‘FRINGE’ Photo Recap: “The End of All Things”
Fringe is charging full-speed towards the season’s end, which means tons of teasing tidbits of backstory, high-stakes confrontations, emotional gut-punches, and dynamic fisticuffs. So why do I still feel so empty inside? Probably because this episode had a lot of Nina Sharp, and also Peter’s dream-walk down memory lane with September was more than a little soul-crushing (in a good way). I hope you’re up on your Princess Bride, Star Wars, and Say Anything references, because this week’s recap is chock full of ’em. (Sorry if I got a little carried away.)
Peter and Lincoln went to Olivia’s apartment to snoop around, because that’s what gentlemen do when their fake girlfriend gets kidnapped. Peter seemed oddly obsessed with the light fixtures (foreshadowing?) and Lincoln was too upset to do anything useful except chastise Peter for being a selfish ho.
Poor Olivia… Her existential crisis/sexy time with Peter had been rudely interrupted by David Robert Jones’ thugs kidnapping her, leaving her stuck in a cell with some version of Nina Sharp (probably the last person on this show I would want to be kidnapped with).
Elsewhere, the Observers were getting together for a little powwow in the middle of the city to discuss very important Observer matters, like regulation tie lengths and softball league registration.
Silly March, always one step behind the rest of the gang.
Determined that Nina knew something about Olivia’s disappearance, Broyles and Lincoln double-teamed her for a fun round of their version of good cop/bad cop, except I’m not sure they knew which of them was supposed to be “good cop,” so it was more like cute cop/mad cop.
Back at the lab, Walter was creating his most brilliant lab snack yet…or a diabetes sandwich. Your call. Either way, it looked delicious. Astrid and Peter were going over the
sex tapevideo recording from the camera he found in Olivia’s apartment.
[Side note: For those of you who don’t know what a Lite-Brite is, check it out. Also, I feel sorry for you. Your childhood must have been really sad.]
And now it’s time for a game called “spot the differences.” (Or as I like to call it, “Where’s Baldo?”) See if you can spot the differences between the following two images:
Did you spot the difference?… That’s right! The jar of pickles on the desk behind Walter appears be slightly more full in the second picture.
There you have it folks—the Observer has spoken. The meaning of life is “to blave,” which we all know means “to bluff.” Lucky for us, the Observer was only mostly dead (if at all), so there was still time for Peter to casually drop into his consciousness for a little chat, risking his own life in the process. But first he had to call Lincoln to tell him that he loved him one last time.
Both Ninas were in various states of questioning and/or torture, but we still didn’t know which one was evil (or if they both were). It was kind of like The Parent Trap, with Peter and Olivia as the estranged parents, and the Ninas as the meddling-but-well-meaning twins. (Minus the well-meaning part.)
Obviously Peter never saw Mean Girls, or he would have known that you shouldn’t have sex, because you will get pregnant and die. (Which, ironically, is what almost happened to AltLivia when she gave birth to Henry.) But enough about Peter’s bad decisions… He was just waking up from his enlightening dream meeting with September when the Observer disapparated.
Well that’s awkward. So much for Plan A. But seriously, it wasn’t like DRJ was gonna get killed in the 14th episode of the season. Come on, Olivia. Her night just got worse from there (as if that was even possible).
I do declare, that was a most excellent set-up for the final eight episodes of the season. As much as I enjoyed Peter and Olivia’s brief reunion last episode, I’m glad the Observer was there to knock some sense into Peter and remind him of the consequences of his last accidental indiscretion with not-his-Olivia, by which I mean the disruption of fate’s delicate plan for Peter and his progeny. Also, can we kill off all the Ninas? Really, I’m just too tired of trying to figure out which one (if any) of them is good, and frankly she seems like more trouble than she’s worth. (But kudos to Blair Brown for some excellent acting this week.) What did you guys think? Is the real Nina innocent? Will Olivia 2.0 find a way to stop the loss of her memories? How many cavities would I get if I started eating Walter’s sprinkle sandwiches on a bi-daily basis? 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 thanks for reading!
P.S. If you still haven’t gotten your fill of Fringe, you can read my full written recap of “The End of All Things” over at TheTelevixen.com.