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A Short Story About Love
Season: 4 Episode: 15
Air Date: 23 March 12
Written by: Joel Wyman
Graham Roland
Directed by: Joel Wyman
Starring: Main Characters
Guest Cast: Michael Cerveris as The Observer
Michael Massee as Anson Carr

Ona Grauer as Dianna Sutter
Devin Johnston as Andrew Sutter
Jarod Joseph as Agent Tim
Moya O’Connell as Linda Greeley
Paul Andrich as Man In Park
Debbie Timuss as Woman In Park
Babak Motamed as ME Jones
Diana Pavlovska as Jane Hall
Russell Thomas as Waiter

Next: Nothing As It Seems
Previously: The End Of All Things
Transcript  —  Additional Images

A Short Story About Love is the fifteenth episode of the fourth season of FRINGE. It first aired on March 23th, 2012. Peter is ready to abandon Boston and set-off for New York, wanting to avoid any influence he may have on Olivia's memory. A serial killer is using his proprietary knowledge of pheromones to lure and kill, all for want of love. The Observer finds a way to manipulate events and recontact Peter.



  It is mid-morning at a busy urban bistro as traffic whizzes by Olivia's window seat. She gets a top-off of coffee from her server as she waits pensively for Nina Sharp to arrive. Nina shows in short order with the delightful news that 'the whole world is on fire' . Following a quick kiss on the noggin, Olivia smiles at the maternal exaggeration as Nina settles in for a gab fest. Nina senses that Olivia has something she
I Know! Who Would Believe This Isn't Starbuck's® Decaf?
wants to get off her chest. She does - she is experiencing intense love for Peter, even though in this timeline she barely knows him. It seems like she has known him her entire life, which is not possible. Nina believes what Walter has explained to her - that Olivia is experiencing two sets of memories -- likely a by-product of her pre-pubescent exposure to Cortexiphan. Still, it baffles Olivia. How does Peter know of investigative details and confidential case work that he was never a part of? How? Olivia finds the whole situation intimidating. Nina reassures Olivia that they will figure this out. Olivia suggests this is nice, brunching together - something they should do more often. That catches Nina's attention - Olivia confounds her - they always have breakfast together on Saturday mornings, in fact, they were here in this same restaurant just last week. Does Olivia not remember? Nina is worried that Olivia's residual memories from a timeline she never genuinely experienced is taking a costly toll. Now Olivia is worried - so she promises to consult with Walter on the issue.
  Jane Hall returns to
her gloomy apartment. Heavy with the burden of personal loss, she catches the first message on her answering machine. Celia's voice is consoling about the memorial service they attended, and, in Jane's time of grief, Celia just wants her friend to know that if she needs any support, she should simply call and ask for it. What Jane hasn't anticipated is that she is not alone in her apartment. A horribly disfigured man lurks in the shadows - anointing his scarred neck with the liquid from a small vial. Jane longs for her significant other as she studies the keepsake photo in a frame she was just given. She turns the lights on, then turns to find Anson Carr lingering just behind her. Attempting to maintain her cool, she demands to know why he is there, but flees when he remains silent. He quickly pins her against the wall, allowing the liquid he placed on his neck to exert its influence. The fear on her face rapidly takes on an amorous glow - and she gladly accepts a sweet kiss on the lips. Still in command of a few of her senses, Jane realizes the gravity of Carr's encroachment and returns to a defiant posture. Anson Carr won't permit it, and plastic wraps her face to smother her. His real mission, to gather her sweat and saliva, can now begin.


