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Brave New World, Part 1
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Season: 4 Episode: 21
Air Date: 04 May 12
Written by: Jeff Pinkner
Akiva Goldsman
Joel Wyman
Directed by: Joe Chappelle
Starring: Main Characters
Guest Cast: Leonard Nimoy as William Bell
Jared Harris as David Jones
Rebecca Mader as Jessica Holt

Samantha Noble as Doctor Benlo
Reese Alexander as Neal
Janet Pinnick as Barista
Ruby Ahn as Escalator Rider #1
Jane Hancock as Escalator Rider #2
Yvette Neuman as Escalator Rider #3
Jason Clift as HazMat Technician
Ken Lawson as Orderly
Adam Lolacher as Guard #1
William McDonald as Guard #2
Timothy Webber as Tom
Raphael Kepinski as Warehouseman

Next: Brave New World, Part 2
Previously: Worlds Apart
Transcript  —  Additional Images
Introduction

Brave New World, Part 1 is the twenty-first episode of the fourth season of FRINGE. It first aired on 4 May, 2012. Citizens are beginning to spontaneously self-incinerate as pawns in a larger game to alter mankind's destiny. The Boston Metropolitan Area faces immolation as the power of the sun is focused on the fossil fuels below Eastern Massachusetts. David Jones makes it personal when he attacks and severely beats a member of the science team.

Synopsis

Prologue
  In Boston's Clane Center, the late afternoon
Coffee... Too... Hot. Sue... McDonalds ®... Now.
crowd moves from level to level, mostly by escalator, as the bland, piped-in music sieves the soul from a once popular tune. One routine coffee patron stops for his usual fare at a centrally-located kiosk, then pays for it using his convenient SPRINT 4G™ phone before heading down to street level to exit the complex. Once Neal gets outside with his coffee, his health takes a turn for the fatal. Neal drops to his knees, begins venting smoke and steam from every orifice in his head, uses what few seconds he has left to process the end of his life, then pitches forward - dead in the sea of pedestrians around him. Others nearby begin to suffer the same fate - headed to a sudden death by self-incineration as the body consume itself with internal immolation. One women, concerned she may suffer the same ashen impact with the ground as those around her, freezes in-place. Nobody move! She issues her tentative order to those in earshot still standing. Her intuition is telling her that the motion, or hurried pace, is what is causing the strange deaths.

