|Air Date:||February 4, 2010|
|Written by:|| Zack Stentz|
|Directed by:||Charles Beeson|
|Guest Cast:|| Jim True-Frost as Ted Pratchet|
Ryan McDonald as Brandon
Ada Breker as Young Olivia
|Previously:||The Bishop Revival|
|Transcript — Additional Images|
- Jacksonville is the fifteenth episode of the second season of FRINGE. It first aired on February 4, 2010. A violent tremor shakes an office building leaving only one survivor. Walter surmises that what shook the building was not geologic. With another catastrophe imminent, the team searches for an answer in Jacksonville in an effort to save hundreds of people from certain death.
Manhatan, New York. It is early evening at the five-story brownstone business office of Dodst & Rathje Architecture Ltd., and architects Pauline Hess and Ted Pratchet discuss individual plans for the rest of the night as their coworkers start to depart. Pauline thought Ted was leaving, but he informs her that he will be working late. As she puts on her sweater to go, Ted passes her drafting station with real coffee. Pauline follows him as he returns to his desk, curious about his source of the coffee. Coyly, he admits that his female cousin in Hawaii has a secret stash of the commodity, and is his source. As they chat, a minor earthquake rattles the building. Pratchet observes that is the sixth tremor in the past two days. Hess is unconcerned, she is from California. Ted reminds her that they are in New York, tremors are strange. She tells Ted that the news is reporting them as microquakes - a likely byproduct of global warming. As she excuses herself to leave work, she also offers to liberate any extra coffee he has.A few seconds after Pauline leaves the area, a much stronger tremor arrives and persists, causing dust and debris to rain down. Ted covers his coffee, as the car alarms sound outside. Ceiling fixtures begin to sway. A strong lateral tremor throws Ted to the ground and spills his coffee onto a blueprint of the New Pentagon Annex IV project.
It is just after 2 AM in the morning at the Bishop house and Peter wanders downstairs for coffee while talking on the phone with Olivia. Dressing for the early call to duty, she lets the Bishops know that they have a case to solve, and that they are heading to New York City - all expenses paid. Peter plays off of Olivia's quip and jokes about being taken off of her contestant list. She jests back - the list says he is a fan of fine dining and excitement. After the call, Peter rousts Walter from bed, letting him know they have "just won" a free trip to New York. Unaware that he is being called to duty, Walter is delighted -- he has never "won" anything before.
Approaching Manhattan, Broyles drives and discusses theories and facts with the science team. Walter thinks an earthquake there is unlikely, but maybe a small comet was the source. Broyles says that witnesses felt the shaking, but no one saw what happened with the building. As they arrive, he adds that Emergency Service responders scoured the building for survivors, but found none. From the exterior, Walter and Olivia agree that the building looks rearranged.
While scouting through the building, the team finds grotesquely combined and disfigured corpses from the merge with the parallel universe building. Walter hypothesizes that a Quantum Tectonic Event may be the cause, but such a phenomenon, at least until now, has been theoretical. The theory suggests - a sudden momentary disturbance at a subatomic level where atoms disperse and tear the fabric of reality. When they reassemble, they come together all wrong.On the third floor, firefighters and paramedics have found one survivor, Ted Pratchet. The science team races upstairs past more disfigured corpses and find Ted squirming, still impaled to the floor. The paramedic isn't sure Ted will survive if they start cutting away the metal post that holds him pinned to the floor. Increasingly panicked, Ted wants someone to call his wife - he wants to hear her voice. Broyles identifies himself and Olivia then tells Pratchet he will try and contact his wife. Olivia asks Ted to describe what happened in the building. Ted, now very thirsty, explained about the series of tremors that kept getting worse. The only other thing he recalled was that the dogs started howling before the quakes. Walter wanders around the room and becomes interersted in some of the things he is seeing, like blueprints for the "New Pentagon, Annex IV". Broyles returns with the news that Pratchet has never been married.
