Welcome to the Observiews for Season 4 of Fringe. I call them Observiews because they are more visual observations than deep thinking reviews, if that makes sense.
Screen caps from this episode are taken from fringefiles.com and DVD. Dialog is from fringepedia.net/transcripts.
All observations are mine and therefore could be totally off the wall and/or wrong. I have not read or looked at any recaps or reviews. I could also have missed a few things, oh well…
ALICE: “I'm not sure I'll ever really understand what happened. And I'm not sure it would make any difference if I did. You know...”
I believe this was the best episode ever, at least so far. And not being completely able to wrap my head around all of it makes me come back every week.
Glyphs spelled: DEATH
Who’s? Jones? Olivia? Or does it serve as a clue for next week, seeing all the people die in the preview .
The Observer can be seen here
As we discovered last week, Broyles is a mole. Still not sure if he also is a shapeshifter.
Meanwhile Alt-Lincoln and Fauxlivia tracked down Jones
Jones: “I suppose this is what it feels like to have a child… to love as a parent does.”
So back at the lab, Walter just discovered molecular gastronomy. WALTER: “Look, spherical pastrami. You hungry?”
Olivia actually came to see Astrid
And how did she get that sample anyway?
The color for this episode seemed to be green.
There was also lots of red.
PETER: “We're leaving.”
LINCOLN: “Wait a minute -- we might finally get some answers. We should stay here, and we should assist with the interrogation.”
PETER: “No. I finally got Walternate to agree to help me. I don't think the way to say thank you is to tell him how to do his job.”
LINCOLN: “So that's it. Yeah, you... you got what you wanted.”
LINCOLN: “I need to be a part of this investigation. I lost a partner.”
PETER: “I lost a universe!”
As they were about to leave I guess, Jones was brought in and of course Peter recognized him.
For clarity current episode pictures are on top, parallels from 1.14 Ability and others are on the bottom. If not otherwise indicated, parallels are from 1.14 Ability.
JONES: “I’m sure you have an abundance of questions. But I doubt I'd answer any of them. Besides which, we don't have much time. I imagine you'd like to avoid unnecessary deaths.”
ALT- BROYLES: “We're not in the business of responding to threats.”
JONES: “Oh, I wouldn't call it that. Consider it an insurance policy.”
JONES: “I wouldn't call it that. I'd call it an insurance policy.”
JONES: “An agent of mine -- a shape-shifter posing as Doctor Brandon Fayette -- was taken off-line earlier today.”
Jones: “I wouldn’t mind a cup of tea.”
PETER: “I know who that man is. His name is David Robert Jones.”
SECRETARY BISHOP: “Go on.”
PETER: “He's a scientist. He has a background in biotechnology and genetic weaponry.”
SECRETARY BISHOP: “If you're right, we'll have a record of him -- we don't. He's not in any database.”
PETER: “Because he's not from your universe. He crossed over from the other side.”
SECRETARY BISHOP: “How can you be so certain? You've already said that things are different from your timeline.”
PETER: “Let me talk to him.”
ALT-BROYLES: “Sir, I hardly think that's wise.”
FAUXLIVIA: “I don't think it's a good idea. Imagine the panic if she talks to the press.”
So Peter is allowed to question him and Jones seems quite rattled when Peter tells him that and how he knows him as he recalls the events from 1.20 There Is More Than One Of Everything.
PETER: “The last time I saw you, you were completely falling apart -- molecular disintegration due to transporting out of a German prison. They had to wrap you in bandages just keep you from turning into a puddle on the floor. It seems like you figured out a way to heal yourself. Do you mind if I ask? What was it -- some sort of DNA graft?”
JONES: “I've never met you in my life.”
PETER: “No. But I've met you.”
PETER: “When you were crossing out of your universe into this one. You created a - a doorway, a portal. I’m the man who closed it on you. It cut you right in half.”
JONES: “Interesting story. Yet I’m still in one piece. I believe you've run out of time.”
So then Jones had finagled something that he does best.
Back on our side Olivia is asking to speak with Broyles about Peter and Lincoln but he has already been informed.
BROYLES: “That you helped them cross over to the other side without my authorization? Yes, I know. I've just received word from my alter ego. Needless to say, he was about as amused as I am.”
OLIVIA: “Are they okay?”
BROYLES: “They're fine. And we'll deal with the issue of your insubordination once we've resolved the situation.”
OLIVIA: “What situation?”
BROYLES: “Take a seat. Have you ever heard of a man named David Robert Jones?”
BROYLES: “Neither had I. He's been in Frankfurt Prison for possession of state secrets. Three years ago, he broke out. Apparently, since then, he's made his way to the other side.”
That’s where Olivia met him for the first time, at least in the original time line. And that’s where he broke out of in 1.10 Safe using Walter’s device, hidden in the safety deposit boxes.
So Secretary Bishop decides to let Jones go to see what he is up to. Alt-Lincoln planted a tracker in his tea. I guess I should say, be careful when you drink tea, you never know what’s in it. First soul magnets and now tracking devices, lol.
They find him sitting at a café where they keep multiple eyes on him. Honestly the green chairs don’t look very inviting to me.
Okay, back to the story. Jones needs to come up with a diversion. And of course he uses the same means as in 1.14 Ability – money. This time it’s only a tracker in the bills
Who are you, Alt-Broyles?
