Anyway, Simone and her mother never lost hope, and now here's Olivia. Simone sent for diesel fuel. She knows Olivia doesn't mind waiting, because she'd rather drive after nightfall. Listen, lady, just because you've been looking after the electromagnet for two decades, that doesn't mean you get to go all creepy stalker. Olivia asks how she knew that. "I know a lot of things." OK, that's a really DISCONCERTING ANSWER, Simone. She says that she sees flashes sometimes when she's around people. "Like before, when I met you, I saw that you have a bullet in your pocket. A slug." "I've always had a gift," she adds.
Back at the lab, the porcupine man's brain is ready for action. It's completely dead, Walter tells us, most likely damaged by the preservation process. Walter's skeptical about them discovering anything with this, but they have to give it a shot. Astrid brings up a computer model of the brain while Walter tries to figure out how he's supposed to attach the tech -- then, just as it did with Peter, it burrows itself in of its own accord. And on the computer screen the neural activity fires right back up, much more than in a normal brain. Walter points out it's moving along the cerebral cortex, which controls higher-level thinking.
Then the activity stops. "The device must've detected that the brain isn't suitable," says Walter. Jumping to conclusions: The hallmark of all great scientists! Fortunately, in the short time it was going, they collected enough data to do some extrapolation of what happens to the brain over time. As they watch, new ridges form. "The more convolutions, the higher the brain function in mammals," Walter says, and points out that the cerebral cortex is becoming so thick it's overriding the area used to control emotions. He grimaces at the "controlled evolution," and adds it's worse than he feared.
Back at the scrapyard, Simone draws water from a pump while fretting about how "they" aren't here yet. Carlos looms to say they'll be there soon.
So they stand there, watching Olivia, sitting on a trailer. The little scrapyard urchin who was out developing tetanus earlier pops over to say hi. She introduces herself as Darby, and Olivia tells her her name, but Darby already knows: "Everybody's talking about you," she says. "They said you're on Reward Wire. There's a bounty on you."