Peter, carrying the briefcase, gets into a car and hotwires it, when suddenly everything goes bright around him, causing him agony, but it subsides soon, and he puts his hands on the steering wheel.
Over to the Cavatina Bistro now, where Observers cut into some sort of material that approximates food. Peter strolls up to the courtesy desk and says he'd like to check his briefcase. The woman behind the desk, mouth lipsticked to within an inch of its life, remarks that she hasn't seen him in before, and Peter says it's not really his crowd. She whispers that he'd better be careful if he doesn't want to get read. Peter says, "You should get that," moments before the telephone rings. She looks surprised, and Peter calls it an old trick, and goes off to sit at the bar. He checks his watch. Have some oysters, Peter!
Back at the Ministry of Science, Astrid and Olivia are waiting in the van, and Astrid asks Olivia how she and Peter are doing. Olivia, after a moment, just starts blabbing about how Peter doesn't sleep, and leaves the lab at odd hours. "And when he gets back, and I ask him where he's been, he's always got an explanation that makes sense," she says. But still she thinks there's something he's not telling her. "I can feel it," she says. Astrid says Peter has been through a lot, and hastily adds, "You both have." She's not defending him, she explains, but she saw how isolated he made himself after Etta went missing after the invasion. "I would say that, compared to that, he has come a long way," she says. Olivia says she keeps telling herself that this time they're stronger, but she's worried that she's losing him again.
Over at the Bistro, Peter watches over his shoulder as Mueller comes in and hands over his briefcase to the woman at the courtesy desk, sliding it into a slot next to all the other identical briefcases, including Peter's. Peter checks his watch, then walks over to the courtesy desk. The woman gets a phone call and gets into an argument with someone named "Ronny" who doesn't appear to have a job, and in her distraction she hands Peter the wrong briefcase. He smiles and walks out.
Over at the Ministry, Hastings has brought out the sublimation apparatus, which can handle a radius of up to a thousand meters, via rods that mark the boundaries of whatever area the want to sublimate. He snaps at Astrid for getting too close to the equipment before he can explain about the power-up sequence, and points to a light on the device: "It turns yellow, you're good. But blue, that means the fission core is overheating. That's a common design flaw in these Gen-One models. Blue means run," he explains.