Original Airdate: January 20, 2009
Original Airdate: September 23, 2008
Synopsis: After shifty FBI Agent Mitchel Loeb orchestrated David Robert Jones’ otherworldly escape from a German prison and Olivia’s alarming abduction…indications of a larger threat begin to emerge. Adding to the intense circumstances, one of Olivia’s former adversaries is called in by Internal Affairs to conduct a formal review of the Fringe Division, and Olivia’s sister, Rachel, pays a visit. The timing couldn’t be more inopportune, as Olivia, Walter and Peter race against time to solve the wildly grotesque murder of an esteemed epidemiologist - which may link to Olivia’s own abduction - before a catastrophic epidemic is unleashed.
Tidbits:Mark Valley and Blair Brown are credited, but do not appear.
Character of the Week:
Walter: “Things like this used to happen in the lab all the time - makes me nostalgic.”
My Thoughts: Great episode. There were a few new characters introduced, whether they stick around or not is a completely different story. Sanford Harris - He was referred to in the pilot, and now we meet him face to face. The friend of Broyles who assaulted three marines and was arrested by Olivia. He is obviously harboring some bitter feelings towards the entire ‘Fringe’ unit. Could make for some good conflict plot lines if he returns in other episodes.
We meet Olivia’s sister (Rachel) who seems to be a little flaky, and I believe is hiding something from Olivia. And we also meet Olivia’s niece ( ) who is cute as a button and may possibly be involved with the pattern somehow. I think we will be seeing more of these two.
I was intrigued by the whole Loeb-maybe not bad twist. I have tons of theories about this which I will address in a separate post.
The science didn’t seem to be explained very well, and neither did the reasons for the slug attacks, but I have a feeling it’s just an intro to a larger plot that will continue next week. We got some long awaited answers in this episode, but we also got a lot more questions. All in all, a fantastic way to bring ‘Fringe’ back after such a long winter break.