In Which We Meet Mr. Jones

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In Which We Meet Mr. Jones
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Season: 1 Episode: 7
Air Date: 11 Nov 2008
Written by: J.J. Abrams
Jeff Pinkner
Directed by: Brad Anderson
Starring: Main Characters
Guest Cast: Billy Burke as Lucas Vogel
Jared Harris as David Robert Jones
Kenneth Tigar as Johan Lennox
Trini Alvarado as Samantha Loeb
Chance Kelly as Mitchell Loeb
Ian McLaughlin as Joe Smith

Lars Gerhard as Prison Guard
Paul Urcioli as Doctor #1
Leslie Eva Glaser as Nurse #1
Cindy Cheung as Nurse #2
Guiesseppe Jones as Agent

Next: The Equation
Previously: The Cure
Transcript  —  Additional Images
Introduction

In Which We Meet Mr. Jones is the seventh episode of the first season of FRINGE. When a strange, almost other-worldly parasite mysteriously attaches itself to the internal organs of an FBI agent, Olivia rushes to Germany to meet with an imprisoned man who may be able to help save his life. Meanwhile, Peter and Walter attempt to help Olivia by tapping into a dead man’s brainwaves.

Synopsis

Prologue

In Weymouth, Massachusetts, a special tactics assault team speeds across the water at night on zodiac boats, on their way to a sting. The target arrives, a cargo truck. The team swarms the truck and opens the back -- where they find only oversized carnival bears. The team's been had.

At the Boston Federal Building, Broyles receives a briefing from Agent Mitchell Loeb, who led
Loeb Collapses in Broyles' office
the operation. Agent Loeb was recently transferred to the Boston office after working abroad in Europe. He explains that the smugglers knew they were coming. He hands Broyles a dossier on Joseph Smith, who has a science background and has been traveling back and forth to Budapest. He also worked for the shipping company that handled the cargo container that Loeb was tracking; Loeb opines that Smith switched the contents of the containers. Broyles comments on the weight of the container being off by seven pounds before and after shipping. Suddenly, Loeb grabs his chest and falls to the floor. He appears to be in cardiac arrest. Moments later, Loeb is rushed into the emergency room, where Broyles does his best to comfort Loeb's wife, Samantha.

In the emergency room, the doctor tries to shock Loeb's heart back into rhythm, but it doesn't work. He opens Loeb's chest, but once he gets a glimpse of the heart, he steps back in fear. Wrapped around Loeb's heart is a large parasite that pulses with every heartbeat.

ACT I

Parasite On Loeb's Heart
Broyles briefs Olivia, Peter, and Walter on the situation. The parasite is not communicable, but otherwise the doctors are clueless. Broyles asks Walter to help, because Loeb is more then just a colleague -- he is also a friend.

Walter, in between requests for breath mints, is amazed by the parasite. He admires the intricate design; he's never seen anything like it. Loeb is moved to the laboratory so Walter can find a means of removing the organism encircling Loeb's heart. After some examination, Walter suggests that the organism could be something as simple as a common waterborne parasite only much, much larger.

Samantha Loeb arrives and wants to know why her husband has been moved to the lab. Olivia tells Samantha that a member of her team is "uniquely qualified" to save her husband's life. Samantha hands Olivia a document that Loeb brought back with him from Frankfurt, Germany: a sheet of paper filled with numbers. Samantha thinks it might have something to do with what Loeb was investigating.

Walter tries to remove the parasite, but it reacts by further constricting Loeb's heart. Peter quickly gives Loeb an injection to bring his heart back into normal rhythm, as Walter takes a tissue sample of the parasite for
The Caesar Shift Applied To DNA
DNA analysis.

A short time later, Walter shows Olivia the results of a DNA analysis. A specific line of the DNA sequence repeats over and over, in a fashion that is much too organized to be random. Walter posits that it could be a code or message of some kind. Astrid thinks it might be a Caesar Shift -- a kind of cipher Julius Caesar used to send covert messages. Astrid has narrowed down the possibilities to a three-letter combination. Olivia realizes it spells out ZFT - an organization mentioned in John Scott's case files (Power Hungry).