  It is a snowy day outside of Walter’s Lab, but Olivia makes good on her promise to Nina and has arrived to consult with Walter on the emotional turbulence she is
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suffering. His joyous greeting makes the snowy weather seem nothing less than Spring-like in her presence. His only concern with life is that he has exhausted one of his favorite candy snack treats. On a more positive note, he is ecstatic that his recent spy-cam purchase, manifested in a child’s stuffed toy, has inadvertently revealed the anomalous event where the wounded Observer, September, seemingly vanished from the laboratory while being treated for his serious injury. A quick, blurry ‘blip’ in the recording suggests something more nefarious occurred. Almost on cue, Astrid and ‘Agent Tim’ return from nearby M.I.T. with the high-tech apparatus they will need to study the anomaly captured on the ‘Teddy Cam’ camera. The device, which required substantial security assurances by Agent Farnsworth to obtain, will be able to playback the less sophisticated recording at such a decelerated rate that they should be able to identify what happened in the few microseconds that it took for the Observer to vanish. Walter heads-off to get started and Astrid takes a few seconds with Olivia – how is she feeling? Olivia’s claim is that she is well enough, but qualifies her declaration with the fact that she was in the Lab to consult with Walter about the matter. But that issue can wait since Walter seems to be firmly vectored-off on this new tangent. Astrid is supportive of Olivia, then heads-off on her own tangent to the adjacent room to mollify Walter’s declaration that the waffle iron is now inoperative. Alone on the main floor of the laboratory, Olivia studies the footage Walter captured, then answers her phone… FRINGE Division has a new case that needs her immediate attention.
  At the crime scene and ready to investigate, Olivia has Astrid in-tow as they meet Broyles, who has Agent Lee at the scene too. A half dozen forensics and support personnel are going through Mark
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and Jane Hall's apartment trying to decipher her odd death following her husband’s funeral. The first thing that catches Olivia’s eye is the strange bruising on Hall. Broyles backbriefs Olivia on what they have determined so far – those aren’t bruises, but a reaction to some sort of chemical associated with her attacker (Carr). Dunham is curious why this qualifies for FRINGE-level attention. Broyles shares his reasoning… this is not the only time this has happened. It has only been a month since the first victim was found - and all of the surrounding circumstances are identical. Both victims were recently widowed, both of their husbands died under mysterious circumstances where they were dumped in fields, plus, both men were completely dehydrated. Olivia assumes that the killer was targeting couples, but Broyles has one more fact for her to ponder – the DNA of each deceased husband was found on their wives' neck – suggesting the women were killed by their dead spouses. True or not, that is where the evidence is pointing. Strangely enough, Hall had just left her husband's funeral and his body was exhumed just in the past few minutes.
  Sitting alone in his lab, Walter starts to work to dissect the video surveillance with the high-tech gear delivered from M.I.T. The revelation
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he sees on film induces him to call Peter’s cell phone. He gets hold of Peter, who is sitting in the back of a taxicab heading for the bus station with the intent of voyaging south to New York. Walter needs Peter back in the lab so he can share his discovery. Peter is honoring Walter’s suggestion – leaving the team to allow Olivia to recover from any undue influence he is projecting on her. That won’t do. Walter believes that The Observer may have done something to Peter’s vision before vanishing – something the other Observers did not detect. Once Peter returns to the lab, Walter plays the enhanced video at the moment of the disappearance – while multiple Observers fleetingly arrive and transit the area, it looks as if Peter received a quick, undetectable implant from their colleague. Walter prepares an ophthalmic solution for Peter and places a few drops in his eye. Walter expresses his admiration for Peter’s resolve to allow Olivia to recovery beyond his unique influence. Peter feeds Walter an old familial line, a philosophical constant he shared with the Walter he experienced in his original timeline – ‘Be a better man than your father’. As Walter digests the poignant anecdote, he also finds, under considerable magnification, the remnant that was left by The Observer for them to detect. It is a tiny corneal disc – and it has miniscule writing on it.


