|Air Date:||27 Jan 2012|
|Written by:||Ethan Gross|
|Directed by:||David Solomon|
|Guest Cast:|| Alexis Raich as Emily Mallum|
Currie Graham as Jim Mallum
Patrick Spencer as Bob Englehart
|Previously:||Enemy Of My Enemy|
|Transcript — Additional Images|
Forced Perspective is the tenth episode of the fourth season of FRINGE. It first aired on 27 January, 2012. A young teen is unable to stop the visions she has of pending fatal events. She catches the attention of the science team and is able to stop a mass casualty event just before it occurs. Olivia grows wary of the ominous warning she received from The Observer, as Peter's insights allow him to take the lead in the investigation.
SynopsisPhillip Broyles walks Olivia Dunham around the scores of posted images of bald men that have been captured on film at pivotal events. The Fringe Task Force has been looking at these people for three years - why did they just now make contact with Olivia? The blood she recovered, and had Astrid check, shows trace antibodies for the 1919 Spanish Flu epidemic... that would make the man a minimum of ninety-one years old. Broyles is concerned for Olivia's safety and wants to assign her a security detail. Olivia doesn't believe she is under any threat from the mysterious visitor. Her impression is that he was just there
On a busy urban street in Boston, Emily Mallum sits and sketches in a quiet alcove as the world passes her by. Suddenly, she becomes alarmed as her hearing starts to hum and her blood pressure rises. She quickly flips to a fresh sheet in her drawing binder as her hand transfers her vision to paper. She searches the crowd for anything familiar and finds the focal point of her drawing. She makes a quick correction to the image, loads her backpack, then races to intercept two yuppies before they get too far away. Emily catches-up and hands the man the drawing she created less than a minute earlier. Jayne wants to know if Bob knows the young lady that stopped him and gave him the drawing. He does not, but the drawing shows some talent - at least in a sick, twisted, depressing teenager sort of way. She must be going through some sort of stage. As the two verbally resolve their brief encounter with Emily, the foreman at a construction site just ahead warns of a potential safety hazard. The large metal construction beam being hoisted high above has become loose. The beam falls and impales Bob, kabobing him against the side of a trash dumpster. In shock, and covered in Bob's blood splatter, Jayne looks at the drawing that was handed to them... the drawing that exactly depicts the scene with Bob's impaled corpse. Peter and Walter begin their new work fervently to devise a method to allow Peter to operate the Wave Sink Device and return to his timeline. Walter suggests that a biomechanical interface calibrated specifically to Peter's DNA may allow him to operate the machine. Olivia joins the group to confirm that Walter actually changed his mind and decided to help Peter. Not catching Olivia's subtle jibe, Walter whole-heartedly assures Olivia that his new project with Peter will not interfere with his usual work in any way. Olivia will have his full attention whenever she asks for it. Well maybe not his 'full' attention... his urinary tract is on the fritz from the multiple electric shocks he has already suffered this morning. Walter heads-off for a little preemptive bladder maintenance and Olivia takes a cell call from Agent Lee. Lee is at the accident scene with the impaled pedestrian and has the details about the warning drawing the man received prior to his death. Olivia's mind immediately goes to her encounter with the Observer in the opera house, and his warning of death. A bald male? No - Lee's suspect is the opposite of what Olivia was thinking... a teenage girl. The coworker of ka-Bob thinks that she can identify the young artist if she saw her again... and the local surveillance cameras can help with that.
Emily Mallum returns to the new family apartment after an afternoon of hanging-out on the Boston streets with her sketch pad and backpack. Her mom, Diane, reminds her of the family rules. She needs to call when she is going to be out so long. Emily plops down on the couch next to her brother, Danny, Jim, finds his way through the front door just in time for dinner. Guess what? The new Dad in town found a job and starts tomorrow. Later, after Emily has retired to her room, she starts to hear a strange hum and sound - like the sound she heard before the construction accident. She jumps when her father sneaks into the room behind her and covers her eyes with his hands. Emily has been drawing again. Her father thinks that the forested clearing next to a small body of water in her sketch looks like the view at the old lake house. A place they miss because of the excessive relocating the family has to do. It's tiring, and Emily feels bad that it is all because of her. Jim doesn't mind - as long as the family is together, they will endure the hardship. Emily wants to know why God made her the way she is. The best that Dad can do is remind his daughter that God has a purpose for all of us. Even if we can't understand what that purpose is. At least her unique ability has not surfaced recently. Time for bed.
