Gnarlie shows up at the lab and finds only Astrid there. She tells him where everyone is, and even offers to call Olivia for him, like he wouldn't have her number. He sewer-voices that it's okay, and he'll wait until she gets back. He even manages something like a smile. He seems to be about to leave, but then he happens to notice the computer monitor showing the reconstituting face, which is now 60% complete (although it's still unrecognizable if you don't already know who it's going to be). He asks Astrid what it is, and she tells him about their connection to Massive Dynamic. "They're rebuilding the image from the broken device." Gnarlie looks as though he'd kind of like to break Astrid.
Olivia's having another meeting with Nina, asking if she's ever seen the symbol she's just drawn for her, the one that William Bell showed her. "No," Nina lies simply, and hands it back. Olivia tells her what Bell said about it, and Nina says it must be on the leader's head, which must be the connection to the cryonics thefts. "And that's all Dr. Bell told you?" Nina asks searchingly. Olivia seems to debate whether to share more, and opts for openness. She tells him that the man William Bell mentioned would open a door between the worlds. "That a storm was coming and that the only way to stop it would be to find him before the shapeshifters did." That word "storm" gets Nina's attention, like up until now she still suspected that Olivia was making all this up. She says Bell was more worried about the eventual collision between worlds than anything else. A moment later, she's got a pair of New York City snowglobes with "Massive Dynamic" stamped on the bases. She uses them to demonstrate the "poly-exclusion principle," which means that "no two objects can occupy the same space at the same time." I think most of us learned this in middle school, but Nina illustrates what Bell thought would happen if the door between universes were ever opened -- by smashing the two snowglobes together. One is left intact, and the other is a mess that you can be damn sure isn't going to be cleaned up by Nina Sharp. That seems like an expensive demonstration, not to mention mildly dangerous. In fact, it's a good way to lose a cybernetic finger. "It's what he calls the last great storm," Nina concludes. Olivia looks down at the doodle, and has one final flashback: Bell holding up a note reading "Laston-Hennings Cryonics" while speaking the name. And yes, those words are the upside-down and backwards letters we glimpsed in an earlier flashback. Aren't you glad I didn't spoil it? Olivia looks back up at Nina and is about to share this last tidbit, just before she gets a text from Gnarlie. "NINA IS THE SHAPE-SHIFTER. DON'T TRUST HER. GETOUT NOW." Ooh, well played, Gnarlie. Olivia abruptly takes her leave, but not before Nina expansively promises to do whatever Massive Dynamic can to help. Olivia nods politely, hearing the sound of thunder outside. Must be a storm coming. Or somebody sliding an anvil down the laundry chute.