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Lysergic Acid Diethylamide
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Season: 3 Episode: 19
Air Date: 15 April 2011
Written by: Akiva Goldsman
Jeff Pinkner
Joel Wyman
Directed by: Joe Chappelle
Starring: Main Characters
Guest Cast: Leonard Nimoy as William Bell

Ryan McDonald as Brandon
Ada Breker as Young Olivia Dunham
Chris Bradford as Olivia's Stepfather
Ulrich Thomsen as Zeppelin Crewman
Lee Majdoub as Paramedic
John Emmet Tracy as ER Doctor
Marina Allen as Nurse

Next: 6:02 AM EST
Previously: Bloodline
Transcript  —  Additional Images
Introduction

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide is the nineteenth episode of the third season of FRINGE. It first aired on April 15, 2011. The science team frantically attempts to extract Bell's consciousness from Olivia's body before her soul is lost forever.

Synopsis

Prologue
 In his campus laboratory, Walter Bishop chats with William Bell while he attaches consciousness transfer apparatus to Olivia Dunham's cranium - in order to evict Bell from his temporary residence. Walter tests William's memories and mental agility by having him guess the popular musical tunes he is humming. Bell isn't doing so well and insists that Walter stay away from show tunes. Peter Bishop returns to the main floor of the lab with another bucket of ice to pour on the cadaver (Mister Spencer) that they have borrowed from the Medical School. The cadaver is sufficiently chilled to 64
Cadaver On Ice & Transfer Device
degrees and Walter is ready to proceed... the proper amount of electrical current through the deceased should draw Bell's soul from Olivia's body reasonably safely - as long as everyone takes a few steps back during the transfer. Walter gives the go ahead and Astrid Farnsworth flips the electrical control switch to start the transfer. The lab immediately lights up and the former Mister Spencer begins to writhe in his ice bath. Restrained in the cranial brace, Olivia and Bell appear to have been saved any discomfort as fusing in the lab explodes and the lighting goes dim. When Walter steps forward to see if the cadaver has accepted William Bell, he is startled when Bell's voice erupts from Olivia - It didn't work. Frustrated, Walter ends the experiment and asks Astrid to arrange to have the cadaver returned. Astrid consoles Peter with a kind word... she knows that he wanted to get Olivia back with this effort. Later, as Bell scrubs-up in the lab sink, Peter takes a confrontational tone with him - everything was perfect - as ordered to make a successful transfer. Bell calmly responds - maybe they need to come up with a new idea or find another new host. Peter wants to hold Bell to the
Rushing To Resucitate
original agreement, if they didn't find a suitable solution, Bell would just go-away after forty-eight hours. A bulb behind Bell explodes and Olivia has just a few seconds to call to Peter before collapsing in a seizure. Astrid and Walter rush to help with orders to call 9-1-1.

 At the hospital, Olivia is rushed into the emergency room on a gurney. Her blood pressure is elevated, her pupils are dilated and she didn't respond to drug treatment in the ambulance. As the attending doctor starts to issue orders for resucitating his patient following heart defib, Walter starts countermanding the instructions based on his knowledge of Bell's medical history. Just as the doctor leans forward to place the electrical paddles on his patient, Bell grabs his forearms and stops the procedure... another shock today would kill him - and the woman he currently inhabits.

ACT I

 In a recovery room at the hospital, Phillip Broyles has joined the science team and has a few questions for Bell about exactly what happened – and the promise that Dunham was going to be perfectly safe. Bell thought safety was a certainty... during his experiments thirty years earlier with rats, to determine the viability of soul magnets, it was nearly two weeks before the consciousness of the host rat was lost forever. He never expected that the human soul would evaporate so much more quickly. Broyles reiterates the initial agreement... forty-eight hours then out! Walter and Bell agree that it is not as simple as that. It seems that at this point, Bell’s consciousness is the only thing keeping Olivia’s body alive, and the best guess is that if they don’t retrieve her in the next day – she may be
Bell Is Going Digital
gone forever. And that’s something they can’t remedy while still stuck in the hospital.

