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|Air Date:||18 Nov 2011|
|Written by:|| Matthew Pitts|
|Directed by:||Anthony Hemingway|
|Guest Cast:|| Tobias Segal as Eugene Bryant|
Monte Markham as Dr. Leland Spivey
Nancy Sivak as Teresa Jaffee, RN
Arthur Corber as Pharmacist
|Next:||Back To Where You've Never Been|
|Previously:||And Those We've Left Behind|
|Transcript — Additional Images|
Wallflower is the seventh episode of the fourth season of FRINGE. It first aired on 18 November, 2011. An invisible force is killing innocent civilians to harvest their pigmentation. The predator has a genetic disorder that was manipulated for years by a well-known laboratory. Olivia suffers from migraine headaches, but has no idea why. Agent Lee is starting to adapt to the demands of Fringe Division.
SynopsisOlivia heads to her medicine cabinet in search of relief. Her migraine headache is unbearable, and sure enough, her prescription is empty. She calls an all-nite pharmacy to have a refill waiting for her when she gets there. Olivia picks-up her last authorized refill at the pharmacy - she was hoping she would be feeling better before having to get her doctor to authorize another prescription. Olivia pops a pill in her mouth then starts the short walk back to her apartment. On her way home, she passes an all-hours diner and catches a glimpse of a familiar face sitting at the counter. It's her new team member - Agent Lincoln Lee. Feeling well enough to socialize, Olivia steps inside the diner to say hello to Lee. He had no idea that she lived just a few blocks away...
In Beacon Hill, Massachusetts, Jack makes his way back to his apartment a few blocks away on Willow by cutting through some of the residential back alleys in his neighborhood. Concerned, Jack gets the impression that he is being followed and nervously increases the pace of his walk. He hasn't laying on the floor and unresponsive. Grant's partner is stunned at Jack's appearance - a young man with completely white hair and no color to his skin, whatsoever. Officer Grant is caught off-guard when a visually transparent entity passes directly next to him, headed for the lobby exit. Grant pulls his pistol from its' holster and fires repeatedly at the fleeing apparition. His partner didn't see it and wants to know what Grant is shooting at. Meg Zoephel has left her apartment to find her husband and runs into the lobby after she hears the gunfire. Officer Grant is still spooked and needs her to stay away from Jack. Meg goes ballistic when she sees her husband has turned ghostly white and is fatally injured. Peter makes his way through a big-box store with the agent that has been assigned to his security detail. Peter is uncomfortable with the formality of his escort, but understands why - getting attached to one's prisoner can be awkward. His security man insists Peter isn't a prisoner... just consider him as a friend. Peter continues looking for items he needs and learns that Broyles has authorized an underwhelming weekly allowance of two hundred dollars for Peter's expenses. Peter sees a young shopper nearby trying to get an item off of a high shelf, so he steps over to help get it down. Peter's new agent friend puts his hand on Peter's chest and rudely stops him from getting closer to the boy. The agent helps the short shopper instead. After the kid leaves, Peter wants to know what happened just then. Simply put - standing instructions are to limit his interaction with civilians... it's nothing personal. Peter reflects on his not a prisoner status. He has been investigating Fringe Events for three years, but he never thought he'd become one.
Back in Beacon Hill, Broyles briefs his science team after they arrive at the crime scene in the entrance of the Zoephel's apartment. The murder occcured about the same time Olivia and Lee were having a chat in the diner earlier that morning. All of the broken glass at the entryway was because one of the Astrid has her videolink set-up so Walter can make his contribution from the lab. Astrid determines that Zoephel's neck was broken. Walter's hypothesis is garbled by a mouthful of Boston's finest double battered onion rings. The casual attitude coming from the lab is starting to perturb Astrid. Walter supposes a rapid spike of adrenaline may be the reason the victim has lost all of his color. Scared pale from fear? Astrid thinks that Walter is just perpetuating an old folktale. Walter snipes that Astrid must have been a boring child - not having had any imagination. Astrid has had it with Walter's gruff indifference and hangs-up... this videolink is over. Olivia checks-in on Astrid's progress, and throws in a personal question for her too. Astrid tells her they need to take the corpse back to Walter's lab. As for the personal inquiry - does all of the crazy things they see ever get to her? - Yes. Every day. Talking with the mental health professional from work helps... because she sure as heck can't talk to family or friends about the weirdness. Why? Who does Olivia talk to? No one. That's just not normal, is it? Lee comes in from the courtyard with bagged evidence that rules out ghosts. Ghosts don't bleed.
In a dank storage room, trinkets and small personal items clutter the simple wooden shelves. The nearby tables are full of lab equipment and burners heat two large vessels connected to young man sits-up in the milky mixture and quivers from the treatment he just administered to himself. After he puts on a suit and tie, he locates the residential elevator he rides for his morning ritual. One of two elevators arrive for his ride down from the fourteenth floor, but it is empty. He lets it go and summons the second elevator for the ride down. It arrives carrying the object of his desire... a smartly dressed young woman that he fancies. He enters and the elevator continues. Timid and speechless, Eugene Bryant sneaks leering glances at Julie. Julie barely notices his presence. A few floors down, Ned Ryerson enters the elevator and greets Julie. Their casual conversation about the weather, and weekend plans, doesn't think to include the social wallflower in the elevator with them. After the polite acquaintances exit the elevator, Eugene continues on alone. He studies his reflection in the polished control panel - he barely even notices himself.
