And then we're looking at a fighter jet streaking through the sky, which according to Nina is actually a flight simulator running a test of a "hands-free guidance system." So the pilot can still send text-messages on patrol, I guess. That's certainly worthy of millions of dollars of tax-supported research. Olivia's reflection appears in the screen as she asks how the plane is flown, and Nina says the pilot's wearing a helmet that transmits commands from electrodes to an onboard computer. Very Firefox, by which I mean not the browser but the Clint Eastwood film that predicted similar telepathic control systems for fighter jets back in1982. The simulation shuts down, and Dr. Carson, who is also present, explains that the pilot was given a "pharmaceutical enhancement" to amplify his brainwaves. From across the room, Walter asks quietly, "Did you by chance expose your son to this so-called pharmaceutical enhancement?" Nina says that would be totally against Massive Dynamic's testing protocols, but Carson admits that Tyler might have found some he brought home to work on, for "further research." What kind of research did he plan to conduct that the Massive Dynamic labs couldn't support? See if they float?
No, I guess it was just to see if they would fit into a Pez dispenser. In the car with Peter, Tyler pops another pill from Homer's neck as Peter futilely asks Tyler the range of his mind-control powers. Wisely, Tyler isn't sharing that. He looks at a photo in his hand of a woman who might be his mother. Yes, that might be a spoiler, but it's not my fault. Peter tries again, and when Tyler tries to shut him down, Peter snaps, "Hey, genius, the second you took me, they knew that you were behind it all." Well, not that same second. It took several hundred seconds before anyone besides Walter even noticed Peter was gone. Tyler gloats that Peter didn't know himself until then. "You managed to kidnap yourself," Peter chuckles. "Congratulations. You're a criminal mastermind." When Tyler doesn't have an answer to that, Peter realizes Tyler doesn't even have a plan. "You sound just like my father," Tyler bitches. Peter isn't exactly sympathetic: "Do you really think that you're the first kid whose father didn't think he was good enough or smart enough? Take a number." Ouch.
Back at Massive Dynamic, Carson is maintaining that the drugs are designed to work on computers, not humans. "The brain is a computer, doctor," Walter insists. "It's an organic computer. It can be hijacked like any other." Oh, well, that makes perfect sense, then. He gets up in Carson's face, confirming that the kid is fifteen and still in puberty. "His system flooded with hormones affecting his neurotransmitters...opening up pathways for the uptake of psychoactive chemicals, yes?" He keeps pressing, asking if Tyler was taking any other meds. Carson confesses that the kid was on ADD medication. "And an untested brainwave enhancer," Walter accuses. "It's a mind-control cocktail. Because of this man's inability to be a proper parent, his son has kidnapped mine!" Oh, so this is all about Walter. Projection much? Olivia manages to pull Walter away before someone gets hurt.