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Fringe: 2-8 - August

Walter essays a theory.

Fringe 2-8 – “August”

Airdate: November 19, 2009


Fringe is finding Observers everywhere. When one abducts a young woman, they have to take action. One of them looks for help from….Walter?

Key Points in this week’s mystery:

  • An Observer, but not theObserver we've seen before, watches a young woman on a college campus, makes notes in a cryptic symbolic script, and sips from a thermos.
  • The observer has a teddy bear in his briefcase.
  • The observer grabs the girl and forces her to come with him, Very politely.
  • When bystanders attempt to stop him, he uses a repeller gun to send them flying.
  • When a security guard draws and empties his own gun at point blank range, he's either a lousy shot or the observer is unaffected by bullets.
  • If the observer ever wants to stop observerving, his future is auto theft appears excellent, as he starts his stolen getaway car by merely touching the ignition. He might want to work on his door unlocking skills, however as he had to break a window to get in.
  • The observer left his notebook at the scene.
  • Viewing security videotape, the tem learns there's more than one observer.
  • The college may have lousy security guards, but they have a bang-up security video system - the
    observer was catching the bullets in his hand, and the security video can stop the bullets in mid-flight to show this.
  • The observer takes the girl to a motel and ties her up. Very politely. He mirrors her speech.
  • The team identifies the girl as Christine Hollis.
  • Agent Astrid reports that there's no repetition in the first 1200 symbols in the notebook
  • The team finds what may be a blood spot on the notebook. It appears orange-tinted. Wich may indicate hemophilia.
  • Agent Astrid discovers someone else is working on the symbols - Massive Dynamics.
  • A Massive Dynamics language nerd shows the team he's located some of the symbols in ancient artifacts. He's also found depictions of observers in historical scenes depicted in paintings and old photographs - the Boston Massacre, the execution of Marie Antoinette, the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand at Sarajevo,
  • A whole tableful of Observers meet in a restaurant, liberally dosing their food with hot sauce, of course.
  • The discuss how one of the number - August - seems to have gone rogue. The gorl he abducted was supposed to be on Tropes Air flight 821.
  • They say August has created an irregularity, which they'll have to contact "Donald" to get repaired.
  • Donald is a human, and on getting the message receives a faxed picture of Christine and places a silencer on a pistol.
  • Christine's friend reveals she was supposed to take a flight to Rome today.
  • Christine's parents were killed in the Oakland Bay bridge collapse in the '89 earthquake.
  • There's an observer watching Christine and her parents in a photo from their '89 trip to the Bay Area
  • The observer returns to the motel room with food for Christine and handles her tenderly. When she asks him why he's doing this he turns on the TV to show her on the news that her plane crashed on the way to Rome.
  • The observer goes out again, gagging Christine "for your own protection."
  • Walter finds a high concentration of capsaicin in the 'blood' smear - it's chili pepper and Walter knows exactly what pepper and where it comes from - Indian King Cobra. Agent Astrid goes to trace any place receiving shipments in Boston.
  • The kidnapping observer joins the others in the restaurant and tells them he has observed Christine Hollis for years and she is unique.
  • The older Observer tells him that "Christine Hollis must be corrected, and it's already in progress.
  • One Observer tells our observer that "We do not intervene in human affairs." Our observer says "We have done so before." The other observer replies "Only to correct out own mistakes. She has no future." "Then why do I see it?" our Observer asks.
  • Only three Boston restaurants and one private citizen imported King Cobra chilies, and the FBI sets out to investigate them all.
  • Peter and Olivia head out to interview the private citizen.
  • Walter ditches Agent Astrid and heads out also.
  • The private eye busts into our Observer's apartment, gun drawn and finds the apartment empty but full of pictures of Christine.
  • Walter arrives to find our Observer in a restaurant in response to the message he's decoded. He begs the Observer "Please don't take my son. Your friend and I had a deal." So our Observer is not the original Observer who save Walter and Peter. He says he summoned Walter because he needs help.
  • The place Peter and Olivia search the aprtment and the detective gets the drop on Peter. Peter makes a move and deflects the gun, Olivia runs after the gunman, only econds behind him as he hits the street, but sees no trace of him.
  • The Observer wants Walter to come up with a method of saving Christine from the other Observers. Walter tells him he must either persuade the others of Christine's importance, or do something to make her important.
  • The Observer returns to the motel, unties Christine and asks her if she trusts him. She says "Yes".
  • Aided by forensics teams, Peter and Olivia continue searching the Observer's apartment. Many head newspapers are pinned to the walls with headlines of significant events, some more than a century old. They get a tip to the Observer's motel and head there.
  • The PI gets there first, breaks in, and approaches a closet door, only to be hurlebs backwards by the Observer's repulsor gun. The Observer leave the motel room, tailed by the PI, who confronts him and asks where the girl is. The Observer raises his gun but merely says "Goodbye" making no attempt to shoot and is gunned down by the PI, apparently not invulnerable when he chooses not to to catch the bullets.
  • Olivia and Peter arrive. Olivia chases the PI as Peter rushes to the dying Observer's side. The Observer paces his gun in Peter's hand. The PI gets the drop on Olivia but before he can fire, Peter repulses him off the roof where he falls tot eh parking lot, (breaking his neck?)
  • Peter and Olivia return to find the Observer, but see only his hat.
  • Olivia finds christine hiding under the bed.
  • Our Observer is being driven by another. He asks if Christine will be safe now. The second Observer why she is and why she's important.
  • Our Observer says he first saw Christine as a young girl when her parents had just been killed. "She crossed my mind somehow. She has never left it. I think it's what they call feelings. I think I love her."
  • The second Observer says Christine will be safe now. "You've made her important. She is responsible for the death of one of us." A tear trickles down our Observer's cheek.
  • Peter and Walter talk to Christine. No one can supply much information about the Observers. But just before leaving Walter tells Chase her Observer gave him something to give her. He pulls out a teddy bear. It was the one Christine was holding on the Oakland Bay bridge the day her parents were killed.
  • As they leave, Peter wants to know just when Walter was alone with the Observer and why he's kept it quiet until now. Walter reassures him that he will get his anaswers eventually and proposes going on a long drive together for a tutti fruti milkshake.
  • Agent Broyles tells Olivia that the PI was named Donald long and his gun has been linked to six unsolved murders on the East Coast
  • The tip about the motel was phone in by the Observer himself.

