But that's not the end. In her office at Massive Dynamic, Nina is typing a message into a giant, clunky CRT device with a monochrome monitor that looks older than Peter. "William, I don't know if you've been receiving these messages but I continue to hope," she types as we hear her reading it in voice-over. She says she's updating him on the "Penrose-Carson experiments. "One of the Tylers did in fact display a rather dramatic ability for mind control." One of the Tylers? "But before we became aware of his ability, there were some unintended consequences." Meanwhile, Dr. Carson pulls a file and opens it, revealing a photo of Tyler with a different dad. "Among others, he was able to locate records of his surrogate mother and unfortunately made a misguided attempt to reunite with her." The file contains several other Tylers, at least up to "Tyler 05," all of whom have single dads with the word "Dr." in front of their names. Our Tyler was number 03. Nina continues that she's suspending the experiments. As Carson wheels his Tyler down a Massive Dynamic hallway on a gurney, she concludes, "You were right. Mind control is possible, given the right conditions. So despite the unfortunate circumstances, we can consider the project a success." As Carson continues to wheel the boy helplessly towards a blinding white light, our view of them is cut off by elevator doors clanging shut. As elevator doors never do. "As always, I hope this finds you in good health. Warmest regards, Nina." And the episode ends before anyone on the other end can reply by telegraph or carrier pigeon or something.
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