Aside from the stated year that's passed since the Markovian war, I assumed the in-universe time was not exactly like real world time. Then again, after watching Superman and Lois' pilot, someone should create a timeline chart detailing where all of the CW-DC shows are in relation to one another and/or real world time. I do believe Gambi and Caruso are playing each other; the sudden, out-in-the-open presence of the company in Freeland (no matter that they're saying via PR), and the fall of the ASA's activities one year ago seem to be less than a coincidence. Gambi's past may not be known to the general public, but he cut a broad path in the intelligence community, so Caruso's interests may be a trap--or a roundabout way of destroying metas, rather than trying to use their abilities like the ASA. Its bold in that he can push buttons, but the reactions of your enemy are not always predictable. Tobias believes he knows the route to take in order to destroy Jefferson, but he should not assume he knows all of Jefferson's assets (beyond Lynn, who he is manipulating at the moment). Thankfully, he had an answer (the house), but as far as knowing what Payton was going through, if he (Payton) was not comfortable sharing that intensely private (and in his mind, shameful) information, Jefferson would not know. They're not even hat close, as Payton was used to addressing Jefferson as "Mr. Pierce", even after years of working with him. That could be read as Payton's respect for Jefferson, but it does indicate distance. That's an interesting idea, but I believe she sees Gambi as being as "out there" with his intelligence background as she views meta--both have knowledge and abilities far beyond her experience and academic background, so I'm not sure Gambi would be able to provide support for her. That, and at no time in the series has Gambi ever expressed a feeling of being an outsider to meta, since an entire family (and new recruits, like T.C.) all share their world / rely on him for their meta issues, in addition to his familial relationship to them. That just read as Anissa thinking she's going to be happy...only for the rug to be pulled out from under her, as Grace is not fully cured yet, and there are too many anti-meta enemies surrounding them (Lopez, Caruso, Lala, Tobias, et al.) for a happy ending to be promised with this marriage. I do hope it is the end of Payton's troubles, but I still believe Tobias--wanting to hurt everyone Jefferson cares about--will cause some damage to the family, and the house where Jefferson's father (Tobias' victim) one lived. Would a superpowered character have any difficulty kidnapping anyone? Oh, yes, he is acting in a Satanic manner: most of his ways of controlling people comes through temptation--the promise of something considered great and/or personally desirable, whether it was advanced strength and healing to Khalil, or to Lynn, personal, historic recognition as a black geneticist completely separated from the heroics of her meta family. Yes, he has his feet firmly planted in that kind of dark manipulation. Coincidence, as Tobias could only guess that Jefferson would eventually return home and see the card/flowers. If he was occupied long enough, Lynn could have returned to the house, discarded the flowers and there ends the chance for misunderstanding. That said, it will be interesting to see just how Jefferson approaches Lynn...and if she will tell him that it was a set up, or will she consider Tobias' offer to finally "earn" recognition of her own (even after realizing that has been a lifelong problem she's never overcome). That's just it: Tobias's bait was dripping with the idea of Lynn coming out of the shadows of her family and being seen--and celebrated for curing ALS. He reads the room very well, but Lynn's self esteem issues were barely exposed around him, even while both were in ASA custody, so it it appears as if he was given very specific information about the Pierce couple's issues.