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Do Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep?
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Season: 3 Episode: 4
Air Date: October 14, 2010
Written by: David Wilcox
Matthew Pitts
Directed by: Ken Fink
Starring: Main Characters
Guest Cast: Sebastian Roche as Thomas Newton
Gerard Plunkett as Senator Van Horn
Shannon Cochran as Patricia Van Horn
Marcus Giamatti as Ray Duffy

Madison Guppy as Lemonade Vendor #1
Havana Guppy as Lemonade Vendor #2
Ron Knight as Older Man
Jennifer Mawhinney as EMT #1
Iris Paluly as ER Nurse #1
Tanya Hubbard as ER Nurse #2
Shaughnessy Redden as Doctor #1
Melanie Walden as Resident Doctor
Chad Riley as Agent #1
Veenu Sandhu as Senator’s Aide
Erica Carroll as Junior FBI Agent
Herod Gilani as Celebrity Double
Eliza Norbury as Lisa Duffy
Nikolas Filipovic as Nate Duffy
Dean Atwal as Scientist

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

Do Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep? is the fourth episode of the third season of FRINGE. Thomas Newton activates a dormant shape-shifter to deal with the consequences of a recent action against a high-ranking official. Walter and the team gather evidence and move the investigation to Massive Dynamic where Walter faces a potentially perilous situation. It first aired on October 14, 2010.

Synopsis

Prologue

In a posh Boston bar and grill, Peter and Bolivia enjoy an evening alone - getting to know one another better. They look around at other couples and imagine the backstory of each, based on their appearance and body language. Bolivia projects that one man with longish dark hair and a hat is a banker. She thinks his hair is his link to his individuality, and he works with the gal he is with. Peter has another take on the gal... her sexy outfit reveals that she was hoping their date was about something more than work. They decide to weave another tale about a second couple and select a pair that are age-diverse. Peter's assessment that the man has money because he is older than his attractive female friend leads Bolivia to jab at the con man aspect of Peter's personality. Peter defends himself - he simply understands transactional needs. Needs where each party has something the other party wants. Moral lines in the sand aside, unless you've put yourself in another man's shoes, you can't really judge their situations. Peter is certain that Walter is wondering where he is... so the two call it a night. As they begin to leave, Bolivia heads to the restroom and takes a long, contemplative stare into the mirror. What has she gotten herself involved in?

HEADLINE:Massachusetts Senator In Deadly Auto Wreck After Drinking (again)
← In Brookline, MA. Senator Van Horn pulls his luxury sedan over to the side of a quiet residential street and lowers his window to make a transaction. The two young business ladies recognize their friend and learn that he has been looking for lemonade all day. Lucky stars - they are selling lemonade, and their elected representative wants some. The Senator is parched after running chores all over town for his wife. He gladly pays the expense for what just might be the best lemonade he has ever had. He drives off without receiving the change the girls expected to give him. As he moves down the street, he watches the girls waving in his rear view mirror. They haven't realized yet that he is leaving them a very generous tip. Distracted with his good deed and charmed constituents, Van Horn fails to notice the heavy truck that is about to broadside him and send him to the Emergency Room.
  At a local hospital, emergency medical personnel rush the severely injured Van Horn to the operating room. He is unresponsive with a possible head injury and no pulse, but the doctor does not want to defibrilate because Van Horn is breathing.
Buying Time To Escape
His eyes are open and responsive too. Patricia Van Horn received notification and waits for any word about her husbands condition. Broyles joins her in the waiting area - he heard the news and got to the hospital as fast as he could. Broyles comforts his friend but demands more information from the hospital staff about the Senator's condition. In another part of the building, Thomas Newton makes his way through the halls in search of Van Horn. The emergency rmedical staff starts to prepare their casualty for the operating room and Newton finds them. Newton shoots the doctor and continues firing until he can remove Van Horn unabated. Several security guards arrive and are immediately shot before they can take any action. Broyles rushes to the gunfire and is shot at as well. Taking cover at the end of the hall, Broyles returns fire and hits Newton in the right side of the torso. Newton grabs a hostage to hide behind and threatens to kill her if Broyles does not put his weapon down. Newton immediately shoots Van Horn in the left eye, fires at Broyles, releases his hostage and shoots his way to the stairwell behind him. Broyles runs toward Newton and watches as he jumps down the tall core of the stairwell, to safety and freedom. Broyles approaches Van Horn and finds the politician has the mechanical eye of a shape-shifting soldier from the parallel universe.

