He asks how Peter's feeling, and Peter says he's better. Walter thanks him: "My serum was flawed. It would have killed me if I'd taken it. You only lived 'cause you're young and healthy." Walter figures that this is what the Observer was doing: giving Peter a knock on the head so Peter would need some aspirin that he'd wash down with milk and ingest the serum instead of Walter. Peter, quite reasonably, points out that there probably was an easier way -- like, for example, saying, "Hey, Walter, your serum WILL KILL YOU" -- but Walter chalks it up to the Observer not being human and therefore not expected to think like us. Yeah, and maybe Rube Goldberg was an Observer too.
Outside, the Observer and December are watching the house, with the Observer admitting that he thought his experiment would fail. December, though, says the Observer was right: "He was willing to let his son die." The Observer: "Yes. And now we know. When the time comes, he will be willing to do it again." Looks like December owes the Observer a Coke.
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