In the Fringe Task Force Situation Room, Olivia sits at her workstation, studies the fatalistic drawing from the accident scene and reflects on her own situation - the disturbing warning she was given. Broyles approaches, looking for an update on the investigation. Have they identified the teenager that drew the image? No, but Agent pulls-up a chair for a chat. Health Services has contacted him and reported that she has been in three times in the last month. Olivia tells him about her recent migraine headaches - she needs a prescription. She changes the subject and wants to talk about what has happened recently. Does he believe in fate. Agent Broyles does not. Neither did she, but how is it the day after a complete stranger tells her she is going to die, she ends-up investigating a case where a death was predicted? Her supervisor sees her honest concern, and offers to assign her a security detail... just to keep her from harm's way over the next few days. Olivia doesn't reply, but once Broyles returns to work, Olivia heads to the water cooler to wash down her prescription and relieve the pain in her skull. Agent Lee finds her with fresh news. The review of surveillance footage led to a positive visual identification of the precognitive artist. They know what she looks like now, and other footage suggests she lives, or goes to school, nearby - she
Sitting in a MBTA bus, Emily Mallum hears the same noise that always precedes her fatal visions. She quickly starts to draw another deadly scene, then looks around at other passengers to see if someone there registers with her premonition. A middle-aged Caucasian male with a scruffy appearance fits the bill. Emily returns to the sketch and tweaks the image to fit the man further behind her in the bus. When she looks up to find him again he has just departed and is heading down the sidewalk on foot. As the bus pulls away. Emily demands to be let off the vehicle, then runs after the man when she is clear of traffic. Unable to locate him back at the last intersection, Emily looks to the sky and explains - "I tried."
Or not. Coming around the corner towards her home is the teen in the photo, Emily Mallum. Olivia introduces herself and Lincoln, they would like to talk to her about her fatalistic drawing. Emily can’t explain her ability... she simply just sees the pending event in her head. She sense death. Lee is curious – he sees she has her sketch pad and has been drawing again. If another deadly is going to be happening soon, maybe together they can stop it before someone dies. Jim Mallum steps out from the front of his building and ends the interview. Emily. Get in the house - he won’t allow the Federal Agents to interview the minor without his consent, and he is not giving it. Olivia corrects the protective parent on a point of law: They can continue to interview the teenager if she alone consents to the interview. Jim Mallum musters a menacing tone and asks his beloved daughter if she wants to continue answering questions. Intimidated, she does not, and heads for the apartment. Jim has a few choice words before returning to his family - authorities always show-up when they get wind of a girl like Emily and her precognitive ability. Then others, like those at Massive Dynamic, come around wanting to study his daughter. They never stop, and no matter where he relocates his family to, they find and stalk Emily... waiting for the moment they can abduct her and take her to their labs. She is not an animal and Jim just wants what's left of Emily’s childhood to be normal. Olivia can relate to that sentiment. She offers Mallum her business card with the invitation to contact her if they decide to start cooperating, and the offer to help stop whatever harassment they feel they are being subjected to. As the two agents leave the neighborhood, Olivia directs Lee back to the office to start researching the Mallum’s history. She will be visiting someone while he does the background check – someone who might know exactly what level of harassment the Mallum’s have endured. Jim escorts Emily into the apartment and praises her for maintaining the Mallum party-line. No talking to authorities. No one can know of her ability. Doing so puts the family at risk. Sharing the visions never stop the death from occurring. Emily is conflicted about not being allowed to share what she senses... the vision she had on the bus is something awful.
