And Simon is only now figuring it out -- whomever he gave access to via his little software package has created a clone of the mainframe. Ergo, Simon's working on a fake "designed to keep me from getting in. They knew I'd be back." Ah, but Simon has an archived account somewhere else, and he'll use that to get in and nuke the replica account, then disable the software he originally installed. Within seconds, Simon's finished his computer-fu and he's handed Demetri a flash drive. Simon flashes a grin and says, "This has everything you need to nail the bastards."
At sulky Benford Manor, Olivia ushers Charlie away from the patio door just in time to see Vogel arrive and tell her security detail, "Mark Benford is dead. He ran into the building. He doesn't have a chance."
Oh, yes he does, because we still have a third of the episode to go. Even after the ninja mime assassins unleash an NRA convention's worth of ammo on Mark's office, they fail to hit him.
And since it would be no fun to see what happens next, we go to the side of the road somewhere, where Nicole is getting the kind of post-drowning treatment that the Red Cross vaguely recommends. Her rescuer, Ed, explains, "In my flashforward, I saw myself saving you. All these months, I thought I failed. I'm really glad I didn't." Nicole stares at him, dewy-eyed with adoration. This raises Yet Another Unanswered Question: Will Nicole be flaunting her boyfriend Aqua-Ed around Bryce at the hospital all, "Guess who saw me in his flashforward?"
Ruh-roh! Over at NLAP, Simon has just discovered that another, external mystery person has taken control of the mainframe. And -- oh, snap! -- the particle accelerator is kicking off to precipitate another flashforward event. Demetri gets a tad shooty with Simon, who defends himself by yelling about his enormous grudge against the shadowy cabal that is all into flashforwards for ... who knows why? (Another Unanswered Question, that. It can't be solely about buying Amazon the day it had its IPO.) Simon screams, "I won't let them turn me into a monster, to use my machine, my mind. Millions of people, Demetri -- millions of people don't deserve to die. If you want to stop me from trying to shut down this machine, you're going to have to shoot me." Which we all know Demetri won't do. Nobody who's in the credits is seriously in danger of getting shot. To wit ...
When we get back to the FBI office, which is basically reduced to a smoldering ruin, Mark is running through with a big old shotgun, and knocking off assassins left, right and center. (And when one of the assassins makes the mistake of checking out the loo, he runs into Wedeck.) Mark sees a bomb tucked into the ceiling -- eight minutes to go -- then manages to take out a few more guys courtesy of an elevator. (I kid you not. And here you thought escalators were the killers.)
After dispatching those guys, Mark calls Wedeck to tell him about the pending blackouts, since he knows Wedeck Knows People, then hangs out in the office. Because ... he enjoys being shot at? No, it's so he can call Olivia and tell her to listen up: There will be another flashforward in two minutes, so try not to pass out over any open flames, etc. Also, he loves both Charlie and Olivia. "Please be safe," Olivia uselessly says.