Cut to Gunn yelling "--I'm not happy!" as he throws the "Thwack!" kid against a rack of comics. Because they're at a comic shop. The scared kid, who I'm going to call "Thwacky McThwackerson," sniffles, "We're kind of crushing the Dark Horses." Gunn asks why he was taking pictures of the portal. If you're looking for it, you can see writing on the door that indicates that the shop is called "Thwack!," which explains how Gunn knew where to look. It would have been nice if that had been established a little more prominently, though. Thwacky explains that he took pictures "'Cause the ceiling was, like, ripping apart!" I mean, duh! Angel asks if the kid usually goes to physics lectures, and Thwacky explains, "I wanted to see if it was true, if she was really one of 'em. You know, one of the students who disappeared." "'One of'?" Gunn asks. Meanwhile, I ask, "And you could tell if she was or wasn't by looking at her?" Is this some new geeky version of being able to tell how "friendly" a girl is by looking at her? I can just imagine: "Check out that babe! Dude, you can totally tell that she goes to other dimensions every night! Aw yeah!"
Meanwhile, Fred has apparently told her whole shocking story to Seidel as they go to visit his lab. He's taking it pretty well, apart from noting, "I'm a theoretical physicist, completely open to the idea of other dimensions, but you're naming them." Seidel introduces Fred to Laurie Drummond, the lady we saw him with at the auditorium. Turns out that was no lady, that was his Teaching Assistant! Sorry. Fred remembers Laurie as the TA for her class, and Laurie says she's still a TA, adding, "Not all of us are geniuses." Yeah, but some of us eventually graduate.
Seidel and Fred go into his office, where Seidel apparently has a little present for Fred. Uh oh. Wait, it's okay. He pulls out a blue book and hands it to her. Fred says it was the last test she took before vanishing, and then gasps because she only got an A-minus. Seidel flatters her, "I would have given another student an A-plus, but with you I had to use a different standard." I had a physics teacher like that in high school. But he did it to the whole class. He gave us tests that were incredibly hard, and there was a two-grade curve on most of them, and it turns out that he never expected us to do well on these tests; he just liked seeing how well we did at figuring out problems that were much too difficult. He was sadistic, but I liked him. Excuse the digression. Seidel goes on praising Fred, and wishing that she'd come back to school. If she wrote such a great paper, does she need to study more at this point? Fred says she has "another life now." Seidel touches on the demon attack and says, "I don't know what I saw yesterday. There are studies about subconscious suggestion, mass hysteria. But I know what I see right now." He says that Fred is "a very talented young woman who deserves to live in the world she was meant for."