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|6:02 AM EST|
|Air Date:||22 April 2011|
|Written by:|| Josh Singer|
|Directed by:||Jeannot Szwarc|
|Guest Cast:|| Seth Gabel as Lincoln Lee|
Kevin Corrigan as Sam Weiss
Ryan McDonald as Brandon Fayette
Tobias Der as Scientist
|Next:||The Last Sam Weiss|
|Previously:||Lysergic Acid Diethylamide|
|Transcript — Additional Images|
6:02 AM EST is the twentieth episode of the third season of FRINGE. It first aired on April 22, 2011. Secretary Bishop determines a method to refocus the damaging anomalies in his universe onto this one. Bolivia Dunham challenges his actions. Our Fringe Team, Nina and Massive Dynamic, and Sam Weiss mobilize to counter the deadly phenomena occurring here.
On Liberty Island in the alternate universe, Brandon Fayette is briefed by his assembled team of scientists and technicians on one of the final steps they will need to accomplish in preparing their Wave Sink Device for activation. The Faraday Cage was inadequate, so they are doubling the thickness of the lead shielding in the protective cage to counter the massive electrostatic discharge the device may generate. The improved safety feature should be ready within the hour. Secretary Bishop joins his lead scientist and the others are dismissed from the room. Bishop is checking on the status of the project. Fayette tells him they were able to strip twenty-three of Dunham's chromosomes from the blood sample from her newborn son, Henry. That leaves them with just half of Peter's genetic profile, which may or may not be enough to activate the device. Fayette reflects on his commitment to the project, his pride in being part of the effort, and the history they are about to make. Secretary Bishop is contemplative too. History may reflect poorly on the vast expense humanity will suffer if their project works.← In the rolling Accord, a ranch hand approaches the large flock of sheep he is monitoring in the chilly early morning air. The livestock are alarmed and bleating loudly as something unusual begins to happen in the nearby woods. Ritchie is concerned about the livestock and calls his supervisor, Joe, who is parked down the road having his morning meal. Ritchie convinces Joe the situation with the flock is serious, so Joe begins the trip up to the grazing pasture. As he drives closer, the music on the trucks' radio turns to static, and thousands of locust swarm down the road toward him. Joe nearly wrecks the truck amid all of the bug strikes, but arrives safely at the grazing field and finds Ritchie. The animals are extremely alarmed and Joe summons the rest of his hands to the North Field with a call on the handheld radio. Seconds later, both men are engulfed by a blinding blue light. Sam Weiss tends to the needs of a single loyal customer. Donnie isn't bowling up to his usual standards and takes a break for a cup of coffee. Sam hears something odd and finds the source of the nearby sound... a bowling ball sitting in one of the returns is bouncing off of the ball next to it - for no apparent reason. Sam retires to the equipment room, closes the door behind him, and opens a locked cabinet in the back of the room. He removes a large box and removes the Newton's Cradle he keeps stashed there. He places it on the counter and the five metallic ball-bearings suspended on it start to transfer energy after only a few seconds. Sam grows concerned.
Early on Tuesday morning at the Bishop's house, Olivia slips out into the hallway after having spent Monday night in Peter's bed. Entirely to her chagrin, Walter intercepts her as he exits his bedroom on the way to the kitchen to start working on a mushroom frittata. It's Tuesday, which means Walter is cooking naked. He is wearing furry slippers though... good advice to her if she intends to spend many more evenings there - the house can get very chilly. A bit flush at the naked Walter sighting, Olivia returns to bed and curls back up with Peter. Content with their rekindled romance, Olivia shares that sunrise is her favorite time of day - the world is full of promise. Not for long though as both of their phones ring with the call to join a fresh investigation.Broyles greets them with the details he has learned so far. The ranch foreman and an assistant are confirmed missing along with a flock of more than five hundred sheep. No known weather anomalies were detected and the nearby military base has already been ruled out as far as weapons testing. The incident happened just after six o'clock in the morning, according to the owner of the neighboring property. He was outside when it happened. Walter asks Peter to help him inspect a large boulder while Olivia interviews the neighbor. The boulder is granite and contains quartz crystals. The electrometer they brought with them detects a large electrical charge in the rock - something that would only occur if the granite were exposed to the extreme physical pressure caused by a major gravitational event. Walter is certain a vortex appeared above the field and consumed everything in its path: confirming his fear that their world is breaking down all around them. But what caused it?
