The Man From The Other Side
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|The Man From The Other Side|
|Air Date:||22 Apr 2010|
|Written by:|| Josh Singer|
|Directed by:||Jeff Hunt|
|Guest Cast:|| Sebastian Roché as Thomas Newton|
Ryan McDonald as Brandon
Peter Bryant as Ben McCallister
Katie Findlay as Jill Redmond
Fraser Aitcheson as Cop #1
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- The Man From The Other Side is the nineteenth episode of the second season of FRINGE. It first aired on April 22, 2010. Shape-shifters arrive in embryonic form and assume the lives of individuals key to opening a gateway between universes. Newton masterminds the effort in order to pull an important person from the alternate universe over to this side. Peter survives the aftermath of the gateway and figures out the only possible reason he survived.
SynopsisShape Changing Device into the roof of Dave's mouth. It takes the prongs from the other side of the device, plugs them into its' mouth, then activates the device. The featureless humanoid quickly begins to morph into an identical replica of Dave. After donning Dave's clothes, the shape-shifter exits the warehouse and silently joins Jill in the car. She is scared, upset that Dave took so long and wants to leave. Seconds later she looks up to see a featureless shape-shifter exit the warehouse and head towards her car. Jill screams and the soldier that adopted Dave's features dives across the seat towards her.
At the Bishop residence, Peter returns home with a paper grocery bag to find Walter hard at work re-arranging pictures in frames on the dining room table. Walter has been of the attitude lately that a well-ordered house is a sign of a well-ordered mind. Peter questions the repeated rearrangement of the photos - and the recent all night project of locating the perfect location for the laundry hamper. Peter has a more productive project scheduled for the two of them... baking a pecan pie. Walter privately studies a photo of he and his wife with their very young son. Walter wants to hold-off on the pie project and talk to Peter about something more serious, something Peter should know. Walter starts his speech, sharing that death is one of the hardest aspects of being a scientist -- that as much as he attempts to understanding the mechanisms of life -- death cannot be defeated. Peter's cell phone rings, interrupting Walter's planned disclosure. Olivia tells Peter that she is on the way over to pick them up. Walter says he'll get his field kit... his planned talk can wait. Walter leaves the room and Peter notices that the top picture in the stack of images that Walter was holding is that of the young Bishop Family.Outside of the warehouse in Worcester, Broyles briefs the Science Team as they approach the car with Jill Redmond's corpse. Jill is behind the wheel with a broken neck and was found with three puncture wounds in the roof of her mouth. Olivia remembers that the last time they heard from Newton and his shape-shifters was down in New York. Peter figures they needed Jill's identity for something. Walter
← Inside the warehouse in Worcester, the investigators find Dave dead on the floor in the room he encountered the shape-shifting soldier. Walter inspects Dave's mouth and finds the puncture marks associated with the morphing device. Peter finds an partially developed shape-shifter covered with cardboard boxes in the corner of the room. Walter thinks it looks like a beanbag chair he had almost thirty years prior. Olivia and Peter can't figure out why the two young adults were the target - the shape changing soldiers normally assume the identity of someone that has specific access to something or someone they need for the mission they are on. Walter scalpels into the top of the undeveloped creature and observes that it oozes mercurial blood, like the others before it. Walter reaches through the large incision he made and extracts the shape changing device that was sent with it.
The two shapeshifters that survived the warehouse and assumed the appearance of Jill and Dave enter Leary's Camera shop and are met by Thomas Newton. They greet Newton with the code phrase he needs to hear to begin their mission. Newton says that Mister Secretary told him to expect three soldiers, then learns the news that the third soldier didn't survive the transition at the warehouse.In Walter's lab, the team watches as Walter autopsies Astrid downloads the file for Olivia and the team reviews it. It occurred at the approximately the same time the Medical Examiner estimated Jill and Dave died the night before. The interfering television signal appears to have originated in the alternate universe. As they slow the video down, the audio portion reveals what sounds like language. Peter guesses that the shape-shifters may be getting orders, since they are soldiers. Astrid suggests engaging the code-breakers at the FBI. Olivia has better idea
At Massivie Dynamic, Olivia and Peter ask Brandon to help analyze the recorded anomaly. Brandon immediately recognizes the sound is not a language, but trigonometric math. In this case it sounds like radio waves emitted during a solar flare. The Astronomical Division at Masssive Dynamic detected a surge in solar activity at about the same time as the incident at the warehouse, but it can't be the radio waves on the recording - they are not synchronized the detected activity. Olivia shares her theory that the radio waves were generated in a parallel universe. Brandon is intrigued and adds that the two universes might be slightly misaligned, but that on rare occasion they may come into perfect alignment. He compares the data from both observations and deduces that the universes will align at 3:31 PM the following day.
