The distinction doesn't impress Olivia; she's horrified that Nina could have raised her and seen the damage that was done to her but still see nothing wrong with what she just said. "I don't see the difference. It's still abuse," says Olivia. Nina doesn't get a chance to respond because Olivia's cellphone rings like HOW RUDE and Olivia answers it. It's Emily, sitting on the bench by the lake, and she reminds Olivia that she said she could help, and asks her to meet her. Olivia excuses herself from Nina's office so we can zoom in on Nina's stunned-but-guilty face. I think Olivia may get a triple shot of knockout gas and shapeshifter medication or whatever Nina's got going on with her.
When Olivia strolls up to the bench, she talks about what a nice place it is to meet, and Emily says it reminds her of a place they used to live. A better time. Maybe a time where she cracked a SMILE every now again. She says she sometimes sneaks out here to think and to clear her head.
Olivia asks if her father knows she called her, and Emily shakes her head and looks down, and Olivia gently presses on, asking why she called. Emily takes out her drawing, which depicts the guy from the bus among several people strewn about some sort of disaster site. "I think a lot of people are going to die," she says.
After a commercial break, Emily's now in Walter's lab, which should be enough to scare any precognitive abilities out of anyone, and while Walter examines her eyes, she explains that the first time it happened, she was 11, and in a pet store with her mother. She heard a hum, and thought something was wrong with her ears, but when they were leaving, the man behind the counter had a heart attack, and she saw it in her mind before it happened. Then I felt kind of guilty for being relieved that nothing happened to the puppies.
It didn't happen again for a few months, when she had a vision of her teacher lying on the street covered in broken glass, and then she got hit by a car three days later. Her parents took her to a doctor, and then people started to do tests on her, and then her friends heard about it. That's when people got scared, and when they moved the first time. But it kept happening, she says.
Walter by this point is looking at a printout of her brainwaves or some science-y thing, like it matters, and he babbles on about the remarkably active Theta-1 waves in her occipital lobe, and how her brain is drawing elevated levels of oxygen and blood. Like every other case on this show, he and Belly had a pertaining theory: that some traumatic events "echo backward in time," sending ripples, not that we're consciously aware of them. Nobody laughs at this nonsense, and Walter suggests that her brain is uniquely sensitive to these vibrations that he and Belly made up. He asks if she's ever been able to control the ability, and she says that's not how it works. They're like dreams, she explains: vivid at first, but then they fade, which is why she draws them.