We get the montage of the governments of the world making the announcement that we're all about to go through this nonsense again. I feel really bad for the folks in central and eastern Europe, because this is going to really bung up their morning commutes. Inside NLAP, Simon tells Demetri, "You might want to put that ring on." Demetri says, "I missed my future last time." He decides he wants to see what happens. Simon also declines the QED, saying with heroic bravado, "I've seen my future happen. This is it, right now."
The last surviving ninja-mime is about to lose that designation, as Mark has snuck up on him, cocked his rifle, and asked pissily, "What did you see?" Then Mark sees that he has 39 seconds before the building goes.
Simon and Demtri sit down together and watch the accelerator do its thing, Mark runs toward his office window, where there's a helicopter hovering (one hopes it's piloted by people wearing QEDs) --
Then the global flashforward hits.
We see: a little anglo-looking baby, then a little African-American one being baptized; a boy on a swing, swooping up toward sun-dappled tree branches; a "Happy New Year 2015" sign; a boy in red plaid pajamas opening up a present; a doctor looking at a radiograph film; someone signing something reading "As executor of this will ..."; a pair of gloved hands loading a pistol.
In the present, we see that Janis is passed out in a wheelchair in the hall of the hospital. Wearing a set of scrubs and a QED, along comes the seductive Lita. She wheels Janis off to her uncertain fate. (Another Unanswered Question, that.) A kangaroo goes hopping past the FBI building and we get another flashforward sequence.
We see: a hand dropping a pair of dice on a chain into the outstretched hand of an African-American man; a lanky girl staring out a window; a letter dated March 14, 2011; the gun going off; the girl again; a man sliding a wedding band onto a woman's finger; the boy, swinging higher into the trees ... then a quick repeat of all those impressions before we go back to the girl. An American voice asks off-screen, "Charlie, what is it? You gotta tell me?" And the grown-up Charlie turns around and says, "They found him."
The present-day Charlie comes to, gobsmacked by whatever she saw. And the episode closes with the FBI building blowing to hell and back, so for her sake and Mark's, I hope the "him" in question is Mark and he's pulled out of the building by Hellinger's people right before it blows. But whether that happens? Is an Unanswered Question. There are so many, and unless there's some featurette to tell us what was supposed to happen next, I guess we'll have to be content with making up answers for ourselves.
So, hands up all of you who watched the first episode and flashed to this being a one-and-done show? You all have the gift of foresight. We could learn a lot from you.
Lisa Schmeiser would like to thank her editors at TWOP, of course, for the continuing opportunity to recap. And to thank you readers for hanging in there. Join her on Twitter at lschmeiser.