|Air Date:||14 Jan 2010|
|Written by:||Josh Singer|
|Directed by:||Joe Chappelle|
|Guest Cast:|| Laura Mennell as Rose Falls |
Liam James as Teddy Falls
Martin Cummings as Joseph Falls
Michael O’Neill as Sheriff Velchik
Kwesi Ameyaw as Agent Frug
J.J. Makaro as Deputy Bill
|Next:||What Lies Below|
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- Johari Window is the twelfth episode of the second season of FRINGE. It first aired on 14 January, 2010. Following an unexplained attack by disfigured humans, the team visits a small town in upstate New York to follow leads surrounding the bizarre case. Certain that these disfigured people have managed to hide themselves for a while, and that they will do just about anything to keep it that way, the investigation takes turns to Walter's past.
On a rural two-lane back road near Edina, in upstate New York, State Trooper Pekarsky talks on his wireless headset as he patrols the area. He sees a young man ahead walking along the side of the road and pulls over to chat with him. The trooper asks the youngster, Teddy Falls, if his parents know he is out here by himself. Falls says no, gets into the patrol vehicle, then admits he is running away when asked directly. Pekarsky is kind with the boy, and admits he left home too when young like Falls. As Pekarsky drives with Teddy in the backseat, he talks to him, checking on the boy in his rear mirror as they depart the Edina area. Falls, an average looking child suddenly turns into a hideously deformed child. The Trooper brakes aggressively to a stop.At the nearby station, two State Troopers, Casey and Madison, study and comment on Falls as he sips some juice. Pekarsky tells them he found the kid just off of 940, a quarter of a mile from Edina. Peter is Walter out of the station wagon for a little grocery shopping. Walter is intent on staying locked in the car, following his recent tribulations. Walter is anxious with some onset agoraphobia after getting lost in a predominantly Asian neighborhood of Boston, and following his kidnapping and drugging by Thomas Newton. Peter is making progress with Walter when Olivia calls and asks if the Bishops can be ready in a half hour to start the case.
At the crime scene in upstate New York, Broyles briefs the science team on what is known so far. Pekarsky uploaded his report on the boy to the police database after nine the previous night, and, according to the coroner all three troopers were dead within an hour. The kid was gone and no fingerprints or shell casings were discovered, and the surveillance hard drive was removed. Peter suspects that the child was the target of the gunmen. Broyles hands an image of the boy to Walter, along with the report that was loaded into the database. Walter confuses the deformed boy with a character from a movie from the 1970’s, a movie that touched on genetic deformities. Olivia adds a key observation… the boy looked completely normal when Pekarsky picked him up.
Agent Frug calls the team into a nearby file room at the crime scene and announces that there are thirty to forty police reports on misshapen and deformed people. Some of the reports go back thirty years and describe sudden, in plain-sight changes. Olivia notes that the vast majority of the reports occurred in the same area – just outside of Edina. Broyles offers a word of caution – these individuals seem to have hidden themselves for awhile -- and they appear willing to do just about anything to remain hidden.
The team arrives in Edina and Walter is immediately concerned about getting out of the car, again. Based on the dead troopers observation about the boy changing before his very eyes, Walter has quickly deduced that there may be werewolves, or therianthropes, in the nearby hills. Peter dismisses Walter’s claim, but Walter defends that he saw one once when he was studying in London (and under the influence of drugs). Walter hears a hum and quickly breaks into song and begins to recite one of his mnemonic mind tricks. Local Sheriff Velchik finds the trio and introduces himself. He comments on the fact that the trio has noticed the local hum. He dismisses the hum as coming from large turbine generators on a military base five miles away. The group moves into the nearby diner for some coffee.In the diner, Olivia explains her concern about the three troopers that died at the Jonestown station, then gives Velchik the photo of the deformed Teddy Falls. The Sheriff seems appalled and says he has never seen "one of them" before. Peter narrows the conversation and the Sheriff admits that he has heard stories about the deformities in his part of the state. Olivia narrows the dialogue further, reminding the Sheriff that 30 to 40 reports came from the immediate vicintiy of his jurisdiction. Velchik shrugs-off the teams concerns - he has never been able to confirm any of the sightings. Olivia wants to see the documentation, and Velchik willing agrees.
In the Falls house, Teddy's parent, Rose and Joseph set the table for dinner. Joseph is concerned and Rose gets him to state that Federal Agents had visited the diner earlier in the day, and that they had a photo of Teddy. Rose is concerned now too, but she never wanted violence to solve the problem. Joseph doesn't have a plan to correct the situation. Teddy works on his homework in the next room, distracted by his parents intense conversation.
