Peter catches up to Walter in the outer lobby, taking in the commanding view of the Chrysler Building. Walter's back to thinking about what could have been, clearly. "Did you know that I once shared a laboratory with William Bell?" he asks Peter. "Look how much he's achieved." He mentions that Bell was the one who introduced Walter to Peter's mother. And that it was her idea that "Belly and I would one day form a company together. He just couldn't wait, I suppose. But thankfully, she was still there for you while I was gone." As usual, Walter is all over the place.
That brown kidnapping-mobile is now driving down the road. In the back seat, Tyler gives himself a little treat out of a Homer Simpson Pez dispenser (something to do with that Simpsons scavenger hunt mentioned during the promos I generally skip over, I'm thinking) and says he's hungry. Squinty nods.
Next thing you know, all three of them enter a convenience store. Squinty squares off threateningly against the clerk and orders, "Give me all the cash in the register." A big, bald customer over by the coffee machine looks up. The clerk points out that Squinty doesn't have a gun, and Baldy comes over to intervene. "You really don't want to get involved in this," Squinty warns, and Baldy says he already is. He starts to take a step toward Squinty, then suddenly stops against his will, looking back at the steaming coffeepot behind him. Which, under Squinty's watchful gaze (and that of Tyler and Beardo from across the store), he picks up and empties over his bald head. Then he smashes it over same, then gets up and charges blistered-head-first into the ice cooler, where he collapses. With a disgusted look, Beardo grabs a bag of chips and starts to walk out. But the clerk is now pointing a gun at Squinty, who says, "You should have just given up the money." But since he didn't, the clerk is compelled by the now-familiar external force to put the gun down, pick up his keys, and stick one in an electrical socket. Which hurls him halfway across the room in a shower of sparks. I'm not actually sure that would; to cause a short, there needs to be a connection between both slots, plus it's better to use both hands so the current flows through the victim's heart. Not that I'm about to try it the way the clerk just demonstrated. Squinty looks at the clerk. Kid looks at Squinty. We look at commercials.
We get to see those magical moments again on the security monitors, as Peter and Olivia are now watching the tape in the crime scene that the store has now become. "Remind me to never get a job as a convenience store clerk," Peter says, as if he could ever get hired as one. Olivia exposits that the victims aren't going to be talking soon, being in intensive care and all. Peter mentions that these kidnappers don't seem to have much of a plan. Olivia sees the kid on the tape, and observes, "He looks so scared." Pretty grainy image, though. He might just be constipated. Peter wonders why he doesn't run. Olivia says maybe Walter's right about the hypnosis. And Peter reasonably points out that they could just save themselves some trouble by making the clerk hand over the cash. "Why all the carnage?" Olivia flails, "Maybe they're silencing the witnesses? They don't want us to know how it works?" Her theory is coming apart before our eyes, but fortunately her cell phone rings before it collapses at her feet. It's Broyles, calling to tell her that according to their boss, the two car salesmen are awesome employees who just happened to take out a loaner car for lunch and never came back. After ringing off, Olivia relays this to Peter and wonders how they became kidnappers. Peter theorizes that they're spies, with the car salesmen jobs as their cover. Makes sense to Olivia: "Throw in Massive Dynamic and your father's theory on hypnotism and it all starts to add up." Which is a shame, because given how this turns out, they should probably be doing subtraction.