Quick walkthrough[edit | edit source]
|Institute side quest: Plugging a Leak|
|Speak to Doctor Ayo.|
|Access lab terminal.|
|Go to Binet residence and access terminal.|
|Confront Liam's mother in maintenance room.|
|Report Liam.||Frame Ayo.|
|Reward: 200 XP|
|Reward: 200 XP|
Detailed walkthrough[edit | edit source]
Speak to Doctor Justin Ayo of the Synth Retention Bureau. He suspects that someone within The Institute is helping synths escape. His prime suspect is Doctor Alan Binet in the Robotics department. Go there and access any terminal to read the logs. Additionally, Doctor Binet can be spoken to.
The terminal will lead the Sole Survivor to the Binet residence, where they will find the doctor's son, Liam Binet, and Liam's "mother," Eve. While there, access the terminal and read the logs. Return to the Synth Retention Bureau, access one of their terminals and read the logs.
The Survivor will then be directed to the maintenance room, where Eve will be found acting suspiciously. She claims to have developed a motherly attachment to Liam and has been covering his tracks. Unhappy at being found out, she will point a gun at the player character. At this point, either eliminate her or pass a Hard Charisma check to convince her to stand down.
Whatever the decision, head back to Liam at the Binet residence. When Liam is confronted, one will have two options: Report Liam to Doctor Ayo or frame Doctor Ayo.
Option 1. Report Liam to Doctor Ayo[edit | edit source]
Return to Dr. Ayo and inform him of Liam's actions to receive a reward of 1,000 caps and end the quest. Further to this, Liam will be banished from the Institute.
Option 2. Frame Doctor Ayo[edit | edit source]
Go to Ayo's quarters and access his private terminal. Disable the safeguards and return to Liam to end the quest and receive Liam's glasses as a reward. Justin will then be replaced by Alana Secord as acting director.
Quest stages[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- This side quest is mutually-exclusive with the Railroad quest line, as obtaining this quest requires completing Mankind - Redefined, which results in failing Tradecraft if that quest has not been completed beforehand. Conversely, successfully completing Tradecraft makes this quest unavailable even after Mankind - Redefined is completed. However, on PC one can manually start the quest if the Railroad has been destroyed. Simply open the console and enter the commands startquest instm02, then setstage 000a8257 400. This will give you the quest at its first stage.
- Choosing to frame Ayo results in failing Political Leanings, which can be issued before 'Plugging a Leak' and completed after, as the former requires a return to the surface and the latter can be completed in a relatively shorter run around the Institute.
- A synth component will not be found on Eve's corpse.