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…
Let’s find out, shall we?
Glyphs spelled SIMON
My first thought was Simon from 3.12 Concentrate And Ask Again.
promo for 4.19 Letters of Transit that aired after 4.18 The Consultant.
The Observer can be seen here.
This episode started with the funeral of Alt-Lincoln.
MRS. LEE: “This isn't right. Our children aren't supposed to die before we do.”
FAUXLIVIA: “We are going to do everything that we can to find who's responsible and bring them to justice. I give you my word.”
CHARLIE: “Know that we're doing everything we can to bring those responsible to justice.”
FAUXLIVIA: “I believe that David Robert Jones has a mole in the Department of Defense. Among other things, someone tipped him off bout the location of a prisoner transport, which allowed his men to ambush my team and kill my partner… I will find him. And soon Jones and everyone who worked for him will find themselves rotting in a cell just like you.”
On to the case. A guy all of a sudden ends up floating to the ceiling and crashes back down with injuries resembling impact from high up.
ASTRID: “For the eleventh time, Walter, I drive the speed limit.”
WALTER: “Most automobile fatalities occur driving between work and home.”
ASTRID: “Yeah, so does most driving.”
WALTER: Ascot, look.” I'll get back to that later.
PETER: “That's 'cause I was out.”
WALTER: “With Agent Dunham, I presume, making up for lost time.”
So they go in and examine the bodies.
WALTER: “Bones in the lower half of his body are completely shattered. Feel this.”
PETER: “Oh, please, can I?”
PETER: Not really what I was concerned about.”
Peter probably remembers all the times Walter asked him to feel dead things, lol.
I also had to think of 1.12 The No-Brainer where Walter rams a swap into the dead guy’s nose.
WALTER: “What? He's dead. He can't feel this.”
Olivia is on the phone, discovering that there is a third body, a pilot. Walter confirms the injuries could be from a plane crash. But how, since those two died in the office.
Meanwhile, it was confirmed in the alternate universe that a plane crashed and that it kill the counterparts over here.
Fauxlivia is dead set on finding Lincoln’s killer. She knows it’s someone from the inside.
COLONEL BROYLES: “I understand. But this level of surveillance comes with a lot of red tape. I'll cut through it.”
But for now he needs Fauxlivia to go to the bridge and welcome members from our side to investigate the plane crash together.
So Walter is going to cross over. He is The Consultant.
OLIVIA: “Walter, you do realize that we're just walking through a door.”
WALTER: “It's better safe than sorry.”
I was thinking of 4.04 Subject 9
SECURITY SCREENER: “Are you on any medications?”
WALTER: Several. “Mostly recreational.”
Since this is his first time, Walter is a bit frazzled as he gets scanned.
WALTER: “I'm sure, Dear. Once Peter receives the bodies at the lab, he'll need your help to examine them. And when I've collected samples from the bodies on the other side, I'll return and we can compare the two. Besides, I'm sure you love birds could use a little time together.”
I was thinking back to 1.01 The Pilot
Lincoln and Fauxlivia approach to pick up Walter.
WALTER: “Ah, my escort is here. And by 'escort', I don't mean 'prostitute'” I just love him.
2.22 Over There Part 2
FAUXLIVIA: “I don't know what you are, but you are nothin' like me.”
Our Olivia seemed very happy to see Lincoln. She charges him to take care of Walter.
Arriving at the dock, Walter is faced with another reminder that he is responsible for all the damage.
FAUXLIVIA: “It's a list of hot spots where the damage was the worst.”
But because of the bridge it is getting better.
I thought of 2.22 Over There Part 2
Anyway, the Sergeant offers his condolences and Walter wanted to bring a casserole.
I thought of 4.11 Making Angels where he offered scrambled eggs as consolation.
WALTER: “Nonsense. N - nearly all cultures react to death with food.”
Does Walter have a theory?
WALTER: “No, not yet. In all our years of researching the relationship between the universes, Belly and I were successfully able to transport matter from one side to the other. Even to merge tiny portions of both universes, but it never occurred to us that an event that happened in one universe would cause a reaction on the other.”
I was thinking about 2.14 Jacksonville where Walter told Peter and Olivia about Belly’s car
As Fauxlivia asks him if someone is responsible for the “quantum entanglement” of the case she gets a typical “Walter answer”: “On purpose? Anything's possible, even Santa Claus.” LoL.
Walter concludes: “If Jones caused this, he's conceived of something Belly and I never did.”
