Season 4 Episode 18

The Consultant

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 13, 2012 on FOX
out of 10
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  • Fringe: You Should Get That Mole Checked Out

    In "The Consultant," Walter traveled to the Other Side to help solve a case that turned out to have greater implications than it first seemed...and he still found time to wear a women's robe.

  • Episode Summary

    While David Robert Jones goes after his next target, Walter visits the Other Side to help the team's counterparts with an investigation into a Fringe case that touches on both worlds.

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    • great!

      Another superb episode!
    • The Consultant

      The Consultant tricked us into thinking it was an episode where a lot happened, but at its heart, nothing really happened. We saw more irrelevant happenings in the other world and were left being duped of a true purpose or anything meaningful to these characters. Filler episode.
    • Deus ex Machina

      It was a good episode, I'm not saying that it was not but some things were unnecessary and badly planed out. First of all, for half of the season we don't know why Broyles is working with Jones and nobody can figure him out but now, in one episode we find out that he was doing it for his son, Walter comes to the other side and figures him out in a second, and they chase him all so they can find out that he has already surrendered. It's a bit fast for my taste. It would be better if they have stretched the story over multiple episodes and given us information a piece by piece.moreless
    • The Consultant

      Brilliant Episode!

      I like that this episode was shifting back and forth from Universe to Universe.

      This episode focused more on the overall storyline than on some case of the week, which is what I really love.

      We got to see more of DRJ and get a little more insight of what he is planning. Must be something big.

      This episode shows why Broyles was working for DRJ. He was doing it out of love for his son, which Walter points out that it's not so easy to do nothing when you know something can be done to help a person you love.

      In the end Broyles did the honourable thing and handed himself in. Luckily, because, had he placed the item on the bridge that DRJ gave him, it would have been catastrophic to both Universes.

      Walter, at the beginning, was so happy and said a line which was my favourite line from the whole episode, "Ascot look! It's my son and his girlfriend." Walter had such a beautiful, happy face while saying that line.

      Anna Torv had another fantastic episode. Anna is simply an amazing actor. No challenge is too great for her. I'm always blown away by her performances and especially in this episode where she goes from one Olivia to the other and even does a seen where she is drunk and mind you she is very convincing. I would have thought she was really drinking, had I not known any better.

      Nina in the cell was a fantastic scene too. The look on her face when Olivia said she might just be a pawn too, was priceless.

      Overall Superb episode!

    • Highly enjoyable. Fantastic character moments.

      This was a fantastic episode. Best and most memorable moment would definitely have to go to Altlivia drunk, obsessing over Lincoln's death. Anna Torv once again does a brilliant performance. This of course was followed by Walter making her eggs, which was a perfect scene to show a complete shift in their dynamic. It was sweet :).

      But of course, this story focuses of AltBroyles. His motives are exposed! Fringe provides us with multidimensional characters. Rather than his motives being pure evil, he is in fact acting out of love. I thought for sure, after his talk with Walter, that he would go through with his plan to attach the device to machine. But in a surprising end, he turned himself him. This is also true to his character, as he is an honest man. It was interesting to seeing how these warring character traits of love and honesty played out. Lance Reddick also did a fantastic job.

      Other great moments included the funeral scene, Altlivia's conversations with Altnina, the chase for AltBroyles at the end, and of course the case was a cool one.

      A few funny and sweet moments also, Walter in his satin dressing gown, and also needing to pee before crossing to the other side. And I loved when AltAstrid was given the coffee.

      I also really enjoyed the score for this episode also. Chris Tilton did a good job composing the music for the funeral and chase scene.

      Overall, personally, I can't really fault this episode, I really loved every moment.

    Curtis Harris

    Curtis Harris

    Christopher Broyles

    Guest Star

    Carolyn Anderson

    Carolyn Anderson

    Red Haired Woman

    Guest Star

    Josh Blacker

    Josh Blacker


    Guest Star

    Jared Harris

    Jared Harris

    David Robert Jones

    Recurring Role

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