Over There, Part 1
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|Over There, Part 1|
|Air Date:||May 13, 2010|
|Written by:|| Jeff Pinkner|
|Directed by:||Akiva Goldsman|
|Guest Cast:|| Leonard Nimoy as William Bell|
Ari Graynor as Rachel
Lily Pilblad as Ella
Orla Brady as Elizabeth Bishop
Seth Gabel as Lincoln Lee
David Call as Nick Lane
Kirk Acevedo as Agent Francis
Pascale Hutton as Sally Clark
Omar Metwally as James Heath
Ryan McDonald as Brandon
Philip Winchester as Frank Stanton
Colin Banner as Bus Driver
|Next:||Over There, Part 2|
|Transcript — Additional Images|
Over There, Part 1 is the twenty-second episode of the second season of FRINGE. It first aired on May 13, 2010. After learning that Peter has decided to return to his origins, the Fringe Division mobilizes and "shifts" locations in order to resolve the pending conflict and recover Peter. Walter travels with a team of his Cortexiphan Kids and arrives in a very different reality. Peter connects with his true roots while the alternate Fringe Division mobilizes to counteract what seems like an attack... the conflict escalates in Part 2.
On a Saturday morning at Fringe Headquarters in the parallel universe, the New York City Fringe Division detects and confirms an anomalous energy signature across the East River in Brooklyn - a breach is in progress. Agent Francis, 'Bolivia' Dunham and team leader Lincoln Lee gather and learn that they are facing a Class One event. Colonel Broyles enters the Situation Room and orders his responders to get to work on the new breach.Just two minutes away from the site of the Class One breach in Brooklyn, the trio sits with a half dozen other team members in the back of a panel van. Francis is the target of the humor... how big would the arachids he is infested with become... if he were to stop taking his medicine? Lee reads a fresh situation report: Class-One Molecular Dissolution with severe Molecular Cohesion Failure. The team arrives and quickly launches a tactical assault into the large, unoccupied theater, with orders to secure a science and risk report immediately. Inside, Lee runs onto the large stage and follows his sensor to center-front.
Sitting in his office, Colonel Broyles is joined by a Fringe Division "looker". Agent Farnsworth sits at a desk console and is tasked to make a risk assessment of the breach - is it spreading? They just can't afford another breach like the one that hit Boston. Farnsworth's initial assessment of the streaming data suggests that there will be ten thousand casualties if the breach is not ambered. With less than a minute before quarantine has to be initiated, gravitational degeneration and molecular degeneration decrease, but not to an acceptable level. Broyles needs a recommended course of action from Farnsworth - quickly! Bolivia joins Lee on the stage as time winds-down - calmly accepting their collective fate if the situation doesn't improve. With just a few seconds left, Farnsworth determines that the breach event is terminating and does not need to be quarantined.
Agent Francis calls his team to an upper level of the theater - he found something and it ain't pretty. Lying on the floor in a side corridor is a dead man covered with huge tumors. The only thing that witnesses outside the theater could say is that they heard a tearing sound and saw a blue flash through the windows of the theater - the typical signs of a breach. The trio inspects the dead man's wallet and find non-standard identification and non-standard currency... Andrew Jackson on a $20 bill? -- On the opposite side of the theater Walter Bishop, Sally Clark, Nick Lane and Olivia Dunham crawl away behind a row of seats to avoid detection and escape capture. Through the large skylight in the theater, a dirigible airship motors overhead through the cloudy skies.Walter sits in his Boston lab and watches surveillance footage of Secretary Bishop and Peter in the hallway of the Northwest Passage Motel (Northwest Passage). Peter gets an offer to return to the universe he was born in, and he accepts it. The two men vanish in a glare of light. Olivia is coping with the loss of Peter differently by sitting alone in a quiet bar and nursing a few stiff drinks. Walter suddenly remembers something important and starts a search of his storage boxes for the information he needs. In the bar, a man in a dark suit and hat quietly places a folded piece of paper on the seat next to Olivia and leaves through the service area. Olivia looks up, and recognizes the man as an Observer. She starts after him, then stops when she sees the document he left for her. Walters grows frustrated with his search and calls Olivia at the bar - he is horrified at what he is thinking - tha something awful is going to happen to Peter. Olivia studies the document she was given as Walter continues his meltdown. The paper has an image of Peter drawn on it surrounded by A-C-G-T letter strings in random orders, like DNA. In the image, Peter's has smoke, or energy streams emanating from his eyes. Walter is certain that something terrible is going to happen.
