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Stowaway
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Season: 3 Episode: 17
Air Date: 18 March 2011
Written by: Danielle Dispaltro (teleplay)
Akiva Goldsman (story)
Joel Wyman (story)
Jeff Pinkner (story)
Directed by: Charles Beeson
Starring: Main Characters
Guest Cast: Paula Malcomson as Dana Gray
Seth Gabel as Agent Lincoln Lee
Anna Torv as William Bell (alt)

Patti Allan as Landlady
Jason Poulsen as Brian
Nicholas Carella as Jim
John Stewart as Male Passenger
Howard Seigel as Conductor
Kerry Sandomirsky as Nun
Jean Paul Najm as Uniformed Cop
Brandon Nadon as Friend #1
Dave Leach as Friend #2
Catherine Haggquist as Lucy
James Tyce as ND Agent
Michael Smith as FBI Technician Carl
Lee Vincent as FBI Technician

Next: Bloodline
Previously: Os
Transcript  —  Additional Images
Introduction

Stowaway is the seventeenth episode of the third season of FRINGE. It first aired on March 18, 2011. The team investigates a woman who was believed to have died, but appears at suicide scenes and is connected to each dead person. William Bell looks to locate a suitable host for his soul before any negative impact on Olivia occurs.

Synopsis

Prologue
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William Bell has completely taken over the body of Olivia Dunham. He explains to the Fringe team that there is nothing to worry about Olivia's consciousness, it is safe and resting just like he had planned. He explains further that Olivia received a cup of tea containing soul magnets, which allows his consciousness to be drawn into her body. Walter shows everybody the EEG result of Bell. There are two distinct patterns of brain waves, an active, which is Bell's and an inert, which is Olivia's resting mind. Bell explains that he need to find a more suitable host for him but in the meantime, he can reside in Olivia's brain for weeks. Upon hearing this, Peter objects. But Walter wants to use Bell's intellect to understand Secretary Bishop's plan. Peter is now clearly annoyed. All he wants is to bring back Olivia. Broyles makes his decision, he is giving Bell 48 hours to relocate to a new host. Peter goes off to get Bell's "ReEntry" files from Massive Dynamic.

At a high rooftop in Roxbury, Massachusetts, a blonde woman speaks with a suicidal man. Thunder crashes... and the man expects it to rain soon. Dana Gray uses the metaphor of raindrops to convince the man that life has a purpose but the man does not buy it. He runs over to the edge and challenges the woman on her life purpose. As he is about to drop down, Dana grabs him. The suicidal man assures her that he does not believe in hope and it is okay for him to die. The woman understands and finally gives in. She steps further and both of them fall down from the roof onto a parked taxi.
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The hands of the lady move and she is still conscious. She moves down from the taxi, stands up and begins to walk. A number of people watch her miraculous death escape.

ACT I

Peter delivers the ReEntry files to William Bell and as Bell is explaining what will be the ideal host for him, the sketch (Over There, Part 1) catches his attention. Bell believes that is Peter's fate, but Peter quickly dismisses that notion of fate, he assures Bell that he is not going to go into that machine. Bell reminds Peter that life is not that simple, sometimes, walking away from one's fate leads directly to fate's doorstep.

The team studies a video of the woman surviving after crashing down to a parked car. Walter fears that it is not the woman but it is about the location. Bell further explains that it might be spatial decay caused by softspot between universes... and it is not surprised that the degradation already began to persist in this universe. Despite Peter's disapproval of Bell's involvement in the case, he has no choice - Bell is the only one who has experience in interdimensional decay.

At the FBI headquarters of Hartford, an ND agent receives a printout.
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He briefly studies it and runs out to hand it to another agent - Agent Lee. The woman is located and she is in Boston.

