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. 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…
That line had been stuck in my head since 4.09 Enemy Of My Enemy and I’m not sure why. There is no evidence that Olivia has been replaced by a shapeshifter but…
Someone else might have been. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Glyphs spelled: HENRY
I can already hear the moans and groans because of those 5 letters.
At the end of last week’s Observiews I said “What if Peter never disappeared? What if everything we’re seeing is from Olivia’s perspective?”
Well if this is really the case then Henry did exist. Let’s just be patient and see what happens, okay?
The Observer can be seen here although I don’t think he had anything to do with Olivia’s disappearance.
This is the second episode that picks up right where we left off. Last time was 3.07 The Abducted, going into 3.08 Entrada.
Last week we ended with Olivia kissing Peter, as if they’ve been a couple for a long time already. But Peter was quite shocked.
Every time I hear the word “normal” now I have to think of this:
PETER: “How long have we known each other, Olivia?”
OLIVIA: “Three months. Peter, I know who you are, and I know who I am. I think that this may just be some residual effects left over from being in Westfield.”
And sure enough just as she closes the door behind Peter
Olivia and Lincoln are on their way to Deerfield Hospital to learn more about Sean who describes a crime as it happens.
LINCOLN: “There really aren't any normal days in this job, are there?” OLIVIA: “Nope.”
I’ll get back to the Greek phrase later.
Walter is already at the hospital, having a deep conversation with one of the patients.
WALTER: “That's when I told him. I said, “Tim, it's not what the L.S.D. can do. It's what the human mind can do that is truly wonderful.””
Tim is the agent who watched Walter in 4.01 Neither Here Nor There.
These come to mind:
1.01 The Pilot - Walter making LSD so Olivia can go into John’s mind.
1.11 Bound - Walter dosing a caterpillar with LSD.
1.20 There Is More Than One Of Everything - Walter telling Peter, that he saw an alternate universe while on LSD.
3.04 Do Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep - Walter was tripping.
3.19 LSD - no explanation needed, lol.
As they walk down the hall Olivia is flashing back again.
Well, we don’t know yet if these memories are real but I’m sure it feels scary.
Walter talks with Sean and forms a hypothesis.
And in typical “Walter manner” he says to Sean’s doctor: “I believe your diagnosis of the young man is fundamentally flawed.”
Anyway, since Sean was there voluntarily (just like Nick Lane in 1.17 Bad Dreams) he agreed to go off medication to assist with the case. The doctor and Olivia just need to convince prescribing physician.
As they walk down the hallway which is mostly blue with just the red exit sign and the green down the hall,
So Olivia goes to see Peter. I guess you could title these next few scenes as “6B re-visited”.
Olivia even knocks 8 times, just like in 3.14 6B. Her demeanor even seemed the same.
OLIVIA: “Hey. Um, this might be a little bit weird, but I was wondering if I could come in and just have a look around.”
Olivia in 6B: “Um... I might be being presumptuous, but, um... I was thinking maybe.”
OLIVIA: “That’s where Walter used to sleep.”
PETER: “To disaster narrowly averted.” OLIVIA: “Or at least postponed.”
OLIVIA: “Peter, I remember William Bell. I remember crossing over to bring you back. I remember Jacksonville and seeing you shimmer the first time we kissed.
Peter all the while, totally confused
OLIVIA: “I remember it. I remember us. I remember everything.”
And Olivia isn’t even scared. Just like ours. Walter asks her questions and the answers are clearer with our Olivia’s memories than her own. As I write this, I’m thinking: Well maybe it’s because her own memories were planted there, so she thinks she went by herself. Even exchanging Olivia’s memories with Fauxlivia’s in the beginning of Season 3 didn’t last long. Our Olivia was stronger.
I feel for you Peter. You just want your Olivia back.
My favorite part was when Walter shushed them both so he could do his work. But then he lost his thought, lol.
Lincoln comes with information about the case.
OLIVIA: “I’m gonna get my coat.”
LINCOLN: “Where are you going?”
OLIVIA: “To talk to Sean's mother.”
LINCOLN: “Should she be leaving the lab?”
OLIVIA: “You said there's nothing wrong with me physically. So if something shows up in the tests, let me know. Otherwise, we've got a case.”
Does that not sound like our Olivia? It reminds me of 2.02 Night Of Desirable Object when Olivia get’s released from the hospital: “I’m no good at sitting around.”
