What Bryce does have, however, are a few thick journals that Peck sent her about six months ago to proofread, in the hopes of having them published. Olivia asks if they can take them. "They're only gathering dust here. They are pretty dense. Most would say it's gobbledygook," says Bryce. "Well, I happen to know someone who's fluent in gobbledygook," says Olivia, and she and Peter share a smile.
Back at the lab, Walter strides in with the journals to announce that he's finished reading them. "In another twenty years, with the assistance of some other great minds, I will have absorbed this information," he says. Or if maybe you spent more than an afternoon with those thick journals, I imagine. I also like the mention of "other" great minds. Anyway, Walter says that Peck has conceived of some extraordinary theories and is possibly implementing them: "He may be able to travel through time. Conceivably. Einstein himself theorized this," he says. On a sheet of paper, Walter writes down 10 and 11, for 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., on opposite sides of the paper, and connects them with a line, and explains that Einstein said if something could propel an object faster than the speed of light, then time would appear to bend. Helpfully, he bends the edges of the paper to demonstrate. "When those two folds connect, a tremendous amount of energy is required to absorb the jump," he says. Are we pretending this is still Einstein's theory? Anyway, that's why all the people and batteries were drained of energy. "Then what you're saying, Walter, is that Peck's moving through time is what killed all of these people on the train," says Peter. Yep, says Walter, and not only that, but if he's right, then they may well have apprehended the man already, possibly several times. Olivia looks like her mind has been blown, so fortunately Astrid's got something a little more concrete for her: she's found Peck's fiancÃŠe. Arlette Turling is her name, and her driver's license information is coming through. Olivia confirms the picture is the same woman in the photograph, and tells Astrid to find out whatever she can, like she needs to tell Astrid that.
Meanwhile, Walter is explaining to Peter that the third volume of the journals is unfinished, with a handwritten section at the back, entitled "Achieve the Arlette Principle." Say whaaaat? asks Olivia. She's looking at the file, and she thinks she knows why Peck is doing this: Arlette was killed in a car accident 10 months ago. Maybe he's going back in time to save her!