Charlie, Mark and Olivia’s young daughter, stands at a playground and stares at a group of children lying unconscious or dead on the ground. Someone calls “Time’s up!”, and they all stand -- it turns out they were just reenacting the collective blackout during the flash forwards. All of the kids excitedly share their experiences. When Charlie refuses to say what she saw in her flash forward, she gets into a fight with a boy and ends up running away. She runs into the street and sees the National Guard moving into formation. Military helicopters swarm over downtown Los Angeles.
At FBI headquarters, Stan informs everyone that eighteen FBI agents have resigned in the three days since the attack. Lynn Whitfield, looking beautiful yet distinctly terrifying, makes an appearance as Deputy Secretary Anastasia Markham. Anastasia is appalled that Bureau funds have been used to set up the Mosaic Collective website, where everyone worldwide is sharing individual experiences of the flash forwards. The FBI is searching for patterns. It’s noted that the flash forward began at the exact start of the hour, which suggests it was a scheduled event. (There are a bunch of random unidentified agents in this scene, but I feel it is very important to point out that one of them is played by that cutie who plays Cyborg on Smallville.)
Mark leaves the meeting to head to Charlie’s school. Charlie’s teacher is worried that she saw something traumatic in her flash forward. Mark and Olivia worry that Charlie saw that their marriage was on the rocks in the future. I’m just guessing here, but… think bigger, guys.
At the hospital, which has a beefed-up security presence, Olivia finally meets Lloyd, who is the father of Dylan, the injured boy, and also the man with whom Olivia is having an affair in the future. Lloyd doesn’t recognize Olivia -- in her flash forwards, his back was to her. Lloyd tells Olivia that Dylan is autistic. Awkward about the whole situation, Olivia blows him off a bit and hurries to get away.
Demetri and Mark discuss the progress they’ve made investigating the elements on their evidence wall. Just as they’re trying to track down the mysterious “D. Gibbons”, Janis comes in and announces that D. Gibbons just came into the office, asking for Demetri. Mark and Demetri meet with Didi Gibbons, who owns a cupcake shop in Anaheim. In her flash forward, she saw herself in her shop arguing on the phone -- she was saying something about pigeons and angrily telling the caller to contact Mark and Demetri.
(There’s an interlude while Stan relates his horrible and humiliating toilet-related flash forward to Mark, but I think it’ll be better if we all forget about that. Moving on…)
In the hospital, Olivia points Lloyd out to Charlie to see if she saw him in her flash forward. Charlie doesn’t seem to recognize him. She does, however, recognize Dylan. When she sees him lying in the hospital bed, his head bandaged, she freaks out and demands to know what happened to him.
Janis sees that someone fraudulently used Didi Gibbons’s credit card recently in Utah. The FBI gang theorizes Didi was arguing with the credit card company on the phone in her flash forward -- the “pigeon” comment refers to Pigeon, Utah.
Olivia shows up at Mark’s workplace to tell him about Charlie’s hospital freakout and about meeting the man from her flash forward in person. Mark gets kind of upset and bitchy about this evidence that she’ll apparently be cheating on him in six months.
After Didi’s credit card is used to buy a bus ticket, Mark and Demetri head to Utah. They meet with Sheriff Keegan, who, like Demetri, also saw nothing in her flash forward. This seems to make Demetri feel better. Oh, Demetri.
Janis, Stan and Anastasia try to identify the stranger on tape who is up and wandering around Detroit’s Oxide Super-Stadium while everyone else is unconscious during the flash forwards. They dub the stranger Suspect Zero. Ah, it’s like the good old days of Heroes, when Sylar was known as Patient Zero. This is no bad thing.
Mark, Demetri and Sheriff Keegan stake out the bus stop. There’s no sign of the suspect, but Mark sees a nearby vacant doll factory. Thinking of the photo of a doll on the evidence wall in his flash forward, he suggests investigating. Mark, Demetri and the sheriff enter the building, which is thoroughly creepy, with barrels of doll parts scattered about. Upstairs, dolls hang from the ceiling in nooses. They trip an alarm, which makes all the dolls start singing “Ring Around the Rosie.” A figure with what looks like a bomb moves out of the shadows. They order him to freeze, but he tells them, “He who forsees calamities is doomed to suffer them twice over,” then tosses a lit flame into some liquid. There’s an explosion and a gunfight, in which Sheriff Keegan is killed. Sorry, Demetri.
The crime scene photographer takes a picture of a baby doll, the same photograph pinned to the wall in Mark’s flash forward. Demetri is freaked out by the sheriff’s death, but is trying to hold it together. They discover the guy killed in the explosion -- D. Gibbons -- had been trying to hack into high-security computer networks. He’d even been trying to hack into the Mosaic Collective.
Back at the FBI office, Mark hangs the doll photo on his wall.
Lloyd explains to young Dylan that his mother died during the collective blackout. Out of nowhere, Dylan asks to see Olivia.
Demetri, Janis, Stan and Anastasia discover that D. Gibbons made phone calls during the time of the collective blackout to another cell phone. Janis tracks the signal and determines that that D. Gibbons was talking to Suspect Zero.
Janis and Demetri share a nice moment where Janis discusses the weirdness of being pregnant in her flash forward. Aw, man, Demetri’s totally going to get her pregnant, isn’t he? Oh, sure, they talk about Demetri’s as-yet-unseen fiancée in this scene, but there are sparks between these two. Janis posts the story of her flash forward on the Mosaic Collective, which has accumulated over 900,000 postings by this point. At Janis’s urging, Demetri also posts his (complete lack of a) story.
Mark and Olivia share a quiet moment. Olivia worries she did the wrong thing in telling him about Lloyd; Mark reassures her it’s okay. Anxious to prevent the future seen in the flash forwards from taking place, Mark burns the friendship bracelet Charlie gave him in a fire.
Demetri gets a call from a mysterious woman with an accent in response to his posting on the Mosaic Collective. Her flash forward involved Demetri: She was reading an intelligence briefing about his murder, which will take place on March 15th, 2010. Beware the Ides of March.
Mark tucks in Charlie. Mark assures her none of the bad flash forwards will come true. Charlie tells him she hopes hers doesn’t come true, because: “D. Gibbons is a bad man.”