We cut to a university building, and a location caption informs us it's Baltimore, 1996. Thanks, location caption, you are always there when we need you.
In a lecture hall, Dr. Railly is giving a presentation on madness and apocalyptic visions. At one point, she mentions a soldier from World War I who gibbered nonsense about some disease that would wipe out humanity in 1996.
The picture shows a man who looks striking similar to Jose.
(She also mentions something called the "Cassandra Complex," but let's put a pin on that until we get to the "Symbols and Tropes" section.)
At the book signing, a man named Dr. Peters asks Railly to sign his book. He thinks she has given alarmists a bad name, since the world cannot survive the "excesses of the human race."
After the event, Railly walks to her car, but a man leaps out of the shadows and forces himself into the car with her. Claiming to have a gun, he coerces her into driving him to Philadelphia.
She says he can have the car, but he says he doesn't know how to drive—this guy was raised underground since he was eight years old.
Railly realizes her abductor is James Cole. Surprise.