|Air Date:||19 November 2009|
|Written by:|| J.H. Wyman |
|Directed by:||Dennis Smith|
|Guest Cast:|| Peter Woodward as August |
Michael Cerveris as The Observer
Jennifer Missoni as Christine Hollis
Paul Rae as Donald Long
Lily Pilblad as Ella
Eugene Lipinski as December
Ryan McDonald as Brandon
Amos Stern as July
Mike Autonakos as Waiter
|Previously:||Of Human Action|
|Transcript — Additional Images|
(for the character, see August)
August is the eighth episode of the second season of FRINGE. It first aired on November 19th, 2009. A public abduction in Boston sends the team chasing after one of the mysterious Observers. One Observer has violated an important rule-of-engagement by preventing the certain death of someone he has cared for over the past two decades. As more Observers gather to rein-in one of their own, they also have time to make a few observations about a member of the Fringe Division.
Synopsis(August) looks at his watch, takes notes and looks through his binoculars, searching for a specific young woman. A military veteran walks up to him and admires his binoculars. August doesn't want to purchase any of the lapel pins that the vet appears to be selling, but the military man offers him one at no cost, then fastens the pin to Augusts' lapel. He thanks the man, turns without offering him any money and returns to his search of the museum grounds for the young woman. He sees her crossing the grounds and quickly secures his binoculars in his briefcase with his thermos and a teddy bear. He walks up to the woman, takes her by the arm and asks her to come with him. As she
Olivia is at home napping on the couch. Her niece, Ella, wakes her from the morning nap and they excitedly begin to plan their day together around the map of an amusement park that Rachel left for them. Ella wants to hit the roller coasters, but Olivia’s says no - she is afraid of roller coasters. Olivia answers the phone and learns of the abduction at the museum. She has to go to work and collect the Bishops. Both girls are disappointed at their broken plans, but Ella tells Olivia she knows - her job is important. Olivia says she will arrange to have the Jacobson's look after Ella. Both cheer-up at the prospect of pancakes first.At the Bishop’s residence, Peter finishes dressing while Walter is up, but was distracted in the kitchen before he could finish dressing. Olivia wants to get moving and she and Peter find Walter fussing over a blender, mumbling about a sublime milkshake he wants to recreate called - The Strawberry Supreme. Olivia gets Walter refocused and moving - she needs him to come with her - she has questions about his friendship with The Observer, plus he may have kidnapped a woman.
In Walter's Lab, Olivia shows photos of The Observer to Walter and wants to know if he remembers him. Walter does, but doesn't have any more information than what he shared about the rescue at Reiden Lake. Walter is more interested in the statement Olivia made about him kidnapping a woman. Astrid draws everyone to her workstation with downloaded security footage of the abduction, and news that Broyles is sending over a book with weird writing in it, found on a bench near the museum. As they review the security footage, Olivia realizes the bald man in the simple suit is not the same Observer in the photos they have seen before. Peter sees something else in the camera footage. He has Astrid slow down the film and zoom-in... this Observer plucks a bullet out of midair.
In a room at the Belle Motel in Lowell, Massachusetts, August attends to the young woman he abducted. He synchronizes his voice with hers as she asks not to be hurt, and to be released. He wraps her wrists with a thick rope and ties her to the wooden footboard of the bed. She is scared and starts to cry. He tells her she will be safer if she stays quiet, then ties a gag over mouth. August puts on his hat and leaves.
Broyles meets Olivia on a secluded park bench with a file about Christine Hollis, the abductee. Hollis is a twenty-seven year-old Fine Arts graduate student at Boston University. The woman has no family, no criminal record and very modest savings. Olivia is curious and confused about the connection to the Observers... she knows they saved Peter and Walter, but beyond that, they don't get involved - they watch. Broyles tells Olivia to figure out why Hollis was abducted, and what makes her an exception, and she should find the Observer that took her as well.← The hemophiliac. Peter and Olivia agree with the assessment and plan to ask Broyles to get a list of all known hemophiliacs in the area. Astrid discovers that someone else has been investigating the notebook symbols too.
