"IBM just sliced our throats," John says.
"You knew this would happen, though. It's all part of the plan? Tell me you have a plan, Joe," Gordon begs. Joe remains silent. "Wow. You were just pretending. You're like one of those guys who goes out and reads 'Catcher in the Rye' too many times and then decides to shoot a Beatle, only in this story, I'm the Beatle."
Joe is certain that he can salvage things if he can find someone else to work with the BIOS binder that he gave Cameron. The only trouble with that plan is that Cameron is gone, and appears to have taken the binder with her. She did leave behind some work in the basement that Gordon thinks he can use, however.
Later, the IBM executive pays Joe a visit at home. He brings Joe a small check for some unused vacation days. Joe mentions that he "did over $2 million damage to the data center" and can't believe that the company would give him that money. The executive says that after the insurance claim, they made money, so, no worries. The executive is there for another reason, though. He offers Joe his job back.
"I like it here," Joe says. "Well, I promised your old man I'd give it a shot," the executive says. "I'd say he'll be disappointed, but he's pretty disappointed already." The plot thickens. "You may like it out here now, but let's see what happens when they find out what you really are."
Gordon is sitting in his car, alone in the parking lot at Cardiff, when Cameron strolls by. He lets slip that he and Joe had planned to fire her once her BIOS work was done. Then, Joe pulls up, shouting something about how their PC needs to have a handle. Soon, Joe and Gordon start pushing and shoving, and Joe's shirt is ripped open, revealing a severely scarred chest.
"I was nine. There were some boys at my school who used to chase me. I didn't care about the New York Giants like they did. I cared about Sputnik. I was nuts about it. I was passionate. Nobody had told me yet that adults are supposed to be ashamed of those feelings. I learned that lesson the night the Colts beat the Giants -- '58 championship, greatest game ever played, and I didn't see a single snap. I was hooked up to machines at St. Peter's. To this day, I don't blame them, I don't think they meant to chase me off the roof."
"After IBM, I went across the country, just looking for answers," Joe continues. "And I read your article and I couldn't stop thinking about it," he tells Gordon. "Open architecture, the idea of it, as a way of life, it kept me up at night. It made me that kid again."
He's still talking.
"And you, when I saw you, everything about you frightens people," he tells Cameron. "I thought that maybe we could do this precisely because we're all unreasonable people and progress depends on our changing the world to fit us, not the other way around. I want to believe that. I must believe that. Tomorrow I will show up at 7 a.m. and I will keep going. You don't have to join me, but something tells me you both need this just as much as I do."