  Back in the lab, the two senior scientists return to their collaborative effort and try to brainstorm a potential solution to their dilemma. What if they could reach Olivia’s spiritual core, her chakra - her chi, and draw her out and make her accessible that way. That probably won’t work, it would take too much time and they have almost none. They can’t just draw or lure her out, they have to pull her out – or better yet, they need to go in and retrieve her. In a sidebar conversation, Astrid questions Peter’s take on the situation. He is not saying he believes it, but he doesn’t doubt that Bell has the ego, and capacity, to abandon Olivia and continue to inhabit her body – cheating death, even at the expense of another, certainly isn’t beyond him. Bell approaches with Walter and their proposal – whole brain emulation. It was the center of another of Bell’s science explorations and revolves around reducing and storing the essence of an organic entity in a non-organic host. In this case, removing Bell from Olivia and relocating him to a computer core. Walter has the project paper – Peter should be able to easily follow it while he and Bell enter Olivia’s mind. Time-out. Peter wants an explanation – enter Olivia’s mind? How? Very much the same way they wrangled a shared dream state between Olivia and Agent Scott before, only with a slight variation. All they need to do is precisely tune the electric fields in their brains to match Olivia’s – and of course they will need a massive amount of hallucinogens – preferably LSD to reduce resistance by individual superegos. In fact, Peter should join them in the process... he knows her better than anyone. If she is lost or hiding, he can probably guide them to her quickly.

  Later, after the lab has been prepared for the experiment to recover Olivia’s soul, Bell and Peter take the narcotic that Walter has prepared for them. Normally it would take more than a half hour to kick-in, but Walter has added an
The Precious
accelerant and things should start to happen soon. Privately, Astrid assures Peter that she will keep an eye on the monitors and try make sure everything is okay. Peter isn’t worried so much about himself as he is for messing something up in Olivia’s brain. Broyles joins the proceedings to check on the status of the experiment... just then Peter’s drugs strike home and he can’t take his eyes off of Broyles scalp. Peter starts to circle around Broyles then reaches out to touch his skull. Broyles avoids the contact and is treated to an epiphany – he’s bald and must be an Observer. Astrid escorts Peter to his chair, now that he is obviously ready, and injects everyone with their sedatives. As the LSD trippers close their eyes and start their journey, Broyles makes the understated inquiry of the year... drugs? Astrid confirms it... lots of them.

Peter is the last to fade and after a few seconds reaches the intended target – Olivia’s brain. Honk! Honk! – this particular corner of her mind is a crowded urban street with lots of dangerous traffic. Peter gets his bearings, puts on his sunglasses and turns to find Walter asking for help. Walter needs to get down from the roof of the bus he is sitting on. Maybe at the next stop – the bus drives off with Walter still on the roof.

ACT II

In Olivia's mind, Peter catches-up to his father, breaks his fall from the bus and hefts him to his feet without ceremony and with considerable
Sign From Above
embarassment. Peter doesn't see the issue, they are in someone elses mind. Yes, but Walter's feelings are still his - and real. William Bell is nowhere in sight but Peter wants to press forward without him... they are there for Olivia, not Bell. Walter doesn't really have gameplan for this, they just need to start looking for her. The two walk the crowded streets and try to formulate a plan of action. Finding Olivia is going to be hard because of all the pedestrians, and the fact that they are all wearing clothing similar to what she would normally wear, something a Cortexiphan test was designed to do - blend in. The Bishop's stop their walk through Olivia's rendition of lower Manhattan when a bright reflection repeatedly hits Walter in the face. The light signal is coming from an upper level of the South Tower of the World Trade Center complex... an S-O-S signal?
Return Message
Walter finds a piece of shiny foil in a nearby litter can and starts to reflect a Morse Code message back to the top of the skyscraper - who are you? The signal he gets in reply says it is Olivia. Excited at finding her so quickly they send a return message - stay there, they'll be right up.

 Phillip Broyles hovers over the trio of drug explorers while Astrid tends to the details of the experiment. Broyles comments on their tranquility then asks if she believes they can really transfer Bell's essence to a computer. Maybe, if they can get the computer to emulate the neurons of a human brain. Broyles' own mind seems to be wandering a bit - the twisty licorice stick in his hand reminds him of Bernini's Spiral Altar at Saint Peter's - it doesn't seem to end. Astrid asks a few simple questions. Whatcha been doin? Did you touch the sugar cubes in the tray? Broyles thought he would help clean-up around the lab... and yes he did touch a sugar cube. Why? Astrid musters another leading question - have you taken LSD before? Well you have now Boss.

