We open at Café Diem, where Tess is blending in nicely with the rest of the town by inventing something overly complicated that serves no real purpose: a "storycatcher." It looks like a cross between a snowglobe and a Tap-Light and, as Tess explains to Zoe, if you stare at it while describing a memory, it'll create a wireless neural-connection with your brain to basically download that memory from your brain. Carter asks if it has any useful applications, like helping someone find his lost wallet. "You're cute," Tess says, rolling her eyes. I'm guessing that means no, it doesn't have any useful applications. Instead, it's being used to create a video diary of the town for the Eureka time capsule. That's a lot of work and brain-probing for something so unimportant. But I'm sure it won't be a problem at all. Zoe doesn't know what memory she has that's good enough to share, which is kind of stupid since she's been just as much in the thick of things as almost everyone else. But I will hate her forever if she shares her memories of Lexi. Vincent suggests her arrival in town, but Zoe says she blocked it out of her head. As have the writers. Because it was in Season One. Jo, however, remembers, and grabs a storycatcher to download the memory. And we get to see it as well, because I've just realized that this time capsule thing is just a poor excuse for a clip show. Seriously, it's season three and the seasons only have like thirteen episodes in them and we're doing a clip show already? So lazy. Worse yet, I didn't recap the first two seasons of this show so I can't just write a clip recap and be equally lazy. Anyway, Jo flashes back to when she and Zoe first met and Zoe was kind of a brat but not really. Also she thought Jo might be a lesbian, probably because of Jo's shoulder skull and crossbones tattoo. Or maybe because Erica Cerra was on The L Word before she was cast on Eureka. With Jo's memory input into the storycatcher, Tess explains that it'll be downloaded into the computer in her lab, where I guess she's got Final Cut Pro or at the very least iMovie waiting to put everything together. "They're like happy little memory balls," Vincent says. I guess when you're a minor recurring character then all of your Eureka memories would be happy since you were never in any real danger. Carter, whose memories are mostly terrifying scenes of death and destruction, says he has to leave for Allison's birthing class. "Oh yeah, she's in the home stretch, huh?" Tess says, as if she doesn't work with Allison every day and thus see how large and about to pop she is. Carter says the baby could come at any time, so he's been given a special pager that looks like a pedometer from the women's section of Sports Authority. Before he can leave, Fargo walks in with his storycatcher, which he says isn't working. Carter meanly says he isn't surprised, since Fargo has "been at the center of every disaster this town's ever had." Fargo and I disagree with this. Sure, Fargo has pressed a few buttons that set off possible world-ending devices, but that's certainly not every disaster the town's ever had. Fargo approaches Tess and asks if anyone else included Fargo in his time capsule memories. Tess says that's classified information, because this time capsule is just that important.
At GD, Carter finds Allison in the rotunda. She's surprised to see him there, saying she just paged him. But Carter was too busy being mean to Fargo to pay attention to where he put his pager and left it on the Café Diem counter. Allison exposits that the pager has a special signal that can reach him just about anywhere, but it's useless if he doesn't have the pager on his person. It turns out that she was trying to tell him that the birthing class is cancelled, due to GD being shut down for its annual sonic cleaning. And she, who runs GD, is only realizing this now? And the birthing classes can't be held somewhere else? It's not like the babies are going to wait for the sonic cleaning to be born. People need those birthing classes! For that matter, what happens if Allison goes into labor while GD is shut down? Do they have any medical facilities not in GD? Carter says he'll miss Allison while she's on her six-week maternity leave. I don't think I will, though. She's been little more than wallpaper this season. Bossy wallpaper.
With that, Carter finally asks what a sonic cleaning is. A little man wearing big headphones named Dr. Kinison walks up to say it's awesome. Hopefully it's more awesome than some of GD's past attempts to clean things, like that guy a few weeks back who created a people-eating lifeform. Allison says Dr. Kinison has a way of using sound to sterilize the entire facility in just forty-eight hours. "I like the way that sounds," Carter says, so pleased with his ability to be a cheeseball. Kinison has a real reason for stopping by: there are still three people left in the facility: two scientists we don't know, and Fargo. Huh? How did he get there so quickly? Wasn't he just at Café Diem when Carter left to go to GD for the birthing class? Weird. Anyway, everyone needs to be out of GD before the cleaning process begins or else it'll kill them. Of course. Allison says that means any "volatile" GD projects have to be secured. That would be all of them, though. This seems like a really bad idea. And with that, she enlists Carter to help her out.
How is Fargo allowed in Section 5? Is he even supposed to know Section 5 is open again? They didn't want to tell Carter, but they'll tell Fargo? I don't understand secrets on this show. Anyway, Fargo is down in Tess's office ignoring the announcements to evacuate the building in favor of fooling around with her memory computer. He wants to know what memories of him are being shared by the other townspeople. He puts a little memory-player thing called a halo on his ears and watches as a series of Fargo screw-ups, rescues, and girly freak-outs play. Hey, there's Spencer! When it's all over, Dr. Kinison, who also somehow has access to Section 5, walks in to yell at Fargo for not evacuating as ordered. Then he turns around and leaves without making sure Fargo is behind him. He's not, of course -- instead, he presses a button on Tess's computer and a computer voice says "files updated."
Carter and Allison find the unfortunately-named Dr. Boobay (I'm sure it's spelled differently, but I'm being phonetic today) wandering the halls trying to remember what he has a nagging feeling he forgot. "Securing your experiment?" Allison suggests. Boobay says that sounds right, but he has no idea which experiment she means. With that, the wall explodes and Boobay's lab is destroyed. So at least he won't have to worry about remembering which experiment, since they're all gone now.
After the break, Carter puts the finishing touches on extinguishing the lab fire while Allison wants to know what just happened. Boobay guesses that someone's chemical mixture became unstable and blew up. Annoyed, Allison says it's Boobay's job to monitor these things so this doesn't happen. Way to close the barndoor after the horses escape, Allison. Boobay protests that he only has to monitor the experiments in his own lab. Allison reminds him that they're in his lab. He shares it with fellow seismic chemist Dr. Ash. Boobay has no idea who that is. Even Carter knows Ash better than Boobay does. But Allison apparently figures that Boobay is just being absent-minded and explains who Ash is to Boobay, still not figuring out that Boobay's memory problems are very serious. When he doesn't even remember what project he was working on with Ash, Allison finally realizes it's time to send him to the off-site infirmary. Ah ha! So they do have medical facilities outside GD. Allison decides to escort Boobay there while Carter looks for Ash.
Back at Café Diem, the storycatchers have given Zoe a reason to feel inadequate. She can't come up with any good memories. Tess says she's over-thinking it, but Zoe whines that Tess can say that because she has three Ph.Ds. Zoe, meanwhile, isn't even