ACT I

  In Olivia's apartment, she and Peter relax in their pajamas, under the bed covers, as he reads through the Real Estate section of the newspaper looking at prospective homes on the
Of Course You Had A 'Lab' When You Were A Kid - You Dad Was A 'Mad Scientist'
market. Olivia listens to the listings and immediately puts the kibosh on three of the potential Dunham-Bishop re-basing options based solely on location. There is a place in Lexington that appeals to Peter's sensibilities... it has all of the modern amenities, enough rooms - and a dog run. Olivia is curious. Does it have a nursery? Although she doesn't specify if her interest is for young plants, or young primates, the pending kiss suggests the latter. As always, calls from their employer interrupt the negotiations before they can seal their nursery deal. Time to get to work.
  At the Clane Center, Walter and Astrid have found ringside seats just over on the secure side of the toxin-resistant yellow police tape. Half a dozen first responders in HazMat suits are investigating their way through the exterior promenade as those who were not stricken remain in the original "Don't Move!" positions that seem
Canucks Eliminated From Stanley Cup - Boston Riots Peacefully
to be saving their lives. Fourteen of the fellow pedestrians that are strewn around their feet did not fare so well. Since Walter is unable to physically join the festivities, he contributes by haranguing and belittling from a distance. Astrid wrangles the old curmudgeon away from his missed fun, and charms him into using a more civil tone. The immediate threat seems abated when a first responder removes his protective helmet and breathing apparatus, then announces that they aren't dealing with airborne toxins. Walter rushes in to take a closer look at Victim Zero. The 'still living' are trying to maintain their self-calm, and a timid plea greets Walter as he approaches Neal. Do Something. Help Us. Walter spots a SPRINT 4G™ phone near the charcoaled corpse... perhaps the mobile transaction on the device is associated with these deaths? Astrid brings Walter into the 21st century with the revelation - this is just how people pay for things now. The victim probably just bought the coffee laying next to him with his SPRINT 4G™ phone, and associated credit card transaction software application.
  Inside the building, Broyles briefs Olivia
My Dear. Is This Your First S-T-D? ...Stairwell Transmitted Disease
and Peter on what they have learned so far... more than two dozen citizens spontaneously combusted at almost the same time - and that there are more than a dozen others that seem to have avoided self-ignition by remaining still. Walter starts his look around the interior of the building and examines a smoldering corpse near the bottom landing of the North Escalator lobby. His nattering about the corpse's watch perturbs Jessica Holt, one of the few that has survived the incident, and was unfortunate enough to become immobilzed within hearing distance of Walter. Frustrated with the lack of any noticeable action, Jessica is blunt - Is she going to die? And who the heck is he? Disoriented with her verbal directness, Walter flusters an answer - he is a human. Is she not? What she meant was - what is he doing here? Is he a doctor? Once they are on the same page as one another, Walter helps her settle down a bit... and could he draw a blood sample, please. Sure. As he draws her blood, he notices some smudging on her fingers, a little like toner. She doesn't know immediately where the discoloration came from, then looks around and supposes it might have been from the escalator handhold. Walter suspects he knows how the dead were infested.
  Later, after Walter has shared his suspicion with the rest of the investigators, Astrid starts a detailed blood analysis right there on the spot while the guys in HazMat
Olivia Said This Was Her HPT. Remind Me Again Astrid The Difference Between Blue And Pink
suits begin to disassemble the escalator mechanics just beneath the flooring. Astrid confirms that something is going on at the cellular level in Jessica Holt's blood, but can't say what specifically without more thorough testing back at the lab. Walter studies the blood sample and tries to visualize why it is so lethal. If it were airborne, then those not on the escalator would have been harmed too, and if it were from a specific source point, it would have been wiped away after only a few contact incidents. A forensic agent summons them to the mechanical bay for the escalator - a strange tech device has been attached. Astrid doesn't recognize the device, but Walter suspects the worse. Once the team has gathered, Walter elaborates - the escalator was being infested with tiny, self-replicating robotic nanites. The attached device was generating them and it seems that those who absorb the nanites were overloaded with nanites after the slightest exertion - like a soda pop bottle after it has been shaken. As always, Olivia cuts to the chase... who did this and how do we stop them? Walter deosn't have an immediate answer and needs to get back to his lab to figure things out. Plus he needs one of the 'still-living' to study in more depth. Jessica Holt has been monitoring the conversation from her position, if time is running out on the living that are frozen in place, like her, then she will volunteer to return to the lab with Walter. Olivia wants to clarify with Jessica, does she understand what she may be getting herself into. Jessica does, along as the indemnity insurance covers her next-of-kin, she will be their nanite lab rat.

ACT II

  In Walter's lab, Jessica Holt settles in for whatever the doctor has in store for her. Resting on an exam table, Holt responds to Olivia's attempt to keep her calm.
Girlpower Kills Nanites...But Doesn't Pay The Electric Bills
As bizarre as the day has been, Jessica works in an Emergency Room and is familiar with strange happenings. What would give Holt some peace is if Olivia would retrieve her cell phone from her bag... a quick call is needed to resolve the domestic responsibilities she is foregoing. Olivia returns with the phone and Jessica calls her husband - he needs to get their daughter Sarah after school. The quibbling nature of the call suggests a less than perfect relationship and only serves to disturb the calm Holt was attempting to maintain, in order to save her life from the nanites coursing through her system. Walter and Peter are working as fast they can to find a solution to the nanite infestation, when Astrid reports that Holt's temperature is climbing rapidly. Jessica's excitation following the phone call has her almost five degrees warmer than standard in less than a minute. A panic sets in, Olivia returns to Holt's side and tries to coach her into a more peaceful mindset. Nobody in the lab can help Jessica in time - except Olivia. She takes Jessica's hand and seconds before Holt's body consumes itself in the heat gnereated by the nanites, Olivia empathically absorbs the stress from the dying woman. In the process, Olivia also manages to absorb all of the electricity in the lab. Lights, equipment and computer gear all power-off. Jessica returns to a healthier state and only has one question... how did Olivia do that!? Olivia has no clue how. A few minutes later, once Walter has finished synthesizing the cure they were developing, Peter injects Holt with the remedy. Privately, Olivia corners Walter, looking for an explanation of what just happened. Walter
No. As Far As I Know He Doesn’t Like Redheads. And Yes, He Is Seeing Someone. ME. Give Me My Business Card Back Cougar
doesn't know for sure, but his best guess suggests that the Cortexiphan she has been treated with has given her the ability to kinetically manipulate the moving molecules associated with the spontaneous combustion phenomena.
  Once Jessica Holt has gathered herself, and her things, Olivia walks her across campus to the police escort she has waiting. Olivia shows some pride in the bravery Holt displayed - volunteering to let Walter experiment on you isn't always the easiest thing. Holt just had to do something - her daughter depends on her, and she can't always rely on the father to be there for them. Olivia knows that all too well and hands Jessica her business card with the caveat to call if she needs more help. The two new acquaintances part ways and Olivia takes a call from Broyles... he knows who is responsible for the nanites.
 At the Federal Building, Olivia and Peter join Broyles to
Nanite Sabotage - Jones Style
review security footage from the crime scene. Ten minutes before people started collapsing from self-immolation, David Jones is clearly visible in the service bay of the suspect escalator. The bad news and good news are one in the same - at least they know Jones is in this universe. Olivia presses on the bigger issue - how is the nanite attack related to Jones' mission of collapsing two universes to create a third? Has Jones found another way to do that now that the Wave Sink Device on Liberty Island has been shutdown?
  Back in his lab, Walter continues his study of the nanite threat they just defeated. Close inspection in the microscope reveals the chimeric structure of the nanites and suggests something even worse. Astrid joins
Sir. The Porcupine-Bat-Sapiens Keep Flinging Their Poo At The Others. How Do I Make Them Stop?
him with news from headquarters... Jones is definitely behind the nanite infestation, and resulting deaths, at the Clane Center. Walter shares his suspicion - Jones cannot be behind this alone. The nanites are way out of his skillset and there is only one man that could design and create these nanites in this particular fashion: →William Bell
 Onboard the freighter full of hybrid creatures, David Jones finds his way to the bosses' stateroom with the bad news - Agent Dunham has stopped them yet again. Not surprised at the notification, William Bell turns from the window with solace for his lieuetenant - don't be so sure.

