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Unearthed
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Season: 2 Episode: 11
Air Date: 11 Jan 2010
Written by: David Goodman
Andrew Kreisberg
Directed by: Frederick Toye
Starring: Main Characters
Guest Cast: Alice Kremelberg as Lisa Donovan
Annie Parisse as Teresa Rusk
Amy Carlson as Maureen Donovan
Mark Dobies as Will Turlough
Chazz Menendez as Andrew Rusk

Scott William Winters as Jake Selleg
Sean Dugan as Priest
Tibor Feldman as Doctor Halperin
Deepti Gupta as Doctor Newell
Demetrius Cornell as EMT

Next: Johari Window
Previously: Grey Matters
Transcript  —  Additional Images
Introduction
Unearthed is the eleventh episode of the second season of FRINGE. It first aired on January 11, 2010. A teenage girl appears brain dead and her mother removes life support so donor organs can be harvested. Doctors operate quickly, but the girl revives and recites a classified alpha-numeric code from a nuclear submarine. As odd as her resurrection is, and that she is speaking Russian, her condition is not what it seems - as she begins to satisfy her own agenda. This episode was filmed in 2009 during Season 1, but was left unaired until 2010.

Synopsis

Prologue

Boston General Hospital, a local clergyman administers last rites to a brain-dead young member of his church while her mother watches and prays. Once the anointing is complete, the waiting medical staff terminates the artificial life support services, and Lisa Donovan passes away quickly and quietly at 5:21 AM. Maureen Donovan tells her deceased daughter she loves her, then kisses her on the cheek one last time, as the medical staff is poised to harvest the organs from the dead seventeen year-old. With the farewell complete, the medical team races the young woman through the halls to Doctor Halperin's operating room for dissection. Once there and under the knife, just as she is about to have her kidney extracted, Lisa sits-up and begins to loudly repeat -- "6 - 8 - 3 - 3 - 9 - Alpha - Echo - 3 - 5 - 8".

ACT I

At Boston General Hospital, Broyles
Petty Officer Rusk
briefs the science team on the unusual case of Lisa Donovan. Lisa had collapsed during gym class the week before and slipped into a coma. She was diagnosed with a cerebral aneurysm, and after she was determined to be brain-dead, her mother had her removed from life support. After she revived, the lead surgeon, a former Navy-man, recognized the alpha-numeric code as part personal identification. Lieutenant Commander Will Turlough joins the brief with files and a photo of Chief Petty Officer First Class Andrew Rusk. The second half of the alpha-numeric sequence are launch codes for ICBM's (Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles) aboard a nuclear submarine, highly classified information. Rusk was previously assigned aboard the USS Gloucester, but no one is certain how Rusk might have known Lisa, or even had contact with her. How does a seventeen year-old learn nuclear launch codes?

ACT II

At the Federal Building, Charlie and Olivia discuss their lack of access to Lisa Donovan, and that Andrew Rusk could not be located in any hospitals. Teresa Rusk arrives, as requested, and is interviewed by the duo. Rusk doesn't recognize Lisa in the photo she shown, and wants to know if Lisa is connected to her husband's disappearance. Olivia tells her they are certain about Lisa's involvement, and that the teenager knew classified military codes only her husband could have known. Lisa also knew Andrew's Russian nickname for his wife - "My Star".

In Walter's Lab,
Broca's Area Testing
the science team studies an old video from an experiment Walter conducted to test whether cranial manipulation could increase a person's psychic capability. Lisa Donovan's aneurysm occurred in her left frontal lobe in the Broca's Area... and his tests proved that manipulation of that area had a dramatic effect on that person's ability to create psychic bonds. Peter wants to know, if that is the case, why is Lisa channeling to Andrew Rusk? What is special about him? Olivia wants to know if Walter can prove what he is suggesting about the psychic connection. He believes he may be able to, if he can examine her.

