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Episode 319, entitled "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide," which will be referred to from here on out as "LSD," is a real trip. Literally! This "little family unit" as Peter calls the 3 of them in episode 216: himself, Walter, and Olivia, really go places in this episode, all while seated in the triangle seen in the above photo. (We know Fringe creator JJ Abrams loves triangles, but it's interesting to see one literally here.)
A Little History On Lysergic Acid Diethylamide(LSD)
First synthesized by Albert Hofmann in 1938 this drug was used to treat psychiatric disorders.
It is from the ergot family. Ergot is a fungus that grows on grains, most commonly on rye. Sandoz Pharmaceuticals introduced a prescription form of it called Delysid, in 1947, and it was very promising in the medical world.
Interestingly, the CIA thought it might be helpful in chemical warfare and mind control in the 1950's and gave it to soldiers and civilians as part of the 'MKULTRA Program'(remember I mentioned that in my commentary on "Of Human Action"?)
Apparently it was used widely for recreational purposes in the 1960's which led to a political uprising and then its restriction. Today there a few groups who still study its medical applications in controlled trials.
According to the National Institute On Drug Abuse:
LSD produces unpredictable psychological effects, with "trips" lasting about 12 hours. With large enough doses, users experience delusions and hallucinations. Physical effects include increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; sleeplessness; and loss of appetite.
It is usually consumed orally via a blotter paper or sugar cube, because of its bitter taste, and a dose is called "a hit." To take LSD is known as taking "a trip," or "tripping."
The Set-Up For The Group "Trip"
"LSD" picks up right where "Os" leaves off. Bellivia is controlling our Liv, and you can see Peter's frustration in his facial expressions. The episode begins with Walter wiring up Bellivia who is connected to a big, naked, dead guy in a bathtub, which is a direct reference to a similar scene with Peter in episode 107, "In Which We Meet Mr. Jones." There's some fine humor in this scene as Walter says, "Astro, are we ready?" and Astrid replies, "Just about, Wally," which gets Walter to stop in his tracks and stare at the young agent.
Once Astrid confirms the EEG's are online, Walter looks to his lab partner in our Liv's body and says, "Ready, Belly?" Bellivia replies with a hardy "Aye, aye, Captain!" which just screams Star Trek and is a nice comedic touch here.
Walter starts up the electric current in an effort to "latch onto the dominant consciousness and coax it into its new residence." All the process does is make them blow out yet another light bulb, which we know happens a lot in the Harvard Lab, and makes Peter even more frustrated. After all, he just hooked up with his girl, and now she's inhabited by an old, egotistical, mad scientist.
As Peter and Bellivia discuss what to do next, another overhead light bulb blows out and our Liv returns for a moment. "Peter-Oh Peter! Help me!" she cries and then goes into a tonic-clonic seizure. Peter yells for Astrid to call 911.
We see Olivia on a gurney getting wheeled quickly away from Peter and Walter in the ER, which is a direct reference to the same scene in 201 "A New Day In The Old Town" after Olivia's horrendous trip through the SUV windshield. Poor Liv goes into cardiac arrest and the ER doc is hurriedly preparing to defibrillate her heart when Walter tells him the voltage he's calling for is too high, that anymore electric shock will kill her. The doc gets ready with the paddles, when Bellivia suddenly opens her eyes and tells the doc if he shocks her "you will kill me and the young woman I'm living inside of."
They go back to the lab at Harvard where Broyles has joined them, and he's not a happy camper. Broyles is dressing down Dr. Bell-in-Olivia, telling him he promised his agent would be safe during the procedure. Bell(via Liv) tells Broyles with his rats it was 2 weeks before the host's consciousness got lost. Broyles asks him/her to explain. Bell says after about 2 weeks the host's brain could only accommodate 1 conscious and the other went away and he couldn't get it back. Peter is looking even paler now. He asks Walter how long until Olivia's consciousness is gone for good.
