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Dream Logic
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Season: 2 Episode: 5
Air Date: 15 Oct 2009
Written by: Josh Singer
Directed by: Paul Edwards
Starring: Main Characters
Guest Cast: Ravi Kapoor as Laxmeesh Nayak
Travis Schuldt as Agent Kashner
Kevin Corrigan as Sam Weiss

Jim Thornburn as Greg Leiter
Drew Nelson as Carl Langdon
Alex Zahara as Detective Green
Kevan Ohtsji as Shayne Wilson M.E.
Jarrett Knowles as Zach Miller
Emily Holmes as Jill Leiter
Jovanna Huguet as Diane Lamia
Stephen Dimopoulos as Mister Lamia
Hakan Coskuner as Grill Chef
Emy Aneke as Captain Jack
Kurt Evans as Co-Pilot
Lane Edwards as Lawyer
Steven Garr as Rob Rosiello
Mia Ingimundson as Secretary
Derek Morrison as Mover
Nico Ghisi as Young Peter
Michael Cerveris as The Observer

Next: Earthling
Previously: Momentum Deferred
Transcript  —  Additional Images
Introduction
Dream Logic is the fifth episode of the second season of FRINGE. It first aired on October 15, 2009. The team travels to Seattle when workplace violence is brought on by alleged demonic visions. Similar puzzling murders continue after they begin investigating and clues lead back to a group of patients treated at a local sleep clinic. The Bishops find an acceptable place to live, while Olivia finds peace of mind following the loss of Charlie.

Synopsis

Prologue

In Sam's bowling alley, Olivia arrives at closing time. Thankful that her memories have returned, she returns her bowling shoes, assuming that the two of them are finished with her counseling. Sam studies her face, sees an inner sadness and has a discussion with her about the death of Charlie. They joke a little as they talk, but Sam has another subtle therapy to help her with her grief. The color red is part of it.

At Langdon & Rob Law Firm in Seattle, WA, Greg Leiter is late for a meeting with senior partner Carl Langdon. Greg marches from the elevator with his briefcase directly to the meeting. Co-workers warn him about the bosses anger, and ask Greg if he is alright. He is not. All of his associates appear to be taking on demonic features. Greg is berated by Carl as he enters the room - he is in trouble for how much trouble he has caused. Greg is manically focused on Carl, who looks like a spiraled-horn Satan to him. Greg smashes Carl's face repeatedly with his briefcase, killing Langdon as he is pulled from his attack by those present. Greg is not well... his eyes flitter back and forth rapidly.

ACT I

The Bishops have found housing suitable to both of their needs and are supervising movers and unpacking boxes as they move in. Walter has it in his mind that he is going
Ciabatta Peddler
to sleep in the family room, just a few steps from the fireplace and the kitchen. When Peter reminds Walter that he has a bedroom upstairs, Walter soothes Peters’ concerns about his downstairs sleeping desires – promising to wear clothing when Peter is entertaining others. Astrid finds her way to their new quarters and offers some house-warming gifts. For Walter… ciabatta bread. For Peter… the case report for the Seattle murder.
Olivia joins the Bishops and the science team arrives by taxicab at Washington General Hospital. Olivia collects a business card from the red-shirted driver. Assigned to the case, Detective Green begins
Terminal Exhaustion
feeding them the details of the Langdon murder as they walk the corridors to the prisoners’ room. Greg Leiter has been restrained at the hospital since committing the murder. He had been unresponsive for sixteen hours and was just recently brought back to a conscious state. Walter is not comfortable entering the room with the physically restrained patient and waits outside, watching through the safety glass. Olivia questions the lucid and coherent Leiter, who cannot remember attacking his boss. He does, however, remember that the office was infiltrated with creatures and that Carl appeared to be a demon with horns. He knows what he says sounds crazy... like he was dreaming, but that's all he can remember. Suddenly, he begins to shake uncontrollably and fight at his leather restraints. Walter and Leiters’ wife race into the room. Almost immediately Leiter’s hair turns snow white – just before he dies.