ACT I

At Massive Dynamic Headquarters, Nina Sharp and Peter Bishop walk and talk on the way to retrieve Walter Bishop, who is in the middle of inflicting a disjointed and painful motivational speech on the corporate scientist that now work for him. Peter is having trouble believing that Nina is not having negative feelings, or worried, about William Bell leaving Massive Dynamic to Walter. Nina assures Peter that she is fine with Bell's choice of Walter as head of the large conglomerate... Walter is brilliant, and brilliance is what Bell, and she, believe in. Peter worries for her - Walter shredded the laws of science and opened a portal to another universe in a tiny college laboratory - imagine the damage he could do with a multi-billion dollar corporation.

Unorthodox Lecture Style
← Walter pontificates to a dozen or so of his scientists in a briefing room. No person there seems to be following the philosphical concepts that Walter is trying to communicate. Walter becomes frustrated and lashes-out verbally. How can his scientists be so limited? When Bell created Massive Dynamic, he knew one truth - the brain and mind are capable of so much! The brain is consciousness - and the mind is god! No limits except for the ones we impose on ourselves. Inspiration is everywhere. Exasperated, Walter feels like he is getting extremely warm... so decides to remove his trousers. Nina and Peter enter the lecture and interrupt. They need Walter to pull his pants back up and come along - he has a case to work on. Nina thinks Walter's pants-off style of lecturing may be a bit unorthodox. Peter sets her straight - Walter is tripping his brains out.

At the hospital, Broyles briefs the science team on what has happened. Van Horn was admitted at two PM. Newton came in fifteen minutes after that and started a shooting spree. Bolivia looks at the security footage on the monitor and assess her colleague as he rolls the gurney with Van Horn down the hall - it's like he has no fear. It appears that Van Horn and Newton are fellow operatives and Newton came to retrieve him after he was injured. When Newton could not extract Van Horn from the hospital, he shot him in the head to permanently disable him. Walter's mind wanders from the self-medicatation he adminstered earlier in the day. Broyles is adamant -- James Van Horn, a ranking politician with top level clearance, a good man and a good friend was compromised... the team needs to determine how long ago Van Horn was replaced, and for what purpose. They need to make a full accounting of every committee Van Horn sat on and every classified briefing he accessed. Peter extends the worst case scenario - if a sitting Senator is a shapeshifter, maybe the entire government could be compromised. Broyles agrees - he will task the CDC to arrange for blood tests for Congress.

Walter begins his tasking, examining the body of the shapeshifter to see what he can find. The Junior FBI agent stuck with holding Walter's leash isn't particularly enthralled with Walter's inquiries about button candy. She doesn't get answers to her questions until Walter shares that he is envious of William Bell... whom he believes is responsible for developing shape-shifters - an inspired part machine, part organic creation. Peter joins the dissection and rescues the young agent - he brought some red licorice for Walter. Walter is able to calm the vividness of his hallucinations now that he has some science to focus on. Peter thinks that shooting Van Horn directly in the left eye is a pretty specific method to disable the shapeshifter. Walter agrees - there may be a power source that was targeted, maybe they can repair it.

In a forested area near an old trestle bridge, Thomas Newton is shirtless and administering some repairs to his damaged frame. He answers an angry call from
Newton In Repair Mode
Bolivia at the hospital, demanding to know what he was thinking when he raided the hospital to liberate Van Horn. Newton defends his action - Van Horn was a liabilty. He was a senior operative that knew everything about the Fringe team and her. Newton tells her that Van Horn was disabled, he can't talk and that data recovery from him is impossible. Her cover is safe for now. Bolivia takes exception to his attitude. Newton doesn't know what her mission is, specifically, but assumes that she needs the complete trust of Peter Bishop to accomplish it. Newton will wager that somewhere deep inside, Peter senses that something is not quite right with her, that she is not his Olivia. Bolivia scolds Newton - he needs to remember who he is talking to. Newton won't relent - she is in over her head, she is not fully committed to her mission, and she will fail.

Walter continues to inspect the damaged eye socket of the shapeshifter for clues. Peter watches closely over Walter’s shoulder and learns some interesting facts about mercury for the next game show he appears on. Walter grows frustrated – he can’t re-animate the shape-shifter there in the hospital. He wants to move the body back his lab to work on it. Peter is fine with that, he will make the arrangements to deliver the shape-shifter back to Harvard. Walter clarifies his position for Peter… he meant his state-of-the-art lab back at Massive Dynamic. Okay, Peter will call Nina. While Peter is dialing, Walter notices the left hand of the shapeshifter flinch. He dismisses the vision as a by-product of the LSD he took earlier. Wait – Peter sees the hand move too. Walter must have triggered something. Bolivia enters the room to get a status check – good news… the shape-shifter Newton said was disabled – it is still kicking.