Olivia arrives outside St. Brigid's Church, as members are leaving, and intercepts the Donovans. Olivia explains that the science team may have an explanation for what happened to Lisa in the hospital -- that Andrew Rusk may be trying to communicate psychically. After dismissing her daughter with the priest, Maureen Donovan questions Olivia's religious orientation. Olivia says she is not religious. Maureen suggests that Olivia sits in judgment of those who rely on faith to guide their decisions. Olivia says she does not - but she does believe that Lisa's condition is real, and national security is at risk. Olivia gives Donovan her business card, and prompts her to use it should anything new come up.

In Walter's Lab, Olivia and Peter sit in an office. She completes paperwork while he studies the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Tibetan Beer Of The Dead (and pizza)
One teaching in the book suggests that someone who has a near-death experience can often converse with those who have already died. Both share a healthy skepticism. Olivia takes a call on her cell phone. Lisa Donovan is having visions of Andrew Rusk again, and she is not at home or with her mother.

In a dark salvage yard with rows of expired vehicles stacked high, Peter and Olivia arrive to search for Lisa. Peter finds Lisa in a state of duress. Lisa is having visions of Andrew Rusk. Rusk was in the salvage yard with another man -- and a gun. Lisa collapses, certain that the other man shot and killed Rusk. Olivia calms her down and Peter finds a shell casing nearby. Later, after more law enforcement personnel arrive, Charlie helps finds the corpse of Andrew Rusk stuffed into a vehicle. Lisa has another seizure.

ACT III

At Boston General Hospital, the science team discuss the events. Olivia says that the
Taking A Liturgical Stance
Medical Examiner confirmed that Rusk was killed by a bullet to the head, that it wasn't suicide, and that Rusk has been dead for three days, dying between 5AM and 7AM. Walter suspects Rusk's time of death and asks Maureen what time Lisa had her resurrection. Donovan tells him just after 5AM. Currently, Lisa is stable and responsive, and probably won't suffer any permanent damage. The attending doctor adds that her current seizure is not connected to the aneurysm she suffered previously. Walter suggests that Rusk's murder and Lisa's rebirth happened simultaneously -- his suddenly dispatched energy jump-started her body and brought her back to life. The Donovan's priest believes that to be absurd. Walter begs indulgence to entertain his fantasy - that Rusk's energy brought some of his memories with it, and that the memories trapped within her are fighting to get out. Some heated words are shared between the scientist and clergyman about possession, exorcism and church practices, but ultimately, Maureen wants to know if Walter can help. He believes so, if he can take her back to his lab. Privately, to Peter and Olivia, Walter is not certain that he can help Lisa as he suggested. Rusk may have transferred any illness along with his spirit. Olivia casts a doubt on the fact that they had access to Rusk's "official" medical records, or not. Peter endorses the potential conspiracy Olivia is suggesting. They did not see the "official" record on Rusk.

At the Federal Building, Lieutenant Commander Turlough has joined Olivia to answer more questions. Olivia asks Turlough why he had not told them about Rusk being ill. Briefly feigning ignorance, Turlough quickly reveals that Rusk was aboard the USS Gloucester six months prior, and the mission he was part of was to shadow a Russian naval exercise in North Korean waters. A coolant line in the engineering section of the submarine broke, caused a reactor leak, and Rusk was locked in with the leak for sixteen hours before the contamination was vented. Afterward, he was airlifted to Pearl Harbor, and was given a highly experimental radiation inhibitor. He's been on medical leave since then. Olivia wants the real medical records.

