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Date night!Anders prepares Axl/Odin, while Michele and Stacey prepare Eva/Frigg for their first ever date as God and Goddess – and, ideally, the consummation that leads to everyone attaining their powers in full.Which leads to a kind of high-pressure dinner for the two of them, and it is only when they bond over what a prick her father is that there is any sign of the ice between them cracking.The date ends, much to Anders’ (and Zeb’s) disappointment, with timid goodnights and a promise to call.

Spurred on by their date, Axl pays Eva’s father, Colin, a visit – only to be run out of the house at the tip of a rolled up newspaper Colin has caused to spontaneously burst into flame.From this, Olaf and Mike deduce that Colin is Loki, God of Fire.When Eva, courtesy of Colin, hears that Axl has been attempting to interfere in her business, she confronts him about it, eventually challenging him to prove himself by marrying her – after all they are Odin and Frigg, right.Axl, seeing no sense in not following through on it, proposes.

News of the impending wedding spreads.It hits Gaia hard – she can’t understand why Axl is marrying a woman he hardly knows; and he can’t tell her the truth.It drives a huge wedge between the two of them.But the most surprising reaction is when Colin turns up at Mike’s house, bearing a contract – in runes – that must be signed before the God wedding can take place.

Of course none of the Johnsons can read runs, so in a trail running from Olaf, through Ingrid, the contract ends up in the hands of Ingrid, who assures them it is a simple contract, binding the two families involved.On this basis a ceremony is held in the forest in which Axl, Eva, Mike and Colin sign this contract, in the blood of Var, Goddess of Oaths.A hidden witness to this ceremony is Zeb, who has bullied Axl into letting him watch. Which is ultimately bad news for Zeb because later, at Gaia’s birthday party, as Axl and Gaia are re-bonding, the BBQ Zeb is tending explodes, engulfing his head in flame – God punishment for what he should not have seen.

Meanwhile, in their own idiosyncratic way, Ty and Dawn are muddling along with their relationship – although Ty wishes he could tell her the truth about his cold-inducing powers.But this is Rule #1 for Gods: never tell a mortal, so Ty is stuck living in a lie. This is made worse when Dawn starts gently suggesting he might get help for the various afflictions he’s lied to her about. Eventually Ty fronts up and tells her that he is the way he is and he will never change; at which time she assures him she loves him no matter how strange he is. Ty has never loved her so much; in fact, he loves her so much, so strong are his powers, that when they fall asleep together, just the touch of her finger on the nape of his neck causes her to start to freeze. When Ty wakes up she is near death – and, in this terrible way, he realises that his love will eventually kill her, so they can never be together.

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