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Immortality
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Season: 3 Episode: 13
Air Date: 11 February 2011
Written by: Ethan Gross
David Wilcox
Directed by: Brad Anderson
Starring: Main Characters
Guest Cast: Alon Aboutboul as Armand Silva
Joan Chen as Reiko
Seth Gabel as Lincoln Lee
Kirk Acevedo as Charlie Francis
Philip Winchester as Frank Stanton
Ryan McDonald as Brandon Fayette

Julie McNiven as Mona Foster
David Milchard as Harry Millman
Eric Keenleyside as Jerry Bissell
Hague Sutherland as Ned Dolen
Siobhan McCarthy as Waitress
Jarrod Terrell as Danny
Roz Murray as Nurse Psychologist
Donovan Cerminara as EMT
Tristan Jensen as Agent #1
Chris Shields as Agent #2
John Treleaven as Lone Traveler

Next: 6B
Previously: Concentrate And Ask Again
Transcript  —  Additional Images
Introduction

Immortality is the thirteenth episode of the third season of FRINGE. It first aired on February 11, 2011. The absence of Colonel Broyles from Fringe Division is felt when an obsessed scientist infects citizens in an attempt to develop a key vaccine. Bolivia reunites with Frank. Secretary Bishop questions his willingness to cross certain ethical boundaries.

Synopsis

Prologue

In the waiting area, Bolivia stares at a dirigible airship as it approaches the Empire Docking Station. Bolivia is delighted to reunite with her boyfriend after his two month stay in Texas. Frank surprises Bolivia by covering her eyes and the two tease each other, then finally kiss. In the docking station bar, Armand Silva opens up a conversation with a stranded man. He asks the man to pass him the salt and then swaps glasses.

At Frank and Bolivia's apartment, Bolivia hands Frank a drink after his warm shower. Frank notices that his girlfriend seems a bit distant and not herself. Bolivia blames her work and stealthily closes Peter's files. Bolivia explains that Broyles is missing. There is no lead to his disappearance and Lincoln will take over his position. Frank feels bad about the situation, and they make out.

Back at the Empire Docking Station bar, the stranded man rushes to the restroom and begins to vomit. Armand follows him to the stall and ignores his pleas for help. Armand walks out the stall with a bottle of bugs. Several beetles scurries on the floor.
Do these pants make my pregnant uterus look fat?

ACT I

Bolivia gets dressed and prepares to go to work while Frank, still in the bed, enjoys watching his girlfriend. Frank invites her to a weekend getaway to Annapolis, like they used to do. Bolivia agrees to that.

At the docking station, the Fringe Division investigates a dead man named Harry Millman, who has suffered what Lincoln calls a spontaneous bug eruption. Charlie and Lincoln teases one another with regards to Lincoln's recent promotion. The team has limited information on the insect.
Dude. Use a tissue. You got a little something in the corner of your nose
The insect is not identifiable in the database and it is not capable of living outside of the body very long. Agent Francis notices a living bug trying to get out of Harry's nose... he grabs it with a forceps and places it to an empty bottle.

At the Department of Defense, Secretary Bishop is delighted to receive the piece stolen by Agent Dunham from the parallel universe. Brandon remarks that the piece is functional and can be integrated at the end of the week. Brandon also shows the Secretary a video of an experimental subject treated with the chemical synthesized from Olivia. The subject exhibits a telekinetic ability but after awhile, he collapses. Brandon deduces that the test subject was youngest in the group and recommends they proceed in experimenting on children. Secretary Bishop vehemently disagrees and warns Brandon that testing children is not an option.

Bug Girl has a crush on Charlie
← Agent Francis and Bolivia pays a visit to an entomologist, Mona Foster. Mona recognizes Agent Francis and reminds him that she treated his arachnid infestation. Mona studies the bug sample and attempts to classify the bug. She excuses herself and Bolivia teases Agent Francis: Mona has a crush on Agent Francis. Mona returns with an entomology book. She thinks that the bug is a skelter beetle, a parasite that lives exclusively in sheep. Skelter beetles should have been extinct... given that sheep died out ten years ago.

In his lab, Dr. Armand Silva dissects his newly collected beetle sample. He extracts the beetle's epigastric tissue and tests for the presence of the enzyme. Finding that the test is negative, he goes ballistic.

