When the President of the United States goes into a coma, a temp agency owner is put in his place. He takes the opportunity to speak honestly about his role over the interim time period and reflects on the true responsibility of the President of the United States, which is to serve the people unselfishlessly.
Mark records a video log in which he discusses a challenge to his survival: he'll run out of food unless he grows more. He needs to figure out a way to grow 3 years worth of food on Mars, where nothing grows. Instead of feeling hopeless, Mark shows that he is ready to take on the challenge.
Theodore installs an artificially intelligent operating system that is personalized to him based on his responses to a few preliminary questions. He then has a conversation with the operating system, which names itself Samantha. When Theodore asks Samantha how she works, she states that she learns from her experiences, as does Theodore.
Matt, worried after being split from everyone else, attempts to find his brother. Tai encounters Matt and explains that they must head to the island. However, Matt thinks otherwise. Clouded by his emotions, Matt argues and even gets into a physical altercation with Tai.