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…
4.15 A Short Story About Love
Birdandbear and Fringenuity – you guys rock!
Glyphs spelled: QUILL
Watching the preview, it made sense.
The Observer was at the end talking with Peter. I’ll get back to that.
There are white tulips on every table.
Walter chose them as a sign of forgiveness from God in 2.17 White Tulip.
pillow for my birthday.
OLIVIA: “I’m in love with Peter.”
NINA: “Now, as for your feelings about Peter, all wounds heal over time.”
OLIVIA: “Yeah. I just wish the time would move a little quicker.”
NINA: “Well, that's a coincidence, because we just filed a patent on that last week.”
OLIVIA: “It's good to be with you. We should do this more often.”
OLIVIA: “What's wrong?”
NINA: “We always have breakfast together on Saturday mornings. We were here last week. Are you saying you don't remember? I'm worried. You're having these experiences at what cost?”
I was thinking about Walter explaining Peter’s story to Olivia in 2.15 Peter
OLIVIA: “Well, we're not really sure what the cost is yet, are we?”
I guess this was the creepiest guy yet on Fringe.
Back at the lab.
Walter is distressed because he is out of mm’s.
WALTER: “Come on Tommy, let's see what we can find on that tape.”
WALTER: “Good night, Timmy.”
ASTRID: “How are you feeling?”
OLIVIA: “I’m fine.”
Olivia was going to talk to Walter but his mind was “firmly” somewhere else.
interweb with a built in camera that taped September’s disappearance and he is looking at that video now.
As Olivia goes off to a case, Walter discovers something on the video and calls Peter.
Anyway, Peter comes back and Walter shows him the video.
PETER: “Is that your way of thanking me for taking your advice?”
WALTER: “It's a... particularly obtuse way to admit that you're a better man than I am.”
PETER: ‘Einai kalytero anthropo apo ton patera toy’.
WALTER: “Is that Greek?”
PETER: “Yeah, it means be a better man than your father. It's something I was told a long time ago.
But it is very strange to hear you say it.”
Olivia said that to Peter when she woke up after her car accident in 2.01 A New Day In The Old Town.
William Bell told it to Olivia when she was on the other side (retrospective) in 2.04 Momentum Deferred. Which begs the question: how did Bell know that phrase if it was Peter’s mom who said to Peter. I know William Bell introduced Elizabeth to Walter, as Walter says in 2.07 Of Human Action. Hmm!
Peter used that phrase to trick Fauxlivia in 3.08 Entrada.
Olivia concentrated on that phrase in English to practice on the quantum entangled typewriter in order to activate her abilities to be able to turn the machine off in 3.21 The Last Sam Weiss.
Walter found what the Observer had put in Peter’s eye. If Walter wouldn’t have found it early, it would have etched itself into Peter’s brain, compelling to do what it said.
Walter said: “I suspect this message, if left alone to run its course, would have fully dissolved, taking its place firmly in your mind's eye.”
Nina also used the phrase/term “mind’s eye” in 1.09 The Dreamscape
NINA: “Are you sure you're feeling well, Miss Dunham? I think perhaps you're perceiving things that are entirely in your mind's eye.”
Ok, so back to what Walter found. It’s an address: 228 ½ Morrow Street.
Creepy guy Anson Carr cleaning out the dehydration chamber.
Walter is not wearing gloves this time, yuck! And of course it wouldn’t be Walter without some food in his hands.
WALTER: “Among other things that are lost with such... dehydration... are pheromones. It wasn't only Mr. Hall's DNA found on his widow's neck. Specifically, it was a very concentrated solution of Mark's pheromones, which is what's causing the burning on the victim's neck.”
OLIVIA: “Why would somebody concentrate pheromones?”
WALTER: “They control our moods, our appetites... Who we give our hearts to.”
This explanation about pheromones is from 4.13 A Better Human Being
and works for this episode as well.
WALTER: “Miraculous creatures [bees]. Tens of thousands of them working together to feed, shelter, and protect their colony. And like our suspects... they communicate over long distances. Their glands produce pheromones. Chemical compound that acts as a message. That message is received by their antennae, and then the bees respond.”
Walter asks to examine the first victim and as Lincoln leaves he trips over Peter’s stuff. And of course Olivia was unaware that he had left in the first place.
Maybe the episode title should have been:
Meanwhile Peter is checking out the address.
The apartment is very green as well.
Back at the lab Olivia is (sounds like it) pleading with Walter to do something.
WALTER: “Your own memories? You said to me they're in the back of your mind.”
OLIVIA: “Well, I didn't tell anybody that it was happening, because if Peter was gonna be with me, then I didn't think about the consequences. I just didn't care. But it's getting worse, Walter, whatever it is that's happening. And I want you to try and stop it. I want you to see if you can reverse it. I just -- I want to go back to who I was.”
OLIVIA: “I don't want to feel like this anymore.”
WALTER: “I'll think of something.”
I had to think of 2.14 Jacksonville where Olivia says she has a freakishly good memory. And 1.17 Bad Dreams where Peter says: “Must be a terrible thing to not be able to trust your own mind.”
And since all this started when David Robert Jones appeared I still wonder if the “wrong timeline” memories were planted.
And since this is Fringe, in a macabre way, this is really romantic. Not even death could keep them apart.
The park had a blue feeling to it. The ends of the bench were blue.
I should not forget to mention that the lab also a very blue feeling to it.
Back at the lab Astrid has to suffer Walter and be his lab rat.
WALTER: “Smell this.” ASTRID: “Walter, what is that? It is putrid!”
ASTRID: “Walter, why would you make me wear this and smell roadkill?”
