Fringe Moment of Goodness: Fauxlivia Gives Birth With Lincoln By Her Side
Fringe has a way of making the unbelievable seem believable. At the beginning of “Bloodline,” a pregnant alt-universe Olivia Dunham, was barely showing. She was focused on finding out if she had a virus (VPE) that would make it virtually impossible for her to have this baby — in fact it would most probably kill her and her child if she went through with the pregnancy. Fast forward to the end of the episode and she was holding a healthy baby boy (her healthy baby boy) and was trying to find the strength to be a mother.Â It all began when mysterious individuals kidnapped Fauxlivia; injected her with drugs; and performed wacky ultrasound-like tests on her. In mere hours, her pregnancy went from 0 to 180. Suddenly, she was ready to give birth. But first, her badass self had to engineer an escape from her captors. Wandering the streets of alt-universe Chinatown, she ended up going into labor. Crazy? Yes. Did I buy into the entire thing? An even more emphatic yes.
For me, the Moment of Goodness in this whole pregnancy acceleration business wasn’t when we found out Walternate was the man behind the kidnapping and the speeding up of the child’s gestation period. No, it was the actual birth scene. Lincoln and Henry, the cab driver that in the past had aided our Olivia while she was “over there,” were by Fauxlivia’s side throughout the harrowing experience.
There were so many emotions going on and all the actors involved hit the right notes. There was so much to love:
- Fauxlivia was laying in Lincoln’s arms as her labor progressed (quickly).
- Henry formally met his world’s Olivia which was such a cute moment. Loved that they brought him back in this episode.
- When Fauxlivia asked him if he had talked to her mom, Lincoln couldn’t actually come out and tell her she had VPE. But his eyes told the whole story.
- Lincoln was such a source of strength for his partner. He was there for her. He even assured her there was no other place for him to be but by her side.
- Right before the baby came out, Lincoln told Fauxlivia he loved her. I had already been tearing up before this particular declaration and I just about lost it after he said those three words to her.
- You could tell she was scared but in that moment, she wasn’t thinking about anything but the baby. She made Lincoln promise he would save the baby first. Lincoln broke down crying because it wasn’t a promise he wanted to make.
- The delivery went rather quickly and for a second there, it looked like Fauxlivia was down for the count. Thankfully she was OK. The baby was too.
I know we say this about her every week but Anna Torv was amazing. I love her as Fauxlivia with the red hair and her ability to smile more easily, even though she has so much weighing her down.
And now, more than anything, I want her to return Lincoln’s love. As for Seth Gabel — I thought he was good on ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money. And he was. But what he’s doing on Fringe is exciting and wonderful and just better. Last week, Lincoln was introduced in the universe with our Peter, Olivia and Walter and I couldn’t have been more ecstatic. Hopefully we’ll see Gabel more and more in both realities.
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