TV Recap: 'Fringe' Episode 506 - 'Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There'



Fringe Episode 506
“Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There”
Written By: David Fury
Directed By: Jon Cassar
Original Airdate: 9 November 2012

In This Episode...

Walter, alone in his lab, digs out the next tape and watches it. Video Walter directs him to a fourth floor apartment in a building at 167 Cedar Street. In a very uncharacteristic move, Walter goes to this address - it is now a bombed out building (literally - there is a gaping hole in the side of the building that makes everything above the third floor all but impossible to reach), just this side of a slum. He goes to apartment 413, a bare, dusty room, stands in the center, and seems to do a dance. He is actually walking through the precise steps eventually let him slip into another universe. This is where they tape led him, to a “pocket universe” where time folds upon itself. This is where the next piece of the puzzle is supposed to be hidden, but in this new universe, the laws of physics don’t apply in the same way. Now he just has to figure out what he hid there, and where it is.

Olivia, Peter, and Astrid come to the lab and are concerned when Walter isn’t there. They find the tape, watch the tape, and trace Walter’s footsteps to apartment 413. Peter does the dance, grabs Olivia, and the pair step into the pocket universe. They have brought the video camera with them to walk through the dance steps. When they enter the pocket universe, Peter is surprised to discover that the tape does not just go to black like it did in the lab - it continues. Walter took it with him to the pocket universe, so the stuff he recorded was only visible in the pocket universe.

Olivia and Peter follow the tape. Along the way, they find Walter and another guy, Cecil, who is completely inconsequential to the story. Following the tape further, the group finds that what Walter was hiding in the pocket universe wasn’t a what - it was a who. A little boy, an empath Olivia and Peter had helped in an earlier episode, who was completely bald, was led into a small bedroom and told to wait there until he and Donald (the unseen camera guy) return. Time doesn’t  work the same way here But when they open the door, the room is empty. The kid is gone. Walter is very upset. Olivia notices a small radio that wasn’t in the original video - whoever took the child left that for them.

They don’t have much time to worry about it, for the Observers are here. Walter was spotted on the bus getting there and the Observers have been tracking him. What’s more, their tech allows them to slip into the pocket universe with the greatest of ease. The Observers chase our team throughout the building and Cecil gets caught in the crossfire. Peter “somehow” finds the right place to exit (we are meant to assume the tech helped him out) but the Observers have no problem following them topside. Peter sends Walter and Olivia ahead with Astrid while he fends off the Observers. One catches him in a fight, and they battle what at first appears to be a losing war. But then Peter’s tech kicks in, and he starts kicking the Observer’s ass. He gets the upper hand and the Observer looks scared. “I know what you have done,” he tells Peter. “You have made a grave mistake. You don’t know what is happening to you.” Peter snaps his neck with one quick twist. Then he blips away. Widmark appears, having been observing this whole thing.

Peter meets up with the team just before the monorail pulls out from the station. Olivia is relieved. She and Astrid sit together and Olivia realizes the radio is jammed into one frequency. Perhaps they are supposed to wait for a signal. Meanwhile, in the back of the car, Walter is worried that he is turning into the man he used to be before his brain started to Swiss cheese-ify. Peter promises not to let Walter lose himself - and he calls him “Dad.” He also looks up and starts seeing things in the same blue grid pattern that the Observers see.

Dig It or Bury It?

This was a good one. It was still just another step in the season-long scavenger hunt, but this one took place in an interesting location, and yielded interesting character developments. That device Peter implanted in himself is now giving him some of the fancier traits of the Observers. Does this mean that Observers are created, not born? Or is it a mixture of both? I guess if Peter starts to go bald, we will have our answer.


Olivia starts to realize there is something Peter is not telling her. Peter is growing more and more like the Observers.