TV Recap: 'Fringe' Episode 418 - 'The Consultant'

Fringe Episode 418

"The Consultant"

Written By: Christine Lavaf

Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc

Original Airdate: 13 April 2012

In This Episode...

Two men who work in the same office, die suddenly at work. Witnesses say they are violently thrown into the air then slammed to the floor. Their injuries are consistent with a car accident - until a third victim turns up miles away. Killed at the same time, in the same manner, with the same injuries, but this third victim was a pilot. Reports come in from the other universe that these three men died on the other side - in a plane crash.

Walter takes a field trip to the other universe to help them figure out what is going on. People and things in each universe vibrate to different frequencies. Over there, it is a G; here, it is a C. Walter discovers that someone (Jones, undoubtedly) had adjusted the frequency of the victims in their universe to match the same in our universe. With the frequencies tuned, whatever happened to one, happened to both. Indeed it is Jones orchestrating this, and he sends a lackey into our universe to pull the same stunt. It succeeds. But Jones has bigger plans.

Remember, the other universe's Broyles is in Jones's pocket, supplying him with medicine to cure (or manage) his son of a fatal disease. But now Other Broyles is indebted to Jones - not an envious position. Jones wants Broyles to take a small metal device and plug it in to the control panel of the "doomsday machine" on Liberty Island. Broyles goes off the grid just in time, as Fauxlivia has tricked Nina into admitting that Broyles is the mole in Fringe Division. But when he swipes his Show Me card, she and Lincoln race to meet him. Someone beats them to it: our Broyles. Traitor Broyles has turned himself in and is taken into custody without incident.

Back home, Walter runs his tests on the device that Jones gave Broyles. Activating it would have tuned both universes to one another, and caused both to collapse in on themselves.

Dig It or Bury It?

I feel like saying "this was a great episode" is redundant. They are all great episodes; tonight's is no exception. Walter was especially adorable tonight, bonding with Fauxlivia and swooning excitedly over "my son and his girlfriend." I am continually impressed with how the show maneuvers between the two parallel universes without confusion, yet not treating the audience like idiots. Tonight there was some manic flipping between universes, sometimes spending a few seconds in one before flipping to another.

Observe This!

One of the Observers has a blink-and-you'll-miss-him cameo in the scene with Jones and Broyles in the park. I know that every once in awhile the producers will put an Observer casually in the background, blending with other extras. This is the first time I've ever spotted one. They seem to be less a harbinger and more a subliminal message, like don't forget that the Observers are still here.

In The Other Universe...

They don't have a Sherlock Holmes.

Walter Babble

Upon arriving in the other universe, he expresses his sympathies to Fauxlivia and that he wanted to bring her a casserole, but he wasn't allowed to bring perishables over. Later, when he reveals he brought over a human hand from our universe, Lincoln is fascinated that they wouldn't let him bring a casserole, but a human hand? No problem. 


Another time travel episode: we head to the year 2036, where the Observers have taken the planet from humans.