Screen caps from this episode are taken from fringefiles.com. 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…
August had just come in the Diner to explain his actions about Christine Hollis
Uh, I’m beginning to think that it might be yours, December.
Before I get into the episode I’m gonna rave about Jasika a bit. She is the youngest cast member and so far had not had a chance to play simultaneously with both of her characters. She did a fantastic job and had all the support from the rest of the team as proven here.
Kudos to all the cast members for their outstanding performances and support to each other.
Glyphs spelled: EMPATH
“someone who senses other people’s emotions” as Peter says in 1.15 Inner Child
The Observers can be seen a few times during the episode…
I don’t know, this might be a weird connection and I’m not sure if I make sense but when I read the slogan on the bench behind Neil
What’s this? Someone wearing 2 watches using the hand scanner in the bridge-room, who could that be?
Back at the lab Peter and Walter are working to get Peter home. Or so you would think.
PETER: “I would say... that we've only been working for three hours, and we've already taken two food breaks. At this rate, I'll never get home.”
WALTER: “I miss the other one.”
PETER: “I'm almost afraid to ask.”
WALTER: “Boy. The other boy. He doesn't starve me.”
PETER: “Which other boy?”
WALTER: “The one who plays chess.”
WALTER: “That's the one. I prefer him.”
Walter, I don’t think you really mean that, do you?
So here we have another chess game. They have been present throughout the series.
When I prepare the Observiews, I play my Fringe playlist on itunes. It has the sound tracks, the Violet Sedan Chair album and music that is played throughout episodes. I recently had bought “I’ve seen all good people” by Yes (2.04 Momentum Deferred, just before Walter starts the experiment with Rebecca Kibner). I love this song but never really paid attention to the lyrics until today. Check them out right here.
So Peter leaves and Alt-Astrid enters.
WALTER: “Hello. How about you and I share some delightful scrambled eggs, Astro?”
ALT-ASTRID: “It's Astrid.” WALTER: “That's funny. You never correct me. You're not you, are you?”
Uh, that’s not quite correct, at least in the old timeline. In 2.01 A New Day In The Old Town Walter calls Astrid “Asterix” and she did correct him.
Anyway Astrid meets her alternate.
Yeah, me too.
ASTRID: “Olivia told me about you. But it's nice to meet you personally in the flesh.”
ALT-ASTRID: “All personal meetings are in the flesh.”
ASTRID: “Yes, I - I suppose they are.”
We also learn that both Astrid’s moms die of cancer. Just like Olivia’s.
Walter’s way of consoling is hardly helpful; got to love him though. He’s offering a plate of eggs with chives, stating that almost all cultures respond to death with food.
Olivia is being informed that there is a case and her double is on the way.
Walter calls Fauxlivia: “Viper!” which is what he called Nina in 4.04 Subject 9. And just because they agreed to work together doesn’t mean he has to like her. He also gets Alt-Astrid’s name right which makes our Astrid upset. After all it’s the same name. Go figure.
So Olivia, Peter and our Astrid go on the case while Walter stays with Alt-Astrid in the lab.
And of course he asks Astrid to check his crotch. Poor thing, second time she had to do that.
He also says: “Kirk out!”
As the team leaves the crime scene someone else shows up.
Donald Long had one of those devices too in 2.08 August.
Back at the lab they are doing an autopsy on the first victim and Walter does what he does best: eating Red Vines while wearing bloody gloves. At least this time he’s using forceps.
Olivia says the victim was a nice guy all around.
OLIVIA: “Well, everybody has somebody who wants to kill them.”
Olivia, you said that because of what September told you right?
As they discuss the case further, Walter calls Astrid “Aspirin” which he also did in 1.18 Midnight and 3.02 The Box.
Now the fun begins: Enter Fauxlivia: “Oh. Isn’t this a party? Hey girls.”
I think that’s one of my favorite lines in this episode. That of course goes back to 3.08 Entrada
WALTER: “Like Mata Hari using her feminine wiles to accomplish her evil ends. And I too fell prey. She used my stomach to get through to my heart.”
And Olivia doesn’t seem to be that thrilled either about Fauxlivia being there.
Walter invites Alt-Astrid to help: “I think I love her.”
FAUXLIVIA: “Okay, well, I guess that, uh, we're not gonna go straight home. Cold Chinese in the fridge?”
Our pretend Observer has found another “soul to save”.
KERRY WATSON: “No one can see the future.”
NEIL: “You're right. There is no future. There's no past. Everything happens right now.”
Back at the lab, Walter dumps a bag of stuff on the table that Fauxlivia had forgotten to take with her when she was pretending to be Olivia. Among them this cube
WALTER: “I didn't steal anything, if that's what you're implying. Although I admit that this one item confounded me. Just another of your tools of spy craft, I imagine. A sinister communication device? Some kind of devious encoder?”
