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…
4.01 Neither Here Nor There
Uh, you can say that again.
Glyphs spelled: UNITE
As in Olivia and Peter unite? As in timelines unite?
The Observers are throughout the episode
Last week’s episode ended with both Nina and Olivia held captive.
PETER: “Is any of this relevant right now?”
AGENT LEE: “It is to me. She's my partner. And if that's true, think about what you're doing to her. Unintentionally or not, you are robbing her of her identity, her life. She is not your Olivia, Peter.”
AGENT LEE: “You know that's impossible. Yet you still let her continue working the case, knowing that she was under your influence, that she wasn't herself. I don't know you that well, but I'd like to think you weren't ignoring her safety for personal reasons…”
And Peter seems to ignore Lincoln but he found a camera.
OLIVIA: “So it wasn't you that I saw in your office a few weeks ago? You didn't come to my apartment to help me when I was sick?”
That’s actually true in a sense, Olivia. You have not seen this Nina at your house or the office.
Let’s just call her fake Nina for now,
last week, I also believe she went and replaced the Cortexiphan at MD.
When Olivia was sick in 4.10 Forced Perception and she told Nina about the migraines, Nina looked puzzled
Enter David Robert Jones!
OLIVIA: “Actually, we've already met.”
1.07 In Which We Meet Mr. Jones: “What a pleasure this is.”
OLIVIA: “I watched you die. And I'm looking forward to seeing you do that again.”
1.20 There Is More Than One Of Everything.
LELAND SPIVEY: “Maybe confusion's an unforeseen side effect.”
DAVID JONES: “I'm a bit confused myself. She's not the first to say that to me.”
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.”
OLIVIA: “A side effect from what? What does he mean?” Jones is of course talking about the migraines. Olivia: “What the hell did you do to me?”
3.15 Subject 13
Damn you Walter, why did you write things down?
So Jones thinks by torturing Nina he would activate Olivia’s abilities.
Apparently December and the rest of the gang are not happy with September’s actions.
In the meantime Nina is being questioned by Broyles. He answers her question whether he knows if Olivia is alright with the same question directed at Nina.
I still wonder if and what the Nina in our timeline meant when she said that to Olivia in 1.01 The Pilot.
NINA: “Phillip, you know me. Do you honestly believe that I’ve been dosing Olivia with Cortexiphan, that I could have had anything to do with her disappearance?”
This is not the first time Nina was accused of being responsible for Olivia’s disappearance. And wouldn’t you know it, it also had something to do with David Robert Jones.
-David Robert Jones had Olivia taken by Mitchell Loeb to find out if she was given Cortexiphan.
As the conversation between Nina and Broyles continues, we discover that there might be two Ninas’ and one of them is not a shapeshifter because the other one would be dead. We also discover that the real Nina is the one showing Walter and Lincoln the Cortexiphan and as I said earlier the fake Nina went and replaced it.
Back at the lab.
Peter is hoping to find something on the chip from the camera in Olivia’s apartment. But the chances are very slim according to Walter.
PETER: “Thanks for the encouragement, Walter.”
WALTER: “I warned you not to succumb to temptation, Peter.
PETER: “You don't know that.”
It seems like we’ve been in this situation before. 3.08 Entrada
When Walter was talking about a “palimpsest”, I asked myself the same question Astrid voiced.
WALTER: “A manuscript page from a scroll or book from which the text has been scraped off, which means it can be used again.”
Back at the torture chamber Leland takes Nina with him as Jones stays with Olivia.
Maybe this is a weird callback but it reminded me of when she saw the bomb in 1.14 Ability. Her reaction was the same.
In 1.14 Ability he wanted her to turn the lights off to defuse the bomb.
Super hearing 2.02 Night Of Desirable Objects (or was that just residual from crossing over?)
Photographic memory as Fauxlivia points out in 3.02 The Box (I believe that ability was developed because of the Cortexiphan trials and because she was predisposed)
Telekinesis as demonstrated in 1.14 Ability, bending things with her mind in 3.21 The Last Sam Weiss, turning off the machine in the other universe from this universe and moving objects with her mind as demonstrated in 3.22 The Day We Died.
Pyrokinesis as Leland had to experience later in this episode.
So same question: What does Jones want from Olivia?
Olivia is trying to turn the lights on.
OLIVIA: “I can't. Please stop. I ca -- I just can't right now. I'm - I’m tired, and I just need rest.”
Back at the lab, Astrid and Peter are still trying to get info from the chip when all of a sudden both Astrid and Walter have to go pee?
4.13 A Better Human Being
OLIVIA: “I just gotta go pee.”
WALTER: “Clearly he [Leland] works for that harridan Nina.”
PETER: “It's who Nina's working for that worries me. I've been racking my brain trying to figure out -- why would Nina be dosing Olivia with Cortexiphan? But then it occurred to me. The only person who's ever done anything like that, at least in my timeline, was David Robert Jones. Maybe he's trying to do the same thing again.”
WALTER: “Do what?”
PETER: “Activate Olivia.”
WALTER: “For what purpose?”
PETER: “I don't know. We could never figure it out. But maybe it's for the same reasons now.”
