1. "Henry Gale", the name given by the stranger in this episode, is the name of Dorothy's uncle in the Wizard of Oz. In that movie, the Wizard flew away in a hot air balloon.
2. Here is the Egyptian Hieroglyphics Alphabet:
Here is what we saw when the timer hit zero:
While studying hieroglyphics on the Internet, I came across this:
3. We were totally lied to in the preview. They included a picture of a fake timer. That's pretty unbelievable, and reason enough to never trust another preview ever again. I guess TV can lie to us (but only once in a great while).
4. No new episode next week, even though it's still sweeps. Very odd.