ACT II

At the Fringe Division headquarters, Lincoln takes charge in checking the status of the zeppelin crew, passengers and personnel. Frank assures the team that the food is uncontaminated.
On Frank's short list of needed items
Agent Farnsworth explains to Lincoln and Frank that according to her statistics, they are not dealing with an epidemic. Bolivia and Agent Francis arrive. Bolivia is surprised to see Frank in the headquarters. Frank is a CDC liaison; he is there to help the team solve the case. Lincoln teases Bolivia -- Frank being there brings back memories of Hoboken, when the two investigated a cholera outbreak.

Frank explains that the beetles have a symbiotic relationship with sheep, but with a human host they act as a parasite, eating their host. He cannot explain, however, why is this happening. Agent Farnsworth suggests that a Fringe Alert be released so that information could be collected from the public.

In a diner, Jerry sits beside Armand who is busy with his chemical analysis. In a small conversation, Jerry knows Jonas Salk, Watson and Crick, but fails to recognize the name Armand Silva. Armand assures him that he will. An announcement in the diner television reminds the public to inform the Fringe Division if they have any information on skelter beetle. Armand asks for the same hot drink as Jerry.

In Broyles's former office, Frank asks Lincoln if he could give Bolivia time off for the weekend -- he is planning to propose to her. Lincoln approaches Bolivia and immediately tells her Frank's secret. Bolivia is surprised.
It's raining bugs... hallelujah. It's raining bugs...
Agent Francis comes back with a legitimate call. Bolivia and Agent Francis interviews Ned Dolen, a scientist who works next door to Armand Silva, an expert on skelter beetles. Armand Silva was attached to his work; after the extinction of the sheep, the bugs died out and he attempted to kill himself.

In a parked car, Jerry is dead in the driver's seat. The door is open and several skelter beetles drop out. Beneath the car, in a lower level of the parking garage, Silva catches the falling beetles with a large tray.

ACT III

The Fringe team investigates Jerry Bissell's demise. They find that the beetles that killed Bissell are much bigger compared to the first bug eruption incident. They also failed to find the whereabouts of Dr. Silva. Bolivia notices something wrong with Lincoln. He feels that he is missing something... something that Colonel Broyles would have seen. Bolivia assures him that they will catch the culprit.

Comfort In The Arms Of A... ??? Friend?
In a cozy bedroom, Secretary Bishop confesses self-doubt to his mistress, Reiko. There are lines that he will not cross... does that make him weak? He even failed to make Peter stay in their universe. He underestimated his attachments in the other universe, particularly with Olivia Dunham. Reiko trusts Secretary Bishop's determination, strength and will. He will be able to figure out how to bring Peter back, especially now that he knows about the girl. They share a passionate kiss.

At Bolivia's apartment, Frank tells Bolivia that he received information from the CDC on Dr. Silva. Silva applied for a grant in 1997 to find a vaccine for the Avian Flu based on the enzymes produced by the skelter beetle. If he had been successful, he could have saved millions. Frank thinks that Silva could have cloned DNA from the preserved specimen of the extinct beetle, and re-engineered it in order to live in a different host: humans. Bolivia calls Lincoln and provides list of equipment that Silva could have purchased in order to make his research possible. On her way out, Frank reveals a ring in his hand... he cannot wait for the weekend and asks if she will marry him. Bolivia accepts Frank's proposal. Lincoln interrupts the couple: they got a hit on a warehouse in Brooklyn.

While trying to open the door to the warehouse, Bolivia confesses that she agreed to Frank's marriage proposal. Once inside the warehouse Bolivia hears something, and the two split up. Lincoln walks in and investigates the cold storage room. The door shuts and he is locked inside. He tries to call for help, but with no luck. Bolivia continues investigating the warehouse. She is startled by a caged monkey, falls down and breaks through the floor. She lands down on a table covered with broken glass and skelter beetles crawling around.

ACT IV

Silva makes Bolivia drink some water. She later realizes that she is handcuffed to the chair. In the cold room, Lincoln tries to find a way to escape.

Silva
Not... so... perfect... brrr
sets up a camera. Bolivia warns him that several agents are coming over to the warehouse. Silva doesn't buy it and claims that the whole world will thank him for his vaccine. He tries several species but only humans work as the best host for the skelter beetles. There is no way he would stop until his work is complete... the vaccine will be his legacy that he will leave behind.

← Lincoln flashes liquid nitrogen onto the lock keypad and breaks the door open. He calls for a tactical unit.

