‘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!

-Louise

P.S. If you’re so inclined, you can check out my full (written) recaps of Fringe over at TheTelevixen.com.

Posted on March 25, 2012, in Fringe Photo Recaps, Television and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. “after all the hype surrounding this episode, I found it to be a little disappointing.…
    JK IT WAS BASICALLY THE BEST THING EVER.”

    “you had me LOL at “JK”

    TYSM!!!, U R so lovely with FRINGE and US…please don’t ever stop! (same feelings for Fringe)

  2. Hey Louise, such a great photo recap once again. Ive been missing this just as much as ive been missing the show itself for the past 4 weeks.

    expecially loved the fireworks at the end. The scene was so perfect even the epic love music at the end was perfectly fitting! they should have seriously considered putting it in the show for real just before the fade out!

    Thanks again and im looking forward to next weeks recap! keep up the awesome work!!

  3. Really big Fringe fan here and stumbled upon your photo recaps- they’re hilarious!! After watching Fringe every week (well after watching it a couple times) it’s always great to come and get a hilarious recap of the episode.
    Keep it up!

  4. Another AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME photo recap!! So hilarious. Best thing next to the episode. Thank you thank you thank you!

  5. ALL THE EFFING AWARDS! I love this show. :’)

    and I love your recap. omg, I was almost crying of laughter all the time! keep up with being awesome!

  6. FML. Awww, poor Lincoln. Excellent as always.

  7. This one killed! I really had trouble putting my finger on what the Observer’s pad was like and you helpfully pointed out it was a 60’s dollhouse! Thank you, keep it up.

  8. Joshua Jackson just retweeted this recap (someone had sent it to him), btw. You’re famous!

    Also- awesome recap! I too, look forward to this every week.

  9. hilarious! though i do have to point out that i don’t think “bad Nina” from the other episode was a shape shifter but instead the alternate Nina from the other side. DRJ has Alt Broyles and Alt Nina in his pocket. either way. hilariousness has ensued and they are your recaps…see you here next friday?

  10. DOOT DOO DOO…JUST LOVING THE EFF OUT OF THIS

  11. loved your recap and the ofringinal ep.
    looking forward to next friday!!!!

  12. THANK YOU!!! for the Wizard of Oz reference — I’ve been thinking that all season, every time Peter asks anyone to help him get home. I’ve been half expecting someone to post a picture of Glinda’s body with the Observer’s head photoshopped onto it. Love your recaps!

  13. LOL brilliant Love lifts us where we belong!!

  14. Oh Louise!!! you’re the best!!! I loved the episode and I absolutely ADORE your recaps!!!

  15. Aiswarya Girish

    Oooh, I just LOVE your recaps. And I loved this episode as well!

    But recently, I’ve seen a lot of posts on Tumblr by people who are upset that Olivia ‘chose a man over her old life’ in which she was happy, apparently. They think she’s thrown it all away for a man and within a span of 45 minutes, the writers turned her character from awesome and badass to lovesick. And now she’s like every other character on television, apparently. And someone also said that in the process of trying to make Peter and Olivia this epic ship, they ruined both the characters. (What I thought when I read this was: Um. They’re already an epic ship so joke’s on you lol. But whatever.)
    What are your thoughts on this? I personally think it’s an extremely one dimensional view, and a really shallow and immature conclusion to jump to, considering that it’s Fringe we’re talking about, which always has some kind of deeper meaning to everything it does. Also, the fact remains that if Olivia had thrown all that away for another WOMAN, everyone on Tumblr would be wiping away tears of joy. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m an LGBT supporter and all, but it;s the truth :P) So I’m taking it with a grain of salt. Plus, Fringe has always been about conveying the motivations and desires of the characters using a particular theme. In my opinion, they just used the theme of love to make it easier for viewers to understand why Amberlivia would think that BlueVerse Olivia was a better version of her. And I really do think that she took the decision BECAUSE she wanted to be that better version, because I felt that she’d pretty much given up on getting Peter back at that point, and just wanted to be happier. And she also tried to ensure that the one part of her life as AmberLivia that she really liked remained – her relationship with Nina. So essentially, I just think she WAS truly trying to be a better version of herself, and it wasn’t just about Peter.
    Also, any such thoughts I may have had just evaporated at the ending because it was perfect and the best thing ever.
    Wow, that was long, wasn’t it? I think way too much about this show.

    Also, someone equated Fringe to Twilight. They literally wrote Fringe = Twilight just because of this. So apparently Peter and Olivia = Edward and Bella, just because the woman took a decision that I personally see as a very brave one. I mean, I get it if you were unhappy with it but EDWARD AND BELLA? WHY? I weep for humanity.

    Okay, I’ll stop now. :P But seriously. what do you think?

    • Wow, I hadn’t heard that comparison, but it seems really harsh and not at all true to the show. I saw Olivia’s choice as more of choosing to open herself up to love rather than live with her heart closed off as she had been. But I was a little sad to see Olivia 2.0 gone forever.

  16. Lmao, the angry bird killed me. Too funny.

  17. I miss Fringe so much! I am re-watching with my husband. It’s his first time. I just found these re-caps. I wish I had known about them during the time the show was on air but they are awesome. I will have a blast reading them.

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