Season 2 Episode 17

Olivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver.

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 08, 2010 on FOX
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While Olivia struggles to keep Walter's newly-revealed secret from Peter, the team investigates a woman inexplicably struck down by a fatal disease she's never had.

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  • Olivia. In the Lab. With The Revolver

    The title, length, content does not reflect short. It is accurate in the subject matter - after an episode about the childhood of Peter (Joshua Jackson) turned the camera toward the beautiful protagonist - but back to bring out all the problems that plague the series.

    It's hard to write something new about "Fringe" when "Fringe" does not give us anything of that nature. The episode focused primarily on the dilemma of Olivia (Anna Torv): tell or not to tell Peter the truth about who he is? Met the master of bowling, in the hope of some guidance, some advice. The character of this modern master is so far (and do not believe better) beside a huge fire. Loose some enigmatic phrases that should be deep but they are not, and submits the agent to foreign methods of "cure" (the scene was completely pointless Cluedo). I can not understand its place or role in the plot and think anyone who writes also still not well understood.

    Story not count? And yet one of the co-Olivia Jacksonville, subject also to those tests and experiments, it begins to kill the rest of the class. With one touch, he passes his illness (cancer) to another for some time and is healthy. The first victim is known Diane Kruger, who lends her grace here for another start in full. After that follows the investigation and manhunt, until inevitably he comes to the house of the protagonist. A good fight scene, a kind of redemption from a villain who is just a victim and all ends well. Mysteries? Yes, who is the man that walketh to enable these people and why do the walking? Activations, with the exception of Olivia, and do not seem to result only lead to death of those who experience. In the future we will know more.

    Finally, Olivia decides not to tell but Walter (John Noble), in turn, thinks it's time for truth. And so we live in an episode that, while addressing the core issue, failed to capture or add anything new. And then I heard the repetition of "Peter" is really a shame that this happens.

    The Best: For does not vary much, the beginning.

    Worst: We return to the usual song.moreless
  • The Nitty Gritty

    Well this was definitely different episode. This case was about a man walking around giving people his cancer that went to a special school like Olivia in the same class. Children that had special abilities, Olivia can't seem to come to grips in telling Peter the truth or just leaving it be. Finally she came to terms in not telling Peter and told Walter that he may be right, but Walter had enough doing harm in life and he want to start putting things back together doing the right thing. He said he will tell Peter the truth where he came from. This is where it will get interesting his reaction I can tell you I wouldn't be happy. Can't wait for next episode.moreless
  • Great Clue-Based Episode

    This episode was excellent, even with following an episode like "Peter". The Clue references were great, like Olivia beating that guy up with a candlestick! Although, not sure why the title was "Olivia. In the Lab. With a revolver" , then. It should be candlestick! But, anyways the speed dial moment was priceless when Olivia called the 1st number she could when she was being chased around by cancer causing guy...and it was Peter! Later she said that Peter was only #3 and that the Indian Food guy and Rachel were before him, but you could tell peter was #1.moreless
  • Another set of clues

    In many respects, this is just another episode about just another unusual case. But there are tons of connections to the larger mythology, in terms of the fallout of the previous two episodes. Not only are aspects of the Jacksonville experiments becoming more and more integral to the progression of the story, but Peter is going to learn the truth about his origins.

    It was pretty clear that Walter was going to come to the conclusion that he would have to be the one to tell Peter the truth. But it was very interesting to see how the writers deftly maneuvered the situation. The episode began with Walter denying the need to come clean with Peter, while Olivia was insistent that it happen. By the end of the hour, both characters had taken a logical road to the opposing point of view.

    Not that it would much matter. Based on Olivia's stricken expression in the scene with Peter in her car, she's well aware of the fact that the truth precludes any hope of maintaining this happy little family unit. It's not so much that Peter would react badly to the news. He might want to have some time to think about things, but what other life has he really known? That's probably going to be less important than the feelings of betrayal.

    He'll feel betrayed by Walter, of course, but I think the anger towards Olivia is going to be the most heart-rending part of it. Because even though it was clearly not her place to reveal the truth, and an objective part of Peter would recognize that, it's going to hurt for him to know that she knew and said nothing. Olivia is really in a no-win situation, made worse by how close they had actually become.

    I predict that Peter will be inspired to find a way into Alt-Fringe, so he can find his real father. This would be the perfect way to not only introduce Walternate in this particular time, but also to reveal that Walternate is the one behind the effort to destroy Fringe Prime. This will probably take place in the season finale. (I'm not sure if this plot twist would end up being predictable or simply well-earned. Proper foreshadowing should not be penalized, after all.)

