"I just identified the last coordinates," Astrid tells her: Milton, Mass., the house where the first piece of Walternate's machine was buried. "Do you think it's possible that these locations are all part of the machine, that Walternate's device is the vacuum described in the First People book?" she asks, and Fauxlivia stares as the what turns out to be the lid of a large -- I want to say stone? -- box is removed, revealing more funky doomsday machinery underneath. "I think they're one and the same," she says.
She gets off the phone and tells the Bishops that Astrid's finished figuring out the code: there are thirty-seven other locations. "In that case, it seems we have work to do. We have to recover the pieces, assemble it, and figure out how it works," says Walter briskly, surprising Peter. "Creation and destruction. I suppose we'll have to hope for the former," he adds, and everyone smiles, not really meaning it.
Time for a visit to the crazy typewriter room for Fauxlivia. She rolls a fresh sheet in the paper and types "THEY'VE LOCATED THE PIECES OF THE DEVICE," and the answer "WELL DONE" comes back, and then "INITIATE PHASE TWO." And since no one is around to see her, Fauxlivia is free to make all the evil expressions she likes.
And then, to show that we're taking a quick jaunt into the other universe, the Statue of Liberty turns to copper right before our eyes. Olivia's getting out of the shower, answering her phone - it's geeky alt-Brandon, letting her know that the Secretary has "decided postpone today's procedure." She asks when they want her to come in. "It may not be necessary. We'll let you know," he says, in a tone of voice that clearly says, "Don't hold your breath."
Fortunately, Visions of Peter is there to explain it for her: "Whatever they needed from you, they have it now. It's not safe for you here anymore, Olivia. You have to go home," he says.
Daniel is a writer in Newfoundland with a wife and a daughter. He thinks the people in the other universe would agree that Defenestration is the Cure's best album. Follow him on Twitter (@DanMacEachern) or email him at danieljdaniel[at]gmail.com.