|Air Date:||16 November 12|
|Written by:||Graham Roland|
|Directed by:||Eagle Egilsson|
|Guest Cast:|| Shaun Smyth as Anil|
Michael Kopsa as Captain Windmark
Michael Rogers as Mueller
|Next:||The Human Kind|
|Previously:||Through The Looking Glass & WWFT|
|Transcript — Additional Images|
- Introduction .pdf version
Five-Twenty-Ten is the seventh episode of the fifth season of FRINGE. It first aired on November 16th, 2012. A new videotape in the plan demands technology that William Bell kept hidden from the team. Happy to see her old friends, Nina Sharp helps retrieve the crucial elements. Peter works an independent angle against the Observers and scores a minor victory.
Walter's Lab in Boston, Walter greets him and is grumpy that he was gone so long. Of course Walter is unaware what Peter's personal mission was in New York City, Walter merely wants the canisters of neon-helium gas he needs to power the Amber-dissolving laser in the lab. In the main part of the laboratory, Olivia keeps a eye on the street-level windows while Astrid prepares to receive the fresh canisters Peter has retrieved in barter. Lacking the sense of urgency Walter possesses, Astrid intends to get back to lasing after breakfast. No, no, no. Obviously insane - Walter puts 'work' ahead of 'food' for the first time ever... lase, now... chop-chop. Walter's increasingly snippy attitude is a growing concern for his friends. In a sidebar conversation, Olivia wants to know why Peter left without her this morning on the errand to barter for the neon-helium. Simple. It was early and he didn't have the heart to wake her. Olivia knows better - Peter has had trouble sleeping and just slipped-out early to stay occupied. Without warning, the street-level windows that Olivia had been monitoring, fill-up with Loyalist boots and patrol vehicle tires. Whether it's random patrols around their quiet corner of campus, or increased inspections after their presence was suspected in the lab... the science team is at serious risk of capture right now. The patrol moves on after confirming the Kresge Building is still locked.
Cleared to continue working, Astrid quickly recovers videotape #5 from Walter's dispersed plan to defeat the Observers. On the tape, Walter sits in the lab, circa 2015, and narrates what must be accomplished. The requirement this time is to recover two Beacons - the subterranean self-tapping Observer technology that allows them to locate different points in space-time. Next, he holds a building blueprint to the camera Kelvin Genetics - the company he and Bell started five and a half decades earlier. Astrid finally makes the connection... Walter laser-scalpled Bell's hand and took it when they had to leave Bell in Amber to elude capture. The hand opens the biometric lock on this underground vault and gets them the Beacons they need to defeat the Observers. In the few weeks since Captain Windmark partially wiped Walter's memory, his issues with William Bell haven't guided or distracted Walter's emotions. With their collective memory intact, the team fills Walter in on the Bell conflict before they were Ambered, which in their experience was only a month or two ago. Bell had claimed allegiance to Walter in his fight to defeat the invading forces from the 27th century, then switched sides to gain favor with the Observers, betraying Walter and their age-old friendship. Walter remembers the betrayal. While he was held captive and being tortured, he managed to escape... Bell feigned assisting him, then drove Walter right back to his captors. Everyone on the team recounts where they were, and what they were doing, when they Ambered themselves - Bell was the only one that could have exposed their whereabouts, eventually making the Amber necessary. If we couldn't trust Bell then, why would we trust now that Bell has, or even had, the Beacons they need to reconstitute Walter's master plan to defeat the invading forces. There is only one way to know with certainty - take Bell's severed hand to his private storage and see what's inside.
In visualize, through the rubble, the exact entryway they need to traverse to get to where they need to go. Olivia starts to question Peter and he quickly defends how he could possibly know where the entrance is with such confidence... uh, from an engineering standpoint - uh, it's just my best guess - honest. With that cleared-up, Olivia clarifies what she was after - she wasn't questioning Peter's engineering savvy - she was just curious about the blood trickling from his left ear. Oh, was that all?