ACT II

Astrid Farnsworth arrives on the Twenty-third Floor of Massive Dynamic with a storage box she has brought for Walter. The security monitor doesn't have her on his access list, but he does have an Astro Farnsworth listed. She vouches for herself and is granted access to the lab. Inside the lab she begins to unpack and assures Walter she has everything he requested, including his candy buttons. Walter is excited to autopsy his latest shapeshifter - he is making a treasue map of it, with the intent of finding the data storage unit he is certain is contained within. he plans to use visual stimuli to map its neural pathways. With luck he will determine everything it knows... who it was working for, other shapeshifters, etc....

In the office of the late Senator Van Horn, Peter and Bolivia search for anything that might indicate what the shapeshifter has garnered since he has
Breached Security Files
been there. An aide to the politician brings in a storage container with van Horn's Homeland Security briefings going back three years. Bolivia starts leafing through the files while Peter searches in, and around, the desk. Bolivia tells him she can handle the inspection, in case he wants to check on Walter and see how he's doing. Peter doesn't need the time off, he is sure Astrid has joined Walter by now, and that they will call if they have learned something. Both resume working until Bolivia announces that Van Horn made twenty-nine requests for classified intelligence last month. Peter has nothing from the desk. Bolivia reminds Peter of the shapeshifters M.O. - he is going to be careful, and not leave anything that would tell us he wasn't who he was impersonating. Peter profoundly points out that the shapeshifter did not have one thing covered - the fact that today was the day it was going to die. Bolivia's cell phone activiates, she looks at it and announces that Olivia's sister Rachel is on the other end. Peter says to say hello for him. Bolivia walks out of earshot into the hallway to talk to her accomplice, Thomas Newton. He is miffed that she keeps calling and leaving messages for him - etiquette dictates one message... he'll return her call when able. Bolivia doesn't have time for his sarcasm, their Van Horn shapeshifter is on the Twenty-third Floor of Massive Dynamic and Doctor Bishop is trying to exploit what data he can from it now. Newton tells her he will take care of the problem. Back inside the office, Peter jimmies open a large lock box and finds it full of photos and files. Everything in the box is about the science team... and every case they have ever worked on. Van Horn knew everything.

In Yonkers, New York, Ray Duffy sits at a nice family supper with his wife and young son. A knock at the front door gets Ray up and answering the visitor. Ray opens the door and drops his jovial attitude when Thomas Newton announces he has an assignment for him. Newton wants Ray to shift into a new body, someone with clearance at Massive Dynamic who can gain access to the Twenty-third Floor and Van Horn. Duffy is a little flustered at the visit... he hasn't seen Newton in five years. Newton reminds him - that's the way it works. After the mission Duffy will take a new identity and leave no traces behind, nothing that might expose them.

In the main elevator lobby at Massive Dynamic, Broyles briefs Bolivia and Peter as they pass through the police security checkpoint. He tells them he has agents stationed throughout the building, and city police manning a security perimeter, in case Newton attempts to retrieve the Van Horn shapeshifter from the building. Walter exits the elevator and is glad to see the team has returned, though no one seems interested in his interruption. Peter tells Broyles that the files in Van Horn's office suggest he has been collecting intel on the team for at least the last two years, which suggests when he might have been shifted. Broyles is keen to know - was there anything that would indicate who the shapeshifters are working with, or how they get their orders? Broyles tells his investigators that blood tests for everyone who works on the Hill has checked out, and that testing for FBI and DoD personnel with level four classification, or above, is underway. Peter thinks that is not good enough. Testing must be broader - Van Horn cannot be the only mole. Walter finally get his two cents in - maybe we should just ask Van Horn! If you want to know who the shape-shifter has been working with, just ask him.

Upstairs in his lab, Walter prepares to demonstrate that some neural activity remains in the shapeshifter. Everyday objects affect only a minimal reaction, but,
Neural Activity
something more personal like a photograph of the Senator's wife... neural activity is considerably higher. Walter hasn't found any data 'storage' yet, but he believes he can revive neural pathways by playing upon the emotional tie the shapeshifter felt for its' human companions. Walter believes that shapeshifters role of playing a spouse, and pretending to have an emotional connection caused a real emotional connection to form. Processing complex emotions was built into the machine's operating system - Walter wants to bring Pat Van Horn to the lab and see what response she can help trigger in the shapeshifter. Bolivia quickly attempts to dismiss that idea... the wife is a civilian... the security clearance needed would be excessive... what if she talks to the press? Peter and Broyles, bypass Bolivia's blocking tactic and agree - using Patricia Van Horn in the research effort is the best plan. Broyles has known her for most of his adult life. Her character is beyond question, and, if she is willing to help the effort, he is willing to trust her.

