Fringe Episode 3.20
"6:02 AM EST"
Written By: Josh Singe, David Wilcox, and Graham Roland
Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc
Original Airdate: 22 April 2011
In The Red Universe....
Brandon has successfully separated the Bishop chromosomes from Liv's baby, Henry, and passes the new mixture off to Walter, who uses it to start up the machine. This triggers a level 10 Fringe event that mobilizes the teams - until Walter calls Lincoln and tells them to stand down. Olivia confronts Walter about this, and confirms in a classified way that he has started the machine, knowing it will destroy the other universe. "I chose to give up my son so you can keep yours," he tells her. This flips a switch in Olivia, who then holds Brandon at gunpoint in order to find out how to get over to the blue universe. Brandon begrudgingly shows her a case full of tubes, saying that one will get here there and back. She knocks him out, grabs two, and runs. With security on her tail, she hits a dead end and tries to activate one of the tubes. It doesn't work, and she is captured, locked in a cell "until this is over."
In The Blue Universe....
Fringe division heads upstate to investigate a few ranch hands and a flock of 500 sheep just disappeared, leaving a charred streak across the farm. Witnesses report seeing a blinding flash of light. Walter decides a vortex opened here. Nina calls frantically from Massive Dynamic - the machine has turned on without Peter, at the same time the vortex opened up on the farm. Obviously, the latter caused the former. An intense fear runs through the entire team. Walter thinks it is a quantum entanglement - Walternate started the machine on the other side and there was a sympathetic reaction on this side. Astrid reports on three more occurrences along the eastern seaboard. There seems to be some markers that would give them advanced warning of another vortex opening up, if only 15 minutes or so. Liv heads to Massive Dynamic to help Nina get that system going.
Once there, Nina has more to show Olivia than just an advanced warning system: the First People books that Sam wrote. Sam told her that if Olivia and Peter were together in this universe, everything would be okay - but now she can't find him. Olivia sets off to look for him.
Meanwhile, Peter has decided that the only chance their world has for survival is if he gets in the machine himself. Astrid, Walter, and Broyles try to keep a brave face, but they know that this will likely kill him. Peter approaches the machine... puts his hand out... touches it... and gets an enormous volt of electricity that knocks him across the room and sends him to the hospital.
Olivia meets Astrid and Walter there. Walter is in the chapel, praying. Astrid tells Liv that Peter's vitals are stable, his brainwaves show normal activity, but they just can't wake him up. Liv steps outside for some air, and Sam approaches. "You have to trust me. We don't have a lot of time."
Dig It or Bury It?
Mostly dig. It was understandably emotional, but it felt like some scenes - like the scene when everyone is saying goodbye to Peter - were just excessively long. Like they were filling time. Overall, it was exactly what it needed to be: an episode that propelled us towards the season finale without wasting time. It was a good prologue. I'm ready for the main event. Two episodes left...
Olivia spent the night with Peter, and wakes up early to go to the bathroom. In the hallway, she runs into Walter, who is completely naked save for furry bear slippers. Liv is totally embarrassed, but it doesn't faze Walter in the least. In fact, she is a happy surprise: "I didn't know you were staying over tonight!" He offers to make her breakfast - she politely declines - and he tells her if she is going to be staying over, she should keep some slippers here. The house gets cold. When Olivia slips back into bed and relates the incident to Peter, he is amused. "It's Tuesday. He always cooks naked on Tuesdays. You'll get used to it."
Peter wakes up, and the typewriter to the other side starts going off by itself, over and over. I think it says something about all work, no play... Anyway, in typical Fringe fashion, you get a lot of quick flashes of scenes, but nothing concrete.