TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Black Blotter
Original Air Date: December 14, 2012
Episode Number: 5×09
In an attempt to recall his plan to defeat the Observers, Walter takes an LSD trip down memory lane in search of answers. Meanwhile, Peter and Olivia trace a mysterious signal into the woods, where they come upon a grisly scene.
I really enjoyed this mostly because of Walter’s acid-inspired mind trips. My favorite had to be his animated self riding Gene (!!!) to the bottom of that hill and remembering the password being Black Umbrella. I thought it was so well-done and made me crack up at how weird Walter’s tripped-up mind is.
His conversations with the “devil” (Carla) and the “angel” (Nina) on his shoulders was also a nice touch. Interesting that Carla was pushing him to go over that one last hurdle to fully become the Walter of old while Nina is trying to hold him back and tells him that he’s better off as the Walter that she’s familiar with.
One interesting note: it takes high on acid Walter to call Astrid by her correct name. 😄 Loved their scene in the beginning when he tells her that she has beautiful hair and Astrid is struck dumb and just says “Thanks.”
Even Peter and Olivia are in a somewhat happy place now, with no more secrets between them. Peter telling Olivia that he doesn’t deserve her (true that) and how she amazes him and how lucky he is was all very sweet. I have missed that deep connection and love between them.
Loved Olivia’s sharpshooting skills on display when they got ambushed by Loyalists at the docks. Peter is shooting at the guy non-stop while it only takes Olivia two shots to take the guy out. That’s my girl!
It was great to have the child Observer meet the team again. I’ve always enjoyed Olivia’s interaction and relationship with the boy. I smiled when Olivia told him the story about Etta saying that her favorite hot cocoa is the one that Olivia makes and then cut to the child Observer taking a sip.
Sam Weiss being mentioned was very cool. He died a valiant death by protecting the antenna that was boosting the signal. RIP, Sam Weiss.