The End Of All Things
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|The End Of All Things|
|Air Date:||24 Feb 2012|
|Written by:||David Fury|
|Directed by:||Jeff Hunt|
|Guest Cast:|| Jared Harris as David Jones|
Michael Cerveris as The Observer
Monte Markham as Leland Spivey
Eugene Lipinski as December
Steven Weller as March
|Next:||A Short Story About Love|
|Previously:||A Better Human Being|
|Transcript — Additional Images|
The End Of All Things is the fourteenth episode of the fourth season of FRINGE. It first aired on 24 February, 2012. Nina and Olivia face torture at the hands of David Jones. Peter and the science team treat the injured Observer before he is snatched from the current timeline by his colleagues. Peter shares a synaptic interface with the Observer and learns what he is ultimately destined to do.
SynopsisPeter is confident Agent Lee tags along but isn't terribly concerned about finding a clue in his partner's home. Lee is more concerned with Nina's role in the matter and the influence Peter has seemingly porjected onto Olivia's personality. Has Peter been selfishly robbing Olivia of her own identity? Peter's diligent search locates a security breach in one of the ceiling-mounted smoke alarms -- a wireless, closed circuit camera. The camera has a back-up memory disk that may provide degraded imaging from the past few days. Lee plans to interrogate Nina while Peter gets the covert camera data back to Walter's lab for analysis.
In the abandoned Plainfield Memorial Hospital, Olivia and Nina Sharp discuss the events that led to their abduction and subsequent imprisonment in a dilapidated isolation cell. Sharp claims she was kidnapped in the middle of the night, and that one of the intruders looked exactly like her. Olivia deduces that means a duplicate Nina must have visited her in her apartment when she was ill and is now posing as the authentic Nina Sharp at Massive Dynamic. Sharp claims the entire time she has been held he has never mentioned what he is after.... On cue, master criminal David Jones makes his grand entrance into the makeshift cell and greets Olivia - someone he has waited to meet for a very long time. With memories for Peter's previous timeline, Olivia has Jones at a disadvantage - she knows not the only one recently who has said this to him. Regardless, Jones gets to his business. The migraines Olivia has been suffering from - yeah..?. that would be him. The Cortexiphan he has been giving her will do that. Jones needs Olivia to activate her latent abilities from childhood, and knows how from the notes Walter took during the testing in Jacksonville -- Intense Emotion. To get the ball rolling, how about a little torture? Jones gets-out his trusty electric drill with a tapered bit. Torturing Olivia won't
In Downtown Boston, a small meeting convenes in an urban plaza, just a few yards from the public ice rink. The four bald men wearing Fedoras and carrying briefcases need to compare notes on their recent findings. December wants to know if their target has been located. No. The lingering question is why their trusted colleague failed to follow orders and erase the remaining traces of Peter Bishop from this timeline. Only September knows the reasoning behind his actions - in effect, it is almost as if he is responsible for Peter's return... having repeatedly intervened on young Bishop's behalf against all warning. Not being able to isolate September means one thing - the Observers wait and grab him when he resurfaces. The consequences promise to be dire.
In Walter's Lab in Boston, Astrid and Peter get busy trying to figure out a method to recover any useable footage left layered in the memory chip of the camera he recovered from Olivia's apartment. Walter, focused on his white bread, butter and rainbow sprinkle sandwich, is grumpier than normal and gives Peter only a slim chance of finding what he is looking for. The grumpy stems from Walter's certainty that Peter is responsible for altering Olivia's consciousness. The laboratory is where Olivia should have remained - not out on a case where she was vulnerable and ultimately kidnapped. Peter doesn't want to hear Walter's snipe just now - finding Olivia is Job One. Walter gets a little more 'user-friendly' once Peter finds a latent image buried in the data chip. A ghostly image of Olivia wanders through her home... a good sign that more images can be recovered, but they will need to dig much deeper into the layering.
