The team investigates a number of people who died faceless after their orifices are sealed while German agents investigating David Robert Jones' escape question Olivia.



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FBI Agent
Philip LeStrange ...
ND Agent #1
Paramedic #1


Olivia finds what ZFT stands for. Walter examines a man who was infected by something that caused his orifices to close. Jones turns himself in and demands to speak to Olivia. Soon more people become "faceless" and Olivia believes Jones is behind it. She therefore gets permission to see Jones, who dares her to take a test. If she passed, then Jones would stop killing people. The test requires Olivia to awake her true "ability". Written by Andreea D

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Noah Bean plays an unnamed agent that calls in a favor from an old college girlfriend that breaks lawyer/client privilege to provide leading information on the current FBI case at hand. He also plays David Connor on Damages (2007), in which his fiancée works in a law office for a boss that is known to break several rules to get what she wants. See more »


Mr. Kohl says "The best we can hope for is life". Lifelong imprisonment is the maximum penalty in Germany. The death penalty does not exist anymore since 1949. Also the extradition of a prisoner, who has to expect death penalty in the receiving country, is forbidden by German law and so not possible. So the sentence of Mr. Kohl makes no sense. See more »


Olivia Dunham: In the meantime, I need two hours alone.
Sanford Harris: Why? Where you going?
Olivia Dunham: To get a massage.
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References Rear Window (1954) See more »


End Title Theme (Composed by Michael Giacchino)
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The Author of ZFT
3 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We always assumed the guy who wrote ZFT was a pimply, gangly crazy terrorist with nasty habits-Well, the category "crazy" fits, but not the rest of it

The sad thing here is that a cool old-guy selling papers and rags, who was a real Movie buff (He knew about "Charade" with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn)-Gets killed horribly when every orifice on his body gets overgrown with excess skin after he accepts a 2-dollar bill from a faceless customer. One moment this guy is pretending to be Robert Osborn from TCM, the next, Horror and Murder! Also, Homage: When the skin grows over the guys face, he looks alarmingly like some X-Files "Rebel Aliens" who had deliberately sewn up all of their orifices to keep from getting infected by the "Black Oil" - One of the forms of Aliens from The X-Files, if the stuff got into your eye, mouth or nose

  • Then it takes over your body and exposes everyone around you to

massive radiation.

Here, we need to remember the stuff that causes this excess skin growth is on a 2-Dollar Bill, which is just to show how easily and how fast it can spread to the general population.

After Jones "Trekked" himself out of German Prison, he vanished. Until Now. He just walks right in to the FBI Building - And Immediately asks for Dunham. It is a "no-brainer" that Jones is responsible for this Skin-Growth toxin/hormone, so the FBI should not waste time, eh?

But of course, Sanford Harris plays his game of domination, which utterly fails almost immediately and causes several hours to be wasted
  • And one more FBI Agent killed because Harris refused to just let

Jones talk to Olivia. A Team is sent to investigate the warehouse where Jones spent time decompressing after being transported - And they find more drawings of Olivia made by Jones.

There had been talk of a substance called "Cortexiphan" in previous episodes, made by Massive Dynamic-Used by Walter and William Bell in "The Cortexiphan Trials" - And Olivia had never lived in any of the cities where they had the trials, so she thinks it a given that she's never had the drug.

But once Harris steps out of the way and lets Olivia do her Job, she talks to Jones, and he asks her to pass a "test" after which he will tell Fringe Division how to disarm a Bomb he has set up which will shower the Skin Growth Hormone all over a City.

When Jones starts getting sick, Harris allows Walter to bring him to the Lab so Walter can treat him. It is there where Jones sets up his "test" - He wants Olivia to shut off some lights in an array using her mind! Peter gimmicks the test box, so that it appears Olivia had passed the test, But Jones knew he had been Faked Out, because when Fringe Div gets to the Bomb Site, the Bomb can ONLY be disarmed by Olivia, shutting off the lights with her mind!

Which she tries, and succeeds. When she asks Jones about this, he recites a quotation from ZFT that says something to the effect that the "Recruits" will be unwilling to participate - Just like Olivia.

Jones Treks himself away again, but in the Aftermath, Nina Sharp calls Olivia and tells her that indeed, there were Cortexiphan Trials at the Military Base in Jacksonville, Florida - Where she lived as a Child.

But the real kick in the pants happens when Walter, reading the ZFT Manuscript, notices that the word "AbilitY" has the letter "Y" off from the rest - Just like the Typewriter that used to belong to William Bell. And this makes a direct connection from Jones straight to Walter.

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