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Recently, after Henry traveled through time to save Kim, the woman he loved, from deadly exposure to the mysterious artifact in Section Five, he and Jack Carter both enjoyed four years of a happy alternate future. Jack married Allison Blake, and Henry married Kim. Unfortunately, when that timeline destabilized, Jack had to force Henry to return to the past and let Kim die, restoring the proper timeline.Now, both men are struggling to cope with their memories of that lost future. As Henry grimly suppresses his grief, Jack clings to the hope that he and Allison are destined to marry. Allison, however, is currently committed to saving her ex-husband, Global Dynamics director Nathan Stark, from being fired because of Kim's death. Real life, in other words, is very different from the future that Jack remembers. He receives further proof of that when, to his surprise, a man named Wayne Kwan spontaneously combusts during a solar eclipse. After dismissing solar flares and Vincent's five-alarm chili as culprits, Jack digs deeper into Kwan's background to find the answer. Although Kwan was an occupational therapist, he made frequent phone calls to a scientist named Rob Matthew in Section Five. Jack and Lupo hurry to Matthew's house, but they're too late: Matthew has burned to a crisp. Henry discovers that an electrical overload in both victims' brains started the combustion. They must figure out what triggered that overload - and how to stop it. Meanwhile, despite Allison's words in his defense, Eureka's overseers at the Pentagon remove Stark from power. In his place, they assign Allison. As Stark rails against this indignity, Allison helps Jack to pinpoint a third researcher, Ryan Brock, who worked with Matthew. Once again, Jack is too late. He finds Brock just before the man bursts into flame. As Jack and Henry work to solve this frustrating mystery, the stress of their secret shared memories slowly erodes their friendship. Still, they determine that Kwan was with Matthew and Brock in Section Five at the time of Kim's accident. All three victims were thus exposed to low doses of the same exotic particles that killed her - particles that are now causing their bodies to ignite. Because he was supervising the experiment, Stark was exposed, too. As his brain builds up to a fiery overload, only a radical treatment has a chance of saving his life. Henry and Jack's friendship, however, may not have a chance at all.
Try, Try Again
In coordination with Allison Blake's first day as leader of Global Dynamics, the facility's massive computers undergo an eight-hour reboot, audit and reset. While the computers are offline, Global's storage vault supervisor, Victor, reports that a suspicious blank spot has been discovered on a shelf. An item is missing. Jack investigates under the stern eye of Gen. Mansfield, who is in town to supervise Allison's first day in charge. Soon, Jack discovers Fargo hiding in a bathroom. Someone left the missing device in Fargo's coat pocket, and Fargo - being Fargo - was overcome by curiosity and turned it on. Now he is trapped within an expanding force field that he can't switch off. The device, a personal shield known as a Multi-Application Combat Armor Alternative (M.A.C.A.A.), has been flagged as dangerous, but no one currently employed at Global Dynamics knows much about it. Jack turns to Stark, who grudgingly leads him to a remote lakeside cabin where Dr. Todd, who developed the device, lives and fishes in monastic solitude. Todd explains that, during a test, the M.A.C.A.A.'s force field couldn't be shut down. Instead, it grew relentlessly, displacing everything in its path, until Eureka itself was threatened. To stop it, Todd's team dropped the device - with a man still inside - into a deep pit known as Section 14. Then they chased it with a nuclear bomb. Although his actions saved Eureka, Todd still suffers guilt about the test subject's horrible death. Mansfield pressures Allison to transport Fargo to Section 14 and prepare another nuke. Jack defiantly refuses to give up hope, but situation is bleak. A gooey, quick-drying epoxy fails to slow the force field's growth. Even when Jack and Lupo expose the thief who tried to frame Fargo by planting the M.A.C.A.A. in his pocket - Victor, the vault supervisor - they're still no closer to shutting the device off. As everyone gathers at Section 14, Jack notices that the force field isn't growing as fast as Todd predicted. Jack, Henry and Stark quickly realize that the M.A.C.A.A. was stored for years next to another device that emits a magnetic field. With Todd's reluctant help, Henry rigs a matching field near Fargo and disrupts the M.A.C.A.A.'s primary power source. To Fargo's joy, the field shrinks. Unfortunately, the M.A.C.A.A. was designed to seek out alternative power sources automatically, and that's exactly what it does: It starts sucking electrical energy from Fargo's body, and it won't stop until Fargo is dead.
