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6955 kHz
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Season: 3 Episode: 6
Air Date: 11 November 2010
Written by: Glen Whitman
Robert Chiappetta
Directed by: Joe Chappelle
Starring: Main Characters
Guest Cast: Kevin Weisman as Joseph Feller
Clark Middleton as Edward Markham
Ryan McDonald as Brandon

Mark Acheson as Murray Harkins
Minh Ly as Dan Liang
Vincent Tong as Shen Chan
Paula Lindberg as Becky Woomer
Tyler McClendon as Laird Woomer
Rena Kawabata as State Trooper
Raul Herrera as Bomb Technician
Daniel Martin as Foreman

Next: The Abducted
Previously: Amber 31422
Transcript  —  Additional Images
Introduction

6955 kHz is the sixth episode of the third season of FRINGE. It first aired on November 11, 2010. The science team investigates mass amnesia among shortwave radio operators on the same frequency. Against Walter's wishes, Peter continues to re-engineer the Wave Sink Device components needed by Secretary Bishop. Bolivia continues her subterfuge and strengthens the emotional bond Peter has developed toward her.

Synopsis

Numbers Station
Prologue
At Stockton Harbor, a lighthouse keeper warns Dave over the radio of strong tides and fog. He opens up his laptop and tells everyone in the chatroom to tune in to 6955 kHz. Dan Liang, in New York City's Chinatown, tells his buddy Shen of a girl named June. Shen is intently studying numbers in a white board. Shen refuses to go out with his friend and begins to ask for RECLUSE_09 in the chatroom. In Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Becky Woomer is busy
Mind Erased
chatting over the internet. Her husband, Laird, carrying their son, interrupts and offers her a tea. A beep goes off and Becky switches on a reel-to-reel tape recorder. A female voice starts to recite a series of numbers in the Dutch language. Becky Woomer begins to type out these numbers in the chatroom. The three people simultaneously feel the pain on their heads. Dave sends out a message, asking for help. Murray Harkins looks at the computer screen, stands up and seems to not understand what is happening. Dan comes back to get his ID. He finds Shen gazing at the numbers in the whiteboard. Shen turns his back and sees Dan. Shen looks confused. A confused Becky grabs a knife, not recognizing her husband in the kitchen. Laird tries to calm her down. Becky asks her husband who she is.

ACT I

Bedside Service
Bolivia starts to read the newspaper when Peter brings in breakfast in bed for her. Bolivia shares the bad news written in the newspaper. Peter tells her to that the entertainment section got offers something good. Bolivia picks up the newspaper and two concert tickets fell out. She feels so grateful and thinks that Peter is romantic for setting up a surprise date. Peter picks up a call from Walter, who is furious learning about Peter's little project (trying to figure out Walternate's Wave Sink Device). Bolivia picks up her call from Broyles.

As the team walks toward the house of Woomers, Broyles gives a short briefing of the case - fifteen short-wave radio users suffered collective retrograde amnesia at 10:45pm. Broyles is concerned that it may be one of the tests of terrorists. Laird Woomer, husband of Becky, explains to Peter and Bolivia that her wife was a moderator in a chatroom of people listening to number stations. A reel-to-reel tape catches Walter's attention. It reminds him of the days when he tried to find a secret message in Beatles album. Peter walks in and tells Broyles and Walter that the tape got the record of the number station broadcast. Walter calls off Peter's decision of listening to the recorded message, as it can erase their memories.

The team goes to Nina Sharp for a quick lecture on number stations. Nina explains that nobody knows what number stations are or where they are from. She plays a record of the broadcast they picked up four years ago - a male voice is heard reciting numbers in Spanish language. As far as Nina's knowledge, the broadcast never caused an amnesia before. Still annoyed with Peter's action, Walter tells everyone that Peter might want to let them listen the broadcast that caused the amnesia since he is fond of playing with dangerous activity. Walter leaves the room intends to get something from the child development center on the seventh floor. Nina warns Peter that Walter might get lost in Massive Dynamic. Bolivia explains to Nina that the father and son are not getting along because Walter disagree with finding out how the Walternate's machine works. She also ask Nina if she can talk to Walter given their long time relationship. Nina is puzzled by this, she thought that Bolivia would be more pressing than she is acting. Bolivia picks up another call from Broyles.

