People who once had sleeping problems but were cured by having a biochip inserted in their brain suddenly start to die. Walter suspects the chips were accessed by someone who used mind control.


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Charlie Francis (credit only)
Dr. Nayak
Agent Kashner
Stephen Dimopoulos ...
Mr. Lamia
Kurt Evans ...
Steven Garr ...
Rob Rosiello


The Fringe team travels cross-country to Seattle after learning of a mysterious incident involving a man who attacked his boss because he believed he was an evil ram-horned creature. As these puzzling occurrences continue, the team tirelessly explores strange and creepy links to dreams. In pursuit of additional information, Agent Broyles has a disconcerting meeting with enigmatic Massive Dynamic executive Nina Sharp that leads the investigation in an unthinkable direction. Written by Fox Publicity

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Sleepless in Seattle
20 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a case that appears to be a "Pattern Case" - The furthest one yet from Reiden Lake, Fringe Division is called to Seattle, Washington to find out why a man attacked his employer under strange circumstances.

Meanwhile, Olivia has yet to deal with her partner of several years, Charlie Francis, being absorbed by a Shapeshifter. And who can help her with that? Enter the ever-enigmatic Sam Weiss, who gives her an assignment. And so, Walter, Peter and Olivia fly out to Seattle.

But the first thing Walter sees when they get there, is the hapless Greg Leiter (Jim Thorburn) strapped to a hospital bed - Which instantly brings back very bad memories of similar instances from St Claire's- "The Hospital where he lived for 17..." (Yes, we know, Walter). Apparently Leiter had been in a deep sleep for 16 hours, and he could not be roused. Walter initially will not enter the room. But while Leiter is explaining how he ended up there, he has a fit, his hair turns white and his eyes wiggle and cloud over and he dies - Of apparent exhaustion and dehydration, of which Walter can't find the explanation. But his findings concur with what the Seattle Medical Examiner has found, only Walter had found it out more quickly.

Walter will not stay in Seattle, as it reminds him of St Claire's- This is explanation enough, and nothing further need be read into it. The first thing he sees upon entering a strange city is a man in four-point restraints? That right there explains all of it, why he would not and could not stay. And so Walter entreats Peter to help Olivia find out "why."

Walter is accompanied back to Boston by "Agent Kashner" which Peter instructs how to babysit Walter - "Just give him Planck's Book of Constants which he keeps in his backpack, that will keep him busy for a couple of hours - And Don't let him drink, at any time he has any number of psychoactive drugs in his system, so drinking is not a good idea."

While in Seattle, Olivia begins her "Assignment" and begins collecting business cards from everyone wearing red.

Thus begins an episode which is split between Peter and Olivia in Seattle and Walter, Astrid and Agent Kashner in Boston.

Walter finds an unnecessary Incision in the back of Leiter's neck- Leading to a computer chip connected to his Hypothalamus region. Massive Dynamic knows who makes these, they point Olivia and Peter to a "Dr Nayak" (Ravi Kapoor), who they have been watching, The Chips are to treat sleep disorders and seem to be successful, so successful that there are 80 patients in Seattle being treated this way: But unfortunately, they cannot find out right away all of the patient's names: Because someone has stolen the server from Dr. Nayak's office!

Initially, Walter thinks that this is come kind of insidious Mind Control device, and cites his work on the MK-ULTRA Project. But in fact something else is happening. And because Peter has forbade Walter to use "Student Guinea Pigs" - He dopes Agent Kashner and installs an EEG Net over his head (Which was preferable to drilling a hole in Kashner's head to implant the chip). This enables Walter to "Try to Control" Agent Kashner's brain remotely.

But instead of being able to control Kashner's limbs, Walter starts hallucinating, at first he thinks he dosed himself with Mescaline inadvertently, but it is the chip - Transmitting dreams from Agent Kashner.

And so this becomes less insidious, rather than an evil mad doctor controlling minds, it is simply that someone has become addicted to reading the Dreams of Nayak's patients. In fact this is shown as it is happening, and Nayak's Assistant seems to be helping. But as he ends up being found dead, he can't be considered a suspect. But someone is sending warnings to Nayak to keep away "from the FBI."

Which leave the question: Whodunit? The answer to that, is related to Olivia's Stepfather who had a drinking problem and had developed a "Second Personality" because of it. The same thing has happened here- The only question is... Who?

During all of this, Weiss has been helping Olivia with her "Project"- Which turns out to lead her to a relevant phrase relating to Charlie that helps her bring closure to things she doesn't yet understand. But she soon will.

But back in Boston: Peter has his first nightmare since he was 10 years old: He is a child in his bed, and Walter comes to him. When Peter awakes he finds Walter looking at him, asking him if he remembers anything else from the "dream." We discover the relevance of this dream later this season: As Bad Dreams usually reflect actual events.

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