ACT III

At the Duffy residence, Ray prepares for his assignment in his dark, quiet bedroom while his wife sleeps. He unlocks a wall safe, removes a pistol with a silencer attached, then tucks the weapon in the small of his back under his belt. He also removes the device that allows him to assume the form of any human he chooses. Heading out for his mission, Duffy notices that his son is still awake. He stops to check the room and comfort his boy. While a monster alarm was not sounded, there are reports that a monster may be under the bed. Ray then gives the room a once over and reports all-clear - no monsters. Ray shares his perspective on monsters to help his son through the night. Sometimes monsters are not all that bad. Sometimes they can be sweet, pure and capable of great love. In fact, one of them might become your very best friend. The seven year-old hits the irony nail on the head - Ray is his best friend. Ray tells Nate he is off to work and will check on him when he comes home.

Broyles escorts Patricia Van Horn to Walter's Massive Dynamic lab and introduces his team. Bolivia immediately begins addressing the duress that Van Horn must be feeling, given the circumstances. Pat Van Horn responds to the emotional manipulation - things are beyond comprehension... the granddaughter just had her first birthday... the Senator was so happy holding the infant in his arms. Broyles senses the drain she is feeling, but Van Horn stiffens her will, she wants who did this to her husband.

Inside the lab, next to the shape-shifter, Patricia Van Horn starts talking
Secondary Neural Source
to the machine that has been posing as her husband for years. Walter needs her to make the conversation more personnel. She works in more of what Walter asks for, but there is no increase in neural activity that Walter can see. Perhaps she could touch, or caress, him. That might generate a response. Broyles is not comfortable making that demand of his friend Patricia, but she agrees to do what she can. She touches the shoulder of the shapeshifter and starts with a story about the granddaughter's first words. Astrid and Walter both note an increase in neural activity. Bolivia's face is showing concern at the development. Astrid sees an increase in neural activity at the lower base of the spine. Walter thinks something is wrong - neural activity there doesn't make any sense. Patricia continues her emotional remembrance and finally triggers the shapeshifter - it bolts awake and starts to rapidly utter numbers and names. Astrid thinks it could be ciphertext or a code. The shapeshifter starts to repeat the numbers and names and Peter realizes that it was in a data loop. Pat Van Horn can't take anymore of the excitement and Broyles orders a halt to the experiment. Peter unplugs the cadaver and Walter guesses that they may have triggered a corrupted file, or discarded data. Pat Van Horn knows the numbers and the names she heard - they were the dates and hotels they were considering for their anniversary plans next month. Broyles is ready to take his friend home, she has done more than enough, so they leave. Walter fears that any data that may have been available is lost, the machine was too badly damaged. Bolivia's phone beeps and she steps away to read the message - "Get Out. ETA 15 minutes." Walter has come down from his high and Bolivia uses the opportunity to suggest they grab some food. Walter's is not hungry, but he could use a change of scenery.
Cookie = Bell, Bell = Stegosaurus, Stegosaurus = Two Brains, Two Brains = Case Solved
← Downstairs in the Massive Dynamic cafeteria, Walter loads his plate and insists that he is only eating for comfort, not because he is hungry. He feels bad about what he put Missus Van Horn through just now. Astrid tempts Walter with some animal cookies that are for sale... Belly likes those - not Walter. Walter only eats those cookies to honor Bell. Astrid works on Walter's attitude, reminding him that she was only trying to cheer him up. Walter drops the attitude and merrily remembers that Bell thought dinosaur cookies would be better than animal cookies. Astrid joins the fun and shares that she was a stegosaurus fan. Bell liked the stegosaurus too... Walter has a brainstorm! He will be right back - leaving standing orders not to eat his pudding as he quickly leaves the cafeteria.

Walter grabs an elevator to return to his lab. Just as the door is about to close, Police Officer Ray Duffy joins Walter for the ride up. Walter has to share his grand thought with the stoic policeman standing next to him - the stegosaurus had a brain in its ass... a massive cluster of nerves above the rump, the sacral ganglion where short-term memory was stored separate from long-term memory. Silently, Duffy removes his shape changing device from his pocket, then turns to study Walter as he rambles.