Bell answers instead and tells them all about a day, which gets Walter all cranked up to get started on finding a way to save Olivia.
Walter and Bellivia have a nice healthy chat about different ways to drive Dr. Bell out.
Walter discounts acupuncture to stimulate her "chi," a reference to young Rebecca Kibner's "trip" in episode 204 where Walter stimulated several of her chakras. Bell suggests instead of trying to pull his consciousness out that they go into her mind to find her, as Peter discusses with Astrid in a different room his fear that Bell may never leave Olivia's body, and let her die.
Astrid voices that she's not sure he would do that when Bellivia and Walter come in and tell them they have a plan to put Bell's consciousness into a computer. The idea is based on another old Bell project(how many did he have, we wonder?)in which "an inorganic host can house organic material." But they have to get into Olivia's brain to do that, and Peter wants to know how.
Walter reminds Peter they did it before when Olivia and Agent Scott shared the dream state, which is a reference to the 4 times Olivia went into the deprivation tank and shared consciousness with her dead lover in Season 1. Peter starts getting prickly and reminds Walter it involved sticking a probe into her spine and massive amounts of psychedelic drugs.
Walter is dumbstruck by Peter's words and gives us the answer of the night: "Of course, LSD!" Hence the title, and our course is set for the rest of the episode.
Walter is manic now and asks Peter if he's ever "tripped." Poor Peter can't even get an answer out. Walter explains that since Peter knows Olivia better than anyone he needs to lead them into her mind. Again poor Peter can't reply. Walter is shouting for Astrid to get 2000 milligrams of LSD and some sugar cubes ready. Um, from what I read, 20-30 micrograms is a threshold dose, so 2000 milligrams or 2 grams is an outrageous amount of the drug!
Everything's ready in record time, as though the LSD was present and just waiting to be taken(which knowing Walter might be the case). Walter pushes Peter to take his cube first, and poor Peter looks pretty uncomfortable. You get the real sense he's only cooperating for Olivia's sake. Astrid doesn't miss his discomfort and tells him, "Peter, don't worry. I'll keep my eye on the monitors. I'll make sure you're OK." Peter's response is very interesting, and maybe foreshadowing of the engine room(later) and beyond:
PETER: It's not me I'm worried about. I'm pretty sure there's a good reason why we can't enter each other's minds. What if we kick something loose in there?
Peter's reply is also a reference to Simon Phillips' ability to enter other people's minds in episode 312, "Concentrate and Ask Again."
Astrid replies, "Right now, I think you're her only hope," which knowing our showrunners Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman, who wrote this episode(in conjunction with Akiva Goldsman), this is probably a Star Wars reference to Princess Leia's holographic message to Obi-Wan Kenobi, that he's her only hope.
Bellivia is the second to take the drug, and he/she grabs it up like it's a yummy hors d'oeuvre at a cocktail party. That little smirk he puts on Liv's face is pretty telling that Bell's an old pro at tripping. Walter is the last to take his dose. That leaves our dear, reliable Astrid to babysit the "little family unit."
A Tripping Peter
Apparently Walter's accelerant that he added to the LSD works pretty quickly for Peter.
He gets enthralled with Broyle's bald head and almost touches it, saying to Astrid "I think he's an Observer," which is a moment that puts a smile on your face. Yeah, we've wondered about that too, Peter. Astrid assures Peter "It's OK," and tells Walter they're ready, as though she done this dozens of times before.(Maybe they have done this before? More than once?)
A Tripping Broyles
One of the highlights of this episode, in my opinion, is how Broyles inadvertently ends up tripping as well. He seems fine at first, but his sudden obsession with the spiral of a Red Vine is a dead giveaway:
BROYLES: I never understood why Walter was so drawn to licorice. But look at it. The swirl... it's Bernini's spiral altar at Saint Peter's. It... doesn't end.