As Jack Carter plans a surprise party for Zoe's 16th birthday, his ex-wife and Zoe's mom, Dr. Abby Carter, strides into his office. She reminds Jack that they made a deal: Zoe could live with Jack for one year, after which she would return to live with Abby. Jack urges Abby to reconsider, confessing that he's never even told Zoe about this arrangement. Abby holds firm. A year has passed, and she is determined to take Zoe home with her. Jack needs to persuade Abby that he's a great dad who no longer puts work ahead of family. Unfortunately for him, his work happens to be really, really important today. Weird weather is plaguing the town, and after a man turns up frozen solid in a hot spring at Eureka's exclusive spa, Jack must investigate. Working with Henry, he learns that the spring's temperature somehow plummeted to -460 degrees Fahrenheit and instantly froze the victim: Neil Baxter, a womanizing scientist at Global Dynamics. As Jack checks out Baxter's research, battles bizarre weather, and completely fails to explain the custody deal to Zoe in a calm, reasonable way that doesn't freak her out, his friends are also busy. Henry wins the job he wants at Global, while Allison receives an anonymous e-mail claiming that her son Kevin has been the subject of experiments involving Stark's mysterious artifact. Pete Puhlman, the Eureka Channel's meteorologist, tells Jack that the drastic freeze at the hot spring has destabilized the local climate, causing the worsening weather. Lupo then discovers that another meteorologist, Steven Whiticus, owns a cabin near the spring. When Jack visits the cabin, he finds a massive satellite that can only be, in his words, a "crazy weather machine." Lupo adds the clincher: Steven's wife Wendy was having an affair with Baxter. Believing that they have found their murderer, Jack and Lupo move to arrest Steven. Wendy, however, reveals that an eye injury forbids her husband from ever leaving his house in town. Steven then adds that he approved of the affair because of the happiness it brought Wendy. Jack and Lupo are flummoxed. All along, the weather has been growing more dangerous. Now, as huge hailstones and hurricane-force winds threaten to tear the town apart, Jack must find the real culprit and figure out how to reverse this meteorological nightmare. If he succeeds, he must then resolve the custody question with Abby and Zoe. The first challenge might kill him. The second might break his heart.
The Games People Play
On the same day that Henry starts his new job at Global Dynamics, Jack's ex-wife Abby prepares to take Zoe home with her to Los Angeles. Zoe is furious that her father won't fight for her to stay. She's so upset that she's using a personal therapy device called an A.T.S. to confront her anger and fears in a virtual-reality version of Eureka. Jack is far more heartbroken than he can admit. Adding injury to insult, he gets clonked on the head - hard - by a spinning machine as he checks out a noise complaint at a scientist's home laboratory. His head aching, Jack goes home. He tries to talk with his daughter, but she angrily hurls the A.T.S. at him. Frustrated, Jack returns to his office. Soon after he arrives, Lupo vanishes in a flash of light. Jack seeks help, but no one in town even remembers who Lupo is. Henry, Allison and Stark conclude that their sheriff's head injury must be causing his delusional belief that he has a deputy. Jack doubts that; instead, he suspects that Lupo is a victim of one of Eureka's science projects. Just as Henry concedes that Jack may be correct, Henry vanishes, too. Fargo and others follow. Jack grows increasingly desperate to stop this hemorrhage of townsfolk. Allison, who can't remember the missing people, believes that Jack is experiencing a mental breakdown. She sedates him and locks him into the jail cell at his office. Just after he wakes, Jack helplessly watches her vanish, too. He then frees himself and races home to his daughter. He and Zoe are now the only two people left in Eureka. Comparing stories, Jack discovers that her memories from before their argument that morning differ from his. Something happened during their fight that changed reality. Thinking hard, Jack realizes that after Zoe threw her A.T.S. at him, he tried it out himself. Now he must be stuck in its virtual world. He's right. In the real world, Zoe is frantic with worry as her father lies unconscious in a hospital bed. Therapy device has had unexpected ill effects because of the concussion Jack suffered earlier. Allison, Stark and Henry can't disconnect Jack without risking his death, but as long as the device remains on, Jack will be trapped in its world, forced to play by its rules. To escape, he must thus confront his worst fear - losing his daughter.