Broyles works late at Federal Building, supporting his team in the field with fresh research. He calls Olivia as she drives on a dark two-lane road through the forest. He tells her that 12-gauge shotguns were used in the attack at Jonestown. Peter tells Broyles that Sheriff Velchik had nothing conclusive to share about the local sightings… but that he did mention a military base nearby. After the call, Peter and Olivia chat en route to the hotel, as Walter rests in the backseat. Peter is concerned that Walter is taking too long to snap out of his mood, following his abduction, and may be regressing back to the emotional state he was in after being discharged from St. Claire's Hospital.
As both agree that their work is making them feel less than normal, a passenger truck coming from the opposite direction swerves directly into their path and forces the car off of the road and into a ditch. Olivia guides the crashing vehicle to the base of the ditch and is knocked unconscious over the steering wheel when the car stops abruptly. Peter is dazed, but coherent. The truck that forced the crash returns and stops. An occupant exits the passenger truck and begins to fire a weapon at the wrecked science team. Peter retrieves Olivia’s pistol and returns fire on the assailant. Uncertain about the location of the attacker, Peter directs Walter to lay down when he suddenly awakens. The attacker fires at the vehicle again from a closer location, and Peter exits the crashed car and returns fire repeatedly. The truck that forced the attack speeds away just a few seconds later.Agent Frug observes the normal looking man and questions Peter on his report of shooting a creature. Walter immediately defends Peter – obviously the creature transformed – they may have found a creature with metamorphic ability. As the dead man is loaded into a waiting ambulance, Walter continues with his distraction – gleeful humming. Olivia consoles Peter, she knows how rough it can be the first time you take someone else’s life. Rose Falls looks on from the nearby tree line as her dead husband is taken from the scene.
Approaching the lab, Peter escorts two technicians and the corpse with detailed directions… just follow the moo-ing. Inside, Olivia takes a call from Broyles. A military liaison called with information about the facility near Edina. The Army conducted classified experiments there in the late-70’s, but much of the information about the experiments has been highly redacted. Walter asks Astrid to help him with his work, but tells her to check out the beautiful butterfly he brought for her first. Olivia reviews the facsimile that Broyles sent to her and learns that the Edina test was call Project Elephant. Walter doesn’t recall any association with that experiment. Astrid has found the prized specimen that Walter brought her... but she is baffled by having received a hated moth instead. Walter engages Peter to defend his butterfly claim, but Astrid finds her way to the corpse – and is terribly startled by the badly deformed contents within.
In his lab, Walter has begun the autopsy of Joseph Falls and is making amends with Astrid in the process. Peter is having trouble conceptualizing how the man and the moth transformed in the same fashion, and why the military would be testing butterflies. Walter hypothesizes that both the man and the moth developed the ability to respond to the same stimulus during the military testing, and that the military might have an interest in butterflies as ‘alpha subjects’ because they are one of only a few animals that can abruptly change its body structure. Walter checks tissue samples from the corpse – the man did not have the ability to rapidly change his body structure. Olivia returns with news, the vehicle identification number was registered to Joseph Falls from Edina… but at an old house that was torn down years prior.
Back in Edina, Olivia and Peter sit with Sheriff Velchik in the diner as he eats a meal. The Sheriff says he knows the name Joe Falls -- the guy used to work at the mill, and odd jobs. He thinks Falls could have moved to the outskirts of town, but he is not sure where. The Sheriff is happy to ask around, and to set Olivia up with a review of town records to find an address, or a photo.
In his lab, Walter and Astrid discover that the man and the moth have the same genetic disorder. Although he now knows how they deform, he still has no idea how they transform. Walter is strained… he feels as if he has seen this type of mutation before. To Astrid’s chagrin, Walter begins humming his tune and reciting the mnemonic device he associates with it – Hard Artichokes Rarely Keep, Norwegian ‘’Elephants’’, Singapore Sleep. He then deduces that the ‘’Elephant’’ clue means that he may have worked on Project Elephant. Astrid tallies the first letters up and gets HARKNESS. Walter remembers that is the name of the Law School Library on campus – they depart for the library.In Edina’s records storage room, Peter and Olivia are searching for any data on Joseph Falls. Not only is Falls not there, the entire “F” section is missing. Olivia has a better idea – check the Federal records… the Census.
