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Fringe Episode 212: What Lies Below

      Email Post       1/21/2010 08:00:00 PM      

When a man enters an office in Boston for a meeting, he becomes disoriented and collapses, only to have his veins erupt and spray blood everywhere. Shortly after Olivia and Peter arrive at the scene to investigate the bizarre case, it’s discovered that a lethal virus – with deep ties to something very valuable – is spreading, so the CDC moves in to quarantine the building and eradicate the pathogens. Isolated inside with the rest of the exposed office employees, Peter and Olivia face life-threatening circumstances, sending Walter, Broyles and Astrid on a frantic search for a solution to save them.

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Carito! said...

John Noble is an incredible actor!!
God, he deserves an award for this TVshow!!!

I love Walter Bishop, I feel like hugging him ^_^

CB said...

ITA with you Carito!

I wonder why there are so few comments on here. Is there another Fringe site? LOL.

I liked this episode much much better than Johari Window. While it was at times reminiscent of Outbreak, it at least had the twist of the virus making you do things in order for it to achieve its survival/spread the infection goal. And that fight scene between Peter and Olivia was awesome!! I ♥ Olivia Dunham. LOL. And aww, poor Walter when he was running Peter's swab test his hand was all shaking and he was super duper relieved/emotional when it turned out negative (albeit a false negative LOL). At first I thought that Peter was just trying to shield Walter from the pain of knowing his son was infected but it turned out it was the virus trying to escape! Sneaky little thing!! LOL. I can't wait for next week's episode, The Bishop Revival. Wahooo!!! :)

Dennis said...


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Dennis said...

I think it's interesting that Peter didn't kill Olivia. Did he override the virus control, like Echo in Dollhouse?

I think the virus should have made Peter kiss her so it could spread to Olivia too!

Kristen W said...

This episode shows exactly why season 1 was so much better then this season so far. The writers could have tied this into the Pattern, or had it been some other terrorist that designed the virus to show off, or even have the shapeshifter use it as a new weapon, instead, just like the alien episode, we get a lazy explanation. I'm so disappointed at how lame these stand alones have been this season.

Dennis said...

Some things are related to the pattern, some things aren't. However, when ever something in the Boston area gets weird, who you gonna call? Fringebusters!

Unfortunately, you can't please everyone. Last season people complained the other way, i.e. "How can everything be related to the pattern".

People also complained "how could have Walter worked on every fringe science case", and it looked like they toned that down this season too.

Anonymous said...

Loved this episode! Poor Olivia, first being betrayed by John, then Charlie beating up on her, and now Peter. No doubt she should have trusting issues and the need for counseling! Also appreciated the nod to The X-Files once again with the appearance of the actors that played Samantha and Agent Pendrell. I about crapped my pants when I saw them.

Anonymous said...

I just want to say that this wasn't totally a stand alone episode since they did have a big reveal when Walter told Astrid I don't want Peter to die again and she asked him what that was about then he got all cryptic about it. I have no idea if that reveal will lead to anything but it seems to me that she will look into it at some point.

Fabio11234 said...

Just thought it was funny how during the "proposed example" where one person got out, and within 3 weeks infected the whole world, Madagascar was unaffected, similar to the game Pandemic 2, where the goal is to infect the whole world. Players find it nearly impossible to infect Madagascar

Patrick said...

who found The Observer in this episode and when? Where? PPPPPPLLLLLLLEEEEEEAAAAAASSSSSSSSEEEEEE!!!!!!!

Toma said...

This episode was in my opinion one of the best this season. I like the way it's a stand-alone case but character wise it's connected with previous episodes. I'm looking forward to the next one. It seems from the title that more revealings about Peter are coming up.
And by the way, I'm loving the Walter-Astrid dynamic this season :D

Anonymous said...

How is Charlie back? Did I miss something that explains this?

Capcom said...

Good ep, and Walter shines usual. Astrid is getting very endearing as well, I'm glad that they've gotten her more involved in the show over time.

More than one X-Files nod with the virus in black oil.

GlxyDs said...

Charlie was only back for one episode because it was one that was filmed last season just never aired. I quite enjoyed this episode, and I also like how it's stand-alone and takes a bit of a break from the pattern and Walter working on the stuff. I absolutely love Walter. Amazing acting. I've grown to like each and every character on the team to be honest.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone from the site see if they can contact someone from Fringe and see if they decided to use part of the comics as a backdrop for Thursdays show. There has been a lot of discussion in other places on this, and it would be nice to know if theya re using part of the comic cannon, or if this was pure coincidence.

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