Samir's next call is to Tarin, still waiting behind the driver's seat of his van and looking pretty stressed out. He probably has to pee. Samir tells him, "The president has not responded. Start the countdown." He instructs him to stay with the bomb to make sure no one messes with it. Looking anguished, Tarin listens as Samir says, "Your name will never be forgotten, my friend." Calling him "my friend" doesn't really support that claim. Tarin says something in Arabic ("The next world is the true life," according to my exhaustive research), and Samir says it back. With that, Tarin hangs up. Then he picks up a watch in his lap and presses a button. In the back of the van, an LED on the bomb lights up and starts counting down from 15 minutes. It's 6:00:00. Uh-oh, this is bad. It means the dirty bomb is going to be out of play one way or another early in the next episode, which means a lot of random flailing around for the remaining nine hours. Season Six, anyone?
And in the previews for next week, the show is already starting its long goodbye -- with a two-hour episode. How can we miss it if it won't go away?
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