Fringe 3×09 “Marionette”: Reactions from a First Time Viewer

Okay, give me until eternity to recover from the Polivia scene in the garden. Seriously, I don’t know how am I supposed to…what am I…I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF. It’s not just my eyes that are crying, my whole body is grieving. It’s funny how Fringe makes me forget how to perform simple and necessary human functions like breathing. Excuse me while I go crawl into the fetal position and stare at my TV hoping that I am having a terrible nightmare. It’s like the writers take pleasure in us suffering. THEY MUST BE ROBOTS OR THOSE EVIL OBSERVERS FROM THE FUTURE. It’s the only explanation. AND Fox should really consider having a CPR how-to instructional video at the end of episodes like this so at least our loved ones can attempt to resuscitate us.

  • Did the dude just prick the guy’s leg? Wait, he didn’t die? That’s a first on Fringe. Oh man, dying from a Fringe event looks like the better option right about now. The killer is stealing the heart while the man is still alive! surprise
  • Listen to Broyles, Liv, go on leave. I’m no expert on universe hopping, but you deserve a break. Olivia: “I’m not gonna deny that the last few months haven’t taken their toll. But I made a promise to a friend over there. And I swore that I would do everything that I can to heal both worlds. I need to go back to work.” OLIVIA DUNHAM IS AMAZING. I admire her so much.

  • Peter is gonna tell Olivia everything. surprise I better start getting the tissues ready…
  • HA, she is enjoying coffee. laughing You missed that didn’t you, Liv? Uh oh!!! Peter is gonna tell her! Oh, wow, Olivia is taking this really well. raised eyebrows “It’s okay. I’m here now.” Gah…she is realizing it. MY HEART IS BREAKING!!!! Olivia: “Does everyone know?” Jeesh, she is surprisingly understanding of the situation. Olivia: “Peter, it’s fine. We’re good.” Really? Just like that? You’re not gonna get upset? Wow. Shocked. But you never slept with Frank.

  • The guy who cut the heart out is putting it in some chick. Is he building a girlfriend? I don't know

  • Walter must watch Buffy. He just suggested Olivia may be a robot since she reacted unusually well to Peter’s affair. rolling on the floorrolling on the floor
  • You have to get that tattoo removed ASAP. Uh oh, she is yanking the hangers off. That’s Peter’s shirt in the washing machine. broken heartbroken heart Stand by for heart shattering into a million pieces.

  • Olivia, don’t lie to Astrid. Don’t bottle your emotions in. Confide in her. Yes, way to go Astrid for saying exactly what Liv needed to hear. love struck
  • Ewww, Walter! He just put ashes from the urn in his mouth.

  • Amanda Walsh looks like a marionette. WTF?! He is making her dance. Was he a fan? This is so damn creepy, but a BRILLIANT SCENE! The cinematography is astounding. applause You don’t see this kind of stuff anywhere else.
  • Yikes, Olivia is getting testy with Peter as they search for their suspect.worried

  • He did it. Roland Barrett reanimated Amanda, but it’s not her. surprisesurprise
  • Oh my gosh, Olivia is in the garden crying. Olivia: “You know what Barrett said? He said that he looked into her eyes, and he knew that it wasn’t her.” Oh no, this is not going to be good. I can’t… broken heart Olivia: “She’s in my house, my job, my bed, and I don’t want to wear my clothes anymore, and I don’t want to live in my apartment, and I don’t want to be with you. She’s taken everything.” surprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisebroken heart broken heart broken heart broken heart cryingcryingcryingcrying Nope, this is not happening…I must have had a stroke. That moment did not happen. THE FRINGE WRITERS JUST BROKE MY HEART, STOMPED ON IT, THEN SOWED THE PIECES ONTO THEIR CLOTHING LIKE A BADGE OF PRIDE FOR RUINING LIVES AND DREAMS. That was the worst! And where the hell is Anna Torv’s Emmy?! Forget about just the Fringe cannon, this scene is one of the most beautiful and saddest scenes in television history.