Olivia and Lincoln go and question Sean’s mom. There are white tulips on the sideboard.
Meanwhile Astrid is talking with Sean at the hospital.
Back at the lab, Walter prepares tea. And of course since this is Walter he can’t just use a microwave or stove to heat water, he uses lab equipment.
The song that’s playing during that is called “The Ghost Who Walks” by Karen Elson.
Olivia is in the back office getting ready to look through files. Peter joins her.
OLIVIA: “Maybe I don't remember everything, 'cause I -- I don't remember you having this scar.”
PETER: “You wouldn't. I only got that one a month ago. Olivia—“
Which of course leads to this.
“The beguiling Olivia Dunham beguiles.”
(3.15 Subject 13)
And of course as it is with most perfect moments, they get interrupted. Walter walks in to inform them of a breakthrough.
WALTER: “how ever these bees are communicating, they are operating as one, doing whatever it takes to ensure the survival of the hive. If Sean and his half-brothers are linked in a telepathic network, then it is possible they have formed a collective identity.”
Sean was conceived through in vitro fertilization and Olivia and Lincoln tracked down the doctor who did the procedure. He lives in an assisted living facility.
Cute! And Peter still doesn’t know what to do.
Also the lab had a tint of blue, even Peter was wearing the color of choice “universe”.
So Olivia and Peter pay the doctor a visit.
OLIVIA: “What were those experiments?”
OLIVIA: “A better what?”
PETER: “A better human-being.”
I’ll get back to that title later.
OLIVIA: “And they're all from the same donor. All 200.”
OWEN FRANK: “Yes.”
OLIVIA: “And his information is in the storage facility also?”
PETER: “No. It's you, isn't it?”
OWEN FRANK: “Can you imagine that? The hubris of trying to improve upon god?”
Back at the lab Walter gets the results from Olivia’s hair and it’s not good news.
WALTER: “I did a chemical analysis. The results are irrefutable.”
NINA: “Well, how is she? Have you spoken with her?”
WALTER: “I examined her. As far as I can tell, she's not in immediate jeopardy.”
Wait Walter. Are you saying something could happen to her just because she has it in her system? Gah, I want to know what happens. NOW!
LINCOLN: “Where do you store the remaining Cortexiphan samples?”
WALTER: “The ones that Belly and I kept. It's possible someone may have reverse-engineered the formula.”
NINA: “They're at Massive Dynamic, under our tightest security.”
LINCOLN: “In my experience, security can be breached.”
LINCOLN: “Could you take us to it?”
WALTER: “Belly and I numbered the samples before we stored them. If anyone has tampered with them, I will know.”
NINA: “Fine. I just need to make a few phone calls.”
LINCOLN: “No calls. The less people who know about this the better.”
NINA: “Let's go.”
Olivia and Peter are at the storage facility in Back Bay.
PETER: “I'm... confused.”
PETER: “Olivia, I don't know what you want from me.”
OLIVIA: “I -- I want you to behave naturally. I want you to -- to treat me like you know me better than anyone in the world too. Because you do.”
PETER: “Meaning Walter's theory can't possibly be right. (Peter just learned a fact he didn’t know before) I'm not projecting my memories onto you. You can't have memories that I've never had. I don't understand how this is happening.”
They find the right storage unit, 2251.
22 symbolizes the principle of precision and balance. When it senses its full capacity as a 'Master Builder', it can achieve what is hardly imaginable. The 22 can turn the most ambitious of dreams a reality. It is potentially the most successful of all numbers.
Also: 2+2+5-1=8, which is Olivia’s number and stands for infinity. I think we first heard of 8 in conjunction with Olivia by Sam Weiss in 2.02 Night Of Desirable Objects. Her shoe size is 8. If you look at bldg numbers and Olivia is there, most likely you’ll find 8 (and also 22) or the sum will equal 8. There were 8 wheel chairs found in 3.16 Os and as I said earlier, Olivia knocked on the door 8 times and so forth.
Anyway back to the story. Someone has been there before them, destroying evidence and apparently some of the Hive is trying to kill Olivia. Fortunately Peter and Olivia were warned by Astrid who was with Sean as he describes the situation. Olivia and Peter make arrests.
But two other Hive members are on their way to kill the doctor.
They are planning on killing the doctor with the pillow.
JOHN: “I didn't betray you. You know that. In your heart. You know I wasn't the one.”
The cops are on their way to the doctor’s room.
Just like Charlie in 1.01 The Pilot: “We need this place locked down!”
