|Air Date:||28 Apr 2009|
|Written by:|| Andrew Kreisberg |
J. H. Wyman
|Directed by:||Bobby Roth|
|Guest Cast:|| Jefferson Mays as Nicholas Boone |
Trieste Dunn as Valerie Boone
Ari Graynor as Rachel
Lily Pilblad as Ella
Dante Nero as Mako
Richard Short as Bob Dunn
|Next:||The Road Not Taken|
|Transcript — Additional Images|
Midnight is the eighteenth episode of the first season of FRINGE. It first aired on April 28, 2009. Severely mutilated bodies drained of spinal cord fluid begin to pile up on the Boston 'after-hours' club scene. The investigation leads to a scientist with reluctant ties to the ZFT bio-terror group. Olivia has her hands full as her sister wades into messy divorce proceedings. Walter finds comfort in his scientific collaboration to develop a cure - but is disheartened when more of his legacy is exposed. The name of the person who funds ZFT is suggested.
Bob Dunn prepares for a night out on the town while watching the evening news. The reporter says there's been a gruesome murder, whose details haven't yet been released to the public; however the reporter does mention the use of a knife. Dunn picks up a large knife, folds it and places it into his pocket.
Later, as Dunn arrives in the Boston industrial district, he calls his girlfriend. She's out of town, and there's a hint of jealousy about what Dunn might be doing in her absence. Dunn says he has a boring business meeting -- then enters a nightclub.
He hits on one girl, but has to abandon his efforts when her date appears. Then, from across the dance floor, he makes eye contact with a woman with strikingly blue eyes. Later, in Dunn's apartment after the two have become physically intimate, the woman takes his head between her hands and without warning snaps his neck. When Dunn's jealous girlfriend tries to call him again, the woman is cleans her face of blood in the bathroom, and Dunn lies face down on the bed with his spinal cord exposed at his neck.
In Olivia's apartment, Olivia and Rachel are entertaining the parents of one of Ella's school friends. The couple is promoting the 'Two Singles Together' program which brought them together. Rachel answers the doorbell and receives a document stating that her husband Greg is filing for divorce. Rachel rebuffs Olivia's consoling overtures because of the guests. Shortly thereafter, Olivia receives a call from Charlie summoning her to a crime scene.
The Science Team arrives at Bob Dunn's apartment. His girlfriend found him dead when she returned from out of town. The gruesome results match those of the other recent killings that were reported on the news. Walter thinks the bite marks on the neck are human, but he also indicates that they were made by something with above-normal human jaw strength.
At the Federal Building, Olivia meets with Broyles. Dunn's girlfriend said his Audi 84 was missing, so maybe the killer is using it. Before leaving, Olivia asks Broyles if he was happy with his divorce attorney. Broyles studies her and says that he was satisfied with everything but the bill. Olivia asks for the lawyer's name and number. Broyles sends the information to her inbox, and wishes Rachel luck.
In his lab, Walter, performs an autopsy and finds that Dunn's body was completely drained of spinal fluid. Lab work on the victims' show traces of an extinct strain of syphilis bacteria, probably from the killer's saliva.
Olivia meets with an official from the CDC, who says a sample of the extinct bacteria was shipped to Lubov Pharmaceuticals in Brighton. The CDC makes samples of pathogens available to reputable institutions for scientific research. Because Lubov has a residential address, the official pulled a record of all samples they ordered. Olivia takes him to Broyles office where the CDC official reveals that Lubov has requested many contagions over the years, including RUD 390 -- a compound used in the creation of bioweapons, including the skin-growth toxin (Ability) used by the ZFT terrorist organization.
An FBI strike force enters the Brighton address of Lubov Pharmaceuticals. Inside they find a man, Doctor Nicholas Boone, seated in a wheelchair while working on a dead animal's spine.
At the Federal Building, Olivia and Charlie interrogate Boone, asking what he knows about ZFT and what is killing people. Boone tells them that someone was dosed, he knows a lot about ZFT, and he's willing to reveal it all, but only if the FBI first help him find his wife. ZFT has kidnapped her, and are holding her as punishment for Boone attempting to leave the organization when he learned what his research was being used for.