Astrid's discovery lead Olivia and Peter directly to Brandon at Massive Dynamic. He greets them and walks them in to share the information he has and is theorizing about. He babbles to Olivia about how some of the characters they are researching are from societies three millennium ago. He then questions Nina Sharp's claim that Peter is with the FBI. Once he gets them to his lab, Brandon shows them well-known images from crucial events in history... each with an Observer watching nearby; The 1770 British massacre in Boston, the Revolution in France against Marie Antoinette in 1793 and the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in 1914. Peter is having trouble accepting Brandon's theory. Olivia asks if they live forever. Brandon extrapolates further, he believes the Observers are not limited by human perception of time. Humans think of time as linear, as a journey. The Observers on the other hand, aren't time travelling, but see time happening all at once - observing important moments in time. The moments they watch may be historical, technological or scientific, but they have rarely watched in the past five thousand years. What concerns Brandon is that he has charted twenty-six sightings recently - a tremendous increase in occurrences.In a quiet Indian-style restaurant, December and the Observer are July, as they smother their meals with hot sauce. July reports that they have a situation with August. December reviews the photos July brought with him that show the abduction of Christine Hollis. July can't tell December the name of the woman or why August abducted her, but he shares that she was supposed to be on Tropos Air, Flight 821, and the flight has already left the terminal. December says that August has created an irregularity, and that they will need to repair it. The Observer opens his communication device and starts contacting Donald.
Donald Long walks out of a market with a bag of groceries then answers his communication device. Long puts his groceries in the trunk of his vehicle and removes a bulky equipment case. Inside the vehicle, he opens the case, activates the device inside it, then loads his pistol with ammunition and attaches a silencer to the barrel. The dot-matrix printer in his equipment case prints an image of Christine Hollis. He removes the document from the printer to take with him.
In Allston, MA, Olivia and Peter interview Hollis' friend, Danielle, who is subletting Christine's room for the summer. Danielle doesn't know why anyone would want to kidnap Christine. Christine was supposed to flying to Italy today to study ceramics for a semester. Danielle says she can retrieve the itinerary, it is in an e-mail. Peter has been looking around the room and notices an interesting picture. Danielle tells him it is a picture of Christine when she was young. She is with her parents. Her parents died shortly after the picture was taken. While visiting relatives, they died in the aftermath of the big San Francisco Bay Area earthquake of 1989. Danielle steps away to fetch Christine's travel plans and Peter approaches Olivia with the picture -- an Observer is standing in the background -- watching the Hollis family.
In her Belle Motel room, a gagged and bound Christine struggles to free herself. She manages to break the wooden footboard on the bed she is tied to and fall to the floor. Seconds later, August returns to the room with a large bag of fast food for her, he thinks she might be hungry. August helps Christine to a chair and removes the gag from her mouth. He studies the ropes around her wrist, sees bruising, then becomes concerned that she has hurt herself. She wants to know why he is holding her captive and what does he want from her. August says it would be easier to show her why, so he turns on the television news and tells her wait briefly.Returning to the lab from the interview in Allston, Olivia phones the Jacobson's to check-in with Ella and say hello. Ken tells her that Ella is not there, Jane took her out for ice cream. After the call, Olivia reflects on the day she had planned with Ella and tells Peter about a memorable day out that she had with her mother when she was a child. Peter sympathizes with Olivia's maternal memories. He still has the Hollis family picture
← In the motel room, Christine and August watch on-the-scene news coverage of the crashed airplane that she was supposed to be a passenger on. August volunteers that she was going to die - and that he saved her. Surprised and stunned, she asks how he knew. He doesn't tell her how he knew her airplane was going to crash, but he does say that she is not yet safe. He tells her he needs to do something. Before leaving, he tells her that he'd prefer not to gag her, but must - for her own protection.
