Jeff and Skye head out to where some role players are conveniently meeting up that very night. As they're driving, they get to know each other a little bit. Like Jeff, Skye's father was a reporter, although in television, rather than in print. He disappeared while investigating union corruption, never to be seen again. "I know what it's like to have someone you love go missing," she says. They end up at a motel where Inner Show has shot before. As Skye and Jeff get out of the car, a bunch of imitation Meadows and Grimms come running out of a motel room and make for their cars. The only person left inside is Merriam. Jeff tries to explain who he is, but Merriam is beside herself with crying. "I never should have gotten involved in any of this," she sobs. "They'll be coming for me next." She stops crying and calms down, almost as if a switch had been flipped. "Well, hey," she says, "these things just snap right off." She pulls out a gun and shoots herself in the head.
The same bored/suspicious detective from earlier shows up to question Jeff. Jeff is flustered. His hair is flustered. I think his 'do has some kind of magic power to reflect his emotional state. Merriam's husband denies his wife ever watched the show, says the detective. She's inclined to believe him over Jeff, seeing as how Jeff got fired for faking a source. "Six D.C. cops went to jail because of that story," she says. "They went to jail and they're still in jail because they're dirty," Jeff seethes. The detective stomps off. Jeff starts to explain to Skye about his story, but she's super understanding about it all.
Jeff heads back to Nate's place without Skye. He checks out some episodes for clues. In the Inner Show, Kelly and her partner return to the shed. This time, she looks at the wall with her 3D glasses and finds a symbol like Billy's tattoo. Beyond it is a hidden door and chamber. They find a wooden crate with a CD taped to the outside, marked only with a circled "M." When she opens the box, she finds her nephew, exhausted but alive.
Jeff is inspired to take another look at Nate's belongings. He finds a photo of himself and Nate as children. It looks like a colorized photo from the 1950s, even though it should be from the 1990s, if Nate is only 20. Even their clothes and hair look totally retro. Next, he flips through Nate's notebook and finds a sketched version of that photo. Hidden behind it is a CD... just like the one he saw on TV.
Somewhere in town, Inner Show is doing an outside shoot. It rains a lot more in this L.A. than the one I remember. Alona Tal and Kadeem Hardison are filming a scene where their characters find a dead woman. The pushy network guy from earlier leaves the shoot under the shifty waitress's shifty gaze.