He looks at her for a moment, and then he tells her that she's quite serious, wondering if it's because her friend's life is in the balance. Well, he certainly puts the "genius" in "evil genius." She asks him why, since he has the leverage, he didn't ask for his freedom, or at least extradition. He tells her that she's made two incorrect assumptions. The first is that there's nothing more valuable than his freedom, and the second is that he's responsible for the infection of Agent Loeb. I think a third assumption has been made: that the viewer's not going to be rolling their eyes at the poor man's quid-pro-quo Hannibal Lecter scene here.
Back at the lab, Walter runs into Gene's to grab a beaker or something. I've been calling her Jean instead of Gene because it's a COW after all, but I understand that the name is short for "Genetics" so henceforth, Gene it is. He rushes back out into the lab and tells Peter the problem is that he thinks too much, which is a "family curse." Peter's own brain function is interfering with the process. "You need to be a passive receiver." He's got a syringe that he says is a sedative to numb his higher brain function. He's mixed it with a euphoria inhibitor to clear the high from his system in a matter of minutes. I have no idea if any of this makes any sense. All I know is that Walter whips out this HUGE syringe and gives it to Astrid, who looks like she's never, um, handled anything that big. He tells her to stick it in his chest, beneath the breast bone, if he tells her to. Peter's all, hold on, what the hell is that GIANT NEEDLE you're holding, and Walter tells him it's adrenalin. Peter's seen Pulp Fiction, though, and asks if Walter's planning to stop his heart. Walter tells him not to worry, which is hard to do when you've just remembered dear ol' Dad used to hook you up to car batteries when you were a kid. But then Walter injects the sedative, and Peter gets all giggly, which is when Broyles comes in, wondering just what the hell is going on, with Samantha in tow, horrified at the sight of her husband.
Back at Science Prison, Olivia asks Jones who did infect Loeb, and he suggests it might be the same people who brought them together. "What if someone wanted information from the both of us? You see? Perhaps they've orchestrated all of this. What if you and I -- both of us, at this very moment -- were being manipulated?" Olivia asks him who would do this, and what they want. "You've not been doing this very long, have you?" says Jones, adding that, while nothing surprises him anymore, he's confused why they haven't got on with the business of saving her friend.