Deanna gulps down her water and says she needed that. "Can I bum a cigarette?" Evelyn's all, "No!" "You don't smoke?" says Deanna, but Evelyn just points out, "You're eleven." Deanna's all, oh yeah. And Nosy Parker Evelyn tells her to think about what happened to her dad, drawing a blank look from Deanna. So Evelyn's all, he dies of lung cancer, duh? And Deanna says, "Oh yeah, I forgot." And the music of Everything's Wearing Off swells in the background.
After a shot of Karen's husband pacing and looking anxious, we go back to Skeet interviewing her while she herself paces, wanting to be out of there to run or jump or walk into a restaurant on her own and order a meal and eat it by herself. "I even want to go skiing, how crazy is that?" "It's not crazy at all," says Skeet. But Karen grimaces, rubbing her head. Skeet asks what's wrong. "A headache," she says. And instead of thinking that this might be important, Skeet just asks what's first on her list when she gets home. "That's between Mark and me," she tells him. Skeet looks kind of embarrassed. But after she's finished with the hot sex, she wants to go swimming in the ocean again. Meanwhile, as she speaks, her hand is twisting into a claw.
There's Phil The Phlight Attendant Physicist, yammering away and saying things like, "All matter is held in place by these vibrating string-like entities," as the scientists cover white boards with formulae. I bet the translators are really pissed that he's now just speaking in English. Charlie asks what he means by "entities." Phil says, "Frequencies. All matter is held in place by them. If you disrupt the frequencies, the matter disperses." He struggles to explain what he means, finally describing it as being like that toy where you use the little magnet pen to move metal shavings around and give the bald guy in the picture frame a beard or a mustache or whatever. Everybody just stares at him, Keel with his trademark intensity, since this of course is Phil using a metaphor to explain an unwieldy concept. "All matter in the universe is thus given a kind of temporary cohesion, but it is " he pauses. "Illusory." "What the hell just happened to him?" asks Charlie, but before Keel can offer up some long-winded theory, Skeet comes barreling in to say they need to let Karen out so she can go see her husband. He says Karen's getting sick again, that the effects are wearing off. "They're losing it," says Keel. Charlie says that means they don't have much time, and of course refuses to let Karen go. Skeet appeals to Keel for help, but Keel's too busy brooding. Skeet tries Charlie again, saying that Karen just wants to talk to her husband while she still can. "Give me five minutes," says Charlie, and leaves, and Skeet sarcastically thanks Keel for all his help.