← After the science team returns to albinism. Astrid hasn't had any luck finding a DNA match in law enforcement databases for the blood they found at the crime scene. She is going to start searching medical databases next. Walter remembers that a Tanzanian tribe would call albinos - Zeru... their word for 'ghost'. Walter takes a residue sample from the dead man, puts it under the microscope and discovers a resemblance to animals like octopi and chameleons. The victim has chromatophore cells on him. The type of cell that allows those animals to change its' pigmentation and blend into the background. Astrid finds a DNA match in one of the medical databases, but the finding doesn't make sense. The DNA belongs to a newborn infant that lived for only four days back in July of 1989. Walter ponders the impossibility - maybe they are looking for a ghost after all. Parkview Hospital in Mount Vernon, New York, to gain access to the files of
Massive Dynamic's office inside of the Liberty Island compound. Nina Sharp handles the interview... it's been years since she thought about Cyprox Insurance. Olivia has a feeling that the Bryant infant didn't die, but was abducted instead. Nina is familiar with the incident and suggests that Olivia is correct. The genetic abnormality that the infant suffered from made it a potential target for genetic experimentation. The unique cellular quality of the baby's genetics might accommodate chromatophore implantation... giving it the ability to blend into its' surroundings. Lee guesses that might be the ideal makings for a spy, or soldier. Nina concurs, the potential military applications were there, but one unexpected thing did happen during the experimentation - the chromatophores helped the fragile infant survive. Olivia asks if Nina knew about this back then. Unequivocally no. The infant was at a satellite research facility, one of dozens - she and William Bell did not have any specific knowledge of that experiment. Nina can't justify what was done to the infant, but its' life was saved. Olivia wonders if that was a good thing, or not. Still, Nina wants to contribute... she will send the pertinent files up to Walter to examine, if that will help. Lee is curious - why is Nina so up-to-speed on this topic. Nina already has the answer on the tip of her tongue: Ten years ago, everybody assumed that Eugene 'Baby Boy' Bryant died in the fire that consumed the lab he was kept in. Eugene? Yep... a nickname, short for Unknown Genetic disorder.
her bedroom has been redecorated by an intruder. She drops her wine glass at the discovery and gets even more alarmed when she hears the front door unlatch. Concerned for her safety, she secures the still moving chain on her front door and locks the bolt. schematics and diagrams around the first floor when he gets a visitor at the door. Agent Lee has stopped by to deliver items Peter had requested from Broyles. Peter thanks Lee, not just for the delivery, but for treating him like a human-being. Lee is okay with it... after Peter saved hundreds of lives from the time anomalies (And Those We've Left Behind) the other day - Lee was surprised when Broyles didn't just hand Peter a badge and make him a member of Fringe Division. A friendly question - does Peter think he will be able to get back to where he came from? Peter imagines that since the device on Liberty Island was powerful enough to pull him from the timeline he was experiencing, it may be able to send him back too. Lee uses Peter as a sounding board for what has been running through his mind lately... the bizarre nature of Fringe casework. He is adapting, but has a hard time believing Olivia when she tells him it will become run-of-the-mill after awhile. Why does she seem so unphased by it all? Peter understands - Lincoln is impressed with Olivia. Peter knows what that is like, well, at least what it was like with his version of Olivia. Lincoln gets a call on his cell phone. Time for him to hit the lab - Walter has something he needs to show the team.
Back in Walter's lab, Agent Lee returns and notices the new aquarium with a tiny octopus swimming about. Walter is fascinated with the intelligent animal. Octopi are very creative too, they even build gardens around their homes. Astrid is considerably less fascinated when she finds the $818 receipt for Walter's latest acquisition. Broyles will undoubtly blame her for this. Olivia has a thought on Eugene Bryant, could he be killing people for their pigmentation - in order to become visible? Walter thinks that may be the case, it would explain the chromatophore cells transfered to the corpse - the cells could be absorbing and transfering pigment to Bryant. Still, he would need to steal a tremendous amount of pigment to overcome the level of experimentation he endured. In other words, there are going to be a lot more victims.
