Yang Jaroll, a cop, has heard of the email from “The Omega” claiming he can hack a person’s vital functions, and has heard a couple quiet rumors that this has happened 2 or 3 times already. He meets with Porter, who shows him a mugshot of “David White” aka The Omega.
All characters decide to sleep for the night.
The next morning, Jaroll decides to wait in court to see if Omega shows up, and also looks for any other good bounties. All skips are nickel-dime stuff, nothing Jaroll will bother with.
Omega is kept in the safehouse. Gary calls rent-a-lawyer Lew Collins to cop a plea for Omega. Zack goes down with the lawyer to see what happens. Collins gets “David White” off on a technicality despite the officer’s objections and has the case dismissed.
Jaroll decides to follow Zack – he tracks him through the combat zone. Zack notices his follower, and tries to get a photo with his phone. Paying attention to his phone and not the road, he runs a red light, ramming the front end of another car. Two guys get out and begin approaching Zack. Zack floors it and gets out of there. The guys fire a couple shots but miss.
Zack gets to District 1 police station. Jaroll rides his motorcyle past Zack and into the parking lot. A female officer is at the desk – she is somewhat new and does not know Jaroll. Jaroll phones her, gives his badge #, and explains that he is following a suspicious person who might come inside asking about him. She pulls up his info, and looks out a nearby window, seeing him and matching him to the file. Zack tells her that a guy is following him, describes him. The officer says she sent her last available units to a hit-and-run a few blocks away [Zack’s accident unknown to her].
Zack walks outside the police station and gets a call from Gary to go to Bennett’s house. He explains he is being followed and will be there as soon as he can. Gary says “Do your best,” and tells Zack that he paid the money for Garcia’s cure. Zack calls Sherrina. She tells him which way to go, then Zack drives to Bennett’s going through the combat zone.
Jaroll follows Zack again, but when Zack passes in front of an alley, Sherrina drives her motorcycle out of the alley, hitting Jaroll. Zack drives on, but Jarol confronts Sherrina, informing her that he is a cop. Sherrina quickly deletes all calls and info about Zack from her phone. He cuffs Sherrina and takes her to an interrogation room. Jaroll begins his shift soon after.
Zack arrives at Bennett’s, Gary is there, along with several of his men, and Omega. Bennett gets a call to wait 5 minutes, then check the front doorstep. A car w/ no plates drives past, a man in black with a mask leaves a package. After they’re gone, Bennett retrieves the package and opens it. There is a smartphone with a black box attached, with a cable connecting it to one of the USB ports, and another cable. The screen says DIAL ME. They dial, and get instructions to connect the phone through the other cable to the smartjack on Garcia’s neck. Once connected, they are to dial 8-3-7-0-7-3-8.
After typing in the numerical code, the phone screen shows a progress bar just beginning and the words COUNTERPROGRAM INSTALLING. Omega rips it out of Garcia’s smartjack, and connects it to a computer. The phone reads TOLD YOU NOT TO DO THAT, begins deleting itself, and ignites in flames. Omega rips out the hard drive from the phone and pockets it. Zack notices this. Bennett freaks out, and Garcia begins having trouble breathing. Bennett calls 911 and screams at Omega, who pleads that he was trying to help, thinking it was a trick. A trauma team arrives and loads Garcia into an ambulance.
Zack tells Gary that Omega saved the phone’s HD. Gary orders his men to take Omega back to the safehouse, Omega says he needs his computers to work on this. Gary says take Omega to his house for 10 minutes, no more, and get him to the safehouse. He orders Zack to go to the hospital and keep an eye on things.
One of the men enters Omega’s house first, to make sure it’s secure. The other man escorts Omega inside. Once in his room, Omega triggers the electronic door to close. The guard is confused, and Omega gets close enough to hit him with an eye dart loaded w/ curare. The man collapses, shouting to his partner. Omega runs out of the house, and into their car, attempting to hotwire it. The attempt fails, slightly damaging the car’s ignition as the man reaches the driver’s side door. Omega clumsily jumps out the other side, managing to keep hold of his laptop, and summons his motorcycle. He rides off, the guard pursuing him. The guard shoots out one of Omega’s tires, sending him sprawling. Omega makes a break through the years, managing to lose the man. Omega then catches a bus to another place of his.
Omega looks up who placed the bounties on him. It appears that at least two are from Speedripper, a netrunner who hates Omega, and who probably stole the money to front the bounties. He locates some of Speedripper’s assets and donates them to several charities. He finds another bounty places by someone indicating that they are a doctor, and that Omega is to be brought in alive. Some quick research indicates that The Omega would do well to stay far afield of the doctor.
Omega’s phone rings – it’s Zen. He wants to know what happened with Shelby Phillips. Omega says he used the program. Zen asks why Shelby was then sighted walking around. Omega exclaims that he doesn’t know, and to ask the guy who gave him the program to sell to Omega. Zen pauses, then says “I see.” and hangs up.
Sherrina says nothing to Jaroll or the other cops, and is fingerprinted and moved to a holding cell. She cries a lot.
At the hospital, Zack notices a couple of maintenance men have suspicious weapon-shaped bulges under their uniforms moving in the direction of the operating room, where Garcia is. Looking toward the door, he notices two shady fellows smoking, and a van with dark windows rolling up. There is a clatter and noise from down the hall, and Zack sees the fake maintenance men pushing Garcia on a gurney, running up the hallway Zack moves outside along the van, calling 911 along the way. Tapping on the driver’s window [facing away from the hospital wall] and the driver lowers the window, aiming a gun at Zack’s face.
Zack grabs his arm, and pulls him out right through the open window, throwing him to the ground. He leaps into the window, using his hand to push the gas pedal. The van moves forward, scraping and bouncing off the wall as the men running with the gurney try to catch up.
Jorall arrives, and moves toward the van. He beings shooting at the engine block. One of the men tries to get in the driver’s side as Zack bails out the other side. Jorall keeps shooting the engine. Zack is in front of the van as it’s still moving forward, and makes a run for the parking lot. One of the men turns and runs back into the hospital, managing to escape out another door and disappear. The other two abandon the gurney and move for the door. The van stops moving, vomiting fluid onto the asphalt, and the driver jumps out, heading for the grass away from the building.
Jaroll mmanuevers his motorcycle between the men and the door. The closest one stops, the one behind him tries to shoot but misses Jaroll. Jaroll is glad for the excuse to unload his shotgun into the man. The cops have arrived and secured the area, catching the man who ran for the grass as well.
A doctor and nurse have run out and grabbed Garcia’s gurney and rolled him back into the operating room.
Zack recognizes Jaroll, and realizes now why the police didn’t do anything about his report about being followed. Jaroll recognizes Zack as being with the lawyer for Omega. Zack gives his statement about the incident. Jaroll says nothing to Zack unless required for the report, and doesn’t do anything to him. Zack recognizes one of the men from the incident at the hotel the day before. Another one of the men may have been there too, Zack isn’t sure. Jaroll is vaguely familiar with them… modrately competent within certain areas, but outside those areas – such as this episode – they aren’t so swift.
Zack takes a seat in the waiting room again.