Fringe: Season 1, Episode 6

The Cure (21 Oct. 2008)

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A number of people in a diner die of radiation exposure and Olivia and the Bishops believe a woman who disappeared two weeks earlier was the source.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Scott (credit only)
David Esterbrook
Emily Kramer
Claire Williams
Officer Marty Pitts
Lisa Emery ...
Paula Kramer
Dr. Sanjay Patel


Agent Dunham and the Bishops investigate the deaths of a group of people who died from radiation poisoning in a diner. They believe the source of the radiation was Emily Kramer, a young woman who had vanished two weeks previously and was probably being held against her will. When another young woman, Claire Williams, disappears the investigators believe someone may be conducting experiments. Dr. Bishop believes the emanations from Kramer were microwaves and she may in fact have been developed as a walking weapon. They trace the research to the head of a pharmaceutical firm David Esterbrook, who has a history of promoting off the wall ideas. Nina Sharp has information and strikes a bargain with Peter Bishop. Written by garykmcd

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Getting deeper and harder
26 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Cure kicks off outside of a typical diner, a van pulls up and two men in suits drop off a female onto the street. She gets up and walks into the diner where she meets a few of the people, that including a cop. She starts to act weird and then she unleashes some kind of disease throughout the diner and making everyone else infected. And of course, dead. The Fringe team investigates and discovers that there is radiation in the now quarantined diner. They investigate and find the source of the problem, a female named Emily Kramer, who hasn't been seen in two weeks total. Testing goes well and discoveries are made regarding Emily, but at the same time someone else has gone missing, Claire Williams, who also has the same disease as Emily. She has been taken by Dr. David Esterbrook, whose team is doing these kind of experiments. Esterbrook has his motivations and they are related to him being the "traitor" of the system. In the meantime Peter makes an interesting connection between this event and the others; could these all be some sort of pattern? As if someone is preparing the world for something bigger. Olivia also is having disputes with Broyles.

I really liked this episode and have to say it's one of the very best of this season. It has a nice edge to it and gives more depth to Olivia's personality and her past and extends Peter and Olivia's relationship. This episode is mostly centered on Olivia and makes her more of a stronger character than before. We now know her reasons for being strict and very objective and sometimes subjective with her work; in short she doesn't want anyone to loose anyone. And in regards to her past, it wasn't happy, she and her step father had serious issues to the point of which Olivia actually pulled out a weapon and used it on him twice, he lived and still gives her birthday cards to remind her that he's still out there and still alive.

This was a very well written episode, it was also more thought provoking than some of the recent episodes this season. Hope there are more like this in the future.

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