In a quiet storage room, Newton gives his new shape-shifting soldiers their mission orders. Jill will assume the identity of Ben McCallister, Dave will target David Wu. Newton produces files for each of the soldiers to review and equipment boxes with everything else they will need. Jill is concerned about the potential for failure since they are missing a team member they had planned to utilize. Newton tells her he has no intention of aborting the mission - if they stop now, they won't have another opportunity for seven months. Newton adds that he will handle the Verona assignment, the target that the third shape-shifter was intended to engage.
Chestnut Hill, MA. In the parking lot outside of Pinewood Savings Bank, Ben McCallister approaches his vehicle and unlocks the door. Just as he is about to enter his car, shape-shifter Jill catches his attention and asks for directions to Franklin Street. After some quick verbal directions from McCallister, Jill still seems confused, so he politely offers to write down his directions for her. He produces a pen and she offers a piece of paper for him to use. The paper has his name and image on it, and he immediately realizes he is facing some sort of confrontation as she sternly stares at him.
In Walter's lab, Peter returns and ask Astrid where Walter is. Astrid says that Walter is outside trying to jog his memory by counting cars, a mundane task that might help him remember what he told Thomas Newton about building a door between universes. Astrid steps away on a chore and Peter finds the photo of the young Bishop family that Walter has been focusing on recently. Peter joins Olivia as she completes paperwork in her office. He tells her he thinks he knows why Walter has been acting strange recently - carrying around a family photo from the early 1980's. Peter thinks Walter wants to talk to me about how his mother died... not in a car crash, but by suicide. Olivia, aware of Walter's actual motives, reminds Peter that his father loves him very much. Walter rushes into the office with Astrid in-tow. Walter believes he knows how to figure out what the shape-shifters are doing... but first he needs six car batteries, a voltage transformer, several yards of ten-gauge electrical wire and a fresh corpse - dead no more than two days.
Back in Walter's Lab, all of the equipment that he requested is being set-up by the team. Astrid questions their chances. Walter assures her that, since the embryonic shape-shifter is part mechanical, all they need to do is pump enough electricity into it to be able to restart it - like jump-starting a car. The corpse will provide an identity for the shape-shifter to assume, so it can be interrogated. They start starts mumbling about Newton - Daniel Verona - AB negative blood - Cellular polarity.... Olivia demands to know what is going to happen at 3:31 tomorrow afternoon. The deformed shifter grows weaker, looks up at Walter, seems to recognize him, then takes Walter's hand and apologizes to him just as it dies.
At the Federal Building, Olivia and Broyles watch from the observation room as a medical technician draws red blood from Daniel Verona in the adjacent interrogation room. Verona does not appear to be a shape-shifter, but Broyles wants some additional testing performed anyway. Maybe they intercepted Verona before Newton could get to him. Olivia wonders why a Medical Examiner from Boston General would be targeted by the shape-shifters.
In Boston General Hospital, an orderly rolls a guerney with a large body bag on it into a secure room. She deposits the fresh corpse with the dozen of other corpses in the room, then leaves. Immediately, the zipper on the body bag she just delivered begins to jiggle open. Inside, Thomas Newton slides the zipper completely open, then sits-up. He removes the handheld locator from his pocket and activates it along with a metal cylinder similar to the one that was left in the bank vault.At the Bishop's residence, Peter learns the details about Daniel Verona over the phone from Olivia. In the kitchen, Walter takes out his frustration on a loaf of unsliced bread - he should have been more careful with his initial dissection of the embryonic shape-shifter. The damage he did was stupid and inexcusable, and may have cost the team valuable information. Peter calms his father down and asks his dad to get some rest as well. The endearment - dad - tugs on Walter's heartstrings a bit, since Peter always refers to him by his first name. As Peter saunters off for some sleep, Walter declares that he thinks he knows what Newton is planning to do. A few hours later, just after daybreak, Olivia arrives to apologies for getting her out of bed. The Bishops have
The shape-shifter in the form of Lineman Wu, is up a powerpole and planting the third harmonic device. He is well away from Boston on the far side of the Charles River. A supervisor with the utility company is trying to contact the real Wu, who should be fixing a transformer at Third and Spencer. The shape-shifter just ignores the radio call for his victim.In the lab, Walter brings out a large area map to try and determine where Newton would Peter), brings up that reasoning when Walter does not volunteer it. Walter concurs and Olivia notifies the office that they are onto something.
Newton has deployed his equipment on one side of the river and studies the empty gap between the two main towers of the old bridge. The two shape-shifters, still imitating Wu and McCallister, approach with a positive status report. A police vehicle on the opposite side of the bridge pulls-up and sounds a warning alarm. Newton directs his soldiers to deal with the police car.