At the Harkness Library, Walter and Astrid have found their way to a remote part of the building with crowded storage shelves. Walter unlatches the metal cover on a grating low on the wall. Astrid comments that Walter seems to be doing better (emotionally) since he returned from Edina. Walter is working – and that is restorative and healing for the soul. Work was the only thing that kept him going when Peter was sick. Walter gets the metal plate free and removes a dusty box of “Devil Dog” snacks, which he loves. Then he reaches back into the cavity and removes a much larger, heftier storage box. He opens it and starts to inspect the many “US ARMY” file folders contained within. He selects one, opens it and finds photographs of many deformed test subjects. The typed cover sheet says Project Elephant.
Back at the Edina records room, Olivia and Peter sit at a large table with huge volumes of records under review. The only odd thing they have been able to figure out is that over a ten year period, between the two previous census periods, the city has only had 17 deaths and 47 births. Olivia answers a cell phone call from the Sheriff, and she tells him about the missing tax files. Velchik claims to have followed through on his offer to help and located Falls' residence. The Falls family have a trailer on the egde of town, and the Sheriff will meet Olivia and Peter there.
The Sheriff ends his phone conversation with Olivia, then walks out in front of the Town Hall to address the several hundred citizens that have gathered there. He assures them that the science team doesn’t know anything, and not to worry. Rose Falls challenges his claim… she knows they have proof – the photograph. Others have come before, but Velchik promises to take care of the issue, he'll make it go away.
Walter and Astrid are headed to upstate New York to join Olivia and Peter, and share their findings. Astrid drives Walter’s station wagon through the remote nighttime woodlands as Walter sits and thinks about Project Elephant. He remembers that, at the time, the Army was obsessed with finding new methods of camouflage, such as electromagnetic pulses, to trick the enemy eye. At the right frequency, the EM weapon would scramble the optic nerve, making soldiers invisible to the naked eye. Walter explains that he was only part of the project for a brief time, as prolonged exposure caused an incurable genetic disorder. Astrid is still a little fuzzy on how the science works, so, as they approach the Edina city limits, Walter has her pull over to the shoulder of the road and leave the car lights on.They
Within a minute, and still by the side of the road, Walter is on Astrid’s cell phone with Peter and Olivia as those two drive to their rendezvous with Sheriff Velchik. Walter quickly explains that the military camouflage technology must have been perfected, but then used to hide the deformities that the first tests created. They just have to stay within range of the pulse generator that makes the noticeable hum. Walter believes that the scientist who dreamed-up Project Elephant, Edward Cobb, is the only one with the imagination and the know-how to make the EM pulse camouflage device work. Peter tells his father that he needs him to go back home. Three people have already been killed to cover-up the secret device, and Peter doesn’t want to worry about Walter as things unfold. Walter would prefer to stay, then lies outright to Astrid after the phone chat with Peter, telling her that Peter wants them to go into town and find the source of the electromagnetic pulse.
Astrid is behind the wheel again, driving into town, and wants to know what the electromagnetic device might look like. Walter says any number of things could transmit the pulse. Astrid wonders if a satellite dish could be used, since they have them all over Edina, or a big antenna perhaps? Walter thinks – yes. Astrid quickly stops and points to a very large antenna -- at the Falls house. Walter is impressed.
Walter and Astrid knock on the front door of the house, and as they are waiting, Walter notices the name Rose on a porch decoration. He then remembers that Rose was the name of Edward Cobbs’ daughter. Cobb used to carry her around on his shoulders in the lab. Young Ted, looking nothing like his mugshot, opens the door and greets the duo. Walter asks about his mother and grandfather, then introduces himself as a friend of his grandfather. When Walter asks nicely, Ted lets the two into the living room. Inside, Walter points to an old picture of his former colleague and Rose, when she was young. Walter wants to know if there are any newer pictures of Rose. Ted confesses that they don’t own a camera. Walter blurts quietly to Astrid that cameras would show deformities and Ted immediately tries to dismiss them – strangers aren’t allowed in the house, and his mother will be home soon. Walter claims need of the lavatory, to gain access to the rest of the house. Astrid distracts the young man’s attention with his nearby boardgame, ‘Operation’,
Olivia and Peter continue to drive to their meeting with the Sheriff, and they both figure that Falls must have gotten his deformities from his father, since he was too young to have been in the Project Elephant experiment itself. They are also baffled by the census numbers. It seems, after reviewing the past thirty years of data, the only time the population goes down is when somebody dies. Nobody ever just leaves town. Having reached the rendezvous point in a large agricultural complex, and stopping the car, Olivia asks the question – is everyone in Edina ‘’one of them’’? Just then, the Sheriff and Deputy race toward them in a patrol car, through the surrounding farm equipment and behind a hail of gunfire.
