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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…
4.12 Welcome To Westfield
PETER: “I don't know, she's, uh -- she's driven. She's very, very stubborn. She doesn't like to lose. But she sees the best in people, even when they don't see it themselves.”
And just to eliminate any confusion of which Olivia I’m talking about I’ll quote Nina from
4.16 Nothing As It Seems.
And this came to mind as well from 2.19 Brown Betty.
FICTIONAL OLIVIA: “I don't know. Uh, I, uh... I guess that I just always knew what it was I was meant to do.”
FICTIONAL PETER: “And what's that?”
FICTIONAL OLIVIA: “To care for people.”
Yep, that’s Olivia and Etta recognized all of that too… at least at the end.
Glyphs spelled: FAITH
I was thinking back to 1.02 The Same Old Story
And look, we can play the Observer game again. Here he is walking by with his briefcase. How exciting.
Last week we saw Peter’s version of the Observers coming and taking Etta, Peter looking at Olivia.
And obviously there was more to her than just resting. She got caught in the blast.
PETER: “For us, it's like it all just happened a couple of months ago. But it didn't. She's here, and we're here. We're okay now.”
Meanwhile in the kitchen Walter is talking gibberish, or is he?
I’m sorry Walter but now you do sound you’re half a fruitcake short of Christmas, lol.
He is wearing the device but no one knows what that thing is doing to him. He did speak Swedish and Portuguese as well.
Olivia is in the bathroom getting ready.
There are a few pictures of Etta from different stages of her life.
As Olivia joins the group Etta is trying to make her welcome and comfortable.
Olivia asks Walter if he maybe has written down things because he always documents stuff. He said he can’t remember but everything is possible.
I was thinking back to 1.10 Safe. Walter was trying to find what he had hidden in the safety deposit boxes.
The other incident that comes to mind still makes me mad though was
4.14 The End Of All Things. Because of Dr. Bishop’s notes David Robert Jones knew exactly how to trigger Olivia’s abilities.
Etta informs them that even if there were files, Harvard has been taken over by the Observers 5 years ago and it is impossible to get in there. But of course that's not a problem for Walter, since he has done "acid".
There are tunnels beneath Harvard and of course Walter knew about them.
I was thinking back to 4.19 Letters Of Transit.
As the team looks for the tunnels, one Observer at the building is staring suspiciously in their direction.
The hatch is found and Walter exclaims "Yahtzee".
Down in the tunnels Walter was looking for something. Looks like the dragon is showing them the way.
As soon as they entered the lab this is the first thing I noticed.
The bench goes all the way back to 1.01 The Pilot. Olivia had conned Peter the con man in coming with her and helping with Walter.
Then we have 1.11 The Dreamscape. Olivia had just been in the tank again and she found who she's looking for. Peter offered that he is here for her.
Then the teams sees the rest of the lab. It's partially ambered.
Walter figured out why he ambered the lab and where it started. Instead of writing things down he made a video.
A Loyalist (Gael Manfretti) is roaming the building.
Although the team might be detected now they need to stay in order to find out what's on those tapes. On the shelf are a few books.
him and one book called "Before and After" And if this is indeed that book then it was turned into a movie as well.
Olivia asks Walter if he could build a laser to get the video tape out of the amber. I love Walter's statement: If there is a will, there is a way.
Because of the ambering of the lab, all the power is gone. The only way to get some is the Science building but for all they know it's not even the Science building anymore.
But... Etta has a way of getting information from the Loyalist.
It's funny cause so far I've seen quite a few books and even last week Walter was talking about them as well.
She activates the device
Walter has to destroy a laser disc player in order to get the laser but he hesitates, lol.
Criterion collection, forgive me."
There is a pigeon flying through the lab and Walter comments that they still exist.
Etta continues to torture Gael.
And this is probably not what Olivia expected.
A few things came to mind.
- Angel Device made me think of 4.11 Making Angels
- destabilizes every atom
I thought of 2.21 Over There Part 1
To which Walter response with: "As many atoms in each of us... as there are stars in the sky."
