"Flashforward: Black Swan (#1.4)"
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"Flashforward" Black Swan (2009)

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We see a sample of the blackout from 14 days ago. People collapsing on the streets, cars crashing all over, and a bus drives into a pond. When the blackout ends, a man inside the bus, who's head remained above the waterline, helped a woman escape from the submerged bus. This same man finally makes it to the hospital, since he thought his injuries were minor at first. Ned is very friendly towards Bryce and Olivia: of course, being on a morphine drip makes everyone nice. Bryce asks about his flashforward, in which Ned is wearing leather pants and is the life of the party at a nightclub he used to be too intimidated to enter. As an aside, Ned is now black. Olivia and Bryce leave him alone, thinking it's the morphine talking about Ned's moment. Unfortunately, Olivia is not happy with Bryce's current performance; specifically the fact that he hasn't been following up with the psychiatrist he was supposed to see each week on account of his suicide attempt right before the blackout. She tells him to follow up on it if he wants his status to remain active at the hospital.

Demetri and Zoey are discussing the upcoming wedding, only Demetri isn't really up to it. Demetri claims it's work, but Zoey is already aware of the blonde woman they arrested a few days back, the "Bin Laden meets Prada" individual they have at the FBI office. Professionally, she wants Mrs. Bin Laden's rights protected, but personally, she'd be OK with the FBI going all Dick Cheney on her if she is involved with the blackout. (Dan Quayle must have Cheney on his Christmas card list.)

Olivia interrupts Mark's Silly Daddy Humor Theatre to tell Charlie that Nicole is returning to babysit. Nicole has been having troubles ever since the blackout, which she explains to her sponsor, Aaron. He tries to reassure her that everybody saw what they saw in their flashforward for a reason. Mark wants to head to Somalia to follow up on the information he got last week in Germany. Wedeck doesn't believe the trip to Germany was as successful as Mark claims, and he is hesitant to continue sending Mark around the world on the taxpayer's dime. Agent Al Gough (Lee Thompson Young) suggests getting satellite images from the time of the alleged Somalia blackout in 1991, if there is one. Wedeck isn't willing to go to bat for them with the CIA on such flimsy evidence, so Mark suggests a hacker that Gough picked up a few years back to have him hack into the computers at Langley.

Demetri is in the middle of interrogating Alda Hertzog, AKA Mrs. Bin Laden, who continues to stall and demands to see a lawyer. Of course, she can call the embassy of her country, depending on which of the 2 dozen passports she possesses is the right one. Since her associates are dead, she gives them "Customer Choice Restaurant Group," which doesn't really lead anywhere.

DEMETRI: You're running out of time in which this remains a civil conversation.

HERTZOG: I thought it was you who was running out of time. You really should get out there before it's too late.

Demetri's case of a dirty bomb has more sway with Wedeck than a "bunch of dead poultry." Mark and Demetri are on their way to Indio, CA to chase after the bomb-makers. The restaurant there is the only part of the Customer Choice Restaurant Group, and obtaining a list of employees from them seems like a dead-end to Mark. That is, until the short order cook escapes at the mention of the FBI. They chase him into a trailer park and are able to capture him after a brief chase. However, a steel box with "yellow cake" taped on the outside is just a supply of nickelbags of pot. The man's flashforward indicates he becomes successful dealing weed, and he antagonizes Demetri enough where Demetri assaults him while the man is still handcuffed. Demetri turns on Mark for his flashforward and slugs him. Demetri finally reveals to Mark that he knows he'll be murdered on March 15th; hence losing it in front of the loser with the pot.

Olivia is met in the hospital by Lloyd Simcoe, who asks her advice on how to deal with Dylan when he has his autistic episodes, one of which led to a flying food tray and spilled coffee earlier that morning. Olivia is clearly uncomfortable with Lloyd talking to her, and he can't understand why. However, Lloyd is having too many problems trying to cope with both Dylan and the death of his wife. Olivia finally unclenches and recommends that he spend a few nights at home rather than trying to sleep in the chair next to Dylan at the hospital.

Demetri tells Mark everything after their suspect is taken away. Demetri is freaking out because he knows he is dead in 5 months. Mark all but begs him to help with his flashforward because he might be able to help Demetri, himself, and everyone else find out what happened. Demetri agrees, hoping that Mark's information might lead somewhere.

At the hospital, Bryce finally gets the CT scan results on Ned, who had a respectably-sized hematoma in his brain, and the buildup of blood would have killed him had he ignored it longer. While there, Lloyd Simcoe reveals his flashforward: the new "how's the weather" of society. Lloyd gets a call from someone, and he hears a voice saying "Hi, honey." He turns toward the voice, but his flashforward ends before he can see who the woman (Olivia) is. Olivia, who meets up with Bryce, is upset that Bryce keeps bringing up everyone's flashforwards, since she doesn't want any medical advice to hinge on the information in them. Ned seems to appreciate what happened in his, since he was no longer nervous or worried. The fact that he'll be "this invincible black guy, like Shaft or Bryant Gumbel", has already changed him. Unfortunately, Bryce discovers some online information regarding Ned's surgery and must stop it before the surgery kills him.

Ned has Addison's Disease: which means Ned produces melanin compounds instead of adrenaline compounds, which is the reason for his calm nature and his darker skin color in the flashforward. Olivia refuses to listen to Bryce about endangering Ned by performing surgery on him without adrenaline present in Ned's body to handle the shock. Olivia is ready to toss him out of the hospital, but he won't back down, saying her flashforward is clouding her judgment. She proceeds with the surgery anyway. Sure enough, Ned crashes. Unable to shock him back, she pushes for 100 cc's of hydrocortisone, over everyone's protests. She accepts Ned has Addison's disease, and they put it through. It works.

Mark goes back to interview Hertzog, but she is not forthcoming on answers. However, she does acknowledge she "communes" with some very dangerous people, ones who are willing to strap on a vest and sacrifice themselves to get what they want. She does not think Mark is one of those people. He may know the questions to ask, but he doesn't have what it takes to get what he wants. She thinks Mark is like the little boy in a Sufi fable who will tell his father where the light of a candle comes from, if his father can tell him where the light goes when the candle is blown out. Mark says nothing, but he goes to Gough, asking him to use "Mr. Cheeto Dust" hack into Langley to get the images of Somalia.

Ned thanks Bryce for helping him, but Bryce credits the successful surgery to Ned's flashfoward, which helped identify Addison's Disease. Olivia apologizes to Bryce and admits she didn't believe Ned's flashforward, because she didn't want to believe her own. Worse, Dylan Simcoe, who Olivia transferred to Physical Therapy, got transferred back to her.

Nicole returns to the Benford house. She visited a priest earlier, eager to do some volunteer work since her flashforward indicated someone saved her life. Nicole is still nervous, and she tells Mark about her flashforward. Someone was drowning her, and she felt like she deserved it. She saw the face of the person who tried to drown her. Mark assures her that they'll get her some help to locate the person who tried to drown her.

At the hospital, Olivia watches Lloyd play with Dylan. She leaves before he discovers her. He gets a call from someone named "Simon," who Lloyd would rather not talk to. Lloyd really doesn't have a choice but to talk to Simon, who indicates the two of them are "responsible for the single greatest disaster in human history."


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