  Still in the Lab,
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Peter and Walter enlarge the printing from the corneal disc with an overhead projector. Printed vertically, it appears to be an address: Two-Two-Eight and a Half Morrow Street. Walter is impressed. If he had never detected the implant, it probably would have dissolved and have become a permanent fixture in Peter’s mind - Organic Ocular Suggestion. Peter wouldn't be aware, but would be irresistibly compelled to visit the address. Before the two can discuss the matter any further, Agent Tim escorts the man from the Medical Examiner’s office, Jones, into the lab. He has Jane Hall’s remains with him – Astrid said to deliver them, even if she weren’t there to receive them herself. The Bishops accept the diversion. Okay? That would be the...? ...new case that Olivia went out on. Yeah. Right.

  In his private lab, Anson Carr has donned a shower cap, a disposable HazMat jumper and some heavy-duty protective gloves. The job at hand, squeegee clean a rather damp and slimy dehydration chamber following his latest experiment. With the final filter rinsed clean, he is free of his safety gear, and squeezes a few concentrated droplets into a test tube of his new chemical concoction. A sniff of its aroma sends his eyes and head rolling backward with satisfaction, or pleasure.

  Back in Walter’s Lab, Peter has left to investigate the mysterious address placed
Unhappy Hall Family Reunion
in his eye, while Agents Dunham, Lee and Farnsworth have arrived with the desiccated remains of Mark Hall. The Halls, side-by-side on Walter’s autopsy station, are revealing a few secrets. He was drained of almost all of his moisture - literally killed by extreme dehydration. And the burn marks on her neck, not just simple burns, but as a result of a very concentrated solution of her husband's pheromones - the body chemical composites that routinely moderate mood, appetite and physical attraction. The group-think is that the killer may be killing the males, to try and win the females. A love potion? Possibly. Agent Lee heads-off to start the process of exhuming the first dead couple and retrieving their casework, then trips over Peter’s luggage as he leaves the main floor of the lab. What is his luggage doing there? Walter, spills the loosely kept secret about Peter’s departure out-of-state… whoops, something Olivia did not know. Until now.
  Still in the Boston area,
(under his breath) ♫ One Of These Doors, Is Not Like The Other. One Of These Doors - - Belongs To An Observer ♫
Peter makes his way along Morrow Street and the quaint urban row housing that opens out immediately onto the narrow sidewalks. The door to the Observer’s mysterious address, 228&1/2, isn’t marked, but is squarely planted between doors 228 and 230. He opens the unlocked door and steps inside to explore the narrow accommodations and finds a minimalistic living space with older appliances, bland decorations, a few fishing poles and a partially open window. The walls have ancient newspaper articles taped to them, stacks of newspapers, and an old calendar with a nature theme – the image of a fully quilled porcupine. The closet is appropriately filled with Observer garb… simple black suits and plain black Fedoras.
  In Walter’s Lab, Olivia finally gets the few minutes she needed to consult with Walter. It seems as if her memories, the ones she generated in this timeline, are starting to fade away permanently, she is just now realizing it, and hesitated to bring it up earlier because it seemed as if she was destined to be with Peter. It’s getting worse
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and she hadn’t considered the consequences her situation might install in her – she needs to know if there is anything Walter can do to stop, or reverse, the process. She seems emphatic and wants to go back to who she was – and not feel like she does now. Walter assures her he will think of something and steps away. Olivia takes somber notice of the Halls as they rest on the autopsy table, their hands touching ever so slightly – even in death.

  In a local park, Anson Carr sits on a bench with his chubby Pug dog, Omar. Nearby, an affectionate young couple hold each other and watch the ducks swim in the pond. He takes notice of his next set of potential victims and approaches them as they start to take a handheld image of themselves with a small camera – he can snap the photo for the romantic duo… if they want. Sure. That would be swell. Small talk reveals that the two are from the area – Brookline. Carr politely seems to rate them as acceptable candidates for his next crime, until they summon their young son playing at the edge of the pond. The presence of the child appears to be a deal breaker for Carr’s twisted ethic, and he moves on to locate other prey. Not far away, Linda Greeley and Andrew Sutter seem to be childless, and in need of a friendly photographer as well.