Duck, Duck Goose
Science fair day at Eureka's Tesla School is a high-stakes competition among the town's teenage geniuses for a coveted first prize: a career-making internship at Global Dynamics. Events, however, conspire to distract Jack Carter from this powder keg of adolescent ambition. Most prominently, a meteorite hits his Jeep, and when he visits Global Dynamics to find some answers, he's snared in a new security field that Dr. Jane Harrington has designed to immobilize intruders. When Jack finally reaches Global's Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking station, astronomer Aaron Finn informs him that the "meteorite" is actually a chunk of an old Chinese satellite. Moments later, a discarded toilet from the International Space Station crashes nearby. Jack, Finn and Henry quickly discover that thousands of pieces of metallic space junk, formerly in stable orbits, are inexplicably being drawn toward Eureka. The town is in grave danger from these missiles. After wondering if this is a military project gone awry and even placing Finn under the lens of suspicion, Jack and Henry still can't figure out why this is happening. More debris falls, and then, bizarrely, a flock of mechanical geese built by Taggart slams into the roof of Global Dynamics - because their internal compasses aren't working. Because both metal debris and compasses are being affected, Jack makes a wild guess: someway, somehow, magnets are behind this. On a hunch, Jack visits the ongoing science fair. He runs right into a showdown between Megan, the coolest girl in school, and Zoe. Zoe, sick of enduring Megan's mockery, has sabotaged Megan's project, causing the solar-powered medical scanning device to behave like a magnet. It isn't powerful enough to affect the space junk, but Jack recognizes that Megan's invention resembles a device he noticed earlier on the roof of Global Dynamics. It's the solar power source for the new security system built by Jane Harrington - Megan's mother. Jane confesses that she stole her daughter's research because she desperately needed a power source for her project. Unfortunately, that power source interacted badly with the electromagnetic security umbrella over Global's headquarters, turning the umbrella into a magnet strong enough to suck objects down from orbit. Jack has found his culprit, but it's too late. The massive cloud of space junk has already been pulled into a direct trajectory for Eureka. Unless someone knows how to counteract the force of gravity itself, thousands of unnatural meteorites will soon destroy the town.
Noche De Suenos
After a truck carrying toxic waste from Global Dynamics has a serious crash, Allison orders Jack to investigate. As the truck's driver recovers in Global's infirmary, Jack and Lupo check out the incident and find nothing amiss. A couple nights later, however, several people at Global share a dream in which the trucker dies - and in the morning, the man really is dead. The only reason that Jack believes this crazy story is that he and Lupo just shared a dream, too. Soon, more townsfolk report shared dreams. Relationships fracture as people are shocked by their friends' fantasies. Jack struggles to keep order and find the cause of this bizarre epidemic. He rules out the toxic waste that spilled from the crashed truck and runs down another theory or two, but nothing pans out. What he doesn't know is that Allison and Stark may be responsible for the chaos. Desperate to understand Kevin Blake's strange link to Stark's mysterious artifact, Allison has allowed Stark to install a device in Kevin's bedroom that enables her to share her son's dreams. So far, Allison has dreamed that Kevin showed her a glowing vista, which he claimed meant "everything." Stark, awed, interprets Kevin's comment to mean that the artifact is an antenna for the Akashic field - a unified field that encompasses infinite knowledge and experience. Allison, less concerned with cosmic revelations than with protecting her son and town, feels guilty and wants to shut off the device. Stark vows that the dream machine isn't powerful enough to affect the whole town and insists on continuing the experiment. Henry eventually discovers that the shared dreams are causing levels of a neurotransmitter - acetylcholine - to rise so high that the dreamers lose muscle control. This is what happened to the truck driver: he lost his ability to breathe and died. Now other townsfolk, including Lupo, are collapsing, and Jack himself won't be far behind. During an urgent consultation with Global's expert on dreaming, Jack notices that the scientist's main piece of equipment - a device that reads the brain's output during a dream - bears a suspicious resemblance to a "music player" that Jack saw in Kevin's bedroom. He confronts Allison, who confesses the truth. She and Stark, however, can't understand how their low-power device could be causing this much havoc. Something in Eureka is amplifying its effect. Unless Jack can identify what that something is, he and many others will be killed by their dreams.