ACT IV

Walter returns to the lab on the Twenty-third Floor of Massive Dynamic and is greeted by the security monitor as he exits the elevator. A few seconds later, Officer Ray Duffy exits the elevator and approaches the security man and is rebuked - Police are not allowed here, they are strictly working security in the lobby.

In the cafeteria downstairs, Peter and Bolivia sit and share thoughts. He thinks Van Horn’s wife must have noticed something different about the Senator since he has been a shapeshifter for two or more years. Peter thinks some more and second guesses his own theory. Maybe Patricia Van Horn made excuses to avoid dealing with, or to explain away, any peculiarities she was detecting in her husband. He compares those actions to what he has been doing since they returned from the parallel universe – explaining away the subtle differences he has noticed in Olivia. Bolivia smiles and questions his assessment. Peter thinks she seems like a completely different person - less burdened - more patient. Peter likes the change, it is good, but different. Astrid joins the duo without Walter – she expects him to be right back. Peter bolts from the table to find Walter.

Upstairs in the lab,
The Ugly Underbelly Of Politics
Walter struggles to flip Van Horn on his side and gain access to his lower back. He takes a scalpel and makes a long shallow slit next to the spine, releasing a stream of mercury. He hears someone enter the lab as he works and asks Astrid, he assumes, to adjust his light. Ray Duffy joins him instead. With his pistol drawn, Duffy orders Walter away from Van Horn. Walter raises his hands and moves as Duffy extracts the memory device from Van Horn’s lower back. Walter lowers his hands and palms a long-handled surgical knife from the adjacent table. Timidly, Walter approaches to look at the device, then stabs Duffy in the right side with the knife. Flinching only slightly, Duffy backhands Walter in the head, then grabs him and sends him sailing head first into a support girder.

Waiting for the elevator up to find Walter, Bolivia dismisses the disappearance as a likely visit to the restroom. Peter is certain that something must be wrong – Walter left his pudding behind. The elevator finally arrives in the lobby of Massive Dynamic and Officer Ray Duffy, makes his way past the two as they hurry in for the ride up to Walter’s laboratory. Peter suddenly realizes that the cop they just passed must be involved. He stops the elevator from leaving the ground floor and starts to pursue Duffy. Bolivia stops him, he should go find Walter – she will go “find” her shape-shifter. Once Peter’s elevator has left, Bolivia’s sense of urgency evaporates.

Peter exits the elevator and finds the security man flat on his back on the floor. He rushes to Walter’s lab and finds him in the same condition. With a little coaxing he revives Walter, who begins mumbling about the stegosaurus having two brains. Bolivia joins the Bishops with news that she couldn’t find the policeman they passed in the lobby. She calls for medical support after Peter tells her Walter took a pretty bad knock on the head. Walter starts to regain his senses and reports that the intruder took what they were looking for – the data in Van Horn. Astrid finds the trio and runs in to help Walter. He tells her he could have been killed. Peter starts a search for Duffy on the buildings security cameras, hoping to catch him before he can change bodies.

Ray Duffy returns to his house in Yonkers and finds Thomas Newton waiting for him outside in the dark. Newton is curious – Duffy hasn’t shifted into another human form yet. Duffy says he didn’t have to – he recovered the memory disk Newton wanted. Newton takes the disk and places it in his vest pocket – then delivers the harsh news, he ‘’took care of’’ the Duffy family. Ray Duffy is incensed, why did Newton kill his wife and son? They were his life. Newton sees the weakness in his shape shifter …he has become emotionally attached during the years he was waiting for a mission. Newton assures him he will have another life, and that this was just a way-station along the way – it is what they were made for. Duffy continues to be distraught over his loss – so Newton shoots him in the forehead with a silenced pistol.
Newton Fails To Evade Peter

A few minutes later, as Newton loads the shape shifter corpse of Ray Duffy in to the trunk of his sedan, Olivia and Peter arrive in their vehicle. Both exit the car to apprehend Newton, but Newton jumps into his car to flee the scene. Peter returns to the drivers’ seat of his car while Olympic class marksman Bolivia Dunham fires three rounds in the general direction of Thomas Newton. A car chase ensues on the wet streets of late night suburban Yonkers. After several near collisions with opposite direction traffic, the chase enters a narrow tunnel. Newton attempts to pass traffic, then swerves and rolls his vehicle several times. Bolivia approaches the car, and the dazed Newton, with her pistol drawn. Peter stays back and starts calling on his cell phone for assistance. Out of earshot of Peter, Bolivia asks Newton about the disk, then takes it from his pocket and hides it from Peter. She tells Peter she hasn’t located the disk, but they can look closer, once Newton is secured.

