Back in the busy canteen, the loudspeaker reminds "all staff" that the tables are now "self-cleaning," and Adam's sitting in a crowd. Rose offers him a paper cup: "Try this. It's called 'Zaphic.' It's nice. It's like a...Slush Puppy." Adam asks her what flavor, and Rose tastes it again: "Sort of beef?" Adam wigs, and they laugh, but Adam's having his own "End Of The World" moment: "It's like everything's gone. Home, family...everything." Rose takes out her zapped cell phone -- "The Doctor gave it a top-up" -- and holds it out. "But that's 198,000 years ago!" Adam moves around like he doesn't believe her, or needs a special Earth 2012 dialing code, and finally dials, reaching his parents' answering machine. "Hi. It's...it's me," he says, as a little dog comes hopping through the door, and starts sniffing the phone. "I met these people...and we've gone traveling together. But, um, I'm fine, and I'll call you later. Love you." (He's not so bad, right? I really just hate him because every time I try to type his name I end up typing "Adama.") He's, of course, overjoyed by the zapped phone, and starts to go off about it, but an alarm sounds, and everybody starts to whiz around and disappear off back to work. Rose and Adam stare around, at a loss, and the Doctor appears, calling them to him. Rose, grinning hugely, hops over to him, and Adam hangs back. The music goes nuts, as Adam shoves Rose's phone in his pocket, because, if you didn't know this already, Adam doesn't understand teenage girls at all. Like she's not going to notice.
Back on Floor 500, the Editor gets a "security check cleared" from the computer, but he's not buying it. "I can taste it. Tiny little shift in the information," he says. The Editor orders two more corpsicles to double- and triple-check our group, and to follow them.
The Doctor, Rose, and Adam join Cathica and Suki for an intensely overthought journalism ritual in which a circle of seated work areas surround a raised chair, and Cathica climbs up into the chair -- all while talking "Management" Doctor through the process: "Okay, so.