  In Walter’s Lab, Astrid is getting the royal, loyal subject, experimentation treatment, from Lord Bishop in his pursuit of all things science. He has her nose pinched-open and offers her a small sample offering to smell. Her choking, coughing
Walter? Is This More Of Your Animal Product Testing? Or Do I Smell Beaver?
response to the putrid sample is immediate, the ‘Mortius Bestia’ fare, or ‘roadkill’ contains the aromatic excretion from the castor sacs of a regional beaver. From the lower abdomen and entrails, the large rodent expresses the pheromonic product around its territory to mark a warning to rivals and to advertise to and solicit for a mate. Walter needed Astrid to take one for the team in this instance… he is all sniffed-out after enduring similar smells for the past hour and has desensitized any objectivity he had left. Privately, in her side office across the lab, Dunham and Lee filter through the collected case files of Carr’s alleged victims. Olivia notices the testimony from those that knew the victims all cite the couples as having great, solid and loving marriages. Maybe their killer targeted them because their relationships personified the kind of love he was seeking? Lee considers the proposal then quietly holds his tongue. He just has to ask – Olivia, are you okay? She has been a bit unfocused the past few days, and, if she needs him to supportively be there for her, he will be. Olivia graciously acknowledges the offer as Astrid finds them to retrieve them for Walter – warning: olfactory senses will be put to use. Once gathered around Walter, the keen inquisitor sells his wares… for millennium, man has mixed sweet and unctuous scents from multiple sources with rancid, disparate aromas all in an effort to blend, not to offend, but to please – we call it perfume. Walter thinks he knows about the potion used on Jane Hall. Castoreum, from castor sacs, was blended with the concentrated pheromones from her husband, a perfume of sorts in that only a very few manufacturers have access to Castoreum. As far as Walter can ascertain, there are only five sources where their killer can be getting this substance. That fact should significantly help
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them focus where and how they conduct the investigation.

  Peter continues his search of the Morrow Street apartment and hears beeping coming from a phonograph console. After fiddling with the back of the turntable, a secret storage area pops up. The brief case inside contains high-tech binoculars and an active tracking transponder. →

  Astrid has been continuing her investigation from the laboratory while Dunham and Lee have been running down the leads Walter gave them from the field. Astrid calls the two field agents as they are departing Scentax for their next stop - KJS. Astrid cancels that errand and reroutes Olivia toward Empire World Fragrance. They fired an employee a few months back for theft, and guess what he nabbed? Castoreum.

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Boston-adjacent Chelsea Massachusetts, Carr has Andrew Sutter locked in the dehydration chamber he recently sanitized. The tube Sutter is laying on his back in is increasing in temperature to the point that he is begging for his life and his freedom. As the window into the chamber grows humid with the dampness that was Andrew, Carr calmly turns a valve to pump some of that moisture up to his work bench where a little ‘easy listening’ music makes the event much less bothersome. With his eyes closed, he visualizes the work ahead of him to purify the 'Essence of Andrew' he will create. When he opens his eyes, he takes a small wooden box from below the counter and removes the tattered old photo of an attractive young women. The fondness, admiration and adoration on his face, scarred as it is, is unmistakable – this is someone he loved intensely.
  Not much later, Agents Dunham and Lee arrive at Carr's home in Chelsea with a Tactical Response Team directly ahead of them leading the forced entry into the multi-level house. In the basement, Olivia finds the sophisticated
laboratory the errant bio-chemist has been using to extract human pheromone from his unwitting victims. With Lee on her heals, she quickly checks the equipment that housed Andrew Sutter – it is still warm – they must have just missed Carr. Agent Lee finds the dessicated remains of Sutter in the chamber... his condition is nearly identical to the other previous male victims. Olivia notices the wedding band on the corpses left ring finger. He’s married, which makes his wife Anson Carr’s likely target for this next iteration to develop his ‘love potion’. Lee finds Sutter’s identification close-by. He lives on Piedmont Avenue in nearby Milton. Olivia announces she will give Broyles a heads-up as the two race from the basement… hopefully in time to save Mrs. Sutter.
  An hour or so South of Boston proper, Peter Bishop forges through a clearing in a dense thicket beneath the towering forest. The handheld tracking device he found at the Morrow Street home he was directed to by The Observer
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Oh eM Gee. This Is Definitely NOT A Starbucks® Thermos
, is guiding him into the wilderness of the New England woods and, seemingly to a specific locale. Not far from Foxboro, Massachusetts, the alien looking screen in his right hand is highlighting the surrounding topography, his position, and, just ahead, a clearing in the thick woods with a flashing red symbol suggesting his preferred destination. With the briefcase he recovered in his other hand, Peter pathfinds his way ahead, and within a minute, finds the leafy clearing he was supposed to find. The beeping cadence of the tracker increases when he hits the target geo-locale, and immediately the ground starts to vibrate and shake the remote glade. Just seconds after he arrives, the Beacon comes spiraling up through the forest floor and stops, partially exposed in the rich loam. A quick look around confirms that Peter was not followed, ambushed or otherwise placed at undue risk. He is alone with the unworldly object and prepares to extract it.


