|Eric Doyle ("The Puppet Master") has been living a normal life since escaping from Level 5 and the Building 26 Agents. Working a nine to five office job, he has even managed to make a connection with fellow officemate Lauren. It seems as if his life is finally on the right path, until a certain Carnival makes its way to his doorstep...|
Doyle is sitting in his office eating a doughnut, he remembers all the start overs of his life, the one with Lauren, and also his date with Meredith. He recalls their date with Lauren at the carnival. A game operator tries to cheat Lauren and Eric by using his ability. Eric tells him to "knock it off", but the game operator pretends not to know what he is talking about. Doyle forces him to pick a prize for Lauren, just as Samuel comes over and asks what all the commotion is about. Doyle explains to him, and Samuel apologizes. The next day, Samuel shows up on Doyle's office and offers him a personal tour. At the carnival, Samuel asks Eric to show Mac his power, and Mac says that he couldn't stop "whatever it was" that Eric was doing. Later, Joseph and Eric talk in a trailer, and Joseph tells him that his ability could come in handy with Samuel. He tries to warn Eric about Samuel and how he is tempted but Eric doesn't understand. Later, he goes to visit Lauren and asks her to go back with him but she tells him she doesn't want to be around people like that.