And so Brandon leads the Fabulous Bishop Boys through the geologic division lab, saying that they've peen plotting the epicenter of each microquake, looking for a pattern. Peter suggests regressing the data points, which Walter grumpily decries as a waste of time: "Useless attempt to impose order on random, meaningless data," he says, adding that he tried the same thing twenty-five years ago, and there was no answer to any of the "why" questions. Except mass, points out Peter.
Brandon wants to know what they're talking about, so Peter explains about the universes being in balance, and it seems to me that this is something that ought to have been shared with the geologic division already, and Brandon understands it not because it's a simple concept but via the bag of sand vs. the idol at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
And Walter starts running with what Peter's talking about, asking for a pencil as well as satellite data and 3D cubic imagery to calculate cubic feet, and he'll also need a comprehensive list of all building materials used during construction, like YEAH, NO PROBLEM, and Brandon timidly says, "For every freestanding structure in New York City?" and Walter rules out the Empire State Building.
Olivia comes in and he says, "Good news. We have a ridiculous, completely impossible plan," although he might not have used all those words. Then Brandon says they can rule out the buildings in Tribeca for being too big. Walter asks if they're lofts. They are. Peter explains: "Lofts have no interior walls. Even though one of the buildings might be bigger, they could be the same mass." Well, then I guess Walter should also be asking for an exact headcount of everybody who's going to be in the building at the precise moment that it's yanked from the alternate universe, right? I mean, if balance is what the universe needs.
Anyway, Olivia tells them the guys "downstairs on the supercomputer" are crunching numbers on the first six buildings, but it's going to take some time. Well, if it's going to take a while to do six buildings at a time...