  At her home in Milton, Massachusetts, Dianna Sutter returns in the early evening to a dark house. After lighting the place up and dropping off the groceries in the kitchen, she disappointedly notices that one certain, not-so-special, 'life partner', has failed to take out the trash, as was directed. A frustrated march to the side door to accomplish the simple chore herself makes her suspicious when a neighborhood dog barks the local 'intruder alert' for everyone in earshot. Concerned, but still willing to venture outside, Sutter is confronted at her door in a manner that startles her... Dunham, Lee and the Tactical Response Team are waiting for her and are briskly surrounding the building. They need to talk.
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  Once back inside the house with the area secure, Olivia sits with Sutter at the kitchen table and delivers the fatality news. The last time Dianna talked with her husband was that morning. His car was in for repair, but she dismissed his request for a ride home from work because she wouldn’t make the time to accommodate his schedule. Olivia assures her that her squad of LEA officers will protect her from whatever Carr had planned for her. Lee reports that the squad is ready to intercept Carr when he shows… now all they need to do is wait. Olivia’s interview, knowing that Carr only targeted those he considered ‘deeply in love’, turns to the Sutter’s history together. Dianna talks around the issue – they’ve been married for fourteen and a half years following a strong friendship in college. He had always been supportive of her when
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she broke-up relationships with other young men. It seems his major short-coming in the marriage was that he never comprehended something that she considered vital… the difference between loving someone and being in love with them. It's different... (tearfully) people get tired of looking and hoping. — [ …lingering in the dark suburban woodscape, Anson Carr loiters, preparing to make his move and prove his biochemical experimentation is viable. he applies a dab of liquid to his neck from a small glass container labeled 'Andrew'…] — Olivia senses that Dianna was becoming disillusioned with her long-term relationship with her husband, Andrew. A quick chat with Agent Lee vectors Olivia toward the heart of the issue: maybe Carr hasn’t approached yet because he wasn’t coming at all? Maybe both Sutter’s weren’t his target? Olivia solves the urgency issue with a quick question - is it possible your husband was having an affair? Sutter confides the true condition of her marriage - how did you know? Dunham and Lee move the team from the area almost immediately and set-out to find Mr. Sutter’s liaison-d’amour.