That reminded me of 3.11 Reciprocity
ASTRID: “Yeah. Most of them.”
WALTER: “What did she have to say about me?”
ASTRID: “She liked you. She thought that you were kind and brilliant.”
The team is out inspecting the next crime scene. Walter calls Astrid “Asterisk”. He called her Asterisk in 2.01 A New Day In The Old Town.
Walter then instructs Astrid to get a few things but Peter is a step ahead and it seems to irritate Walter,
Walter gives Peter a mundane task to get him away from the autopsy. The eyes of the victim
So then Alt-Astrid is having “heart to heart” conversation with Walter.
ALT-ASTRID: “You're angry with your son.”
WALTER: “He is not my son.”
ALT-ASTRID: “As I understand it, in a different timeline, he is.”
WALTER: “Oh, so he says.”
ALT-ASTRID: “Do you feel love for him? I have found that anger inevitably seems to be conjoined with emotional investment. Do you think that is the case?”
WALTER: “Peter is a reminder of the son I had... and wish had lived. But he is not that son.” ALT-ASTRID: “And that makes you suffer?”
ALT-ASTRID: “In that case, wouldn't it be preferable if you chose to believe he was your son? And then you could love him and be happy.”
During this scene we also see the haze again.
Walter in 4.07 Wallflower
FAUXLIVIA: “Secretary's son. He's cute, huh? Bet he's all contradictory and tricky like his Dad.” OLIVIA: “Yeah, I imagine he's just your type.”
FAUXLIVIA: “Actually, no. Turns out I like the nice guys.”
Ok, a few things about this interaction: Fauxlivia said the Secretary is all contradictory and tricky. How would she know that if she only knows him from a work relationship? Is this the Fauxlivia from our timeline knowing Walternate more from a family based standpoint?
The other thing I thought interesting is the statement Peter not being a nice guy. Hm. I thought back to 2.19 Brown Betty
After this personal interlude Olivia proceeds with the case.
FAUXLIVIA: “You say that with such conviction. Because...?”
OLIVIA: “Because if there isn't a link, then we've got a killer on the loose and no lead to find him.”
Finally we’re getting some traction on our killer. He works at the airport.
This lady is flying from Boston to Frankfurt, Germany. Just like Olivia did in 1.07 In Which We Meet Mr. Jones.
Neil is scanning the ID cards/driver’s licenses of passengers to find his victims, this guy – Jared – being the next one.
Jared missed his flight and heads for the parking garage. Neil approaches him and tells him how he is going to die while the Observer keeps track of the device.
Will “what was written come to pass” eventually, no matter how many bullets we’ve been able to dodge?
At the hospital there is a poster on the wall
Jared said that “Today was gonna be the day that I started over. New beginning.”
Back at the lab, trying to solve the case and bickering between Walter and Fauxlivia continues.
Both of the Astrid’s say “Period, goose egg and zilch” at the same time.
Obviously you don’t know anything about Walter my dear. He like strawberry milkshakes!
ASTRID: “So we're looking for -- for what? A humanitarian killer?”
WALTER: “Or a compassionate one.”
FAUXLIVIA: “Okay, so you're saying that the killer believes he is saving his victims from a lifetime of suffering by killing them. That sounds like an extremely contorted view of compassion.”
WALTER: “Some suffering is worse than death.”
Also the “compassionate killer” reminded me of 3.17 Stowaway where they thought they were looking for a compassionate soul vampire.
Alt-Astrid discovers where to find Neil. And she has coffee for the first time.
Olivia and Peter rush to the airport to arrest Neil but their attempt was stopped by security. For some reason I thought for sure Olivia would finagle a way around, guess not.
Also the public announcement was: Flight 62 to Chicago O’Hare at Gate 23A. 23 is also a recurring number and Chicago has been referenced many times as well. Peter wanted to send Walter there at the end of 2.14 Jacksonville. Rachel went to Chicago a few times and finally moved there, as Projection Peter informs Olivia in 3.05 Amber 31422.
So they discover that Neil was a professor at MIT, just like Alistair Peck from 2.17 White Tulip.
This equation didn’t unlock the secrets of the universe but Dashel Kim was also obsessed with solving it and couldn’t (1.08 The Equation).
PETER: “Define that for me what do you mean by flattened?”
PROFESSOR: “Well, that you could in essence see past, present, and future simultaneously.”
Or as Brandon explained it in 2.08 August: “It’s all happening at once.”
On the chalk board it says Newton’s 2nd which I assume refers to the 2nd law.
Peter and Olivia also discover that Neil has a house at Reiden Lake.