← Olivia notices something moving on Ted's chest, and Walter unbuttons the dead man's shirt to reveal the face of this universes' Ted Pratchet embedded in the chest of the alternate universe Ted Pratchet. Unable to speak, Ted blinks, gasps for air, grunts a few times and quickly dies. After closing the eyelids on both faces, Walter professes that his previous theory about Quantum Tectonics is incorrect. He now believes that two buildings, one from each universe, occupy the same space in one (local) universe.
Walter walks over to Olivia, who's outside staring up at the building, and tells her that he's arranged to have Mr. Pratchet's bodies to be brought back to the lab. Walter thinks that an autopsy might explain how this happened. Olivia claims that she already knows how this happened. She recaps that this, two universes colliding, is what William Bell warned her about, and that he told her how Newton would try to open a doorway from one universe to the other.
Back at the lab, about to perform the autopsy, Astrid looks horrified at the body Walter's brought back. Feeling slightly sympathetic, Walter tells her to look over the objects they've brought back from the building, instead. He instructs her to look at everything, and try to find things that "look like they don't belong". She then finds a silver dollar, with Richard Nixon engraved on it. Astrid inquires on how Walter will tell the two Teds apart once he separates them, to which he replies that the Ted Pratchet from the Other Side was married, and thus has a wedding ring. Astrid points out the tragedy that Ted's wife from the Other Side will never know what happened to him. Astrid then finds a toy of a double-decker car. Suddenly, Walter stops. He claims that he knows exactly what Newton did... and what will happen next...Olivia and Peter are with Broyles, and Olivia points out a photo of Newton, disguised with his men, as a construction crew at the building, just two hours before the incident. Olivia explains to Broyles that she would like to bring a squad with her back to New York City to investigate further. Peter's phone rings, and Walter yells that both
← They arrive at the lab and Walter shows them an article in a newspaper that was from almost 25 years ago, with a picture of a car seeming fused around one of the statues at Harvard. Walter further explains that it was an experiment that William Bell and he conducted, in order to move objects from one universe to another. They sent a car from this universe over to the alternate one, and so one from there came back here. Walter explains that since things amongst the universes must be balanced, a building from our universe will be ripped away and brought over there, in just under 35 hours. Olivia asks how they can identify which building will be ripped away, and Walter says that "someone" was once able to detect things that had a "glimmer", which would tell them which building would be taken. And that that "someone" was Olivia.
Olivia asks Walter when she was able to see things from the other universe, to which he replies that 26 years ago, during the Cortexiphan Trials in Jacksonville she was the first out of a group of 30 children to exhibit the power to identify objects from the other side. Walter then surmises that the reason Olivia must have lost her power, was because she "wanted" to lose it after seeing the consequences of its use. As Walter tells her that he may be able to give her powers back, Peter jumps in to try and dissuade Olivia. However, she ignores him and impulsively agrees to let Walter experiment on her once more, and Walter demands that they go back down to Jacksonville - to the lab he first used during the trials.
Olivia then goes to Broyles to ask for permission to go down to Jacksonville, in hopes of being able to identify which building from Manhattan will be taken to the parallel universe. Broyles agrees, and asks what he could do to help. Olivia explains that he should work with Massive Dynamic to track any earthquakes, as it may help them narrow down when the building will be taken.Olivia, Peter and Walter arrive in
Peter walks up to Olivia, who is sitting on the swings outside, and Olivia comments that she has a "freakishly good memory", but nothing about these Cortexiphan Trials seems at all familiar to her. Walter walks out and tells Olivia that he's ready to begin. With Olivia hooked up to a bunch of wires, he has Peter hook up the IV to her left arm. Walter explains that in order for the drug to work, she'll has to pass some sort of obstacle in order to reach the necessary heightening of emotions. Olivia closes her eyes as the drugs start to take effect, but when she opens them again, she's in a forest. Eventually she sees someone in the distance running, and makes her way in order to find them. The forest becomes dark, and Olivia starts to become nervous. She then finds a little girl who was running around the forest, and walks up to her. As Olivia starts to chase the girl once more, Peter and Walter notice that the drugs are indeed starting to work. Olivia grabs the girl and attempts to protect her from some unknown force she senses in the forest. Olivia asks the little girl who she is, to which she replies: "Olive". Olivia glances away for a second, and the girl disappears. She turns around to see Olive staring at her, something clearly wrong with her eyes, and Olivia screams. She awakes back in the Daycare Center, and Walter confirms that the drug worked. Olivia looks at him with hatred, wondering why he would've done this to children. Walter has no response, but merely mentions that they have to get to work.