So at FHQ Walter is conducting a test.
But of course he needs to compare it with something. So Walter unpacks a hand he brought form our universe.
WALTER: “I removed it from one of the victims on our side.”
AGENT LEE: “You couldn't bring over a casserole, but a severed hand is okay?”
WALTER: “Shh. That's a "G". That's incorrect. It should be a "C". You see, each universe vibrates at its own specific frequencies. Everything from this universe would vibrate at a "G", and everything from our universe at "C". Somehow the victims on our side were made to vibrate at the frequency of this universe.”
AGENT LEE: “So you're saying that the doppelgangers were somehow linked across universes?”
Quantum entanglement in a different way.
Lincoln wants to listen to the Black Box but over there they don’t have those. Instead satellites monitor all communication. As they listen to it
Jones has a meeting.
DAVID JONES: “No matter. Gave me time to enjoy my tea. I must say, Matcha is one of the few things I'm going to miss. How did our experiment with the plane go?”
JONES' OPERATIVE: “Better than we expected. Do you have a preference for this next one?”
DAVID JONES: “Surprise me.”
There was also some nice green, red reflection-action going on in the bottom left corner.
I guess I’ll ask my questions here. When Jones said he was going to miss his tea I’m assuming he was going somewhere. To the other side?
We know from the end that he could have intended for both worlds to collapse had Alt-Broyles actually attached the device to the machine. If that is the case, where is he going and why does he want both worlds destroyed. I was thinking back to 4.16 Nothing As It Seems where Walter said that Jones has a god complex. God is creating a new heaven and a new earth in the book of Revelation. But he also destroys the old one. Is this what Jones is going for? A new world for just his new breed of humans?
Anyway back to the story.
Broyles is going home and is greeted by his wife Diane. It was good seeing her again.
DIANE BROYLES: “He's good. Can't stop talking about some girl in his class. If only I could get him to pay half as much attention to his homework as he does to those girls.”
COLONEL BROYLES: “Where is he?”
DIANE BROYLES: “He's in the living room. We've been entertaining your friend.”
COLONEL BROYLES: “What friend?”
CHRIS BROYLES: “Oh, hey Dad.”
I guess we’ll find out soon.
COLONEL BROYLES: “We have protocols for making contact. Showing up in my home isn't one of them.”
DAVID JONES: “Every parent's nightmare.” (second reference in this episode of children dying before their parents. And if you could do anything about it, would you? No matter how dangerous?)
So 3.07 The Abducted still happened. But because of Jones, Christopher is healing. On the one hand I’m sad that Alt-Broyles made this deal with Jones. On the other I’m glad because that means Alt-Broyles is not a shapeshifter and only acting out of love for his son.
COLONEL BROYLES: “I buried an agent today. A good man. And I’m also well aware that Agent Lee isn't the first casualty of our... collaboration. Some day I’ll have to account for what I’ve done, but...”
I had to think back to 2.15 Peter
WALTER: “I always knew that one day I'd have to pay the price for my deception.”
OLIVIA: “Well, we're not really sure what the cost is yet, are we?”
So now Jones’s second test is on the way. His minion is planting a device in a taxi over here. Wait, what, now I’m confused. Jones drank tea over there, right? So his minion crossed over here, right?
So now the two teams have to work together again. Astrid meets with Alt-Astrid and has a gift for her – real coffee. Loved her reaction.
Over there, Badgers have been domesticated. That tickles Walter.
WALTER: “He's done it twice, originating once in each universe.”
COLONEL BROYLES: “So why? He must have a reason.”
WALTER: “Of course he has a reason. Problem is I don't know what it is. I'm sorry.”
Alt-Broyles suggest giving it a rest for tonight. Walter agrees although the pillow they gave him gave him a terrible crick in his neck. Fauxlivia offers him to stay because she has a spare room.
And here is a typical Walter answer: “I appreciate that. Thank you. And I shall refrain from sleeping naked.”
WALTER: “Colonel Broyles. I wanted to apologize.”
COLONEL BROYLES: “For what?”
COLONEL BROYLES: “Doctor Bishop. May I ask you something?” WALTER: “Of course.”
COLONEL BROYLES: “If you had to do it all over again, would you make the same choice?”
WALTER: “If you'd asked me that question a few months ago, the answer would have been no. But now that I have met my adult son, got to know him, I don't know that I'd do anything differently.”
