After the explosion of glass, the group decides to head for Eugene’s lab to try to figure out what the hell is going on. Suzi and Phia, still both the worse for drink, stumble along behind.
Reaching the lab, the group discusses what they should do next. Phia suggests trying to get their files from the TSI, a suggestion which is shot down as unfeasible. Eugene suggests a more scientific approach should be taken, to try to determine what powers each person has, and to try to control them.
Vanessa, thinking about accidentally breaking her sifu’s ribs, tries to recreate the effect by punching a concrete wall which results in a severely bruised hand. Eugene, ever helpful, makes note of the result on his white board. Suzie gets a cold drink for Vanessa’s hand. Phia is up next, and manages to open a door without touching it by focusing on something other than what she is doing. At the same time Vanessa manages to freeze a can of pop solid and hurts her hand further.
As the group goes back to discussion, Eugene takes a turn. Trying to recreate the mental state he was in when all the crystal ware exploded in his kitchen, he concentrates and exhales carefully. The rest of the group immediately starts to feel incredibly aroused. With mixed confusion and embarrassment, people suggest that perhaps it is time to go home. Eugene, sensing something has happened, invites everyone back to his apartment to sleep, rather than trek all the way back to their own homes. Most agree eagerly, with the exception of Phia who glares at the other women as she leaves.
Upon reaching Eugene’s apartment, the strange feeling suddenly wears off. Eugene, unaware of any change, goes into the kitchen to fix his guests a drink while the others compare notes on what just happened. They agree that it must have been caused by some outside force, and wonder if Eugene was similarly affected. Overhearing the conversation, Eugene concentrates and tries again with immediate success. However, this time the others are aware of what’s happening and aren’t as easily distracted. Suzie enters the kitchen to confront Eugene, and two more of his glasses shatter. Pushing his luck yet further (in the name of science!) Eugene tries once more to force Suzie’s emotions, but instead gets a sudden chill and a feeling of imminent danger. Vanessa and Pete, both of whom went in search of privacy, feel the wave of anger and return to the kitchen. Fortunately for Eugene, he is saved by the ringing of the telephone before Vanessa can get too descriptive with her threats.
It’s Terry, with a cryptic message to “stick together”. Eugene relays the message and apologizes. Vanessa, strangely unmoved by Eugene’s protestation of the scientific validity of his methods, throws a liquor bottle against the wall and leaves for the hospital. In light of Terry’s warning, the group decides to accompany her. On the way, Suzie calls Phia and tells her to meet them at Toronto General.
By 4:00am, the group has convened at a nearby diner for breakfast and discussion. Amidst visits from the waitress with free refills of coffee (despite the more usual cost of 25 cents), the group agrees to meet a day later to continue testing their newfound abilities. Leaving one at a time, Pete, Vanessa and Suzie all leave generous tips, while Phia (her meal covered by the other’s contributions) leaves no money at all. Eugene, the last to leave, tells the waitress he paid for the meal and receives a free pie in gratitude.
The group goes about their day, each making arrangements to leave for a while if necessary. Pete quits his job, Vanessa arranges for a substitute, Suzie has her receptionist cancel her appointments, and Phia reluctantly arranges for her employees to cover the store.
Eugene, meanwhile, meets with Dr. Baxter in the neurology department of UofT. Citing vague symptoms he expresses concern that he may be developing some sort of neurological disorder and requests that Dr. Baxter performs an EEG. The good doctor agrees, after mentioning in passing that he just sent several scans off to the TSI, and they set an appointment for 11:00 that evening. During the scan, Eugene waits a brief period to set a baseline of activity before trying to activate his powers once more. Going over the scan with Dr. Baxter, there does in fact appear to be an anomalous spike in brain waves, although the doctor has no diagnosis other than encouraging Eugene to get more sleep. Taking a copy of the scan, Eugene thanks the doctor and leaves.
The following day, everyone meets up at studio space Pete rented out (more often used by his band for rehearsal). Eugene shares his discovery, and expresses his hypothesis of what might be happening. Quantum physics theorizes that the human brain actually possesses the capacity to interact with or alter the energy that exists between the nucleolus and electrons of atoms. Energy that is said to be grater then that contained within all the stars of all the sky. It is a possibility that the group has evolved somehow to gain a grater form of interaction with this energy. Or so The Professor thinks. The idea of going to the TSI to obtain their previous brainscans and other files is raised again. Agreeing that the TSI is unlikely to simply hand over their files, the group decides to wait until they have better control of their powers at which time they will be able to either infiltrate the TSI or force someone to help them.
Discussion finished for the time being, the group splits up and begins practicing their abilities again. Eugene begins to hear Vanessa and Pete’s thoughts/intentions/emotions (Vanessa’s centered on wanting to punch Eugene in the face, and Pete’s on concern of going through a wall if Vanessa hits him by accident). Similarly, Phia and Suzie begin to hear thoughts from random passers-by on the street outside. Phia, worried that the group might be drawing people to them, orders everyone to stop what they are doing and watches as the people outside wander off.
More discussion ensues, which begins to turn into an argument as a sudden feeling of irritation spreads through the group. Phia orders the rest to shut up and suggests a plan (she will speak with Sgt. Fields to find out about Dr. Corenlius, the others can contact the TSI). However it appears she put too much effort into her command, as Pete is temporarily unable to open his mouth. Apologizing, Phia goes off to call St. Fields.
After a tense discussion (and failed attempt to forcibly convince the sergeant over the phone), Phia is eventually able to have her friend agree to contact her if Dr. Cornelius’ condition changes. Passing this information on to the group, Phia then leaves to return to her store, horrible visions of what her employees might have done floating in her head. For the rest of the day, Phia pushes customers towards her book, and sells several more copies than she would have otherwise (read: sold any copies at all).
Pete and Eugene adjourn to a nearby internet cafe to try to find out any information they can about Dr. Kennedy. Although there is a distinct lack of apparent secret government organization affiliation, they do come across Dr. Kennedy’s online dating profile. With minimal moral qualms, they develop a new profile – one Kimberly Olden (?) – to entice Dr. Kennedy into conversation.
Vanessa and Suzie stay behind at the studio, to try to relax a bit. Vanessa easily falls into meditation. Suzie, normally unable to still her mind enough to meditate, finds herself much more calm than normal. As the two relax, the steady rushing noise they have been hearing for so long (although it has only been intermittent since the shooting incident) resolves into voices. It becomes apparent that they are able to hear the thoughts/intentions of everyone around them. Although they are in fact able to concentrate on single voices, it requires immense concentration, akin to grasping a handful of water.
Meanwhile, Pete goes home and contacts his parents to find out if their cottage is free. After enduring a lecture from his mother on the benefits of steady employment, Pete arranges to stay at the cottage for the next little while.
The group begins to trickle back to the studio. Suzie shares her discovery about the source of the buzzing noise. Pete restates his belief that, until they are better able to control their abilities, they are all a danger to themselves and others. As a result, he will be going to his parents’ cottage and invites the rest to go as well. As they are all able to get at least a week off, they agree and plan to leave the next day (Friday).
While packing, they all receive a call from the TSI secretary inquiring about files Dr. Cornelius may have given them. Apparently some have gone missing, and the TSI is quite concerned. Eugene receives a second call, from someone who says nothing before hanging up. Through the benefits of call-ID, he recognizes the number as the paranormal expert/skeptic from the States he spoke with previously. Calling the number back he hears an automated message: “this number is unassigned”.