"Flashforward" Future Shock (TV Episode 2010) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Mark finds out the date of the next blackout, and Demetri and Simon attempt to stop it. Everyone discovers if the visions they had of the future actually come true.

  • It's D-Day - April 29, 2010 - and while everyone waits to see if their flashforward visions come true, Mark uncovers the date of the next blackout, and Simon, with Demetri, attempts to stop it from happening by breaking into the NLAP mainframe.


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  • April 29, 2010 - 8:42 PM

    We see the cast at various locations. Mark (Joseph Fiennes) is in jail, Olivia (Sonya Walger) takes Charlie to the beach to watch the fireworks, and Nicole (Peyton List) sits alone staring at Bryce's (Zachary Knighton) drawing of Keiko, while Bryce goes to the L.A. County Detention Facility to find her. Keiko's mother has already bailed her out and is taking her to the airport, against her wishes. Bryce convinces the guard (re: $$$) to tell him where she went. Demetri Noh (John Cho), Janis (Christine Woods), and Simon Campos (Dominic Monaghan) make it to NLAP in Palo Alto, where Simon will try to retrieve the software Hellinger's people put in the computer systems there. Demetri is not exactly enamored of following Simon's plans, and Janis is in pain from earlier. But both agree to play it out. Aaron (Brían F. O'Byrne) and Khamir are still in shock over Tracy's (Genevieve Padalecki) death, but Aaron won't be swayed. They check her again, and her pulse is very faint, but there.

    April 29, 2010 - 9:02 PM

    Wedeck (Courtney B. Vance) bails Mark out of jail because he feels partly-responsible for not keeping an eye on Mark and worrying too much about the next blackout. But now they have to worry about bombs inside the FBI office, and they rush back. Olivia and Charlie stay at the beach, but Lloyd Simcoe (Jack Davenport) and Dylan find them. Lloyd insists that Olivia come back with him to her house so he can figure out the missing parts of the formula. Olivia doesn't want to do it, but Lloyd says she's part of it and that Gabriel was right.

    Bryce got the number of the sushi restaurant in L.A. from the guard at the detention facility and heads there. Nicole apologizes, but Bryce tells her that he's sorry to try to be with Nicole when fate seems to be in control. He was even wearing the same clothing he had in his flashforward without realizing it. And fate would appear to want them together, as Keiko's mother changes her mind at LAX and gets herself arrested to distract the security making sure Keiko went on the plane. Keiko slips out and heads to the restaurant.

    Mark and Wedeck make it back to the FBI, but Wedeck wants him to stay in the car. He has Mark talk to Aaron, and Mark admits that he was drinking and let himself get too wrapped up in his revenge on Hellinger. Aaron reminds him that there are always decisions that can still be made. Mark makes one: he goes up to the office where his Mosaic board is. Hellinger doesn't like this, and likes the fact that he can't rile Mark even less. Fortunately, several bomb squad officers are on his payroll, and Hellinger sends them up after Mark.

    April 29, 2010 - 9:32 PM

    As Olivia, Lloyd, and their kids reach her house, Demetri and Simon have gotten into NLAP by having Janis fake her real pains to the guard and clone his RFID card. Janis ends up at the hospital, where she finds the woman who was giving her an ultrasound in her flashforward, and they immediately schedule one, since Janis hasn't felt the baby kick in three hours. Demetri still doesn't trust Simon, but Simon gives Demetri the QED ring as an act of good faith. Mark runs into Vogel as he goes in the building. Vogel (Michael Ealy) confirms that there were bombs set to go off in the building around 10:10 PM. Vogel promises to watch Lloyd and Olivia, just like he was doing in his flashforward. But he tells Mark he told another agent Mark was dead in his flashforward.

    Olivia and Lloyd go upstairs to discover the formula written in lipstick on the mirror. Except it was Dylan who wrote it, not Lloyd. They theorized Dylan must have memorized the formula earlier that day. Lloyd tells Olivia that the formula links the QED, the blueprints, and the flashforwards. Lloyd needs to solve the Tachyon Constant and solve it right now. She reassures him the answers will come at 10 PM...because they will.

    OLIVIA: It's not about the equations. It's not about us being physically here. It's about...this moment. I've fought it, I've resisted it, and yet here it is. The future happened.

    They kiss.

    As Mark goes in the building, Hellinger's team kills the real bomb squad platoon and dons masks to go inside. Vreede (Barry Shabaka Henley) tells Wedeck that Mark went in, and both go into the building to find him. They split up as they hear the gunfire of Hellinger's team. Bryce makes it to the restaurant, Keiko has to run because she gets caught in traffic, and an upset Nicole is almost hit on the road and swerves into a lake.

    April 29, 2010 - 9:55 PM

    It's New Year's Eve in L.A., but Simon can't find the software thus far. He did remember he sent Lloyd a text in his flashforward and proceeds to do so. The text he sends contains a formula Lloyd called his "tearful goodbye," an old .sig file he used on his messages.

    April 29, 2010 - 10:00 PM

    Los Angeles celbrates. Keiko makes it to the restaurant. Nicole is drowning, but someone pulls her out, who knew he would do that in his flashforward. Janis finds out her baby is healthy, but a boy instead of a girl. Tracy wakes up in Afghanistan. Lloyd receives Simon's message with the formula. It was a single-wave formula that helps Lloyd crack the puzzle. The next blackout was to be in April, 2010. Within the next two days. Lloyd immediately calls Mark and relays this information. Mark studies the board as Vreede and Wedeck are in a firefight to keep Hellinger's men away from him. Mark discovers the strings are in the wrong places, and Mark uses Gabriel's notebook to reorganize it. The pushpins are at different letters.

    T-E-N-F-O-U-R-T-E-E-N-P-M. The blackout will be in 12 minutes.

    Simon figures out that Hellinger tried to clone the servers at NLAP because he knew Simon would try exactly what he was doing. He bypasses their fake system and back-doors his way in to find the necessary software to stop Hellinger. He gives the software to Demetri. But their victory is short-lived. Someone bypasses the system and starts the accelerator. Demetri thinks Simon screwed him, but Simon insists that he's trying to shut the thing down and tells Demetri to shoot him or let him do his work.

    Olivia overhears Vogel say that Mark is dead. "He ran into the building. He doesn't have a chance." But in the building, Mark is still alive, although Hellinger's team is moving in on him. A mobile phone rings, and the team gives Mark's office and the Mosaic board the full Tony Montana treatment. Mark comes out of the air conditioning vent, breaks the neck of one of Hellinger's men and uses him as a shield to get out of the office. He goes John McClane on the rest of the squad. However, he has 8 minutes to get out. Wedeck takes out the man following him. Mark sends the elevator up, and Hellinger's men open fire on it. However, it was a diversion and Mark takes out three more with a shotgun. He calls Wedeck to relay the information about the next blackout and tells him to call every agency to get ready for it. Mark only has three minutes to exit, and there are still several men after him. Mark calls Olivia to tell her to find someplace safe and that he loves her. Mark shoots the man who came after him and find a shortcut out of the building: a helicopter hovering just outside.

    As Mark is about to leap out of the window, Simon is unable to prevent the accelerator from activating, and Demetri refused to wear the QED. The world blacked out once again, although they had a slight warning of preparation this time. We see images from around the world and a flashforward to 2015. Janis' son is alive and well, several babies are baptized, and an older Charlie declares "they found him".

    In the present, a kangaroo goes by, Lita wheels Janis out of the hospital while wearing a QED ring, and the FBI building explodes. We do not know what happened to Mark. Did they find him?

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