Olivia drives quickly to the bridge with the Bishops and the equipment Walter needs to shutdown Newton's procedure. She is on the phone to Broyles, who is hurrying through the parking garage to his vehicle with additional agents. He tells her that he has agents on the way to the morgue and the bank, and that the Boston Police have been deployed to the Andrews Avenue Bridge. Walter explains to the team as they drive that vibrations are composed of shock waves and, like sound waves, can be nullified. The plan is to activate a pneumatic hammer as close as possible to the center of Newton's procedure and have the computer read a seismograph and run the hammer at a cancelling frequency, eliminating the gateway between universes. Walter also warns that the intensity of the vibrational waves might be powerful enough to tear a man apart.When
Broyles arrives in his car with additional agents, joins Olivia, and they run to assist the Bishops. As Walter's equipment starts to operate, a major vibration shakes the bridge structure. Walter immediately checks his computer and determines that the procedure is not working. Peter notes that something is wrong with the frequency-recognition program, and that he can fix it. As Olivia arrives with help, Peter warns everyone to leave the bridge. Walter is reluctant to go, but does. Peter remains with a single agent, trying to repair the malfunctioning equipment. As more vibrations shake the area,
In the hospital, Peter awakens after being out of it for a day and a half. Olivia is waiting by his side and welcomes him back. She tells him the doctors say he will be fine, and that Walter is worried. As she leaves to retrieve Walter, Peter asks to talk to Walter alone. Walter quickly joins Peter and is excited at his good health. Peter tells Walter about the man he saw on the bridge. He reminds his father of his warning about the devastion of the vibrations, and how the FBI man disintegrated into thin air. Peter knows that because the man on the bridge did not die, and because he himself did not die... he must be from the other side too... that Walter took him from over there. Walter reminds Peter that he was dying over there, but Peter is certain that the guilt his mother felt is why she committed suicide after he left home. Peter tells Walter that he is not his son, and wants to be alone. Walter timidly obliges the request.In Thomas Newton's makeshift laboratory, he tends to the medical recovery of the man from the bridge that he brought over from the other side. He uses a syringe to add a drug to the I.V. drip of the man he calls Mister Secretary. The man seems to be in quiet pain, and his breathing is labored, but Newton assures him that he should be able to sleep for a while, and when he wakes up, he should be stabilized. The man from the other side takes Newton's hand firmly, thankfully, and Newton nods at the man confidently, in return.
At the Bishop house, Astrid tends to Walter as he appears to have made baked goods for Peter and is preparing to deliver them. Astrid cautions him about the time-of-day and that Peter is probably still sleeping. Walter is intent on the visit and asks if she is going to drive him, or is he going to have to call a cab? Olivia arrives and is let in the front door by Astrid. Somberly, Olivia tells Walter that Peter checked himself out of the hospital three hours prior, and that he isn't at the Lab or answering his phone. He's gone.
- Recurring Themes
- Shapeshifters. Sent to assume three key identities in Thomas Newton's mission to transfer a man and a bridge to this universe.
- Green and Red. The stained-glass window in Walter & Peter's home (seen above Walter & Peter in the beginning of the episode) is green and red.
- Episode References
- Olivia observes "New York" was the last time Newton and his men were heard from (Jacksonville), where a hotel was his target.
- Cultural References
- STAR WARS. The cars driven by Olivia and Broyles to the condemned bridge on the Charles River have license plate numbers with R2D2 and C3P01, a reference to the globally popular Star Wars robots, and franchise.
- LOST. A scene from another popular Bad Robot Productions television series, LOST (Season 1) can be seen in the TV interference from the parallel universe. The scene was deleted in our universe, but appears to have aired in the alternate universe.
|The motto of the transit system (White Tulip) foreshadows the nearly instantaneous transfer between universes by Secretary Bishop and his shapeshifters.|
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on The Man From The Other Side/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Where did Peter disappear to after checking-out of the hospital early?
- Does Peter suspect that Olivia knows he is from the other side?
- Shape Changers
- How did the shape changer embryos arrive in our universe?
- What are the explosions in the cold opening, when the embryos are developing?
- Does the undeveloped embryo recognize Walter as it dies in the lab, when he says "I'm sorry"?
- Parallel Universe
- Who set-up the harmonic rods in the parallel universe that sent a car, a building, and a bridge to this universe?
- Walter states that in order to open a door between universes, there needs to be three harmonic rods, with the door appearing at the center of the triangle created by the rods.
- Did he use these rods when he travelled to the other side in Peter?
- If so, why were they not visible? Where were they placed?
- What makes people from the other side immune to the vibrational waves of opening a door between universes?
- How does Newton receive and interpret the radio wave messages produced by solar flares in the alternate universe?
- Man From The Other Side
- When the shape changers (as Jill/Dave) join Newton, he says "The Secretary told me there would be three of you." Can it be assumed that The Secretary is the same individual from the bridge - Mister Secretary?
- Was the initial experiment by Newton (Jacksonville) intend to cross-over Mister Secretary at that time?
- If so, why was Mister Secretary not part of the building transfer?
- Did Mister Secretary know that procedure would fail?