Bell tests for radiation to check for spatial decay and it appears that the location is normal. Peter deduces that if there is nothing wrong with the location, then it must be the woman. Walter shares his fondness of collecting samples with Bell... just like old times. Broyles arrives the scene with Special Agent Lincoln Lee. William Bell introduces himself as Olivia Dunham from the Fringe Division, of which Lee is clueless. Agent Lee provides information about the woman named Dana Gray. 18 months ago, she was killed with two bullets in the head with her husband and children in a home invasion robbery. →
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After the case is closed, Dana's body disappears from the morgue and Lee assumes that it was stolen. Not until, it was reported that two people jump out of the dorm window, but only one dead body was found on the site. In the investigation, Dana's fingerprints were found on the ledge of a dorm window. For the past two months, Agent Lee receives information about double suicides but with only one body found. This leads him to the Fringe team's investigation in Roxbury. Lee finishes off with an insane conclusion that Dana cannot die.

ACT II

Agent Lee visits Walter's lab after getting an invitation from William Bell. He is confused to find a cow in the lab. Peter sarcastically congratulates him for getting a higher security clearance upon visiting the place where mysteries get solved.

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← The test on Gray's molecules shows that they are held together by an unusually strong electromagnetic bond. Walter and William suggest that it might be possible that she is able to extend her life by capturing the life forces of her victims. In Gray's file, Peter find that her victims were suicidal... it appears that Dana only wants the soul of those who are prepared to surrender... a compassionate soul vampire, as Agent Lee says. Noticing that the FBI agent is confused, Peter asks Agent Lee to head out and investigate.

At the cemetery, Dana is crying while replacing the dead roses with fresh ones at her husband's and children's graves. As she is leaving the cemetery, her phone rings. At the other end of the line, a suicidal man is on his bed in a gloomy room. His name is Brian and he needs help. Joan, the other name of Dana, asks for his address, she want to see him face-to-face.

Lucy identifies Dana Gray as Joan, one of the best counselors. She takes on challenging calls and managed to save many lives. Lucy thinks that her star counselor inspires hope to a lot of people because even after getting struck by lightning twice, she managed to survive. Agent Lee asks for Dana's address. Peter and Lee wonder why is she committed to save lives if her motive is to steal their souls.

Dana visits Brian in his place. Brian is on the floor and explains to Dana that it was his plan all along for her to visit him. He wants Dana to save the train commuters... he left a bag with a bomb. He doesn't like his purpose... he does not want to hurt people but he always does. As Dana calls 911, Brian hopes that like Azrael, the angels will carry his soul to heaven. He triggers the gun aimed at himself.

ACT III

Walter shares his smoke with William as the two search for a suitable host for Bell. The two laughs when Bell gives a hint on using Gene as the body host.

Agent Lee and Peter continue to search for relevant items that could lead to Dana's whereabouts. Agent Lee picks up Dana's book The Afterlife of the Soul, the only religious book among her collections. Peter opens the book and finds the highlighted passages attributed to things that happen after death... could it be that the book is for her and that she wants to die?

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← While grooming Gene, Walter and William discuss the possibility of the cow being Bell's body host. Walter could simply use an EEG machine to decipher Bell's thoughts. Walter is concerned though of milking the cow. Bell volunteers Astrid and the two laugh.

Peter and Agent Lee joined the two scientists. Peter suggests that the lightning strike could charge Dana's electromagnetic energy. Bell thinks that is possible since the ions will be charged after being struck by lightning multiple times. Agent Lee receives information that Dana has been spotted in Dorchester.

The landlady explains to Agent Lee that the lady she saw coming out of the apartment is the same as the picture shown to her. The results of the medical examiner show that only one bullet was fired, which Peter thinks is odd. This seems to be different from Dana's usual modus operandi, it appears that she did not attempt to stowaway to heaven.

In a quiet grand church, a nun approaches Dana with a book - the Ascension of Azrael. She tells her the story about a sinner named Azrael. The angels asked God to free Azrael - but their request was ignored. They went down and picked-up the sinner to Heaven. The combined innocence of the angels outweighed the sins of Azrael... God finally agreed and welcomed the sinner's soul to heaven. As the nun walks away, Dana opens a small note, which indicates the location of Brian's bomb.→
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Broyles find a secret underground room in Brian's apartment. It appears that Brian is a sociopath. An invoice is found in his bathroom for 20 pounds of plastic explosives. Broyles knows that Brian made a bomb... but the team is clueless where it is.

