Olivia gets a piece of Observer tech from Anil, who feels awful that Peter has already inserted one into his own neck. Aw, Olivia’s trying to take more of an interest in her husband’s hobbies! Part of me, I admit, hoped Olivia would insert tech in her own neck so she and Peter could turn into a cold, emotional, future-manipulatin’ Observer-killin’ team. Instead, she takes it to Walter for study, which I’m sure is more prudent (if more boring). While Peter continues on with his Windmark-timetabling phase of the plane, Walter inserts the tech into a brain that he has just lying around because of course he does. He discovers that the Observers use more of the brain and the cerebral cortex becomes so dominant that it overwhelms the emotional part of the brain.
Olivia’s out shopping for Tape 8 ingredients in the Make Observers Go Now plan and it’s a large electromagnet from a junkyard, where the mystical Simone has been waiting for two decades to hand over the magnet and to deliver an eye-rolling sermon about faith and how Etta’s still with Olivia. On her way back to the town, Olivia gets captured by a couple of yokels hoping to cash in on some of that sweet bounty money, but Olivia -- in case we couldn’t love her more -- goes all MacGyver in the tool room, where the idiot hustlers are holding her and manages to put the bullet from Etta’s necklace through the brain of one of her captors. Then she uses his gun to shoot the other one in a more conventional style.
Olivia gets back in town in time to sell Peter on the importance of human emotions being humanity’s secret weapon against the Observers and despite the pieces of Peter’s plan falling into place -- an earlier near-miss with Windmark notwithstanding -- Olivia reaches him and he carves the tech out of his neck with a huge knife. Uh, you probably should have had Walter do that! Here’s hoping Peter doesn’t bleed to death between now and next week.
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In the middle of the night in a Manhattan alley, Olivia sits in a car and watches workers scrub Etta RESIST posters off the walls, revealing the Observer iconography underneath. Good thing Peter's not here, as this would make him crazy! I mean, if he could, you know, feel emotion.
Anil furtively hops in the passenger seat, carrying a duffel bag or something, and gives Olivia a little unwrapped bundle, which she opens to find a piece of Observer tech just like the one Peter put in his own neck. "Let's just say it was a souvenir for one of my men," says Anil. He doesn't know how it's activated, but says they'd love to learn anything Walter's able to learn about it. He also starts to say he didn't have any inclination of what Peter was doing, but Olivia cuts him off, saying she knows.
As for the bag, Anil says Astrid told him they were running low on ammunition, so here's some for them now, and they'll arrange to meet for more later. And with a heartfelt offer to do anything else he can to help -- easy, tiger, she and Peter haven't broken up yet -- he's gone. Olivia stares at the little device. This is worse than when Peter got really into fantasy football, she thinks. Outside, the traces of Etta are almost all gone from the walls, with the Observers and "THE FUTURE IN ORDER" underneath.
Speaking of Peter, he's over in Etta's apartment, still scribbling away notes and times and timelines all over those cool clear board things. I want them, and the markers, so much! I have no idea what I'd do with them. Probably just draw AC/DC logos all over them, but STILL.
In the hall outside, Windmark and another Observer pop into view, and calmly stroll down the corridor, as the sounds from inside the apartments filter through their heads. It slides by quickly, but the timeline Peter's working on contains notations like "4:32 respond to disturbance" and "4:43 native gives tip. W learns location" and "5:02 gets in town car" and "5:08 Burger King drive-thru." (I may have made up one of those.) He glances up, looking alarmed, and then out in the hallway, Windmark points and says "There" and a moment later they pop into Etta's apartment.
Peter's not there now, of course. Windmark and the Observer stroll through the apartment, and examine the boards. "He is foretelling your movements. He has gained the ability to run futures," says the Observer, as they look at the newest timeline, featuring "5:08 Windmark comms his team" and "5:40 Windmark appears in hallway." And then, the last entry: "5:42 you are here." A shot of the clock on the nightstand hammers it home that it is, yes, 5:42, and we cut to Peter standing on the street below, darkly staring up at the silhouette in the window. He does not have a sniper rifle.