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Bloodline
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Season: 3 Episode: 18
Air Date: 25 March 2011
Written by: Monica Owusu-Breen
Alison Schapker
Directed by: Dennis Smith
Starring: Main Characters
Guest Cast: Seth Gabel as Lincoln Lee
Amy Madigan as Marilyn Dunham
Kirk Acevedo as Charlie Francis (alt}
Andre Royo as Henry Higgins
Ryan McDonald as Brandon Fayette
Michael Cerveris as The Observer

Kendall Cross as Nurse Joyce
Darcy Laurie as Doctor
Françoise Yip as Dr. Rosa Oporto
Heather Doerksen as Major Warner
Achara Kirk as Fringe Agent #1
Randal Edwards as Fringe Agent #2
Amos Mitchell as Kidnapper #1
Ben Geldreich as Kidnapper #2
Peter Hanlon as Doctor #1
Matthew Thiessen as Doctor #2
Nicole Hombrebueno as Young Woman
Courtney Lancaster as Pediatric Nurse

Next: Lysergic Acid Diethylamide
Previously: Stowaway
Transcript  —  Additional Images
Introduction

Bloodline is the eighteenth episode of the third season of FRINGE. It first aired on March 25, 2011. Bolivia Dunham is abducted by a medical team keen on accelerating her pregnancy. The Fringe Division searches the city for her before a medical condition kills her. Secretary Bishop has secret plans for the grandson he expects.

Synopsis

Prologue

In an examination room, Bolivia sits and gazes upon a monitor as it changes from an image of a flying butterfly into a moving waterfalls. With Marilyn at her side, the doctor draws out blood from her arm. Bolivia is worried that she might have a condition called Viral Propagated Eclampsia (VPE), the same condition that took the life of her sister and her unborn child. Marilyn reminds her that her sister is different from her and that nothing is set in stone in life. The doctor agrees to some degree, that nothing is certain until it is proven by the results from her blood test... although, it cannot be denied the risk is higher because her sister is a carrier. She finishes off by reminding the mother and daughter to take things one step at a time.

At the car, despite of Marilyn's positive attitude, Bolivia insists that the chance is not in favour of her. She further explains that her demanding job coupled with being a single parent will not be good for the child. Marilyn prods on the father of the child, she feels that it is not like Bolivia, meeting a man in a bar while his boyfriend Frank is out of town. Bolivia is not amused by her mother being judgemental. But Marilyn only wants her daughter to get a support that she needs. Bolivia asks her mother to commiserate with Lincoln, who is also not happy with her situation.

The two arrives in front of Bolivia's apartment. Bolivia asks her mother not to bother going up with her. As she approaches the entrance to the building,
I know what you did last Fall.
Bolivia looks around. She receives a call from Lincoln, and upon entering the building, a man wearing a fedora and black suit is watching her across the road. As Bolivia walks toward her apartment, she expresses to Lincoln that she is getting paranoid about someone following her. Concerned about Bolivia's safety, Lincoln sends a security detail to her apartment.

Bolivia securely locks her door and ends the call. She puts down her bag and key in a nearby table. She looks over her research on VPE... and as she turns around, she receives an electric zap on her neck. Two men watches her as she collapses to the floor.

ACT I

At Fringe Division headquarters, Lincoln teases Charlie of his date with Mona "Bug Girl" Foster. Charlie clarifies that they had tea together and nothing more than that. After getting much tease, Charlie turns the table on Lincoln, the new commanding officer got a thing for Bolivia. Lincoln thinks that is ridiculous, he is about to say about Bolivia cheating on Frank but refuses to complete the statement and claims that it is none of his business. Lincoln receives a disturbing call.

Brandon expresses his interest on pursuing the experimentation for crossing safely between the two universes but this is quickly dismissed by Secretary Bishop, who stands firmly on no experimentation on children. Lincoln calls Secretary Bishop and reports that Bolivia Dunham was abducted. He further explains that the security detail that he sent found signs of struggle in her apartment. Secretary Bishop reminds her that it is very important for this to be resolved quickly and he wants to get information as he receives it.

The Echelon satellite tracking system is activated and successfully locates Bolivia. The Fringe Division races towards the direction where the tracking system points to. The kidnapper informs his co-conspirator at the back of the van to prepare for the transfer. The man takes out a blue vial while Bolivia is unconscious. The Fringe Division is deployed out of corner of Mason and Tobey, where the tracking device is found stationary. Lincoln, using his device, searches for Bolivia but only a removed tracking device is found... dumped in the nearby bushes. The kidnappers knows that she has a tracker.

A medical team wearing a scrub suit with black gloves, masks and scrub caps transfers and straps Bolivia to a bed. The unwilling patient is injected with large doses of serum, which intends to disrupts her regulatory process. The nurse provides her a pill to ease her pain. The medical team leaves the room as the nurse prepares for a medical equipment aimed at her abdomen and a translucent panel. She switches off the light.
a chicken or an alien?
Bolivia in a groggy state is left strapped in the bed... watching a moving ultrasound image of her unborn child on the panel.

