Nothing As It Seems
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|Nothing As It Seems|
|Air Date:||30 Mar 12|
|Written by:|| Akiva Goldsman|
|Directed by:||Fred Toye|
|Guest Cast:|| Neal Huff as Marshall Bowman|
Clark Middleton as Edward Markham
Gabrielle Rose as Doctor Anderson
Judy Sinclair as VertusAir Passenger
Olivia Jones as Melissa
Mike Realba as VertusAir Steward
Ken Kirzinger as Air Marshal
Kevin O’Grady as TSA Agent Knolls
Martin Chrisotpher as TSA Agent Mike
Gina Holden as Kate Hicks
Daniel Cudmore as Daniel Hicks
Emily Jackson as Melinda Bowman
Mike Li as Agent Hanning
Alessandro Juliani as Marco
Timothy Webber as Man
|Next:||Everything In Its Right Place|
|Previously:||A Short Story About Love|
|Transcript — Additional Images|
Nothing As It Seems is the sixteenth episode of the fourth season of FRINGE. It first aired on 30 March, 2012. Olivia's neuropsych evaluation threatens to keep her on the sidelines while Lee and Peter investigate the mysterious aftermath of VertusAir Flt 718. This is Peter's second exposure to the case, and his foreknowledge sends the Fringe Task Force chasing after a cult determined to manipulate the evolutionary process and mankind's future.
SynopsisVertusAir Flight 718, things are going along alright, except for the holding delay they are experiencing at the end of their trans-Atlantic journey from Paris to New York. The wind and turbulence at the destination airfield are delaying the arrival and landing, so the cabin crew are making another pass through with the snack cart. The delay isn't going well for one passenger though - Marshall Bowman wasn't planning to be away
After the flight, Bowman sits and attempts to justify his irrational behavior to two Federal Transportation technicians in an isolated Marshall Bowman explains the unfortunate outburst as a panic attack. He has hated flying since he was young... and the in-flight delay must have set him off. Bowman's luggage catches-up to him in the holding area and is searched accordingly. Bowman's medical issues resurface and he hunches forward in pain as his nose starts to trickle blood again. He is excused to the adjoining restroom in the secure venue to look after himself. The agents find what Bowman appeared to be concerned for - a small zipping valise with vials of liquid and the paraphernalia he needs to inject the liquid. The call to an arresting authority is made to start an investigation into the questionable drugs found in the luggage. In the restroom, Bowman's health rapidly degrades and he drops to a knee and starts to transmogrify. Long quill-like hairs pierce through the back of his shirt. Completely unrecognizable in his mutated state, Marshall Bowman crashes through the door and returns to his interview. Six inches taller, fifty pounds heavier, grizzled and covered with hair and quills - he roars at the agents with his horrific new monster face. Doctor Anderson continues her extensive neuropsych evaluation of top Fringe Task Force performer, FBI Senior Agent Olivia Dunham. Anderson has been tasked to determine Olivia's fitness for duty following recent events, and Olivia's absorption of a second set of memories from a timeline she never physically experienced. Olivia is fine with the fact that she has newfound emotions and a 'soul-mate' bond with Peter - she is happy and has never felt better. What Olivia is having trouble with is her senior supervisors and their unwillingness to let her return to her primary investigative duties with the science team. And right now - that means getting back to the mission of capturing, or killing, David Robert Jones. Anderson can't guarantee anything for Olivia - particularly since she isn't even familiar with the basic structure of her own immediate
After the psychiatric interview, and the subsequent supervisory review are complete, Olivia is summoned to Broyles' office to get the verdict on her operational status. She can tell by the look on his face and his body language that she is not going to hear the answer she wants. Broyles confirms her worries - if she were suffering trauma, depressed or stressed-out, they could deal with that. But nobody has a solution for her situation, and his superiors want her off the casework for now. Defending her situation, Olivia points-out that she is still fit to do field work, even if she doesn't remember every fine detail from previous cases... she can re-learn those details. Broyles points-out a glaring error from her interview process that exemplifies her situation, and supports the supervisory ruling from the Tenth Floor. Her sister Rachel is not divorced from Greg. Her niece Ella is not an only-child, she has a little brother Eddie. Big details like that, along with about forty percent of her general memory, seems to
Olivia returns to her apartment, sullen and a little bitter. Peter can see the disappointment in her face when she walks-in, so uses some charm to put a positive spin on things. A glass of wine helps the cause too. Peter is certain this will only be a short lay-off from work for her... maybe that will give them time for a romantic trip to Vermont. Before he can get a commitment on a lover's get-away, Peter gets a call from FBI Agent Lincoln Lee. Lee can't task Olivia to help him, but Peter sure is still on the job - and has to go. A little melancholy as the reality of being 'side-lined' sinks in, Olivia assures Peter she will be fine. Go!Conrad Moreau, and the Bowman case he worked on three years earlier, well the name and profession match what she remembers, but Moreau has been dead in this timeline for five years. Peter remembers that Moreau was the guy behind the drugs back then. Lee also points out that the deal with Bowman is different too... he died when VertusAir 718 crashed. Now the big question is - if Moreau isn't responsible for the bizarre genetic manipulation, then who is? Walter finishes with the corpse and has an idea who - the Sumerians. Well maybe not the ancient people, but the person responsible for the Sumerian Cuneiform tattoo on Bowman's arm. Peter knows one man that can probably identify, with some certainty, the meaning of the Cunieform logo. Olivia probably remembers him to, even though the man has never met either of them in this timeframe. Lee is anxious to get out of the lab too and ready to get back to work. Not according to his doctor - Walter needs to finish stitching him up first. Lee reluctantly remains, allowing his grounded partner to do his field work while he recovers. Call if you
In his very well-stocked, 'rare and exotic' bookstore, Edward Markhan completes a sale and offers to help the new visitors to his shop: Peter and Olivia. Always the ladies-man, Edward's salacious attention focuses on Olivia. Not much different than the previous timeline, Peter knows how to play Markham's interests and mentions an obscure title that he is positive will get them the attention the want on the unidentified Cuneiform logo. When Edward starts to look for the book they are interested in, Olivia and Peter have the not-so-private conversation they rehearsed about the tattoo. 'It is too obscure' - this bookstore owner couldn't know anything about this. Loud enough, and spot on the profile, Markham takes the bait and is keenly interested in their Cunieform logo. Once he sees the logo they are attempting to interpret, he only has one question - are you one of them?
