Fringe: “We’re All Victims Of Our Own Gene Pool. Someone Must Have Peed In Yours”

Fringe (FOX)

Fringe (FOX)

The ratio of stand-alone/monster-of-the-week, isolated creepy weird stuff, compared to the arc-y, bigger picture weird stuff: about a 65%/35% split.

But the good news is that if you’ve been waiting for Gollum to update his resume with something beyond those LOTR appearances, have we got the Fringe episode for you. (When the script calls for a one-third scorpion, one-third mole, and one-third human hybrid son of a mad ex-doctor, who else are you gonna call? Huh?)

The Big Moments

On her journey back from the Other Side, it seems Olivia stopped by the supernatural duty-free shop and picked herself up some gift-wrapped Spidey senses. Now the sound of a fly walking on a surface sounds a bit more like a Hummer barreling over a field of broken bottles. She can’t help but overhear things like the random phone conversations of strangers, and the labored breathing of underground-dwelling mutants who are lurking underfoot. (Waaaay underfoot.) This makes her a little jumpy, which is a high-risk proposition for a gun-toting gal like herself. Fortunately she misses Peter’s head. “By inches” is just splitting hairs, really.

Nina Sharp visits Olivia at her medical check-up. She can’t help but notice that Olivia is a bit jumpy. Nina knows a guy named Sam Weiss who can help put Olivia back together. She slips Olivia a piece of paper, and a meaningful look. Because well-traveled (and by “well-traveled,” we actually mean “alternate-universe-hopping”) ladies have to stick together. No, Sam’s probably not in the Fed’s HMO plan. Or even the PPO plan. He’s waaaay off the grid. In a bowling alley, to be specific, where Olivia finds herself at episode’s end. (And what a delight to find that Sam shall be played by the always-interesting Kevin Corrigan.)

Meanwhile, Creepy Charlie is on the case. At episode’s outset, he’s just stalking Olivia quietly from a distance when she’s released from the hospital. Then he books some time with the old-school IM typewriter in that back room – at first just to gloat about how he’s retained her trust despite that whole bodysnatching shapeshifting incident; but later he asks for advice because Olivia doesn’t remember her trip to the other side. The typewriter advises him to “help her” remember. Apparently this typewriter is being played by Harvey Keitel.

And when Peter, Walter and Olivia exhume the coffin of the at-first-presumed-deceased infant son of the mad ex-doctor, Walter thinks it’s sad to encounter “A grave of a boy who is not in his grave.” He casts a furtive glance in Peter’s direction. Goosebumps, anyone?

The Gooey Moments

A decidedly goo-lite episode. Sure, a few minor flesh wounds are bound to arise when a crazy underground-dwelling mutant is prone to grabbing its victims by the ankles and reenacting certain scenes from Tremors, and there’s the crazy Person of Interest (that would be the mutant’s mad ex-doctor father) who hangs himself with a wire noose while in Federal custody, because he maybe feels a bit bad that he injected his fetus son with weird experimental chemicals in order to help it survive the lupus suffered by its mother, which turned his offspring into a man-eating freak, but it doesn’t get good and gooey till the end, when Gollum is stabbed with what appears to be a human femur and then crushed by a car.

The Titular Moment

Night of Desirable Objects is supposedly the name of a fancy fishing lure.* Peter first spots it in the yocal local Sheriff’s office. He recognizes it, and at episode’s end, digs up his own out of storage and tells Walter a story about a young boy who once longed to fish with his father, so he saved up all his paper route money to buy the fancy fishing lure. Sadly, the father wasn’t exactly the fishing type. (It’s tricky fitting fishing into your schedule when you’re otherwise occupied with conducting unethical, involuntary experiments on children in secret labs, after all.) Walter thinks this is a fine story, and that it was awfully nice of that boy to give the fishing lure to Peter! He asks Peter to invite his “friend” to join them for a fishing trip sometime.

* Google refuses to readily confirm this whole fishing lure story. Instead it mostly just wants to point me in the general direction of a Wikipedia entry, which insists that no, “Night of Desirable Objects” is actually the fourth and final studio album cut by a band called Snakefinger.

Word of the Day

Seahorse + Daisy + Frog + Frog + Butterfly + Frog = MIRROR

Walter’s Munchies Go MIA

Was it the empty grave of the mad scientist’s son that made Walter lose his appetite in this episode? There wasn’t so much as the chalk outline of a crumb of a vending machine snack cake. That’s not like him. We’re worried.

Stay tuned for next week.

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