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FlashForward Episode: "The Negotiation"

Season 1, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: On the day prior to the flash-forward date, Mark tries to protect Gabriel, who's the link between Dyson Frost and the blackout; Aaron risks his life to rescue Tracy; Janis is assigned to kill a fellow agent; and Simon meets the man whose organization may have been behind the blackout.
Original Air Date: May 13, 2010
Guest Cast Gina Torres: Felicia Peter Coyote: Dave Segovia Genevieve Cortese: Tracy Neil Jackson: Lucas Hellinger Gil Bellows: Timothy Cooke Lee Garlington: Carline Barry Shabaka Henley: Agent Vreede Michael Massee: Dyson Frost Dominic Rains: Kahmir James Callis: Gabriel McDow Michael Ealy: Marshall Vogel Annabeth Gish: Lita
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Season 1, Episode 20
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Length: 40:38
Aired: 5/20/2010
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FlashForward Episode Recap: "Countdown" Season 1, Episode 20

It's 3:23 a.m., April 29, the day of the flash-forwards. Charlie wakes Olivia up, crying.  She says that today is that today is the day her dad is going to die.

At 7:26 a.m., Simon is talking to Janis in her apartment. He tells her if the world knows he was awake during the flash-forward, he is a dead man. He wants revenge. Janis tells him they have Hellinger in custody, but Simon says it goes over one man. He wants to get near the accelerator mainframe as Mark tells Demetri that Demetri has a flight to catch, to go to Hawaii and "be alive." Demetri says he wants to marry Zoey, but is hesitant. Mark tells him despite everything that's happened, marrying Olivia was the best thing he did. 

Lloyd calls Olivia and wants to be with her tonight. She tells him that Charlie is too upset. At the FBI, Vogel briefs Mark on Hellinger, saying he used the flash-forwards as an investment tool, to put money into websites and then sell them. Wedick tells Mark that Hellinger will only speak to him.

Mark asks Hellinger if he caused the blackout and he tells Mark he has seen today many times, and most times started with the two of them talking together. He draws out a series of paths for the day on a notepad, and tells Mark that in every version of the future, he saw Mark lose control, attack him in the room, and lose everything. He shows Mark the paths and all of them lead to Mark being killed in his office. He begs Mark to let him go. Mark does not believe him, and wants to know how he caused the blackout.

At 9:10 a.m., Mark asks Lloyd about a symbol on Dyson Frost's blueprints regarding tachyons. Lloyd says he is supposed to crack the symbol at midnight. Mark tells him that Hellinger is supposed to crack it as well, and he wants to beat him to the punch.

Elsewhere, Nicole greets Bryce with cupcakes and sees a sketch of Keiko. Bryce wants to do whatever he can to distract himself from his flash-forward, but Nicole is hesitant since she knows who Keiko is. At a federal bond center, Keiko is told she could be detained up to a year for an immigration hearing. 

Demetri meets Zoey at LAX. He tells her he loves her, and confesses to impregnating Janis. He said he did it because he thought he was going to die. Zoey is speechless, and says she did everything that she did because she thought Demetri was going to live. Demetri wants to start over and marry Zoey, but Zoey says she is going to go to Hawaii with her parents and she does not want Demetri to come.

In Afghanistan, a worried Aaron lays an injured Tracy down on a bed. He says that this is where they are supposed to be. Khamir is not sure he can treat her injuries. Aaron is sure he saw her alright, but Tracy starts to cough violently. They will deal with everything else when she is back

Mark has cross-checked symbols on Hellinger's investments regarding Tachyon wipes.  He found an investment company and wants to take a team to investigate. Wedick and Vogel won't allow him to go, saying he could walk into a trap.

In Afghanistan, Khamir treats Tracy, and Aaron proceeds to beat up the captured mercenary Connor for information. Connor tells him that Jericho captured Tracy because she saw them run a test for the global blackout on an entire village. Connor tells him that the experiment had a radius of one mile, and they needed to know why Tracy was awake. 

Simon tells Janis they need to pick up supplies to break into NLAP. At 1:34 p.m., Demetri opens the door, and he and Simon get into an armed stand-off. Janis tells Demetri that she needs to let Simon near the accelerator to find the people responsible for the blackout. When Demetri refuses to leave, Janis attacks Simon and cuffs him. Simon tells her she will regret her decision for the rest of her life.

Mark and Vogel listen in on a feed coming from the FBI team at the tachyon data center.  The team is wiped out by an unseen force, and the feed cuts out. Mark tells Wedick that the tachyon information center was a trap. He is ready to confront Hellinger, when he is met by Olivia and Charlie. Olivia tells Mark that Charlie is scared about today and needed her dad. Charlie stares at Mark's Mosaic board.  She tells Mark she does not want him to die. Mark tells Charlie not to be afraid of today, and to remind herself that they need each other to stay strong. 