In Walter's Lab, Peter and Olivia enter while Walter sits and works quietly. Walter overhears their discussion about the plane crash and seeing events before they happen and asks about the crash. Peter tells him the missing Hollis was supposed to be on a plane that just crashed off the coast of Italy. Olivia wonders if the Observer that has been following Christine kidnapped her to save her life. Peter wonders what was special about her that she was saved by an Observer. And why was he saved. Astrid hands-over the results from the tested book stain to Walter. It wasn't blood in the book -- it was extremely spicy pepper sauce... King Cobra peppers. Walter tells Olivia that the peppers might be sold in the Boston area. Olivia asks Astrid to start researching for the investigation.
August approaches three other Observers sitting in a quiet restaurant. Somewhat annoyed, December speaks to August for the group Well - it appears you've been busy. The four men stiffly stare at one another.
August joins three of his associates at a diner in an attempt to explain his actions. December asks who Christine Hollis is. August says he has watched Hollis all of her life and that she is unique. The Observer reminds him that they are all unique, but not a reason to interfere with the course her life was meant to take. August tells him they have interfered before. The Observer states that was only to correct a mistake of their own making. August says he sees Hollis' future, even though she isn't supposed to have one... she is important. December tells August his perception about Christine's future must be in error, but his oversight will be forgiven. He adds that Miss Hollis must be corrected - the group has already seen to it.In the lab, Peter and Olivia have a desk full of research spread out in one of the back offices. Peter brings Olivia a snack
Assassin Donald Long enters an apartment building, climbs the stairs to the second level, picks the lock on a front door and enters someone's home with his silenced pistol drawn. Inside, he closes the door and locks it behind him. Long moves from room to room and studies what he finds. One wall has multiple photos of Christine Hollis as a child and as a young woman. Another room has a pull-string toy that interests him← Walter enters a diner looking to meet the man that sent him the coded message. He sees one of the Observers sitting alone and joins him. August
Peter and Olivia enter the Cambridge apartment building of the pepper importer and climb the same set of stairs that Donald Long climbed just minutes before. Long is still looking around the apartment and finds a large phone directory with a slightly disturbed page. He flips the phone directory open and removes a page with multiple motel listings. Peter kicks open the door to the apartment and Olivia enters with her pistol leveled. Long is nowhere to be seen, hiding silently. Olivia is decoyed into the bathroom by the clacking sound of the pull-string toy. Peter, unarmed, snoops around the house and is ambushed by Long. The assassin puts the silenced pistol to the back of Peter's skull and whispers for him to get on the ground on his knees. Peter starts to comply, then quickly turns and hacks the assassin's gun hand away from his head. Olivia hears the gun shot, then the fist fight, and moves toward it. By the time she finds Peter, Donald Long is clear of the apartment and leaving the building. Olivia pursues him onto the street, but in the time it took her to get down the stairs, Long has vanished into the daytime urban environment.
Olivia and Peter start to look for evidence in Augusts' apartment. Olivia tells Peter she called in a description of Long, although she doesn't think there will be a trail to follow, and that Broyles is sending a Crime Scene Unit to dust for fingerprints. Peter doubts any recent database (from this century) will contribute to the investigation. He bases that on Brandon's theory, and the fact that a newspaper on the floor is dated from 1884. →
August returns to the Belle Motel and undoes the gag over Christine's mouth and the rope around her wrists. She wants to know what is going. He needs to know her if she trusts him. When she says that she does, he warns her - she must do exactly as he says.
The Crime Scene Unit has arrived at Augusts' apartment and are beginning to process evidence. After searching the apartment and looking at some of the ancient newspaper articles, Olivia wants to know if Peter has any ideas. Peter poses a thoughtful idea, sure... they are looking for the Observers, but what are the Observers looking for? Why do they keep on showing up? Olivia takes a call, someone fitting the description of Hollis' abductor has been spotted at a motel in Lowell. The two immediately leave the apartment.