That reference is to the sprial design of the 4 posts on Bernini's alter at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. http://saintpetersbasilica.org/Altars/PapalAltar/PapalAltar.htm It's a really nice comparison to the swirl of Red Vines, and now I'm sure we'll have that image stuck in our heads.
Astrid quickly asks Broyles if he touched the tray the sugar cubes were on. After he replies, "Sure. Why?" she asks him if he's ever taken LSD. The look on Broyles' face....priceless!
OK, so now Astrid's babysitting 4 people tripping! The girl does deserve a raise.
A little later on we see Broyles fully engaged in his trip with his mouth hanging open. Astrid brings him a tray and says even though he just asked for water(dry mouth is a common side-effect of "acid" or LSD) she thinks he should eat something. He slowly thanks her. She reminds him what he's feeling is all from the LSD, and that it is temporary. Broyles' response and the ensuing conversation is quite telling:
BROYLES: No. It's infinite. It's all around us. (chuckles) You didn't see that. I didn't see that. (becomes serious) But now I know. And I know it followed me.
ASTRID: What followed you?
BROYLES: Death. I saw death. All of it. And it was me. Can you hold my hand? Please?
Broyles is making reference to seeing his dead doppelganger in episode 308, "Entrada." That would leave an impression, wouldn't it?
The scene of Astrid gently grasping her boss's hand is bittersweet, and one of my favorites in Season 3.
There is one more precious look at Broyles on LSD later on. Astrid and Walter are preparing the computer to accept Bell's consciousness as Broyles looks on, his mouth still open. He sees an animated red bird sit on Walter's shoulder and he whistles at it. This gets Walter's attention and Broyles waves, smiling. Walter gets distracted(he's still coming down from his trip) and he drops a glass tube on the floor and has to improvise.
In Olivia's Mind
Everything changes suddenly, and Peter's in his navy pea coat with RayBan sunglasses on. On a city street. Somewhere. He looks very much like Neo (except Neo's in leather, not wool) from the first Matrix movie. Now I have never seen "Inception," but people have told me there are similarities in this episode to that film as well. We hear Walter yelling to Peter to help him down. Walter has landed on top of a bus that starts to drive away, a lovely reference to Milo Stanfield
riding off on top of his escape bus in 303, "The Plateau." Peter gets Walter down but Walter is not happy with his rough handling. The banter between Walter and Peter is very fun here.
Walter asks where Belly is and of course Peter doesn't know. He tells Walter it doesn't matter, they are there to get Olivia. Peter asks what's next in Walter's plan and Walter clams up, which gets Peter's dander up.
PETER:So what's the next step in the plan? There is one, right, Walter? Please tell me that the plan doesn't end here.
WALTER: Of course not! The plan... is to find Olivia and guide her out. We just have to start looking. (quickly runs off)
(Even in an imaginary world inside Olivia's brain, things are still the same with Peter and Walter.)
PETER: How are we supposed to pick Olivia out? All these people are dressed like they raided her closet.
WALTER: More likely, she equipped them according to her preferences. Our fault, I fear. Cortexiphan subjects experience a strong desire to blend in, to stay in the background. They were designed that way.
PETER:Designed that way?
Suddenly the two of them see a light coming from near the top of one of the Twin Towers. Instantly you should be thinking of Morse Code via light(which again, does not work nearly as well as the dit and dahs sent via audio)and this is a reference to the blinking streetlight(which I was never able to decode) in the series pilot.
Walter tells Peter it is Morse Code and seems to be an SOS(which is "help" in Morse Code). Morse Code alphabet
Walter goes to a nearby trash can and retrieves an open container of chocolate pudding.
Peter, of course, thinks he's going to eat it and tells him in so many words. Walter replies,"Of course not. I just had lunch," and proceeds to send a Morse Code message to the spot of origin of the message with the silver foil liner aimed at the sun. (I have to try that sometime! I wonder who of the 3 writers is into Morse Code?) Peter is amazed and asks Walter what he's saying.
