'Reciprosity' - 'Fringe' Episode 3.11

Fringe Episode 3.11
Written By: Josh Singer
Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc
Original Airdate: 28 January 2011

In This Episode...

The Fringe team visits Massive Dynamic to check out the progress on the doomsday machine. It is pretty much complete, except they can't figure out how it is powered. When Peter enters the hangar, electromagnetic spikes make the computers go haywire and the machine appears to be activating. Peter's nose bleeds, and he knows that it was because of him. He agrees to go through a barrage of tests - much to Walter's chagrin - but the docs can't find anything that would hint at Peter's connection.

Meanwhile, Liv is called in on the murder of a shifter. Then another. Broyles, who is having Astrid sift through the mounds of reports decoded from Fauxlivia's computer, gets a hunch. The dead shifter's name is in Fauxlivia's notes. There is a mole working for Walternate. Olivia is determined to help Astrid go through reports, though no one wants her to, to protect her from whatever Fauxlivia wrote about her and Peter. She finally gets her way and discovers that Fauxlivia was beginning to have real feelings for Peter. She also figures out that Fauxlivia was using the name Olive as a letter substitution code, and she figures out who else is on the hit list.

So has the killer. The killer is not a mole working with Walternate. The killer is Peter. He is desperate to know what the shifters know about him, and has been killing off the ones Fauxlivia marked. Walter, who has by now figured out the code, walks in on Peter killing the last shifter on the list. Walter is concerned about Peter, and figures out that because every relationship is reciprocal, something happened to Peter when he came in to contact with the machine. Walter fears that Peter is now "weaponized."

Dig It or Bury It?

It was a purely decent episode. Not terrible, but nothing that really made the episode stand out. It felt like a "middle" episode: a generic episode that got out of the way some information that will later prove pertinent.

Walter Babble

Walter makes himself a giant banana split, but has a whipped cream malfunction, and it ends up on his shirt and face.  He does not seem too bothered by this.

Pseudo Science

Nina gives Walter a serum that Bell left behind, that should help rebuild his missing brain cells. Due to a labeling problem, the sample that Walter got could be the right one for his DNA, or it could be the one for the lab rat or the chimp. Naturally, he gets the chimp DNA. It's not even the fact that William Bell created a serum to regenerate brain cells. I could buy that. It is that chimp DNA gives Walter sudden, strong cravings for bananas. I'm pretty sure that chimps don't like bananas any more than, say, mangoes or any other delicious fruit.


Fun times ensue when victims start popping up, alive but without bones. And somehow this is connected to a terrorist plot....