THE OBSERVER: “Yes. His goal is the same.”
PETER: “What do you know about David Robert Jones? What do you know about Olivia?”
THE OBSERVER: “She needs you.”
Loved Walter’s guessing about the Observer’s physiology, if he has lungs and that Walter had no reason to doubt himself since Peter told him in his timeline that their physiology is the same as humans.
Lincoln calls and tells them that the Nina they are questioning is not cooperating.
Olivia and Nina are back together in the holding cell.
Shouldn’t Nina know that?
Nina shares the story of how Olivia and Rachel came to live with her so Olivia can make a connection because the Cortexiphan is blocking that right now.
Or at least that’s what Olivia says. Has this been a trap for Nina all along? Did Olivia suspect something already?
OLIVIA: “And I kept calling you ‘Ms Sharp’.”
NINA SHARP: “Yes, you did. That's true. And I told you that you didn't need to worry, that we were a family now... and that whatever happened, we had each other. And we'd be okay. And I - I kissed you on the forehead. I kissed you good night, and you called me "Nina"... that was the first time you'd ever done that.”
NINA SHARP: “Peter Bishop?”
OLIVIA: “The Cortexiphan, my abilities-- it's only ever worked when I've been around him.”
Olivia knew then that something was wrong. I believe she gave up Peter’s name because she knows it works with him. And that was the only way to escape. At least that’s what she knows from the memories she has in her head right now.
And as on queue Nina fakes to be sick. They get her out and she reports to Jones.
Back in the lab, Broyles shares that the Observer came to Olivia in the opera house (4.08 Back To Where You’ve Never Been), telling her that she had to die.
So Walter prepares the mind-melt cocktail.
This whole scene “in the sky” was done so beautifully that no matter how I present it here, I won’t be able to do it justice.
The beginning of all things…
“It was my attempt to rectify the mistake I made. Your real father...
“You are important. It was why I could not allow you to drown at the bottom of Reiden Lake…
The war between the two universes drastically altered destinies and brought about a child that was not meant to be. (3.20 6:02 AM EST)
PETER: “Henry. I have a son.”
PETER: “I'm not doing anything till you tell me where to find Olivia—“
THE OBSERVER: “For that, you have only to go home.”
THE OBSERVER: “Go home.”
PETER: “You have to get out of here… It's not safe for you here anymore, Olivia. You have to go home.”
And then of course Peter woke up.
First you see him,
PETER: “He just kept on saying how I needed to get back to my timeline and my Olivia.”
The Observer had told Peter to “go home”. Peter decided to go to his house to see if Olivia is there. But bad boy Leland was waiting for him instead.
So Jones’s incentive this time is Peter. But Olivia was hoping for that.
DAVID JONES: “Impressive. What are you doing, Olivia?”
OLIVIA: “I'm doing what you wanted. I'm turning on the lights.”
NINA SHARP: “What? No, Olivia, don't.”
NINA SHARP: “What are you talking about?”
OLIVIA: “My high-school graduation -- you told me that now I was an adult. I was no longer allowed to call you 'Ms Sharp'. That was the first time I called you 'Nina'.”
But she doesn’t stop there.
Olivia pretty weak after that display goes and rescues Peter.
PETER: “Olivia. How did you do that? How did you know how to concentrate your power?”
OLIVIA: “Well, I, uh -- I didn't. I just know that... when I was a little girl, I did something similar, and that if they brought you to me, then you might give me what I needed to do it again. Okay. Come on.”
Is it the memory from 2.14 Jacksonville
As they chase after Jones and “Meana”, Olivia is having a seizure.
Anyway, Jones has an escape plan. He opens a portal.
“Meana” has already stepped through as Peter and Olivia catch up with them.
Of course when Olivia is asking him to step away from the portal he just keeps walking. So she shoots him right through the Adams apple.
DAVID JONES: “Good-bye for now, Agent Dunham. It would seem there are some fringe benefits to having one's body reassemble at an atomic level.”
OLIVIA: “It's okay. I'm feeling better now. I guess all the energy that I expended did a number on my nervous system.”
PETER: “I saw her. I saw my Olivia -- the one that I am supposed to be with, the only one that I'm supposed to be with.”
And I'll be sure that Walter can fix you up somehow and give you back your life. But for right now, I think it's better if I just stay away.
PETER: “Home. I have to go home.”
2.10 Grey Matters
OLIVIA: “So all we have is more questions.”
BROYLES: “I suspect that's the way this is going to be. The more answers we get, the more questions they'll lead to.”
BROYLES: “Sure we did.”
We learned who the Observer’s are.
We learned what happened to Henry.
We learned more about Olivia’s powers.
But we still don’t know
Who shot September? Why is Peter important? What does Jones want from Olivia? What happened to September? Why did “Meana” have a robotic arm, or was that just an act as well? Olivia has photographic memory (Cortexiphan or not), was she just pretending not remembering?
And I’m sure I’m forgetting more questions.
And the biggest one of all:
Shout out to all the cast but especially Josh and Anna. I've seen the episode 10 times and am still glued to the TV. Their emotions were right on.
Fringe returns March 23rd!
“In the end I have to believe in HOPE”