Episode Title: The No-Brainer
Original Air Date: January 27, 2009
Episode Number: 1×12
Olivia, Walter, and Peter are called in to investigate the death of a car salesman who was found in a pool of “goo,” exactly like another man across the country. When Walter discovers that the “goo” is brain matter, the trio tries to figure out how the killer can liquefy human brains. As the deaths pile up, the investigation reveals a common thread linking the victims together in an unthinkable manner. Meanwhile, Olivia is horrified when the case places a loved one in harm’s way.
This episode was good, but definitely messed up the flow of quality and awesome episodes that started with episode seven (In Which We Meet Mr. Jones) and continued on with the two episodes before this one (Safe and Bound). This might be the first “weird” case that is not related to any of Walter’s experiments and I wasn’t too keen about it.
The guy who created the virus was killing his victims because he had a personal vendetta against them and I’m not exactly sure what his plan was with this virus. I’m sure there’s a market for this because there are sick people in this world, but how would he even advertise his program? Put out an ad on the black market? I don’t know, it just seemed too far-fetched to me.
We got a bit more of Olivia bristling at Harris’ idiotic orders and trying to limit her investigation. We also got Broyles coming down hard on Harris and backing Olivia and telling Harris to back the fuck off or else he’ll have to deal with him also.
It was kind of sad that the mother of the lab technician who was killed in Walter’s lab wanted to talk to Walter just to find out more about her daughter and how she was like. Olivia was right. Peter shouldn’t shield Walter from everything since he’s a grown man and can handle whatever life throws at him (some).
Second episode in a row where I saw/sensed more than sibling chemistry between Olivia and Rachel. I know, I’m crazy, but the two of them drinking wine with what sounds like romantic music playing in the background and then the two of them gazing at each other unlike how siblings would look at each other…I’m talking about that prolonged shot of Olivia gazing at Rachel just before Ella disrupts them to tell Rachel that she brushed her teeth. I mean…come on now.
This exchange cracked me up between Olivia and Peter:
“He cannot possibly be that stupid.”