In the lab, Carter says he thinks the storycatchers have something to do with Ash and Boobay's memory loss. Allison doubts this very much, because she's useless. She says the link between the brain and the storycatcher copies the memory into the "storynest" on Tess's computer. It doesn't, as Carter suggests, erase them from the brain. Idea abandoned, Carter puts the halo on to look at some memories from other townspeople even though that's a gross invasion of their privacy. As he's doing that, the door to Tess's lab closes and sirens go off. A computer voice announces that the sonic cleaning is about to start. Allison goes to hit the fail-safe to turn it off again. Of course, it doesn't work. And they have sixty minutes before the sonic cleaning process turns them into puddles of goo.
Carter and Allison spent the commercial break trying to open the lab door or call people, but to no avail. The door is locked tight and there's no one left in GD to call and the cell phone signal won't extend past Section 5 to call anyone outside because of "security issues." So anyone and everyone can get into Section 5 and mess with other people's work, but no cell phone calls may go out? Clever. Meanwhile, they only have fifty minutes before goo time. The only chance they have to contact anyone now, Allison says, is if the fail-safe sends the emergency signal to Kinison. Considering the fact that the fail-safe didn't work in the first place, I have my doubts.
But I was wrong! At Café Diem, Kinison's little PDA beeps to life with what has to be an emergency signal. He sees a "system alert!" on it, but has no idea what it means. Whoops! Meanwhile, Zoe tells Jo her soup will be right up even though we just saw Jo eating a bowl of something else in the last scene at Café Diem. Someone has the munchies! Or not, as Jo has no recollection of ordering any soup. Henry walks in, fully recovered from his heartbreak last week, and Zoe informs him that she still feels inadequate. Everyone else in town has done exceptional things, while she's just made mistakes. Wait -- doesn't she have classmates and stuff? Surely they're having the same problem with the storycatchers as Zoe is. Or not, since Zoe never goes to school anymore. Henry says "mistakes make exceptional possible." Someone should have told Fargo that instead of being mean to him before. As an example of this, Henry stares at his memory ball and has a flashback to the pilot episode, when his attempt to create an anti-gravity machine ended in an explosion. Hey, there's Spencer again! How can these people remember him but not tell us whatever happened to him? It would only take like a sentence. Come on. Anyway, Henry says his machine's failure changed their approach to creating artificial gravity in space travel. And that's exceptional how? Didn't GD abandon its space program back when the ComputerKim (RIP) probe disappeared? Henry spits out a bunch more wise-sounding gobbledygook about the wrong path leading to the right one before saying the only advice that Zoe really needs: "give it time." Because she's 17. It's hard to have a lifetime full of accomplishment at 17 unless you're like an Olympic gymnast or a Disney TV star. And that's not really the accomplishments you want because then you have the rest of your life to live knowing it's all downhill from there. With that, Vince gives Jo her soup and she still has no idea when she ordered it.