Key points in the ongoing story arc:

  • Observers have been recorded at over three dozen Fringe events
  • The frequency of observers appearing appears to have increased recently. Meaning…
  • Walters appears to be going Agent Astrid and Massive Dynamics nerd one better by decoding the notebook - in his head?
  • The FBI's techs can make nothing of the Observer's gun, and speculate Peter fired the last round.

Key points in personal stories:

  • Olivia has to chance a planned outing with her niece to respond to the kidnapping.
  • Olivia's four year old niece handles disappointment extraordinarily well.
  • Walter and Peter's lives were once saved by an observer when their car crashed into a frozen lake.
  • Walter is inordinately fond of milkshakes, especially Strawberry Supreme.
  • Agent Astrid resigns as Walter's taster after one particularly vile attempt to duplicate Strawberru Supreme.
  • Walter made some sort of deal with the first Observer that saved him from the lake, a deal involving Peter.
  • Action done, Olivia takes the rest of the day off to ride roller coasters with her neice.
  • Two Observers watch Olivia and her neice at the amusement park. The older one says "look how happy she is. It's a shame things are about to get so hard for her."



  1. If the Observers have ordered six people killed in the last ten years, are they incompetent and screwing up that often? Or is there additional agenda we are as yet unaware of?
  2. Why are the Observers intent on remaining detached?
  3. In the final scene they appear to have some sympathy for the observed. Why them must they remained detached.
  4. What is their purpose in observing?

Remains to be answered:

  1. What "mistake" of the Observers put Walter and Peter in that frozen lake and allowed the Observers to intervene in their own behalf? And just why can't they intervene otherwise? Star Trek prime directive anyone?
  2. Why are the Observers [apparently] neutral in the coming interdimensional conflict, and what is the purpose of their observing? Do they observe the other side as well?

Next: "Snakeheads"

A smuggling ring is bringing in something extra evil - using human beings as incubators.


Tonight's secret word: BLIGHT

Anybody care to explain that one?


Regular Cast:

Anna Torv _________ Agent Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson _____ Peter Bishop
John Noble ________ Dr. Walter Bishop
Lance Reddick ______ Agent Phillip Broyles
Kirk Acevedo _______ Agent Charlie Francis (R.I.P.)
__________________ Faux Agent Charlie
Blair Brown ________ Nina Sharp
Jasika Nicole _______ Agent Astrid Farnsworth

Guest cast:

Peter Woodward __ Observer
Eugene Lipinski ___ Observer
Amos Stern ______ Observer

Posted by Cecil on November 19, 2009 5:07 PM
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