TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Wallflower
Original Air Date: November 18, 2011
Episode Number: 4×07
When a man mysteriously dies by an invisible force, his body rapidly begins turning ghostly white. The Fringe team learns that this is not an isolated incident, and there’s evidence that links the predator to someone who passed away with an unknown genetic disorder. Meanwhile, Olivia suffers from mysterious migraines.
Whoa, did not see that ending at all. Nina will always be such a great morally gray character and I just love how Blair Brown plays her. I swear I’ve seen this show before and season four at least once, but I don’t remember why Nina is doing this to Olivia. Were those men drawing blood from Olivia or were they injecting something into her? Now we know why Olivia has been having migraines and it’s because of Nina. With family like her, who needs enemies, am I right?
The case of the week was good which kinda paralleled what Peter is going through with everyone just seeing him as this Fringe event and not as a human being. Eugene being invisible all his life and not having the ability to have a life at all is just sad. All he can do is observe people living their lives. What kind of existence is that?
And meanwhile we have Peter being treated not like a person, but someone who should be treated with caution. He even had a bodyguard with him (hi, Nathan Miller from The 100!) who was babysitting him and was limiting his interactions with civilians.
Only Lincoln was the one who treated Peter like he had three heads and I loved how this paid off in the end with Peter giving him a new pair of glasses (how exactly Peter knew of his prescription is something I’ll wave off) and saying “trust me.” Peter knew that Lincoln was interested in Olivia and he was only helping him out in that regard. Although, to be honest, I prefer Lincoln’s old glasses, but he doesn’t look that bad wearing the new ones.
I love it every time someone talks about Olivia so the conversation between Lincoln and Peter had me delighted. Lincoln is impressed that Olivia doesn’t seem phased at all about the weirdness of their job (“It’s insane how none of this phases her”) and commenting to Peter that “I’ve never met anyone like her before.” Peter can just smile and nod in agreement because he perfectly knows what Lincoln is talking about.
I actually don’t remember the show hinting that this Olivia and this Lincoln could potentially become romantic so this was a nice development. I know I was smiling when Olivia told Lincoln that if he’s in the diner at 3am that she might just see him there. And I was also smiling when Olivia was getting ready to go to the diner and couldn’t make up her mind as to how to style her hair and eventually just putting it up in her standard ponytail. Seth and Anna definitely have very good chemistry together and I wouldn’t have minded at all if these versions of their characters got together.
Olivia’s conversation with Nina earlier in the episode about Eugene was very telling. Olivia is clearly bristling over the fact that Eugene was experimented on at such a young age and Nina is talking about him like he’s not even a person. Nina gets defensive that if they didn’t intervene, Eugene would have died after a few days. This is just Olivia sympathizing with Eugene, having herself being the subject of the Cortexiphan trials.
Later on, Olivia asks Nina if the reason why the Fringe events don’t bother her is because the trials stunted her emotions and Nina reassures her that that’s not the case. “Life is an experiment. You have to find out where you belong. Find your own place in this world.” I thought it was touching when Nina said that before Olivia and Rachel went to live with Nina, her whole life consisted of nothing but work and now she can’t imagine what her life would have been like if she hadn’t taken that risk of raising the Dunham sisters.
I also liked Olivia asking Astrid how she keeps herself sane amidst the craziness of their cases and Astrid says that she talks to a psychiatrist. It kinda broke my heart when Olivia told her that she doesn’t talk to anyone and maybe this is why she’s having the migraines now. In the other timeline, she talked to Peter and that’s how she processed her emotions and thoughts, but she really has no one to talk to in this timeline. It’s quite sad.
Other random thoughts and observations:
– Nice of the Miller father and son from The 100 to show up in this episode. I got a good laugh at seeing Miller’s father playing either a Boston detective or an FBI agent in a very brief scene and of course Miller was babysitting Peter.
– Astrid getting annoyed at Walter for ordering a $818 octopus also got a laugh from me. Poor Astrid. She’s dealing with Walter’s eccentricities all by herself without Peter to somewhat ease the load.
– “Tell Agent Broyles science doesn’t have a price tag.”