Ep 9 – “Protocol”
Throughout the episode, background information is being shown from “archives”. Information regarding the Roswell UFO incident, the Majestic 12 which was formed by president Harry S. Truman, engineer Vannevar Bush who developed what is called memex, physician John C. Lilly who conducted experiments with dolphin communication, pioneer Ted Nelson who founded Project Xanadu, and the Schumann resonances are all mentioned, explaining how the human consciousness can be communicated through a network without the use of a device. It is also noted that a man named Masami Eiri has suddenly committed suicide. During that time, Lain gets a computer microchip from J.J., the disc jockey from Cyberia. She then asks Taro on a “date” and takes him to her home, where asks him about the microchip. After becoming frightened, he admits it is computer code made to disrupt human memory, and it was made by the Knights. Although he defends them, he admits not knowing much about them. He later kisses Lain before leaving.