Jean and Emma walk through the campus of the Xavier Institute and converse about the pending press conference that Jean has called. Later, Emma tries to console four of the Stepford Cuckoos quintet about their sister, Esme, who has begun exchanging affection with a boy. Later again, as Jean holds her press conference with the media, Beast makes a startling discovery: the flu that the mansion residents have been stricken with recently is being caused by Nano-Sentinels. Beast rushes to tell Jean, who is escorting the media out. At this time Kato, Esme's new boyfriend, makes his final report to his mothership. Simultaneously, Cyclops and Xorn are taken out in China, and the Imperial Guard make their move on the Institute. Gladiator, leading the assault on the mansion, gives one simple order: Destroy all mutants.