Back in the office, Demetri and Mark are trying to figure out which end is up -- the gun's in Los Angeles, they have no idea who's using it, nor who owns a car as was described earlier -- and Wedeck peels Mark away to mildly ask, "Jericho -- you used our database to look into them a few months ago? Just curious why you did." Mark says it was a favor for a friend, and Wedeck drily replies, "Do all your friends ask you to research Third World military contractors?" Mark explains that his friend had some questions linked to his daughter's death in Afghanistan, and when Wedeck asks, "He thinks Jericho was involved?" Mark gets uncomfortably evasive. But when Wedeck asks if he can talk with Aaron, Mark's all, "Ha! Good luck finding him!" His conscience relieved, Mark takes off. Wedeck is all, "O ho ho, Benford, you have no idea what I can do." I want a spinoff where it's just Wedeck being all awesome. Can we have that, please? (Also, it looks like the score is: Loyalty, 0; Ambition, 1.)
Mark is looking at the file on this episode's Dyson Frost Presents: Random Murder Victim! schmuck, and Demetri comes in all excited because the LAPD is busy chasing down someone who sounds exactly like the man who came into the shelter and shot up their victim. Whoosh! We're at the scene. It is, of course, bonkers, as one imagines that hostage scenarios are. Demetri goes a little renegade and decides to chit-chat with the crazed gun-wielding maniac in question.
He kicks out his gun and the guy shouts in response, "I told them the only person I wanted to talk to was Randy Savage!" Buddy, if hostage-taking guaranteed access to professional wrestlers, there would be an outbreak of women wielding guns and demanding quality time with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. (And really, who would blame me -- I mean, them?) Demetri is not unfamiliar with the work of the Macho Man, but this fails to establish an immediate rapport. We do, however, find out more about the hostage-taker's particular brand of crazy: he thinks the ubiquity of mobile phones caused it, and mobile phone salespeople were the blackout's willing henchmen and women. [Interestingly, this scene was filmed in the famous Bradbury Building (named for Lewis, not Ray), which actually does house a cell phone store. - Zach] Demetri makes a big show of disarming, and keeps on walking toward Ross-the-crazy-guy, saying, "Everybody's afraid of dying. I'm scared of dying. You are. She is. It's what makes us human, don't you think? You're scared. That's fine. When people get scared, judgment gets clouded. I'll be honest, man: you have made some really bad decisions today. But you can make a really good one right now if you just give me the gun. Ross, it'll save your life." Ross flings aside the hostage and aims at Demetri, but Demetri whips out a third, hidden pistol and shoots Ross above his heart.