At the remote airbase that houses the reconstructed Wave Sink Device, Nina Sharp
Still in the grazing pasture, the science team collects around Broyles to hear the bad news - the machine powered-up by itself. Walter suspects the worst when he figures that the vortex over this field coincides with the activation of the device: This is just the beginning of the end of the world.Back in Walter's campus laboratory, Peter reviews the data they have collected on the device and grows frustrated - apparently their assumption was false - that he was somehow the power source for this machine. Walter thinks he may know how the device activated. It's magnetic field is warped in a pattern similar to the quantum entangled communication device (Entrada) that was used to relay information to the alternate universe. The other universe must have activated the Wave Sink Device on Astrid joins them with a report from Broyles about bats over New Jersey, earthquakes in Florida and a blight (Grey Matters) in Massachusetts. Walter believes that these anomalies will begin to increase exponentially with no way to stop them.
← In the alternate universe, Agent Dunham walks through a city park pushing a stroller containing her three week old infant, Henry. Mary, the nanny, walks beside her as they talk about the baby. It is the new mom's day off from work - but her pager says otherwise. She leaves the boy with Mary, says goodbye to him, and says she will call when she has an idea what time she will be home. Mary tells her not to worry... the child will be safe with her.
↓ In his office on Liberty Island, Secretary Bishop reviews the initial measurements with Fayette and is disappointed that there is no measurable improvement in environmental degradation levels. Reversing decades of damage will take longer than a few hours. Agent Dunham's arrival is announced and Fayette leaves to return to the Entrada) from the other universe is part of the weapon he told her about. She tries to corner the senior politician - has he activated the weapon that will destroy the universe that holds his grown son? The Secretary won't be cornered by her questioning. His concern is for the people in their world - Peter chose to leave and has pledged his allegiance elsewhere.
In Walter's campus lab, the team stands around trying to brainstorm a solution while Olivia is in her office tasking Nina over the phone. Schematics of the device aren't raising many new ideas. They could break the device back down into it's basic components, but the energy coming from the quantum entanglement might tear them apart. Anything they do might have devastating consequences. Maybe they could contain the entire machine in lead, to contain the energy it is emitting. Olivia shares the news that an electromagnetic spike occurred fifteen minutes before the vortex wiped out the flock of sheep. She remembers that the Fringe Division in the alternate universe also looked for odd thermal patterns and radiation spikes, in addition to the electromagnetic spikes, as a form of early warning. She has Nina tracking all three anomalies, but needs to go to Massive Dynamic to help develop the protocol they will use. Peter joins Walter in his office to share his thoughts. Maybe his unique interface with the device gives him the ability to turn it off. Walter remembers how the The Observer manipulated events a few months earlier - he was preparing Walter to be able to sacrifice Peter (The Firefly) when the time comes. Peter is willing to take the ultimate risk... but can't do it without Walter's help.Nina in New York. Her car radio fills in some of the developing news stories associated with what she knows is the unraveling fabric of the universe... the public is being fed a cover story about 'unexplained weather phenomena' and a storm advisory is being posted for the entire East Coast. Nina is busy in her office trying to locate Sam Weiss when Olivia arrives to work on the protocol standards they need to adopt for early detection and warning. The coverage they have established so far is spotty. Nina has tasked satellite coverage to focus on the states in the northeastern part of the country, but thermal detection, far from complete, does provide some lead time. She has also coordinated to have the cell tower network recalibrated to detect electromagnetic disturbances. Olivia wants to know about the amount of Amber available (6B) to respond to the vortex events - without it, early detection is irrelevant. Nina doesn't have very good news there. There is only enough Amber to contain eight to ten events. The chemists are having a difficult time locating some of the rare elements needed to produce the Amber. Nina hesitates for a few seconds then reveals another of her secrets to Olivia. All of this wasn't supposed to happen. She had it on good authority that if she, Olivia, and Peter were together (Concentrate And Ask Again) with one another, events would not have sunk this far. Olivia demands to know who that good authority is. Nina confides that it is someone that William Bell trusted implicitly, though she doesn't know how the two met. It is also someone that knows a great deal about the Wave Sink Device. In fact, Olivia is already quite familiar with the man - Sam Weiss. Nina hasn't told Olivia about Sam before because if she divulged anything he had told her, she would never see or hear from Sam again - and Nina doesn't want to risk losing him as a connection. Nina takes Olivia to the room with all of the editions of The First People books they have collected so far. Nina had only Concentrate And Ask Again) that related Sam Weiss's are the authors of the multiple language versions. Olivia is determined to find Sam, even with the warning that the bowling alley is closed, and that his phone is disconnected.
← In the woods near Saratoga Springs, New York, a playful young couple runs from the woods back to the pick-up truck they parked nearby. Jeanie has swiped Jack's keys because of something he said and is playing a game of 'keep-away' until he explains what he said. He catches her at the truck and they hop in. He explains what he really wanted to tell her - that she means a lot to him, and he thinks she is kind of amazing. She returns the key and grants him a quick kiss on the lips... just as a strange aberration forms in the sky above the vehicle. Nearby, Sam Weiss looks through a trans-dimensional viewing window at the growing vortex in the sky above the woods. Focused and concerned, he studies the forming vortex and quickly calculates a complex physics equation in the notebook he is holding.