Broyles, Charlie, and Olivia discuss their next step. Do they agree to Boone's offer or press him further? Broyles and Charlie are inclined to pressure Boone. Olivia mentions that she has experienced a body count of eighty-one, plus the 147 on Flight 627, since joining Fringe Division. She points out that Boone is their best chance to date to gain information about ZFT. Another FBI agent interrupts with information on the address provided by Boone. It is a Chinese restaurant that has been tagged by Edison for using too much power. Broyles authorizes the raid.
Walter and Peter join an FBI forensic team inspecting Boone's home. While inspecting the animal that Boone was working on, Walter develops a hypothesis of what Boone was doing.In a van, the FBI team plans their raid of the Chinese restaurant. Olivia reminds everyone that retrieving the hostage is critical. She gets a call from a distraught Rachel, who says Greg is seeking sole custody of their daughter. Olivia reassures Rachel, but says she has to go to a 'meeting'. The raid does not turn up Boone's wife and Broyles is informed. Broyles confronts Boone in the interrogation room.
While inspecting Boone's laboratory, Peter finds a video camera with a tape of Boone and his wife in happier times.
Meanwhile, Valerie Boone has found a new victim outside the night club. He drives her to a quiet street and parks. While making out, the guy notices she's burning up. She says he is her kind of guy and she's sorry -- and then opens her mouth wide and attacks.
Charlie is in Roxbury, inspecting the scene where the new victim has been found.
When Olivia arrives at the FBI office, Broyles gives her the camera that Peter found. Olivia shows Boone the video Peter found. The video shows clearly that Boone is not wheelchair-bound, even though the video was shot only three weeks ago. Boone explains that the contagion causes Valerie's body to burn through her cerebrospinal fluid faster than her body can replace it. She kills to refuel. He fed her from his spinal fluid until he couldn't anymore.
He tried to synthesize an antidote, but he needed a dose of the bacteria to work from. Syphilis, he says, was just a platform -- a carrier for other attributes. Olivia asks why he would create something like this, and Boone says that ZFT wanted the super-syphilis for the same reason they wanted the skin-growth toxin: to show off to other scientists. Boone made six vials and all are accounted for. He needs the solution to make a cure. Boone says his offer still stands: he will tell them everything he knows about ZFT, when they find his wife. In the meantime, he will work on the cure. He lists his lab requirements but Olivia says it will not be a problem.
Boone is taken to the Harvard lab, where Walter shows him around. Charlie says they've found Bob Dunn's missing Audi, stripped down on a street in Mission Hill, but the GPS is missing. Peter has a friend, Mako, who runs a chop shop, and will know where the GPS is. As they start to leave, Walter and Boone have come up with a plan: they will purify mold to synthesize a super-penicillin to kill the super-syphilis.
At Mako's chop shop, after proding, Mako hypthetically admits that the GPS has been wiped clean of all information, but the car was boosted on Route 18, near Weymouth, by the water.Back at the lab, Boone and Walter have infected a rat with the contagion. It seems this strain of syphilis raises body temperature substantially. Also, the cure is nearly complete. When asked where he received his training, Boone tells Walter that he studied at the Curie Institute in Paris and King's College in Abderdeen, Scotland. Walter is impressed by Boone's education and intellect, and it turns out Boone knows who Walter is. They have a conversation about whether there is any such thing as a soul, whether there are things man shouldn't know, and whether they will be judged one day forWilliam Bell, the founder of Massive Dynamic and richest man in the world -- used to have similar debates when they shared this laboratory. Walter muses that there is still time for redemption.
On Route 18 in Weymouth, Olivia and Peter find shattered glass by the road. Apparently Valerie killed Dunn, and then took his car. Olivia wonders why drive here? In some brush nearby Peter discovers another victim.
At the lab, Walter and Boone inject the rat with the antidote to see if it will cure it, while capturing their work on a video camera. The bodies of the latest victims are wheeled into the lab. Olivia wonders where Valerie is finding her victims. Astrid notices that one of the victims smells of alcohol, and she asks Peter to turn off the lights. Walter claps to turn off the lights (he's installed a clapper), and Astrid finds a glowing entry stamp on two victims' hands for the Cavern, a popular destination in the industrial club scene. When they turn the lights back on, they see the rat is dead. Boone says he needs more time to perfect the cure and begs the agents to bring his wife back alive.