ACT II

At the Fringe Division headquarters, Lincoln speculates that there is a possibility that the kidnapping of Bolivia is an inside job or someone sold the information on the tracking device to the kidnappers. Lincoln asks Agent Farnsworth to create a database on everyone who has an access to the tracking protocol. Agent Farnsworth detects an anomaly on the traffic nearby Bolivia's residence... a commercial vehicle passed by six time in the last week.

Can I bring my wheel out of the car?
← Henry Higgins is disturbed from his peaceful enjoyment of the Opus the Peahen comics when the Fringe Division arrives in the scene. In the impromptu interrogation, Henry admits on passing by Bolivia's residence to check on her if she is alright. Charlie recalls Henry as the cab driver who helped Olivia to get away. Henry is not expecting Olivia to come back... but Lincoln is unclear what he means.

The doctor and the nurse checks on the status of the baby. Agent Dunham's abdominal circumference is bigger now and the fetus is growing. Bolivia struggles for a moment but later accepts the sedative pill given to her by the nurse. The nurse assures her that knocking her unconscious is for her own good. Bolivia does not take the nurse's advice seriously. She spits out the pill as the nurse leaves her alone.

Lincoln and Agent Francis continues on interrogating Henry. Henry explains that Olivia is trying to run away from some people... and that she wants to go back home to a guy named Peter. After helping Olivia to go home via Liberty Island, Henry is not expecting to see her again... except one day, he met her in the streets, she did not recognize him. He thinks that her mind is wiped. When Henry speaks about another universe... that is when Lincoln buys Henry's story. Lincoln thinks that Charlie's previous speculation about a possible switch might be true.

Who cares? I got my dog with me.
Marilyn receives a call from Dr. Rosa Oporto. The doctor is concerned that her patient is not picking up her call. She also confirms to the patient's mother that Bolivia is tested positive for VPE. Marilyn, alone with her dog, looks at a family of grandmother, mother and daughter in the distant, enjoying their time together.

Bolivia attempts to let loose of her strap using a scalpel... she drops the scalpel after she screams due pain on her abdomen. The nurse checks the patient and reports back to the doctor that everything is ready. Something inside Bolivia's abdomen is actively moving.

ACT III

Lincoln reports back to Secretary Bishop with the story of Henry Higgins. The secretary of defense confirms Lincoln's suspicion... that the Olivia from the other side replaced Bolivia at some point and that Bolivia was asked to infiltrate the Fringe Division.
I think I deserve the Emmy Award
During Bolivia's mission, she got close to Peter... and thus, she is carrying Secretary Bishop's grandson. Lincoln is shocked by the news but maintains his professionalism... he suggests that it might be the people from the other side that took Bolivia. Secretary Bishop thinks that is possible but he also think that it might also be an inside job. He wants Lincoln to find Bolivia whatever it takes, granting him access to all Bolivia's mission files.

Bolivia is transferred to a different part of the warehouse. Her abdomen has fully increase in size. While the nurse calibrate the joint expander, the doctor checks Bolivia's blood and blood flow. The patient's hemoglobin count is low and the blood flow is inadequate. The doctor requests for another plasma transfusion. The nurse hesistates but the doctor insists on initiating Phase Two.

Nurse Joyce asks Bolivia to empty her bladder. The patient tries to negotiate with the nurse. She explains her detrimental condition... the same condition that took the lives of her sister and niece. Despite of Dunham's effort, the nurse remains on her mission... insisting the patient to empty her bladder.

At the Fringe Division, Lincoln and Charlie breaks the news to Agent Farnsworth on the connection of Agent Dunham's child to Secretary Bishop. Agent Farnsworth goes on to cross-reference agents with Level 5 clearance and access to Bolivia's medical records.

Agent Francis notices Bolivia's mother in the headquarters. It was Lincoln's idea to fill Marilyn in. Marilyn insists that Bolivia cannot have the baby.

Finding an opportunity to escape, Bolivia punches the nurse and takes the scalpel that fell down earlier. She threatens the nurse to let her out. After entering the code, she runs out of the warehouse and sees herself in Chinatown.
If you meet Buddha on the road...
She knocks at the window of a restaurant but she was ignored by a lady busy cleaning the floor. She gives in to the pain, she sits down in front of the door of the restaurant and begins screaming.

ACT IV

Bolivia crosses the street and makes a call to Lincoln. She describes the Chinatown area where she's at and explains that the kidnappers accelerated her pregnancy... she need a medical assistance, the baby is coming. She drops the phone as she experiences pain in her belly. At a distance, one of the medical team looks at her. She begins to run towards the crowd, holding on to one of the woman and asks for help.

Lincoln and Henry team up to find Bolivia. Agent Farnsworth traces the call while Agent Francis explains to his superior that Bolivia cannot make it through her delivery as explained by Marilyn.

