'Fringe' - 'Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver' Recap
by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 9th 2010 7:21AM
(S02E17) "I have to tell him. I've gotta tell Peter the truth." - Olivia to Walter
I wish I could figure out how Sam, the bowling alley guy, fits into everything. I don't trust Nina Sharp one bit and neither does Olivia, so why should she think that Nina's suggestion to talk to Sam is a good thing? He could be totally nefarious (even though I don't get that vibe from him).
His midnight game of Clue did give us the great title for this episode, though, so there's that (along with the fact that we got to see Finn Garrity from 'Damages' again). But even so, he's not being very helpful at this point. Is he from the other universe? "I'm older than I look," he told Olivia. "I barely remember my childhood. I'm also taller than I appear."
Even though it was a freak-of-the-week episode complete with festering pustules, it managed to tie a few things together. The fact that it involved the Jacksonville experiments was interesting, including the guy chasing Olivia into her apartment and trying to touch her. He could have just lunged at her in the hallway, but I never really felt he was "the bad guy." He was just in a very desperate situation; he never wanted to hurt anyone. (Although if that was the case, why didn't he just go through chemo treatments as he did in the beginning before accidentally figuring out with his sister that he could transfer the illness? Maybe his cancer was too advanced.)
We also had the connection between Walter and the doctor at the morgue, who'd taken one of his classes years earlier. Walter even encouraged him to become a doctor. And we got this great quote from Walter: "It seems you've forgotten my very first lesson, doctor. When you open your mind to the impossible, sometimes you find the truth."
Walter seems like he's trying to make up for lost time with Peter, making taffy for him and planning a trip to Atlantic City. Even with the cancer story, the transfer of energy (tantric sex!) and illness between Neil and the other Jacksonville kids, and the conversation between Agent Broyles and Nina Sharp about the unaccounted for Jacksonville kids, this episode was all about the family unit between Peter, Walter and Olivia. Here are a few exchanges in that regard:
Olivia and Walter:
Olivia: "Walter, I have to tell him. I've gotta tell Peter the truth."
Walter: "That's not what we discussed."
Olivia: "I know, and I'm sorry. But he deserves the truth about who he is."
Walter: "I'm stunned. Things have never been better between us."
Peter and Olivia:
Peter: "This is the longest I've ever stayed in one place, so this thing that we have, this little family unit we've got going ... I don't want to do anything to jeopardize it."
Olivia: "I don't either."
Olivia and Nina Sharp:
Olivia: "I know about Peter. I know the whole story."
Nina: "Does Peter know? Have you told him?"
Olivia: "No, but I'm going to."
Nina: "No, you won't ... because you haven't told him yet ... You came here to have me talk you out of it."
Olivia and Walter:
Olivia: "I think that you may be right, and that some truths may do more harm than good, and that some Pandora's Boxes are better left unopened. So I'm not gonna tell Peter."
Peter and Olivia:
Peter: "How come you didn't call Broyles?"
Olivia: "I've got you on speed dial."
Peter: "Really? I'm number one on Olivia's speed dial?"
Olivia: "Well, no, but I didn't think that Rachel or Mr. Ire from the Indian takeout would be much use ... Peter, thank you for coming."
Peter: "You're welcome."