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The Mystic Chords of Memory, Stretching to Every Grave

Outside, Simon is showing Vogel the bigass gun he's scored in exchange for hooking up Abdi's men with DirecTV. He tells Vogel, "I know you think I can't handle weapons, but in my vision, I was killing a man, and I didn't even need a gun." Vogel gives Simon a look as if to suggest that he knows Simon's lying like a little area rug, and asks, "How many fingers did you have? Simon shoots back, "Enough to do the job. And what did you see?" We find out that Vogel was outside, fireworks whistling overhead, and he hangs up the phone to tell a security agent, "Mark Benford is dead." Then he sees Charlie staring, horror-stricken. Back in the present, Vogel replies, "I was doing my job." Eh, I can't bring myself to get worked up over his flashforward. We only saw a tiny slice of it, there's not much context, and for all we know, Vogel is lying about Mark being dead. As he's pointed out before, he is CIA and that is sort of what he does. After this "D. Gibbons is a bad man" nonsense, I am not really ascribing ominous meaning to anyone's flashforward.

Finally: Demetri, by himself, back in the tower. No sign of whether or not he's successfully impregnated anyone, nor is there any sign that he's shaking off some sort of excruciatingly awkward sexual mishap. ("If it helps, think of Melissa Etheridge!" "It doesn't! Get off me!") As Demetri packs up, he's watching the videotape again. Simon pops by. There's a moment of mutually-drawn weapons, and then they resume watching the movie-of-the-week, which has just run through the post-interview static footage and revealed a new Dyson Frost message. He stares at the camera and says, "Hello, Demetri. My name is Dyson Frost, and I'm recording this message in 1991. Got your attention, didn't I?"

Dun-dun-DUN! So I'm going to go out on a limb here: Dyson Frost has figured out how to flash forward with impunity, he's used his foreknowledge to mess with the world just because, and he's setting up a global, time-traveling chess game. The sole standing tower in Somalia is probably meant to signify some sort of bishop on the board, and eventually, someone in the FBI Brain Trust will realize this, figure out that Nhadra's also a piece on the board, and start counterplaying. Or perhaps Vogel -- conveniently in China -- is already a piece on the board. Oooh, the possibilities are endless. I look forward to seeing how right or how wrong I am.

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