Fringe 2×10 “Grey Matters”: Reactions from a First Time Viewer

Bravo Fringe team!! This episode made me experience every emotion on the spectrum…literally. John Noble gave another brilliant performance. Seeing Walter in distress is my kryptonite, and this episode took it a step farther. Not only was Walter in distress so was everyone else because the evil leader of the shape shifters took our favorite scientist. Can I be President of “Newton is a Meanie” club? UGH! I dislike him SO MUCH! No one bullies Olivia and gets away it. Newton, you will get your comeuppance. On a separate note, I love Astrid’s BAMF moment when she found out Walter was in danger. Yay Astrid!

  • “A girl in a red dress. Flowers in her hair.” surprisesurprise Mr. Slater is being operated on? It’s the leader of the shapeshifters! surprise He’s performing brain surgery. What the heck did he take out?!
  • The leader’s minion just shot the hospital nurse. OH SNAP!!!! The dude’s brain is exposed!!!

  • The Fringe gang is at the hospital to investigate. applause Walter to security guard: “Yes. And I’m perfectly sane.” laughinglaughing Don’t worry, Walter, they won’t institutionalize you.
  • Whaaaat? The shapeshifters made Mr. Slater sane? His brain is structurally intact.

  • Awww, Walter gets so nervous in a mental hospital. He knows what Mr. Slater is feeling.
  • Walter: “He’s a lucky man. Seventeen years that I was in St. Claire’s, never a single visitor.” crying “I wasn’t trying to make you feel guilty son, just an observation.”

  • OH SNAP!!! Olivia just recognized Thomas Jerome Newton’s face in the surveillance camera video footage.
  • Geez, Peter, have some faith in Olivia. If she said that’s the frozen head, then that’s the frozen head. He just found a body along the way. winkingwinking
  •  Olivia: “I don’t know what Newton’s up to, but I know what I have to do, I have to stop him.” thumbs upapplauseBAMF!!
  • Another woman has been cured. She was obsessed with the number 28, and she has the scar from brain surgery too.surprise
  • HAHA Peter just made a Casablanca joke but Olivia didn’t laugh. sad Aww, Peter just told Olivia she is not alone in this fight.

  • Walter has tried to keep a human brain alive before. I shouldn’t be surprised.
  • Walter: “Our mental patients. Mr. Slater, Mrs. Crampton, and Mr. Condom.” Astrid: “Gordon.” rolling on the floor The patients had transplanted tissue removed from their brains. surprise
  • Whaaaat?!?!?!?! NOOOO. Dr. Paris visited Walter when he was at St. Claire’s on six separate occasions.

  • NOOOOOOOO! Walter has a scar!!!!!!!!! cryingcryingcryingcrying Astrid is so upset.

  • I hate seeing Walter so distressed. He doesn’t want to have the MRI scan. Walter: “What do you think the man did to me?” cryingcrying GAH! He waved at Peter. worriedsad

  • It’s Olivia and she is talking about Walter, “Going crazy made him a better person. It certainly made him a better father.”
  • He has three scars!!! It’s his brain tissue!!! I thought it might be his!
  • Walter wants the album, Violet Sedan Chair, to help him calm the Valium. laughing Oh no, don’t leave him, Astrid. He is in danger. time outtime out worriednail bitingI don't want to see
  • Walter’s memories on how to open the door to the other side were removed!
  • OH YEAH! Astrid was just told Walter is in danger and did a BAMF U-turn. LOVE ASTRID’s FRIENDSHIP WITH WALTER. big grinbig grin Major product placement time, but I accept it since Astrid looked awesome maneuvering that vehicle.

  • AH! Newton is in Walter’s house! He took him!

  • Peter and Olivia are tracking Walter’s chip. OH SNAP!! Newton found the chip!!! Dang. Peter is livid. Awesome kick though. He does love his daddy.
  • Dude, you are so mean. Newton is showing Walter pictures of Peter. Now, Walter is crying looking at a picture of a coffin. MEANIE! angry
  • The obsessions are from Peter’s childhood. surprise The shapeshifters have taken Walter to his old house. On the other side, they experienced “the blight” in which the trees and grass died. What caused the blight?! Nooo. They’re hurting Walter! angryangrysad  Why does Newton need to know how the door was built? He came from there! I DO NOT LIKE HIM.

  • They’re leaving. They got what they need?
  • PETER, OH MY!! He just ran full force at that door to open it!! day dreamingday dreaming That shoulder is gonna be sore in the morning. Just let Olivia massage that.  winking
  • Whew! Walter is okay. whew!
  • Go Olivia!! Run after them!! OH EM GEE!!! She stopped the car. BAMF Olivia! She got the other guy in the head! surprisesurprise Olivia: “You so much as twitch, and you won’t have a head left to refreeze.” BAMF. thumbs up

  • Walter’s brain tissues are dying. He won’t get those memories back. Walter?!?!!!!!! What’s wrong! nail bitingbroken heartbroken heart
  • Newton: “I think there’s something you should know. It’s about Walter Bishop. He’s going to die unless you do exactly what I say. I injected him with a neurotoxin, and unless he gets the antidote in four minutes, it will kill him. Call it my fail-safe to ensure my escape.” Nooo. I HATE NEWTON. Olivia, you gotta do what he says to save Walter.

  • Run, Olivia! She is DUNHAMING! Blue yellow red!!
  • Newton: “And Olivia? Now I know how weak you are.” OH HELL NO!!!!!  TELL ME HE DID NOT JUST SAY THAT! THIS GUY HAS GOT TO GO. Olivia is fuming!!!!!! SO AM I. NO ONE TALKS TO DUNHAM THAT WAY!

  • Walter just gasped. Whew. whew!Peter is teary eyed and Olivia just wiped the corner of her eye. sadcrying He’s alive.

  • Yeah, Broyles, preach it. Broyles: “There is only one Walter Bishop and we’ll be needing him before this is over. And don’t be so hard on yourself. We’re gonna be needing you too.” Go Broyles!
  • OH EM GEE!!!! Dr. Paris is Dr. Bell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHH Oh well that’s just convenient for you isn’t it. Dr. Bell is gonna hide the memories in place only he can find. ARGH!!

As always, thank you Fringe Files, “dunhamgetinmybed,” and “hellyeahfringe”  for providing the screencaps and gifs.


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Posted on September 4, 2012, in Television. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Newton = #Meanie !! Great review! I too get inordinately upset when Walter is upset. I always think back to that scene in Snakehead when he’s lost. Makes me cry every time!! He better get an Emmy nom for this last season or I’m gonna be pissed. grrr..

  2. Hahaaaa……I always love the comments you put on the photo’s!!!!! Yes great recap again! This was one of my favorite episodes of Season 2 and Fringe overall!! You just can’t beat those dramatic “fringe family” scenes!!!!!!!!!

  3. This is one of my favorite episodes for the amount of Walter/Peter goodness involved. I am Polivia shipper all the way, but the Walter and Peter love story is just as important to the show, imo.

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