In her office at Massive Dynamic, Nina finishes a business call as Olivia stops by for an unannounced visit. Not one for formalities, Olivia gets right to the issue... Massive Dynamic and the harassment the Mallum’s feel they are the target of. Nina gets a bit defensive and shows her fangs... is she being asked a question, or accused of something? Massive Dynamic does not use children as test subjects anymore. EEG to review. Walter finds that Emily’s occipital lobe is remarkably active, and that her brain seems to be drawing elevated levels of oxygen and blood. That reminds Walter of something he and William Bell had once postulated – that traumatic events might echo, or ripple, backward in time. We wouldn’t consciously be aware of that ripple, or the vibration it wound cause, but maybe Emily’s brain is uniquely tuned to that vibration. The hum in her ears when she has the visions suggests she might be. Emily has never been able to control her precognitive ability, she just has vivid dream-like visions. Even those fade, that is why she quickly gets them down on paper. Jamaica Plain district. Lee and Dunham prepare to leave for the man’s apartment and Peter raises the issue... even if you find Duncan and save him, what about all of the others that are slated to die. Lee counters, well, they aren’t going to save anyone if they just stay still in the lab. The two field agents hit the road and leave the Mallums with lab team. Jim wants to take his daughter home now, if there is nothing more she can help with. Peter wants them stay awhile. He thinks Walter may be able to help Emily remember more of her fading vision of the catastrophic event she drew. The request draws an odd look from Walter – why would he be able to hypnotize anyone? Because, where Peter is from, Walter has done it before.
Dunham and Lee are granted access to Albert Duncan’s apartment by the building Superintendant and initiate a search without the tenants approval or search warrant. Is Duncan in some sort of trouble? Lee can’t say for sure. Olivia gives Astrid a call to update her with the latest information. Duncan works construction, but his employer says he hasn’t shown-up for work all week. Astrid reports that Walter is getting started with his attempt to hypnotize Emily.
Inside the large, modern
Outside of Allston Courthouse, the tactical response is massive as first responders arrive in force to negate the threat that Albert Duncan poses. Bomb Squad EOD teams deploy along with their canine detection teams. Broyles is already on the scene when Lee, Olivia and Peter arrive. The security folks that guard the place have footage of Duncan pulling into the parking garage twenty minutes earlier. That bet is that Duncan is still somewhere in the building. According to Emily’s vision, the team deduces that Duncan could not carry enough explosives to cause the amount of damage she envisioned... so he must have driven the explosives in and left them in the parking structure. Peter and Lee leave the short meeting to join the EOD team in their search below the main building. Broyles and Dunham will remain topside to coordinate the evacuation of those inside.
Back inside the Allston Courthouse, Albert Duncan exits an elevator onto an upper level business floor. He politely asks a passing civil servant about the man he is targeting, Judge O'Malley. The judge is in chambers and... before Duncan learns anything more, the public address system announces that an emergency has been reported and those inside the building need to vacate it through the nearest exit. Downstairs in the parking garage, Lee finds
Broyles orders the evacuation responders on the surface to establish a safety perimeter two hundred meters away from the building, in case the bomb does go off. Knowing Olivia’s pre-occupation with the foreboding warning she received from the Observer a few days earlier, Broyles was wondering if she might want to spearhead that perimeter task, you know, well away from the bomb. Sensing she is receiving special treatment, Olivia stands firm – she isn’t going anywhere. She can’t do her job if she let’s things like the warning she was given affect the situation at hand. And she certainly won’t live her life with that dark cloud over her head. In the parking garage, the guy that is expected to de-arm Duncan’s weapon
Unable to blow-up the courthouse, Albert Duncan falls back on Plan B - blow-up the Judge. Duncan drops his radio detonator and grabs the deadman switch beneath his jacket with his right hand. The small charge strapped to his torso promises that he will at least be able to take-out the senior jurist he is gripping with his left hand. Olivia goes into compassionate negotiator mode. She knows he is upset. We can fix things. Nobody wants to hurt him, etc... the dozen firearms pointed at him suggest otherwise. Albert has lost everything and the Judge is to blame for that. Albert has to end it all this way. Olivia persists - Nothing is written in stone. And it doesn’t all have to end. No one has to die here today, and most definitely not her. Think about the people right there - they have children too. Duncan submits... an emotional wreck, but alive. Olivia moves clear of arresting forces and makes a quick cellphone call. Jim Mallum's
