So, what do I start with? Oh, I think the obligatory "I KNEW IT!!" applies here! But, we'll get to that in detail later. What a fantastic episode of Fringe! They did what they do best tying the case's theme to the entire Fringe saga and advancing the plot into the next phase that should bring season 4 to its logical conclusion. Big answers were revealed, old seasons were revisited, and jaws were dropped. Can't ask much more from a Fringe episode, and this one deserves a big WOW from me!
But on an interesting "behind the scenes" note, did anyone notice that the Twitter hashtag during the episode said #WhereYouBelong? That little garage start-up of a Twitter campaign has reached some pretty public levels! At the most recent Wondercon, even Joshua Jackson was sporting a pin that showed he was supporting the Twitter campaign. And he and one of the showrunners J.H. Wyman further supported it by tweeting live during the episode last night using said hashtag. Pretty darn impressive, and ingenious if you ask me. Once again, this Fringe related hashtag was the top trending topic on Twitter for a few hours during the East and West coast feeds. All of this publicity cannot be bad for its renewal chances (which keep improving as it is).
Anyway, it's time that we get into recapping this wonderful addition to the Fringe mythology!
- Boy was he ever! September reappeared in this episode but it wasn't without a little help from Peter and Walter. Walter had a "nanny cam" installed in a teddy bear to spy on some maintenance men or something who he thought were stealing his food. But this ended up recording the disappearance of September. When slowed down, we could see many observers present and pretty much taking September. But September did something to Peter's eye undetected by the rest.
- Peter was enroute to New York to get away from Olivia and not interfere with this "timeline" anymore. Walter, while impressed with Peter's resolve, requested him to come back. They did find something on his eye. It was some kind of tablet or something that would have dissolved into Peter's eye making him subconsciously want to go to the address that September desired. (This immediately made me think that maybe the other observers tampered with our other people who have forgotten Peter. Then again, that could be irrelevant based on September's eventual explanation)
- Peter went to the address provided and found a hidden briefcase in a record player. (and I must say, the kitchen in that apartment looked exactly like the Oracle's from The Matrix! But, I'm sure that wasn't intentional.) In the briefcase there were some Observer Binoculars and GPS Tracker thingy. Peter followed it to a spot and what appeared but a BEACON!! The beacon first made its appearance in season 1 when we first met September. He was intent on and succeeded in stealing it. Looks like September may have needed said beacon for this very moment.
- Peter brought the beacon back to his place and tried to activate it. It eventually turned itself on projecting an image of September (or possibly bringing him back all together). September explained how the other observers ended up LOCKING HIM OUT of this universe. They hid it from him. The beacon allowed him to come back. Peter realizes that he helped September which means he wants the favor returned. He doesn't know how to get home. Ahhh but we all here at TV Addicts Blog knew what September would say, right? "You have been home all along!" BOOM!!! There it is! Yes, I did pat myself on the back several times remembering that I stuck by this theory all the way back to the first episode. I know I wasn't alone so well done team! They tried their best to sway us, but we kept our resolve.
- Anyway, we got more details into the HOW or really the "I can't explain how." September pretty much said it had nothing to do with scientific possibility or probability. Peter was pretty much willed back to existence through love. Through the connections that people had with him and that he had with people. In hindsight, those early episodes this season showed that there was a deep hole missing in Olivia and Walter. Things that made them better people for having Peter in their lives. We even speculated on Broyles's comment earlier in the season implied that Peter would return to where he belongs and he did, "People can leave an indelible mark on the soul, an imprint that cannot be erased." There were signs all season. Ones we observed right along with September and were vindicated in the end!
- So Olivia's "love connection" has been reestablished with Peter but there is still work to be done with Walter, Broyles, Astrid, Nina, Lincoln etc... They need to remember, and I'm sure the rest of the season will be working towards that.
- By the way, this would definitively answer that Peter did use the MACHINE in this timeline/universe. We had been speculating all season why no one remembered. I guess it just was never referred to because they didn't remember Peter. Sure, there could be some plot holes there if we dug a little bit, but for the sake of the story they're telling I think it worked! And retroactively, I think anyone who had complaints at the start of this season can go back and re-enjoy the story being told all season with the knowledge that our core characters have been in it the whole time. That's how I had been viewing it anyway!
- Walter was talking about going Beaver hunting in the 70s. "Of course, in those days, beaver meant something different entirely." Doesn't get much more classic than that!
- We had references to M&Ms, saw him eating potato chips, and of course....smelling roadkill!
- The entire episode we see Olivia dealing with her struggles with these newfound memories of Peter. Now that Peter wants nothing to do with her (for the sake of finding his own Olivia). She confided in her "step-mother" Nina saying how she is in love with Peter. She couldn't remember their weekly breakfast tradition which gave her concern.
- Olivia ended up talking to Walter. She didn't care about losing her memories when she had Peter, but now she wants to go back to who she was. Walter said he would figure something out.
- After tracking down the killer and getting all of this chemical knowledge of True Love, she feels that having loved is better than never having loved at all. So, she wants to live with these feelings rather than lose them forever. She asked Nina to support her which she reluctantly did. And she asked Nina to try and reestablish the love that they had if she totally forgot these other memories. (could make for an interesting relationship down the road, right?)
- Of course, in the end Peter realizes that the Olivia here is HER Olivia! The music comes in, we all swoon and there are Peter and Olivia separated by a just enough that they need to run into each other's arms. Did anyone else feel that they'd throw in a twist of a car hitting them or something? In any case, Olivia and Peter are reunited and they embrace as the episode cuts to black. Whew, very well executed episode!
- Well, Olivia and Peter are reunited, but not everyone remembers Peter still. And Olivia may not even acknowledge yet that she truly is Peter's Olivia. I'm sure Peter will explain to everyone but it may still take time for them to regain their memories. The bond between Peter and Olivia surely was what made her remember first, I guess. You would think Walter wouldn't be too far behind. He already is so much more like the Walter we have known than he was earlier this season. How Broyles, Astrid, Nina and Lincoln adjust? I don't know.
- And you can tell Lincoln is having a hard time with Olivia developing these feelings for Peter. He really thought he had a shot. Will that feeling just go away if he remembers the one case he worked on with Peter before he vanished from existence?
- But of course the big question is: How on earth is David Robert Jones back and who is this EVIL Nina Sharp? Well, I threw my theory into the ring last episode or a couple episodes back. I'm now convinced more than ever that they are from a different timeline and have been tampering with THIS timeline for their own personal gain. How they knew Peter disappeared and could use that to their advantage, I don't know! But, we have 7 episodes to find out!
- And based on some interviews with the producers, they have not forgotten about the man with the X on his shirt that we met in an LSD animated episode merging Olivia and William Bell's minds. And with Olivia having a death wish in every timeline, it wouldn't be far fetched that we might see him this season.