Back at the FBI, Hellinger is calmly, if apologetically, telling Mark that in most futures, the special agent team sent into the BI warehouse survives. Mark is not consoled by this. He hammers on the "When is the next blackout?" line of inquiry, and Hellinger replies, "You're going to die, Mark. I take no pleasure in that. I really don't. We've had many conversations in this room. You're a decent man. This is just all over your head." Mark asks again, "When is the next blackout?" Hellinger replies, "Mark, you work hard. You're passionate about what you do. But don't you see? All of this is just so futile. Your faith -- it's admirable. That board in your office. How much time have you spent looking at it, all on faith. But deep down, you've gotta know what that board really is -- it's nothing but a scrapbook of your failures." Well, that explains the cunning lace borders and stickers reading "#1 AGENT LOL" all over it. Mark persists, "Tell me when the next blackout is." Hellinger finally loses a bit of his composure; voice rising in incredulity, he reels off things on the board -- including the freed Nazi, who hasn't had jack to do with anything, as of yet, and the botched Somalia trip -- and concludes, "You and that board, you're Mr. Stick-To-It. That's why you're going to die! You just don't give up! You just --" Hellinger breaks off with a rueful laugh, then concludes, "I am going to miss you. Charlie's going to miss you too. But there is an upside -- and deep down, you know what I mean. You're going to die, but your daughter's going to be better off when you're gone."
TWANG! Benford snaps like a misdirected rubber band, and proceeds to fulfill Hellinger's earlier prophecy that he'll lose his cool. Vogel comes in after a few minutes, with a few agents, and they drag Mark off while Vogel looks at Hellinger and spits, "Clean yourself up, playboy."
Out in the hall, Wedeck is giving Mark his best "I am very disappointed in you" look, and boots Mark out of the office, since he's become a liability on the job. It's not an easy decision for him, obviously, but Mark screaming like a lunatic as he's dragged off sort of underlines the necessity of the eviction.
4:17 p.m. Bryce and Nicole are finally heading out the door, en route to a picnic and fireworks. Nicole whinges about not wanting to picnic with a few thousand other strangers who are also excited about flashforward night, but Bryce thinks it'll be awesome to share the experience with teeming masses of humanity. Nicole decides to bring down the conversation: She's worried her vision's already coming true because she's set it in motion. Remember that she said she was drowning, but she felt she deserved it for doing something wrong? Nicole thinks what she did to deserve being drowned is keeping the Keiko information from Bryce. She spills the details and Bryce is none too thrilled to discover that Keiko's in an INS detention facility in Lancaster.