|Air Date:||03 Feb 2012|
|Written by:|| Akiva Goldsman|
|Directed by:||Charles Beeson|
|Guest Cast:|| Chin Han as Neil Chung|
Steven Weller as March
Eugene Lipinski as December
Jeb Beach as Chet Williams
|Next:||Welcome To Westfield|
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Making Angels is the eleventh episode of the fourth season of FRINGE. It first aired on 3 February, 2012. Agent Farnsworth arranges her own deception in order to visit Astrid in this universe and learn about her past. A former MIT professor uses his talents, along with borrowed technology, to intercede in the lives of those destined for a life of suffering. The Observers monitor the entire affair and learn of the failed intervention of one of their own.
Synopsisjoins him in the shelter and sits near Chet. Without introductions, Neil Chung begins to describe Chet's short-term future to him. Chet will not be one of the 19 survivors in every 20 cases. Chet will be the one, the minority case that can't be saved. Chemo-radiation will leave Chet weak and ill while the cancer continues to advance. Aches and pains will increase dramatically as kidneys, mobility and continence all fail. Finally, full respiratory failure will claim Chet. Caught off-guard by the unsolicited briefing, Chet Williams defends the odds he received from the Doctor. A bus pulls-up to the shelter and stops briefly in front of the two conversing men. Seconds later, when the bus pulls away, Chet is prone on the bench - dead - having been spared the horror of the final miserable months of his life. Standing at the base of a very different "Lady Liberty" than she is familiar with, and with her beret in her pocket, analytic savant Agent Farnsworth is 'boots on the ground' in this universe, and on a very personal mission.
In his office at Fringe Division, Colonel Broyles engages his two top agents, Lee and Dunham, on the delicate matter under-foot. An hour earlier, someone from the Fringe Division ranks transited at Liberty Island without any specific mission authority that Broyles knows of. The two agents are curious - maybe someone is attempting to defect. Colonel Broyles doesn't know of any specific motive... just that the one person who could grant their own clearance - Agent Farnsworth - has done just that. Initial attempts to locate Farnsworth, after she crossed, weren't productive and the Colonel wants to organize teams to crossover and retrieve the errant analyst. Bolivia has a hunch about Farnsworth... she never does anything without a reason and probably has one thing she is set on accomplishing. Maybe Dunham should go alone to bring Farnsworth home - she is fairly certain about the destination of her wayward colleague on this already emotionally challenging day for her.
Broyles meets the science team at the police tape around the bus stop where Chet Williams died and escorts them to the corpse. The details around Williams so far show that six hours earlier, he received a cancer diagnosis from his doctor. Astrid has her head-mounted audio-video link to Walter's lab up and running. Williams has streaks of dried blood on his cheeks and the question comes up - can anyone cry blood? One thing that comes to Walter's mind is the Ebola virus, but the corpse would only "cry blood" once the internal organs were sufficiently liquefied. Oh - that reminds Walter... check the corpse's crotch. Astrid cringes at the unsettling task request, but gets it done. Walter monitors the inspection and concludes that internal organs have not liquefied, since there is no blood around the groin. Peter reiterates the question - what else would cause the bloody tears? Walter can't recall anything other than the Ebola example, however, a mythical example that might cause tears of blood was an alchemical potion steps between universes and/or timelines, into the present one. The crossing coincides with a large window panel on the front of a building near the bus stop. He takes a quick reading and reports that he may have located what the Observers have been looking for. With police nearby, and all of the activity around the bus shelter, the bald man with the Fedora hat, steps quietly back through the trans-dimensional portal he stepped from seconds earlier. Stealth maintained.