In the home he is preparing to abandon on short notice, Jim Mallum hears the good news from Olivia as it records. Eager to share the positive note with his daughter, Jim rushes to her empty room and calls for her. Emily Mallum is not in the apartment. Jim hurries across the flat and checks down the street. The suspect vehicle is missing too. That leaves only one conclusion - they took Emily again.Jim Mallum reports his missing daughter, and law enforcement has had time to start a search, there is only one thing to mention. The license plates that Mallum reported on the vehicle watching his home pointed the local police to a fully-operational dry-cleaning delivery service. Dunham and Lee catch that tidbit from Broyles as they wrap-up their involvement at the Courthouse. Olivia thinks that Mallums' paranoia has gotten the Emily is ill. Her pulse is weak and she may be hypothermic. Lee starts to make arrangements for an ambulance, but Emily knows that won't be necessary. Her latest vision of death was her own... sitting on her peaceful bench, facing her quiet pond, amid her tall trees, with ever shortening breaths. Olivia works to pull Emily from the brink. Her drawing doesn't have to come true - they proved that today at the courthouse. Jim Mallum got the word about trying to locate Emily in the park and is just getting there. He approaches his failing daughter and feels the gravitäs of her situation. He sits next to her on the bench and examines her final drawing - of him sitting on the bench next to her, examining her fatal drawing. Emily has known about her pending demise for awhile, but didn't tell him because, well, she knew he'd be there. Jim urges his child to stay strong, help is coming. She can't, and in her final moments she realizes that she may have satisfied her higher purpose in life, saving all of the people she did earlier that day. Stricken with parental grief, Jim kisses his daughter as she passes from life. A trickle of blood leaks from Emily's nostril.
In Walter's lab, Olivia sits at a desk reading when Peter arrives. Observers don't exactly "travel" through time -- it is more like they experience all times simultaneously. Nothing like the way either of them would experience time. Olivia's big question is... can they be wrong? Unaware of Olivia's contact in the Brooklyn opera house, Peter doesn't give the answer that Olivia was looking for. He doesn't know how an Observer could be wrong about something. They don't predict the future - they report on it. That's because they have already experienced it. Then Olivia's questioning makes Peter think, and ask, has she had contact with an Observer. Not ready to share her experience with the new guy on the science team - Olivia settles for the fib. No. No contact with an Observer.
That night, Nina Sharp pays a late visit bald man watches the apartment from across the street.
- The Observer watches from the street outside of Olivia's apartment while Nina tends to her needs inside.
- The FCC allocates band range 420-450 MHz for low power Federal radio control operations like the mission at Allston Courthouse.
- Traditionally, Forced Perspective is a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is.
|The prominent signage (Enemy Of My Enemy), foreshadows the significant impact the Mallum family, and Emily in particular, had in protecting and saving the lives of mulitple victims at the Allston Courthouse|
- The Walk by Mayer Hawthorne
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Forced Perspective/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Is Emily's precognitive ability genetically inherent, or is it a by-product of her limited contact with Massive Dynamic?
- Was Emily administered Cortexiphan when she was being "studied" by those interested in her ability?
- For what specific reason is Peter convinced that he cannot interact with the Wave Sink Device in this recently adjusted timeline?
- Why is Broyles just now telling Olivia that they have been looking at the bald men (Observers) for three years?
- Why did Olivia tell Peter she did not have any contact with an Observer, when she did just a day or so earlier?
- What did Massive Dynamic do in Baltimore that inspired the Mallums to move around so much?
- Was the "dry-cleaning" delivery truck outside the Mallum home being used to surveil Emily?
- If so, is Massive Dynamic responsible for the stake-out?