When we return, Topher is getting a firsthand lesson in the art of making it look like a massively bloody death didn't occur, but after they get Nolan into the tub (that didn't work so hot in Breaking Bad, boys), Topher tells Boyd he can't do it. Boyd blithely points out that Topher's a doctor and knows how to dissect a body, but Topher whines that that was in school. "And why do you?" Heh. Boyd wisely declines to answer, instead suggesting Topher slit the femoral arteries and pump the chest. "Draining the fluids makes it easier to cut up." Topher looks like he might be ill, but I don't think that's the kind of fluid-draining Boyd was talking about.
Sierra packs, Boyd doctors Nolan's passport, and Topher attempts to hacksaw Nolan's foot off. I wouldn't blame Topher for complaining about getting the shit end of the stick here. Sierra, whose hands do not look particularly clean to me (and you'd think the cleaner would have handed out latex gloves to the team) finds Nolan's drawer of Polaroids of her, and it's not like I'd normally blame her for being aghast but this is Nolan we're talking about here. And speaking of which, Topher is just dry-heaving after pouring the acid into the tub, so the deed is done. He then repeats his sentiment from the top of the hour, but adds, "Now she's ruined." Boyd solemnly adds that he had a moral dilemma, adding, "Your first," which I find more hilarious than was probably intended, but Harry Lennix does consistently crack me up. Topher, looking pretty close to ruined himself, says that Priya doesn't belong in the Dollhouse, but Boyd demurs: "She does now." I wasn't completely convinced of that on first viewing -- if the thought is that she needs to disappear after committing this "crime" to escape being apprehended by the authorities, there are other ways, like, say, going back to her native land, and besides, it seems pretty likely no one's ever going to find out about it, despite the fact that they're leaving FINGERPRINTS ALL OVER AT THE MOMENT. And her "ruined" emotional state is only a good enough reason for her to return if she herself opts to do that. It's not like we see her sign a contract here, nor was she in any condition to do so when she first came to the Dollhouse. She could have just had Topher erase this day and start again as Original Priya. However, I overlooked the glaringly obvious point that none of them can afford to let anyone know what really happened -- that Priya is her old self -- because that would make their betrayal clear. From the Rossum people's point of view, if they buy the cover story and think Priya has this imprint where she loves Nolan, who's gone, the only logical course of action would be to return her to the Dollhouse. Anything else would cause major suspicion, and if they figured it out, they'd probably all learn about the early retirement plan, even Priya. Anyway, Boyd goes on that now he has to start the lies, and calls someone he apparently hasn't spoken to in a while. He exchanges his mannered diction for something street-ier as he tells the guy he's "gonna need the Goose," as he has to have someone "disappeared," which I assume is metaphorical since Nolan's remains are running through the sewers as I speak. Priya tosses the Polaroids of herself into the bloody bathtub, which probably isn't going to improve the smell in there any.