Sean is in his room watching TV and the volume is way too loud.
SEAN KEENAN: “I can't hear them. When I couldn't hear them before, there was a feeling that they were... with me. Like when s -- you know someone's in the room, even if you can't see 'em.”
SEAN KEENAN: “This is different. They're gone. There's nothing anymore. Just silence. Why?”
I think Sean can’t hear them anymore because the link between him and the rest of the Hive is gone. Dr. Owen was their father and since we’re talking about bees, something like the queen.
A few Observiews back I had made a list of the best last 5 minutes of an episode. Forget that list.
This is by far the best last 5 minutes of any episode so far. Jaw dropping, heart stopping, breath taking, head spinning and then some. Oh My Gosh!
I keep telling myself “if I don’t write about it, it didn’t happen”, right?
Let’s see if we can make heads or tails of it.
PETER: “You’re thinking that this job just can't get any weirder?”
PETER: “Olivia. I'm thinking about it. T's all I've been thinking about. And I'm afraid. I'm afraid because I've made this mistake before. I betrayed the Olivia that I love. But what I'm really afraid of is... when I look into your eyes, I know it's you. I know it's you.”
OLIVIA: “Just gotta, um... I just gotta go pee.”
Meanwhile at Massive Dynamic
It appears all the Cortexiphan is there. And I’m so glad Walter tested the vial.
It's potassium iodide with food coloring. Red #4. The Cortexiphan has been replaced.
If looks could kill, Nina would be dead!
Back to the gas station. Sure enough Peter can’t find Olivia. They just can’t catch a break.
The next instant we find Olivia tied up in a room.
The title of this episode was “A Better Human Being”
The Greek phrase Olivia told Peter in 2.01 A New Day In The Old Town was “Be a better man than your father”.
I think that phrase took on a whole new meaning. Dr. Owen manipulated DNA so that his children would literally “be better than their father”.
He also said: “The hubris of trying to improve upon god.”
I had to look the word “hubris” up. This is the meaning of it: means extreme haughtiness, pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one's own competence or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power.
How often in Fringe has someone tried to enter God’s territory and succeeded?
Carla Warren told Walter in 2.15 Peter: “Some things are not ours to tamper with. Some things are God's.”
In 1.02 The Same Old Story Walter talked about a program to grow soldiers
In 2.07 Of Human Action they were working on cloning and mind control
In 3.16 Os a father wanted to fix his son who is in a wheel chair by testing on others
Just to name a few. But in all the results were less than desirable.
How far do we go – in the real world?
Now on to the end
As I said in the beginning I think someone has been replaced by a shapeshifter.
And I think it is Nina. At least that’s one of the theories I have. I’ll try to list them all and I hope I make sense.
I think there is only one Olivia. And I believe it’s ours. But I could be wrong.
Who took her? And why?
From the preview for next week, we know David Robert Jones has his hands in it.
The Nina we saw captured with Olivia is the real Nina. Nina at MD with Walter and Lincoln is Alt-Nina.
The Nina with Olivia is the real Nina and the one at MD is a shapeshifter. Even as a shapesifter, she would be able to access the vault. According to Peter in 4.05 Novation
PETER: “No, it's gonna make them impossible to find. The new, improved models do a lot more than just take on the appearance of another person. They replicate their victims down to the molecular level, including every last strand of DNA. They're the perfect infiltrators. By transforming their DNA, they can become anyone. They perfect this technology, and they can get close to us. They could replace any one of us. And short of performing surgery to find those memory disks, you would have absolutely no way of knowing.”
The Nina with Olivia is the shapeshifter and the one at MD is the real one.
If David Robert Jones has anything to do with this, he is willing to sacrifice his own – as he demonstrated in 4.09 Enemy Of My Enemy by killing one of the shapeshifters he cares about – to get information from Olivia.
And if the real Nina is at Massive Dynamic, she was either just busted or she really has no clue. Again the shapeshifter Nina could have just gone in and replaced the Cortexiphan.
If the real Nina is with Olivia, how long has she been there?
The storage facility was in Back Bay where the parking garage was in 4.11 Making Angels
The gas station had a greenish, yellowish tint to it.
Shout out to both Josh Jackson and Anna Torv for letting their faces speak.
Gah! Is it Friday yet? So cannot wait to find out what happens with Olivia and Nina.
Remember to watch live, if you can!
“In the end I have to believe in HOPE”