Olivia meets Walter at his house to find out what he was so flustered about when he called her at the bar. Walter looks at the drawing that was delivered to Olivia and thinks that the image of Peter and the DNA strings may be what he was supposed to remember, and that he was told by the Observer that he should never let Peter return to the alternate universe. Olivia can't understand why - what does the drawing mean? Walter suspects the worst... that Peter may be capable of the destroying the world. Olivia sees what needs to be done - they need to retrieve Peter, but how? Walter hesitates... Peter left of his own free will. Olivia slams her hand down on the table - Walter! How do we get Peter back!? Walter has an inkling...
At the New York City headquarters of Massive Dynamic, Phillip Broyles marches through the hallway to Nina Sharp's office with Olivia, Walter and a team of Agents in-tow. Two security men challenge Broyles and the intrusion, but they are immediately dismissed. Nina is startled by the unscheduled visit and quickly takes issue when Broyles charges that Massive Dynamic is manufacturing weapons for the alternate universe. Broyles wants every piece of data she has that is even remotely related to the other universe. Nina is insulted by the insanity of the accusation. Olivia jumps in and restores some order to the confrontation... Peter is in danger. She hands the drawing that was delivered to her over to Nina to study - the design of the technology is very specific and recognizable. Nina agrees - William Bell designed it - but Massive Dynamic did not build it. Olivia gets to the real reason they are there - they need Nina's help to cross over to the parallel universe.In one of the Massive Dynamic laboratories, Brandon explains to the Experimental Campus' maintained by Massive Dynamic, Broyles and Olivia walk down a corridor to the Day Room where the recovering Cortexiphan test subjects are gathered and socializing. Broyles explains that they have five individuals that have been brought out of their induced-comas and that Massive Dynamic has been developing a series of experiments to help the test subjects "repurpose" their abilities; James Heath can cure disease, Sally Clark is a functional pyrokinetic, and Nick Lane can now control his empathic transfer. The two step into the room to meet the test subjects and Nick greets Olive with her childhood nickname - Olive. Nick giggles at what he said. So when
Broyles and Olivia escort their three functional Cortexiphites to the Federal Building in Boston and into the Situation Room. The new command area has been funded by the Senate Intelligence Committee and is under renovation to incorporate the technology and communications needed to manage the conflict with the forces from the alternate universe. Walter approaches his now grown test subjects and is immediately recognized as the man who experimented on them in their youth. James Heath could kill Walter - and he tells him so. Apologetic and humble, Walter admits that what he did to them was inexcusable and barbaric. The experiment was designed with noble intentions... to develop guardians to protect the world when the day came that both universes were in conflict. That day may be here... Walter needs them to save his son. Broyles tells the group about the plan, there is a soft-spot in the fabric between universes in Brooklyn - they crossover tomorrow morning at eight o'clock. Heath sees that they are about to leave on a mission that could save one world, maybe two, from destruction... can they have the night off for some personal time. Broyles grants the request.That evening, Heath visits a community hospital with his FBI escorts. He holds the hand of a dying patient and quickly restores her health. She opens her eyes... wondering who he is. He is just a man who was never lucky, but wants to share some good luck with her. Off to the next patient. Nick and Sally have chosen to make their personal time a little more intimate. Curled-up in bed in a nice hotel room, they kiss and eat chocolate covered strawberries. Romance has a different vibe when one of those involved is an empath and can control the emotions of the other. Walter spends his evening at home doing last minutes chores.
