TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: 6B
Original Air Date: February 18, 2011
Episode Number: 3×14
A series of Fringe events leads the team to the home of a woman grieving over the death of her husband, while Peter and Olivia make an effort to repair the emotional rift between them.
This was such a beautiful episode especially that love story between the elderly couple. Their love for their significant others was so strong that they were able to see through universes and take comfort in seeing their “double” all along not knowing the damage that they’re causing with this simple act.
Olivia’s first scene with Alice was so beautiful, with Alice talking lovingly about her marriage with Derek and with fondness in her voice. I could see this conversation slowly registering in Olivia and that if she could, she would like to have this kind of relationship with Peter.
Then we have Peter talking to Alice and telling her that she should consider to be so lucky to have lived a full life with Derek and that she should remember their moments together instead of hanging on to this person from the other side who is not her husband. Kinda broke my heart when Alice came to this realization once Derek mentioned their girls which pulled Alice back into reality. Just really well thought-out, this whole story, and which paralleled perfectly with what Peter and Olivia are going through.
Speaking of, this was the episode where Peter and Olivia (for real this time) are finally ready to move on from the Fauxlivia mess and try their hand at a relationship. I love that it was Olivia who initiated the kiss at the bar and then later on when she came to the Bishop’s house (complete with a bottle of whiskey or maybe bourbon) to talk to Peter. And after downing a glass of liquid courage, she takes Peter’s hand and they go up to his room.
I’m glad the two kids are finally together and that the writers paced their reconciliation perfectly. It didn’t felt rushed or too slow, it was just right. I really liked their conversation outside the bar where Olivia talks about her being the reason why they haven’t moved on yet. Of course she’ll bear the brunt of the blame because it’s her thing and that’s what makes her who she is, but at the same time, my heart was breaking for her.
“I think that I’m stopping us. Maybe I’m just incapable of being vulnerable. I’m terrified that I can’t fix this. That this is just who I am.”
This is a huge step for Olivia because she’s finally comfortable enough to open herself to Peter again and make herself vulnerable. She’s no longer worried about Fauxlivia and whatever lingering feelings that Peter might have for Fauxlivia because she finally wants what Peter wants. She has seen how beautiful the relationship between the Merchants were and she wants the same for herself and Peter. This hearkens back to what Peter said earlier in the episode: “I’ve seen what the two of us together looks like. And it’s beautiful.”
So can we also attribute Peter and Olivia finally getting together to Walter’s blueberry pancake and his plan to set them up in the beginning of the episode? It was adorable how he sneaked out of the house after Olivia got there to give her and Peter some privacy.
Other random observations:
– Walter being distressed that his solution to stopping a vortex from becoming worse is the same as Walternate was understandable, but I believe in him to find a better and safer solution than the amber.
– I liked Olivia’s initial anger at Walter’s solution in using amber to plug the hole in the vortex because she’s seen the effects of it on the other side and what the consequences are.
– The green/green/green/red sequence makes a reappearance – it was the set of lights on the amber canister which lit up one after the other after Broyles turned it on using the remote.
– This episode was titled 6B and in my previous review, I noted that the license plate of the second victim’s car was APT6B. Fringe writers trying to be slick. I love it.
– “Like a flash mob of suicide” – Oh, Walter.