‘FRINGE’ Photo Recap: “A Short Story About Love”
After four painful Fringe-less weeks of waiting, our suffering finally came to an end this week. And I have to say, after all the hype surrounding this episode, I found it to be a little disappointing.
JK IT WAS BASICALLY THE BEST THING EVER.
I replayed that last scene, like, 108 times. If only each time I watched it counted as a Nielsen family… But honestly, who needs good ratings when your show is this awesome? (Okay, there are some flaws in that logic, but just go with it.) Hey, remember that time Peter and Olivia made out in the middle of the street and birds sang and unicorns danced on rainbows and all the universes held hands and sang together and everything was beautiful? Let’s get going so we can revisit that wonderful moment.
When we started off, Olivia was sitting alone at a café looking sad and lost, probably contemplating the challenges of loving someone who loves a version of you from a different timeline that you are slowly gaining memories of. You know. The usual.
Okay, so Nina’s not actually that bad when she’s not being impersonated by a shapeshifter. But I still haven’t fully warmed up to her. And I wouldn’t be surprised if she really does have a mechanical heart.
On the case of the week front, this lady was about to make a rather unpleasant discovery.
Okay, so I had just rewatched the “Inca Mummy Girl” episode of Buffy when I saw this week’s Fringe, so when this guy came on screen I was like, “I got this you guys! He’s a mummy. Case solved. You’re welcome.” Especially after he did this:
Here’s a photo of Buffy’s “Inca Mummy Girl” to refresh your memory:
See?! I told you. Now where was I? Oh yeah, Mummy Man and that woman were getting hot and heavy, until things took a turn:
You think that lady has problems? That’s nothing compared to what Walter was facing back at the lab…
So Walter cued up the video footage of the Observer’s brief visit and subsequent disapparation from the lab, courtesy of his teddy bear nanny cam. (Which every good scientist knows is an essential lab tool.)
Walter called Peter to tell him about his recent discovery, only to find that Peter was on his way to New York to pursue his dreams of attending Juilliard and becoming a professional dancer just like his dead mother always wanted him to. Oh wait, that’s the plot of Save the Last Dance. Anyway…
Peter put his dreams of becoming a dancer on hold and headed back to Harvard so Walter could poke at his eye.
Peter went off to follow the Observer’s scavenger hunt, while Walter went back to work on the case at hand, which was getting creepier by the minute.
Over at the park, Mummy Man and his
minion cute dog were scoping out their next victims. Seriously though. How random is that dog? I love this show.
Since Walter’s nasal passages had become desensitized to the terrible smells he was working with, he moved on to Astrid as a test subject. This poor girl puts up with a lot on this show. She should really get a raise or something.
Lincoln and Olivia were doing some close-quarters research/feelings share time. It was a pretty adorable scene, but then, that’s kind of a give-in since Lincoln was in it.
While Olivia was slowly crushing Lincoln’s hopes and dreams with her smile, Peter tracked down the address from the Observer’s eyeball memo, which led him to a small apartment that looked like something out of a ‘60s dollhouse, complete with full pistachio décor.
Once he’d opened the Observer’s secret compartment within a secret compartment, Peter found some gadget thingy that’s probably, like, the iPhone 12 or something. Anyway, Peter decided to blindly follow its blinking GPS arrow to some secluded wooded area where no one would notice a large metal egg emerge from the earth.
Meanwhile, this guy was having the worst day ever:
This lady was just minding her own business, about to take out the trash, when she opened her door to find the FBI’s two most attractive agents at her door (along with some extra helmet-clad randos).
Which leads us to…
Yay, Olivia! You chose love! I’m so proud of you, girl. I knew you could be brave like our Olivia.
Peter took his shiny new alien egg back to his place, which may not have been a great plan in hindsight, considering the damage that thing did to his hardwood floors.
HALLELUJAH! PRAISE BALDO! This was probably the only way I would have believed 100% that this new Olivia had transformed into our Olivia. Because if the Observer says it, you know it must be true. And the fact that Olivia had just decided to let her old memories fade away and become OriginOlivia meant everything was falling into place! Break out the streamers and balloons you guys, because this episode deserves its own bloody parade! But I’m getting ahead of myself…
Meanwhile, in the hearts of Polivia fans everywhere…
How beautiful and wonderful was that ending?! This episode was everything I could have dreamed it would be. It even had a facially deformed bad guy with a small dog! It’s like a freaking Bond movie, you guys! Anyway, enough gushing on my part. What did you think? Good? Great? All the awards? Should Fringe start their own line of perfume? Leave a comment below, or tweet us about anything and everything Fringe or TV related!
As always, thank you to FringeFiles.com for providing the screen caps of this episode, and thanks to TV.com’s brilliant Price Peterson, whose hilarious Vampire Diaries photo recaps were the inspiration for my own. And thank you for reading!
P.S. If you’re so inclined, you can check out my full (written) recaps of Fringe over at TheTelevixen.com.