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fringe recapping: the consultant

Previously on Fringe: Letters of Transit 

This episode was incredibly crucial to Fringe’s overarching plot. Although not my favorite episode it set up what I think’s going to happen in the season finale and next season. The camaraderie between characters had never been more apparent–which made the last few minutes even more sad.

The episode starts out with earthquakes happening simultaneously across the globe–and in both universes. Both Fringe divisions–and Walternate–are meeting, as Walter has had a dream about Jones. He believes that Jones is planning on crushing the two universes together, then waiting in the epicenter–or the eye of the storm–so only he and his survivors will survive and live on the new earth. While talking it over, they find out about the earthquakes, which are being caused by adults from the same cortexiphan trials as Olivia. Jones is pulling the two universes together through the cortexiphan subjects, who are connecting with their dopplegangers in the other universe.

They manage to capture Nick Lane–who still remembers her as “Olive”–and whose devotion to Jones is uncontested. However, his capture does not stop the second wave of earthquakes from occurring. After the second ones Walter admits that he’s surprised the universes are still in place. In order for both universes to survive, they must stop the earthquakes. There is one other way they know to stop the earthquakes from happening–but that is to shut off the machine, which connects the two universes. And once off, it is unsure if we’ll ever be able to connect again. Both Walter and Walternate also worry that because the doomsday device brought Peter here, it will also remove Peter from existence.

Nick tells Olivia where Jones is hiding out, but it’s just a trick for his eventual escape. With no other option, both universes decide that the best thing to do is to turn off the machine. A sad farewell between everyone takes place; Walter and Walternate connect through their fears about Peter’s disappearance and their pride in the man he’s become. After some wise words from Peter, Lincoln decides to follow his heart and stay with Fauxlivia in the other universe. Peter, of course, will be staying with our Olivia. Walter turns the machine off, and long seconds pass as we’re unsure if the universes will separate, and whether Peter will still exist.

Suddenly, the machine turns off. The room is filled with eerie silence. The red-verse is gone–but Peter is still here. Walter sums it up perfectly, saying, “I think I shall miss them… more than I imagined.”


  • I don’t know why Fringe keeps erasing and killing off all my favorite characters! And now an entire universe is gone. Only, I’m hoping that they’re only temporarily gone.
  • My prediction is that Bell is working with Jones and that he somehow causes Olivia’s disappearance. I’d say death, but I just can’t imagine Fringe without Olivia. Or Peter. Or Walter.
  • I also can’t imagine my life without Fringe. I’m bracing myself for the season finale–as well as the soon-coming series finale.
  • On a slightly happier note, I’m renaming Fridays Fringeday. Don’t forget to watch the part one season finale this Fringeday–in just three short days!


Walter: It’s horrible and deranged, but you have to agree, it’s really quite ingenious


Fauxlivia: Look, I appreciate what you guys have been doing to prevent closing the bridge, even if it’s a long shot. The truth is I like coming over here. Especially after it rains. Wh — when my world started to break down, the conditions in the atmosphere changed. And the light doesn’t reflect through moisture the way it used to. We haven’t seen a rainbow in over twenty years.

Olivia: Oh, I didn’t know that.

Fauxlivia: As our world started to repair itself, I began to imagine that the people from my side would start to see them again. You know, something so beautiful. So perfect. I still find myself looking up after it rains.


Walternate: He’s really quite a remarkable boy, Peter. Man, actually.

Walter: Yes, he is.

Walternate: Smart… Noble… Kind… all the things I would’ve wished for him.


Walternate: I know what you’re afraid of. It occurs to me, so I’m sure it occurs to you too, that if The Machine stops working, Peter may disappear.

Walter: I believe it may have brought him here. There’s no reason it can’t take him away.


Lincoln: Remember how you said, “Home is where the heart is”? This might be crazy, but… I think I found mine.

Peter: It’s been a pleasure working with you, Lincoln. And getting to be your friend.


Fauxlivia: You know, there’s a lot of things about you that I wish I had. There’s a lot of things about you that I admire.

Olivia: That’s funny. I was about to say the same thing about you. Keep looking up. After it rains. Keep looking up.

Fauxlivia: I will.


Walter: I think I shall miss them… more than I imagined.

Emily enjoys all mediums of speculative fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi–especially reading, writing, and watching them. A Fringe fanatic, she is convinced that one day she will meet her parallel self, aptly nicknamed Femily (Fake Emily), and save both worlds from their inevitable destruction.

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fringe recapping: subject 9

A pulse of energy is “attacking” Olivia. She tells Astrid and Walter about it at Walter’s lab. Walter finds a letter from Saint Claire’s Mental Hospital in Olivia’s jacket. In the letter Olivia is asked if Walter needs to go back to the mental hospital. Walter doesn’t mention it to Olivia but he is clearly anxious about it. When Olivia asks what she should do about the energy Walter remembers a child from his Cortexiphan experiments that might be ale to help; he only remembers that he was called “Subject 9”.

Olivia and Astrid go to Nina Sharp at Massive Dynamic to search the Cortexiphan paperwork for information on “Subject 9”. His name was Cameron James, but he has changed it to Mark Little, and he is staying in New York City. As Olivia is about to head out to investigate Walter is packed – sandwiches included – and ready to go with her. This is shocking to Astrid and Olivia because this version of Walter has not been outside of the lab “in  three years”. After Olivia introduces herself to Mark he flees but runs into Walter in the lobby. Mark is terrified that the man who use to experiment on him as a child is there. He tells Olivia and Walter how hard it has been for him to live a normal life with the “powers” he has. He even told us beautiful about a first date, a dinner, an inappropriate joke, and metal caps being pulled from a woman’s mouth – beautiful. He remembers Olivia from the experiments as well. They tell him that they need him to help destroy the energy that has been attacking Olivia; he agrees eventually.

Walter hatches a plan that will have Mark displace the unknown energy, ultimately “killing” it. They head to a nearby power grid to begin. While there Mark implies, to Olivia, that she may be doing this to herself; a notion that she immediately denies. As the energy begins to reveal itself to the group Mark begins to try and destroy it. When it gets close to Olivia it takes the form of Peter and Olivia fires her sidearm to stop Mark. As soon as that happens Peter emerges from Reiden Lake as father and son are fishing nearby; there is an Observer there as well. Olivia tells Walter that she doesn’t think the energy was trying to hurt her.

The Observer at Reiden Lake

Broyles calls Olivia and tells her about what happened at Reiden Lake. He tells Olivia that “the man” knows all about Fringe Division and about them personally. When they get to the hospital Peter is asking to speak with Olivia by name. Walter sees that Olivia has decided not to send him back to Saint Claire’s when she leaves to speak with Peter. When Olivia walks into the room Peter is obviously relieved to see her, but when he greets her she replies “Who are you?”.

tl; dr

  • Peter is back but no one knows him.
  • Walter isn’t going back to Saint Claire’s (Duh!)


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