Mark then jumps out of the car, has a fruitless conversation with Hellinger -- who apparently has already placed his agents within the SWAT team, if his not-at-all-discreet-nod to a bunch of goons in black is to be believed -- and then saunters into the bomb-filled building. And it hit me as I watched that scene: I am far, far more interested in what happens to Hellinger than I am with what happens with Mark.
Meanwhile, at stately Benford Manor, the writers contrive yet again to get the children off-screen in a mercifully quick fashion, thereby giving Lloyd and Olivia time to stand around awkwardly and count down the minutes to their future. They more or less agree there will be no horizontal warm-up to the future, which is sort of a shame, what with that being one of the main points to their flashforwards and Lloyd's ceaseless nattering about replicating conditions of the flashforwards. Then again, with Charlie and Dylan rampaging through the house unchecked, it's probably for the best.
At NLAP, there's a brief security glitch with a sliding door, and while Simon seems genuinely confused about it, Demetri goes from zero to "I WILL SHOOT YOU, YOU CANADIAN TRAITOR TO HUMANITY" in approximately 12 seconds. Once Simon manages to open the door, he reminds Demetri, "Your friend wanted you to trust me." Demetri corrects him: "Janis wanted me to help you. I do not trust you." Simon sighs and pulls out his QED. He hands it to Demetri with "This is the last piece of leverage I have left. And now you have it. Let's get to work, shall we?" Then he whirls around, clearly broadcasting, "I don't have time for this." I do have to admit, Simon's peremptory pissiness has really grown on me.
Back at the FBI building, Vogel's sprinting out when he crashes into Mark, who's sprinting in. Mark asks, "What's the update?" and Vogel does not even bother to hide his eye-roll when he answers, "Bombs, Mark." HA! If you had told me back in December that Vogel would become one of the season's/series' highlights, I'd have thought you had flashed to a delusional, absinthe-filled future. And yet here we are. Just goes to show you, the universe is unpredictable. The point to this conversation: Mark is going to go save Mosaic -- since that's what's obviously being attacked here -- and Vogel promises Mark that he'll "secure Simcoe." Vogel then admits his flashforward to Mark: "You should know I saw myself telling someone you were dead." Mark pauses for only a moment before saying, "Lloyd Simcoe's key. We need him alive." Vogel points out that the same can be said of Mark. Mark dismissively says, "I'll keep that in mind."