Bolivia and Broyles arrived at Alford, Massachusetts after receiving a report of a break-in in the radio tower. As they walk into the building, they find two dead employees shot in the head. Further down the building, a pulsating floating cube wired to the radio transmission catches their attention.
Floating Pulse Device

ACT II

The floating cube slams down after detaching the wire. Broyles explains to Bolivia that the magnetics inside is responsible to create the floating effect. Broyles sprays a print powder onto the panel, revealing a fingerprint. He asked the item to be sent to Walter.

At the Harvard lab, Walter finds a way to listen to the Becky's recording without erasing their memory. With the analog demodulation, Walter is able to separate out the number broadcast from the sound wave that causes amnesia. Walter thinks that the source of the amnesia-causing sound wave is the cube. Peter realizes that the person responsible for this wave knows that the radio enthusiasts are close to cracking the code... erasing their memories will keep the secret hidden. Peter and Walter gets into an argument after Peter finds out that his father unplugs his soundboard. Peter approaches Walter and insists that they need to understand how the device works. Astrid interrupts the two and tells them that Bolivia found the suspect's fingerprint, and will presenting the suspect's face to Laird.

A man carrying a cube is walking to a radio tower. He is identified by Bolivia as Joseph Feller. Laird, however, fails to recognize the man. Joseph Feller starts working on his mission.

Walter tests Becky's ability to remember. Once passed the test, she grabs a knitting needle with a cloth. She breaks down; due to her amnesia, she is unable to recognize her child and husband. Walter calms her down by explaining that the brain is a powerful resilient organ that is able to store all her memories.

Peter shows a list of everyone Becky talked to about the number stations. Bolivia fails to remember Ed Markham, the bookstore owner. Walter walks out of the room and talks to Bolivia. He knows how Becky feels - not able to remember details of his life. Bolivia feels sorry but Walter reminds her that they should focus on the case.

At the radio tower, Joseph Feller takes out an electronic chip from the cube. After he carefully places a transistor into the chip, he place it back onto the cube. He starts the cube on, making it pulsate and float. The pilot starts to scream while clutching his head.

ACT III

At the lab, Walter frets that now there are six dead people and twenty new amnesiacs. Astrid shares the same sentiment - she is unable to understand the number code. Astrid is interrupted by a phone call from Broyles. They found another cube, which they believe to cause the plane to crash down. Walter is unimpressed by the news. Astrid tries to cheer him up by playing songs of Bach.

Compulsive Reader
At the bookstore, Peter and Bolivia tell Markham about the amnesia suffered by the people show interest on the number stations. Markham explains to Bolivia and Peter that Marconi, the inventor of radio, first heard the number transmission. He also shows them a book called The First People by Seamus Wiles, written in 1897... a book that will possibly tell them where the numbers come from. As Peter and Bolivia leaves the shop, she thanks the shopowner. Markham stares at her to his disbelief.

Nina visits Walter's lab at Harvard. They share prescribed smoke and remember their younger days - the time when they are guided by their curiosities. When Nina confronts him on matters about Peter, Walter explains that his case is different... it is very risky. Nina reminds Walter that he heed her warning just like him, Peter will do the same - he will continue to investigate the device whether he likes it or not. Walter expresses concern that Peter is playing into Walternate's trick... ending up killing him. Nina thinks otherwise. She thinks that Walter needs to be an optimist, that the outcome can be different and his son Peter needs his guidance more than ever.

While Bolivia is driving the car, Peter summarizes the book, the First People are technologically advanced and discovered a vacuum, a source of all creation and destruction. They were also wiped out after some sort of cataclysm. Peter proclaims that the book is useless... not until he finds a chart. He asks Bolivia the numbers on the first broadcast. She struggles remembering the numbers. Peter recognizes that the numbers in the broadcast correspond to the numbers in
First Calendar?
the chart - connecting the number stations to the First People.

ACT IV

At the lab, Astrid reads excerpt from the book and decides to call off as absurd. Walter is unamused; he thinks that humans should not arrogant to assume that our species were the first people to walk the earth. Peter is confused what to believe but he is sure that the numbers in the calendar of the First People are connected to the broadcast. Astrid continues to read out passages from the book - the First People discovers the mechanism that is able to create and destroy, the vacuum. Amused of what he heard, Walter tells that both religion and science seeks such power and it is not surprising that someone is wiping the memories to ensure that the secret is protected.

Bolivia arrives in the lab late, she brings in malassadas for Walter. Astrid updates Bolivia of their progress on the book when Peter finds something. He takes out the transistor, it is newer... and it's Polish military grade. This will help them to track down the address of Joseph Feller. Bolivia looks unimpressed, eyeing on Peter. She excuses herself.

