But they're already too late: in Eden, Vermont, a schlubby looking biotech scientist sits in his backyard garden dripping some green fluid into a watering can when his dog, Sebastian, comes up to bother him, because the dogs can always tell when you're about to be attacked by an alien, vampire, leprechaun or shapeshifter.
The Asian woman striding across his yard says his name, and he seems wary, as she demands confirmation that he worked at Massive Dynamic. He tells the "young lady" that she's trespassing and he wants her off his property, but her response is to pull a gun on him and tell him she needs his help. Try honey, not vinegar, lady.
Over at Massive Dynamic, Lincoln Lee's mind is blown by the picture on Nina's desk of a young Olivia with a riding ribbon. Olivia explains -- in as few strokes as possible -- that after her mother died, she and her sister were supposed to go into the foster system but Nina pulled a few strings and they went to her. "So the acting CEO of one of the richest companies in the world was your nanny," he says, completely flabbergasted, and Olivia's all, "Something like that."
Nina comes in and she and Lee introduce themselves to each other. Broyles has filled Nina in on this sketchy "Peter Bishop" character, and she asks how Walter is taking it. Uh... you've MET Walter, right? Nina asks if there's anything she can do to help, and the answer probably is "stay as far away from Walter as possible," but Olivia just says they're here on a different matter: they're looking for info on Dr. Malcolm Truss, who left the company about ten years ago.
Nina doesn't have Olivia's memory, and she says the name doesn't ring a bell, but she'll see what she can find. Nina pulls up the file and now she remembers him now: graduated from MIT in '82, came to work for Massive Dynamic in '93, left in '01. "And isn't he that guy from Ellen?" asks Nina. She wants to know why they're interested in him, and Olivia explains about Truss being abducted from his house this morning, and they think a shapeshifter was responsible. "A shapeshifter? But what would a shapeshifter want with Malcolm Truss?" asks Nina, completely baffled. Oh, except for MAYBE HIS CELL REPLICATION PROJECT. "It was designed to help patients with extensive tissue damage -- burn victims, cancer patients, amputees. It copied the genetic data of the healthy cells of the patient and used it to replace the damaged ones," explains Nina. Well, it's a long shot, but that just may be something a shapeshifter's interested in. Truss never had a chance to find out if it worked, because William Bell shut the project down, citing ethical concerns. Lee's all, "ethical concerns?" but Nina doesn't volunteer any more information. Man, when William "Let's Experiment on Children" Bell has ethical concerns about a project, it must be some crazy mad science shit.