ACT III

 On his ocean-going vessel, William Bell
Chess. Better Played By The Few. Or The One
takes a few minutes to enlighten David Jones on the grand scheme they have undertaken. Bell is not worried about Olivia getting the better of them recently... this is only one small segment of a much larger game. A game much like the partially completed battle on the large chess table in Bell's office. Jones doesn't remember ever seeing the pieces move. Bell explains that the last move was about two decades earlier. And that patience is the one skill needed above all others. The art of the game is taking advantage in the aftermath of the opponent's small victories. Bell thinks that the pivotal piece still in play is the "Bishop" - which must be sacrificed promptly. Jones picks up the not so subtle entendre - he will take care of Bishop.
 In the Massive Dynamic office on Liberty Island, in what, until recently, was a joint facility shared by parallel universes, Walter makes his case to Nina amid the packing boxes. Olivia has brought Walter down to New York Harbor to confront Nina on the Bell issue. Nina dismisses the
Nina. Why Do You Smell Like Almonds?
connection between Bell and the nanotechnology deployed by Jones. When he was with Massive Dynamic, Jones had access to many projects and could have easily duplicated Bell's research. Walter knows better - it was the hand of Bell! Olivia is curious to know more about Bell's alleged death seven years earlier on New Years. Nina remembers seeing Bell dead at the hospital after the car accident, but a week before New Years. Walter disagrees - Bell visited him at Saint Claire's - one day before the New Year - 31 December 2005. Nina is tired of the focus on Bell. Yes - she loved him but the car crash was just a cover story for his death. Bell had Lymphoma and was losing the battle for his life. He staged the accident so he could take his life on his own terms - going out on his terms and not as a vulnerable man. No matter what case Walter makes Bell - Nina is certain the Bell she knew would not try to destroy the universe. Walter is determined to prove the certainty of Bell's involvement... he needs Olivia to call and have Peter meet them.
 In Saint Claire's Hospital, Walter sits in a familiar old room and somberly waxes nostalgic about the past few decades. On his desk, old notations embedded there give him pause to think about the current crisis the team faces. As he leaves his former billet, he meets an orderly who may, or may not, be kidding about the doctor returning to stay. Luckily, Peter finds Walter and steers him to the new administrator's office before the comment by the mop-wielding staffer sends Walter into emotional panic. In the administrators' office, excusals are made for
Yes-Yes. That's It. - - It Smells Like 'Teen Spirit'
the relatively poor record keeping practices that have endured under previous leadership. What the science team is looking for, visitor logs associated with Walter's claim that he was visited by Bell, are available for evidentiary inspection. However, security camera footage going that far back was not physically retained or digitized. Walter can find nothing wrong with the visitor logs from his stay - no indication that Bell had visited him. Olivia attempts to help Walter rationalize the discrepancy in his mind... perhaps Bell was an hallucination derived from the shock treatment therapy Walter had endured. No. His hallucinations were never 'male-oriented' and rarely were they about 'bipeds'. With the logbooks before him, Walter's keen olfactics take over as he sniffs a familiar scent rising from the paper binder. Can he take the logbook back to the lab with him? Of course he can.
 Back in Olivia's apartment, Olivia works on salad prep while Peter vents about Walter not giving up on the Bell issue or the log book.
Makings For A Great Salad - $4. Superb Vintage Wine - $19. Nearly Cutting Your Finger Off While Using The Knife 'Downside-Up' - Priceless
Distracted and unfocused, Olivia nips herself with the chef's knife requires some first aid from Peter. Olivia was thinking about the nature of their mission, and specifically about Jessica and her visit to Walter's lab. One encounter with the Fringe science team could be deadly, and generate an orphan or two. Olivia feels like they have playing the odds doing what they do. And now that they are considering bringing a child into the world... what are the chances they have for a normal life? And all of the Cortexiphan abilities she has been manifesting don't any in the 'normal' department. Tending to her wounded finger, Peter takes a minute to minute to look after her bruised soul - he will not lose her again. Now where's my dinner, woman! (jokingly) Then not so amused with the moment, they step over to the window to check-out the Boston skyline - something is up. Broyles is in town too, heading for his car on the top floor of a parking garage, when he notices the light show - a beam of focused light bores a destructive vertical path through a large building as it descends from high Earth orbit.