Silva continues on explaining to Bolivia his work. He only need one human host to bring a queen beetle to term. The queen will be able to produce a legion of skelter beetles, which will be enough to produce Silva's vaccine. Bolivia realizes that Silva could have dosed her with the water he gave earlier. She begins to feel sick and vomit. Lincoln runs in. Bolivia asks him not to shoot Silva. She's been infected.

ACT V

Lincoln takes off Bolivia's handcuffs. The Fringe tactical unit moves in. Frank rushes to Bolivia and brings Bolivia to the ambulance. Meanwhile, Lincoln questions Silva how to save Bolivia.

In the ambulance, Frank wants to use a powerful anti-parasitic to kill the bugs before they hatch but it will be too much for her body to take. The EMT sees movement on the ultrasound. When Frank is about to inject Bolivia with the anti-parasitic drug, the EMT stops him.
Driver. Let me out here
Frank studies her medical status and realizes that Bolivia is not infected. She is pregnant.

At the warehouse, Lincoln sets up the panel as instructed by Silva. Silva confesses that Bolivia is not the final host. The queen beetle moves out of Silva's neck. He pulls out the beetle and places in the box. He asks Lincoln to make sure to spell his name right.

Frank visits Bolivia in the hospital. She informs him that the baby is healthy. Her fall and adrenaline triggered the sickness she felt in the warehouse. She tells him that she's been pregnant for six weeks. Frank asks her if she is in-love with the father. Bolivia fails to answer the question. He turns away and left Bolivia, on her side, hugging her pillow.
The Cubic Zirconia Moment

On a rainy night, Secretary Bishop receives a call from Brandon. He informs the Secretary that he has another means to bring Peter back to their side.

The next morning, Bolivia arrives at her apartment with a few boxes around. Bolivia opens the door and surprise to see Secretary Bishop. He knows about her pregnancy. Her position in the Fringe Division will remain intact. She can have anything she needs. After all, Bolivia is carrying his future grandchild. He smiles.

Quotes

"It's... many things. If you had asked me a week ago, I would have told you that I would sacrifice anything... to save our world. But in fact, there are lines I simply cannot cross. Does that make me weak?" - Secretary Bishop (to Reiko, seeking confidence in his mistresses wisdom)

"No. Because I was too close. And now... now I'm... my work is... is nearly complete. Did you ever ask yourself what you're leaving behind? I have an ability. I was on a path. I had a calling, and the world changed on me. It simply... changed and robbed me of my legacy. This... world, this decaying madness... robbed me." - Armand Silva (to Bolivia, on his failed dream and drive for professional immortality)

Trivia

General
  • The Observer looks out of the window at the Empire Docking Station while Bolivia waits for Frank to return home.
  • Word Play. The species "Mansohnium Boogliosus" or Skelter Beetles is word play on "Manson" and "Bugliosi" and alludes to the book "Helter Skelter" by Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted Charles Manson and his associates for the multiple murders they committed. Manson also had an affection for Beatles music.
Recurring Themes
  • Human Host Parasites. Genetically engineered beetles were introduced into human hosts to foster reproductive experimentation. A similar situation (Unleashed) happened when Charlie was impregnated with the eggs of a hybrid creature, and genetically engineered hookworms (Snakehead) were ingested by illegally trafficked Asians.
Cultural References
  • Cone of Silence. Refers to the late 1960's television spy comedy/spoof Get Smart. The clear, cumbersome cone made it hard for those inside to hear one another, while those outside typically learned the secrets that were supposed to be kept - a parody on Lincoln Lee's inability to withhold Frank Stanton's pending marriage proposal to Bolivia.
Episode References
  • Stolen Component. Secretary Bishop receives the stolen component by Agent Dunham from the parallel universe. (Entrada)

Music

I Want You To Want Me by (originally by Cheap Trick)

Previously

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    The passing VW Beetle (Concentrate And Ask Again), and the subsequent focus on it, foreshadowed the Beetle-related nature of this episode

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  • How was the stolen Wave Sink Device component transfered to the alternate universe?
  • Why didn't Doctor Silva infect Bolivia with beetle larvae?
  • Does Frank have any suspicion who the father of Bolivia's child is?
  • What is the breakthrough that leads Brandon to believe Peter can be persuaded to return to the alternate universe?
  • Does Secretary Bishop intend to use Bolivia's pregnancy to lure Peter back to the alternate universe?
  • What is the status of the relationship between Secretary Bishop and Elizabeth Bishop?

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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