Back in Walter's lab, the investigation into Chet Williams strange demise gets fully underway. Other than undersized kidneys, the thirty-eight year-old consumer goods maker is not married, owes nothing and is reportedly a nice guy. So who would want to kill him? Walter has been running tests and finds the cause of death under his microscope. The chemical compounds that were used to poison Williams should not have been able to interact with one iced tea. The thing is - nobody could have possibly determined, or predicted, how these various compounds should be mixed to create a poison - compounds that wouldn't be expected to interact in any combination. So, a seemingly impossible toxin - made possible and put to deadly use. Just when Walter starts to get snippy with Peter, Bolivia finally makes it to the lab to grab her analyst and leave. Full of vim, Bolivia's jaunty entry gets Walter's full ire. Betray anyone yet today, Mata Hari? Agent Farnsworth has been ignoring the sniping and blurts the answer to the mystery. There is no chance that the exotic toxin was created naturally, or unintentionally by an individual. But the toxin does exist, therefore an individual created it, but they must have had access to information, or knowledge, garnered from beyond the "realm of causality" that they all experience. The exotic and completely impossible poison is not an 'act of God', but it sure seems like someone is wielding 'god-like powers' by creating it. Walter's infatuation with Agent Farnsworth swells with the clarity she brings to his reasoning. Bolivia makes herself at home, it looks like Agent Farnsworth is going to be needed to help finish the complicated
In an inner city liquor store, struggling alcoholic Kerry Watson purchases a flask of gin and heads-out in to the late afternoon foot traffic to find a place to feed her addiction. Immediately regretting this moment of weakness in the fight for a sober life, Watson discards the bottle and wins a small victory in the battle that consumes her. As she starts to walk through a narrow breezeway between buildings, Neil Chung catches her attention when he starts a prophetic monologue about the destiny of the thirty-something standing before him. He knows Kerry has been putting up a good fight with her addiction to alcohol, but she will not win. When she starts drinking again, and she will, it will shatter the lives of those around her. Her drunk driving will kill her boyfriend. Her brother will try, but fail, to rescue her from her addiction... ruining his marriage and alienating his family in the process. Kerry protests - no one can see the future. Chung validates her protest. That future of hers he just described will not be happening after all. Watson loses any future that she might have had when Chung mists her with the fast-acting toxin he uses when he inflicts death mercifully.
After the team has returned to the lab with the latest corpse, Walter takes the opportunity to diminish Peter's contribution with word and deed. Walter needs some scalpels sharpened and some screws tightened in simple medical equipment - that would be helpful. Peter's thinking was that he would be involved with the autopsy, you know, something a little more in line with his skillset. Peter reads Walter's body language and attitude just fine, so he moves off without a word. Agent Farnsworth assesses the passive-aggressive confrontation - Walter is angry with his son. Walter reminds her that Peter is not his son. Farnsworth is busy trying to analyze the emotional situation and reaches a solution - and maybe even learn something that she can apply to her own situation. Yes, Peter is from a different timeline, but does Walter feel love for him? She believes that anger seems to be connected to emotional investment, and that leads to suffering. Perhaps a better path for Walter is to choose to believe Peter is his son. Loving him would be a better emotional investment. Walter would be happier that way, not angry and miserable like he is now. Walter takes stock of her advice and adds nothing to the lingering proposal. In one of the inner offices, both Dunhams sit and review
At Boston's international airport, federally-trained security screener Neil Chung goes through his daily work routine... checking departing passengers identification and verifying that they are booked appropriately before entering the secure terminal. One male passenger enters the checkpoint, is cleared by Chung, then moves to the scanning station. Chung takes personal note of the man he just allowed to pass through the bottleneck.
In a Back Bay, Massachusetts, parking garage, Neil Chung locates his latest target, the one he recently screened at the security checkpoint. Jared Colin is having a less than stellar life. The heated conversation he is having on his cell phone as he walks to his vehicle suggests a highly confrontational business association. The fact that he missed his flight earlier doesn't seem to make matters any better. Under close observation by a nearby bald man, Neil approaches Jared after his call is over and begins detailing the miserable life that Colin will soon experience. Specifically, Jared's next call will destroy his life. He will make it while driving, but lose control of his vehicle when he is cut-off by a taxi. His spinal cord will be shattered and Jared will live as a paraplegic in a group home. The sub-standard accommodations will seem like a living nightmare and no one will mourn his passing. Wary of the strange man with his hand in his pocket, Colin defends himself when Chung places a strangely lit device in his pocket then pulls something from his other pocket and aims it at his face. Attempting to dash from potential danger, Jared Colin races between parked cars, then across a driveway. The vehicle that strikes Colin stops, but not before throwing him violently over the hood and onto the ground in a heap.
Back in the lab, Walter's Angels have
At his security checkpoint in Logan International Airport, Neil Chung proceeds with his daily work routine of verifying credentials and validating boarding passes. With the fresh knowledge about Badge 0047 provided by Agent Farnsworth, Peter and Olivia move quickly through lines of waiting passengers to find their prime suspect. After catching brief eye-contact with Peter, Neil Chung senses that he is being stalked and quickly moves to safety away from the security bottleneck... retreating behind a wall of fellow security specialists. Federal Agent Dunham and Civilian Consultant Bishop don't have enough authority to automatically breach the checkpoint and are intercepted before they can pursue the escaping murderer.Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Olivia and Peter interview a former colleague of Neil Chung.
In Walter's lab, the Farnsworth girls get to spend a little quiet time together while Walter silently thinks. Agent Farnsworth can see that Astrid cares for Walter, and says as much. Astrid acknowledges the sentiment. Yeah - she does. Agent Farnsworth timidly approaches the topic she was intent
At Reiden Lake, Olivia and Peter make entry into the unoccupied Chung cabin. Inside the cabin, a brief walk-through shows that they have the correct cabin. Covered with news articles, religious icons and imagery, the walls tell the duo that Chung lost his twin brother and father in an accident. The multiple icons tell a different story, they are all heroes, or more specifcally - saviors.
In the Boston area home that he shares with his mother, Anne, Neil Chung opens the concealed safe in his bedroom, places the time-viewing device he retrieved from Reiden Lake inside, then removes his 9mm pistol. After closing the safe, Neil loads the pistol, racks the slide, then tucks the weapon under his belt in the small of his back. In the living, his mother waits with pressing questions. Where are you going? What do you mean, you are here to say good-bye?
Back in Walter's lab Bolivia prepares to depart with her errant colleague in tow. Agent Farnsworth offers a friendly handshake to Walter for the intrusion, fatherly bear-hug she hasn't experienced in a long time. Bolivia shares the secret of her silver lockbox - it's loaded with mints. Feeling better about the confrontational day with Bolivia, Walter responds in kind and grants her the reward of one single red licorice whip. Gallant as ever, Bolivia formally files flirtation charges against Walter. Not shy to her bravado, Walter files countercharges - In her dreams. The two Astrids say their good-byes next. Astrid rates their encounter as nice, then immediately upgrades it to 'amazing'. Plus, she finally has a reply to the previous conversation. She and her father weren't very close, either. He is very complex and doesn't show emotion. That's just how he is. But, Astrid knows that he loves her. At least, that's what she tells herself when it doesn't really seem like he does. Agent Farnsworth should not consider her tenuous relationship with her father as her own fault. The two visitors head for the door
← In his home, Stephen Farnsworth prepares dinner as his daughter arrives. Astrid uses her key and finds her father. She quickly loses her handbag, gloves and overcoat en route to a big paternal hug. It has been that kind of day. Of course on the Fringe Task Force, that kind of day is the type that an Agent is
In the Chung home, Anne rests undisturbed in her living room while two bald men in suits and ties pass her on the way to Neil's room. Inside the room, the Observer that has been monitoring Neil Chung, March, touches the keypad on Neil's safe just once and it opens without resistance. He removes the Observer technology Neil has been using from the safe and hands it to December for inspection. A brief check confirms it... the device had been September's. He must have lost it the night that he saved Peter Bishop. December was not expecting what he hears next... September did not obey instructions and Peter Bishop has returned.
- Deus Ex Machina. Agent Farnsworth cites the ancient phrase to explain the seemingly unexplainable toxin that Neil is killing and/or saving souls with. Walter concurs that the toxin is so complex that the creator might appear to have god-like powers, which Neil does appear to have with his borrowed Machina, an Observer trans-dimensional device.
- Tears Of Ra. From ancient Egyptian lore, the Sun God - Ra, was responsible for all life. The creatures were brought into being when their secret name was spoken. Humans were brought into existence as a product of the sweat and the tears of Ra.
|The thrift shop signage (Forced Perspective), Angels of Mercy (in French), next to the Mallum's apartment, foreshadows the personal mission that Neil assigned himself as religious savior to those he targeted with his knowledge of future circumstances and suffering.|
• Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in B-Flat Major, K. by Academy of Saint Martin In the Fields
• Dixie Chicken by Little Feat
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1) Do not answer the questions here.
- What happened that gave Bolivia the strong impression that Agent Farnsworth would head directly to Boston to contact her counterpart?
- Was the 'Smoky Wintergreen Bobbin' that Walter ingested only just a mint, or was it actual spyware (microtracker, etc...) as initially suspected?
- If so, what was Bolivia's motive, or directive, in having him consume it?
- Are the "high-level differential equations" Neil Chung became obsessed with, after discovering the Observer's device, related to the math from The Equation?
- Did Neil Chung plan on the confrontation with Jared Colin leading to a broken spine, and not death-by-toxin?
- If so, did Chung manipulate events to intentionally draw the Fringe team closer and inflict his death?
- Do all Observers possess the type of device that Neil Chung recovered at Reiden Lake?
- Did Neil Chung create the atomizer he used to poison his victims, or was that borrowed technology too?
- Did The Observer accidently lose his time-viewing device, or did he deliberately leave it to be found, perhaps as part of an overall plan?
- If he lost the device, why didn’t he use his ability, or those of his colleagues to retrieve the device before Chung started murdering innocent citizens?
- If he left the device to be found by Chung, or anyone, as part of a larger scheme, what is that plan intended to accomplish?