WALTER: “Because I have been smelling things for the past hour, and I've lost my objectivity.”
NINA: “And what if the serum is not based on your DNA?”
WALTER: “Well, I'll probably get a rash.”
In the back office
OLIVIA: “I know.”
This reminded me of 1.09 The Dreamscape
OLIVIA: “Yeah, I know.”
At first I thought, no Olivia, wrong guy. I think I realized though that her touch with Lincoln seems just friendly versus her touch with Peter in 4.13 A Better Human Being (right).
Walter made a discovery.
OLIVIA: “You're saying our suspect is making a perfume?”
WALTER: “No. But like perfume, the chemical compound that our perpetrator is using to lure the opposite sex...Does contain a rancid note. I found this on Jane Hall's neck, mixed with the pheromones of her dead mate.”
ASTRID: “It's an ingredient called castoreum.”
Peter is in the Observer’s apartment looking around. A signal is activated and he looks for something. I’m assuming this signal was specifically tuned to Peter. He finds September’s briefcase.
In the meantime Astrid discovered the bad guy.
Again, there is mostly green in Anson’s lair, except in the tank…
The Friends Of Mr. Cairo” by Jon and Vangelis.
Olivia and Lincoln arrived there too late but were able to identify the next victim.
In the meantime, Peter had followed the signal on the transponder into the woods. He finds a beacon.
Olivia and Lincoln set a trap at Dianna Sutter’s house which was the next victim.
OLIVIA: “You must have loved each other very much.”
DIANNA: “We were married the summer after our senior year at Brown. This August, it... would have been 15 years. We were best friends in college. He was always helping me get over a broken heart from one boy or another. He couldn't understand why I kept letting it happen...What I was looking for.”
And also in Lincoln’s. I think he knows he’s just not gonna win this one.
As they wait Olivia discovers that Dianna’s husband wasn’t in love with his wife but had an affair and that’s where Anson Carr is waiting.
OLIVIA: “Do you know how much pain you caused?”
ANSON CARR: “I don't want you to think that I did it for me. I mean, not just for me. We're not meant to be alone. It's every human being's right to know love. And had I succeeded... had I found the right chemicals -- just the right... balance... I could have given the world... what you have.”
OLIVIA: “What do I have?”
ANSON CARR: “Love. I can smell that you're in love.”
And I’m sorry but this must be the most horrible pick up line I’ve ever heard.
So Olivia goes to New York to see Nina. I’ll get back to New York at the end.
OLIVIA: “I met a woman today. She'd just lost her husband, and as she was talking about him and her marriage, as much as she wanted to be, she -- she wasn't in love.
This is the second time Olivia compares herself with a better version of her.
OLIVIA: “Just makes me wonder if maybe he feels the same way. And I would understand if he did. I--I was her for a while and she's-- she's like me, but better.”
NINA: “Oh, you had an emotional day, and you don't have to decide anything right now.”
NINA: “You have so much in your life, Olive. Are you just gonna let that all disappear? And be replaced by what? Memories of a life that you didn't live?”
OLIVIA: “Yes.” That was very firm!
NINA: “Well, how long do we have?” OLIVIA: “I don't know. Neither does Walter.” NINA: “Hmm.
Well, my mother used to say, ‘Encourage the quest for happiness in your children, even if it takes them very far away from you’.”
OLIVIA: “When the day comes... if I don't remember this... I want you to try and build something with me again. Don't give up on me. I love you, Nina.”
Peter took the beacon home and is trying to activate it but nothing seems to work.
PETER: “For what?”
SEPTEMBER: “They hid the universe from me. They locked me out.”
PETER: “You mean the other Observers.”
SEPTEMBER: “Yes. What I led you to is a beacon. I needed you to activate it so I could find my way back.
So the beacon is a transportation device for Observers? And I guess the other Observers are somewhat bad guys.
PETER: “So I helped you. Then I need you to help me now.
SEPTEMBER: “You have been home all along.”
PETER: “I don't understand. I was erased.”
SEPTEMBER: “There is no scientific explanation. But I have a theory based on a uniquely human principle.
PETER: “And Olivia?”
SEPTEMBER: “She is your Olivia.”
YES, YES, YES!!!!!!!! I knew it.
So after Olivia is done talking with Nina she goes… Did she go home or is this still New York?
I do have to say though, just because the title of the episode was “A Short Story about Love” shouldn’t have made the kiss short. And I don’t mean to burst any bubbles but we better enjoy this (watch the episode over and over) because this is Fringe and this happiness probably won’t last long.
I loved the interaction between Olivia and Walter and Olivia and Nina. Again emotions and expressions were right on and of course when Peter finally realized that this was his Olivia. This still leaves me with questions that I can’t formulate right now.
Here is something else I noticed.
When the god Siva was away, his consort Parvati was lonely and desired a son. She covered her body with scented lotion, rubbed off the dirt, formed it into a young man, and directed him to guard her home.
2.18 The Man From The Other Side.
vibration in different frequencies.
Elephants have well innervated trunks and an exceptional sense of hearing and smell. The hearing receptors reside not only in ears, but also in trunks that are sensitive to vibrations, and most significantly feet, which have special receptors for low frequency sound and are exceptionally well innervated. Elephants communicate by sound over large distances of several kilometers partly through the ground, which is important for their social lives. Elephants have been observed listening by putting their trunks on the ground and by careful positioning their feet.
Also the Military project in 2.11 Johari Window was called “Project Elephant” and in 4.07 Wallflower there were elephants in Eugene’s trophy collection.
First time the "Q" glyph appeared.
Can’t wait to find out what happens. Keep watching!
“In the end I have to believe in HOPE”