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


A #HurryUpMary Update
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Posted on October 29, 2012, in Television and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Mary, when this episode aired it was the last before a hiatus. That was soooo tough! I remember watching, crying, then emailing a friend with one line, “I hate TV.” I was in a bad mood for ages!! Of course I couldn’t stay away from Fringe when it returned though, it’s an addiction for sure!

    Great recap Mary!! This episode is up there as a favourite, even though it hurt. So. damn. much. Beautiful story and exceptional performances!

  2. I agree. It was so painful to view but I had to re-watch like 5x because Anna Torv’s performance was just amazing. -M

  3. I haven’t actually seen a full episode of Fringe before, but I’ve heard a lot about it from my uncle. I might get into it, because it sounds really interesting and creative.

  4. OH MY GOSH. I’ve been waiting for your reaction for this, Mary! That garden scene totally shattered my heart into million of pieces! That was so heart-breaking! I can’t even…AAHH!! The marionette dancing is really creepy! This episode is so beautifully done writing, editing and especially acting-wise! And, word, where the hell is Anna Torv’s Emmy?! That was so beautiful and sad.

    Anyway, another great recap! And I know this is your last so I would just like to thank you for entertaining me with your posts. I love all of them and I’m totally gonna miss them! But, I’m glad you’re finally caught-up in time for this week’s FringeFriday! So happy for you! 🙂

  5. It’s been two years and I still haven’t recovered after the garden scene! Beautiful writing and painful at the same time. Anna Torv’s acting is just WOW! Anna said that scene was shot at about 2-3 AM and there were drunk ppl on the street making noise and stuff and it was really distracting… yet she gave one hell of a performance. This is one amazingly talented actress!

  6. I remember thinking that that scene didn’t just happen!! And at the time, I too had to watch it over & over bc it was so raw & brilliant. And the sadness on Peter’s face! At the time I really thought that that was it for them & I crawled into a deep dark hole.

    It’s weird I really didn’t ship them or see them as a couple until the 2nd season finale. It was more like I was unaware than unromantic. But then I was wow!! After the finale suddenly I really saw them as a family Peter, Olivia & Walter. So this scene seemed like not just the loss of romance but also the loss of this family unit too.

    Great recap Mary!! Can’t wait for you to be caught up with us. Hope u & Louise are safe & dry!!

  7. Wonderful final season three recap-Mary! Awesome episode with Anna’s brilliant acting! I have to say though that my fav episode from season three was 3×18 when Altlivia gives birth to Henry as Anna’s acting was so superior I felt like I could literally feel her pain! She actually deserves better than an emmy, she deserves best actress in TV HISTORY AWARD! I don’t know if you’ve seen Olivia’s reunion with Etta yet in 5×01 but there again it was like one of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed!!! It is safe to say that Anna’s acting is addictive!

    Well, Mary I hope and pray you and Louise stay safe through the tough weather and I can’t wait to get your take on this weeks Fringe!!! XD God bless you and Louise’s Fringetastic souls!!

  8. At Comic-con this year Jasika Nicole talked about how Anna’s scene in the apartment for this episode reduced her to tears and I agree. This episode was so hard to watch but so well executed. Great reaction post, I will be glad to see your reactions to the rest of Season 3 later on!

  9. I was waiting for your reaction on this episode. For me, it’s one of the most heartbreaking episodes of the show. I wasn’t watching Fringe at the time this aired, but Olivia’s monologue at the end of the episode was all over Tumblr and I read it and it was so intruiging to me, like ”what is this show where someone’s life has been taken over by a doppelganger and no one noticed? I need to watch this.”

  10. This episode is definetly one of my all time favorites. That scene between Polivia is so heartbreaking and emotional. I cannot believe Anna Torv never won an Emmy for her performance in season 3.

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