But before we find out if Simon can get the plane stopped (he can't; we already saw it take off), it's time to go to Mount Inostranka, Alaska, thirteen months earlier. People stagger through night-time snow, although we go inside pretty quickly. A soldiery-looking guy (hey! It's Simon again!) says, "We recaptured William." He'd been hiding in Los Angeles. He's telling this to a woman who I thought at first was President Roslin from Battlestar Galactica. It isn't, though. It's Laura Innes from ER. Simon says that William thought he could buy his freedom, and that "he's going to tell them ... about The Event." I didn't hear a backwards E in that. The woman says that William has to be convinced not to tell. The guy wants to warn "them," so that "they" can prepare. And the new president (President Martinez) is apparently a good man. The woman doesn't care how good he is, because someone named Whitman won't let Martinez find out. She tells Simon that he's her conduit to the outside and that he needs to reason with "our people on the outside" if they're having doubts. "We have to protect ourselves. Can I count on you?" she asks. Simon nods. She nods. Simon nods again. Simon tells someone who's very soldiery indeed (he's wearing fatigues) to take the woman back to her quarters. For the first time, we see that she's in manacles.
Back to present day. Simon is harassing Air Traffic Controller Frank about stopping avias 514. Frank tells one of his controllers to take the plane to the emergency bomb area. But they just turned off their transponder! Simon is unhappy. And then all the radar in the tower goes out. That seems bad. Frank and the other controllers look out the tower windows at avias 514, which is taxiing away.
Simon drives along a road that goes parallel to the runway (this is what we saw when Sean looked out the window) and then shouts, "You ain't gettin' by me. Come on!" He drives through a fairly flimsy chain-link fence and over a field so that he's now on the runway itself. The SUV keeps pace with the plane for a while and even inches ahead of it. But even though Simon tries to swerve in front of it, it takes off. A mysterious voice, presumably on a radio or something, asks, "Son. Did you intercept him?" No, he did not. They're airborne. Sean looks out the window and prepares to do that thing we already saw him do. With the gun, remember?