Peter and Olivia meet with Nina Sharp to try and get an answer to their question about the corporation's involvement with the file that Astrid isolated. Nina recognizes the code as William Bell's, but Massive Dynamic hasn't used that style since before Bell died. After he was gone, they converted to a more user-friendly coding system. Nina runs a database search to see if anything the company is working on matches what Olivia is looking for - since they are involved in many projects that use hybridization. Nina wasn't expecting an official visit from Olive, she heard from Broyles about the line-of-duty verdict from the Tenth Floor. Nina's quick database check comes back with a positive connection to the company, but their are no contents in the file. Who erased it, a hacker? Probably not. But David Robert Jones was the scientist running the project. Oh boy.
A few hundred feet above midtown Boston, Kate and Daniel Hicks know how to avoid the evening rush hour traffic, and raising any suspicion. Standing on the edge of a highrise rooftop, Daniel picks-up Kate in his arms and jumps from the building. A few seconds later, the pair return to level flight, powered by Daniel's large, bat-like wings.Walter's Lab, the good doctor returns to the activity that peaked his interest before he was distracted by the mystery of the genetically-altered human mutants... unwrapping decades of gifts that he had been buying for the son that he never had the chance to raise. Astrid joins him in his office/bedroom and goes into self-loathing mode when she finds she has a major clean-up on her hands, with wrapping Peter that Walter didn't raise joins the gift-fest and immediately gravitates towards the toy Walter is playing with... he loves this particular toy that teaches about magnetism and centrifugal force. Olivia joins the trio in Walter's 'not-so-private' quarters with news from the hospital. Kate Hicks will survive her gunshot wound and Walter's cure for the transmogrification virus seems to be reversing the influence it has on her genetically-manipulated DNA. According to Lee, Hicks isn't going to be much help in the investigation though. Her and Daniel received their serum through Marshall Bowman... she has no clue where he got it from. The big question in the science team's mind is - if David Jones is behind all of this... what is his end goal? And how is he recruiting these people to endure such drastic science? Walter suspects that Jones may be a megalomaniac that is intent on taking control of mankind's evolution. SAIC Broyles joins the gathering and needs a sidebar conversation with Olivia. Olivia steps out for the private chat and immediately offers her humble regrets for getting involved in the investigation after she was directed not to. It won't ever happen again. Broyles has heard that before, but he didn't pull her away from the group to hear an apology. He needs to tell her something. She has his vote of confidence, along with that of the senior executive staff on the Tenth Floor. He has known a lot of good agents, and even though she isn't in top form right now with overlapping memories, she is still better than most. The Fringe Task Force isn't the same without her - without saying as much, he has effectively returned her to duty.
Night falls on Boston and a young couple sit contemplating recent events. Melinda Bowman suspects her mate is having second thoughts about the genetic
In the hold of a cargo ship, two human-hybrid creatures with quilled backs growl softly as their handler locks the door to the barred jail cell they occupy. The man makes his way through the throng of cages, cells, aquariums and containers as a variety of hybrid and genetically-altered creatures sound-off at his passing. Headed for a breath of fresh air on deck, he secures a door behind him bearing the cuneiform logo that the "Children of the New World" have been tattooing on their arms. The open air cargo deck of the vessel is packed with storage containers as it plows through the night fog in the vast ocean.
- The Observer walks down the sidewalk behind Peter and Lee after they arrive at Daniel Hicks' house to search for him.
- Literature. Peter entices Markham into assisting him on the premise that he was looking for Lake Of The Long Sun, by Gene Wolfe. That novel, along with three companion novels in the 'Long Sun' series, has subtext and multiple plot threads that parallel many of the underlying storylines in FRINGE
- In his letter, Marshall Bowman wrongly wrote 'ucharted' when he actually mean 'uncharted'.
- Recurring Themes
- Radical Transgenics. Extreme inter-species hybridization. (The Transformation), (Bound), (Unleashed), (Night Of Desirable Objects)
|The porcupine on the calendar in The Observer's apartment (A Short Story About Love) suggests the emergence of the new hybrid breed of humans amended with porcupine genomes. No year is given on the calendar, but the last time January days and dates aligned as they are depicted was in 2010. They won't realign like this again until 2016.|
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Nothing As It Seems/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Is David Jones responsible for the array of mutated creatures?
- Is David Jones responsible for the cult of humans determined to manipulate their own evolutionary path?
- Who deleted the secure files on genetic hybridization archived at Massive Dynamic?
- Is Massive Dynamic involved with the development of these genetically-engineered creatures?
- If so, is Nina Sharp aware of the cargo vessel underway on the high seas?
- Where is the cargo vessel full of hybrid mutations headed, and why?
- Was Bowman working undercover?