On Liberty Island, Brandon Fayette sits in his lab and works The Man From The Other Side) and retrieved Peter. And at gunpoint, she insists that Fayette lead her to the technology she needs to do the same. The scientist can't bluff his way out of her demands and takes her to a storage room with the devices she is asking for. Inside, she grabs two of the cylinders Fayette alleges will allow her to crossover, then smacks him in the head when he gets mouthy about her being a traitor. As she attempts to evade the security forces that are closing in on her position, she gets trapped behind a locked gate and attempts to transit between universes before she can be captured. She activates one of the devices, but it quickly dims and fails. Son of a.... Olivia makes it to Sam Weiss's apartment building and is granted access by the landlord. Inside, it appears Sam has moved out.
At the remote test facility, Peter prepares to make first contact with the device. Walter is more nervous than Peter about this. If all goes well, the current will run through Peter and should create a closed circuit that can be broken, if need be. Broyles and Astrid are worried for Peter as well. Peter suggests to Broyles that saving two universes should earn him early retirement. Broyles gets the nervous humor - he will think about it. Peter walks to the device and rides the access platform to the top. He slowly places an open palm on the side of the machine and receives a violent shock that blasts him off of the platform and twenty feet to the ground below. He rolls to a stop and is unconscious. His head and face are covered in blood.
At Berkshire County Hospital, Peter's damaged body is rushed into the emergency treatment ward. He is non-responsive and his vital signs are weak. Walter trails behind with advice for the staff, but is stopped from following into the trauma bay. Astrid joins him and keeps him from interfering. Olivia gets to the hospital after returning from her extended search for Sam. Astrid tells her about the accident with the device - it was like the device was protecting itself from Peter.
Walter finds his way to the hospital chapel in the aftermath of Peter's failed attempt to access the device and offers up a bargain to the supreme being. He knows he has asked for, and received (White Tulip), a divine sign before - which helped with his despair and with his forgiveness issues... but now, knowing that he was willing to let Peter die, he wants to make an exchange. His crimes are unforgivable, so he should be punished instead. Spare the world and punish him exclusively.
Olivia sits in the hospital waiting area quietly thinking about Peter. The light on the carpet in front of her begins to move and flicker. She steps outside and sees that the light in the sky above the horizon is changing. The man she has been looking for, Sam Weiss, comes bounding up the stairs and joins her on the landing. Olivia tells him she has been looking for him everywhere - the machine is activated. Sam knows... and he needs her to take him to it. They don't have a lot of time.Secretary of Defense Walter Bishop walks down a darkened corridor towards the holding cell with his recently captured co-conspirator - Fringe Division top performer Agent Dunham. He turns the lights on in her room just long enough to have a little chat about sacrifice. He knows sacrifice - he is willing to destroy his own son so their damaged world can heal. And he knows she made a sacrifice too when she left little Henry behind to cross back over to the opposing universe... for what she perceives as the greater good. Dunham doesn't buy his argument that killing billions of people could possibly be in the interest of a greater good. Bishop recognizes her idealism for what it is - his is a world of pragmatism though. When the war is over, she may receive some leniency as the mother of his grandson, until then she will stay in her cell there, in his facility.
- Storyline Analysis
- Oppenheimer Quote. Secretary Bishop uses a well-known phrase from this universe - "Now, I am become death, Destroyer of Worlds", to justify his moral argument to deploy the Wave Sink Device and commit genocide. Carla Warren used the same quote decades earlier in her moral argument with Walter (Peter) to persuade him from transiting universes at Reiden Lake and creating a potential for genocide. In context, J. R. Oppenheimer appears to be "Father of the Atomic Bomb" in the parallel universe too, or have a similar legacy.
|The "Be Vortex Aware" poster, during the street scene in Olivia's mind (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide), foreshadows the opening of a vortex that consumed a ranch foreman, his assistant and their herd of 500+ sheep|
• Rocky Mountain Way by Joe Walsh
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on 6:02 AM EST/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Could the doubling of lead shield and installation of the Faraday Cage prevented the machine to act according to what Secretary Bishop hope to happen?
- Did sheep go extinct in the parallel universe (Immortality) because of vortex events similar to what happened in this episode?
- Why was the bowling ball moving spontaneously?
- Why did Sam Weiss check the Newton's Cradle to see if it would spontaneously move?
- When did William Bell tell Nina about trusting Sam Weiss?
- Why does William Bell put his trust in Sam Weiss?
- Why did Sam Weiss take an alternate universe viewing device into the woods to observe a forming vortex?
- Why was Peter 'rejected' by the Wave Sink Device?
- Does Sam Weiss have a plan to deactivate the Wave Sink Device if Olivia takes him to it?
- If so, are he, or Peter, required to implement that plan?