Fringe: Season 3, Episode 14

6B (18 Feb. 2011)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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A series of Fringe events leads the team to the home of a woman grieving over the death of her husband, while Peter and Olivia make an effort to repair the emotional rift between them.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Merchant
Derek Merchant
Mrs. Marcello
SWAT Agent
Conan Graham ...
Rick Kimball


A series of Fringe events leads the team to the home of a woman grieving over the death of her husband, while Peter and Olivia make an effort to repair the emotional rift between them.

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The apartment building where the initial fringe event occurs is called the Rosencrantz Building. Walter shows that the building is a site of anomalous disruption of the laws of physics because he flips a coin and it lands on heads ten times in a row, a statistical improbability. These are references to Tom Stoppard's 1966 play "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," which opens with its two main characters (who are also two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet) betting on coin flips. Against the laws of probability, Rosencrantz bets heads--and wins--ninety-two times. See more »


(at around 20 mins) When Walter breaks the glass panel to demonstrate the universe breaking through, the camera angle moves from back to front of the glass panel but the fractures do not match up. From the one camera angle the radial fractures form a five point star with the top point almost directly north and a concentric fracture around the middle, and from the other angle the fractures form a six point star with the top two points running towards the corners of the frame the glass panel sits in and no concentric fracture visible. See more »


References Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) See more »


It's Alright Now
Written by The Wildbirds
Performed by The Wildbirds
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Pale Blue Eyes
4 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the weeks leading up to Peter's inescapable joining with "The Vacuum" (i.e., "the machine") Walter fears that "his" universe is breaking apart and it is only a matter of time until "our side" is as bad off as "The Other Side."

And it all starts at this innocuous, innocent looking Building in New York- Where Odd Things have been happening, the residents have been moving out in droves, and at a Party on the 3rd Floor the Blender turns on all by itself, an hors d'oeuvre suddenly has peanuts in it causing a guest to go in to anaphylactic shock, and then a body falls on the street while a woman is getting into a taxi-Then another, and another. And a few more, followed by a few pieces of furniture.

Several theories get tossed out — "Flash Mob Suicide"-But Peter notices, that the bodies were too close to the side of the Building to have jumped off the balcony - The bodies were found below the balcony, ergo, the balcony must have stopped existing for a split second - Walter and Peter get off the balcony fast.

It's Walter's fear that the universes will break apart because he crossed over to get Peter, revealing the "red" and "blue" universes to each other and to the Pauli Exclusion Principal (aka, the "Heisenberg" principle) which ultimately would leave One Universe standing. And that it is finally beginning now, beginning at the innocent looking building, which has been used in a lot of movies, including "Kate and Leopold."

If this is in fact happening, then Olivia helps Nina Sharp set up Amber Protocols for this side and they build a prototype Amber Containment unit.

In the end, the vortex that appears, is not due to a "soft spot" but to a "Ghost" - Which appears to an Old Widow Alice Merchant played by Phyllis Somerville (Grandma Fuller from "Benjamin Button")-She sees her Husband Derek (Ken Pogue). On our side, she lost Derek, on his side, he lost Alice. The connection between the two is shattering the universe(s), and it takes "Grandma Fuller" letting go of Derek to break the connection.

On the other side, Alt-Astrid reports a "Class 4 Vortex." But when Alternate Lee and Fauxlivia get to Apartment 6B, there is nothing there and Derek tells them nothing about what had happened.

Ultimately this episode is about Olivia and Peter, who just like Alice and Derek, are from two sides of a Multiverse. So as strains of Velvet Underground play in the background, Peter and Olivia go "Upstairs"...

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