be really angry with him after he blows off attending Henry Foster’s inauguration as the new Director.

The two men start fighting while poor Gamma Gary streams the entire thing on his optic. Everyone in New London is riveted by the violent performance. John quickly catches on to the fact that Bernard is doing it for the glory, so they give them all a good show.

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BRAVE NEW WORLD — “In the Dirt” Episode 106 — Pictured: Hannah John-Kamen as Wilhelmina ‘Helm’ Watson — (Photo by: Steve Schofield/Peacock) /

John and Lenina go off-the-grid for a day of pretend and adventure.

While John is supposed to be meeting up with Bernard to attend Henry’s event, he instead takes the train and rides it in circles until he runs into Lenina. He notices that she’s been avoiding him, and she admits that it’s because he seems to have adapted so well to everything in New London.

In a way, it makes her sad as she feels so out of touch with who she used to be. She hoped John could be an anchor or a lifeline, someone else who feels similar to her.

He proves that he’s not exactly like everyone else by convincing her to remove her lens so she can be “invisible” and off-the-grid like him. Together, they visit the work of the Epsilon workers and Lenina is both awestruck and angry that she never even bothered to go there before. It’s not how things are done,  yet there is an entirely open space and lush terrain of greenery beyond the world she knows among Alphas and Betas.

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She and John explore the area and he tells her to pretend with him, that maybe they live a quiet life of fishing and farming. They go hunting and enjoy each other’s time through little acts that prove they’re alive.

Ultimately, Lenina and John end up partaking in a passionate session of lovemaking, something John alludes to during his fight with Bernard. Then Bernard later asks if he was telling the truth, and he lies. Similarly, Bernard lied to John about seeing Lenina at a party. It seems both men are falling for her and the love triangle is growing increasingly twisted.

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BRAVE NEW WORLD — “In the Dirt” Episode 106 — Pictured: Matthew Aubrey as Gary — (Photo by: Steve Schofield/Peacock) /

The truth about Indra and her creators.

Mustafa is becoming increasingly concerned with how Indra is acting so she pays a visit to a man named Elliott, played by Joseph Morgan. Elliott cloned himself, which is why so many of the Epsilon workers look like him.

We also learn that Mustafa’s real name is Jane, she changed her name and took on a new persona to adapt to the world of New London. In a rather sinister reveal, we learn that multiple creators made Indra, and then they were meant to retire into a projected paradise while she runs along smoothly.

Elliott wants Mustafa to stay there with him, to join him in his sleep pod array instead of running around aboveground. He reveals that she’s dying, which is why she’s so scared of what Indra could do without her. Elliott doesn’t seem as concerned about them losing control of Indra, he’s not even sure he believes that is possible. Indra is meant to adapt and evolve, he feels that is par for course despite Mustafa’s warnings of a new virus.

As she vacates the projection, we see a strange machine with a bunch of people asleep around the base, which I assume is what powers Indra.

Later, Mustafa is seen walking through a dark tunnel when the projection of Indra shows up and threatens her. Then she opens the gate and unleashes a flood of water, seemingly intent on drowning Mustafa once and for all.

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The first season of Brave New World is now available to stream on Peacock TV.