Season 2 Episode 18

White Tulip

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 15, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A mysterious series of deaths on a commuter train lead the Fringe team to investigate a powerful man. Meanwhile, Peter notices that Walter is acting suspiciously.

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  • White Tulip

    Yes, I'm a sellout. Offer me time travel and go where I want. Show that go back or jump forward and I melt me like a bar of butter in a hot day. It is one of my subjects of choice and this white tulip was this love of destruction.

    After a week if repetitive and boring, we came to the exciting story of one man - the mythical Peter Weller - walking backwards with your timeline, your destination. He is a genius who tries to find way to bend time, returning to the past and save his beloved (who died tragically in an automobile accident). The problem is that every time he jumps a huge amount of energy is consumed causing the death of all living beings around them. That's how the episode starts, a slippery subway train, where a moment's notice all lose their lives.

    The investigation was opened and returned to Walter (John Noble), which is arguably the best character of this universe. Olivia (Anna Torv) is set aside and the old scientist who is about to take any role and when this happens the series gains depth. It is thick, complex and refreshing. He locks the internal dilemma of telling the truth or not your child. Write a letter in his pocket, hoping that the letters comply with what the eyes can not. And spend of your problem to the central problem of the episode, it is also he who solves it. The scene was absolutely fantastic the two geniuses meet and find sympathy in pain each. In the agony of losing those we love most. The time traveler then follows their journey and get back to the sad days, getting into the car, kissing his wife and losing his life. But before that can write a letter to Walter can send a picture of a white tulip, the forgiveness that both wanted by the act he committed. Beautiful end. Beautiful story.

    Another point in favor of the episode was a narrative structure that embraced the dynamics of time travel, going back several times - and I still should have retreated more - putting ourselves in the skin of the traveler. It really is that it is necessary to stimulate and innovate within each case weekly, it is not mandatory weekly marriages central to the mythology. Whenever the series can innovate in how we tell a story or in a hidden mystery, felt his identity and to the surface, and this is very good.

    The Best: The whole story in itself.

    The Worst: Why all cases a week are not so?moreless
  • High Rating?

    I don't understand why this show got such a high rating then all the the other shows. Sure it was good but 9.6 rating, nothing was really said about the main story or plot just a person going through time trying to save his wife. We all heard either from other movies or shows that doing the unthinkable will have a price. Walter told him and he understood is why he when back in time to die with his wife. He really needed to tell Peter this is draging out the episodes we know whats going to happen get it done already and tell him so we can move on already. We all know this is the biggest thorn is keeping Walters secret.moreless
  • The last moments of this episode are what made me come here and write this review.

    The last moments of this episode are what made me come here and write this review.

    This is Fringe's best episode until now, without trying to spoil anything I'll just say that the end is a pleasant surprise.

    Sometimes a simple action can carry so much meaning that it can completely change someones beliefs, whether it's in god or science it doesn't matter, what matters is it will change your life. The problem is that a certain action can be an illusion, a manipulation created to make you think a certain way, the question is: How do you know who made that action? what happens if you can never find out for sure? What if god is man-made? Maybe that's the origin of faith.moreless
  • Achingly beautiful

    There is a fine line between great shows and just ok shows. That line is characters that you care about. Fringe has that in abundance with three leads that just ooze depth and likeability.

    White Tulip is a masterpiece, an absolute masterpiece. A scientist haunted by the death of his fiance and the guilt felt by Walter at kidnapping his son from the other world... all tied up with a beautiful last moment that just melted your heart...

    The best show on tv right now, but a lot depends on what direction the show takes on its end of season finale...

    It could be an absolute belter...moreless
  • I became excited with this episode even if the concept of time travel has been used for so many times already. Some items here might be a spoiler.

    I am a fan of travelling through time to go to the past and correcting somethings. This one is great! The conversation between Walter and Alistair was so amazing I myself could not think anything like that one. If i was Walter, i would tell Alistair to stop what he is doing because bad things might happen, but i will not give him a clue on how to do it. Alistair might return couple of times to the train to buy some time to correct his formula, and im thinking that it would be Olive that will chase him in his time travel through her abilities, etc. The final scene made me want to cry :D


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Walter: I, too, attempted the unimaginable, and I succeeded. I crossed into another universe, and took a son that wasn't mine. And since then, not a day has passed without me feeling the burden of that act. I'm going to tell you something that I have never told another soul. Until I took my son from the other side, I had never believed in God. But it occurred to me... that my actions had betrayed Him and that everything that had happened to me since was God punishing me. So now I'm looking for a sign of forgiveness. I've asked God for a sign of forgiveness. A specific one: a white tulip.

    • Walter: And if God can forgive me for my acts, then maybe... it's in the realm of possibility that my son, possibly, may be able to forgive me too.

    • Peter: (to Walter) I just got off the phone with Olivia, she said there was an incident on a train. And I know how much you like trains. Thought it might cheer you up.

    • Peter: Have you noticed anything weird?
      Olivia: Not yet, but give it ten minutes.

    • Walter: Take samples of this man's lung, brain, and skin. Something's not right here.
      Astrid: Yup, I think it's my paycheck.
      Walter: Hmm?

    • Peter: Yeah, I read that deja vu is Fate's way of telling you that you're exactly where you're supposed to be. That's why you feel like you've been there before. You are right in line with your own destiny.
      Olivia: Well, do you believe that?
      Peter: Mm.. no. It's a bit mystical for my taste. I never get them, myself. Maybe that's because I'm not on track with my own destiny.

    • Carol Bryce: Alistair sent me these about six months ago to proofread. He had hopes of seeing them published.
      Olivia: Uh, can we take them?
      Carol Bryce: They're only gathering dust here. But they are pretty dense. Most would say it's gobbledygook.
      Olivia: Well, I happen to know someone who is fluent in gobbledygook.

    • Alistair Peck: Walter, God is science. God is polio and flu vaccines and MRI machines, and artificial hearts. If you are a man of science, then that's the only faith we need.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: Are Friends Electric? (Gary Numan), The Sweetest Thing (Camera Obscura)

    • Blair Brown is credited but doesn't appear.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: April 15, 2010 on A
      Australia: April 21, 2010 on GO!
      UK: April 27, 2010 on Sky1
      Latin America: April 27, 2010 on Warner Channel
      Sweden: July 8, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Germany: September 20, 2010 on ProSieben
      Poland: January 7, 2011 on TVN
      Finland: January 19, 2011 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: February 11, 2011 on Nova Cinema
      Slovakia: December 22, 2012 on Dajto