On the second level of the parking garage at the Elmwood Apartments, Ned Ryerson locates his car and gets into the driver seat. As he starts the engine and prepares to back out of the parking space, a transparent entity smashes his side window and reaches inside to grab Ned. Ned gets his head slammed against the steering wheel several times, then is fatally choked.
visible in Olivia's flashlight, approaches her as she struggles to avoid falling several floors through the interior of the building. Olivia asks for his help and gets it. Bryant shares a few philosophical words on the importance of being seen, then pulls Olivia from peril - and snatches her pistol in the process. Facing her own weapon, Olivia doles out the truth quickly... Eugene - whatever you are doing to yourself, it is killing you. Let us try and heal you. Jaded by life, Eugene doubts that. He is valuable to the military - and now that they know Experiment 6-9-5-4-5 is still alive, they want him back. Olivia promises that she is not with the military, she simply wants to stop the murders. Eugene's emotional damage is deep - having watched those around him for so many years, living their lives and having normal relationships... while his life was pretty much as a lab rat. Olivia offers to take him to Walter - if anyone can repair him, it will be Walter. Eugene refuses the option of returning to any lab, not after having grown-up in one. Agent Lee and the canine units close-in quickly on Olivia's position and Bryant flees before any of the agents, or German Shepards, can intercept him. After two complete searches of the building, Broyles decides to let the residents return to their homes. As the large crowd of temporarily displaced tenants slowly swarm out of the cold night and back into the lobby of their building, a dressed and visible Eugene Bryant slips out and walks quickly away against the flow of pedestrians. Trying to maintain a low profile around the Fringe team and other law enforcers, Bryant's presence doesn't go unnoticed - the search dogs sense that he is near and bark a loud warning. Eugene slips around the corner to freedom.
In the aftermath of the search, one of the tactical teams discovers Eugene Bryant's makeshift laboratory. Located in a sub-basement where many of the pipes for the building run, the area is clearly Bryant's home. The shelves are full of trinkets and are probably tokens from the residents he has been watching for so long. The lab equipment makes it seem to Lee
← The next morning, Eugene Bryant returns for his ritual elevator ride to try for a 'close encounter of the Julie kind'. He is almost late for the elevator and nearly misses the few seconds he shares with Julie each day. Eugene is amazed when Julie, out of the blue, starts with some friendly chit-chat. She sees him every day in the elevator, but since he wasn't there when the door opened, she thought he might have caught the cold that is going around. It's too beautiful a day to be sick. Eugene introduces himself and watches as his new acquaintance leaves the elevator. Alone now, Eugene Bryant sits on the floor and passes away quietly.
In the Situation Room at the Federal Building in Boston, Peter stops by Agent Lee's workstation with a little gift. Lee opens the spectacle case and raises his eyebrows. Peter has to move on - Broyles granted him some time in the lab. Olivia and Peter share cursory greetings in the hallway as she walks to join Lee at his desk. He has just finished the paperwork she needs - another oddball case in the books that makes it hard to sleep at night. No? Could be... anyway, if Lee is at the diner again tonight at three in the morning with insomnia - they may just cross paths. Maybe. Olivia leaves the area and Agent Lee removes his eyeglasses, then replaces them with the gift from Peter. He checks his reflection in his monitor. The
← Later, at the all-hours diner in Olivia's neighborhood, Agent Lincoln Lee accepts a refill on his coffee and works through the daily crossword puzzle. It's ten minutes after three in the morning, and it doesn't look like his new partner is going to make the quiet rendezvous that was suggested.
In her apartment, Olivia takes a minute to study the mirror and fix her long blonde ponytail. Getting ready to leave for a little while, she ties her shoes, then throws on a heavy jacket for the short walk to the diner. What she fails to notice are the debilitating fumes seeping under her front door. When she reaches for her keys, she pitches sideways onto the floor and lands completely incapacitated. Two men wearing gas masks immediately enter the room and check the premises. Once the fumes have lost their effect, they remove the masks and get busy with the task they came for. The security monitor is disabled and Olivia is injected with Cortexiphan at the base of her skull. No need to move her to her bed - she won't remember that past two hours - and she will wake with a terrible headache. The two intruders grab their equipment and quickly exit Olivia's apartment. Waiting and watching in the doorway, Nina Sharp/Instance sighs and closes the door to Olivia's home.
- The Observer watches the Fringe team while they search for Eugene evading through the throng of residents returning to their apartments
- Wallflower. Originally - someone who loitered around the perimeter of a room at a dance, or social event. More generally - someone who is shy, awkward, excluded or largely ignored.
- Cultural Reference
- John and Yoko. Walter's lab mice are likely named after the iconic musical couple, John Lennon and Yoko Ono
- Recurring Theme
- Glyphs. A daisy glyph and a butterfly glyph hang on the wall of the late night diner where Olivia and Lincoln crossed paths. A butterfly adorns a lampshade near the front door of Olivia's apartment
|A brochure from Octopus Insurance is part of the junk-mail in the Green's residence (And Those We've Left Behind). Apart from Walter's new expensive octopus in the lab, it foreshadows Eugene Bryant's chromatophoric ability to adjust his pigmentation to match the visual environment he is in|
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Wallflower/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Why are the intruders in Olivia's apartment injecting Cortexiphan into her neck?
- Is the injection designed to help her manifest her latent abilities from childhood?
- Is the injection designed to force her to develop abilities she never demonstrated as a child?
- Is this the first time these intruders have incapacitated Olivia and injected her?
- If not, are the migraine headaches Olivia suffers from a by-product of being incapacitated and injected?
- If not, does Nina travel from New York City everytime Olivia is incapacitated and injected?
- Did Nina Sharp lead the intrusion into Olivia's apartment or was that the Nina Sharp from the alternate universe?
- Why did Peter give Lee a pair of glasses that are similar to the ones Walter found hidden in his old files?