Once arrived in the scene, Lincoln and Henry carry the pregnant Dunham into a store. She is laid down on the ground. Henry volunteers to deliver her baby. He assures her by saying that he delivered his daughter in the cab. Bolivia begins to push the baby out, screaming of pain, while Lincoln tries to make her at ease and to concentrate on delivering the baby. At the height of her delivery, Lincoln proposes his true feelings toward Bolivia. He loves her. Bolivia makes him promise to save the baby.

Henry successfully delivers the baby boy. Bolivia momentarily becomes unconscious. Lincoln and the mother are delighted to hold and touch the newborn baby.
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Outside, the spectators applaud. At the crowd is the nurse who is one of the responsible for her accelerated pregnancy.

ACT V

Agent Francis and Lincoln discuss about the name of Olivia's son. Agent Francis teases him that it won't be Lincoln... he commended his superior's great job. Surprised to hear Agent Francis calling him sir, the agent informs him not to get used to it.

On the way down at the hospital stairwell, Charlie and Lincoln meet Secretary Bishop. The secretary reminds the two to assign a security to keep the mother and his grandson safe. Lincoln assures him their safety. Secretary Bishop thanks Lincoln for a job well done... and it won't go unrewarded. As he entered the hospital hallway to meet his grandson, Agent Francis thinks the secretary should have not keep things as a secret.

Agent Dunham is delighted to have the baby with her. She explains to her mother that the virus was unable to replicate as fast as her pregnancy. Marilyn thinks otherwise... she thinks that the baby boy is a miracle.

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← Lincoln and Agent Francis begin to doubt Secretary Bishop. They switched the Dunhams. And when Bolivia came back, Broyles suddenly disappeared. They wonder what else they don't know.

Bolivia realizes that she did not consider thinking about how it is being a mother. She does not know if she is ready and she needs her mother's help. Marilyn advises her to love the baby boy and everything will be alright.

The nurse takes the baby boy and pierces his foot. The blood is smeared on the card. She informs the technician to hand in the card to the lab. The technician
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is one of the kidnappers of Bolivia.

In the stairwell, the technician hands the baby boy's card to a man with a black coat. The Observer on his communication device says that "it is happening". Secretary Bishop and Brandon lurk outside of Olivia's room. The secretary explains to his scientist that he need to fill in information to Lincoln in order to make him less suspicious... and he trusted that Brandon would not fail. Brandon gives baby boy Dunham's blood sample card to Secretary Bishop. The grandfather smiles as he watches Bolivia and Marilyn delighted to have a newborn baby added to their family.

Quotes

"You're an obstetric nurse. You must feel some kind of calling to do something so selfless. You know, to help women bring babies into the world. I think I may have VPE. In fact, I probably do. My sister and her baby didn't make it through labor. Both their hearts gave out. You cannot be okay with what they're doing to me. If you don't make them stop, then they're gonna kill me and they're gonna kill the child that I'm carrying. You don't have to do... anything. You just have to leave me alone just for a minute. Please. Okay? " - Bolivia Dunham (to Nurse Joyce, desperate to negotiate her release)

"As soon as I found out I was pregnant, all I did was think about whether or not I had the condition. I never actually spent any time thinking about... being a mom. I mean, I... now I just -- I don't know if I'm ready." - Bolivia Dunham (to Marilyn Dunham, nervous about her qualifications to be a parent)

Trivia

General
  • An Observer lurks across the street from Dunham's apartment while her abductors wait for her inside. The Observer descrys Brandon intercepting a blood sample in the hospital stairwell.
  • Eclampsia. A toxic condition associated with hypertension and pregnancy that can lead to seizures, coma or death. Viral Propagated Eclampsia is not a 'real-world' condition as it is not viral in nature and is not propagated (passed from individual to individual).
  • Taxi Driver. Agent Francis talks about Coppola, Travis Bickle and the famous quote, "Are you talking to me?", suggesting that Francis Ford Coppola directed the iconic movie Taxi Driver in the parallel universe.
Recurring Themes
  • Rapid Gestation. Like Amber (The Same Old Story), Dunham's pregnancy was rapidly accelerated to full-term.
Episode References
  • Olivia Switch. Higgins recalls his first encounter with Dunham (Olivia). Lee reconsiders the possibility of a Dunham switch, after Francis expressed his feeling of uneasiness/doubt (The Plateau). Lee considers the alignment of Bolivia's return with Broyles' disappearance (Entrada).

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  • Was Secretary Bishop behind the plot to accelerate Bolivia's pregnancy?
    • If so, was the plan designed to utilize the child to activate the weapon?
    • If so, was the abduction solely to save/perpetuate his lineage?
  • Did Secretary Bishop know that Bolivia suffered from Eclampsia?
  • Was the paranoia that made Bolivia think she was being followed real, or imagined?
    • If it was real, who was she subconsciously detecting? (abductors, The Observer, Henry Higgins, etc....)
  • Does 'Baby Boy Dunham' have the same genetic disease that young Peter suffered from?
  • Has 'Baby Boy Dunham' stopped growing rapidly, or will he mature at a quick pace?

Episodes

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

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