Trapped in the open, Olivia and Peter race to a nearby barn to take cover. The Deputy hangs out of the window and fires his shotgun repeatedly as the police cruiser slugs ahead through the mud. Peter is just making it to the barn as Olivia stops and returns fire in the heated fight.In the Falls house, Walter has skipped the bathroom break and wandered
In the barn, Peter and Olivia seek cover as the gun battle ensues.
Astrid and Ted are fully engaged in a game of Operation when the gentle electronic humming stops. Walter has deactivated the electromagnetic pulse device. Astrid now sees Ted in his genuine form. Walter rejoins them. Neither one says anything.
In the barn, Olivia shoots the Deputy with her pistol after he fires at her with his shotgun. The Sheriff tries to shoot her with his shotgun, narrowly missing her. His deformed facial features are now visible. Barely avoiding Velchik’s fire, Olivia levels her weapon at Peter when he startles her as they try to find shelter. The Sheriff has both of them in his sights when Rose approaches from behind him. He tells her to go home – but she shoots him with her shotgun instead.
In her house, Rose sits quietly with the science team and explains the guilt her father, Edward Cobb, felt following the original pulse he tested… a pulse that deformed the whole town. Cobb resigned his commission in 1979 and returned to Edina to work on the electromagnetic pulse device until he perfected it. Once perfected, the people chose to stay and live the only normal life they thought they could live. Walter tells Rose that he remembers her father fondly.Walter intercepts Broyles outside the house. He pleads to let the people of Edina keep their secret. Those responsible for the deaths of the State Troopers have been brought to justice. There is no need to make the rest of the town pay for that crime – submitting them to further tests and examinations, to humiliate them. Broyles takes stock of the situation, and the Doctor, then delivers an out. Did you find the machine that transforms the citizens? Because if you didn’t - there's ‘’nothing’’ to report. Walter absorbs the subtle option, and is savvy
← As the science task force redeploys home, passing the Edina city limits, Walter notices a normal looking Teddy Falls standing by the sign and staring toward the outside world he does not know. Walter then remarks to Peter on Rose’s bravery, exposing her secret to correct a wrong. Peter shares his pride for Walters’ bravery, speaking-up for the needs of the people of Edina, when he didn’t have to. Walter is glad that Peter ‘chooses’ to see him the way he does – with pride – very glad indeed.
- The Observer can be seen standing in the back of the crowd of people outside the Edina Town Hall, as they are being addressed by Sheriff Velchik.
- A Johari Window is a cognitive psychological tool used to help people better understand their relationships and interpersonal communication skills... helping you, and those around you, better see who you really are.
- Production Notes
- The initially advertised title, Edina City Limits, was changed during the first week of January, 2010, less than two weeks before airing.
- Continuity Errors
- Library. Walter incorrectly cites that Harkness is a library at the law school. The Law School Library is the Langdell Library. The group of interconnected facilities, dormitories and grounds, including the library, is known as the Harkness Commons... essentially a law and graduate study, mini-campus.
- Airbags. When the science team is forced off of the road and crashes - airbags in the modern vehicle did not deploy.
- Recurring Themes
- Mnemonic Device. Walter using improvised "Carmen" lyrics to remember H-A-R-K-N-E-S-S Library, utilizes the same mental trick/tool he used to remember the city/bank he hid the teleportation equipment (Safe) and the order of the planets in the solar system (Inner Child).
- Cultural References
- Wizard of Oz. Walter, intimidated by his recent kidnapping and drugging, wants to stay in the car, then shares that the Cowardly Lion had a point about cowardice. Peter assures him there are no Flying Monkeys where they are going.
- Deliverance. Walter looks at the photo of the disfigured Teddy Falls and remembers the theme music from the movie Deliverance. Genetically-challenged rural folk were part of that plot too.
- Episode References
- Walter wants to hide in the station wagon, but Peter promises him that he (Newton) (Grey Matters) is not in there, and that Walter won't be kidnapped again.
|The colorful butterflies (Grey Matters) foreshadows Walter's off-chance discovery of the town's permutation secret via the damaged moth at the Edina city limit|
• Depend On Me by Graham Parker
• Freight Train Blues by Tennessee Ernie Ford
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Johari Window/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Project Elephant
- Is the Project Elephant experiment still underway?
- If so, is Project Elephant still associated with the nearby military base?
- If not, who has the Project Elephant machinery/equipment that transformed and mutated the people of Edina?
- Is Project Elephant scientist Edward Cobb still alive?