ACT II

Walter examines Leiter's body as medical examiner Shayne Wilson returns with lab results. Apart from his concerns that he left the oven on at the new house, Walter surmises that Leiter was dehydrated, had a severe thyroxine deficit, high adrenal hormones levels... and had died of acute exhaustion. When Walter asks for the body to be taken back to his lab in Boston, Peter assures him that whatever he needs is available in Seattle. Walter shares that he wants to go back for another reason – Seattle has a smell, it’s wet and it reminds him of Saint Claire’s.

Junior FBI Agent Kashner joins the effort
Junior Agent - Beware The Walter...
and is tasked to escort Walter and Leiter’s corpse back to Walter’s lab. Peter recites a list of things to keep Walter occupied during the trip, along with a warning - under no circumstances let him drink… not because of normal intoxication concerns, but because at any given time, there's a good chance Walter has about a half dozen psychotropic drugs in his system. Olivia and the Medical Examiner join the activities as Leiter is loaded in a vehicle for shipment to Boston. Olivia solicits a business card from Wilson, then jokes with Peter that Kashner will have his hands full with Walter.

Olivia and Peter join Greg's wife, Jill, at her house and ask questions about her husband. Jill suspected that something had changed recently with her husband. He seemed more tired, had missed routine phone calls and was working more… but no big behavioral changes. Peter spies a few books about sleep disorders and asks if Greg had suffered from any sleep issues. Jill tells him that her husband sleep-walked, but was treated for it and hadn't had an episode in six months. He also had a sleep journal that they could take with them.

After getting back to Boston late in the evening, Astrid joins Walter in the lab to begin researching the cause of Leiter’s murderous visions. Kashner is busy on the phone trying to get their confiscated luggage released from the airlines and transportation authorities. Meanwhile, initial inspection of Leiter reveals a mysterious inch-long surgical scar on the back of his neck.

Just before bedtime in Seattle, Peter joins Olivia in her
Sleep Journal Chat
hotel room with some thoughts about the sleep journal he has been reviewing. After taking some ribbing about his M.I.T. t-shirt, Peter says the journal also doubled as a dream diary. Leiter had been having frequent nightmares about demons, but they suddenly stopped months ago. Peter also shares that he had terrible nightmares almost every night as a child… but that his father had helped him with that, giving him a mantra to recite. In fact, Peter doesn’t remember a single nightmare from the age eight, to the age of nineteen. Olivia takes a phone call: another incident has occurred.

Olivia and Peter arrive at the scene of the incident and learn that a woman deliberately rammed her car into a man on a motorcycle. The cyclist died when she struck him with her car, but she died, not from the impact, but from the same exhausted ‘white-haired’ condition as Leiter. Her husband, at the scene, tells Olivia that she had called him while driving home - saying his wife saw a monster, just before the phone call abruptly ended. Still in his lab, Walter has enlisted Agent Kashner to help open-up Leiter's skull. He discovers a computer chip embedded in the man’s Thalamus, an electronic device normally used to regulate sleep. Walter calls Peter to tell him about his discovery. Still at the accident scene, Peter inspects the female driver and finds the identical scar and stitch pattern on the back of her neckline.

ACT III

Phillip Broyles visits Nina Sharp in a Massive Dynamic meeting room to
Chip Questions
determine if she is familiar with the computer chip technology associated with the Seattle murder cases. She is, and immediately recognizes the device taken from Leiter as computer bio-chip interface (B.C.I.) that generates a wireless transmission, connecting the brain of the implantee to a remote computer. The bio-chip functions like a pacemaker, but instead monitors sleep cycles and induces a deeper sleep state, when necessary. She knows of a leading researcher that has developed several prototypes just like it. Doctor Laxmeesh Nayak in Seattle – someone Massive Dynamic has been tracking him for years.

