John joins Sarah watching the match, and he's really excited because of all the Grandmasters who are there. Unless one of them is named "Flash," I am not similarly thrilled. Sarah says Andy's in the finals, and tells John there's a military contract at stake. "Are you serious? What do we do?" asks John. "Cheer very hard for the Japanese. Or Cameron will kill him," says Sarah. As if to emphasize this, Cameron strolls into the auditorium. Sadly, she doesn't make a throat-slashing gesture.
When we return from commercial, there is more rock 'em sock 'em robot chess action to watch. The Russian's making the moves while Andy works the computer. The Russian makes a move that sets the chess crowd atwitter, and Sarah asks for an explanation. "That bishop at C5 totally hammered him. Black's in total zugswang," says John, and Sarah needs a translation. John says Black just lost his queen, and is in big trouble. Zugswang actually means when any move you make will leave you worse off than if you didn't move at all. "Andy's gonna win," laments Sarah, looking over at Cameron, standing there waiting for the go-ahead.
Over in the Dixon household, Charley's wife wants to talk about the "little speech" he gave the FBI agent. "That wasn't a speech," says Dixon, for once not wearing his work clothes. Careful, guy. Every man has to have the awkward "why is the FBI interrogating you about your former girlfriend" argument at least once in his life. She says she knew he was lying about something, because he has a "tell." "If that woman is alive, if you've seen her, this is important," she says. He cops to seeing John in their house. "In our house? In our house? What did he want?" asks Michelle. Charley says he thinks John just wanted to see him. He doesn't know what to do about it. "They're fugitives, Charley!" yells Michelle. She says Sarah killed a man, but Charley's skeptical of it. But you're just not going to win an argument with your wife over whether your ex could have committed murder. Just take my word on that one.
Back to the chess match, where the ridiculous, breathless play-by-play person is telling everyone that "victory seems imminent" for the Americans, Dmitri makes another move. The Japanese make another move, and Dmitri knocks over his king. Checkmate. Wow. From imminent defeat to a shocking Japanese victory in just two moves. "It's over. Andy lost," says John, although I'm sure his mom, even if she's no chess expert, can suss out what's going on up there. John says the Japanese set a trap by sacrificing the queen, and the Turk fell for it. Cameron shows up, hopeful, as John asks, essentially, if they're going to have to take out the Japanese now, and Sarah says their names weren't among the documents at the safehouse.
Meanwhile, Andy and Dmitri bicker about the loss, each blaming the other. John says no one's going to want Andy's program now. "It could still be a threat. It could still become Skynet," says Cameron, who is just itching to kill someone. "It could also become Pong," says Sarah, who forgets that Pong very nearly did take over the world. Sarah decides she's going to sit down with Andy and tell him everything. Uh...why? What possible purpose could that serve? It looks like we've averted disaster, so maybe I should tell the guy who's way interested in artificial intelligence about Skynet.