El Capitan seems receptive, but they're interrupted by a deputy who comes in and speaks a few words to the captain, who then excuses himself. Ellison sits and waits for a moment, then glances behind him, where, through a window in the captain's office, he can see his old buddy Chrome Artie, moments before Artie starts shooting up the place. Typical ugly American on holidays! Ellison jumps behind the captain's desk and starts looking for a weapon. He doesn't find one, and he crawls to the office door, opening it to find a wounded officer on the floor, just as Riley and John go running past. Outside, Riley's yelling and screaming and running, like you'd think she'd never had something go wrong on vacation before. John and Ellison are quick out the door after her, with John yelling for Riley to get in the car, and the three of them pile into Chrome Artie's ride and peel out, as he comes out of the police station, guns a-blazin'.
They're forced to back up down one alley, with Chrome Artie firing away, and maybe Skynet would have succeeded a long time ago if they'd just sent a Terminator that can actually hit the broad side of the barn. After getting away, they haven't really gone very far before Riley starts whining about feeling something in the back seat, and John yells for Ellison to stop the car, which Ellison does, because John is the boss of him.
And in the trunk they find Sarah, brandishing her pop can. "Sarah Connor? James Ellison. I need you to come with me," he says. Oh. So his suave response actually makes very little sense and was just written that way as a hook for the end of Sarah's story? OK.
Sarah gets out of the trunk, and then they spot Chrome Artie pull up in a truck nearby. "We need to move," says Sarah. Yeah, "move," like the lackadaisical extra jogging less-than-urgently RIGHT BY THE KILLER. Chrome Artie gets out of his truck and starts walking.
So the Connor Crew has found a hideout, I guess? In this tiny little town? Sarah pulls the metal out of her palm. Ellison offers to help, and Sarah snaps that she needs to be able to use it. "I should hope so," says Ellison, who probably knows all about needing his hands in good working order since his divorce. Sarah asks what he's doing in Mexico, and he tells her John was flagged in an FBI computer. She asks if he couldn't have just buried it. "It's been watching me," he says. "'It'?" says Sarah. "Out there. It," says Ellison, jerking his head towards the window. Sarah snaps that he could have led Chrome Artie right to John. "It wasn't me in the trunk," says Ellison, which would be a good point, except it's not like Sarah led Chrome Artie to Mexico by BEING IN THE TRUNK.