PETER: “The professor said that Neil thought he could see past, present, and future all at the same time. That's what the Observers do. We've just never been able to figure out how they do it. But in my timeline, an Observer saved my life. It also happened at Reiden Lake. When Walter crossed over when I was a child to bring me back to his universe, the ice broke. We both fell in. It was an Observer who pulled us out.” (2.15 Peter)
So they are getting ready to drive to Reiden Lake.
Meanwhile back at the lab, Walter’s method of thinking? I hope his thoughts are pleasant.
I think we might have asked that question ourselves too. And I think the answer could be: maybe not more but in a different way.
Olivia and Peter arrive at Reiden Lake. Peter’s looking at a house across the lake. Is it his?
1.20 There Is More Than One Of Everything – David Robert Jones tried to cross over to kill Bell but was stopped by Peter.
2.15 Peter – Both Walter and Peter were pulled out of the lake by an Observer.
3.15 Subject 13 – Young Peter tried to drown himself on/in the lake to go home.
3.19 LSD Walter (as the cartoon character) fell into Reiden Lake and woke up in the lab.
3.22 The Day We Died – Walternate lured Peter there so Walternate could kill Olivia.
Reiden Lake (new timeline):
4.04 Subject 9 – Peter resurfaced at Reiden Lake and Olivia had no knowledge of the lake.
4.05 Novation – As Peter mentions Reiden Lake to Walter it was discovered that in this timeline the Observer did not rescue Peter.
Peter to Olivia in 1.03 The Ghost Network: “Ever considered a life of crime?”
Olivia cracking locks again like in 1.20 The Road Not Taken and 4.04 Subject 9.
Part of the wall decoration in Neil’s house
Neil went to his mother’s house.
As his mother talks, Neil finishes her sentences and knows what she’s going to say next.
And of course he knows that Olivia and Peter are coming.
So Neil lets himself get killed
Behind door #215 hides the number 8.
here for more info on 8.
After everything is over Peter says: “Hey, how you holding up?”
OLIVIA: “Peter. I know it's taken me some getting used to, but as long as you're stuck here, you make a good partner.”
Back at the lab it’s time to say good bye. I thought it was cute how Alt-Astrid just stuck out a hand and Walter asked for permission to give her a hug.
FAUXLIVIA: “Hey, Walter. Here, I want to show you something. My ingenious piece of spy tech.” WALTER: “Mints?”
FAUXLIVIA: “Similar. They're Bobbins. They're delicious.”
WALTER: “It's almost like Wintergreen. Only smokier. (Walter gives her a Red Vine) One for the road.”
FAUXLIVIA: “Are you giving me a send-off?”
WALTER: “You may possess positive qualities that I previously overlooked.”
WALTER: “In your dreams.”
I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction between Walter and Fauxlivia. Maybe they will become best of friends.
As they say good bye.
Astrid goes to her dad’s house. Not sure if she lives there in this timeline. In the old one she had her apartment in Somerville (2.03 Fracture) and Walter came to visit her in 3.02 The Box.
MR. FARNSWORTH: “Yeah. I know. But at least I can feed ya. And I can give my baby girl a big ol' hug. Awww.”
Neil’s mom is just sitting in the chair. Did she take the pills on the table to go to sleep or to kill herself?
MARCH: “Here it is.”
DECEMBER: “You're right. It's September's.”
The instructions were to erase Peter from time. But in 4.01 Neither Here Nor There, September couldn’t do it, for whatever reason.
And surely, December, you can’t tell me you’re surprised that Peter has returned.
Just a few questions I want to throw out:
-Can the Observers not see the future if they don’t have this device?
-Since September didn’t have his, was he in error all this time?
-Was or is Peter in the real timeline but no one remembers him?
At one point Peter’s and Astrid’s coat had the same pattern.
When Fauxlivia said to Walter that she’s “gotten to him” I thought of Henry in 3.18 Bloodline saying that Olivia had gotten to him. And in 4.05 Novation, Lincoln calls the bluff on Olivia saying that Peter had gotten to her.
Olivia’s demeanor kind of reminded me of 3.12 Concentrate And Ask Again and it’s cool to see the beanie back.
Okay, I feel like I’m losing my mind which would fit with Fringe but I thought the parking garage reminded me of 3.16 Os
I’ve mentioned about 36-38 different episodes today.
The case this week wasn’t that important to me although it did raise more questions. What made this episode great was the interaction between the characters, the two Astrids’, the two Olivias’, Walter’s interaction with Alt-Astrid and the bickering between Walter and Fauxlivia.
And here is, as I promised, the taste report on chocolate chip-banana pancakes. They were very good!
“In the end I have to believe in HOPE”