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for the evening, Linda Greeley finds her back door unlocked, locks it, then turns to find Anson Carr standing just a few paces behind her. She high-tails it out of the room and down the hall with Carr not far behind. He catches her on the staircase as she tries to get to the second floor, drags her to the ground and pins her under his weight. With his hand over her mouth and his pheromone daubed face just inches from her nose, Greeley instantly submits to Carr’s wishes. With no fight left in her, she gladly kisses Carr, admires his face and accepts his presence. However, like Jane Hall, his undue influence quickly abandons her and the defiance begins. She begs for her freedom as he attempts to eliminate his latest failed test subject. Draped across her with his hand around her throat, Anson, quite apologetically, should be able to strangle Linda in very little time. Of course that all ends when Olivia shows-up directly behind Carr with the directive to let Greeley go. Her service pistol, directed at the back of his skull at nearly point-blank range, guarantees Carr’s immediate compliance.


  Later, outside of Greeley's house, Anson Carr sits in the police vehicle that will expedite his rendition to FRINGE prison, Olivia loiters over him in the open door with no small amount of intimidation directed at him. 'Do you know how much pain you caused?' Carr defends: He quibbles that his actions were not purely personal, but that if he had succeeded, every human would have the option to experience love... something she obviously knows about. What?? His expert senses can smell it in her pheromones -- SHE is in love. The car door in his face tells him that particular conversation is finished.

  Late that night, after Olivia has finished with Anson Carr and has consulted again with Walter, she pays a visit to Nina at her posh uptown Boston penthouse apartment. Nina has some healthy snack treats out
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to nosh on, and was just making tea when Olivia drops by to talk about the important certain someone they were talking about at Saturday brunch… Peter. The two sit and Olivia shares the conclusion she has reached. Her conversation with Sutter a few hours ago started her thinking about love and made her re-think how she wanted to move ahead with the new memories Peter evoked from her. Sutter was unhappy because she had let go of the possibility of finding love, and now Olivia sees herself in the same light. Not liking who she was. But now, she has -- a better version of herself -- someone that shares true love… Olivia is not going to give that up, even if the feeling was drawn from an alternate reality she physically had no part in. Nina cautions against rushing too far ahead: think about what you do have already. Is she going to give that up for memories of a life never lived? Yep. Olivia doesn’t know, and Walter can’t guestimate, when her transcendental ‘reconfiguration’ will be complete, but Olivia wants Nina’s assurance that when, or if, the time comes, Nina will try and rebuild a relationship with her. Olivia loves Nina and doesn’t want her to give-up on what they have had for the past few decades. Nina won’t – the maternal love she feels for her Olive reminds her of how parents should encourage their young charges to follow the best path in life for themselves, even when that path takes them away the familial sphere.
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"This Is Not The Mandroid You Were Looking For." Sorry Pete. We Only Get A Few Vids In This Prison Each Month - That Was My 'Baldy Wan Kenobi' Impersonation...


  In his Cambridge house, Peter Bishop is trying to make sense of the futuristic subterranean probe he retrieved in the woods. Spread out on the living room floor with a half dozen electrical connections to it, the high-tech probe has baffled Peter, for the moment, on how to power it up, or otherwise interact with it. Frustrated with it, Peter stands, nibbles a snack and studies the Beacon with bewilderment. Not certain what to do next, the device activates by itself. Peter moves in to examine the apparently benign contraption, and as he goes to touch the top of it, an intensely focused beam of light erupts straight upward, zorching Peter’s hand along the way. Peter looks up and sees that whatever is happening will be on the second floor of the house, or higher, where the focused beam has penetrated the ceiling above it. After racing upstairs, Peter finds ‘the man with the plan’ waiting for him, standing with his Fedora in hand in the center of the emanating beam. The Observer thanks Peter, just before the beam extinguishes. Still standing in front of Peter in the relative darkness of the hallway, September shares what he can about the events following his abduction from Walter’s Lab. His fellow colleagues from Observerville hid the universe from him, essentially locking him out. The clues he left for Peter, to eventually activate the Beacon, allowed him to find his way back from banishment. That’s just great – now Peter needs September to reciprocate: Peter has tried everything he can think of to return to his original timeline… to no avail. Please help. The Observer, stoically shares his finding on the matter – 'You have been home all along.' How is that possible considering that he was ‘erased’ from the timeline so long ago? September cannot offer a scientific explanation for what is occurring, but he theorizes about why Peter has returned and is influencing the memories of those around him – a uniquely human principle - Love. The people that cared for him prior to his erasure wound not let him go, and vice versa. And this Olivia? Yes. She is Peter’s true Olivia. Peter’s chest swells with the grand news just seconds before the entire house starts to rumble and shake. It sounds as if the Beacon has decided to leave the premises. As Peter starts downstairs to determine what is happening, the Observer dons his hat. When Peter looks over his shoulder to check on September, the bald trans-dimensional traveler has vanished from sight, apparently free of whatever kept him in bondage since his disappearance. Downstairs, the smoking two foot wide hole in his foundation confirms the device’s departure.