Outside of the Ministry of Science Building in Brooklyn, a young staffer urgently catches-up to Nina Sharp as she motors-away in her wheel chair. The important written message delivered to her a man with a Loyalist face tattoo passing the group in the opposite direction. Walter clicks with a micro-second of brief recognition, then continues with his requirements sublimation - converting solid matter directly into gas. All of the rubble should just evaporate. Nina needs a few minutes to set-up the exchange and will meet the team around the south side of the building, shortly. The team returns to the van and drives around to the cargo delivery garage to meet Nina. Walter and Nina find a few moments to chat. She wants to know if he is angry at her because she helped with re-implanting the missing portions of his brain. Why should he be? It was a necessary action in the mission to defeat the Observers. Walter does admit that his personality has been fluctuating some. Nina suspects that the replaced brain tissue is integrating faster than anticipated. Walter’s chief concern is that he is regressing into the self-absorbed man he was when he demanded the brain segments be removed – consumed with ambition, hubris and wielding divine power. Walter believes that Peter’s presence is keeping him on the straight and narrow this time. No megalomania this go-round. Nina finds her facilitator, Hastings, and introduces Walter – give him what he wants. Star struck at the introduction... Hastings would be honored to do what he can for thee Doctor Walter Bishop.
Back in Brooklyn, Astrid and Olivia wait in the van for Nina and Walter in the loading bay of the Ministry of Science. Astrid can see that Olivia has been distracted by Peter's distant attitude lately, and wants to know how things are getting along. Olivia is honest - Peter has not been sleeping and leaving the sanctuary of the lab at odd hours. When he returns, he offers-up a viable reason for leaving... but it just seems that he is keeping something to himself. Astrid isn't taking Peter's side, but he and Olivia both have been through a lot recently. Astrid remembers how Peter was when they were separated from their daughter, Henrietta, decades ago. He seems a little better now than he did back then, when he really stayed to himself. Olivia sees some of what Astrid suggests, but is growing worried that she is losing Peter again to the growing demand of the overall mission.
Back in the bistro in New York City, Peter patiently waits at the bar and monitors his watch for the precise time to act. If his calculations are correct, one of Windmark's top lieutenants will arrive and check his briefcase at the hospitality desk right about - now. He turns to find his prediction accurate... Mueller leaves his briefcase with the hostess and she promptly places it in the one remaining slot, right next to the briefcase Peter deposited minutes earlier. Once Royce has seated himself with a few colleagues, Peter checks his watch, leaves the bar and returns to retrieve his briefcase. With perfect timing, Peter arrives at the desk just as the hostess gets a second phone call. Her unemployed significant other, Ronny, is on the line and needs to bother her some more while she is on the job. Distracted with her call, Peter insistently points to Mueller's briefcase, next to the one he deposited, and unknowingly the switch is made without the hostess suspecting a thing. Without a word, Peter smiles a nod of thanks and leaves the restaurant.
← Near the midtown Manhattan office building he was tasked to monitor, Anil has taken-up a casual loiter posture and checks his watch in anticipation of the arrival of Peter's targets. Sure enough, just as Peter said, one Observer arrives on time, followed closely by the second target. Both enter the high-rise, passing their Loyalist door guards and head upstairs for a meeting. Anil moves from his wallflower position to get a little better view of the side of the structure. Both Mueller and Royce meet with a third Observer in a large conference room a dozen levels up and overlooking the street. Fedoras are removed to commence the meeting and briefcases unlatched...!!BOOM!! The over-pressure in the conference room blasts out the windows and sends shattered glass onto the pedestrians one hundred feet below. Anil catches the action in relative safety from across the street. Upstairs, the meeting is officially cancelled when the alarms start sounding, a fine mist fills the room and handfuls off skin and flesh start sloughing off of the still living trio of high-ranking Observers. A painful death follows seconds later. Now Anil has something positive to report. A single Fedora parachutes to the street below.
With flashlights ready, the team forges into the damaged facility looking for the staircase that will take them below ground. At the base of the stairs, Peter preps the biometric security panel they need to power-up to get into the vault. Olivia prepares the alternate electric source they will use to power the biometric reader. With the panel operational, Astrid hands Walter William Bell's paw for placement on the biometric scanner. Nina on the waterfront, studying the skyline across the East River. The mission went well with the sublimation device she gave the team - they have recovered the Beacons needed to help complete the plan to defeat the Observers. What he really needs is to share with her what he found in William Bell's safe - a fond picture of her from days gone by. Walter feels he was wrong in his earlier criticism... Bell did love her, even though it wasn't enough to stop him from acting on his megalomania. Walter is now worried for his own future. He feels that he is becoming more like Bell every day... driving away the people he loves - making them suffer as a result. Walter wants Nina to undo the regeneration in his brain that is driving him back to his old ways. Please remove the pieces of brain that he had removed two decades earlier - it is the only way to retain the good qualities he has remaining.