ACT IV


ACT V


ACT VI


Quotes

"The car crash wasn't an accident. William had Lymphoma. He'd been trying to fight it, but... I think he didn't want me to see him that way anymore. He didn't want to be vulnerable. He wanted to go out on his own terms, and he did." - Nina (to Walter. angrily. certain in the final fate of their oldest friend)

"The art of chess -- the art -- is knowing when a piece is most valuable, and then, in that very moment, being willing to sacrifice it. For in the vacuum created by the loss of what is most precious, opportunity abounds, influence is maximized, and desire becomes destiny." - William Bell (to David Jones, foreshadowing Jones demise in Bell's life-long master plan and suggesting who the real megalomaniac in the room might be)

Trivia

General
  • The Observer watches the emergency response outside of the Clane Center from a semi-restricted view behind the ambulance.
  • Literature. Brave New World is a highly-acclaimed Aldous Huxley novel from 1931 about a dystopic future as mankind approaches the end of the 25th century. Only a handful of people run society while the rest of 'humanity' is laboratory bred to satisfy various class roles and castes. One basic law applies - 'Conform or Die'. Follow-up novels Brave New World Revisted and Island were written decades later.
  • Name Play. Actress Samantha Noble portrays Doctor Benlo, the relatively new Administrator at Saint Claire's Mental Hospital. Benlo is an anagram for her last name, and that of her father, master thespian John Noble.

Music

Eyes Without a Face by Billy Idol - (sleepy mall version)
Shake It Out by Florence + The Machine
It's Only Life by The Shins

Glyphs


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 1) Do not answer the questions here.
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  • Did William Bell use the alias Dr. Simon Paris (Grey Matters) to visit Walter on New Year's, a week after the purported death of William Bell?
    • If not, did someone other than the William Bell that Walter knows visit him on New Years?
  • Does Nina believe William Bell died, as she described, or was she part of a conspiracy to fabricate his death?
    • If neither, is Nina aware of the manner in which Bell did die, or the manner in which he fabricated his own demise?
  • Was the public nanite infestation and the concentrated sunbeam attack a ploy to activate Olivia's dormant kinetic abilities? (Ability)
    • Is Olivia's ability as 'empath' - in this case drawing the fever from Jessica Holt - one of the devised tests for Cortexiphan experimentees?
    • Is Jessica Holt a victim in the nanite attack, or complicit in its' execution?
  • Is the William Bell from the alternate universe alive, and involved in the plot to combine the two universes into a singularity?
    • If so, did he use Bell's illness and death to assume much of his identity, and gain access to vital information and resources, much like alternate universe Nina Sharp did during her mission?
  • Did Olivia establish an empathic bond with Jessica, or did she simple drain the nanites of their electrical stimuli - much as she drained the lab of its?
  • Did Bell sacrifice Jones to test Olivia's kinetic abilities?
    • If so, was this (kinetic manipulation of Peter) one of the several tests previously devised to measure Cortexiphan test subjects?
    • If not, what purpose did eliminating Jones from 'the game' serve?

Episodes

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Transcripts

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