  Even later that evening,
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Olivia parks her car in a still vibrant late-night part of town and steps-out across the sleet covered streets for libation and sustenance. With a lowly destination in her sights, she slows and studies the familiar figure stepping from the shadows - it is Peter, knowing full-well where he might find her at this time of shared reflection. She slows to study him, then her chest swells when she knows in her heart that he feels the same way she does about the love they share. Almost walking on air... she accelerates towards him as he rushes toward her - the gleaming smile on his face is contagious and quickly populates her face. The romantic, spinning, pick-her-up, boy-girl hug is epic... the kiss that follows has no value in any universe... it is priceless.


"Well, my mother used to say, ‘Encourage the quest for happiness in your children, even if it takes them very far away from you’." - Nina Sharp (to Olivia, struggling to find a rationale that supports Olivia's willingness to forego her personal memories of the past, and the close bond, they share)

"I have a theory based on a uniquely human principle. I believe you could not be fully erased because the people who care about you would not let you go. And you... would not let them go. I believe you call it love." - The Observer (to Peter, a poignant supposition about what they both knew, or suspected)


  • Cartoon Equivalency. In the background, as Walter initially discovers the incursion into his lab by multiple Observers, a popular cartoon from decades ago - Scooby-Doo - airs. The haphazard sleuths, a sentient Great Dane dog and his less than sophisticated human sidekick, Shaggy, tiptoe across the screen. The two rarely solved any investigations outright, but typically stumble into a solution through their own incompetence, or via the buffoonery of the offenders.
  • Subtle Easter Egg. In the work review from Carr's prior employer sent to Astrid, his attendance was nearly immaculate. In the three years prior to his dismissal, Anson only missed three days of work. He was out for only one day each year on Leave/Sick status, during his tenure from 2009-2011. Each year it was the same day and the excusal was 'unknown illness'. The date suggests that Carr was out with Chronic Coronary Disease, or a broken heart, as he only missed February 14th annually... or the ever romantic - Valentine's Day.
  • Fauxshadowing. Like Foreshadowing, where production, continuity and placement on set can provide clues to plot points further along in the episode, or series, Fauxshadowing essential promises the same viewer satisfaction, but deliberately decoys and fails to deliver that token reward to the attentive. Jane Hall's face was wrapped with plastic to murder her. When Dianna Sutter returned home with groceries, the first thing she removed from the bag was a roll of plastic wrap... foreshadowing her demise at Carr's hand too, which appeared to be where the plot was leading. The amusing production trick fauxshadowed the real intended victims assault.


  • White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
  • The Friends Of Mister Cairo by Jon & Vangelis
  • Love Is by Jon & Vangelis
  • This Time It Was Really Right by Jon Anderson


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  • If Carr was genuinely committed to giving mankind a method to establish and maintain an authentic loving relationship with a person of ones' chosing, why did he hatefully murder those he tested who possessed those relationships when his bio-chemical substance failed?
    • If not, was he psychological manifested in the personal loss he endured?
    • Or, was he ultimately fixated on the potential financial/social gain he was bound to profit from if he had succeeded?
  • Why did the observation Carr made about Olivia's romantic fixation with Peter make such a profound impact on the course of her life?