Walter tells him "I'm asking who it is." There is another short burst of blinking from the Tower and Walters yells, "It's Olivia! She's found us."
Peter says, "Tell her to stay there. We're on our way."
But we know things are never easy in the lands of Fringe.
Peter and Walter are trying to move closer to the Tower when Walter spots Olivia's evil step-father standing on the street leering at them. Peter doesn't know what he looks like and must resort to Walter's judgement. Walter points the angry-looking man out to Peter.
PETER: Hmm. Walter, I'm... getting a bad feeling about this. Any suggestions?
WALTER: Yes. Run! (chased by a mob) Oh! The cab!
So in another Matrix-like scene, Olivia's stepfather and a hoard of pedestrians chase after them. Peter and Walter get into a standing cab. Walter gets into the driver's seat.
PETER: Wait, wait, wait. You're driving?
We laugh again as Walter speeds away in the cab down the streets of Manhattan(or Manhatan?We'll find out which soon!) The speeding cab is a reference to Henry speeding off with our Liv dressed as FauxLivia in 301, "Olivia." Also, it makes us think of Walter's terrible driving and parking at the beginning of 214, "The Bishop Revival." Two black vehicles chase after them which reminds me of Jones's men chasing Liv in 111, "Bound." Walter breaks and stops quickly, impressed that he made a skid. Miraculously, they are in front of the Tower.
Inside they run into Nina Sharp at the elevators.
PETER: We're looking for Olivia.
NINA SHARP: Olivia?
Now, right there they should have known something wasn't right. Nina in our world seems to adore Olivia Dunham. This Nina tells them which elevator to take. The two of them watch as she scans her MD card for elevator access, but I believe the prosthetic is on the opposite arm! The car door opens and Walter almost falls down the empty elevator shaft. Peter grabs him, and in a rushed moment, Walter pushes Nina down the empty shaft, screaming as she descends to her death.
Walter and Peter get into a car and go to the top floor. Surprisingly there are no blue flashes on the way there, but the car opens onto the same blindingly white hall Olivia entered in the Season 1 finale, "There's More Than One Of Everything." Walter reminds Peter they should be careful of what's on the other side of the door, which turns out to be an animated William Bell. It is such a fantastic image the first time you see it. Suddenly our scene is completely animated, thanks to the wonderful work of Zoic Studios in Vancouver read more here .
I know some fans did not like the animation, but I think it was phenomenal, and added another rich layer of creativity to this episode.
As soon as they open the door William Bell is standing there and says to them "I lied," which is a lovely reference to FauxLivia's words to Peter at the end of 304, "Do Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep?" Bell also says this:
Olivia's not here. I was concerned if you knew it was just me, Peter wouldn't let you come rescue me.
I think this statement has bigger implications, as though Bell was retro cognitive to the circumstance of being bound inside Olivia's body.
Walter asks Bell why he's a cartoon. Bell replies, "I'd ask yourselves the same question."
When Walter realizes he's a cartoon as well, a dialogue balloon pops up that reads "How wonderful," and it is indeed.
Bell tells them he entered Olivia's mind on the street but couldn't find Walter or Peter, and a car tried to run him down, so he came to his office for safety. Peter questions why everything is turning against them in their efforts to help Olivia. Bell has a theory that when his consciousness entered her brain "her ego became confused...and let her fears run rampant."
PETER: Explain that.
WALTER: We're saying that Olivia is not aware that Belly's consciousness entered hers. As far as she's concerned, one minute she was fine, the next minute she was set adrift in her innermost thoughts. It's her fears that are causing the siege.
PETER: Then, in that case, she's not lost, she's hiding. That's what she does. When Olivia is afraid, she retreats.
We haven't seen much of Olivia afraid in this series, but we have seen her this way near the end of 215, "Jacksonville," and in 301, "Olivia" when she cries in the bathroom stall and runs to her "mother's house, and in 314, "6B" when she moves away from Peter.
