Last episode, Artie used the Astrolabe to set back time by a day to save the Warehouse, save the team and stop Pandora’s box ending the world. There’s going to be a downside to this, of course, but compared to the alternative? Well, let’s just say the downside better be pretty damn horrendous to justify going back to it.
In Philadelphia, in a diner someone has locked the patrons inside and released a YE GODS OF MERCY THAT’S UGLY! On them. The patrons attack it desperately since there’s no way out – the police arrive. And they find they’ve just beaten up a poor innocent guy called Joe.
At the Warehouse, Artie is sad about Claudia’s absence and worried about the consequences of using the Astrolabe to save the world – something only he remembers. He sends Pete and Myka to Philadelphia to deal with the mob (and has a little twitch moment when Pete makes a “turn back time” comment). They leave and Artie has another twitch moment when a priest from the Vatican – one of the Astrolabe guys (who was killed in the brief alternate time-line, though only Artie remembers that) shows up.
He wants to report that Magellan’s Astrolabe has been stolen and *gasp* used. And he wants Artie to find it so they can find the thief and make them undo the time reset they did – because it’s the only way to get rid of the formidable evil using it unleashed (I say again formidable evil vs Destroyed Pandora’s box – scales still point pro-evil here). Poor Artie nearly swallows his own tongue several times.
Claudia, meanwhile, has had a major make over and is infiltrating the regents and their eye-of-Horus tattooed guards (rule 1 of secret societies? They shouldn’t have openly displayed secret symbols). She does a great job of infiltrating the building most excellently though she has to resort to tesla-ing people when Artie grabs her wrist – busted.
Claudia is determined to get the metronome and bring Steve back. And she asks Artie, if he could use an Artefact to set things right, to undo a huge, stupid tragedy, wouldn’t he do it? Yeah, there goes the tongue swallowing again; but Artie is adamant, it’s dangerous to use Artefacts. But then Regent Janeway arrives – the decision has been made, they’re allowing her to bring back Agent Jinks – something Artie adamantly opposes and storms off. And goes to see the priest to try and narrow down what kind of evil he’s facing from the Astrolabe – he just knows it’s unimaginable and personal. The last time it was used during the French Revolution and caused the reign of terror.