Astrid continues to work on the code. Walter brings her an avocado, cucumber and cheese sandwich. Astrid feels so frustrated, she is unable to find the pattern in the numbers. Walter reminds her to think like how the First People thinks - their concept of time. Astrid suddenly realizes something. She asks Walter to read out the calendar to her. What Astrid is missing is a cipher matrix, a decoder ring.

uhh... Sorry. My Bad...
Bolivia arrives at Feller's apartment. She is clearly unhappy with Feller's sloppy mission. Feller reminds Bolivia that he needs to upload another one, but Bolivia thinks that it is enough and she does not want for more innocent people to get hurt. Feller takes his bag and readies himself while Bolivia raises his hand and answer her phone. The call is from Broyles and they are on their way to the apartment. As Broyles and Peter arrive, noticing Olivia's car already there, Feller's body flies out of the window, smashing to the ground. A pool of mercury spreads out from Feller's body. Peter looks up and finds Bolivia in the window, looking down.

Peter rushes toward Bolivia, giving her a hug. She makes an excuse that Feller came at her first and she has a no choice.

ACT V

In Walter's lab, Astrid is about to erase the number when a light shines through the board, and notices the number reflecting to the globe. She has an epiphany...

Peter runs toward Feller's body and finds the shapeshifter's memory chip. It is unfortunate that the chip is broken. Bolivia receives a call from Astrid. She explains to the team that the numbers are coordinate system, pinpointing a specific location in a map. Walter thinks that the items are likely to be buried beneath the earth.

Excavation is initiated in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Buried Device Component
Bolivia tells Peter that if it was up to him to defend the world, he would do whatever it takes to protect this world. Peter thinks, otherwise, he believes that there's another way, a hope that will not jeopardize that lives of innocent people in both universes. Peter runs over to the site, where a large cylinder is brought up to the surface. Peter removes the dust, revealing a familiar symbol. Bolivia receives a call from Astrid, she explains that she found the last coordinate, it pinpoints to the location where they found The Box. The case is removed and a machine is revealed. Bolivia tells Peter and Walter that there are 37 more locations where the missing items are buried. Walter says that they have to assemble the pieces and figure out how it works.

Bolivia makes her way back to the Selectric 251 that she uses to report her activities and receive mission updates. She sits and rolls a fresh piece of paper into the typewriter and reports that...

THEY'VE LOCATED THE PIECES OF THE DEVICE.

After only a few seconds she receives a reply...

WELL DONE. INITIATE PHASE TWO.

In the alternate universe, Brandon Fayette calls Olivia at home just as she is getting out of the shower. He tells her that Secretary Bishop is postponing the on-going experimentation they had scheduled for her. They'll let her know when she's needed to resume the testing. After the call, a vision of Peter appears to her and suggests that whatever they needed from her, they have it now - and she isn't safe anymore. She has to go home.

Quotes

"If you knew that only one of our worlds could survive and if it was up to you, and you alone, to defend your side... You'd have no choice, right? I mean, you would have to do what you had to do. No matter the cost to protect... our world." - Bolivia (to Peter, subtly telling him of the reason for doing her mission)

"There are billions of innocent people over there, just like here... people with jobs, families, lives. I got to believe there's another way. And whatever my part in all of this is... I got to believe there's another way. There's always hope, right?" - Peter (to Bolivia, convinced that there is another way to save both worlds)

Trivia

General
  • The Observer stands with the crowd behind the crime scene tape after Peter discovers that the shapeshifter's dorsal memory chip is broken.
  • 6955 kHz. This band in the HF (high frequency) spectrum is a frequent platform for Pirate Radio Stations. Usually a 1 or 2 person operation, pirate operators prefer to avoid detection by the authorites in order to broadcast material that doesn't meet public broadcast guidelines. In Europe, illegal radio broadcasts typically occur on weekends and major holidays. In North America, 6955 kHz, along with 6995 kHz are pirated mainly during the evening. Pirate operators will abruptly change, or terminate, a broadcast to avoid location detection and subsequent fines and imprisonment.
  • Anagram. Seamus Wiles, author of the fictional book The First People, is an anagram for Samuel Weiss.
  • Number Station. The music box tune on the numbers station in the opening scene mimics an actual number station - The Swedish Rhapsody.
Cultural Reference
  • Sherlock Holmes. Walter fancies Peter's analytic skills as comparable to Sherlock Holmes. He tells Astrid that makes her Watson, Holmes talented and loyal sidekick. Walter refers to Astrid later as Watson... just a she prepares to solve the case with a cipher matrix - her Decoder Ring, per se, and a popular device used by the fictional Watson.
Recurring Theme
  • Seahorse glyph is spotted on the back of one of Markham's books.
Episode Reference
  • Astrid discovers that the last coordinate from the numbers broadcast pinpoints the house in Milton, Massachusetts where the box was dug up. (The Box)
  • Peter recalls his experience with the device on the other side. (Over There, Part 2)