Bell tells them it will be very difficult to find her if she is hiding
WALTER: He's right. Everything in her mind is dangerous and hostile to her now. How can we expect to find her if she's frightened of everything, us included?
PETER: Because she'd do exactly what you did -- she'll find a place that she considers to be safe. And she'll hide out.
Peter is confident Olivia is hiding out in Jacksonville. Bell tells him it's the last place she'd go, and Peter says that's why he's sure she's there.
Just then, there's commotion in the lobby of the tower as many people pour in through the doors. Somehow, Bell, Walter, and Peter have changed location to the rooftop of the Tower. The doors open and dozens of Brandon-looking Massive Dynamic zombies start heading toward our trio. Did you notice all the zombies have blue nametags and bloody-red mouths(representing both universes?)
There just happens to be a zeppelin flying overhead at that moment(Toto, we're not in Manhattan anymore!) and Bell yells "Zeppelin!" Walter and Bell head toward it while Peter fights off the zombies in white labcoats. As the Zeppelin starts pulling away Walter yells for Peter to join them. All that's available to him is a very long rope ladder. Peter breaks into a run and crosses the rooftop. Just as he lunges for the ladder, we see Joshua Jackson, non-animated, doing the same,(which is pretty cool!) then Peter is reanimated as his fingers latch on to the ladder. Like his jump in 316, "Os" to bring Vince back to earth, this is also an amazing jump, and he makes it.
Once things calm down in the escaping blimp, Walter has an interesting conversation with Belly:
WILLIAM BELL: Walter, when we were young and foolish with too much power and too many dreams that no one could stand in the way of... we needed each other.
WALTER: I don't understand.
WILLIAM BELL: We needed each other then, to check and balance.
WALTER: And now?
WILLIAM BELL: Now you possess the wisdom of humility. We didn't back then. The decisions you make will be the right ones. The direction you choose to take will be just.
The use of the word "just" here is not accidental. If you've read the book showcased by young Olivia in "Subject 13," called "Winter's Tale," the theme of the story is the pursuit of a just city and justice.
The alarms sound after we see someone cut a fuel line. There is someone else inside the Zeppelin! Peter comes in from wherever and asks what's going on.
Bell tells him it's the fuel line. In a snap Peter is in the Engine Room and sees what looks like fluid leaking from under the door. He finds the key and unlocks the lock holding a chain around the door to the engine room. The door falls down and Peter is thrown. A middle-aged man in a white t-shirt with a black cross emerges with a gun and points it at Peter. He asks how many are in the blimp. Peter tells the man it's just him on board. The man tells Peter he is holding a flare gun, and he doesn't want to be shot by it. Walter appears, frightened. Peter tells him to stay back. Walter asks the man's name. The man ignores him and asks Peter his name:
ZEPPELIN CREWMAN: Peter what?
PETER: Peter Bishop.
ZEPPELIN CREWMAN: Nice to meet you.
The crewman's last words before he shoots a large whole into the side of the airship are quite interesting. The man exits with a parachute, as the air rushes into the ship. Peter yells as Walter gets sucked out of the ship into the atmosphere.
Not surprisingly, Bell is already outside with another parachute on. Walter tries to grab onto him and it appears to me that Bell shoves him away. Walter starts freefalling and ends up coming back into himself, non-animated,and quite shaken, in his chair in the Harvard Lab. Astrid lets him know he's back in the lab, and Walter is not happy about it.
Bell and Peter somehow get the Zeppelin grounded in Jacksonville. Bell tells Peter his father will be fine, but that they are on their own. Peter asks Bell who the man on the ship was. Bell replies, "Someone unpleasant from her past, I imagine."
There's a little scuttle as Bell wants to lead but Peter tells him Olivia won't be at the Day Care Center. Bell asks Peter if he drives a motorcycle, stating he would love to ride on a motorcycle to where they need to go. They find one. As Peter rides with Bell on the back, Bell asks him where they are going.
Peter says Olivia told him her family lived on a military base when she was young.