The Donovans join the team at Walter's Lab, but the good doctor has run out of ideas for helping Lisa and has been stalling. Peter hands Rusk's "real" medical records to Walter and it is immediately clear that Lisa is having seizures because of the radiation poisoning and synthetic treatments Rusk endured. Walter believes a hypnotic sedative, Benzodiazepine, will allow the teenager to relax, ridding her of Rusk. Peter sits calmly and talks with Lisa as they prepare her for the drug therapy. Lisa is apprehensive, not just about the pending experiment, but about how she has been treated by friends and schoolmates, since her "resurrection" - they treat her like a freak. Peter assures her that Walter's Lab is freak-friendly. Olivia returns to the area to check on the status of the experiment - Walter is satisfied as he sits milking Gene. Lisa, a bit smitten with Peter, asks him if Olivia is his girlfriend. Peter characterizes his relationship with Olivia for Lisa as - she's like a friend - who's a girl - and who carries a gun.

Olivia takes Walter aside and wants to know if he can do more than
Who is Lisa?
just rid Lisa of Rusk. She wants to know if Walter can extract Rusk's thoughts from Lisa's brain, to access his memories and find out who killed him. Walter believes it may be possible, and begins the therapy. Lisa is strapped down, her toes tingling. She suddenly becomes very uncomfortable and wants to stop the procedure, to which her mother concurs. Peter and Walter manage to calm her down using hypnosis when Olivia steps in and introduces herself, asking Lisa to think about Andrew Rusk. Suddenly, Lisa's brainwave EEG doubles, then goes ballistic. Maureen Donovan panics as her daughter convulses. Walter sees what is really happening as the teen fights at her straps, demanding to know where she is - and who is Lisa? →

ACT IV

Back in the lab, Peter injects Lisa's IV drip and she begins to revive. Walter initially suspected that Lisa was harboring the memories of Rusk, but now he believes that was wrong. Lisa may have received Rusk's entire consciousness, perhaps his soul, and that Lisa is suppressed - asleep in her own mind. Concerned for her daughter, Maureen wants to stop the procedure. Walter tells her they cannot stop the experiment, the drugs have already taken effect. Astrid escorts the upset mother outside with Walter's assurance that Lisa will be fine. Olivia moves closer and tries to coax Rusk into a conversation. Lisa, in Rusks' voice, demands to be set loose. Olivia wants to know who did this to him, who killed him. Rusk remembers that he called his wife and told her that he was getting a beer. Someone ambushed
Selleg's Mug Shot
him though... was hiding in the back of his car and forced him stop, get out and on his knees. Rusk doesn't have a name for his murderer, just blood on a left arm. Olivia says she will start contacting local hospitals to check for recent left arm injuries. Lisa then seizes and rests quietly.

Coming out of her brief rest, Lisa calls for Peter and seems better for the event - free of any sign of Andrew Rusk. Charlie calls Olivia from the Situation Room at the Federal Building and tells her they a lead in the case - former US Navy SEAL Jake Selleg was treated at a nearby hospital three nights prior for lacerations on his left arm. Charlie sends Olivia Selleg's work address and they agree to meet there.

Hot Pursuit
At a boxing gymnasium in Dorchester, Jake Selleg is in the middle of a practice session, landing punches and getting motivation from a sparring coach. Olivia and Charlie enter the gym and ask a trainee to direct them to Selleg. Selleg sees that he is wanted and runs from the gym through a separate exit. Charlie and Olivia run after him through the side exit, into the alley, then down the street. Selleg is almost clipped by a car as he dodges into street traffic. Charlie catches Selleg and tackles him across the hood of the car. Selleg struggles and Charlie punches him, just as Olivia arrives and draws her pistol.

In the lab, seemingly normal Lisa is up and about. She stands over the corpse of Andrew Rusk, thinking, as Peter finds her and tells her there is no need for her to be looking at it. He tells her that her mother and Astrid are returning and that her life will soon be normal. Lisa is thirsty, and Peter heads-off to Walter's office to retrieve a cream soda. Walter sits, concerned, and studies Lisa's brain scan. It appears her brain waves are still being masked by Rusk's dominant pattern. Peter hurries back into a vacated lab as Maureen Donovan and Astrid return from their break - where is Lisa?