Olivia goes to Broyles and explains her theory: since ZFT was working out of Budapest, where the shipping container that Loeb was tracking originated, they must be behind what happened to Loeb. Broyles tells her that a man named David Robert Jones was arrested in Germany a month ago.

David Robert Jones
Jones has a background in biotechnology and is known to traffic genetic weaponry. He was arrested by Interpol for trying to steal state secrets. Broyles doesn't know if Jones is part of ZFT, but Loeb was investigating him in Frankfurt, and the heart parasite might be a form of retribution. Broyles explains that ZFT is a mysterious group that apparently traffics highly advanced scientific knowledge, such as the kind used in the attack on Flight 627 (Pilot). Olivia says she might be able to use a contact she has in Frankfurt to get access to Jones; and maybe Jones can help remove the parasite.

Peter notices that the parasite is growing throughout Loeb's body and is slowly killing him. When Olivia calls to say she's going to Germany, Peter tells her to hurry, there's not much time left.

ACT II

Olivia arrives in Frankfurt, Germany. The Observer is seen waiting for arrivals in the terminal, then turning and walking away just moments before Olivia walks through the gate. Olivia is met by an old flame - Lucas Vogel. Now working in the German government, Lucas knows the warden at the prison where Jones is being held. Olivia persuades the warden to give Jones a message in the hope that he will talk with her.

Observer At Frankfurt IAP

Back in the lab, Broyles checks on Walter's progress and thanks him for his help. Walter responds by describing a fruit cocktail he had in Atlantic City once. Broyles solicits Peter's help in keeping Walter focused. Peter responds that he is completely incapable of controlling his father. The surreal conversation is interrupted when Broyles receives a call from Charlie Francis, who has a lead on Joseph Smith's location in Boston. Broyles immediately sets up a raid on the location to grab Smith.

In the prison near Frankfurt, the warden informs Olivia that Jones will talk with her, but not until the next morning, and she will only have fourteen minutes. Jones has one condition: he wants to talk with Joseph Smith. Olivia calls Peter to tell Broyles to find Smith, but Peter cuts her off: Broyles is already about to apprehend Smith in a raid.

Peter jumps in the Vista Cruiser and screeches to the raid, hoping to make sure the FBI takes Smith alive. However, the SWAT team is on radio silence and by the time Peter arrives Smith has begun to flee the scene. When Smith pulls a gun on an agent, he is shot and killed.
Smith Catches Bullet

ACT III

Peter explains to Broyles that Jones would cooperate only if he could talk to Mr. Smith -- the same Mr. Smith that Broyles's team just killed. Walter calls to tell Peter that Loeb's condition is continuing to deteriorate; they need to get Jones talking fast. When Peter says Smith is dead, Walter asks if he still has his head, which he does. Walter then tells him he needs the body, and that "his death might just be an inconvenience".

In the lab, Walter realizes Smith has been shot in the head, which of course is a problem. This means that Walter's procedure for questioning him won't work as planned, because the dead man's brain cannot communicate with his mouth. They will need someone else -- Peter -- to be the dead man's mouthpiece. Walter then reveals that he tried this same procedure for the government back in the 1970s, on a man who (Peter realizes) must have been Jimmy Hoffa. The process was unsuccessful, because when Walter turned on the equipment it fried Hoffa's brain.

Walter tests the device by running a current through Smith's brain to a receiving machine with a light bulb, which is standing in for Peter's brain. To Peter's dismay, the first attempt explodes the light bulb.

ACT IV

In Germany, Lucas and Olivia share a romantic dinner. Lucas sees through Olivia's cold shell. He admits that he failed with Olivia in their previous relationship, and he thinks they should try to make it work again. Just as they share a kiss and it looks like things might progress further, Olivia's phone rings. Peter has good news: Walter might just get the dead Smith to answer some questions. The moment is over, and Olivia leaves.

