Jaime and Max have fled to the Sierra Nevada mountains and take refugee with an old flame of hers, forest ranger Roger Grette. She finally deduces that Max is not suffering from bionic breakdown, but has a fear of fire instead. During one such panic attack, Max breaks loose and runs straight into a forest fire.
- When Max again acts eratic at Jaime's home, Oscar determines that he must be destroyed and autopsied. Jaime in the meantime takes off after Max, trying to understand what is happening to him and worrying that one day her bionics may reject again.