Early the next morning before she leaves on her mission, Olivia sits with the sleeping Ella and wakes her up to pass on a family heirloom. Olivia's mom gave her a crucifix on a necklace before she died. Olivia was told it was meant to keep her safe. Now Olivia wants Ella to have her grandmother's necklace before Olivia leaves on her dangerous mission. Ella thanks her and Olivia relocates to the living room to check her weapon and prepare for the day. Rachel joins her, still half-asleep, and checks on what is happening. Will Olivia be home for dinner tonight? Olivia is not sure she will be. She hopes so. The two hug to say goodbye and Rachel senses that something is bothering her sister. Olivia leaves the apartment and Ella finds her mom to show her the necklace that her Aunt Liv just gave to her. Rachel is certain that something is wrong - did Olivia surrender the necklace because she thinks that she might die soon?
On Liberty Island in New York Harbor in the alternate universe, Agents Lee, Francis and Dunham make their way into the headquarters complex of the United States Department of Defense, as ordered. Francis has only once met the man they are about to report to - that was at the training Academy. Agent Lee admits that his father knew him. Bolivia chides Lee about the family connection... it explains so much. Secretary of Defense Walter Bishop is ready for his ace Fringe Division investigators when they arrive, and has them sent right in. Z F T. What they don't know, the classified part, is that Secretary Bishop believes the disasterous environmental events are not the natural occurences he described in his book, but are in fact man-made. The holes in the fabric of the universe they have been responding to all these years lead somewhere - another universe... a parallel Earth with similar, but slightly different features. It is that universe that is inflicting the pattern of destruction that they struggle with daily in this universe. Bolivia makes the connection - the twenty dollar bill was from the other universe, which means the dead man was too. Bishop sets the tone for the rest of the investigation... the dead intruder at the theater in Brooklyn probably didn't come alone - so those that came with him are still on the loose and should be considered anything but peaceful. These invaders must be found, and they must be found quickly.
Sally sits and rests her head on Nicks shoulder. Her control of the pyrokinetic abilities she has is fading and she is burning-up as a result. Nick reassures her she will be alright as the bus they are waiting for arrives. Olivia steps into the bus and learns that they won't be riding to Central Park as they had hoped - they don't have the identification cards they need for public transportation. It looks like they are going to have to walk the last three miles to the planned rendezvous point in Central Park.In a quiet, bayside mansion, Peter Bishop Elizabeth Bishop has aged more than two and a half decades since she and her son shared breakfast together - does Peter still enjoy bacon? Yes he does! - and a big tearful mom hug wouldn't hurt either. She missed him so much.
After some walking, Sally is physically a wreck. Nick asks to stop so Sally can rest, but she wants to press forward with the mission. Nick asks Walter what is going wrong with them. Walter suspects that somehow their human circuit was flawed. Has anyone engage in extreme use of their abilities recent - more than normal? Nick tells Walter that they have not. Walter has no way of helping Sally just now, but - William Bell may be able to help Sally once they have gotten together with him.At the Bishop home, Elizabeth and Peter sit at a patio table near the water's
Approaching Central Park, Sally nearly collapses as the group marches past a doll store. The dolls are her favorite, but they don't have time to get one - they have to get to the bridge in the park. Sally likes this universe and tells Nick she plans to stay in it. Once they enter the park and approaching Grayshot Bridge, everyone starts scanning the area to see if Bell is en route as they had requested. He is not, and they are not late... maybe he did not receive Nick Lane has seen better days and whispers to his girlfriend that he thinks he is staying in this universe too. Sally Clark assures him that they will stay together, then kisses him sweetly on the lips as he grows weaker. This is Lincoln Lee's takedown and he needs Sally to step away from Nick now. Sally won't have it - she raises her hand, and with a hearty "screw you", sends a pyrokinetic energy pulse across the bridge in all directions. Grayshot Bridge is scorched black, Lincoln Lee is engulfed and Sally and Nick have vanished. Bolivia spots Walter dashing through the woods, calls to him, then fires at him once when he doesn't stop running. Bolivia doesn't pursue Walter after she learns a team member has a bad injury back at the bridge. Bolivia returns to find Lincoln laying on his back and covered with third degree burns to his skin. Back at her hiding spot, Olivia figures she has gone undetected and starts to find her way to a safer place. Doctor Walter Bishop catches the attention of the hospital staff gathered at the entrance to their Emergency Room.