- stealing years kind of reminded me 3.07 The Abducted where the "candy man" was abducting children to steal their youth.
Olivia wants to help Gael but basically is shut down by Etta.
ETTA: "He's not worth a single tear. Loyalists sell out their own kind like rats."
I've said it before and I don't mind repeating it, Anna is exceptional in speaking with her face, haven't seen many others in the field who can do that.
Walter needs Etta's silver necklace for soldering.
In the back room Olivia is trying a different approach.
I've always admired Olivia for her compassion and empathy for people whether they were victims or criminals. And where others failed to get info, Olivia was able to go further. Earlier I mentioned the conversation Olivia had with Nina in 4.22 Brave New World Part 2.
NINA: "You've always had incredible compassion. It was your capacity for feeling that made William and Walter so sure that you were the perfect candidate for The Trials."
Or in 4.12 Welcome To Westfield, Walter is basically saying the same thing.
And just as Etta is coming back to torture him some more Olivia makes that promise.
this: Bell is just everywhere, lol. And the other one was that.
The second part of the code is himself or rather his iris.
As Olivia asks the team if they can beat an ocular scanner, Etta has to reveal her device. It was originally created to prepare Observers for time travel.
I don't blame them, beats having to carry a beacon around all the time. (4.15 A Short Story About Love)
Because of Gael's state they can't take him with them so they need a different plan.
I'm not gonna torture you and tell you up front that Walter uses pig's eyes. Phew!
Walter was also wondering what the term "in a pig's eye" means. This is what I found.
Anyway, on with the story. Olivia is putting the bar code on Peter's face. She's not sure if she wants to understand this world. But...
I'm a hopeless shipper and even if they still have to go through hell, I would like for them to be happy at the very end.
Etta is next. To borrow one of the lines from 5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11.
ETTA: "When I said it was logical for me to go turn the power on instead of you. That I know protocol if something goes off track and that Peter should go because he's the engineer. I appreciate you respecting my experience. 'Cause I know you'd rather it be you. I know you like to be in control. So do I."
4.16 Nothing As It Seems
AGENT LEE: "They're probably closed by now. We should get a move on. At this point, I have no choice. I need to call for reinforcements. I have to inform Broyles."
PETER: "If you call Broyles, he's gonna know that Olivia was working on the case."
And no matter what Olivia thought, she still has my highest respect.
So Peter and Etta are of to the Science building to turn the power pack on. As they are waiting at the elevator, this Observer stares at them.
Back at the lab Olivia has another conversation with Gael.
OLIVIA: "Why does someone join the Loyalists?"
GAEL MANFRETTI: "Pain. There were Resistance Fighters near my building. They were gonna blow up a city bus full of them."
GAEL MANFRETTI: "My children were outside. One of them was killed. My oldest boy."
GAEL MANFRETTI: "I'll never understand you people. You can't win. The world would be a much safer place if you just stopped trying to fight them."
Back at the Science building Peter and Etta arrived at the checkpoint. After Etta successfully entered the code, Peter is attempting to beat the ocular scanner.
He says that he had to change a fuse. At first the security guards didn't believe him but then Gael said that Number 19 told him. That must have impressed those two guards because they granted access for Peter and Etta.
Now, #19 could be a big wig Observer. I'm gonna throw a crazy theory out there. We know that Simon Foster was found in Amber along with William Bell. We also know as we find out later that experiments have been done on Simon but there is no sign of Bell.
Bell always had a big ego and I can totally see him selling his services to the Observers/Loyalist. So here it goes.
Number 19 could be an episode reference and ultimately leading to William Bell.
In 1.19 The Road Not Taken, William Bell is mentioned in conjunction with ZFT and of course Olivia gets more confirmation that Bell and Walter experimented on her.
In 2.19 Brown Betty, William Bell was communicating with Nina from an alternate universe.
In 3.19 LSD, Bell had taken over Olivia and the team was trying to get her back by going into Olivia's mind. Bell was all over the place.