ELIZABETH: “Walter, I know whatever happened today was a setback.”
SECRETARY BISHOP: “There's more than that. We were severely compromised. Another please.” ELIZABETH: “And more Scotch is gonna change that?”
ELIZABETH: “That's fine. You still need to eat. If nothing else, You need to put something in your stomach to absorb all that alcohol.”
SECRETARY BISHOP: “It was my decision, Elizabeth. I knew the risk. I took a -- an immense gamble. And now that man Jones is gone.”
ELIZABETH: “I don't think that's all you're upset about. You've gone over the blueprints, haven't you? Like Peter asked you to.”
2.21 Over There Part 1
PETER: “He had said he wanted me to help him with something.”
ELIZABETH: “Yes, he's staying in the city tonight, but he asked me to give you this.”
SECRETARY BISHOP: “Yes. I've tried to see what he's saying... that the machine is... capable of more than one function, that it can return him to his timeline.”
SECRETARY BISHOP: “But I can't help him. And apparently, the other Walter refuses to... which is... ironic, given the lengths that that man went to in the past.”
ELIZABETH: “That is not your fault. It never was.”
SECRETARY BISHOP: “Well, the outcome is still the same. I couldn't save our son then. And I can't help him now.”
ELIZABETH: “Maybe I can. Maybe I can help Peter.”
Meanwhile back Fringe HQ
PETER: “In its natural state, Amphilicite is inert. It's not really reactive, like helium. But if you know how to process it properly, it can be used as a power source.”
PETER: “Because where I’m from, William Bell used a tiny amount of it to create a battery. Jones stole the battery.”
It was hidden in Nina’s arm (1.20 There's More Than One Of Everything)
After Jones disappeared from the park he crossed over to our universe leading everyone else to the wrong location.
Finally some “Gene” time. I was wondering what had happened to her.
ELIZABETH: “I never expected to see you again. I suppose it's appropriate that... a version of our son should bring us together. I came here for Peter. I understand you're refusing to help him.” WALTER: “I’m sorry you traveled so far. I can't. I have made my position quite clear.” ELIZABETH: “The last time I saw you, you had come to save a boy's life. Now I've come to do the same.”
Walter is breaking my heart.
So Peter comes back to this side. Peter is trying to take all the blame.
OLIVIA: “On a scale of one to ten? A lot.”
PETER: “I’m sorry.”
OLIVIA: “It'll blow over. It's not the first time.”
Two incidents came to mind.
1.06 The Cure
The other one is from 1.17 Bad Dreams
Back at the lab Walter offers Elizabeth a cup of tea or coffee.
The whole scene between Elizabeth and Walter was just awesome.
WALTER: “It was more than a mistake. I broke universes. I asked for a sign of forgiveness. But I got nothing. There is no absolution for me.”
But Walter you did get a sign 2.17 White Tulip, at least in our timeline.
ELIZABETH: “Well, I don't believe that. I forgive you, Walter. I forgave you a long time ago. And if I can God can. We both lost our sons. We never watched them grow up and fall in love, have babies.”
“But there's something of them in him. In this Peter. I know you feel it too. And if you could just help him... Walter, he deserves to go back to the people he loves... and who love him.”
ELIZABETH: “So is he.”
Peter and the rest of the team go to Mohonk Quarry on this side to catch Jones.
JONES: “Secure the cargo. Hold them off.”
JONES: “Keep going please. Don't stop what you're doing. Hold them off as long as you can.”
Peter shoots Nadine the shapeshifter.
Jones is able to get away opening a window and Olivia follows him. Peter warns her that if she follows and the window closes it will kill her.
Back at the bridge-room Secretary Bishop encourages to work together, to fight the shapeshifters and Jones together. They also know that there is a mole, who of course sits right there with them unbeknownst to them. And that’s too bad because they also have something that Jones didn’t anticipate and that is Peter.
This probably also means that Peter has no intention right now to return to his timeline.
She wants to know everything about Jones but Peter needs some sleep. And of course she thanks him for saving her life. I’ve stopped counting on how many times they did that for each other.
Later Peter has a visitor at the house.
Walter has come to help. He tells Peter that his mother was a wonderful woman, all versions of her.
WALTER: “Is that a good thing?”
PETER: “Yes, Walter. That is a very good thing.”
So here we are at the end, Jones communicating with,
And the message that was exchanged this time does not sound good… for Olivia.
Bear with me because I’m not sure how to articulate myself on a few things here.
Obviously Jones knows Olivia in this timeline. At the beginning he approached Fauxlivia to be taken to their leader, not Lincoln.
In our timeline it seemed he had known her for a long time. He also knew about Cortexiphan.
But in the old timeline Jones and Nina were enemies, so what changed.
Is Nina trying to activate Olivia so they can use her to travel safely back and forth or are there other powers they’re trying to activate in her, like telekinesis or pyrokinesis? And if so, for what purpose?
Is this still ZFT?
Just a few random questions:
To Lincoln Peter says he lost a universe, to Alt-Astrid he says he thinks he’s from a different timeline.
Which one is it, Peter?
Another thought that’s not leaving my brain is this: what if Peter is still stuck in the machine and what we’re seeing is another possible parallel universe?
And for some reason I’ve been coming back to 3.09 Marionette where Walter asks Peter if Olivia has been replaced by a robot.
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