This conversation reminds me of one that Walter and our Broyles had in 3.20 6:02 AM EST
WALTER: “It's because of my selfishness, my inability to let my son go twenty-six years ago that this is happening. My opinion as a father, it doesn't matter.” BROYLES: “Walter, it matters to me.”
WALTER: “I honestly don't know what's gonna happen, Phillip. And the current of energy is so powerful. It's unlike anything I've ever seen. And the thought of what that could do to my son... I don't want him to suffer.”
And also 2.13 The Bishop Revival
Meanwhile Alt-Astrid went through the 108 names that could be suspects in Lincoln’s murder but she couldn’t find anything to the dismay of Fauxlivia.
Alt-Broyles has another meeting with Jones. He wants the Colonel to attach this to the control panel of the machine.
Here we’ve got some white beam and blue beam action going.
Okay, back to the conversation. More red and green reflections.
DAVID JONES: “I do. Need I remind you who I am healing?”
How far did you go to save your son? Or should I say, how much further are you willing to go?
Back at the Broyles residence he is ready to give Chris the injections he received from Jones..
So now we are at Fauxlivia’s house.
Walter is just adorable in the robe.
FAUXLIVIA: “It's not the case. It's the evidence from Lincoln's murder.”
Frank had left a bottle of something when he moved out. And we know Fauxlivia doesn’t drink.
2.21 Over There Part 1
FAUXLIVIA: “Oh, God. I would if I could only stand the taste.”
FAUXLIVIA: “That's everything that Lincoln had left in Fringe Division. And I’m supposed to give it to his parents, And I just can't face them, not until I got something more to tell them.
hair of the dog , but I prefer nature's sponge, the egg. It won't be long.”
And this is not the first time a Bishop cooks scrambled eggs for an Olivia.
Walter suggests sleeping on it. He says our brain can process evidence even when we’re not conscious.
FAUXLIVIA: “Yeah, but that's the thing, there is no evidence. I mean, there is absolutely nothing linking any of the likely suspects to the crime.”
WALTER: “Then perhaps it's time to give some thought to the dog that did not bark.”
WALTER: “Sherlock Holmes. Fictitious detective. Penchant for cocaine?”
FAUXLIVIA: “No, not on this side.”
WALTER: “The point is no evidence is evidence in and of itself.”
FAUXLIVIA: “Okay. So what if our mole is covering his tracks? Then it would have to be someone pretty high up on the food chain (ha, funny, since they’re eating). I mean, someone with enough clearance to alter classified details.”
WALTER: “How about Colonel Broyles?”
WALTER: “You know him better than I do. But in the case of a mole, no one should be above suspicion. Frankly, I’m still upset about Nixon.” Is this what Walter is referring to?
“And the wheels in her head go round and round”
So Fauxlivia pays a visit to Meana. She even turns the camera off for some more privacy.
NINA SHARP: “You really have no idea. Philip is irrelevant. He's just another pawn. This changes nothing, Agent Dunham. I know Jones, And he will come for me.”
So Fauxlivia shares with our Lincoln. Just as he doubted the news, Alt-Astrid says she can’t find Alt-Broyles. His subcutaneous tracker was disables.
Our Broyles arrives as well and we find out that Alt-Broyles just turned himself in. Phew!
So now it’s time for Walter to say god-bye.
FAUXLIVIA: “See, I’m surprised that you're not going back with him.”
AGENT LEE: “I told you I'd help find the people who killed your partner. And mine. And until we do that, I'm not going anywhere. Look, it might not feel like it now, but it does get better.”
Two pawns down, six to go.
Back at the lab Walter discovered what Jones was doing. Jones wanted to find a frequency that could link both universes.
Wow, where is this going to go? What is going to happen? Although I’m a bit scared, I can’t wait to find out.
There seemed to have been multiple themes in this episode. Love, death and healing.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hinder the truth in unrighteousness; (American Standard Version)
I absolutely love how faith, religion and God are approached on Fringe. It made me look at my faith in a much deeper way. That is just my own personal opinion.
The taxi bill was $18.47 (47 being a recurring number)
In the beginning I said Walter called Astrid “Ascot” and that it is a racecourse for horses in England. The Sherlock Holmes novel mentioned earlier also has to do with a race horse.
Fauxlivia actually ate!
I want Walter to fix me food too. I should specify, preferably the eatable kind.
So excited for the next episode.
Keep watching, Fringies and of course…
“In the end I have to believe in HOPE”