|Air date||May 7, 2012|
|Written by||Terri Hughes Burton & Ron Milbauer|
|Directed by||Mike Rohl|
| Preceded by|
"The Real Thing"
| Followed by|
|Cast | Transcript|
The Simulation begins to unravel when Fargo decides to leave Eureka for the airport which is where he thinks Holly is going, as he is driving the stretch of road that has the Leaving Eureka sign on it repeats over and over again. Zane sees a bird get stuck in a rock and goes to investigate, Virtual-Carter goes to help and tries to dissuade Zane which proves futile when Virtual-Carter's icon starts to glitch. In the real world Beverly Barlowe returns to Eureka to help Carter rescue the crew, because of Senator Wen's murder of Holly Marten. She plugs Carter into the simulation to replace Virtual-Carter just before he kills Zane. They collaborate with the rest of the main Astraeus crew to destroy the virtual version of the ship. Attempting to construct an explosion of this magnitude will make the Central Processor overheat which Henry can track in the real world. This works but the explosion causes a Cascade failure in the system, the simulation begins to collapse with the Astraeus crew still inside. They give Zane an electrical shock in order to interrupt the signals exchanged between the computer and Zane's brain effectively ejecting him from inside the simulation. Zane wakes up to the barrel of one of the Consortium soldier's guns. Jo arrives just in time to stop Zane from getting shot. Zane ejects everyone but Carter from the simulation. Someone (Wen) logs Beverly out of the system so she can't eject the Sheriff, then Senator Wen and a large group of soldiers storm Henry's garage and try to disconnect Carter from the Mainframe. Henry pulls a stun grenade on everyone but Beverly, including himself, trusting Beverly with Carter's life. Beverly gets Zane to log her back on and ejects Carter, she then kidnaps senator Wen and plugs her into the simulator, trapping her in a looping virtual version of an empty Sheriff's office.
CARTGER: How long between the switch flipping and the fireball of destruction? FARGO: I can rig a delay that should buy you 10, 12 seconds.
- The title refers to the improper ending of a program run, sometimes even a complete restart of a computer. Here it evokes the image of escaping the 'Matrix'.