Hardcase is burnt beyond recognition but continues to fight NM-E. Hardcase lured NM-E to a gas station where he puts the mechanical creature into a fiery explosion and then immediately places him in the cold water, the extreme temperatures hurting NM-E drastically. Hardcase continues to fight him and grabs one of his blades to finally destroy him again. Prime arrives, recovered, to help Hardcase again but NM-E is already defeated. Hardcase and Prime discuss that NM-E's parts should be sent to Contrary for observation when suddenly Hardcase is teleported away. He believes that Choice is teleporting him, much like she was teleported before. The Alternate and Rex Mundi are both confused about Hardcase's disappearance and the Alternate tries to figure a way to steal NM-E's mechanical parts away from Prime.