At 3:37 p.m., Simon warns Demetri that he has making a mistake by arresting him. Janis says she cannot handle the lying anymore, and tells Mark that when he takes Simon to the FBI, not to lie that he found him with her. Demetri begins to drive away, but then comes back. He realizes the NLAP thing is insane, but tells Janis to get in. 

Lloyd is trying to figure out his work, when his son Dylan looks at his formula. Dylan tells him everything has to be in the right place. Lloyd has a realization and prepares to leave.

Mark confronts Hellinger about the next blackout. Hellinger insists that Mark is going to die. He admits Mark is a decent man and that they have had many conversations in the room. He admires Mark's faith, but tells him that the Mosaic board is nothing but a scrapbook of his failures. He says Mark is going to die because he does not give up.  When Hellinger tells Mark that his daughter will be better off when he is gone, Mark beats the crap out of him, just as Hellinger predicted. Mark is dragged out of the room by agents and Wedick deems him unstable and orders him out of the building.

At 4:17 p.m., Bryce and Nicole prepare to leave and start their night. Bryce wants to be in a public place and witness other people make their futures happen, but Nicole is worried her future will happen. She isn't worried about the drowning; she is worried about the feeling that she deserved it. Nicole then admits to Bryce that Keiko is in Los Angeles, and she did not tell Bryce because she was afraid he would choose her. Bryce cannot believe that Nicole knew Keiko was detained but did not tell him.

At the holding facility, Keiko is visited by her mother. Her mother has gotten papers in order to get her out of the country, but Keiko says that she needs to be in the country to meet Bryce.

In Afghanistan, Khamir tells Aaron that Tracy's heart has stopped. They struggle to revive her

At 6:38 p.m., people party in the streets of Los Angeles. Mark thinks about his memories with Dyson Frost and Hellinger. He runs into a man who tells him in his vision he quit drinking, and then hands Mark a flask, saying he could use it. Mark, finally resigned to fate, drinks from the flask.

At 6:46 p.m., Demetri and Janis drive to NLAP. Demetri says he was angry at Janis for working with the C.I.A., saying he felt like he lost his best friend. He tells Janis that he told Zoey about the baby.

In Afghanistan, Aaron tries desperately to revive Tracy. Khamir tells him that Tracy's heart has stopped beating and she has been deprived of oxygen for too long. He tells Aaron to let Tracy go.

Mark sits drinking at a bar, while people around him celebrate "Flash-Forward Day." A drunk man approaches him saying they may have been talking in his flash-forward.

Lloyd calls Olivia from outside her house. Olivia says that she is not going to be home and she wants to get away from the flash-forwards. Lloyd tells her she has to be home for certain conditions, that is, him solving his missing equations, to be met. Olivia says she is not coming back.

At the bar, the drunk man continues to talk to Mark. When he tells Mark that he has already lost, Mark takes a swing at him, and it erupts into a full fledged bar fight.

Mark is taken into jail. He sits in his cell and thinks about the day. Demetri drives Simon and Janis to NLAP. Aaron gazes at his daughter and cries. Nicole stares at the sketch of Keiko. Keiko and her mother arrive at the airport. Bryce arrives at the immigration facility. Lloyd and his son stand outside Olivia's house. Olivia and her daughter walk on the sand. Mark thinks deeply and puts his head against the wall.

Now the questions remains: How will it end?

 

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It's 3:23 a.m., April 29, the day of the flash-forwards. Charlie wakes Olivia up, crying.  She says that today is that today is the day her dad is going to die.

At 7:26 a.m., Simon is talking to Janis in her apartment. He tells her if the world knows he was awake during the flash-forward, he is a dead man. He wants revenge. Janis tells him they have Hellinger in custody, but Simon says it goes over one man. He wants to get near the accelerator mainframe as Mark tells Demetri that Demetri has a flight to catch, to go to Hawaii and "be alive." Demetri says he wants to marry Zoey, but is hesitant. Mark tells him despite everything that's happened, marrying Olivia was the best thing he did. 

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Premise: The world's population sees into the future when everyone blacks out for two minutes and 17 seconds at the same time. The clairvoyant episode staggers the minds of all, as in many instances their futures are not what they expected---and some, it seems, have no future at all. While many recount their experiences on a worldwide Web site, others seek to circumvent their fates; and some, like FBI agent Mark Benford, seek to learn what caused the mass blackout.

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