Apparently, when you’re on NZT, one-night stands aren’t much fun. You know what’s fun? Emailing physicists and biologists about experimental new theories and drugs.
Which is exactly what Brian finds himself doing after breaking up with Shauna. Sands, his new handler, made it explicitly clear that if Brian doesn’t do his bidding (and by proxy, Sen. Morra’s bidding), Sands will hurt anyone and everyone he cares about. Talking to a guy named Arthur about a revolutionary gene therapy breakthrough in mice may not heal his broken heart, but it’s all he’s got — and it kicks off one of three separate problems Brian has to solve this episode.
Problem one is a fairly straightforward FBI case. The CIA just intercepted a Chinese drone with top secret technology, technology that should be highly classified, and their primary suspect is a defense contractor named Mao Zhang. The case does have its perks: Brian gets top-secret security clearance, but it also means he has to dig through the guy’s garbage. Once he gets past the smell, he finds a fair amount of information: Namely, Zhang dyes his hair and bleaches his teeth. And, for a guy who’s lactose intolerant, he sure drinks a lot of milk. Turns out that he’s been using those milk cartons to smuggle drone specifications, and since the FBI’s been hijacking his garbage, he’s had to find a new way of passing along information.
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Meanwhile, Sands pays him a visit at home, sitting and waiting for him in the dark, as menacing British bad guys do. (How much does being an FBI consultant pay, anyway? Brian’s got a pretty nice apartment for a dude who didn’t used to have a steady source of income.) Sands presents him with his first job for Morra and the second problem he has to solve: stealing all the information the FBI has on NZT. Now, finally, it starts to make a little more sense as to why Morra needs Brian. Sands gives him three days to get the files, which are locked in Naz’s office. And he insults his liquor cabinet, for good measure.
And the next day, Arthur shows up at the FBI and presents Brian with Problem No. 3: Tithonus, the possibly immortal mouse that Arthur has engineered with Brian’s help, has gone missing. (Fun fact: Tithonus was a man in Greek mythology who was granted immortal life.) Arthur suspects his former partner, a man named Paul Wilkerman who co-founded a biotech firm with Arthur called Claxion. Wilkerman screwed him over and made millions, leaving Arthur with nothing but a couple of mice. So, after his new breakthrough, Arthur got a little too excited and bragged about it online. Now, the mouse is gone.
While Brian is trying to track down the mouse, Rebecca gets a visit from her father’s dealer — her father’s art dealer, that is. Her father, a drug addict who died recently, was also a painter, and he left three finished works, which are now legally Rebecca’s. She wants nothing to do with them, as she and her father weren’t exactly close, but she is a little curious, especially because she suspects that her father was taking NZT before he died.
NEXT: Where’d you go, Tithonus?