Olivia and Peter travel to Nayak's home and ask him about the bio-chip involved in the violent murders. Nayak knows those involved… they are patients of his that received the prototype bio-chips he developed. They were members of a large clinical trial with a control group of sixty patients, and eighty-two total implants.

Cooperating fully, Nayak escorts Olivia and
Ransacked Office
Peter to his building, the ‘’Nayak Sleep Clinic’’, only to find that his office has been thoroughly ransacked, the server with the patient files has been stolen. He says he has a secondary server that should have the needed information, but directs his research assistant, Zach Miller, to poll the staff to try and recall as many patient names as they can. Nayak tells Olivia that he doesn’t know of anyone, specifically, that would want to steal his data or sabotage his research. The bio-chip is valuable – initial testing cured sleepwalking, night terrors, and all major non-R.E.M. sleep disorders. Olivia solicits another business card during the interview, then joins Peter. Peter hypothesizes that ‘mind control’ is a possible motivation.

Over the phone in his lab, Walter chimes in on the concept of mind control – remembering his work long ago on the ‘’MK-Ultra Project’’. Peter has collected lunch for he and Olivia and is headed back to their Seattle hotel as he talks to Walter. Walter says he can test the chip, when Peter offers to send a schematic of the it’s internal architecture, but he needs to replicate the chip's function in a neutral environment, like a live subject. Sensing trouble, Peter insists Walter does not use any student volunteers for the testing. Walter studies Agent Kashner as he returns with the luggage from the previous nights’ flight – Walter agrees to Peter’s demand… no “students”.

Peter joins Olivia in her hotel room with their lunch. He briefs her on his conversation with Walter about mind control and she tells him about the patient round-up. Nayak’s list had only twenty-six names, but they were being collected by the police and brought to the clinic to have their chips removed. Sitting and talking with Peter, Olivia catches a glimpse of Charlie in a photo on the table. She becomes saddened, then tells Peter a story about her first encounter with her now dead friend. After gaining some closure as she shares the story, she is ready to get back to work. Peter understands.

In a dark room in
Grilling Nightmares
Doctor Nayak's house, a man wears a skull cap with many electrodes and types computer commands in front of several monitors. Tapped into Nayak Sleep Clinic files, an image of a young restaurant server appears, followed by the phrase ‘’accessing bio-chip’’. In a busy commercial kitchen, Diane Lamia chats with her father as they rush to prepare food. Nayak assistant, Zach Miller, operates a second computer console in the dark room… his question – Do you really want to increase the dose? Control toggles to pushed to maximum, and as Diane continues her kitchen activities – she becomes disoriented. Her remote controller reels back as she comes under his control. Diane grabs the back of her skull, then studies the ‘’grill chef’’. He seems unusual to her… he is grilling human ‘’forearms’’. As her mind plays more tricks on her, her controller seems more gratified. Taking matters into her own hands – she draws a chef's knife and proceeds to the grill station - ready to attack.

ACT IV

In Walter's Lab, the Doctor is busy mixing liquid in a beaker when Kashner joins he to say that is heading to the airport to return to Seattle. Walter asks a quick favor, his sense of smell is a bit muddled… and offers the beaker to Kashner. Uncertain about the aroma, but suggesting raspberry as his first impression, the young agent has about three seconds off standing time left before nap time begins on the laboratory floor.

At the Nayak Sleep Clinic, Nayak conducts out-patient surgery to remove the implant in one of the many sleep disorder patients that have begun to stream into the clinic. Olivia is upstairs overlooking the growing crowd and suggests to a staff member she contact local
Gathered Business Cards
pharmacies, to help identify Nayak patients that have filled a prescription within the past six months. Olivia takes a call from Sam. He is checking to see if she has been collecting business cards from people wearing red, as he suggested. He tells her to lay out the cards and to circle one letter in each name, both first and last, then write all of the circled letters on a piece of paper. His plan is to have her solve the random letters into an anagram… finding a phrase... something that tells her whatever it is she feels she needs to hear. Broyles calls Olivia with bad news immediately after her talk with Sam. The secondary data server they were counting on for patient information had its’ files deleted within the last day – indicating that an employee at the clinic was the most likely suspect. Olivia passes Broyles assessment on to Nayak, who vigorously defends his employees as good people – family. Peter interrupts… there has been another incident.

