...and we cut to the sheriff's office, where Agent Xena has ditched the business suit. She hasn't donned the breastplate and gauntlets yet, but Wills tells her he's tracked the call to Big Bear, so it might be time to suit up. Speaking of which, Lamb goes to put on his belt and says that he can be there in two hours, but Xena easily tells him that everything's under control. In other words, stay in your pond, Fish Breath.
Veronica's fumbling with her keys outside her door when she takes a furtive look around. She suddenly hustles over to the adjoining apartment, unlocks the door, and enters and rushes over to Duncan. They kiss, and she tells him, "It's time." If I hadn't seen this episode already, I'd say it's time for you to explain WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON.
Duncan and Veronica move to the crib in the middle of the room and take a look at the baby, who's swaddled in all pink. Not only is she adorable, but she's allowing me to associate that color with someone on this show other than Paris Hilton. She can totally stay...um. Whoops. Anyway, Veronica unconvincingly tells Duncan that they're doing the right thing, so she obviously doesn't read the forums. She also informs him that everyone bought the ruses with Kendall and the boat (and Kendall was totally not in on the plan, not that that's a surprise), and that they have to go, since the FBI is on its way to Big Bear. Duncan tells her to wait a minute, but Veronica, not wanting to go to pieces, says that after they leave the room, they can't have any contact with each other. Duncan grabs her shoulders and gives forth with this speech: "Goodbye, Veronica. I love you. Always have. Always will." Veronica, sadly: "You'd better." They kiss again. Duncan doesn't seem too broken up here, although his sadness at leaving Veronica is probably tempered by his excitement at the prospect of getting his kid to safety. God, what am I doing? This recap's taking forever as it is, and if I get bogged down in the Byzantine exercise of trying to make sense of Duncan's emotions, I'll never get out of here.
Sacks enters Lamb's office and tells him they got a hit on Veronica's ATM card. Lamb is stiffly looking out his window with his arms crossed behind his back, no doubt because he thought of a snappy comeback to that "Team...Me" thing five minutes after Agent Xena left for Big Bear. Anyway, the card was used at a Mexican hotel that's big with American surfers. Lamb turns to Sacks with a satisfied smile and says that he knew Veronica was lying: "Let's see how the FBI likes it when this high-school-educated local lawman brings back the prize." Oh, Donnie. Sometimes you're the Exterminator, and sometimes you're the bug. The blue-eyed, high-school educated, delusions-of-grandeur-having bug.