 Back in Olivia's mind, the Bishop Boys stop their hike toward the WTC tower - they don't seem to be getting any closer. Walter believes Olivia's emotional landscape is generating that illusion to keep them away. Walter notices a man across the road stalking them
Father Knows Worst
and realizes that it is Olivia's stepfather. Walter dashes for cover and Peter follows him to find out what is going on. Almost immediately, all of the traffic stops and every pedestrian turns silently and stares at the Bishops. What to do? Walter knows - run!
Feeling 2-Dimensional
As soon as they start to flee the mob starts after them. Walter quickly finds an unoccupied taxi cab that they can borrow during their evasion effort. No sooner than Walter's driving leaves hundreds of pursuers behind in the streets, two unmarked black sedans chase the cab and try to box it in. Walter eludes capture and skids the cab to a stop in front of the building they were trying to get to. Inside, they rush to the elevator lobby and find Olivia's cerebral version of Nina Sharp. They tell her they need to go up to the top to find Olivia or at least Bells' office. Nina is glad to help and directs them to an express elevator that will get them there. Nina swipes her access card for the elevator and steps aside to let them in. The doors open and Walter nearly step into an empty elevator shaft. Peter grabs Walter just in time, but Nina steps in behind them to give both a shove. Peter slips her grip and sends her plummeting and screaming to the basement instead. An adjacent elevator arrives for a much safer lift upstairs. Walter doesn't like the fact that everyone in Olivia's mind is focused in killing them. Peter doesn't care for that aspect of their journey either, still, they both need to be ready for anything. Inside Bells' office they find something they weren't ready for... a visually-animated, or cartoon, version of William Bell. Bell doesn't have Olivia with him in his office... he figured that if Peter knew it was only him in his office, he would have left him there to go after Olivia instead. The Bishops step into the office and become cartoon versions of themselves too.

ACT III

MacCutcheon Scotch Moment
In his imagined office in Olivia's mind, William Bell explains to the Bishops his side of the adventure. He arrived on the street too, then decided to come to his office for safety. Peter wants to know why everything they encounter seems to have a hostile attitude toward them. Bell figures that Olivia's ego - her sense of self - is confused, since his mind entered hers. Walter adds that this might allow the darker part of Olivia's deepest fears to run rampant... she doesn't know that Bell's consciousness entered hers, and the resulting isolation is allowing her fears to present all of the barriers they are facing. Peter deduces that Olivia is not lost, but must be hiding -that is what she does best when overwhelmed. Walter and Bell are pessimistic about finding Olivia now - they assumed she wanted to be found. But if she is deliberately avoiding them - they may never find her with all of the threats she is putting in their way.
 Back among
I AM DEATH - Can We Order Pizza? I AM STARvED Too
the non-animated in Walter's lab, Broyles is trippin' hard as the LSD he absorbed is treating him to a deep cathartic revelation. Astrid just wants to get a little water into him, and maybe a light snack. Broyles' vision has him amused at the infinite space that surrounds them and concerned that death knows him. He saw death, death followed him and now he is death. He needs Astrid to hold his hand.

On the roof of the imagined World Trade Center Tower, the three men look at the dirigible airship moored overhead then step to the rail and look out over the animated cityscape in Olivia's mind. Peter is certain they should look for Olivia in Jacksonville, the last place anybody would guess she is because of her terrible history there. In the courtyard below, dozens of official vehicles arrive and their occupants rush into the building with urgency. Time to leave. A few seconds later, zombies wearing lab coats burst onto the roof and try to attack the team. Walter and Bell run to the access ladder for the dirigible airship and start to climb. Peter stops short and turns to deliver a massive smackdown on the half dozen zombie pursuers. Peter unties the mooring rope for the airship, but the now unanchored aircraft drifts clear of the building before Peter can get to the rope ladder. Walter is halfway-up the ladder when his son runs and dives from the thousand foot tall building - only to catch the last rung of the flimsy ladder.

