We begin at 8:42 p.m. Mark is sitting in a holding cell -- surprisingly empty, leading one to conclude that perhaps everyone who flashed forward to being in jail took steps to prevent that future from coming true -- and sniveling as he scratches his friendship bracelet and stares at his wedding ring. If he's trying to make us feel sorry for him, it's not really working.
Meanwhile, Olivia and Charlie are on a beach in Malibu. Nicole is sitting at Bryce's place, marinating in self-loathing. Keiko is slouching into LAX with her mom, trying to convince her that really, what she needs is to be with the man she saw in her flashforward.
Speaking of which, guess who's just bribed a security guard at the detention center for information on Keiko? Bryce may be a fickle SOB, but he really does commit to his lady of the minute.
And this show throws us the biggest bone EVER by getting rid of its Plot-we-can-dispense-of-in-a-paragraph before the five-minute mark. Here it is: We zip to Afghanistan, where the sheer power of Aaron's belief in his flashforward brings Tracy back from the dead. Yes! Just like in Pet Sematary, only without the unholy ghouls possessing the reanimated corpse! Merely Tracy's completely unwinning personality! Aaron is so relieved that his future came true just as he foresaw, he willingly babbles to Mark on the phone later about how "we'll wind up where we're supposed to be." And then we never see him again, so the First Unanswered Question of the show is: How ever will Aaron and Tracy get out of Afghanistan? (Corollary to the first question: Do you care?)
Back in the states, Demetri, Simon and Janis pull up at one of NLAP's many access points. Simon matter-of-factly outlines his plans to get inside, find the software he had planted, and use it to destroy the shadowy cabal. Demetri merely shrugs; he's worked with Mark long enough to know what grandiose nonsense people are capable of spouting. And Janis looks peeved, since "identify these people to the government" and "destroy them on my own" are not really synonymous and Simon had already agreed to the former. Simon could care less about Janis's moods. He whips out a doodad and says someone's got to get it close to the security guard, so that the device can then transmit relevant security codes to Simon's phone, and he can thus break into NLAP with a minimum of A-Team-style mayhem. Demetri pooh-poohs this latest scheme, but Janis figures she can multitask: A. Get close to the guard by gabbling about her possible miscarriage, and B. Get the code transmitted to Simon while she waits for an ambulance to whisk her off to Palo Alto's finest medical institution.