"So who's ZFT?" asks Olivia, and so we're into the requisite "there's much you don't know, Agent Dunham" scene, which is really playing like the writers saying, "yeah, we have NO idea where this is going yet, but please bear with us." Broyles tells her about cells -- not conventional terrorist cells -- found in eighty-three recorded countries, and ZFT is among them. "They traffic not in drugs or weapons, but in scientific progress," he says, pointing to what happened to Loeb or to the fateful flight that landed Olivia in this whole thing. They could just be scientific experiments, proof of theories. Mad scientists getting their kicks is not one of the possibilities Broyles mentions, but I like that one.
Olivia wonders if Jones might know how to get the parasite off Loeb's heart, and Broyles says maybe, but the Germans aren't giving them access. "I may be able to get in," she says. "You got superpowers I don't know about?" says Broyles, and Olivia says "maybe." He tells her that she's not really going to Germany. She says she really is. "Let me save you the trip, Dunham. You're not getting in," he says. She snaps, "We don't know each other well enough for you to say something like that to me," like WHOA! Where did THAT come from? I'd like to point out A) Broyles didn't say anything personal that might have elicited such a "fuck you" response, and B), Broyles is YOUR BOSS, for God's sake. She says she doesn't see any other option. Broyles stares at her. "Loeb's your friend. And I promised his wife," she says. Yeah, promised her she could see him as soon as she could, not "promised I'd do my best to cause an international incident."
Back at the Harvard makeshift operating room, Loeb's not doing well -- his heart rate's down to thirty and he doesn't seem to care that a new season of 24 is on the way. Peter spots what might be the reason: the wispy tendrils from the parasite are evident in the IV line. "This parasite is spreading faster than I thought," said Walter. Peter asks how long Walter figures Loeb has. "A day, maybe," is the answer.
Peter's cellphone rings. It's Olivia, calling to say they've got a lead, but she's got to go to Germany for it. Peter says he doesn't think Loeb's got the time. You don't know Olivia well enough to say something like that! Olivia confidently says they'll make it. Don't forget, she promised Loeb's wife!