In Henrietta's apartment in New York City, Olivia stops by, looking for Peter. Inside, she finds several drawing boards loaded with handwritten notes, charts and images - all about the Observers. Peter? Peter speaks from the shadows with remarkable staidness - these are timelines for Windmark's top Lieutenants. Security conscious as they are, they are Peter has been manipulating their actions - utilizing the technology they have implanted in their heads. Today, he influenced events to the point that he got Windmark's men in the same place at the same time, then killed them with toxin from Flight 627, their first Fringe case together back in 2008. Olivia is aghast. What have you done? You have that tech in you? She now realizes why Peter showed no concern at Kelvin Genetics... he knew the Observers would be investigating his assassination in Manhattan, not chasing some atmospheric anomaly in Eastern Massachusetts. Peter turns from her toward his charts. Reading her mind, he echoes her words as she speaks them - You can't do this. This is... dangerous. He turns to face Olivia and proclaims his next decree - We are going to avenge ‘Etta. Windmark is next. Peter returns to his calculations and Olivia slowly backs away... headed for the exit. She can't believe what she just heard and saw.
Back in his lab for the evening, Walter takes a minute to study the components they have recovered so far, as directed by the Ambered videotapes. Although he can't recall how the components interact with one another, or fit into the grand scheme, the Beacons, the Thought Unifer, and the unique Quartz ore are secure in his lab. The small radio found in the pocket universe remains a mystery too, there still isn't a broadcast on the one frequency it is set to. And what of the vanished bald child he left in Purgatory? The day wasn't a total loss - at least Walter retrieved a favorite music album that Bell had swiped. Time for a good listen and a little soul-searching. Astrid knows that Walter is in a mood, so she checks in with him to see if he needs anything before heading-off to sleep. Nope, but her confidence in him, and a sweet platonic kiss on the cheek sure doesn't hurt a wavering ego. Alone now, Walter cranks-up the volume and settles into an examination chair to think about the painful path ahead. He doesn't want to be the man he used to be. His strength in life, Peter, will certainly see him through the conflict with the invaders, and the cerebral down-sizing he solicited from Nina. What Walter doesn't know is what Olivia just learned. Peter isn't the man he used to be. Still focused on his calculations and predictions in his daughter's apartment, Peter is oblivious to the one fact that should scare him the most. He drove off the woman that loves him... the woman that made his life complete. Peter visualizes his vengeance in the timeline he just drafted - he can take out Windmark in the elevator. That problem, a real head-scratcher, is solved. Too bad the hand that scratched the head came back full of hair.
- Season Two. Walter opened an old padlock at the daycare center in Florida using the combination ' 5 - 20 - 10 ' so the science team could recover the Cortexiphan stored there.
• The Man Who Sold The World by David Bowie
(in context - the man who made the world believe, or convinced the world. studying a mirror of one's life)
- Lyrics - Hauntingly, as Walter reflects on his descent back into madness...
...and prophetically as Peter begins his ascent there.
— Two men losing their personal identity as it evaporates into the ether. —
(unheard) We passed upon the stair - We spoke of 'was' and 'when'.
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Five-Twenty-Ten/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Why does Walter remember a man with an accent that visited him, with William Bell, while he was being held captive twenty years earlier?
- Did the Observers consider William Bell an ally during The Purge, as the science team suggests?
- If so, now that they have the Amber-encased William Bell, will they honor that alliance and release him?
- Was the man with the Loyalist face tattoo that passed Nina and the team on the Brooklyn waterfront, Donald?
- Is Peter now capable of erasing the portions of Walter's brain that Walter asked Nina to remove?
- The Beacon control device only activated after Peter handled it - was it designed to respond only to him?
- If so, was it designed to only respond to Peter once he had the Observer tech embedded in his brain stem?
- Would the control device have responded to any Observer-enabled handler?
- Did Bell betray Walter and the science team to gain favor with the Observers, or did Bell use that opening to infiltrate the ranks of the invaders and carry-on the fight from within?
- Is Captain Windmark calculating the variables that will deliver Peter to him, much the way Peter calculated the variables that allowed him to assassinate Mueller and Royce?
- If Bell was against the science team, why did he leave the control device in the safe that would allow them to summon the two Beacons?
- Did someone other than Bell leave the control device in the safe?