Fringe: Season 4, Episode 13

A Better Human Being (17 Feb. 2012)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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As the Fringe team investigates a mentally ill patient who appears to be connected to a series of murders, frightening clues and connections are uncovered that lead Olivia to some shocking revelations.



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Episode credited cast:
Phillip Broyles (credit only)
Dr. Owen Frank
Sean Keenan
Sandra Ferens ...
Mrs. Keenan
Allison Hossack ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nursing Home Attendant
David B. Brown ...
Jason Duiven ...


As the Fringe team investigates a mentally ill patient who appears to be connected to a series of murders, frightening clues and connections are uncovered that lead Olivia to some shocking revelations.

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HIPPA regulations forbid hospital staff from discussing a patient's symptoms or his or her name with anyone other than doctors, staff and immediate relatives if the patient is not directly related to the case at hand. See more »


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Baby is Three
18 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sometimes, you just have to spill all the beans out of the bag to move things along. I suspected this Episode for about 3 weeks.

I just wasn't expecting this turn of events, not at all, not in the least.

I was confirmed in my suspicions as to why certain things were happening. Why Olivia was suddenly remembering being Olivia. Cortexiphan always needs a trigger, and Olivia's Trigger is always Fear. That happened, last week.

The "Monster of the Week" portion of the Ep was soundly Fringed out by Walter, who also unravels why Olivia is unraveling. Fringe is better at mixing the Procedural part of the story with the larger ongoing story arc. In this Ep they blend in perfectly.

But a classic Golden Age Science Fiction story comes to mind: "More than Human" aka "Baby is Three" by Theodore Sturgeon. What The Fringe Team has here, is a "Gestalt Organism"- Although this is never mentioned.

Who ARE these shapeshifters and how are they about 10 steps ahead of Walter and Peter ALL the time? What the Blazes is David Jones getting at? What the hell does he WANT? Can he be appeased, or is he just a total maniac like Walternate?

JUST like The X Files, we learn these answers just to have more questions. NOW What?!

Oh. My. God. This has been the best of Fringe Episodes. I actually had to STAND UP to watch most of it.

There is not much else I can say about this Ep. WELL DONE! Very Well Done. I just could not sit down to watch it.

Week after Week, the Production Quality of Fringe stands up the the first Five Seasons of that show about "The Former X Designation".

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