Olivia and Peter arrive at the restaurant where Diane has murdered the grill chef, and then died of extreme exhaustion. Her father sadly testifies that she went crazy and told everyone they were cannibals before she died. Nayak arrives and recalls that this patient suffered from ‘’night terrors’’. Peter suggests that they must make a public announcement to reach all of his patients. Olivia concurs. A thought then strikes Nayak, his research assistant Zach skipped work and hasn't been answering his phone.

Olivia and Peter visit Zach Miller’s apartment, and when he doesn’t answer the door, they break through it. Inside, after a brief search, Peter finds Miller dead, tucked behind the closed doors of an entertainment center. Meanwhile, Nayak has returned to his clinic, only to find a handwritten note just outside of his office… "Stop talking to the Feds or wind up like Zach."

ACT V

At the lab,
Wireless Dream Team
Walter has drugged Agent Kashner so that he can experiment on him to test Peter's theory on mind control. Walter enrolls a reluctant Astrid to help in the testing - reminding her that science should be fun. During the test, he realizes that the chip is causing dreams to siphon-off. The chip is trasnmitting massive amounts of data, not receiving. Talking on the phone with Peter, Walter explains that without dreams, the brain never recharges and that the patients with the bio-chip implants are vulnerable to paranoia, hallucinations, and a complete inability to differentiate between reality and dreams. Peter adds that the might suffer death by exhaustion. Whoever is responsible for stealing the dreams is probably an addict, because the rush they get is ten times more satsifying than the most pleasant dream.
Having received the partial patient list from Nayak and the threatening letter, Olivia's and Peter gather back at her hotel room for a meal. Peter explains the addict theory to her, and she compares that to her stepfather's alcohol addiction - he had two personalities like Jekyll and Hyde. On closer eamination, the handwriting from the threatening note and Nayak's handwritten list
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of patient names are the same.

Nayak returns home and plays his voicemail, and listens to a voicemail from by himself - telling him to stop. He erases the message and goes into a backroom and places a wired skullcap on his head... to steal more dreams. On his computer, he settles on a picture of a sleep clinic patient. The patient is busy at work... preparing to take-off commercial seaplane for an evening flight from the waterway near downtown Seattle. Comfortable in his armchair, Nayak's eyes roll back as he enjoys the rush.

ACT VI

  As the commercial seaplane November 822 is cleared for take-off just offshore of urban Seattle, Nayak settles in his armchair to remotely control
Beavis Finds His Co-pilot
the mental state of the seaplane's pilot. As the aircraft powers up for takeoff, the affected pilot looks over at his co-pilot and sees nothing but a skin covered orb covering the his face. The pilot grows alarmed and aims the seaplane toward the broadside of a docked cruise ship. The co-pilot questions his captain's rash action. Olivia, Peter and Green enter Nayak's house looking for him. The co-pilot tells air traffic control that his pilot is in distress. Peter and Olivia find Nayak downstairs and Peter attempts to shut down the computer program Nayak is running. Peter thinks he is locked-out of the server. As the situation in the seaplane becomes dire, Olivia
Fed-Up With A-O-L
draws her pistol and fires a half-dozen rounds into the networking equipment. With the remote connection to Nayak terminated, the pilot of the seaplane regains his senses and aborts his collision with the cruise ship... barely clearing the upper deck. Nayak sits in his viewing chair - dead. Later, as law enforcement inspects Nayak's residence, Detective Green reports to Olivia and Peter that Nayak's target, the seaplane captain and his passengers are safe. Olivia and Peter confer, believing that Nayak was probably not aware of his dark addiction until that night... his addiction to dreams became his nightmare, one that he couldn't wake up from.   Back in the Boston area, Olivia parks her car near a heavily-wooded cemetery, then finds her way to a friends grave. She kneels down and places flowers next to the headstone of "Charlie Francis - Beloved Husband and Friend - June 22, 1976 to Oct 8, 2009". After some mourning, she returns to her car and makes another attempt to decode the anagram she was tasked to complete by Sam. Relieved... happy... tearful, she solves and understands the puzzle - O A U G E N Y I R E N B E F O N - decodes
Childhood Abduction?
to - YOU'RE GONNA BE FINE -