Olivia wanders around the room looking to see if she can distinguish any of the 16 items that are from the other universe, but to no avail. Walter now seems to be out of ideas, and backs out of the room.
Elsewhere, Nina Sharp is walking along and hears a pack of dogs howling; making her think that another seismic event is now taking place. She calls Broyles, who in turn, calls Olivia to notify her that "it's started". Olivia walks down one of the hallways in the daycare, only to find Walter watching an old videotape of Olivia when she first used her power. Olivia questions what exactly happened the first time she used her power, and Walter tells her that she actually started a fire with her mind. Olivia snaps at Walter about how he and William Bell abused her and the 29 other children that took part in the Cortexiphan Trials. Walter tries to defend his work, by explaining that they were only trying to prepare them. Olivia makes a comment about how she was only a defenseless child, which gives Walter an idea. He proposes that Olivia’s power can only work when she’s in a heightened state of fear, which she is now incapable of truly becoming, because of everything she’s been through. Olivia wonders down the hallway and ultimately finds the room that she started the fire in, 26 years ago. Eventually, Peter walks in, asking if she’s alright, which she replies no. She then tells Peter that she’s not afraid of anything - not anymore.
Nina Sharp hangs up the phone, and alerts Broyles that there were four tremors in the last two hours. Olivia, Peter, and Walter all walk into the office, and Olivia apologizes about not having their plan work. Broyles dismisses it, saying it's not her fault, and tells the team how they're attempting to narrow down the possibilities on which building will be ripped away to the parallel universe. Peter offers to help, and Nina escorts him down to the Geologic Division of the Massive Dynamic building.At the Geologic Brandon explains to Peter and Walter exactly how they're trying to narrow the search. However, Walter explains that it's useless, as you can't "impose order on random, meaningless data". Peter then points out that Walter said the only thing the building that would be taken away would have in common with the building that was sent here, is that they would have the exact same mass. Walter, Brandon, and Peter leap into action in order to try and calculate which building would have the perfect mass. Olivia walks in and asks if they've figured anything out, to which Peter explains their plan to her.
A little while later, as everyone is hard at working calculating the mass of nearly every building in New York, Walter's watch starts to beep. He fearfully tells the team that their 35 hours are up, and the building could be ripped away to the alternate universe any second now. With 147 buildings still left to compute the mass of, Broyles suggests that they might not be able to save the building and thus, the civilians inside.
Olivia finds Peter in one of the labs, frantically typing on one of the computers. Upset that she couldn't get her power to work, Peter attempts to console her. Just as they are about to kiss, Olivia realizes that she's scared, and runs off. She finds one of the windows, and scans the city to see if she can find the building. Amazingly, her power finally activates, and she sees one of the buildings in the distance glimmering.
Later, Olivia and Broyles are watching a television in an office, as a reporter explains that what happened was an "unscheduled, controlled demolition" and Olivia comments that "conspiracy nuts are going to have a field day". Broyles tells her that it's amazing just how much the general public will buy. As Olivia goes to exit, Broyles asks what triggered her ability to start working. She explains that it was just time.
