They get the hell out of there, but with Cameron strapped down in the ambulance instead of a pile of charred ashes. John fiddles with Cameron's chip while Sarah tells him that everything Cameron told him was a trick. "They don't have feelings. They don't know love." "I know that, Mom," he says.
So I guess he gives up? Because now Derek is preparing Cameron's body for burning. He asks John for the chip, and John folds her hands over her stomach, and places the chip between her fingers. He asks for the flare, but when he gets it, he pulls the chip from Cameron's fingers and inserts it in her head, pulling a gun on the rest of the crew to keep them from stopping him. "She'll kill you!" yells his Mom. "There's only one way to find out," says John, which might be one of the dumbest things the future savior of all mankind could say.
Cameron opens her eyes and sits up. She looks at John, pointing the gun at her. "Are you here to kill me, John?" she asks. He says no. Which is lucky for her, because that gun would totally stop her, right? He asks if she's going to kill him. "No," she says. He gives her the gun and says, "Promise." We watch her analysis overlay as TERMINATE flashes red on her screen as she looks at him, followed by "Termination Override" in white. She gives him back the gun. "Promise," she says. Yeah, for NOW, you idiot. He tosses the gun back to his mom and then uses the flare to ignite the thermite anyway, totally wasting it.
It's dark. Ellison pointlessly stares at the former Connor Compound, when Chrome Artie strolls up. "I'll never lead you to her," says Ellison, adding that if that's why Chrome Artie left him alive, he might as well just kill him right now. "I'll never do the devil's work," he adds. "We'll see," says Chrome Artie, creepily, and he strolls off.
Shirley Manson strolls up to the assembled department head meeting to announce the creation of a new department that will cross disciplines and require hard work from each of their groups. One department head -- the vacation-missing Justin Tuck -- gripes about how he doesn't have a man to spare in the AI division, meaning either artificial intelligence or (and I cheerfully admit that this is implausible) American Idol. "Your department will be hard-hit," says Manson amiably, adding that the new project will be called Babylon. Wow, a surprise Bible reference. Tuck wants to know what Babylon will do, besides steal team members. "It'll change the world," says Manson. Seems to me that this meeting could have been handled with a group e-mail, but I guess that's why I'm not the head of some vague high-tech operation.