  A young boy wakes up in the middle of the night when his father enters his room, the man is partially visible in the mirror above the bedroom dresser drawers. The boy asks what is wrong, then is suddenly yanked sideways off of his bed, screaming. In Boston, Peter wakes up in his new living room to find Walter staring at him intently. Walter says nothing is happening, just that Peter had been talking in his sleep. Peter sits-up and says he thinks he was having a bad dream about his childhood... and that Walter was there. Walter asks if there was anything else Peter remembered. Peter says he did not remember anything else.

Quotes

"Well, you can't stop yourself from dreaming, but it did make it so that I didn't remember. From the age of eight to almost nineteen - don't remember a single dream. No more nightmares." - Peter (to Olivia about how the mantra Walter gave him helped him sleep)

"Don't be such a Grinch. I've told you, science should be fun." - Walter (to Astrid about using the neuro-stimulator.)

Trivia

General
  • The Observer walks down the stairs in Dr. Nayak's Clinic as Olivia is interviewing the nurse.
  • Character Name. Medical Examiner, business card and on the patient list - Shayne Wilson. In real life, Shayne Wilson is Assistant Production Coordinator on the set of FRINGE, aka. set gopher.
  • Space Shuttle. In Peter's dream, a poster hangs on his bedroom wall for the 11th mission of Challenger. In this universe, the accident that destroyed Challenger occurred during the launch of it's 10th mission.
  • In his dream at the end, Peter's boyhood self is in bed wearing a jersey with the number 96 on it. The number 96 is the same jersey number that Joshua Jackson wore as Charlie Conway, in the Mighty Ducks movie trilogy produced by Disney.
  • Doctor Nayak resembles the character Doctor Jekyll from the novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Both are social and amiable around authority types. Both are unethical and commit heinous acts in their altered states of mind.
  • The date of death on Charlie's tombstone is October 8, 2009, the original airdate of the episode (Momentum Deferred) he died in. This is the first time since the series began that an exact contemporary date has been incorporated into the plot.
Recurring Themes
  • Mind Control. Nayak was remotely controlling many of his patients minds for his own destructive ends. Nick Lane (Bad Dreams) remotely controlled many minds for destructive purposes.
Episode References
  • Neurostimulator/Cranial Brace. Walter dons the electrode-laden head gear. (The Ghost Network), (Inner Child).
  • Shape Changer. Olivia recalls the encounter (Momentum Deferred) in which she feels distraught about Charlie's death.

Previously

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    During the alley fight scene (Momentum Deferred), the graffiti reads "to sleep perchance to dream." This foreshadowed the main theme in the plot of Dream Logic.

Music

From The Beginning by Emerson, Lake & Palmer {{#icon: ITunesBadge.gif | Download from iTunes | 61 | }}

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  • Why was the color red the key to the message from Sam Weiss?
  • Were the colors red and green meant to be so prominent throughout the episode?
  • Was Doctor Nayak's addiction self-induced?
    • If not, were external forces, like ZFT, involved?
  • Why was Sam's decoded word jumble puzzle - YOU'RE GONNA BE FINE - important to Olivia?
Walter
  • Why is he so uncomfortable in the Seattle area?
  • Why is he reluctant to enter the room with the physically restrained Greg Leiter?
  • Why is he so tentative when Peter describes the dream he had?

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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