1. The Peter vs. David Robert Jones Interrogation Scene
After Peter asked Walternate if he could talk to the scarred-face man, he sat down with David Robert Jones in interrogation. Jones was all cocky and unwavering. Meanwhile, Peter had a trump card in that, unlike everyone else, he knew about Jones. He had encountered him before — at least in his timeline or universe, whatever you want to call it:Peter: “Last time I saw you, you were completely falling apart. Molecular disintegration due to transporting out of a German prison. They had to wrap you in bandages just to keep you from turning into a puddle on the floor. Seemed like you had to figure out a way to heal yourself. Do you mind if I ask? What was it? Some sort of DNA graph?”
Jones: “I’ve never met you in my life.”
Peter: “No. But I’ve met you.”
Loved how Peter actually made the unflappable man flap. It was subtle but it was there. However, Jones recovered quickly. And then went on the offense when one of his people called from a hospital. Everyone had to helplessly stand by while Jones’ ‘shifter killed the unlucky people in that hospital’s ER utilizing a biochemical weapon. So cold. So deadly. Bringing David Robert Jones back was a wise decision. Jared Harris kills it as this cunning criminal — he plays Jones with a good amount of humor, creepiness and intelligence. You can tell Harris relishes every second he’s on screen.
2. The Bloody Handprint on the Hospital Door Scene
Speaking of the hospital scene, lots of screaming and panic ensued and we actually saw a family rush up to the door to try to get out. However, one image truly conveyed the deadliness that unfolded: the bloody handprint on the door. The hand slid away but the skin of the palm stuck to the glass. It was so gory and gross but it was memorable.
3. The Elizabeth Forgives Walter in his Lab Scene
What I’ve loved about these last couple of episodes is the presence of Elizabeth. Over There she’s married to Walternate but she immediately recognizes Peter when she sees him. She wants to help him. She covers for him. And she does whatever she can to make sure he has the chance to get back to wherever he’s trying to go. In “Enemy of My Enemy,” she decides to visit Walter in his lab to get him to stop being afraid and to start helping Peter. In order to do that she has to do a monumental thing. She has to forgive him for taking her son away and being unable to save him:
Walter: “There is no absolution for me.”
Elizabeth: “I don’t believe that. I forgive you, Walter. I forgave you a long time ago. And if I can, God can.”
Orla Brady is incredible as Elizabeth Bishop, especially in this episode. There’s another exchange between Elizabeth and Walter that was just so amazing to watch:
Elizabeth: “We both lost our sons. We never watched them grow up and fall in love; have babies. But there’s some of them in him. This Peter. I know you feel it too. And if you could just help him. Walter, he deserves to go back to the people he loves and who love him.”
Walter: “I’m afraid.”
Elizabeth: “So’s he.”
Brady and John Noble — no matter what version of Walter he’s playing — have a great connection. In this part of the scene, Elizabeth has her hand on Walter’s cheek and it’s as if she’s willing him to take her strength. Because he’ll need it to help this Peter go home. It kind of a brought a tear to my eye, I’m not going to lie. I love that Fringe often takes time to let emotionally significant interactions play out. Elizabeth coming to Walter in his lab was extremely satisfying to watch.
4. The Debriefing Scene
How cool was the scene where Walternate addressed the two sides? Peter was on the opposite end from Walternate. And then sitting around the table were Olivia and Fauxlivia; the two Lincolns; and a double dose of Broyles. There’s the Broyles we know and then there’s the Alternate version that’s a traitor working for Jones. Is he a ‘shifter? I’m thinking he just might be. It had an epic feel to it. Very Legion of Doom. Or Justice League of America, depending on whatever your perspective may be. There was a lot said in the scene as well as some very commanding dialogue from Peter but I just couldn’t stop looking at the various versions all in the same room at the same time. It was very dramatic in a good way. It was awesome. I had to rewind that scene a couple of times.
5. The Peter and Olivia Walking down the Hallway Scene
I’m sorry but I’ve been missing the Peter and Olivia chemistry all season long and even though this scene was short it was sweet. I saw a little bit of the magic come back. It felt good to see it. Peter and Olivia are destined to be together. I don’t care what they have to go through; how many timelines get screwed up; and what obstacles lay in their way. They are meant to be together. But all season long, whether Peter didn’t exist or he was a stranger to them, their chemistry had been on pause. Things seem to be moving again and I’m grateful for it.
6. The Walter Visits Peter Scene
Along with the part when Elizabeth forgives Walter, this is the money scene in the episode as far as I’m concerned. It was so touching. I’ve been waiting for these two to connect. And as much as John Noble’s considerable acting skills are rightly touted, it was Joshua Jackson that excelled.
Walter: “I’ll help you, Peter. I will help you get home. The last 25 years I’ve spent thinking about losing my son. I thought I was an expert on loss. Maybe that’s why you are here. Because there are still things that I need to learn.”
Jackson’s expression as Walter was telling Peter he’ll help him get back to his world really got to me. His eyes welled up with tears and so did mine. And I loved loved loved Peter’s response:
Peter: “I just spent the last several days with the other Walter. And I was very surprised to learn that he is not the man that I thought he was. But I am not at all surprised to learn that you are.”
Walter: “Is that a good thing?”
Peter: “Yes. That is a very good thing.”
Yeah, this is one of my favorite scenes of the season so far. Just so well done on all levels.
7. The Nina is in Cahoots with David Robert John Scene
Color me surprised. I knew this version of Nina was bad. We’ve already found out she’s behind whatever experimental awfulness that’s going on with Olivia. So it makes sense that she’s in league with the dastardly David Robert John. But that last scene still snuck up on me. Nina is big and bad in this world. Meanwhile, Walternate isn’t as bad as we thought. Love the way the Fringe writers and producers are mixing things up and stirring a world of trouble for Olivia and everyone in two realities. Wow.
Fringe airs on Fridays at 9/8c on FOX.
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