Jun 27,

Looking back at 106 - “The Cure”

Fringe - 106 The Cure | Posted by Scully

"The Cure"

What did we miss?

- David Esterbrook’s assistant was named Elizabeth Sarnoff.  That is the name of one of the writers from ‘LOST’.  Just a tidbit for anyone who is a fan of all of J.J.’s work.


What theories were overlooked?


- Olivia’s stepfather sends her a card on her birthday every year.  It was obvious that he normally sends it in the mail…evident by the way she was looking through her mail.  But this year it was hand-delivered under her door.  Her stepfather has tracked her down and came to Boston..but why now?  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he is here just about the same time she starts working on Pattern cases and starts showing signs of her special powers.  So, who is he working for?  Massive Dynamic?  ZFT?  Someone else?  Was it possible that he was the one who allowed them to do the Cortexiphan experiments on her?  I don’t think we have heard the last of him…maybe in season 2.


- Nina says…”You know, you still look just the same as you did when you were a child. Oh, I doubt you’ll remember, but you and I spent a good deal of time together.“  Was this a little clue as to the replacement of Peter? Did this take place with the original Peter and not our Peter?  Perhaps Nina is aware that Walter grabbed Peter from another universe.  My big question would be, was she complicit in what happened or just she just know about it?


What makes sense now that didn’t before?


- Olivia said in an earlier episode that she knew what she wanted to do for a living since she was nine.  In this episode, we hear the story about her stepfather that took place when she was nine.  Presumably this was the moment for her to think about going in to law enforcement.


How have the characters developed?


- It was a nice bonding moment between Peter and Olivia when she confronts him about getting information from Nina and what the price was.  Peter answers “You don’t have to worry about me. I am a big boy. I can take care of myself. You have been looking out for me, so I’m just returning the favor.”  It’s the first time Peter has gone out of his way to do anything for anybody, and Olivia seemed touched by that.


- Walter has started to come out of his crazy shell and into the world with everyone else.  At the beginning when he is humming, it’s like when a normal person stops to smell the flowers.  An appreciation of sorts.  Also, the conversation with Peter really shows the father in Walter coming out.

PETER: Do I really need to be here? Couldn’t you just use a clamp?

WALTER: Of course I could, but I enjoy the company. Quality time, they say.

He’s more aware of what is going on around him.  He not only noticed Olivia’s body language but was able  to interpret was it meant.  Now, if he could only remember Astrid’s name.


What questions were never answered?


- Why was Broyles being so hostile towards Olivia?


- Under what circumstances  did Nina and Walter become very close?  What was their relationship?  The way she said it, lead me to believe it was more than just a working relationship, especially if my theory about her being aware of the Peter switcheroo is true.


- Why was INtREPUS making humans into weapons?  Those are not the sort of drug trials that will advance a pharmaceutical company in the normal way.  They must have been contracted by someone else. Who was the client?  Either that, or INtREPUS is owned by a larger company that is dealing with bigger things.  Who would that be?


- How did the rat get up off of the floor onto Claire’s gurney?

- What happened to David Esterbrook?

- What does Nina want from Peter?


What tie was Broyles wearing?


- Nice continuity this week with only one tie.  The episode obviously takes place in only one day…Olivias birthday.  I won’t even get started on how they possibly could have done all of that in one day…the trip from Boston o Manhattan would have taken the better part of a day all on it’s own.

One tie


Tune in Thursday, July 2 for “Looking back at 107 - In Which We Meet Mr. Jones”.

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5 Responses to “Looking back at 106 - “The Cure””

  1. ariannejean

    looks like we’ve been getting spammed pretty badly. what a shame. ):

    not really relevant to this post and possibly completely irrelevant, but there’s a “Robert Bishop” mentioned in Heros second season. He’s got a “Midas touch” type power.
    It might just be a common name though.

  2. Bradbury

    Hey yall! How are things? Just something I noticed about this epi —–

    There are MANY direct tie ins with the plot from this episode and the Fringe comic book story called “Runaway”. Not only does Elizabeth (and the others we see dropping Emily off in the street in the opening) wear the same suits as those who handle the young boy in the comic, but the young boy can obviously do to others what they are “making” Emily and Claire do. I also thought that Olivia asking Broyles if Emily was a “runaway” was a direct reference/clue as well that we could at least look to the comic story for more clues/hints.

    I also noticed that Esterbrook’s aleph pin was not always in the same orientation. I’m wondering what the exact orientation of the thing is supposed to be?

    Also, I don’t know if it will help the Timeline you are making or not —- but Walter claims in his labnotes that Boston is in a funk because the Sox lost their shot at the World Series. Well that took place in game 7 against TB on Oct 19, a Sunday (2022). The Cure aired on Oct 21st —- so I’m assuming the air date (at least for that epi) matches the real-life date.


  3. Scully

    @ Bradbury: It’s great to hear from you. I hope your summer is going well.

    Excellent catch about the timeline, that is very useful and it’s something I never would have put together!

    Here is a picture of the Aleph symbol in its proper position:

    As for the comic…I will be posting a plea for help in regards to the comics in the next day or so. I have not been able to get my hands on all of them, try as I might.

    I would like someone to write full posts on the comics, including short synopsis, correlations to the show, and any inconsistencies. If you are interested, would you please let me know. I would really appreciate the help.


  4. Bradbury

    Hey thanx Scully! I might be interested in just such a thing …. I’ll post a reply on your official “call to comic arms”

  5. Mic

    It seemed a little odd to me that there were 2 large pianos in the parlor at the Williams’ house and also that Claire and Emily looked alike enough to be sisters, almost twins. Chalk it up to the weirdness that is Fringe or something more?

    @Bradbury– That’s a great tie-in to the runaway story. I thought the baddies might be trying to recreate the Cortexiphan children’s abilities through their experiments. Walter explains Claire’s effects on the folks at the diner as “high energy microwaves” that caused “molecules to vibrate rapidly causing friction and producing heat” which cooked their brains. He described Susan Pratt’s ability as exciting molecules at a molecular level and “as the molecules start to vibrate more quickly, they generate heat. Energy.” And of course, there is some similarity between Joseph Meegar’s power and Olivia’s shutting off the bomb/lights thing. Maybe the Cortexiphan was derived from all the blood they drew from the runaway? It’s a stretch, I know.

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