At the Belle Motel, the assassin arrives after dark, grabs his pistol and starts to search for Hollis. He finds the room and kicks open the door. Inside, he sees ropes on the floor, then suspects someone is hiding in closet. August bursts from the closet and fires his pulse weapon and hits Long before Long can fire his pistol. Long flies backward into the door frame and August leaves the room immediately. Long quickly gets off the ground and follows August. August aims and fires at Long when he sticks his head out from behind the corner of the building. He misses this time and moves to the parking lot. Long catches-up up to him and points his at Augusts' chest. Long demands to know what August is doing and where Hollis is. Long just wants to do his job - he has no quarrel with August. August turns and looks at an approaching car, then turns back to Donald Long and says 'Good-bye'. When he starts to raise his pulse weapon, Long shoots him three times in the chest. Olivia exits her car and takes cover behind the vehicle parked next to her.
August sits, injured, in the back of a sedan as The Observer drives away from the Belle Motel. August asks if Christine will be safe. The Observer wants to know why he saved her. August says she was a brave as a child, after her parents died, she never left his mind - and he thinks he loves her. August asks again - will she be safe now? The reply is yes. August made her important. Christine is responsible for the death of an Observer. A tear rolls down Augusts' face as his health fades and he inches closer to death.
Christine sits with the Bishops and wonders who August was, and how she can make any sense of her abduction, the flight to Italy and the assassin. Peter asks her if August told her anything. like why he saved her (from death on the flight to Rome). Walter tells her August asked him to give her something. Walter hands her a stuffed toy. She tells them her father won the toy playing skeeball. She was holding it during the car accident that killed her parents in 1989. Walter thinks she will be safe now too. As the Bishops leave from their visit with Hollis, Peter corners Walter on the fact that he concealed his meeting with The Observer. Peter wants answers and is sure Observers have them. Walter tells Peter he will get his answers, but for now, he'd like to go on a long drive and get a tuttie-fruitie milkshake.Broyles meets Olivia in the park and fills her in on additional details about the case. The dead assassin at the motel was Donald Long. His weapon was associated with six East Coast murders over the past ten years.
Olivia and Ella finally make it to the amusement park and Ella has coaxed Olivia into riding the roller coaster. The two bond and take delight in the thrill of the ride. December and The Observer stand among the park patrons and watch the two ride and scream on the ride above. December comments on how happy she is, and that it is a shame things are about to get so hard for her.
- The final scenes were filmed at Playland, Canada's oldest amusement park.
- The King Cobra (Bhut Jolokia) chile pepper, mentioned by Astrid and Walter, is the spiciest (capsicum heat) known pepper.
- Names of two of the new Observers were not mentioned in the episode, however, December (actor Eugene Lipinski) and July (actor Amos Stern) appeared in the closing credits.
- Continuity Error
- A single large Canadian flag on a tall flagpole is visible for a moment, in the background, when Olivia and Ella are riding on the roller coaster. The amusement park outing was set in the greater Boston metropolitan area. A US Flag would be a more likely sight at a US amusement park.
- Recurring Themes
- Assassin & Pulse Weapon. Both were key elements associated with John Mosley (The Arrival).
- Green-Red Lights. Sent as a message to the assassin, the light sequence is similar to the hypnotic lights experienced by the Stockton's (The Equation).
- Telepathy. August anticipating and simultaneously repeating every word of Christine Hollis is similar to the confrontation between The Observer and Peter (The Arrival).
• Jamaica Say You Will by Jackson Browne
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on August/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Is Peter able to use Augusts' gun because Peter is from the "alternate universe"?
- Is December referring to Olivia, or Ella, when he said that things are going to be hard for her?
- Is there a specific arrangement between Walter and The Observer(s)?
- Why does Christine continue to remain important?
- Do Observers age normally?
- How did the "likeness of a nitrogen molecule" serve as a message, and attract Walter's attention?
- Is there significance to the New Bedford news article about whaling, other than to demonstrate that August may have been alive in 1884?
- Broyles said there was no evidence to connect Donald Long to the Observers -- so what happened to the cell-phone Long was carrying to communicate with the Observers?
- If there was some evidence, is Broyles covering it up?