Something I just noticed in Recovery One when re-watching it
Is the scene with Epsilon at the beginning showing him dead, I don’t remember it.
But something I noticed is that he committed suicide in a snowy area which could possibly be Sidewinder/Avalanche.
And that was where the Alpha was being contained and it made me think if Epsilon got Wash to go that far before he backed out which led to the suicide.
I’m not sure if this was ever discussed before.
My memory of this is foggy and your description of your theory is even more foggy, but get the DVD and listen to the commentary. Pretty sure it’s the Reconstruction DVD. If I remember correctly, Burnie says this scene is mostly symbolic. Can’t remember for sure though, so watch the commentary for yourself and then try to explain the point you’re trying to make again perhaps?.