Peter is on the phone with Astrid, asking her to come over and play Monopoly with Walter, as he is going to go out and have drinks with Olivia. A little while later, Olivia knocks on the door, and Peter lets her in. As the two of them are standing at the door, Olivia notices that Peter, himself, is "glimmering". As Peter exits to go grab his coat, Walter notices the expression on Olivia's face and asks her to "Please don't tell Peter".
- The Observer passes in front of a large fire truck just as Broyles and the science team are arriving in front of the damaged building with the deformed occupants.
- Geography. When Peter states that Jacksonville is 1,000 miles away, Walter corrects him, exclaiming "it's 1,016 to be exact". As the crow flies, the distance from Walter's Lab at Cambridge to Jacksonville, Florida is 1,016 miles.
- Playing Cards. The cards Olivia encounters in the abandoned daycare facility have a prominently displayed Queen of Hearts - the same card that appears on the network's promotional web page.
- Location Signatures. The spelling of the 3-D Location Signature - Manhatan - indicates the opening scene is set in the alternate universe.
- Recurring Themes
- Glyphs. Randomly applied to interior and exterior sets. The abandoned daycare facility was adorned with most of the images associated with the series.
- Cortexiphan. Walter views the same tape of young Olive that he viewed in Bad Dreams.
|Signage in the alley (far right) where toxin dispersal is being tested (The Bishop Revival) highlights The "Glimmer" Brothers. That foreshadows the unique ability of Olivia in Jacksonville to recognize objects and beings from the alternate universe by the glimmer that encircles them.|
• The Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Jacksonville/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Jacksonville Daycare
- Why was so much Cortexiphan stored at the abandoned facility, decades after the trial experiments?
- What were the sixteen items that Walter initially expected Olivia to recognize?
- Why did Walter take particular delight in recovering his old reading glasses?
- Does this relate to the older gentleman who dropped his reading glasses as he was evacuating the Brayson Place Hotel?
- Olivia checks her childhood measurement on the wall (38.5 inches).
- The Blight
- Is coffee a rare commodity in the alternate universe because of The Blight?
- In the alternate universe, is Hawaii unaffected (or less affected) by The Blight?
- Parallel Universes
- If the universes have to exchange "equal mass"...
- Did the evacuation at the Brayson Place Hotel effectively change the mass of the building?
- Why does it take so long for the mass from the two universes to balance?
- Did Thomas Jerome Newton initiate the exchange between the universes?
- If not, is he responsible for selecting the target before the exchange is initiated?
- If so, how much of the process did he get from Walter's brain fragments? How much did he have to improvise? Was the example shown in this episode an "imperfect" transfer (did Newton expect the "balance of mass" effect)?
- What exactly was the process? Though Walter explains that he knows what Newton did, he does not go into detail of the process.
- Were the two buildings featured in this episode as "transferable" (the hotel & the architecture firm) specific targets?
- Does the fact that the architecture firm was working on new Pentagon plans have any bearing on being a potential "target?"
- Is the calendar shifted in the parallel universe? Did the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks happen on a different 9/11 (citing the fact that they are still working on new Pentagon plans, and Obama just moved into a new White House at the end of season 1)?
- Why is Olivia strained to remember her childhood at the abandoned Jacksonville daycare facility?
- What is young Olivia afraid of, in the forest, during grown Olivia's dream/vision?
- Whose voice is calling out to grown Olivia in the forest, during her dream/vision?
- Why was young Olivia's eyes a different color than adult Olivia's, and what was the semblance of young Olivia's eyes before adult Olivia awoke?
- Is Olivia's ability activated by fear, as Walter suggests, or is it another emotion? (Noting that both times in the episode where she saw the "glimmer", were times she was thinking romantically about Peter).
- When Olivia became afraid that she could not prevent the loss of a building full of people, why didn't Peter "glimmer" then?
- When Olivia stopped by the Bishop's house to go out for drinks, why did Peter "glimmer" - when she was not afraid?
- Is the activation of Olivia's ability permanent, or just temporary?