Season 5 : Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11In AbsentiaThe RecordistThe Bullet That Saved The WorldAn Origin StoryThrough The Looking Glass And What Walter Found ThereFive-Twenty-TenThe Human KindBlack BlotterAnomaly XB-6783746The Boy Must LiveLibertyAn Enemy Of FateSeason 4 : Neither Here Nor ThereOne Night In OctoberAlone In The WorldSubject 9NovationAnd Those We've Left BehindWallflowerBack To Where You've Never BeenEnemy Of My EnemyForced PerspectiveMaking AngelsWelcome To WestfieldA Better Human BeingThe End Of All ThingsA Short Story About LoveNothing As It SeemsEverything In Its Right PlaceThe ConsultantLetters Of TransitWorlds ApartBrave New World, Part 1Brave New World, Part 2Season 3 : OliviaThe BoxThe PlateauDo Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep?Amber 314226955 kHzThe AbductedEntradaMarionetteThe FireflyReciprocityConcentrate And Ask AgainImmortality6BSubject 13OsStowawayBloodlineLysergic Acid Diethylamide6:02 AM ESTThe Last Sam WeissThe Day We DiedSeason 2 : A New Day In The Old TownNight Of Desirable ObjectsFractureMomentum DeferredDream LogicEarthlingOf Human ActionAugustSnakeheadGrey MattersUnearthedJohari WindowWhat Lies BelowThe Bishop RevivalJacksonvillePeterOlivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver.White TulipThe Man From The Other SideBrown BettyNorthwest PassageOver There, Part 1Over There, Part 2Season 1 : PilotThe Same Old StoryThe Ghost NetworkThe ArrivalPower HungryThe CureIn Which We Meet Mr. JonesThe EquationThe DreamscapeSafeBoundThe No-BrainerThe TransformationAbilityInner ChildUnleashedBad DreamsMidnightThe Road Not TakenThere's More Than One Of Everything


Season 5 : Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11In AbsentiaThe RecordistThe Bullet That Saved The WorldAn Origin StoryThrough The Looking Glass And What Walter Found ThereFive-Twenty-TenThe Human KindBlack BlotterAnomaly XB-6783746The Boy Must LiveLibertyAn Enemy Of FateSeason 4 : Neither Here Nor ThereOne Night In OctoberAlone In The WorldSubject 9NovationAnd Those We've Left BehindWallflowerBack To Where You've Never BeenEnemy Of My EnemyForced PerspectiveMaking AngelsWelcome To WestfieldA Better Human BeingThe End Of All ThingsA Short Story About LoveNothing As It SeemsEverything In Its Right PlaceThe ConsultantLetters Of TransitWorlds ApartBrave New World, Part 1Brave New World, Part 2Season 3 : OliviaThe BoxThe PlateauDo Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep?Amber 314226955 kHzThe AbductedEntradaMarionetteThe FireflyReciprocityConcentrate And Ask AgainImmortality6BSubject 13OsStowawayBloodlineLysergic Acid Diethylamide6:02 AM ESTThe Last Sam WeissThe Day We DiedSeason 2 : A New Day In The Old TownNight Of Desirable ObjectsFractureMomentum DeferredDream LogicEarthlingOf Human ActionAugustSnakeheadGrey MattersUnearthedJohari WindowWhat Lies BelowThe Bishop RevivalJacksonvillePeterOlivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver.White TulipThe Man From The Other SideBrown BettyNorthwest PassageOver There, Part 1Over There, Part 2Season 1 : PilotThe Same Old StoryThe Ghost NetworkThe ArrivalPower HungryThe CureIn Which We Meet Mr. JonesThe EquationThe DreamscapeSafeBoundThe No-BrainerThe TransformationAbilityInner ChildUnleashedBad DreamsMidnightThe Road Not TakenThere's More Than One Of Everything