Barnes's office, now full of FBI agents. Mike says the press is calling it a cult, but Parker says they're not going to comment on that angle yet. She goes outside and finds Ryan, to tell him there's no way he could have stopped it. He says he could, and that Carroll is just baiting him. And he keeps grabbing at every hook.
MORE FLASHBACKS. Ryan, on campus, approaches Carroll to talk about the case. Carroll says he'd "relish" the opportunity to talk to Ryan, but not right now, he's very busy and important, you see. He rushes off after telling Ryan to call his office.
Jacob is taking pictures of Emma and Joey while Paul, his arm still bleeding through the bandage, watches from inside. He flashes back to a discussion: it was Emma's idea, apparently, for Paul and Jacob to pretend to be gay in order to get close to Sarah Fuller. The guys aren't convinced, but she says Sarah's too skittish to warm up to a straight guy, and besides, Joe thinks it's a great idea (and presumably Emma would have more luck getting hired as Joey's nanny than the boys would). Emma cajoles them to kiss each other to see if they can pull it off. Neither wants to, but she asks what she's going to tell Joe about their commitment to sparkle motion. Jacob takes a big swig of his drink and then sits down to play gay chicken with Paul. Neither of them chickens out, but they do start laughing after a couple of seconds of kissing.
Paul comes back to the present and grabs the car key off the table and rushes outside. Joey asks what's wrong with him and Jacob tries to intercept before Paul leaves. He brings up that Paul's face is all over the news so he can't really go anywhere, but Paul just snits, "You're a liar" and drives off.
FBI HQ. Ryan takes a swig off his water bottle, which is probably full of vodka, then sips his coffee. Mike slides over, makes a comment about the stimulant counteracting the depressant, and they look at Rick Kester's financial records.
Claire is watching the news about Fellows's death when an FBI agent knocks on her bedroom door and hands her a phone, with Ryan on the other end. He says there are a few items on Rick's credit card statement, which she confirms match toys Joey already has. Ryan says it's good news, because they wouldn't buy him toys if they were going to hurt him.