The next morning, Peter's and Smith's brains are connected by a plethora of wires and sensors in a 21st century Frankenstein lab scene. Although synaptic transfer worked in Pilot, Walter uses a different method to communicate with Smith. Astrid feeds questions to a computer that inputs them directly into Smith's brain, while Walter administers an electric shock. The outcome is a feed to Peter, who acts as the dead man's voice. Before they start, Walter apologies to Peter for the pain he is about to endure. As the first question is asked, Peter cries out in pain. He is not getting answers yet, only extreme discomfort.

Lucas & Olivia Alone
Olivia finally meets Jones in a bare interrogation room. She explains to Jones that he will ask her one question, and then she will relay that to an agent back in Boston who will ask Smith. Jones finds her attempt at control amusing but plays along. This intrigues Olivia. Why doesn't Jones ask for his freedom? Jones replies, in a condescending tone, that Olivia is terribly naive; there are things more important then freedom. Jones further suggests that someone might be playing both of them.

Back in the lab, Walter realizes the process is failing because Peter is thinking too much -- a family curse. Walter drugs Peter to block his higher brain functions, so he can "hear" Smith's answers. Once Peter is semi-conscious, Walter says they're ready and they call Olivia.

Jones asks his one question: "Where does the gentleman live?" Each time Astrid poses the question, Walter ups the voltage, and Peter goes through even more excruciating pain but is still unable to hear the answer.

ACT V

Peter Reads Smiths' Mind
Back in the cell, the guard tells Olivia her time is up. Just as she is being dragged away, Peter asks for paper and frantically draws a number of vertical lines. He can't hear the answer, but he sees something. Walter realizes that Smith's brain damage is interfering with his perception of horizontal lines. Peter draws in the necessary horizontals and comes up with the answer: "Little Hill!" Olivia tells Jones the answer just as she is being dragged from the interrogation room, and Jones divulges the antidote to inject directly into the parasite. Walter performs the injection, and Loeb is saved.

Loeb, recuperating in the hospital, talks to Broyles, who asks Loeb why he would be targeted. He doesn't know. Then Loeb's wife Samantha comes in. She is plainly relieved to see him awake and recovering. Once Broyles is out of earshot, Loeb asks her if their plan worked, and if they got the answer. "Yes," she says, "Little Hill". They both smile in victory.

Quotes

"I’m in the Bundestag. I have contacts everywhere." - Lucas Vogel (touting his potential worth to Olivia. political foreplay)

"I’ve never had a conversation with a dead guy before. Forgive me if I don’t know the rules." - Peter Bishop (deflecting his concerns shortly before his Synaptic Transfer with the corpse of Joseph Smith)

Walter's Lab Notes

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  • Walter describes his efforts to create life. The first, was a lab failure. The second is a veiled reference to Peter - who he refers to as a "hybrid."
  • The four lines of poetry are from "Tragedy Of Faust" By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. They appear in the stanza with the first line
Lo, where a car of fire, on airy pinion
Dare with determin`d will to burst the portals
Past which in terror others fain would steal!
Now is the time, through deeds, to show that mortals
The calm sublimity of Gods can feel.

Trivia

General
  • The Observer is seen at Frankfurt International walking away from the arrival gate.
  • The prison that David Robert Jones is being held in, Wissenschaft Prison, roughly translates to Science Prison.
  • David Robert Jones is the real name of musician David Bowie'.
Production Notes
  • A faulty press release mistakenly listed Samantha Loeb's first name as Jessica.

Previously

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    The privately-funded science cell was hinted at in The Cure. In the aftermath at Holly's Diner, a thermometer was plunged into one of the victims ears. The thermometer had the initials - ZFT - referring to the covert cell suspected of unleashing an advanced parasite.

Music

Let It Be Me by Ray LaMontagne
Thank You Too by My Morning Jacket

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  • Why does Jones need to ask Joseph Smith where the gentleman lives?
  • How did Smith know about Little Hill?

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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