...while the Fringe team realizes that there's a checkpoint in their way. With Loyalist military scanning the cars up ahead of them, Peter realizes they need to ditch the car while they can, so they get out one at a time and head to a nearby (and unsecured) parking garage and break into and hotwire a different vehicle without incident (despite lugging big, heavy, suspicious-looking cases right by military personnel). Since nothing really comes of it, I guess the story obstacle serves the purpose of delaying them from getting back to Nina in time, but this would be moot if the Observers had used their TELEPORTATION HELLO. Also, how easy is it going to be to evade this checkpoint, even in a different car? The episode does a good job of hiding it, but for being four from the end it contains rather a lot of filler.
Windmark gets on the elevator as more Loyalists arrive; when it doesn't move, he simply teleports downstairs, which puts paid to the idea that the Observers have to have seen where they're going in order to use that ability, which to my way of thinking is the last possibility that would have explained the CARS HELLO. Then, when he materializes downstairs, a couple Observers follow, but the elevator opens and disgorges a bunch of humans? Could Windmark not push the "down" button? We think at first from the tight camera angle and Windmark's "Find them" that the place might be deserted, but no -- when Windmark steps forward, the camera moves to reveal that Nina is there, looking unbowed. He asks her where the "fugitives" are, but she tells him he's too late -- they're long gone. He wonders what it is about them that instills such "misguided loyalty" in her and, getting only a defiant look in response, realizes that she's attempting to block her thoughts from him. "But it will not last." Even Nina looks a bit scared at that one, but Windmark's attention is soon diverted as, sensing something untoward, he approaches one of the pods and pulls the white covering off it. When he sees what's inside, for a moment, his face loses that detached expression, and he turns to Nina: "You... animals."
He steps back and sits in front of her, looking dark and purposeful, and as he closes his eyes, we hear a familiar high-pitched whine, although less intense than with Hastings. Windmark tells her about her conversation of that morning, saying it involved the "child Observer" and asking why he's so important to her allies. Nina, attempting to break Windmark's concentration, asks him why a child worries him so much and he replies that his interest comes from mere curiosity, adding that Michael isn't so much a child as a "chromosomal mistake." So there, at least, is confirmation that Michael is in some way physiologically different from the other Observers. Windmark goes on that, "like all anomalies," Michael was scheduled to be destroyed, but he went missing before that happened. "It was a great mystery in my time." He steps up the pressure on Nina's mind and orders her to tell him where Michael is, but he's interrupted by one of the humans telling him there's no sign of anyone else there. Windmark looks at Nina: "Then I will have to resort to a deeper extraction." I hate to make sweeping statements, but I feel fairly comfortable saying there's pretty much no context in which those words can be good. However, he then gets a puzzled look on his face and asks why Nina isn't frightened, and I thought on first viewing this might have meant she poisoned herself, but in response, she tells him that the way the Observers tilt their heads is an involuntary reflex (and plus a million points for one of the henchObservers tilting his head upon hearing that statement). She further explains that the head-tilt changes the angle at which sound waves hit the eardrum, allowing in more stimuli. "Like a lizard." Well, I don't know why you'd want a lizard in your ear... oh, I see, never mind.