    One thing I wasn't expecting was more information on the Jacksonville experiments. One big point of the episode was that Fringe Division doesn't have a full list of the children used in the cortexiphan experiments. This put a lot of people in jeopardy, not the least of which Olivia, who is supposed to be the one person able to stop the collision between realities.

    So what could be important enough for Broyles and Nina Sharp to lie about the list of affected children? For that matter, we still don't know the connection between Broyles and Sharp, and how that plays into the connection between Broyles' earlier Fringe Division work and Massive Dynamic.

    The logical assumption would be that Broyles and Sharp had been working for some time to find and monitor the children involved in the experiments, documenting their abilities as they manifested. This would explain Broyles' long interest in Olivia as an agent rather well. But as already noted, it would beg the question of why Olivia is not being given information about the other subjects in the experiments. And there seem to be many of the Ohio test subjects still unaccounted for, which may be a secret purpose of the Fringe Division.

    It is implied that James Heath was "activated" by someone. This is similar to what happened with many of the first season episodes regarding Mr. Jones and the ZFT activations. This brings back some of the ideas surrounding the ZFT organization, and that implies that these activations are ultimately the work of William Bell. Since Bell was keen on developing "warriors" for the battle to come, this would make some sense. This would also imply that Broyles and Sharp may be secretly working with Bell to keep track of these potential "recruits". It all ties together.

    And that is one of the promising aspects of the episode. Not only are the lingering effects of Walter's confession in "Peter" explored in some detail, but this episode calls back to many of the important elements introduced at the end of the first season. This strongly implies that the disparate plot elements of the second season may finally be placed in context with the best elements of the first season, and that the scattershot feel of the second season may be smoothed over in due time.moreless
  • Not a good one tonight

    I really do not like how the show is placing so much emphasis on the trial Olivia was a part of years ago. Based on the ending to tonight's episode it looks like that will continue for some time, possibly beyond the rest of the season and I do not know how interested I am in that.

    If this is the whole reason behind this show that would be a huge let down in my humble opinion. After an exciting first season I can't imagine this is where they planned on going. JJ Abrams does have a tendency for really letting his shows go after one season. I'm not saying Fringe isn't good anymore, but the show needs to be more packed with one and done storylines.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: The names on Olivia's list of the height chart from the classroom at the daycare in Jacksonville: Cameron A, Miranda G, Lloyd B, Tessa E, Timothy O, Olive D, Rich N, Alan D, Annie P, Nick L, Susan L, Hames H, Lisa B, Nancy L, Julie H, Ken T.

    • Trivia: The Observer walks past Miranda's Jeep, right to left, as she stops at the light and talks to her mother.

    • Trivia: The glyph code for this episode is ENERGY.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Peter: How come you didn't call Broyles?
      Olivia: I've got you on speed dial.
      Peter: Really? I'm number one on Olivia Dunham's speed dial?
      Olivia: Well, no, but I didn't think that Rachel or Mr. Iyer from the Indian takeout would be much use.

    • Walter: It was a nude ski run. By time you got to the bottom, your testicles would be in your mouth.
      Peter: I'm sure Agent Dunham is very thankful for that image.

    • Walter: Could you get a sample of this pus please, Peter?
      Peter: I always get the good jobs.

    • Walter: It seems you've forgot my very first lesson, doctor. When you open your mind to the impossible, sometimes you find the truth.

    • Olivia: You thinking what I'm thinking?
      Peter: Well, I'm thinking that cancer isn't contagious.
      Olivia: Well, it wouldn't be the strangest thing we've seen. But it would be close.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: Happy (Brookville), Off Minor (John Coltrane), The Losing End (Neal Casel), Oh Sweet Nothing (Velvet Underground), Travelin' Man (Ricky Nelson)

    • Diane Kruger, movie actress and Joshua Jackson's real-life girlfriend at the time this episode premiered, has an uncredited role as the first on-screen victim. She starred in Inglourious Basterds, where Brad Pitt played a character with the same name as her character's oncologist here.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: April 8, 2010 on A
      UK: April 13, 2010 on Sky1
      Australia: April 14, 2010 on GO!
      Latin America: April 20, 2010 on Warner Channel
      Sweden: July 1, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Germany: September 13, 2010 on ProSieben
      Poland: December 31, 2010 on TVN
      Finland: January 12, 2011 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: February 11, 2011 on Nova Cinema
      Slovakia: December 21, 2012 on Dajto


    • Title:
      Referencing the classic Parker Brothers mystery board game, Clue, in which players must determine who had killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon.