Lysergic Acid Diethylamide
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|Lysergic Acid Diethylamide|
|Air Date:||15 April 2011|
|Written by:|| Akiva Goldsman|
|Directed by:||Joe Chappelle|
|Guest Cast:|| Leonard Nimoy as William Bell|
Ryan McDonald as Brandon
|Next:||6:02 AM EST|
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Lysergic Acid Diethylamide is the nineteenth episode of the third season of FRINGE. It first aired on April 15th, 2011. The science team frantically attempts to extract Bell's consciousness from Olivia's body before her soul is lost forever.
SynopsisWalter Bishop chats with William Bell while he attaches consciousness transfer apparatus to Olivia Dunham's cranium - in order to evict Bell from his temporary residence. Walter tests William's memories and mental agility by having him guess the popular musical tunes he is humming. Bell isn't doing so well and insists that Walter stay away from show tunes. Peter Bishop returns to the main floor of the lab with another bucket of ice to pour on the cadaver (Mister Spencer) that they have borrowed from the Medical School. The cadaver is sufficiently chilled to 64 Astrid Farnsworth flips the electrical control switch to start the transfer. The lab immediately lights up and the former Mister Spencer begins to writhe in his ice bath. Restrained in the cranial brace, Olivia and Bell appear to have been saved any discomfort as fusing in the lab explodes and the lighting goes dim. When Walter steps forward to see if the cadaver has accepted William Bell, he is startled when Bell's voice erupts from Olivia - It didn't work. Frustrated, Walter ends the experiment and asks Astrid to arrange to have the cadaver returned. Astrid consoles Peter with a kind word... she knows that he wanted to get Olivia back with this effort. Later, as Bell scrubs-up in the lab sink, Peter takes a confrontational tone with him - everything was perfect - as ordered to make a successful transfer. Bell calmly responds - maybe they need to come up with a new idea or find another new host. Peter wants to hold Bell to the
At the hospital, Olivia is rushed into the emergency room on a gurney. Her blood pressure is elevated, her pupils are dilated and she didn't respond to drug treatment in the ambulance. As the attending doctor starts to issue orders for resucitating his patient following heart defib, Walter starts countermanding the instructions based on his knowledge of Bell's medical history. Just as the doctor leans forward to place the electrical paddles on his patient, Bell grabs his forearms and stops the procedure... another shock today would kill him - and the woman he currently inhabits.Phillip Broyles has joined the science team and has a few questions for Bell about exactly what happened – and the promise that Dunham was going to be perfectly safe. Bell thought safety was a certainty... during his experiments thirty years earlier with rats, to determine the viability of soul magnets, it was nearly two weeks before the consciousness of the host rat was lost forever. He never expected that the human soul would evaporate so much more quickly. Broyles reiterates the initial agreement... forty-eight hours then out! Walter and Bell agree that it is not as simple as that. It seems that at this point, Bell’s consciousness is the only thing keeping Olivia’s body alive, and the best guess is that if they don’t retrieve her in the next day – she may be
Back in the lab, the two senior scientists return to their collaborative effort and try to brainstorm a potential solution to their dilemma. What if they could reach Olivia’s spiritual core, her chakra - her chi, and draw her out and make her accessible that way. That probably won’t work, it would take too much time and they have almost none. They can’t just draw or lure her out, they have to pull her out – or better yet, they need to go in and retrieve her. In a sidebar conversation, Astrid questions Peter’s take on the situation. He is not saying he believes it, but he doesn’t doubt that Bell has the ego, and capacity, to abandon Olivia and continue to inhabit her body – cheating death, even at the expense of another, certainly isn’t beyond him. Bell approaches with Walter and their proposal – whole brain emulation. It was the center of another of Bell’s science explorations and revolves around reducing and storing the essence of an organic entity in a non-organic host. In this case, removing Bell from Olivia and relocating him to a computer core. Walter has the project paper – Peter should be able to easily follow it while he and Bell enter Olivia’s mind. Time-out. Peter wants an explanation – enter Olivia’s mind? How? Very much the same way they wrangled a shared dream state between Olivia and Agent Scott before, only with a slight variation. All they need to do is precisely tune the electric fields in their brains to match Olivia’s – and of course they will need a massive amount of hallucinogens – preferably LSD to reduce resistance by individual superegos. In fact, Peter should join them in the process... he knows her better than anyone. If she is lost or hiding, he can probably guide them to her quickly.Later, after the lab has been prepared for the experiment to recover Olivia’s soul, Bell and Peter take the narcotic that Walter has prepared for them. Normally it would take more than a half hour to kick-in, but Walter has added an
Peter is the last to fade and after a few seconds reaches the intended target – Olivia’s brain. Honk! Honk! – this particular corner of her mind is a crowded urban street with lots of dangerous traffic. Peter gets his bearings, puts on his sunglasses and turns to find Walter asking for help. Walter needs to get down from the roof of the bus he is sitting on. Maybe at the next stop – the bus drives off with Walter still on the roof.
Phillip Broyles hovers over the trio of drug explorers while Astrid tends to the details of the experiment. Broyles comments on their tranquility then asks if she believes they can really transfer Bell's essence to a computer. Maybe, if they can get the computer to emulate the neurons of a human brain. Broyles' own mind seems to be wandering a bit - the twisty licorice stick in his hand reminds him of Bernini's Spiral Altar at Saint Peter's - it doesn't seem to end. Astrid asks a few simple questions. Whatcha been doin? Did you touch the sugar cubes in the tray? Broyles thought he would help clean-up around the lab... and yes he did touch a sugar cube. Why? Astrid musters another leading question - have you taken LSD before? Well you have now Boss.Back in Olivia's mind, the Bishop Boys stop their hike toward the WTC tower - they don't seem to be getting any closer. Walter believes Olivia's emotional landscape is generating that illusion to keep them away. Walter notices a man across the road stalking them Nina Sharp. They tell her they need to go up to the top to find Olivia or at least Bells' office. Nina is glad to help and directs them to an express elevator that will get them there. Nina swipes her access card for the elevator and steps aside to let them in. The doors open and Walter nearly step into an empty elevator shaft. Peter grabs Walter just in time, but Nina steps in behind them to give both a shove. Peter slips her grip and sends her plummeting and screaming to the basement instead. An adjacent elevator arrives for a much safer lift upstairs. Walter doesn't like the fact that everyone in Olivia's mind is focused in killing them. Peter doesn't care for that aspect of their journey either, still, they both need to be ready for anything. Inside Bells' office they find something they weren't ready for... a visually-animated, or cartoon, version of William Bell. Bell doesn't have Olivia with him in his office... he figured that if Peter knew it was only him in his office, he would have left him there to go after Olivia instead. The Bishops step into the office and become cartoon versions of themselves too.
On the roof of the imagined World Trade Center Tower, the three men look at the dirigible airship moored overhead then step to the rail and look out over the animated cityscape in Olivia's mind. Peter is certain they should look for Olivia in Jacksonville, the last place anybody would guess she is because of her terrible history there. In the courtyard below, dozens of official vehicles arrive and their occupants rush into the building with urgency. Time to leave. A few seconds later, zombies wearing lab coats burst onto the roof and try to attack the team. Walter and Bell run to the access ladder for the dirigible airship and start to climb. Peter stops short and turns to deliver a massive smackdown on the half dozen zombie pursuers. Peter unties the mooring rope for the airship, but the now unanchored aircraft drifts clear of the building before Peter can get to the rope ladder. Walter is halfway-up the ladder when his son runs and dives from the thousand foot tall building - only to catch the last rung of the flimsy ladder.Safely aboard the imagined dirigible and headed south along the Eastern Seaboard to Florida. Bell and Walter share words about what has been happening. Walter knew that Bell had no intention of ending his own life when he powered-up the device that sent he and Peter back to this universe from the parallel universe. Again, and now, more than ever, Walter needs William's help. Walter doesn't know what to do about Peter, and the Wave Sink Device - and what's going to happen to the world when everything starts happening. Bell bolsters Walters sagging confidence with some sage advice - when
While Peter tightens the anchor for the airship, Bell explains to Peter that Walter is fine but unable to come back to find them. When asked who the man was, Bell guesses that he might be someone unpleasant from Olivia's past. Bell decides to go to the day care center, but Peter disagrees. Peter and Bell take a motorcycle towards the military base, where Olivia lived before.
When Peter finally opens the door, Olivia greets him. Peter hugs her tightly, telling her that it is okay.
Peter and young Olivia run out and are chased by military trucks and Olivia's stepfather. Peter's grip on young Olivia's hand slips and when she is about to crashed into by the truck, Peter pushes her out of the way and braces for the impact of the vehicle.Peter awakens in the lab extremely agitated. Walter tries to calm him down. There is nothing they can do. It's all up to William Bell now.
Bell holds the hand of young Olivia, running away from a group of soldiers led by Olivia's stepfather. Bell falls down, he tells her to go. But young Olivia refuses to follow Bell's instruction.
Olivia's consciousness finally resurfaces to her own body.
Olivia is now in her adult form. Bell explains that Olivia should have been kept safe in her mind but that it is not the case... she feared herself, she never felt safe inside her mind and let the fears overwhelm her. But now, she has fought back, she is now as strong as Walter and Bell believed to be. Before the two part ways, he asks Olivia to tell Walter that the dog wouldn't hunt.
Peter pays a visit to Olivia's apartment. She tells him that her strange dream makes her unafraid to move forward. Peter notices the sketch Olivia has just recently drawn. It is the same man who was trapped inside the airship. Olivia is clueless but thinks that the man is going to kill her. She casually says this to Peter as she takes a bite of her toast.
- The Observer walks past the hospital desk while Olivia is rushed through the Emergency Room.
- Lysergic Acid Diethylamide. Also known as LSD-25, is a powerful hallucinogenic drug manufactured from lysergic acid. Formerly called lysergide, it is a semi-synthetic drug derived from the ergoline and tryptamine families of chemicals. It acts on serotonin receptors and induces psychotic symptoms similar to those of schizophrenia by interfering with the processing of information in the nervous system and causing perceptual distortion.
- Bad Robot. The animated William Bell pours a glass of 60 year-old MacCutcheon Scotch Whisky after Walter and Peter join him in his World Trade Center office. MacCutcheon is a ficticious brand name used by Bad Robot Productions and made popular on the TV series LOST.
- Production Notes
- Visual FX. The animation sequences were created by Zoic Studios - the same oufit that won an 'outstanding visual effects' award for their work in the Pilot episode.
- 3-D Graphics. This is the first episode in the series that has failed to incorporate a floating 3-D location signature into an exterior scene.
- Recurring Themes
- Synaptic Transfer. Walter and Peter use a variation of the technique used to grant Olivia access to Agent Scott's memories. (Pilot) & (The Dreamscape)
- Continuity Errors
- At the hospital, the clock above Peter's head reads 6:10 as the ER team begins to work on reviving Bell. Seconds later, as the Bishops identify their relationship to the patient, the clock has leapt forward 10 minutes to 6:20.
|A small, animated red bird is seen in the signage as Bolivia flees captivity in a Asian-centric neighborhood (Bloodline). Agent Broyles sees the exact same animated bird on Walter's shoulder during his LSD trip.|
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Lysergic Acid Diethylamide/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Is William Bell lost permanently, or is he hiding? (in Olivia, in the computer, etc....)
- When Peter suggested that Broyles was an Observer, was that the LSD talking or does he actually harbor some belief that Broyles may be affiliated with the Observers?
- Does the Zeppelin crewman represent someone in particular, in real life?
- Why does Olivia's subconscious largely reflect the alternate universe, rather than the prime one?
- Did John Scott's (Safe) and Bolivia Dunham's embedded memories (Olivia) in anyway influence Olivia's subconscious mind?