Safely aboard the imagined dirigible and headed south along the Eastern Seaboard to Florida. Bell and Walter share words about what has been happening. Walter knew that Bell had no intention of ending his own life when he powered-up the device that sent he and Peter back to this universe from the parallel universe. Again, and now, more than ever, Walter needs William's help. Walter doesn't know what to do about Peter, and the Wave Sink Device - and what's going to happen to the world when everything starts happening. Bell bolsters Walters sagging confidence with some sage advice - when
Sorry - I Was Looking For Peter Bischoff, Not Bishop
they were young and foolish they needed one another for counterbalance. But now, Walter has the wisdom of humility. The decisions and directions Walter chooses will be the right ones. Walter ponders that possibility. In the engine servicing room, a man with a large knife severs a main fuel line and lets the fuel drain onto the floor. On the bridge, an alarm and gauge tell Bell they have a fuel issue. Peter checks in and learns the news, then returns to the aft of the ship and starts searching through the superstructure. He finds the Engine Room chained shut with fuel leaking out from beneath the door. When he picks the lock and removes the chains, the saboteur kicks the door into Peter's face, knocks him down and aims a flare gun at him. Walter arrives and the saboteur asks Peter his name then fires the gun through the soft side wall of the dirigible. The pressurized air rushes out and the saboteur dives through the hole with his, the only, parachute. Peter manages to hang onto a beam support and not be flushed out into the open air. Walter is less fortunate and is drawn out into a freefall. He does catch up to the saboteur and grabs onto him, for a few seconds, but is thrown clear when the man pops his chute for a solo descent. Walter's last few seconds of plummeting are terrifying as the animated ground draws close. Then at impact
- whoomf! Walter snaps awake to find Astrid hovering over him. He's safe. He's back from his LSD exploration. Damn - he's back. Walter can't do much to help from out here.

ACT IV

While Peter tightens the anchor for the airship, Bell explains to Peter that Walter is fine but unable to come back to find them. When asked who the man was, Bell guesses that he might be someone unpleasant from Olivia's past. Bell decides to go to the day care center, but Peter disagrees. Peter and Bell take a motorcycle towards the military base, where Olivia lived before.

 At the lab, Astrid and Walter prepare the computer to accept Bell's consciousness.
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Broyles, still feeling trippy, sees an animated bird flying and it lands on Walter's shoulder. He whistles and catches the attention of the Walter and Astrid. Realizing what just happened, Broyles smiles to them. Astrid hands Walter the tube but it slips from his hands and breaks on the floor. Walter now has to improvise, he needs to modify the tube from his phonograph.

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Arriving at the military base, Peter and Bell find the houses there look exactly the same as one another. Peter remembers Olivia saying that her real dad painted their house's door red for good luck. Peter and Bell continue to search for the house. When they finally arrive at the house with a red door, Peter hesitates to go in, thinking that there is a possibility that he might be wrong.

 When Peter finally opens the door, Olivia greets him. Peter hugs her tightly, telling her that it is okay.
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Just across Peter is the Dunham family at the dining table watching them. Olivia explains that she is frightened because a lot of people are after her. Peter calms her down, reminding her that she is safe and it is okay for her to come back. Then suddenly Peter realizes something, he is not talking to the real Olivia, he can see it in her eyes. The young Olivia approaches Peter and explains that it was a test to know that it was really Peter, since a lot of people have been tricking her. The house is suddenly changed, with Christmas decorations in the dining room and, at a distance, Olivia's stepfather is coming after them.

 Peter and young Olivia run out and are chased by military trucks and Olivia's stepfather. Peter's grip on young Olivia's hand slips and when she is about to crashed into by the truck, Peter pushes her out of the way and braces for the impact of the vehicle. Peter awakens in the lab extremely agitated. Walter tries to calm him down. There is nothing they can do. It's all up to William Bell now.

ACT V

Bell holds the hand of young Olivia, running away from a group of soldiers led by Olivia's stepfather. Bell falls down, he tells her to go. But young Olivia refuses to follow Bell's instruction.

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← She raises her right hand and proclaims that she is no longer afraid of her stepfather. The army is now motionless.


