Mike is all fuzzy, since we're seeing him from Pollak's point of view. He comes into focus as Pollak wakes up. Mike tells him that there was an explosion in the lab. Ed enters and asks Pollak if he's okay. Pollak doesn't know, so Mike fills in that he has some minor injuries, but nothing serious. Pollak remembers hearing a big bang, and that's the last thing he remembers. Mike tells him that the paramedics said that the explosion lodged some huge pieces of metal in the wall, a few inches from Pollak's head. Pollak realizes that he "could have been killed." Mike and Ed nod soberly. Pollak looks horrified that he almost died. Mike and Ed nod soberly again. I think they just used the same footage twice.
In class, Warren is meeting with his group to discuss Walden. Mark and Donna say that they haven't read the book yet, and Warren is incredulous, saying that he didn't just read it, he "devoured it, as one devours a rare steak." Warren takes that metaphor a bit too far, bringing blood into it. Warren proclaims the quote that he cribbed from the website, which I'm not going to repeat, because I think most of Walden is crap. I mean, Thoreau was taking his laundry to his mother's house. He wasn't living off the fat of the land or anything. But don't get me started. I agree with the whole appreciating nature, and figuring out what's really meaningful in life stuff, but I knew too many dirty hippies in college who read Walden while listening to their bootleg Phish tapes and drinking soy lattes, all paid for by their parents' contributions to consumer culture, so I'm a little turned off by the whole thing. And that's all I'll say about that. ["Thank god you saved me the trouble, because I could not possibly agree more. I will also add that it was pretty arrogant of Thoreau to choose to live 'simply' off the land when it's clear he only had the luxury to make the choice at all because he was wealthy and white." -- Wing Chun] Anyway, the other group members are impressed that Warren knew the page number for his quote, and wonder if he has a "photographic memory." Warren spouts some crap that I can't believe even a teenager girl would find impressive or endearing about giving good literature a place in your heart. I think that I would've burst out laughing.
Phil trots into the bowling alley and proceeds to talk to Ed, while saying "Ed" at least once, if not twice per sentence. Phil also touches Ed on the shoulder while talking to him. Ed is weirded out, as any normal person would be. The phone rings, and Ed answers it. We don't find out yet who was on the other end, but Ed says that he'll be right down and hangs up. He asks Phil to call Mike and tell him to meet Ed "on the corner of Main and Walnut," and that it's an emergency. Phil says "Ed" a few more times. Love that Phil.