Actually, hold that thought: Keiko's mom has come to bail her wayward child out of American prison. Keiko is slightly stunned at this turn of events, even more so when she learns that her flight leaves before 10 p.m., thereby making it impossible for her to run to the sushi restaurant and meet Bryce. Or will it be? We do have one episode left, after all.
6:38 p.m. And yet, it is already dark in Los Angeles. In April. There's a huge flashforward party taking place in the streets of downtown L.A. -- a phenom only slightly less implausible than it being pitch-black in the daylight savings-enacted springtime -- and some stranger stumbles into Mark, telling him sincerely that his flashforward has him giving up drinking tonight, and giving his flask to Mark on his way to sobriety. Mark, who has been tormented by everyone telling him how the future is inevitable and he's toast, takes the flask. He recognizes it from his vision, then bursts into tears. Overwhelmed by the grinding gears of a future he can't change, Mark begins to drink. My hat off to the writers -- Mark is one of my least-favorite characters, and I've had nothing but pity for him this episode.
6:46 p.m. Janis and Demetri talk as they drive north on a remarkably deserted freeway. He tells her tearily, "I feel like I lost my best friend. It's like I didn't know who you were." Janis tears up a bit too. But, Demetri concludes, he does know her so he's going to drive on because he has faith in that. Janis closes her eyes, either overcome with self-loathing or overcome with the feeling that she doesn't deserve such a good friend.
A minute later, we're in a crowded bar, where Mark is making up for lost time per his years of sobriety. A fellow barfly makes the mistake of commenting on Mark's friendship bracelet, and Mark decides now would be a fine time to brawl. He does a pretty impressive job of holding his own, too.