CRY For The Children!
Back at the X-Mansion after a long absence, Cyclops has Colossus run a strength test in the Danger Room, finding that the Russian mutant has not been performing at his peak strength after a series of defeats have diminished his confidence. When he proves unable to force back some crushing walls with his strength, Wolverine decides to force him to do it by damaging the Danger Room's safety controls and putting himself at risk. This forces Colossus to get past his insecurities and use his full strength to prevent Wolverine from being crushed. Cyclops then leaves Wolverine to do repairs on the Danger Room. Leaving, Cyclops would run into Colleen wing who would ask Cyclops if he'd like to go out on a date. Glad to have a day off after their battle with the Living Monolith Cyclops agrees to go. He first checks on Nightcrawler and Banshee who are working in the hanger getting the Blackbird back in operational order. As Scott leaves to prepare for his date, he wonders where the Professor could have gone while they were missing in action.
At that moment in deep space, Charles Xavier tries to get used to living on the Shi'ar throneworld where celebrations of Lilandra's ascension to the throne has met with much fanfair. While in Scottland, Jean Grey continues her extended vacation in the area. On her way back to Muir Island after a day of shopping she runs into a man named Jason Wyngarde who helpsher with her packages and sees her on her way. When she joins Moira and the others on her boat, they ignore the fact that sailors are looking for boat renter Angus MacWinter. As they leave Wyngarde watches as they leave and is convinced that he will make Jean Grey fall in love with him. As he stands in his light, his shadow is much different than his body.
Back in New York, Cyclops and Colleen are on their date and Scott decides that they should talk about their abrupt relationship. While elsewhere, Wolverine drops Storm off in the Harlen neighborhood where she was born. Driving back through the city, Logan spots Mariko Yashida entering the Japanese embassy and stops to try to get in and is refused at the door. Ororo meanwhile is walking through her old neighborhood and notices that it has become even more of a slum than she remembers. Entering the old apartment building where her parents used to live, Storm is surprised to find that it is become another abandoned tenement that has become a shooting gallery for junkies. When the junkies attempt to rob her, she uses her weather powers to keep them at bay, but when one tries to get the jump on her, she is saved by Power Man and Misty Knight who happened to see her on the street and went to make sure she wouldn't get into any trouble. Scott and Colleen Wing part company, Colleen returning to the city to handle her detective work, but before leaving she leaves Scott with a key to her apartment and an invite to come anytime.
Lastly, aboard a private aircraft owned by the novelty assassin known as Arcade, the Juggernaut and Black Tom Cassidy are on board seeking to hire Arcade to assassinate the X-Men. Loving the possible challenge, Arcade tells the two men that he will take the job and that the X-Men are as good as dead.