Over the years, a team at Global Dynamics has stored various people in cryostasis, but, while updating their system, they discover that a 50-year-old tank contains an unidentified body. Stark and Henry revive the man, who turns out to be Dr. Pierre Fargo - Douglas Fargo's grandfather. Claiming that he never intended to freeze himself and doesn't know how it happened, Pierre is astonished to awaken in the 21st century. His grandson shows him around Global, and Pierre proudly notices that researchers still rely on his groundbreaking work in bioengineering and cryogenics. Fargo points out that everyone credits those advances to Andre Sandrov, a researcher who worked with Pierre. Sandrov has won vast fame and fortune over the years for "his" breakthroughs. Outraged, Pierre assumes that Sandrov forced him into the cryo-chamber in order to steal his research. Allison and Jack hesitate to believe him. Global's records show that Pierre officially resigned before disappearing from Eureka, and Pierre's then-girlfriend Belle (Douglas Fargo's grandmother) was one month pregnant at the time. Jack wonders if Pierre, faced with out-of-wedlock fatherhood back in 1957, fled into the cryo-chamber to avoid responsibility. Pierre denies this, revealing that he was planning to pick up an engagement ring from his friend Charlie, a jeweler, later the day he disappeared. He wanted to marry Belle and have a family. Working together to solve this mystery, both Fargos snoop through Global's records to find the alleged resignation letter. Jack and Lupo, meanwhile, interview Sandrov at his palatial estate. The charming philanthropist denies all involvement in Pierre's mishap. Neither pair is able to find solid proof either that Sandrov is guilty or that Pierre was the true scientific visionary. Suddenly, Pierre begins aging rapidly - an unexpected aftereffect of the primitive cryostasis process he endured. If it can't be stopped, he may soon die. Now racing to prove that Pierre was responsible for the scientific advances that Sandrov claims are his, Jack recruits Stark to ask Pierre technical questions about the breakthroughs that happened after he was frozen. Pierre answers them all correctly. The research was, indeed, his. Confronted at a swanky cocktail party, Sandrov finally confesses that he stole the research after Pierre mysteriously vanished - but he still denies putting Pierre in the cryo-chamber. He sounds sincere, and he even agrees to help stabilize Pierre's health. If Sandrov didn't force Pierre into the cryo-chamber, however, then an unknown perpetrator remains on the loose.
Allison wants to hire Zane Donovan, a brilliant young particle physicist, to help Stark and Henry research the universe's earliest moments using a Chaotic Inflation Device that can, essentially, re-create the Big Bang. Zane, however, has just been arrested for stealing 3.1 million dollars from the government. As a result, Allison orders Jack to keep Zane in custody until he proves that he can be trusted. Jack locks up Zane and, at Lupo's suggestion, fits him with a high-tech tracking bracelet that can also deliver mild electrical shocks and activate a restraining field if the prisoner tries to escape. In response, Zane cheerfully makes mischief. He grosses Jack out about Vincent's grilled chicken, flirts with Lupo and hacks the sheriff's office computer from within his jail cell. He pauses in his antics only when, on a trip to Global Dynamics, he's awed by the Chaotic Inflation Device. On schedule, Stark and Henry activate the device, which will take 24 hours to build up to the Big Bang. That massive explosion must be contained by layered particle fields, which Henry must monitor closely. The next morning, however, Jack finds Henry laughing at cartoons while the protective fields weaken. Allison and Stark are also goofing off. In fact, Jack discovers that most people at Global are acting like kids - and pretty wacky kids at that. Only a few scientists still have brainpower, and none of them knows how to fix the collapsing containment fields. One, a veterinarian named Dr. Emily Glenn, determines that the affected scientists have critically low levels of G.A.B.A. - gamma-aminobutyric acid. Loss of this neurotransmitter can cause Alzheimer's-like symptoms. Because specific types of radiation can diminish G.A.B.A., Jack wonders if Zane tweaked the Big Bang experiment to emit such radiation. Unfortunately, he can't ask, because Zane has just used his technical brilliance to ditch the tracking bracelet and break out of jail. Zane's genius, however, is no match for Jack's common-sense police work. Soon back in custody, Zane swears that he would never sabotage the Chaotic Inflation Device, because it's too important an experiment. Choosing to believe him, Jack urges Zane to act generously and save the day. Zane agrees, but with only 43 minutes until the artificial Big Bang occurs, there may not be time for him to fix the containment fields. Meanwhile, Dr. Glenn proves that radiation isn't causing the scientists' mental decline. Even if Zane succeeds, Jack must still discover what's causing Eureka's epidemic of silliness.