PETER:Olivia once told me that she sometimes thinks about what it would be like to just be normal. She said she falls asleep sometimes thinking about what it would be like if her life hadn't taken the turn that it did. She told me that the last time she remembered feeling that way was the day before she met you and Walter at the Cortexiphan Trials. I think she's down there somewhere. In that house, on that day. Hiding out.
So they check out all the homes on the military base at Jacksonville, but they all look alike. Bell asks Peter how they will find her.
PETER:Her real dad painted the door red. He told her that it was good luck. The army told them it was against regulations, but he was an important man, so they let it slide.
WILLIAM BELL: There aren't many streets left, Peter. Maybe the door was painted green again after they moved away.
PETER: It wasn't.
So sure, isn't he? They find a house with a red door. Peter starts to doubt himself, but walks up to the door and opens it. As he opens it, Peter Bishop becomes un-animated and sees an un-animated Olivia just inside. He pulls her into a hug and comforts her.
OLIVIA: I'm so afraid. I don't know what's happening. There are all these people trying to hurt me, and this was the safest place I knew.
PETER: I know, and I'm here to help you. But we don't have a lot of time, so I can't explain it all right now, but I need you to understand that you're safe. It's okay for you to come back.
OLIVIA: Peter? What's wrong? Peter, you're scaring me.
PETER: You're not her.
OLIVIA: What are you talking about?
PETER: This is not you. I can see it in your eyes. It's not you.
I think this scene is an apology from Pinkner/Wyman/Goldsman for Peter not knowing it was FauxLivia when he slept with her in 304, just my opinion. Peter gets it right this time. He can see in her eyes, that it really isn't his Olivia.
A very young, tiny, and completely adorable Olivia tells him she just needed to know it was really him. He puts out his hand and she puts her tiny hand in his, and it's a really cute scene.
The Christmas tree plays a tune and tiny Liv says "Oh no!" Her evil step-father reappears and they run out the door. As they cross the lawn and head towards the motorcycle a military vehicle moving very quickly heading straight for them. Peter shields little Liv with his body and ends up back in his seat, un-animated, in the Harvard lab. He's out of breath and besides himself, clinging to Walter standing over him.
Peter tells Walter he lost her and has to go back, which is symbolic of the end of 322, "The Day We Died." And the image of a desparate, frightened, Peter clinging to Walter is a reference to my favorite scene in 113, "The Transformation," when Olivia clings to Peter for comfort after he pulls her from the tank.
We switch back to tiny Olivia who has grown as the military throng arrives, led by her step-father. William Bell says "Go!" and I'm not sure if that is to the crowd, or to young Liv, but I'm guessing he's saying that to young Olivia. She puts her hand up and everyone stops dead.
"No more. I'm not afraid of you," Olivia, the child, tells them all. There is silence as she transforms into an adult, animated Olivia Dunham, looking quite sure of herself. Her pink clothes have returned to her dark 'uniform' as Sam Weiss called it in "Olivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver." She turns to Bell and asks for an explanation:
WILLIAM BELL: I suspect I know what has happened here. I think my experiment was right after all. You should have been safe inside your mind... Except it's you, and you have never felt safe. You are your own worst enemy, Olivia. You took the opportunity to let your fears overwhelm you, but you just fought back. In the end, you are as strong as Walter and I always believed you were. And now you know it too.
OLIVIA: So what happens now?
WILLIAM BELL: Now, you go back. But not me. For you to survive, I need to leave.
OLIVIA: I don't understand.
WILLIAM BELL: You don't have to. Well, that's Walter. Right on time. Please tell Walter that I knew the dog wouldn't hunt.
There is a series of thunderclaps, and then Olivia wakes up, un-animated, in her chair in the Harvard Lab. She looks at Walter and says, "What happened to me?" which is a reference to Lisa Donovan waking up from having the consciousness of Andrew Rusk extricated from her in 211, "Unearthed" read more here.
