Cut to Mark and Olivia having a hasty bedroom conference. Mark is all, "Funny, but I'm alive in my flashforward" and Olivia's like, "Our daughter heard otherwise." This does raise interesting speculative forays -- is Mark too drunk to register being killed? Is it possible the "Mark Benford is dead" statement is meant to draw away security so someone as yet unseen can get to Lloyd? -- but neither Mark nor Olivia are thinking strategically about this. Olivia points out, "We could escape this." There's the Colorado Rocky Mountain high option -- Mark would indeed be a poorer man if he never saw an eagle fly -- but Mark has no interest in talking to God and listening to the casual reply, seeing it rain fire in the sky, or having friends around the campfire and everybody's high. He wants to stay in Los Angeles and prevent the next blackout, dagnabit. And this points to the major fault lines in their marriage: Olivia is a fixer, and Mark is a crusader, and both of them are convinced they've got the moral high ground.
Back in Somalia, Abdi has stopped with the gratuitous shooting and started listening to the regulars. Demetri explains how Somalia was a test run for the October 2009 mayhem, and Janis floats the notion that Abdi's people had all had their own flashforwards. But where are Abdi's people now? That is the ten-million shilling question.
Everyone's at the tower, and Abdi explains that he spray painted the 66:6 there because it refers to the Quaran's verse, "Save yourself and your families from a fire whose fuel is men and stones." It was meant to be a warning. Vogel looks thoughtful. "In all my time, I have not been in there. Devil or no, it is an evil place. But there is one thing that can push a man more than fear -- destiny." And off he goes. As Vogel and Demetri follow Abdi, Janis stays behind with a gobsmacked Simon. He marvels, "What I designed was theoretical. It could only be done in the future. And yet, it's been standing here for 18 years." Janis wryly says, "Welcome to the future."
The future is dark, dusty, and yet, miraculously, the air is breathable. As everyone heads inside, they ponder the seeming paradox of the tower existing before Simon thought of it. Demetri wonders why the fifth tower was allowed to remain, and Vogel elaborates, "They were hauling these things away. Then the war came. Why didn't they ever come back to finish?" A better question might be: Why was one tower left deliberately? Oh, look -- Demetri found a chess board and a videotape. And hey, there's portable power. AND the videotape is still perfectly preserved! How convenient.