Callie, Eureka's friendly dry-cleaner, reminds Jack that today is his one-year anniversary in town. Jack is too busy to celebrate. Moon rocks at Global Dynamics are sprouting radioactive crystals for unknown reasons; a substance called polyethylene glycol is missing from the town's pharmacy; and Zoe has a minor car accident during her first solo driving excursion. (Her far-fetched excuse is that she hit something invisible.) Then an explosion rocks the dry-cleaner's. Jack races back inside and rescues Callie from a second blast. Someone has apparently tampered with her unconventional dry-cleaning formula, causing the explosions. Similarly, Henry and Stark discover that the moon rocks are growing crystals because someone has extracted their natural aluminum-26, a radioactive isotope. There are 18 pockets of the deadly substance located throughout Global Dynamics. Reviewing security camera footage from the pharmacy theft, Lupo spots a box's lid opening all by itself. She and Jack realize that their thief must be invisible. Recalling Zoe's claim about her accident, Jack discovers that his daughter's damaged car has become invisible, too. He gains painful proof of this when he cuts his finger on its unseen cracked windshield. Finally, all the strange events around town start making sense. A team at Global Dynamics once tried to invent an invisibility formula using aluminum-26, but the government banned their work for safety reasons. Callie was on that team; in fact, her dry-cleaning formula is a legal adaptation of her research. Tellingly, her former teammate Frank Phillips - a reclusive C.I.A. operative and G.D. employee who was obsessed with invisibility - has not been seen (literally) in two weeks. Apparently, he has continued to pursue his now illegal quest by stealing the chemicals he needs. The pockets of aluminum-26 within G.D. turn out to be emanating from Phillips's escaped test subjects: 18 invisible, irradiated mice - all near death. The animals prove that although Phillips has discovered an invisibility formula, he can neither make things visible again nor heal the lethal radiation-poisoning caused by the process. That's too bad, because Jack's arm has just vanished. The infectious invisibility formula on Zoe's car was transferred to him when he cut his finger. As he fades from view, Jack races to track down Phillips. He and Fargo find an invisible lab close to the scene of Zoe's accident. Nearby, they find Phillips himself, killed by his own formula. Callie, Henry, Stark and Allison must now discover how to cure Jack without the inventor's help. If they fail, their sheriff will die of radiation poisoning - and on his first anniversary as a Eurekan.
