|Profession:||Bowling Alley Manager — Full-Time,
Therapist & Healer — Part-Time,
Wave Sink Device Subject Matter Expert — Life-Time,
Resistance Operative & Soldier — War-Time
|Portrayed by: |
|Also Known As:||paternal pen names include - - Seamus Wiles, M. Weiselauss...|
|Connections:||Nina Sharp, Olivia Dunham|
|Seen In:||7 of 100 episodes|
|Status:|| His wallet/ID were found with a rotted corpse in Central Connecticut in the adjusted 2036 timeline|
Unknown in the restored 2015 timeline
|Remarks:||Assumed that he died protecting the relayed radio signal coming from Thimble Island while the Science Team was encased in Amber near Columbus Circle|
Sam Weiss is the manager of a local bowling alley and has a unique acquaintanceship with Nina Sharp over the past few decades. Nina directs Olivia towards Sam following Olivia's physically traumatic return from her first visit to the parallel universe. Sam has a talent for helping people recover from just about everything that bothers them — even things they didn't know they were suffering from. Slow to identify his true talents and family heritage to her, Sam runs Olivia through a series of seemingly benign tasks, all of which are designed to help her harness her own emotional and psychological shortcomings. Never mentioned as a doctor/master in any field, medical or otherwise, Sam projects more of the 'wise sage' persona than anything else. He seems well-researched, and is more likely to offer a pragmatic approach to problem-solving than an optimistic one. Pessimism does not appear to be part of his agenda, while congenial illusiveness does.
As the war between the universes starts to bleed into both parallel existences, Sam is drawn back into the fray when Nina deduces his connection to the multi-lingual First People volumes. She confronts him and learns that he has specific intimate knowledge about the ancient device that may save this, or both, universes. When temporal rifts start decimating portions of this universe, Sam correctly suspects the worst, then closes the bowling alley and ventures off to investigate the damaging phenomena. Certain that the prophetic data he and his family has been guarding for more than a century, he returns to civilization and finds Olivia - she needs to trust him and offer full disclosure on the status of the ancient device. The last in the long line of Samuel Weiss' professorships, he reveals all he can to Olivia as they attempt to recover the remaining few components needed to activate, and then control the ancient device. After going through his family's burial sight, and then a museum containing needed antiquities - the duo have what they require to adequately suspend the devastation the planet is experiencing. His expertise depleted, Sam is sadly 'down-sized' from his short-term law enforcement gig and returned to civilian status as the Fringe Task Force mission plows on toward Liberty Island.
After the ancient device is deployed, and subsequently deactivated, timelines are corrected and reset. Sam's contribution in the initial timeline must have made a significant impression on the rejuvenated science team... as he was a key team member involved with Walter's plan to defeat the Observer's following their invasion and the purge events they inflicted. The true nature of his original bond with Nina is never explored, nor is her knowledge, or suspicion, of why Sam might be the likely subject matter expert associated with the First People legacy/conspiracy.
- A chalkboard in Secretary Bishop's old Harvard lab (Over There, Part 2) has the phrase "A DEMON'S TWIST RUSTS" written on it. One anagram for this is "DON'T TRUST SAM WEISS". The 'End Act' or commercial break glyphs for the episode also spell "WEISS".
- Seamus Wiles (6955 kHz), author of the fictional book The First People, is an anagram for Samuel Weiss. M. Weiselauss (Concentrate And Ask Again), author of the German Version - Die Ersten Menschen is another anagram for Samuel Weiss.
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Sam Weiss/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- When did he help Nina in their previous association?
- What did he specifically help her with in dealing with the loss of her arm following the initial Reiden Lake incident?
- What is the nature of his extended relationship with Nina?
- Did he work for Massive Dynamic at some point, or did she find him herself?
- Was he recommended to her by someone we might know?
- What did he mean, or imply, when he said he is older than he looks... barely remembers his childhood... taller than he appears (paraphrased)?
- Does he have a 'psychic' connection with Olivia? A: → (unknown. never addressed)
- Does he know about the parallel universe? A: → (yes. familiar that an enemy, or other side, exists)
- If so, what is his connection with the alternate universe, if he has one?
- Does his connection involve Secretary Bishop, or the alternate Sam Weiss - if one exists?
- Does his family use the pen name, alias, and anagrammatic variants of - Seamus Wiles? A: → (yes. over at least 6 generations)
- If so, was he the author of the 1897 book The First People (6955 kHz)? A: → (no. according to him)
- If so, does he have a connection with the Number Stations and the device components? A: → (partially. only an awareness about device components)
- Was it genuinely Sam who died in a gunfight with Observers/Loyalists defending the radio relay transmitter in Connecticut, or someone with his wallet/ID?