And anyway, Esther says it looks like the gash is healing, and asks what kind of weapon it was Olivia said he used. Olivia, checking for herself to see the bloody cut closing itself up, says it was like nothing she'd ever seen before, some kind of laser. And her wound is the same kind of wound that killed Rachel: "So the man who attacked me is the same man who took her heart!" Kind of a leap there, but I'll allow it in this pastiche-of-historical-eras storytelling-while-high episode of a science-fiction television show. Esther wants Olivia to draw the weapon, because she has an idea.
And Olivia can draw better than I can photograph, and she's showing the picture to Story Brandon, who in this world doesn't work for Massive Dynamic but for a patent office. And he acts a lot more suave, but he's still massively dorky as he winks at Olivia while he tells her that the patent on that particular device was taken out last year by a "whiz-bang" tech company in Manhattan, with "all kinds of spy stuff." Olivia knows where he's going with this...
... and she busts in Nina Sharp's office, throwing down the picture of the weapon, telling Nina that a few hours ago a man attacked her with it and told her to forget she'd ever heard the name Peter Bishop: "Now, I can call the feds, or you can tell me the truth. You choose, lady." Man, by this point I'm getting tired of the hard-boiled routine. Anyway, Nina, after staring at Olivia for a moment, tells her assistant to bring her the file on the quantum laser, telling Olivia the device was developed here in the biomedical research lab as a surgical tool, and several months ago, one of their prototypes was stolen. Then she asks if the man who attacked Olivia was bald with an odd cadence to his voice. You think it was Michael Stipe? Nina fills Olivia in on "the Watchers," who are dangerous and don't make idle threats. Ella interrupts to say that she thinks Nina's lying. "What makes you think that?" Ella says she doesn't know; she just doesn't trust Nina, earning a "smart girl" from Walter. "You're getting ahead of the narrative, but you're thinking along the right lines. Because Detective Olivia didn't trust her either."
Fortunately for Nina, this doesn't mean a bullet to the forehead but a busted taillight: Olivia breaks the light of the massive land-yacht parked in the stall for one N. Sharp, to make it easier to tail Nina at night. While she's following Nina, Olivia calls Esther, who had dug up some info on Massive Dynamic's founder and CEO: William Bell, a "scientific Christopher Columbus" who is always "searching for what's right on the edge of our imagination." Esther says the interesting thing is that in the past few years, no one has seen William Bell at all.