And in 4.19 Letters Of Transit, Walter cut off Bell's hand in order to gain access to something.
So there you have it, lol.
Anyway, it worked. Peter and Etta are making their way to the power station. Before they get there, they are passing labs.
promo for 5.02 In Absentia, and looking at it in close up, I thought this for sure looked like Olivia or maybe I should say Anna. I still think it does but I'm glad nothing was done to her. Phew.
But then Etta sees Simon.
GAEL MANFRETTI: "Do you really think you can win?"
I think Olivia is getting to him.
The power returns to the lab. Because the lights could be seen from outside though, Walter needs to turn them off and he does it in his fashion.
Nights in white Satin”. The recording year was 1967. "67" is part of the code Gael gave Olivia, hm.
Walter has fun lasering.
Peter and Etta return. Olivia asks what happened and Peter filled her in.
Olivia knows something about losing a partner as well, more than once actually. First John Scott and then Charlie Francis.
OLIVIA: "Etta. I'm really sorry about Agent Foster."
OLIVIA: "Where are you taking him [Gael]?"
HENRIETTA BISHOP: "He's useless to us now. I'm turning him over to the Resistance."
HENRIETTA BISHOP: "And Resistance Fighters don't come back when they're taken in by Loyalists. HQ will get whatever else they can from him and dispose of him, and the World will be a tiny bit safer."
OLIVIA: "Look, I know you're upset right now, but he did give us the code."
HENRIETTA BISHOP: "Yeah, of course he did. It's natural human instinct. To live as long as possible. It's the same quality they use to turn us into slaves."
OLIVIA: "He joined them in order to protect what was left of his family, you know, his son."
OLIVIA: "Etta, I understand how hurt you must be."
HENRIETTA BISHOP: "You don't know my world."
HENRIETTA BISHOP: This is The World. It is what it is."
GAEL MANFRETTI: "143 Dunstable Street. Number Seven. His name is Oscar."
GAEL MANFRETTI: "I know you do."
Etta said that Gael saw a weakness in Olivia's eyes, that she can be manipulated. Again, I wouldn't see Olivia's compassion as a weakness. It's a strength to be compassionate in a situation like this. I probably would be more like Etta as well. Gael seemed genuine to me and if he's lying why would he give her an address, knowing she most likely keep her promise. Because we know, Olivia keeps her promises.
I had to put this whole conversation in there because it was just too good not to.
As Walter and Peter retrieve the camera from the Amber, Etta releases Gael.
HENRIETTA BISHOP: "You don't have a son, do you?"
GAEL MANFRETTI: "No. I was hoping, right up until the last minute, that she could somehow convince you. You were right about me. I became a Loyalist because I’m a coward."
HENRIETTA BISHOP: "Get out of here."
GAEL MANFRETTI: "I'm gonna fight. For the Resistance. I want you to know that."
HENRIETTA BISHOP: "You don't have to lie anymore. I already let you go."
GAEL MANFRETTI: "Well, that's why this time I'm hoping you believe me. I mean, this can come in useful. There aren't many Resistance Fighters with an active Tat I.D. You said 'I saw something in her eyes'. You were right. There was a certainty that I've never seen before, and I don't know how to explain it other than to say I felt... for the first time... that we were supposed to win. Why are you letting me live?"
HENRIETTA BISHOP: "Something that I saw in her eyes as well. Pity."
HENRIETTA BISHOP: "For all of us."
The tape is still playable.
I was thinking about 3.06 6955 kHz where they found the coordinates for the different parts of the machine. What Walter on the tape is telling them sound somewhat like that.
As they watch the tape, Olivia gets a message from Etta. She really did let him go. And she is on her way back.
Wizard of Oz, which has been referenced in Fringe many times as well.
Okay, one more look at the recording.
I also have a feeling that another machine will come into play and to rid themselves of the Observer, some time travelling to the past is necessary. This of course is just me speculating.
Whatever the plan, so far it has been amazing following them.