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Walter thinks the abduction of a young music prodigy is linked back to his old bunkmate at St. Claire's Hospital, a mathematician who was driven insane after a similar abduction. Olivia wants Walter to return to the mental institution much to Peter's outcry. Walter is determined to help, which ends up having chilling ramifications.
Ben Stockton and his father are driving at night in the rain through Middletown, CT. Ben is in the back seat working on a piece of music. His father suggests he give it a rest as they agreed, but Ben asks him to slow down the windshield wipers as they're messing up his tempo. Mr. Stockton sees a woman with a broken down car on the side of the road and pulls over to help. He calls a tow truck and is informed that it'll take a while to get there. He goes to look at the engine while they wait and sees two flashing lights, red and green. He stares at them... and suddenly the car is gone, the rain has stopped, and the tow truck driver is standing behind him. Mr. Stockton realizes that Ben and the woman are gone...Read the full recap
Walter: They hoped to broadcast the flashing lights during commercials so that the viewers would have no choice but to buy their products. Unfortunately, it merely caused nausea which was unfortunate because apparently, people don’t like to shop when they feel like they’re going to throw up.
Olivia: What is it, Walter? Can we talk to him?
Walter: I guess that would depend on whether he has succeeded in killing himself or not.
Walter: And you look different too, somehow. That smile. Have they altered your medication? Wouldn’t surprise me. These medieval quacks are more proficient at phrenology than psychopharmacology.
Dashiell: I miss your jokes, Walter.
Peter: After some of the things I’ve seen in the last three months, Walter strikes me as being one of the sanest people I know.
Joanne: Seems crazy that some numbers can make a machine like this work.
Mitchell: Look around your house, your office, your kitchen--numbers make everything work.