In the Cavern, Valerie is on the hunt while Olivia and Peter search for her. Peter is looking at the crowd with a thermal imaging radiometer, hoping to identify someone with elevated body temperature.
Back at the lab, Boone realizes why the cure wasn't working. Since cerebrospinal fluid was needed as a catalyst for the contagion, it will be needed for the cure as well. And, he says, his spinal fluid is the only kind they know for sure is compatible. Walter says it's too dangerous, because taking more fluid could cause a brain hemorrhage, but Boone insists that removing an additional 25 militers is safe.
Back at the club, Peter, using the radiometer, finds Valerie Boone but then looses her. Walter and Astrid perform the spinal tap. Walter lifts Boone back into his wheelchair and Boone notices, then studies the video camera. Olivia spots Valerie Boone leaving and notifies Charlie about what she is wearing. Valerie is leaving the club with a new victim and Charlie shoots her with a tranquilizer dart.
At the lab, Astrid informs everyone that Valerie Boone has been captured. Boone starts shaking. Walter realizes that Boone lied to him; he didn't have enough cerebrospinal fluid left to give. Walter asks him why he went through with it anyway, to which Boone replies, "How far would you go for someone you love?"Olivia talk about Rachel's problems and whether cynics are romantics in disguise, Valerie attacks Olivia. Peter is forced to again shoot her with the tranquilizer gun.
They bring Valerie into the lab and strap her down. In the meantime, Boone has had a stroke. They inject the cure directly into Valerie's spine at the base of the neck. She seizes, screams, pulls against her restraints... then goes slack. Walter pulls back her eyelid to reveal her eye changing from blue to green. The antidote appears to be working. Olivia notices that Boone has died and Walter confirms it. Olivia's face shows her disappointment: she has lost her only chance to learn about ZFT.
As Valerie is wheeled out of the lab, Walter approaches with a video tape, which Boone made before he died for Olivia. They insert it into the VCR, and Boone begins to speak. He says they made a bargain, and Olivia held up her end. He expresses the hope that the information he gives them will help to rectify some of his mistakes. Although he never dealt with anyone of sufficient rank in the organization, he managed to gather some names -- including some they might recognize.
Later that evening, Olivia finds Broyles in a restaurant. She says Boone never heard of David Robert Jones, a known member of ZFT. However, he did reveal the name of the man funding ZFT... William Bell.
Project 1109, Exploration 1 — Trimmed Copy of Typed Notes
- The moldy bread pertains to the pencillin needed to counter the syphilis.
- The victim in the photo at the lower left is wearing his watch on his right wrist.
- Walter's recipe-in-latin calls for boiled crawfish, potatoes, onions, sweet corn, and oranges.
- Walter refers to the accidental genius of Fleming. Sir Alexander Fleming was a highly acclaimed microbiologist from the early/mid 1900's who wrote numerous papers on bacteriology, immunology and chemotherapy, including original descriptions of lysozyme and penicillin.
- The Observer passes behind Bob Dunn in the nightclub just as the man prepares to mingle.
- Walter refers to Peek Frean snacks, a product of KraftCanada.
- Continuity Errors
- During the interrogation of Boone, Olivia shows the doctor a photo of a victim that was not discovered until later in the episode.
- Recurring Themes
- Spinal Fluid. Olivia had her spinal fluid examined previously (Bound).
|As Nick Lane proceeds to a high rooftop, collecting minds and bodies (Bad Dreams), a street vendor's umbrella displays the slogan - "Night Stalker Energy Drink" - foreshadowing the late night stalking by Valerie Boone in Midnight, and her need for human spinal fluid as her energy drink.|
• Burning Up by Ladytron
• Tear You Apart by She Wants Revenge
• Discipline by Nine Inch Nails
• Candy Darling by Daniel Ash
• Bela Lugosi's Dead by Bauhaus
• Once You Say by Nitzer Ebb
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Midnight/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- If William Bell is funding ZFT - why?
- If not - why are so many people implicating him?
- Why does Greg believe Rachel is an unfit parent for Ella?
- What names did Nicholas Boone give up as members of ZFT?
- Why did Valerie Boone wear the same clothes each night that she went stalking?
- Why was the XT43 contagion stored in the Chinese restaurant?