Dana approaches the train and locates the seat written in the note. She grabs the duffel bag and opens it... there is the bomb. A male passenger makes a small chat with her. He is going to Providence to see his sister. Dana replies... she is on the way to see her family.

ACT IV

Agent Lee thinks that Dana's plan is not working and therefore she is thinking of using a different method - she wants to use Brian's bomb... to increase the chance of her dying by committing a suicide with a group of people. Peter finds Brian's phone and assumes that the number registered is Dana's.

On the train, Dana ignores the phone call. Peter suggests changing the caller's identification... he wants to lure Gray into answering the phone by pretending to be her husband. Dana picks up the phone. Peter tries to keep her on the phone by telling her what she is up to and that they can help her. Dana does not buy it. For her, this is a terrible cosmic joke. She should have died with her family. She thinks the bomb is her last resort... and drops the phone. The team fails to trace the call.

ACT V

Broyles reviews the recorded voice of Dana Gray and detects a background sound. The isolated sound indicates that their target train's next stop is Norwood Station.

Astrid finds three different trains that stop at that station at a differing time - 6:15, 6:25 and 6:45. Bell asks what time it was when Peter talked to Dana. With the information at hand, William begins to write at the clear board with Walter on the other side excited to solve the word problem. Both solve the question at the same time, giving the same answer - Dana is on 6:25 train. →
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At the train, the male passenger asks Dana if she could look after his stuff while he goes to the bathroom. The train halts. Broyles asks the conductor to clear the train and to identify the suspect. The male passenger recognizes the face, the suspect is in the train. The team goes in but fails to find Dana or the bomb.

At a nearby field, Dana carries the bomb with her then falls down sobbing.
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A big explosion is witnessed by the passengers and the FBI team. The dead body of Dana is found at the site. Agent Lee is unclear as to why is this the case. Peter welcomes Lee into the Fringe Division, where answers lead to more questions. Peter arrives late at night in his home. He finds his sleeping father on the couch, taking the glass of milk from his hand.
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In the next room, William invites him for a cup of tea. Peter agrees to have some and they start talking about Dana. Bell thinks that the bomb's energy might have reset Dana's electromagnetic charge and let her die. But he also thinks that it might be possible that she could not die because it was her destiny to save the lives of those people. He even thinks that is odd that they investigate this case at the same time when Bell returns from the grave by taking Olivia's body. For him, as a scientist, nothing happens for no reason and that every event has some meaning.

Out of nowhere, a church bell is heard. Olivia's consciousness suddenly resurfaces. She is confused and in panic. After that brief moment, Bell comes back and he looks worried... it's a little more complicated than he first thought.

Quotes

"Well, destiny, fate. Jung called it synchronicity, The interconnectedness of apparently unrelated events. I mean, don't you think that it's curious we meet a woman who is unable to die at the exact moment my consciousness seemingly returns from the grave. Now as a scientist, I like to believe that nothing just happens, that every event has some meaning. Some sort of message. You just have to be able to listen closely enough to hear it." - William Bell (to Peter, convincing him of the existence of fate and destiny)

Trivia

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Recurring Themes
Episode References

Music

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* Is William Bell hiding information on the connection between Peter and the Wave Sink Device?
  • If Olivia's consciousness is at rest while Bell's consciousness controls her body, how is it that Bell is aware of Olivia's momentary resurfacing?
    • Is Olivia aware of what is happening?
      • If so, can she see/hear/feel what Bell is Sensing?
  • Did the church bell trigger the reawakening of Olivia's consciousness?
  • Is Dana's ability to escape death connected to the changing of nature's fundamental laws in this universe? (Os)
  • Does the cup of tea that William Bell offered to Peter contain microscopic soul magnets?

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