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Fringe Recap: Episode Six, "The Cure"

Fringe Rundown: Episode Six, "The Cure"

On this week's Fringe, we finally learn a little more about Olivia, whose private life has been mostly a big void until now. Also, a lot of living things explode, so if you haven't watched yet, I recommend you don't do so with food. Overall, I thought this was one of the stronger episodes of the series. Do you agree? To talk about it, just


  • Ohmigosh, exploding heads. Fringe has done gross before (the giant baby episode, in particular), but this was on another, bloodier level. If I think too hard about the rat, I get squirmy.
  • That said, this case has a lot of good things going for it: One, it's fascinating — and a pretty sad commentary on the state of healthcare — that a couple of patients fooling around with drugs could find a cure for an incurable disease. Two, the patients' ties to the greater medical/scientific world, and the idea that a doctor could experiment on unsuspecting patients, are creepy. And three, it allowed Walter to use his scientific knowledge — but not his specific recollection of a crazy case he worked on in the '70s — to understand what was going on.
  • It's been bugging me that all these incidents keep happening in Boston when presumably there's a Pattern presence worldwide, but something Peter says in this episode made me see it in a different way. He points out the weirdness of all these human experiments happening in one place and suggests that maybe someone has a plan for something greater. So, in essence, maybe there's a mini-Pattern in Boston that's just one portion of the worldwide Pattern.
  • Meanwhile, it's Olivia's birthday, and we learn that Olivia has an abusive stepfather whom she once shot. He survived but fled out into the world, never to be seen by her again — but every year on her birthday, he sends her a card, just to let her know he's out there somewhere. No wonder she doesn't like to celebrate (or even think about it — did anyone else catch the pain in her eyes when one of her suspects started to speculate about her age?).
  • That makes the scene at the end all the more curious. I take it her father usually mails her the card rather than slipping it under her door. Is it from him? Agent Scott? Someone else?
  • It's also refreshing to see Olivia get angry at Peter for his constant wisecracking: "Any more jokes?" I'm assuming it's a feeling of helplessness that drives Peter to Massive Dynamic, where he makes some sort of deal-with-the-devil with Nina in exchange for the location of the secret experimentation site for the FBI to raid.
  • Speaking of angry, Broyles flips out over Olivia's indiscreet behavior in this episode. Which is odd, because at first, nothing she did seemed unlike the way these cases have been handled from the start. (Granted, calling in the media at the end may have been a little much . . . )
  • I couldn't even breathe during the scene where Olivia hands the antidote to the poor radioactive girl and begs her to stab herself with the syringe before her brain boils. Yeesh.
  • On a lighter note, Walter's calling Astrid "Asterisk" now. Hey, it's closer.
  • Poor Mr. Papaya, the friendliest of fruits. Jean mooing at the explosion was hilarious.

