Meanwhile, Linc's in a room trying to puzzle out a note that Aldo left behind, because it keeps him from brooding on the cosmic unfairness of Michael getting lucky while his lady friend is a few thousand miles to the south. Linc reads, "Must you battle in your heart forever? The bloody toil of combat? Old contender, will you not yield to the immortal gods? That nightmare cannot die, being eternal evil itself -- horror and pain and chaos; there is no fighting her, no power can fight her, all that avails is flight." As Linc reads, he flashes back to how his dad died. Oh, LINCOLN THINK is not his strong suit.
We then get a tattoo sighting! It's from the back -- Michael's pulling on his shirt, and when he walks over to the window where Dr. Sara's sitting and puts his hands on her back, she jumps up in fright. Michael asks, "Do you want to talk about it?" She pulls up her shirt and shows him instead: Dr. Sara's back is criss-crossed with thick white welts. Either she heals quickly or I'm even more confused on timelines ... Michael was in Sona for what, a week? And he's been out for three more weeks? I'm sort of amazed that Dr. Sara's torture scars -- because that's what they are -- aren't still a livid red. Anyway, the real point is not that Dr. Sara has a truly outstanding immune system despite years of systemic drug abuse. The point is that Gretchen and/or her goons tortured Dr. Sara when she was being held hostage. And also that Michael was uncharacteristically non-detail-oriented if he was in bed with Dr. Sara earlier because, dang, how do you miss scars that criss-cross someone's back like that? Anyway, Dr. Sara sniffles that it's not Michael's fault, and as he cuddles her, he says, "Tell me what happened." Dr. Sara says resignedly, "It's just the One World Conspiracy. It's just what they do. And it wasn't just me -- God, it was you and LJ and Lincoln. And they won't stop. And I don't know how to deal with that." Michael goes to pull Dr. Sara into his arms when her point is more or less proven again by a gunshot shattering the window where they've been standing. The two of them dive to the floor. We see Agent Blots Out the Sun reload outside, but it takes Linc to pull the brain trust off the floor and out the door. After everyone hides, Dr. Sara says, "I can't believe they found us so fast. Should I call Bruce and get him to find us someplace safe?" Michael's like, "No-ooo. I think Linc and I have just decided to make a deal with Don Self." Dr. Sara's along for the ride.