 Olivia is now in her adult form. Bell explains that Olivia should have been kept safe in her mind but that it is not the case... she feared herself, she never felt safe inside her mind and let the fears overwhelm her. But now, she has fought back, she is now as strong as Walter and Bell believed to be. Before the two part ways, he asks Olivia to tell Walter that the dog wouldn't hunt.

 Olivia's consciousness finally resurfaces to her own body.
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Astrid sadly reports to Walter that their Whole Brain Emulation experiment did not work. Olivia gives Bell's final message to Walter... that is when Walter realizes that Bell knew that the experiment would not work. He hates goodbyes. He is gone.  Walter is devastated over the loss of his best friend. Astrid tries to cheer him up by offering him to watch Zoom. He declines her offer and would
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like to be alone.

 Peter pays a visit to Olivia's apartment. She tells him that her strange dream makes her unafraid to move forward. Peter notices the sketch Olivia has just recently drawn. It is the same man who was trapped inside the airship. Olivia is clueless but thinks that the man is going to kill her. She casually says this to Peter as she takes a bite of her toast.

Quotes

"It's not me I'm worried about. I'm pretty sure there's a good reason why we can't enter each other's minds. What if we kick something loose in there?" - Peter (to Astrid, uneasy on the notion of entering Olivia's mind)

"You are your own worst enemy, Olivia. You took the opportunity to let your fears overwhelm you, but you just fought back. In the end, you are as strong as Walter and I always believed you were. And now you know it too." - William Bell (to Olivia, bolstering her confidence as he prepares to relinquish control of her body back to her)

"I need you, William. I don't know what to do. About Peter. About The Machine. About what's waiting for him... for the world because of what we did." - Walter (to William Bell, seeking strength and guidance from an old chum in the calm before the storm that is coming)

• *"Belly, why are you a cartoon?" - Walter (to William Bell upon entering his office at the top of the World Trade Center in Olivia Dunham's mined and realizing that he and the room have been cartoonized)

Trivia

General
  • The Observer walks past the hospital desk while Olivia is rushed through the Emergency Room.
  • Lysergic Acid Diethylamide. Also known as LSD-25, is a powerful hallucinogenic drug manufactured from lysergic acid. Formerly called lysergide, it is a semi-synthetic drug derived from the ergoline and tryptamine families of chemicals. It acts on serotonin receptors and induces psychotic symptoms similar to those of schizophrenia by interfering with the processing of information in the nervous system and causing perceptual distortion.
  • Bad Robot. The animated William Bell pours a glass of 60 year-old MacCutcheon Scotch Whisky after Walter and Peter join him in his World Trade Center office. MacCutcheon is a ficticious brand name used by Bad Robot Productions and made popular on the TV series LOST.
Production Notes
  • Visual FX. The animation sequences were created by Zoic Studios - the same oufit that won an 'outstanding visual effects' award for their work in the Pilot episode.
  • 3-D Graphics. This is the first episode in the series that has failed to incorporate a floating 3-D location signature into an exterior scene.
Recurring Themes
Continuity Errors
  • At the hospital, the clock above Peter's head reads 6:10 as the ER team begins to work on reviving Bell. Seconds later, as the Bishops identify their relationship to the patient, the clock has leapt forward 10 minutes to 6:20.

Previously

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    A small, animated red bird is seen in the signage as Bolivia flees captivity in a Asian-centric neighborhood (Bloodline). Agent Broyles sees the exact same animated bird on Walter's shoulder during his LSD trip.

Glyphs


—   Plot Relevant Questions   — Address theories about questions on Lysergic Acid Diethylamide/Theories   Ask minor questions on the Talk Page  

 1) Do not answer the questions here.
 2) Keep the questions open-ended and neutral: do not suggest an answer.

  • Is William Bell lost permanently, or is he hiding? (in Olivia, in the computer, etc....)
  • When Peter suggested that Broyles was an Observer, was that the LSD talking or does he actually harbor some belief that Broyles may be affiliated with the Observers?
  • Does the Zeppelin crewman represent someone in particular, in real life?
  • Why does Olivia's subconscious largely reflect the alternate universe, rather than the prime one?
  • Did John Scott's (Safe) and Bolivia Dunham's embedded memories (Olivia) in anyway influence Olivia's subconscious mind?

Episodes

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

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