ACT V

At the Federal Building, Charlie and Olivia interrogate Selleg. Charlie tells him the bullet they removed from Rusk matches a weapon found in his apartment. Olivia suggests the Navy had him take out Rusk because Rusk was going to publicly reveal the radiation incident on the Gloucester? Selleg says he knows Teresa Rusk as a bartender, and that Andrew was physically abusive to her, going so far as to break her arm. He even told Rusk before he killed him, that Teresa was the one sending him to Hell. Olivia takes a call from Peter about Lisa disappearing from lab. Olivia thinks Rusk is going for revenge against his wife.

At the Rusk house, Andrew Rusk arrives (as Lisa) and takes a hidden key on the front landing and opens the door to the house.
Little Star with Big Star
Inside they study a wedding photgraph of the Rusk's. Upstairs they locate a hidden gun box, open it and remove the pistol. Teresa returns home and finds Lisa coming from upstairs. Lisa has the pistol tucked into the back of her pants. Teresa challenges Lisa's unauthorized presence in her home, but Andrew responds with his Russian nickname for Teresa, "Little Star". Teresa is confused by the display of intimate knowledge and threatens to get her gun. Andrew let's her know he knew where the gun was - as Lisa draws the pistol and aims it at Teresa. Andrew doesn't know why he possesses Lisa's body, but he feels he has been given a second chance, and he is not going to waste it.

Minutes later, Peter is driving quickly and is nearly on-scene, Teresa is on the floor and has her hands taped together. Threatened with her life, Teresa begs Andrew not to kill her. He wants her to confess that she had him killed - as he pours fuel all over the area and prepares to ignite the room. Teresa swears she didn't have him killed, and that she doesn't know what he is talking about. Rusk won't sway...he is convinced that she is lying. Peter arrives and runs inside the house. Lisa has a lit match, but blows it out when Peter asks her to not commit the arson-murder she is about to commit. Rusk aims the pistol at Peter and tells him he has one chance to leave. Peter won't.

ACT VI

In the Rusk house, Peter tries to convince the possessed Lisa she doesn't have to commit this crime against Teresa Rusk. Olivia and Charlie arrive and sneak into the house undetected. Peter tries to contact the suppressed personality of Lisa within, but Rusk still controls the teen and threatens to start shooting when Peter starts pushing her buttons about being awkward at her age. Charlie slips in behind her and fires a syringed-dart into her shoulder, sedating her immediately. Later, outside the house, Peter and Olivia talk to a groggy Lisa, who seems to be herself again as she is wheeled to an ambulance. After the hospital checks her out, they'll meet her at the lab. Peter cites a quote from The Tibetan Book of the Dead as the reason he suspected Lisa was still in her own body with Rusk... but more or less he threw a "Hail Mary".

Back at Walter's lab, Walter finishes checking Lisa's brainwave patterns. She has a single consciousness - Andrew Rusk is gone. Walter figures Rusk stuck around to deal with unfinished business in his life. Once Rusk was finished, Lisa was able to purge him. Walter tries to comfort Maureen Donovan with a quote from the Book of Isaiah - "Unless you believe, you will not understand". He also shares that sometimes even a scientist needs to rely on faith. Walter disconnects Lisa's electrodes, and as she gets up to leave, she wraps Peter in a big hug. Olivia arrives with the morgue technicians as the Donovans are walking out. Lisa hugs her too, but cautions Olivia that she will be eighteen in a year,
A New Crash In The Old Town?
and that Olivia shouldn't wait too long to "make her move" on Peter. Olivia tells the Bishops that the Navy denied the request to launch an investigation into the Gloucester incident. Walter suspects the postmortem adventures of Andrew Rusk will prove to be the exception, rather than the rule, regarding the submarine incident. Then he jokes that they could go into the exorcism business, but Peter just wants Rusk's corpse out of the lab.

