All season long, we've seen Olivia Dunham convinced that she belongs "over there," but on Thursday night's episode of "Fringe," she had recently snapped out of it (thanks to a few visits by her subconscious "Peter") and decided to make a break for it.
Before that, though, she had one more case to solve in the other world, involving the Candyman, who has been kidnapping little boys for years, only to return them 48 hours later with various ailments.
This was truly one of the most disturbing cases in the show's history, and that's saying a lot. "Over there" Broyles (Alt-Broyles?) was personally affected by this case, as his son was one of the Candyman's victims, and returned home blind as a result.
When Olivia figured out who the Candyman was and that his motive was to "steal youth" via the pituitary gland (similarities to a current storyline on "The Event" are purely coincidental), it was definitely one of the most pulse-pounding moments on this show, as alt-Broyles arrived just in time to save his son.
So grateful was alt-Broyles to Olivia, that he refused to turn her in once she was caught using the defunct-over-there term "FBI." Olivia was free to sneak into the laboratory (after matter-of-factly telling cab driver Henry that she was from a "parallel universe"), dive into the tank and make her escape to "our world" ... until she was pulled back by Walternate and his assistant.
Meanwhile, after watching some of "Casablanca," a movie which his now-girlfriend "Bolivia" had never heard of - she thinks it starred Ronald Reagan - Peter got a call from a woman who had seen Olivia with a message from the other side. Those last few minutes will go down as a highlight of this series, when all is said and done.
With the wrap-up of this memorable story arc, "Fringe" is certainly firing on all cylinders. What will happen to Olivia? How will Peter react to this news? (Having had a sneak peek of what's to come, I can say you ain't seen nothing yet.) Share your view of "Fringe's" third season on video, or in the comments below ... and look for a recap of the conclusion here in two weeks.
Dear Henry and fellow "Fringe" devotees:
In case you didn't already know, Ronald Reagan had been the first choice to play Rick in "Casablanca" before Humphrey Bogart defined the role.
Not only that, but the writers really did work on an ending in which the Bogart and Bergman characters fly off together and live happily ever after, as alt-Olivia states in this superbly shaped grace-note of an exchange between her and Peter.
Strong work, Fringe writers.
Frings is moving to Fridays? Say it isn't so!!! That's the death slot, means FOX has given up.
This is the best show on TV right now, and I am a big fan of NCIS and House. But Fringe is better.
The writers and cast are just excellent. Thanks FOX.
What an amazing episode, of the best season, of an amazing show. You fans BETTER watch when Fringe switches to Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I cannot stand to see Fringe get the axe........
One of the few MUST SEE shows on tv!! It's the one show I absolutely have to watch or tape each week. Totally unpredictable. I agree, Interworld, John Noble is awesome!
...John Noble..IS..OSCAR MATERIAL!!
EMMY tv actors don't get oscars.
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