While everyone's happy to see Olivia back in charge of her body, Astrid notices the transferrence of William Bell into the computer has failed. She tells Walter. Olivia delivers Bell's message-that he knew the dog wouldn't hunt. Walter translates that Belly would say that when he knew experiments wouldn't work. "He knew he wasn't coming out. And he hates good-byes." Walter is crushed, and escapes into another room, as Astrid welcomes Olivia back.
Once she gets everyone else setteled, Astrid approaches Walter in the other room, who looks quite miserable sitting in a chair. She shows him an electronic pad and tells him she loaded ZOOM onto it. That she'll watch it with him if he wants. Walter tells her he wants to be by himself for a bit.
ZOOM, a lovely Easter Egg, And A Real Boston-based Show From The Past
If you were a kid in the 70's to 90's and watched a PBS station, chances are you remember the fun kid-oriented tv show, "ZOOM!", produced in Boston, for real, at WGBH, not far from the Harvard campus. This show aired from 1972 to 1978, and then was remade and had another run from 1999 to 2005. It was good clean fun, and my favorite thing was the Ubby-Dubby language skits. See here. (Pig Latin but with "ub" instread of "ay.") 0...2,1....3,4, to all of you Zoomers reading this!
Peter and Olivia Reunite Post-Bellivia
It was only 2 episodes, but it felt like P/O was separated for longer than that.
Peter goes to her apartment, and they greet each other, after some obvious time has passed
since their 'trips.' They embrace each other, and it is warm and genuine.
Olivia asks Peter if he is hungry:
PETER: Uh, no. I'm okay, thanks. So how you feeling?
OLIVIA: Um... I feel like I've just woken up from a really strange dream. Thank you for coming to get me.
PETER: It's not as dangerous as crossing into another universe, but I try. You're welcome. What are we gonna have to deal with next, right?
OLIVIA: I don't know. But for some reason, I'm not afraid to move forward anymore. Sure you don't want some toast?
PETER: No, I -- no, I'm fine. Who is this guy? I saw him in your mind. You had him locked up in a Zeppelin. He was just flying around trapped in there.
OLIVIA: I don't know. I haven't seen him before. But I think that he's the man who's gonna kill me.
Um. OK. Olivia Dunham says that last line quite matter-of-factly as she chews on a piece of toast. Peter asked who the guy was because he was in a sketch in Olivia's sketchbook lying on her kitchen table. The sketch is a reference to Simon Phillip's sketches of the girl he dreams about in 312, "Concentrate And Ask Again."
And what a way to end this wild ride of an episode!
Questions That Arise From "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide"
Which of the 3 writers were tripping when they conceived this episode?
If William Bell used rats to study his Soul Magnets theory, how could he know when the host's consciousness had left?
What did Walter mean when he told Peter the Cortexiphan subjects were designed to want to blend into their background environment?
Who was the man locked inside the engine room of the Zeppelin? Why did he ask Peter his last name? After Peter told him, why did the man say "Nice to meet you"?
Why was Peter so sure the front door on Olivia's old military base home was still painted red?
Why did William Bell tell Olivia, "Well, that's Walter, right on time" when the thunder clapped?
Where did William Bell's consciousness go when it left Olivia Dunham's body?
Why did this episode end with Olivia telling Peter, "I haven't seen him before. But I think that he's the man who's going to kill me"?
If Peter Bishop Never Existed...
It would only have been Walter and Bellivia taking the LSD.
And think about it. If it was just the two of them and no fuming Peter demanding to know when he'd get his girlfriend back, would Walter have felt as pressured to drive his old partner from Olivia's body? Broyles probably would have still badgered Bell, but would Walter have worked as hard to get his partner out?
If there was no Peter and just Walter went looking for Olivia in her mind, would he have fallen down the elevator shaft to his doom?
If there was no Peter, William Bell may have gone to the Day Care Center by himself, and thus never have found Olivia in time to save her.