Ep 5 – “Starmine Rendezvous” / “Denka Shōtotsu no Randevū” (電荷衝突のランデヴー)

When Okabe and Kurisu arrive back at the lab with the IBM 5100, Suzuha has a strange reaction upon meeting Kurisu. While gathering the parts needed to network the IBM 5100 with Daru’s existing PC, Okabe meets Suzuha again, who warns him to be cautious of Kurisu. Daru uses the IBM 5100’s special programming language to decipher SERN’s encrypted files, discovering that various humans had been found dead in a gel-like state at various points in time. Kurisu deduces that this jellified state is the result of matter passing through a gap in space-time smaller than the size of the matter itself, effectively squeezing and crushing it at the molecular level. Upon learning of SERN’s experiments and their implications for the timeline, Okabe is initially shocked, but he vows to perfect his phone microwave before SERN.