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As the East Coast is hit by an outbreak of dry lightning storms, Olivia and Sam Weiss join forces to find something capable of unlock the Machine. Meanwhile, Walter and Astrid try to figure out the source of their problems, and Peter goes shopping.
Astrid: How about we go for a walk. You know you haven't eaten in hours. The cafeteria's just downstairs. I think I saw tapioca pudding on the menu.
Walter: I can't deny I'm hungry.
Walter: A long time since I've seen the classic fruit cocktail. Why do you suppose that is?
Astrid: I suppose loading fruit with sugar, artificial flavors, and dyes has fallen out of flavor.
Walter: That's a shame, isn't it?
Walter: Forgive me if I'd like to spend my remaining time with my son.
Astrid: Well, what about Olivia? You saw how hard it was for her to leave him, but she's out there trying to find a way to end this.
Walter: I too have tried. I went so far as to ask God for help. How did he respond? Nothing.
Astrid: That's your excuse? Come on now. What have you done, Walter? God helps those who help themselves.
Sam Weiss: I’m not the first Sam Weiss.
Olivia: So which Sam Weiss is this?
Sam Weiss: My great-great-great-great grandfather. He was digging for mastodon bones and he discovered an ancient manuscript instead.
Olivia: So he was the one who wrote the First People book?
Sam Weiss: No, that was the fifth Sam Weiss. The third and fourth Sams spent their lives searching for the manuscript’s missing sections.
Olivia: You’re a dedicated bunch.
Sam Weiss: A machine with the power to create and destroy worlds shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Walter: That's it. Come and get me! Strike me down, you sprites, you elves, you glorious blue jets!
Walter: I know what it's like to feel unequal to the task required of you. To feel incapable. I'll never be the man I was, but I've come to embrace those parts of my mind that are... peculiar and broken. I understand now that's what makes my mind special. I wish you could see yourself the way I see you. You have no idea how extraordinary you are. If you're going to embrace that, there's no end to what you can do.
Olivia: I know that you want to believe in me. And I want to believe in me... but believing doesn't make it true.
Walter: Do you know me?
Peter:I know you’re not the Secretary of Defense. The sweater’s a dead giveaway.