ACT V

Sugar For The Gas Tank
← At the Federal Detention Center, Boliva walks to Newton's cell and tells him the disk from Van Horn that Ray Duffy took from Massive Dynamic is secure. Bolivia places a small rectangular tablet through the viewing port for Newton to take. He studies the gift and advises her that she will have a very difficult time without him. Bolivia is not worried, knowing that there are plenty of machines already in this universe to take Newton's place. Newton warns her about the compassion she is beginning to display -- her emotions will betray her someday and her integrity and self-respect will haunt her. They will form a line that she won't be willing to cross. But, that's not his problem anymore. She slides the viewing port shut on Newton and his advice, then leaves down the darkened corridor reflecting on the accuracy of his statement.
In a noisy bar, Peter sits alone with a pint of ale and a plate of pub grub when his cell phone
Called Late
gets his attention. Bolivia wants some company.

In his cell, Newton ingests the tablet that Bolivia brought him.

Peter arrrives at the front door of Olivia's apartment, as requested. Bolivia hesitates briefly, then let's Peter in. She admits that she did not invite him over to talk. Seconds later they embarace and kiss romantically.

In his cell, Newton begins to convulse from the effects the tablet has caused internally. On the floor, his convulsions cease as he lay disabled in a pool of his own mercury.

Bolivia and Peter romance their way to Olivia's bedroom. Clothes are shed along the way as they seek more comfortable accommodations.

Quotes

"Who do you think provided the information on Olivia Dunham and the Fringe team? Don't worry. He's been disabled -- or as you people call it, he's dead. He can't talk, and data recovery's impossible. Your cover's safe, for now." - Thomas Newton (briefing Bolivia on the Van Horn incident and his initial operational security assessment)

"You know, sometimes, monsters aren't all that bad. Sometimes, if you get to spend some time with them, they can be very surprising. They can be incredibly sweet and pure... and capable of great, great love. And then, one of them might actually become your very, very best friend" - Ray Duffy (to his son, hinting on the shapeshifter's capable of making emotional connection to humans)

Trivia

General
  • The Observer walks toward the exit on the ground floor of Massive Dynamic, as Bolivia, Peter and Broyles meet with Walter.
  • Easter Egg (The Plateau). The Patricia Hotel, Milo's hideout, and Van Horn's Tavern, near the pedestrian overpass, figure into the alternate universe scenery.
  • Names. Senator Van Horn was referred to as Dennis (Earthling), but throughout this episode, he was called James. In Van Horn's file, he was married to Dorothy. His wife, Patricia in the episode, however, was never referred to by this name.
Cultural References
  • Electric Sheep. The episode title, and some of the plot subtext, parallels Philip K. Dick's novel - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.
  • Robbie The Robot. The iconic robot appears on television in the bar where Peter receives a text from Bolivia. Although the robot is best known for appearing in Forbidden Planet (1956), this particular movie clip is from The Invisible Boy (1957).

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Senator Van Horn
  • Was the car crash that led to the his death intentional?
  • How long has the shape-shifter used his identity?
  • Was the real Senator interested in the Fringe Division before the shape-shifter?
    • If so, did this make him a primary target of the shape-shifters?
  • Was the shape-shifter a "senior operative" because of the access he had as a Senator?
  • Was his interest in the Vasiliev case (Earthling) part of his shapeshifting mission, or because of his friendship with Broyles?
Newton
  • How does he know the whereabouts of his shapeshifters, given that they occasionally assume new identities?
  • Who was overseeing the shapeshifters while his head was frozen?
  • Was his head frozen the entire five years since Duffy last saw him?
  • Does Newton have a short-term memory chip in his lower back?
  • Did the tab he ingested permanently disable him?
  • Was his deliberate demise in the detention facility part of a larger scheme?
Bolivia
  • Did any of her words and/or actions lead Peter to start suspecting her true identity?
  • What is she contemplating in the restroom at the bar and grill?
  • Is she developing personal feelings for Peter?
  • Does she miss (homesick for) her real life in the other universe?
Ray Duffy
  • Why did he allow Walter to live when he found him in the Massive Dynamic laboratory with Van Horn?
  • Was he aware of Walter's importance in the war between the universes?

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