She asks about the operating system idea, and Joe tells her that he's considering it. "The truth is, I just want to do something great," he says. "How did torturing Cameron fit into that?" she fires back. Donna tells him that if he wants to be successful, he should listen to Gordon. I doubt that, but it's nice that she's standing up for her spineless husband.
Cameron is about to leave for the evening when John asks her to stay and fill him in on what happened with Gordon earlier. She breaks the conflict between the two teams down for him, and shares her vision. "I want to build something that makes people fall in love," Cameron tells John, as they share a drink. Well, that would really be something.
Cameron tells John how she fell in love with programming in high school. "It was like finding water in the middle of the desert," she says. John tells her to keep the theatrics to a minimum going forward. He says that he knows she can fend for herself, but that a lot of people want to see her fail, "Because you're the future. Ain't nothing scarier than that," he tells her.
Things get odd here. Stay with me. Gordon arrives at a toy store that has Cabbage Patch dolls in the window. The store is closed, because there's a storm raging. Gordon throws something through the window and steals two dolls. As he's running back to the car, his attention is diverted by the sound of fallen power lines down the street. There, he finds someone dead in the street in a giant puddle, as rain pours down and the power lines shoot electricity into the air. He turns and runs back to the car. Of course.
Back at the Clark's house, Joe has convinced Donna and Gordon's kids that their flashlights can keep the hurricane at bay. To prove his point, he steps out onto the lawn and waves the flashlights in the air. This made for a really cool visual, if you can put aside whatever symbolism was trying to be driven home here. As a frazzled Gordon arrives at home, Joe decides to leave.
He goes to visit Cameron, and asks her if she had gotten stuck in the storm, if she had anyone that she would call.
"I don't," he tells her.
Inspired by his evening of making personal connections, perhaps, he asks Cameron to show him what she's been working on with her new system. He tells her that when he was a kid, his mother took him to the roof to look at stars, but that she had been using drugs, and she let him fall three stories, onto a fence, probably explaining those scars.
Cameron responds to his honesty by kissing him. "Cameron, this is really good," he says, in reference to that, and to her work.