|Air Date:||11 November 2010|
|Written by:|| Glen Whitman|
|Directed by:||Joe Chappelle|
|Guest Cast:|| Kevin Weisman as Joseph Feller|
Clark Middleton as Edward Markham
Ryan McDonald as Brandon
Mark Acheson as Murray Harkins
|Transcript — Additional Images|
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.
SynopsisStockton 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 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.
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.
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.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
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.
Peter rushes toward Bolivia, giving her a hug. She makes an excuse that Feller came at her first and she has a no choice.
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.
- THEY'VE LOCATED THE PIECES OF THE DEVICE.
- 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.
- 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)
|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.|
• The Art of Fugue by Johann S. Bach
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on 6955 kHz/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- 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?
- 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?