In Walter's Lab, the research on the recovered data chip is going slow and just about everyone needs a break. Peter believes there aren't many layers left to dive down through
In their holding cell at the abandoned Plainfield facility, Nina has been returned from her electrolysis session to the apolegetic Fringe Agent. Olivia is incredibly sorry Nina is suffering at Jones' hand because of the Cortexiphan inquisition underway. Nina is inclined to let Olivia off the hook. William Bell fired Jones for this exact mindset - he is unhinged and capable of all sorts of bad things. Olivia is still intent on relieving Nina's burden under torture - help me activate my Cortexiphan abilities. The only problem is that Olivia's
In his lab, Walter looks after his patient as Broyles and Agent Lee join the festivities. Broyles shares something Olivia had asked him to keep private. The Observer here visited her a few weeks earlier when she was waiting for Peter and Lee to return from the alternate universe. He popped-in to warn her that in all possible universes he had witnessed - she was going to die. Walter imagines that he may have been referring to her diasappearance, here and now. Peter hopes that if that is the case, he may know where Olivia is exactly. Walter doesn't know
...an ethereal environment where conversation is possible, somewhere in the recesses of The Observer's mind. Peter opens his mind's eyes and finds himself standing in a clear glass observation platform in the deep, dark void of outer space. One window draws Peter's attention as millions of light years away, yet clear as day, a large gaseous cloud explodes into the cosmos and billions of stars ignite into existence. Behind Peter, his hosts explains - the beginning of all things... something he has been privileged to witness. They both agree that the Observer is dying from his gunshot wound, but Peter need not worry about who shot him. Peter needs to know where Olivia is - again, that is not relevant. What The Observer needs is for Peter to listen and understand what he is about to share with him, there is not much time before The Observer goes. He is a member of a scientific team from another time - his codename is September. He comes from an era many generations after Peter's - an era that is just one of many possible futures for humanity. The technology they employ affords them the unique ability to travel within, and outside of, time in order to observe their beginnings. Peter knows they have done more than just observe, they have been involved in some of the pivotal events they were visiting. Admittedly - yes. September's infraction was the unintended distraction of Peter's biological father in the alternate universe. The observation windows around Peter fill with images of the night in 1985 that his real father met with September in the alternate universe lab. The brief distraction twenty-six years earlier was the mistake September has been trying to rectify. Peter knows this already... but why? September has been trying to correct the error, not allowing his biological father to cure him, because of the ripple effect throughout the subsequent timeline. Saving Peter in the immediate aftermath, from drowning in Reiden Lake, allowing this Walter to cure him, all of these corrective measures only culminated in further corruption of the timeline. The bottom-line is that Peter is important. And with all of the drastically altered destinies in both universes as the by-product... one specific child was created that was not meant to be - Peter's son, Henry. His birth to the wrong Olivia Dunham irrevocably altered everything that was to come. This! Peter did not know - he has a son. Had. When Peter made the sacrifice and stepped into the ancient device to heal the rift between the universes, not only did he cease to exist, the infant Henry was erased too. Another thing that September failed to account for is that Peter managed to return in physical form to the timeline where he healed the two universes - this timeline. More urgently... it seems that the Olivia Dunham from this universe is the one he is meant to share his future with. Find a way to make that happen. Before he can explain any further, September becomes alarmed over potential intruders that only he can sense. The observation platform they have been sharing begins to dissolve and chaff away in a growing storm - they are coming. Which means Peter is going. A substantial lightning bolt rocks the imagined facility - tell me where to find Olivia! Go home. Peter gets that... yes - home to my timeline, but not before he rescues the
...home. Peter's eyes open and Agent Lee is standing nearby as Astrid and Walter struggle to keep their gunshot patient from dying. In convulsions, The Observer's heart rate is spiking. Broyles looks after Peter - was he able to learn the whereabouts of Olivia? No. Walter orders a syringe of Propafenone for his ICU ward, and before Astrid has a chance to respond - September bolts forward on his table and seemingly vanishes in less than a blink of an eye. Agent Lincoln Lee is still fairly new to Fringe phenomena, so he has to ask - what the hell just happened?
Walter's Lab, looking like a small tornado just ran through it, has the team scratching their collective heads. Peter figures that those looking for the Observer finally nabbed him, but not before the warning to Peter that he had to get back to his own timeline and his own Olivia. Broyles is looking for answers now and wants Lee to lean on Nina for some constructive information. Walter is grateful that Peter's conscience was not still linked to the Observer when he disappeared - - who knows what state that would have left Peter in. A fresh thought dawns on Peter: The message was that Peter needed to get 'home' - maybe that was meant literally, not figuratively. Go to my house? Could it be that simple? Maybe there's a clue at his house that can point Peter in the direction of Olivia.
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on The End Of All Things/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Why is Peter convinced that this Olivia is not the specific Olivia he left behind in the timeline he previously experienced?
- Is the Nina Sharp that David Jones is collaborating with the Nina Sharp from the alternate universe, a clone, of some other abberation?
- Is The Observer acting on personal motive, or is he acting for the benefit of all of future humanity?
- Is David Jones attempting to improve his own personal lot in life, or is he acting for the benefit of all of future humanity?
- Who is coming after The Observer during his shared consciousness with Peter?
- Why is the replacement Spivey operating in Plainfield, where the original Spivey was from, and people there would know that he had been dead for three years?