What did you all think? Do you like the new mysteries that are being raised each week? And can you believe we now have to go three weeks without the show?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
Oh wow guys! I just now noticed that Sugar is recapping Fringe!! This episode was really a downer in a lot of ways- but I did adore poor Mr. Papaya, the friendliest of fruits! My BF and I are Tivoing Fringe and I know one other person at work who is watching it. So far, I'm liking it more and more- I just watched the comeback episode and I think it was the best so far. looking forward to seeing the recap for it :)
Jammi Jammi 8 years
LOL at clone and alien baby, hahah. I agree this episode was good although Olivia really bothered me when she snuck into the house the day of the wake, like I understood why, but just the massive invasion of privacy when in the end the mother probably would've been as forthcoming if they had just asked. I know they did that to show that the case was getting to her but geez. I thought, when Peter was like 'did you get a card?' and she said no and he was like 'Happy Birthday', he did something to her stepdad [earlier on he said something about the stepfather getting what was coming to him] so I thought it alluded to his underground connections and what not so the card underneath the door was a major wtf? to me. I really thought I had that figured out, and then Olivia was going to learn about Peter and why people take pictures of him in cafes etc. and bam! we finally see a bit more of his storyline but it would go through their trust issues since she'd sort of be investigating him. Yeah, overthought that little scene, LOL, but this is pretty good too. Anyone else notice that Astrid [Asterik, hahah] is a lot more lippy with Walter? Like with the birds and he was all sad over lettingthem go and she called them rats with wings? And there was something else this episode, he said something and she had a response which was interesting to me because first few episodes she would've just kept quiet and nodded or asked Olivia if that was true/cool.
CYL CYL 8 years
lol TLS girl I thought so too :) they are totally going to hook up and Olivia is going to get preggers with an alien baby.. Oops wrong series...X-files
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
"If I think too hard about the rat, I get squirmy." If I think too hard about the rat I might cry. I definitely watched that scene through my fingers. I'm glad that we get to learn more about Olivia in this episode, but I'm also glad that Broyles yelled at her, mostly because her actions were so rash. If you know that someone is doing something wrong, why alert him that you know? Wouldn't it be better to watch him and catch him in the act? I totally yelled "they're so gonna make out!" at the TV when Peter and Olivia were talking at the end. I mean, come on, they're so gonna make out.
sexymotherfakir sexymotherfakir 8 years
I think the strongest part of the episode was the already pointed out NOT AN EXPERIMENT WALTER DID. That said I wouldn't mind Peter pulling a little bit more of his own weight. I know he helped out in this week's episode and yeah, he's knocked out guys before but still to a large extent he's just there because Walter wants him there. It be nice if he brought something more to the team.
CYL CYL 8 years
LMAO at "Is her stepfather a clone"
NatUK NatUK 8 years
Good episode all round, is it just me or is Peter/Josh looking hotter with every passing show. I loved how he picked up on Olivia's irritable mood straight away and voiced his concern..they are building up their mutual trust and friendship very nicely indeed. But please, bosses at the FBI, get Walter and Peter an apartment real soon, it's unbelievable for them to still be sharing a hotel room after all this time(even though it allows for some witty comments from Peter on Walter's nocturnal habits!)
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Haha, I think these JJ Abrams shows have trained me to always expect the unexpected. I'm like, "Did someone steal the card? Is her stepfather hiding in her apartment? Is her stepfather a clone???" :)
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
I think the stampless card is intended to imply that her step-dad knows where she lives, and that he put the blank card under the door himself. I think it's from him, and I hope we get a confrontation between the two of them at some point in the future. Fringe isn't quite as tricky as Lost, so I think it's a safe bet that the card came from who we're supposed to think it came from.
pumpkinb pumpkinb 8 years
Like the show, but still haven't warmed up to Olivia yet. And her accent keeps slipping out!
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
fiery — I caught that, but in that case, who put the card under her door? the envelope didn't have a stamp or anything.
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
"That makes the scene at the end all the more curious. I take it her father usually mails her the card rather than slipping it under her door. Is it from him? Agent Scott? Someone else?" --You didn't catch the scene earlier where she goes through her mail at the FBI and finds nothing but bills? Her step-dad usually mails her the card at the bureau, so she thought when she went in to be reprimanded by Broyles that she was in the clear, only to come home to a reminder of the monster that still lurks outside.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I love Lance Reddick too and I'm glad he is seeing consistant work since "The Wire" and I want to know more about Peter, but I'm assuming they are going to make us wait towards the end of the season and give us a cliffhanger. BOOOO HISS that there is 3 weeks without any new Fringe :(
CYL CYL 8 years
I loved this episode. The Papaya with the eyes made me giggle and Jean Mooing too. I agree about that injection scene...I was on the edge of my seat waiting wondering if the girl's head was going to explode..because its Fringe..and people die a lot! lol. I love Walter more and more..he is becoming my fav TV character...I cringed and laughed when he asked about the Onion soup in the diner where they found the exploding girl.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I agree that this was one of the strongest episodes (other than the piolet). I really liked that we got to see something personal from Olivia. Now I just want them to explore more about Peter. It was clear from that one episode (the one w/ the freakishly fast aging) that his father experimented on him, but what did it do to him??? Also, still love Lance Reddick...that guy just plays creepy so well. I think it might be his bloodshot eyes that help.
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