In New York City's Times Square, under dark skies and amid the noise and light, EMT’s are busy at a crash site where one vehicle has flipped over onto the hood of another. The driver of the upright vehicle seems to have no pulse, but suddenly gasps for air and returns to life. His first words are in Russian - "Maya Svyozdichka".

Quotes

"My mother believed in God, but all the praying in the world didn't stop my stepfather from terrorizing her... and her faith just seemed to put her in harm's way". - Olivia (to Peter, who already knows she shot her stepfather with a pistol when she was nine years-old)

Trivia

General
  • The Observer passes in the background as Olivia speaks to Maureen Donovan outside of Saint Brigid's Church.
  • Nuclear Submarines. Andrew Rusk's military dossier places him as a submariner on the USS Gloucester (SSBN-747). Due to defense cuts, disarmament treaties and the end of the Cold War, planned Ohio Class submarines SSBN-744/745/746/747/748/749, were not constructed. If they had been, they would have been named after a State in the U.S. - not Gloucester.
  • Parallel Universe. (or continuity?) Lisa Donovan tells Olivia that she will be 18 in a year but her FBI file reports her birth date to be 1982 (vice 1992). There is evidence that the story is post-2000: an entry in Rusk's file is dated 2009, a poster in the gym displays the 2004 JONES-TRAVERS boxing, and a Pepsi ad showing the year 09.
Production Notes
  • Airing midway through Season 2 filming from Vancouver, B.C. - the cast, crew, production staff, and location staff are the same team that brought us the second half of Season 1 from the original New York City studios.
  • The Season 1 opening title splash (list of fringe sciences during theme music) was used during this episode, however, the shorter runtime of 42 minutes, 6 commercial glyphs and no published "Walter's Lab Notes" reflect Season 2 practices.
  • The production code for this episode, #3T7670, places it after the season 1 finale (#3T7669), but before the season 2 premiere (#3X5101).
  • The network press release announces this episode (script #121) as "A Special Unearthed Episode from Season 1 Airing for the First Time", but then a few lines lower in the press release, the network questions it's own announcement by saying "...is it an unaired episode from Season 1, or is it from an Alternate Universe?".
  • The Network Recap refers to 'Unearthed as Season 2 - Episode 11
  • The Official Video-On-Demand refers to 'Unearthed as Season 2 - Episode 11
Recurring Themes
  • Radiation Poisoning. Like the radiation-exposed astronaut (Earthling), the radiation-exposed submariner spoke Russian and moved from body to body.
  • Red and Green. The balloons in Lisa's hospital room are red and green, keeping with the on-going sight gag from Season 1.
  • Intersection Accident. Like the hybrid soldier (A New Day In The Old Town), a bleeding man in a crowded New York City intersection automobile crash regains consciousness amid the chaos surrounding the accident.

Previously

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  • When and where does this episode take place in the Fringe canon?
    • Does this episode take place in "our" universe or an alternate universe?
    • Lisa Donovan's FBI file states her birth as 19 November 1982. Her claimed age of "seventeen" suggests the timing of this episode is around 1999 -- Is this evidence of an alternative universe?
    • Andrew Rusk's Military Dossier states his birth as 23 August 1981. His "twenty year" marriage and military rank suggests the timing of this episode is around 2019 -- Is this evidence of an alternative universe?**
  • Did Teresa Rusk hire Selleg to murder her husband?
    • If not, did the the former-SEAL, Selleg, use that as a cover-story to divert the investigation?
    • If not, what organization is behind the murder of Rusk? (Navy, ZFT, etc...)
  • Did a nuclear reactor leak aboard the U.S.S. Gloucester give Rusk the ability to transfer his essence after his death?
    • If not, what was the cause of this ability?
  • Is the religious theme (that Walter seems sensitive to) connected to Agent Amy Jessup's research (A New Day In The Old Town)?
  • Rusk was intent on murdering his wife... is Walter in error when he suggests that Rusk left the teenager because he had finished his business (revenge)?

Episodes

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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