TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: One Night In October
Original Air Date: September 30, 2011
Episode Number: 4×02
As the victims of a highly intelligent serial killer “Over There” stack up, the Fringe Division “Over Here” is asked to assist. As the two sides tangle and innocent people remain at risk, the suspect’s doppelganger “Over Here,” a professor who teaches Forensic Psychology, is brought into the fold and forces the team to consider the notion of sending civilians to the other side.
This being an episode with two Olivias automatically makes this one of my favorite episodes. One can never have too many Olivia Dunhams and in this one, I got Olivia, AltOlivia, and AltOlivia impersonating Olivia. This episode must be what heaven is like for someone like me whose favorite character is Olivia. 😋
The case was very good and definitely parallels what is going on with our characters and the absence of Peter. Even though John’s memories of Marjorie were extracted by AltJohn, he was still able to retain the lessons that she imparted upon him and I’m hoping that this is enough for John not to go and start being a serial killer like his alternate version.
Broyles summed it up perfectly when he said “I’ve always thought there were people who leave an indelible mark on your soul.” Even if Peter doesn’t exist in this timeline, Walter and Olivia both feel that there is something missing in their lives, that there’s a hole left by his absence. They don’t know what or who it is, but they feel it and it’s gnawing at them.
Peter trying to contact Walter and ask for his help is just so sad because it’s driving Walter crazy. I wish that Walter would tell Astrid so that they can both figure out who this guy is and why he’s trying to contact Walter. Two heads are better than one.
I loved seeing the two Olivias working together and it looks as if Olivia is warming up a little towards AltOlivia. AltOlivia, on her part, seemed impressed when Olivia told her that she killed her stepfather because he was an abusive bastard. Interesting to note that in this iteration of the universe without Peter, Olivia succeeded in killing her stepfather.
I also loved seeing Olivia observing from the sidelines on how the Fringe Division from the alternate universe conducted their operation. Of course, she wasn’t shy about contributing to the case and thanks to her, they were able to locate the two Johns. I would have loved to have seen Olivia’s reaction to seeing AltAstrid and being awed by her ability to condense and compile the necessary data in a matter of a few minutes (for most of the time).
AltOlivia dressing up as Olivia and wearing the blond wig was great and I just loved the show’s attention to detail when Olivia first met with John in our universe: she didn’t have her hair neatly parted in the middle and it threw me off a little because that’s not an Olivia look. Then we saw later on that AltOlivia’s wig was exactly that style so that’s why Olivia’s hair was styled that way. FUCK! I absolutely LOVED THIS attention to detail.
So very cool to see the both of them wearing the same thing side by side and I laughed when Olivia looked at AltOlivia and commented that she buttons her jacket and AltOlivia proceeds to do so with a smirk on her face, lol. Even AltLincoln was amused by this.
Speaking of AltLincoln, I liked the contrast with the two Olivias when at first he was sitting in the car with Olivia listening in on AltOlivia and John and AltLincoln asking if Olivia hates sitting in the sideline because AltOlivia would hate this. Olivia answers that she doesn’t mind. Later on we see AltOlivia getting impatient waiting for Olivia to finish talking with John and then going back inside the house because she couldn’t wait anymore. Nice detail regarding this difference between the two Olivias.
Can I just praise Anna Torv’s performance in this episode? It was nothing showy or flashy, it was more subtle. I noticed a subtle difference between AltOlivia’s voice and the voice AltOlivia used while pretending to be Olivia. This voice is even different from the voice she used when she was impersonating Olivia last season. Hell, even this version of Olivia in this new reality is different from the other seasons and it just blew my mind. How was Torv not recognized by the Emmys or any award shows for her performance on this show is mind-boggling. She was the original Tatiana Maslany even before the world knew about the amazing talents of Tatiana.
Other random thoughts and observations:
– I laughed so hard at Walter calling Lincoln “Kennedy”. The best part was Astrid’s smile upon hearing this.
– In this new reality, AltBroyles is alive and well (yay) and Charlie and Bug Girl got married.
– I must commend John Pyper Ferguson for her portrayals of both Johns. I thought he was terrific in the roles and really made both of them sympathetic.
– Astrid hints to Olivia that Lincoln seems like a good guy and that maybe they should date, but Olivia shuts her down and tells her that he’s not her type. Interesting that Astrid and Olivia seem to be a lot closer, personally, in this reality.
– Nice callback to Olivia’s eidetic memory recalling the license plate number on the tractor that was on the picture with John’s father.