Previously

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    The frequency 6-9-5-5 was highlighted in Green-Green-Green-Red on the sign above the Franklin Street Station (Amber 31422), foreshadowing the hypnotic/amnesiatic effect of the Numbers Broadcast.

Music

The Art of Fugue by Johann S. Bach {{#icon: ITunesBadge.gif | Download from iTunes | 61 | }}

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  • If the Observers are indeed The First People, could the event that destroyed their world be the speration of their universe into two alternte realities?
    • If not, then why there are parts of the "Machine" in both univierses?
  • Was the buried virus (What Lies Below) a product of the First People?
  • Does Sam Weiss have a connection to The First People?
  • Was Bolivia Dunham aware of the existence of The First People before she left her universe?
  • Did Secretary Bishop postpone experimentation on Olivia because the components of the Wave Sink Device were being located in this universe?
    • If not, why did he postpone the experimentation that he and Brandon had scheduled?
  • Does Nina Sharp suspect Bolivia Dunham's true identity?
  • Does Seamus Wiles have a familial connection to the Wiles family (The No-Brainer)
  • Are the symbols on the buried components the same notations (language) used by the Observers?

Numbers Broadcast

  • Are the messages being actively broadcast, or are they just arriving from the past?
    • If they are from the past, how long ago were they sent?
  • Who are the broadcasters?
  • How did the broadcasters know to identify the numbers/locations of the Wave Sink Device components?
  • What is their objective in broadcasting these numbers/locations?
  • Was/is there a deliberate effort to conceal the whereabouts of the Wave Sink Device components?
  • Are the radio hobbyists publicly intercepting messages that were meant to be privately received?
  • Are the broadcasts a method used by First People to communicate with one another?
  • Were the amnesia-inducing pulses added to the broadcasts solely to lure the science team into locating the buried components?
  • Does The Beacon transmit the Numbers Broadcast?

Episodes

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Transcripts

Season 5 : Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11In AbsentiaThe RecordistThe Bullet That Saved The WorldAn Origin StoryThrough The Looking Glass And What Walter Found ThereFive-Twenty-TenThe Human KindBlack BlotterAnomaly XB-6783746The Boy Must LiveLibertyAn Enemy Of FateSeason 4 : Neither Here Nor ThereOne Night In OctoberAlone In The WorldSubject 9NovationAnd Those We've Left BehindWallflowerBack To Where You've Never BeenEnemy Of My EnemyForced PerspectiveMaking AngelsWelcome To WestfieldA Better Human BeingThe End Of All ThingsA Short Story About LoveNothing As It SeemsEverything In Its Right PlaceThe ConsultantLetters Of TransitWorlds ApartBrave New World, Part 1Brave New World, Part 2Season 3 : OliviaThe BoxThe PlateauDo Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep?Amber 314226955 kHzThe AbductedEntradaMarionetteThe FireflyReciprocityConcentrate And Ask AgainImmortality6BSubject 13OsStowawayBloodlineLysergic Acid Diethylamide6:02 AM ESTThe Last Sam WeissThe Day We DiedSeason 2 : A New Day In The Old TownNight Of Desirable ObjectsFractureMomentum DeferredDream LogicEarthlingOf Human ActionAugustSnakeheadGrey MattersUnearthedJohari WindowWhat Lies BelowThe Bishop RevivalJacksonvillePeterOlivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver.White TulipThe Man From The Other SideBrown BettyNorthwest PassageOver There, Part 1Over There, Part 2Season 1 : PilotThe Same Old StoryThe Ghost NetworkThe ArrivalPower HungryThe CureIn Which We Meet Mr. JonesThe EquationThe DreamscapeSafeBoundThe No-BrainerThe TransformationAbilityInner ChildUnleashedBad DreamsMidnightThe Road Not TakenThere's More Than One Of Everything