“Fauxlivia ruined U2 for all of us”

TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Reciprocity
Original Air Date: January 28, 2011
Episode Number: 3×11

Episode Description

When the Fringe Team visits Massive Dynamic’s assembly of the doomsday device, Walter becomes greatly concerned for Peter’s well-being, so he turns to Nina for added brain power to understand the relationship between Peter and the superweapon. Meanwhile, the discovery of a dead body triggers an intense investigation.

My Review

I think I understand where Peter is coming from with him taking on a more proactive role in figuring out what this doomsday device is and how/why it’s programmed only to work with Peter. So he goes and kills off these shape-shifters to gather their storage devices to see if he can find out some answers. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that so he’s left with five dead shape-shifters and Walter being scared/worried about Peter’s behavior. I wonder if we’ll get a resolution in regards to this case and if Peter or Walter will eventually tell the rest of the team that it was him who was killing these shape-shifters.

Seeing the doomsday device in all its glory was amazing, in that, it was massive and scary-looking and quite imposing. I have to agree with Olivia that “It’s bigger than I imagined” (that’s what she said, zing). Kinda scary/weird that it started to work when Peter was about 50 feet away. Why is this machine, whose parts are billions of years old, tuned to work only with Peter’s DNA? What makes him special?

Loved Brandon in this episode. The fakeout of him being the shape-shifter killer was clever and made for an amusing scene with him eating his sandwich and getting told by the FBI to not move while he still has food in his mouth: “Can I at least swallow?”

What did it mean that William Bell was looking for copies of The First People book years before? What exactly did he know? Bell must have a ton of information about this whole thing and it must hurt everyone involved that they have no way of getting that information at all.

Olivia apologizing to Peter for not being sympathetic enough for what he went through with Fauxlivia was a nice scene and very self-less and thoughtful of Olivia. Both of them have suffered with what Fauxlivia did and after some time, Olivia comes to realize this and is ready to get past this. Loved their smiles after this scene.

Kinda broke my heart when Peter said he didn’t want Olivia to read Fauxlivia’s notes because “She must have thought I was a fool. And I don’t want you to see me like that.” meaning that she fooled him with the switch and that’s the last thing Peter wants Olivia to read. Good thing Olivia did end up reading the notes because she not only cracked the case, but she assured Peter that he has nothing to worry about in regards to what Fauxlivia had to say about him. Plus, Olivia also found out that Fauxlivia really was starting to have feelings for Peter. I wonder if Olivia will tell Peter this tidbit or not. I’m assuming not.

Other random observations:

– “Fauxlivia ruined U2 for all of us.” LOL.

– Nina’s reaction to Walter calling Olivia from Earth 2 “Fauxlivia” was too funny.

– Walter exhibiting chimp behavior after inhaling the serum was also a funny plot line.

– Astrid telling Walter what Fauxlivia had to say about Walter after he asked her was a nice scene: “She liked you. She thought that you were kind and brilliant.”

– “You mean it’s growing chimp DNA in your brain?”

– Walter had a great point in the end when he asked Peter that if he doesn’t think he’s not doing anything wrong, then why didn’t he tell the team.

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