God Is In The Details
On a Sunday morning, Lupo, Henry, Allison and Kevin worship at Eureka's sparsely attended church, where Reverend Harper, a former physicist, preaches. Suddenly, across town, Zoe loses her voice in an instant. She can't speak a word. Later that day, Allison's skin begins to glow. Stark diagnoses it as a form of bioluminescence and discovers that it is wreaking havoc with her nervous system. If it can't be stopped, Allison will die. Meanwhile, the biologist Seth Osborne witnesses the water in one of his aquariums apparently turn to blood. Jack, already worried about Zoe and Allison, spots a vital clue at the scene: the aquarium's crystalline glass filter has a hole burned through it. Jack has found a similar hole in the crystalline glass skylight Zoe was sitting beneath when she lost her voice, and he soon finds a matching hole at Allison's house. All three incidents are related. Other townsfolk have reached the same conclusion, but for a different reason. Reverend Harper is encouraging everyone to see the events through a Biblical lens as signs from God. Jack theorizes that Harper - with her scientific background - has deliberately created the crisis to increase attendance at church. If so, it's working: when the town suddenly loses electricity and plunges into darkness, people flood the church. Harper denies involvement. At the church, however, a burst of radio interference over the loudspeakers catches Jack and Henry's attention. The church uses a crystal radio system for its music, and only specific infrasonic radio frequencies can interfere with it. Henry concludes that such unusual and powerful radio frequencies, if broadcast around town, could melt holes in crystalline glass, agitate microorganisms in Osborne's aquarium until they caused a red tide effect, paralyze Zoe's vocal chords and even react with Allison's skin, making her glow. Now knowing what caused the weird events, Jack and Henry can pinpoint who caused them: Diane Lancaster, the church's musical director and the head of acoustic engineering at Global Dynamics. At her home laboratory, they interrupt her in the final stages of opening a temporal rift. In fact, all the incidents around town have been mere side effects of this secret research. Diane fervently believes that she has discovered a door to an infinite multiverse - a.k.a. heaven - where her husband, who died recently, awaits her. She wants to step through, not caring that the act will probably only kill her. Jack must stop her. Worse, he's on his own, because Henry's longing for his long-lost Kim has been reawakened by Diane's faith. Henry, too, now wants to step through the dangerous portal to see if anyone is waiting on the other side.
As the employees of Global Dynamics complete Dr. Anne Young's seminar on sexual harassment, Allison asks Jack to locate biological systems engineer Dr. Stone, who hasn't come in to work. The eccentric scientist lovingly maintains a network of Eureka's utilities, including air conditioning and waste processing, that is inspired by the human digestive system. Without Stone constantly fine-tuning the system in the tunnels below town, things will go haywire. Methane buildups, for example, might cause toilets to explode ??? which is exactly what happens, moments later, at the Sheriff's Office. After interviewing Stone's wife and visiting the tunnels, Jack stops in at Cafe Diem. There, bizarrely, Jo Lupo flirts with him. Even when another overload in the system causes a messy explosion in the restaurant, Lupo is undeterred: she grabs Jack and kisses him. As Jack flees to Global Dynamics and Lupo wonders what on earth came over her, a geyser of water erupts downtown. Time is running out for Eureka's bowels, so Jack intensifies his search for Stone. Deep within the tunnels, he discovers a pile of bones dusted with mysterious powder. He brings them to Jim Taggart for analysis, then reports to Allison. Allison, however, can't concentrate: she's overwhelmed by attraction for Jack. So is Dr. Young. The next thing Jack knows, the two women are fighting a pitched battle over him. Jack escapes to Taggart's lab, where Taggart announces that the bones belonged to ancient humans who apparently tore each other apart. Allison and Young, meanwhile, recover their sanity as soon as Jack's gone. They analyze a sample of his blood and discover that his body is overproducing a hormone that stimulates sexual attraction. Although the notion that he's irresistible to women freaks him out - sort of - Jack doesn't let it stop him. He investigates the Stones' house and finally finds the missing scientist locked in the bedroom. Mrs. Stone had imprisoned her husband because she was overcome with desire for him. Fresh from this pleasant captivity, Stone is dismayed to learn that he only got lucky because he's suffering from the same hormone imbalance as Jack. While Stone struggles to repair the town's ailing systems, Taggart discovers that the mysterious powder consists of ancient spores. Jack and Stone inhaled it in the tunnels, activating the spores, which in turn caused the hormone imbalance. Worse, the women affected are inexplicably beginning to turn violent. If the spores can't be neutralized, Jack and Stone will be ripped to shreds just like their pre-historic counterparts.
All That Glitters...
