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Fox Fringe: Walter's Lab Notes 108

      Email Post       11/19/2008 11:48:00 AM      

Walter's Lab Notes from the Fringe episode "The Equation" include red and green Christmas lights, the composite sketch of Joanne Ostler, Ben Stockton's musical composition, and a photo of Dashiell Kim's crime scene. Dr. Bishop talks in his notes about being visited - was he referring to his split personality, or someone else - possibly Dr. Sumner while at St. Claire's?

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- Project 577 - Exploration 5 -

It happens all the time: Newton and Leibniz inventing calculus. Darwin and Wallace discovering evolution by natural selection. Jevons, Menger, and Walras elucidating marginalism in economics. And yet, Dashiell and the boy -- with nothing in common -- not even working in the same medium -- not even knowing what they were trying to find --

YOU SHOULD HAVE SOLVED IT YOURSELF! IT IS JUST MATHEMATICS, A SIMPLE MATTER OF CALCULATION, NOTHING MORE.

Every iteration of the main theme of the composition corresponds to a further expansion of the central function in Dashiell's equation. And with each iteration, he comes a step closer to a closed-form solution. Yet the expansion is infinite, implying a potentially endless composition -- small wonder the boy was obsessed --

EXCUSES, EXCUSES TO RETURN TO WHERE YOU KNOW YOU BELONG.

No! I have the boy now, he is the key, on some level he understands, even if he chafes and bristles -

BECAUSE YOU ARE A BURDEN. AND THE VISITOR CAME AGAIN, DIDN'T HE? ALWAYS PRESSURING YOU FOR THE NUMBERS, THE NUMBERS!

I couldn't stop him, he knows my combination. He bumped my head and I went to bed and I couldn't get up til morning --

ENOUGH RHYMES. THE QUESTION IS, WHAT HAPPENED WHEN HE LEFT?

It was still there, my box of secrets, a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma withing a lumpy mattress. I should have left it there --

FOR THEM TO TAKE? FOOLISHNESS. IS IT SAFE OR NOT?

I have it now. The box is safe, but my secrets are not. My visitor whispered to me: thank you. No more pearls in this oyster, he said.

8 Comments:

Matthew Rodney said...

what box is he talking about?

and who is he arguing with? I think it must be himself.

Dennis said...

There seems to be three people in the conversation - Walter, Crazy Walter, and The Visitor.

David Wu said...

Interestingly, the key of the song played in the episode was A Minor. For the notation above, the song seems to have been transposed up to G Minor, but the 2 flats (Bb / Eb) in the key signature are missing, so if a musician/pianist takes the sheet music shown here literally, it would (and does) sound much different.

pher said...

is bow meant to be boy and does boy mean Peter?

tallone said...

Has anyone noticed that on all the recap pages on Fringe on Fox, at the beginning of the plot summary,just starting under the episode number there's a Fibonacci equation? I checked through all the plot reacaps and it's the same one. Fibonacci's fourth identity.
http://en.wikpedia.org/wiki/
Fibonacci_number

tallone said...

typo recaps

Scully said...

I have mixed feelings about Walter’s references to the ‘boy’. In his first comment he says…”Dashiell and the boy with nothing in common-not even working in the same medium-not even knowing what they are trying to find–“

It seems obvious to me that he is talking about Ben here. Dashiell’s medium being math and Ben’s being music–neither knowing that they are unwittingly trying to solve the same puzzle. But the second comment confuses me…”I have the boy now, he is the key, on some level he understands, even if he chafes and bristles“

Now this to me seems more like he’s talking about Peter. Technically Walter doesn’t have Ben…I’m sure Ben is safe and sound at home with his soon-to-be-crazy Dad. Peter, however is side by side with Walter, and the words ‘chafe’ and ‘bristle’ certainly sound more like descriptions of Peter’s attitude than of Ben’s.

Dashiell is actually mentioned in the lab notes for “The Cure” which makes me wonder if we’ll ever meet Cassandra who is mentioned in the lab notes for “The Ghost Network“

pher said...

Walter talks about 'the boy' in his previous lab notes too and they read like a reference to Peter. I like the idea that Walter has all this stuff on Peter that Peter knows nothing about.

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