The second episode of FlashForward is three days after the worldwide blackout. The focus is on the creepy surveillance image of a single man awake in a Detroit stadium while the rest of the people on earth were blacked out. Â The agents concentrate on the corkboard with the index cards that were seen by Agent Benford in his flash-forward.Â Â
Benford read a card with the D. Gibbons on it in his flash forward and this becomes their first â€œperson of interestâ€.Â Agent Janis Hawk narrows down a list of 15,000 D. Gibbons to a thousand or so with criminal records, and then a bakery owner named Didi Gibbons shows up at the FBI building with a box of red-velvet, carrot, and peanut-butterâ€“crunch cupcakes. Â In her flash forward, she argues on the phone with a credit-card company, says something about pigeons, and mentions agents Benford and Noh by name.
Didi’s flash forward leads Janis and field-office chief Wedeck to investigate a few weird credit-card charges on her bill in Utah, and then, absurdly quickly, send Benford and Noh off to a town in Utah called Pigeon. Didi is probably not the D. Gibbons in question, however little Charlie Benford mentions a D. Gibbons from her “dream”Â and he is a “very bad man”.
- Character Mark Benford
In Pigeon, Utah Noh meets a female sheriff who, like him, saw nothing in her flash. Sheâ€™s says that she glad that she’s not tortured like everyone else who has seen glimpses of their near futures. Â She helps the Feds stake out an old building which just happens to beâ€¦an abandoned doll factory.
After failing to catch a credit-card defrauder skipping town, Noh who has seen the doll card on the corkboard, insists they go inside the doll factory.Â Inside, Benford trips a booby trap that sends a bunch of hanging singing dolls (â€œashes, ashes … â€) and sparks a shoot-out with a trench-coatâ€“clad lunatic, who keeps his computers submerged in fish tanks full of gasoline, all the better for torching. The lunatic and the sheriff die; which has Noh fretting even more about his own death.
Noh gets upset when Benford is wearing the braided friendship bracelet from his flash-forward (from his daughter Charlie), and he thinks this is a symbol of fate.
Olivia Benford wakes up to find Mark sitting by the fireplace at 3 am.Â The shirtless man from her flash forward, turns out to be Lloyd Simcoe, the father of her autistic boy patient. â€œBy the way,â€ she asks, â€œwhy’d you make a fire?â€ The friendship bracelet is burning in the logs.
The FBI gave the name Mosaic to the investigation and the website they’ve built to track people’s visions from around the world and search for patterns.
Janis traces a phone call made by D. Gibbons during the blackout to Suspect Zero at the stadium.
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Janis and Noh submit their stories to the Mosaic website, and a few minutes later Noh gets a chilling call from a woman in Hong Kong, who tells him she saw a case report in her flash forward with his name on it, and he’ll be getting murdered on March 10, 2010.