At his mother's home, Peter is joined by Elizabeth as he continues studying the specifications and drawings she gave to him. She is curious to know if he understands what he is looking at. Maybe. Mom is headed to bed and says goodnight. Peter continues his work.
On the streets of New York City, Olivia looks around warily from a public phone kiosk before she starts to go through the White Pages Directory for the information she needs.After a rough day at work, Bolivia returns to her apartment, her live-in boyfriend
Curbside, across the street from Bolivia's apartment, Olivia watches the shadow of the affectionate couple as they embrace in silouhette. Olivia is startled when Bell joins her. He suspected he might find her tailing her counterpart. Bell tells her he had nothing to do with what happened at the park. He did gets Nina's message, but by the time he got to the rendezvous point, there was nothing he could do to help. Bell asks Olivia to trust, even though she has reason not to - particularly now that Walter is trouble, and they don't have much time left to help him.In a large, industrial assembly area, Secretary Bishop opens a
- The Observer covertly delivers a clue about Peter to Olivia as she sits, drinks and ponders the affairs that have preceded Peter's disappearance.
- Opening Splash. The opening title sequence used a new, red background, and replaced the normal Season 2 logo "parallel universe" with the logo -- "first people".
- Split Episodes. This is the first time in the series that an episode has been divided into Part 1 and Part 2.
- Continuity Errors
- After Olivia determines they won't be able to ride the bus, Nick declares they are just 3 miles away. Later, as Sally starts to tire, the consensus is to continue - they are almost there. The group looks up and admires the skyline. They are still standing in Brooklyn, less than a quarter mile from the theater they arrived at, and still about five miles from their destination at the south end of Central Park
- Recurring Themes
- Infestation. Alternate universe Charlie appears to suffer from the impregnation/attack that this universe's Charlie recovered from (Unleashed).
- Reiden Lake. The beginning of the environmental damage in 1985, known as Zero Event in the parallel universe, was initiated by Walter's actions in this universe. (Peter)
- Communications with Bell. Nina Sharp verifies her previous claims that Bell may, or may not, receive the correspondence she sends to him.
- Quarantine. Alternate universe Charlie mentions a quarantine/lockdown to Olivia when she was having a vision of the alternate universe (The Road Not Taken).
|"You can't get there from here" - a bubble gum wrapper found on the bridge by Peter (Northwest Passage) foreshadows his visit to the parallel universe.|
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|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Over There, Part 1/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
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- Individuals That Crossed Over
- Was Sally Clark a Cortexiphan test subject in Jacksonville, Wooster, or somewhere else?
- Why did Lincoln Lee believe he recognized Nick Lane?
- How molecularly unstable is William Bell after having travelled back and forth between universes so many times?
- Alternate Universe
- Why is Lincoln Lee the lead investigator, and not Bolivia?
- Why is Agent Farnsworth tight-lipped around Colonel Broyles?
- Is the ZFT book authored by Secretary Bishop anything like the ZFT manuscript from our universe?
- Does Lincoln Lee have a counterpart in our universe?
- Is there any significance to the tattoo on Bolivia's back?
- What is The Device in the blueprints designed to do?
- Why does Secretary Bishop retreive the strange metallic box from the large assembly room?
- The drawing the Observer delivers to Olivia and the one Secretary Bishop reviews in the assembly area are different. How so?
- Why is the alternate universe more severely affected by the inter-dimensional rifts?
- What was the "Boston" incident that the alternate Fringe Division team referenced as a cautionary tale?
- What is the red-colored liquid in Peter's IV drip?
- Was Peter asleep for three days because he was molecularly unstable like the mug that fractured during Brandon's demonstration?