Akeelah makes it all the way to the final round of the National Spelling Bee, but prior to it, she overhears a heated conversation between her rival, Dylan, and his father. She decides to lose on purpose so that Dylan will win the competition and the affection of his father. Dylan later states that he wants to win only when Akeelah is trying her best.
After successfully sprouting a sapling, Captain McCrea thinks about going back to Earth. The Axiom shows him a video in which the captain at the time advises leaving Earth because the environment is too toxic to support human life. Since it has been 700 years since the video was made, Captain McCrea is determined to visit Earth since it is the humans' home planet.