Shoppers in downtown Eureka are startled when a decorative iron statue of Pythagoras suddenly turns to pure gold. Sheriff Jack Carter's investigation eventually leads him to Christopher Dactylos, the statue's egotistical artist. Dactylos gives Carter an odd lecture about medieval alchemists and their dreams of turning metal into gold, and then he retreats into his underground laboratory. More objects downtown begin to turn golden, including utensils at Cafe Diem and even a bracelet that Zoe's new boyfriend, Lucas, just gave her. Although some people think the town has hit the jackpot, Henry discovers that the metal is changing composition because of a bizarre quasi-bacterial infestation. He warns that, as load-bearing steel beams turn into softer gold, buildings will collapse. Worse, the bacteria soon mutates, becoming a strain that corrodes gold until there's nothing left but a rusty shell. Eureka's entire infrastructure is in danger. Jack and Henry trace the bacteria's origin to Zoe's bracelet. Lucas tells Jack that he made the bracelet in an advanced art class at Dactylos's studio. Jack again confronts Dactylos, who admits that he has tested ancient alchemical procedures on metal in his studio. By making Zoe's bracelet out of that special metal, Lucas unwittingly unleashed the Alchemist's Curse: a metal-based plague that tricks its maker into believing he has succeeded in creating gold, only to betray the maker by mutating into progressively more dangerous forms. While Carter is distracted by the crisis, Henry, Stark and Allison intensify their obsessive, secret and conflicting quests to understand the mysterious artifact that killed Henry's beloved Kim and gave Allison's son Kevin special powers. Stark uses his covert connections to sneak the spy Beverly Barlowe back into town, hoping that she can be persuaded to share her knowledge of the artifact. Allison, Stark and finally even Henry talk to Beverly privately. She tricks them into revealing their secrets to her, stokes their mistrust of each other and demands ethically questionable favors in exchange for her knowledge. By dealing with her, these three top citizens of Eureka are heading down a potentially dangerous path. For now, Jack needs Henry and Stark to help defeat the Alchemist's Curse (which they suspect may also have ties to the artifact). The metal corrosion is becoming catastrophic. The massive Global Dynamics edifice itself is groaning and shaking, near collapse. Even if Henry, Stark and Jack can contrive an antibody for the bacteria and crawl into the unstable building to administer it, the bacteria may soon mutate into something worse - something that targets people.
A Night At Global Dynamics
Following Henry's announcement that the Alchemist's Curse contagion has mutated into deadly flesh-eating bacteria, the Global Dynamics defense computer kicks into action, locking some people in and keeping others out. It transforms Allison's office into a panic room by lowering it far below Earth's surface and sealing it off completely. The four people in the office - Allison, her son Kevin, Henry and the unscrupulous Beverly Barlowe - are trapped together. Having glimpsed Beverly, Jack demands that Stark stop keeping secrets and explain what's going on. Stark reveals that Kevin has been mentally enhanced but physically weakened by the mysterious artifact from Section Five. If Stark can't break the link between the boy and the artifact, Kevin will die. In desperation, Stark brought Beverly to town to help him, but then Henry found out that she's back. Beverly killed Kim, the woman Henry loved, and now Henry and Beverly are trapped together. There's no telling what might happen next in such a volatile situation. Donning protective suits, Jack, Taggart and Stark hurry into Global Dynamics, hoping to reach - or at least contact - Allison. From a remote computer terminal at Jack's house, Fargo and Zane Donovan guide them through the locked-down building. After they survive contamination scares and attacks from the defense computer, they discover the truth: there is no contagion. Henry made the whole thing up. For reasons of his own, he must have wanted to be locked into the panic room. Indeed, Henry is putting an audacious plan into action. There's only one way out of the panic room: a Subatomic Reconstructive Transport, or S.R.T., which can teleport a person out of Global. In the process, it cleanses impurities from the person's body. Henry believes that transporting Kevin through the S.R.T. will disconnect him from the artifact and save his life. Allison is reluctant to send her son through the untested machine, especially after Beverly endorses the idea, but Kevin is weakening. Allison must let Henry try. Stark guesses that this is Henry's plan, but he knows something that Henry doesn't: Kevin's D.N.A. has been so altered by the artifact that the teleportation will kill the boy unless special precautions are taken. Thus, as Taggart leads refugees out of Global, Stark and Jack press deeper into the building, their personal differences set aside as they race to rescue Kevin. But the building's automated defenses aren't done with them yet, and waiting far below are not only Allison and Kevin, but also Beverly - a criminal - and Henry, whose true motives remain completely unknown.
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