Of Human Action
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|Of Human Action|
|Air Date:||12 Nov 2009|
|Written by:|| Glen Whitman |
|Directed by:||Joe Chappelle|
|Guest Cast:|| Cameron Monaghan as Tyler Carson |
Andrew Airlie as James Carson
Jacqueline Steuart as Renee Davies
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- Of Human Action is the seventh episode of the second season of FRINGE. It first aired on November 12, 2009. A kidnapping escalates into a hostage situation and authorities close-in on the suspects, only to discover that the victim has unique abilities developed through fringe science research. The investigation intensifies when one of the team members goes missing and is forced to commit horrific acts. Another layer is peeled-off of the Massive Dynamic facade.
In Queens, New York, the local police race through town to a large parking structure to intercept two suspected felons, and recover a male teenager with them. On the top level of the structure, Tyler Carson sits in a brown sedan with car salesmen Patrick Hickey and Tom Dobbins. The police surround the car and, with their weapons drawn, demand that the men exit the vehicle. They do, but Tyler stays inside. Officer Gibson seems to lose his nerve and backs away from the vehicle. After dropping his weapon, he steps off the edge of the parking ramp and falls to his death. Officer Williams unravels next and fires her pistol, killing the two remaining officers. Fearful and confused, she shoots herself in the head.Phillip Broyles briefs the science team all three shots were fired Tyler Carson was reported missing 36 hours prior, and his father works for Fleming-Monroe, the Aerospace Division of Massive Dynamic. Walter shares that he is under-tasked, no food is available, and that he believes the officers could have been victims of hypnosis or mesmerism.
At Massive Dynamic, the team meets with Tyler's father, Doctor James Carson, and Nina Sharp. Carson reveals that he did not know his son was missing until the kidnappers contacted him. Nina believes that the kidnappers, men with no history at the corporation, may be trying to extort secrets from Massive Dynamic. Walter laments at what might have been, had he and William Bell formed a company together, as they had planned.
Tyler and the two men arrive at a convenience store. Hickey demands that the clerk hand over all his cash. A noble customer interferes, trying to initmidate the robbers into leaving, but he suddenly takes a pot of boiling hot coffee and pours it on his face before breaking the pot on his head and ramming his face through a glass door. The clerk pulls a gun on the men and orders them to leave. His face begins to contort and he sets the gun down on the counter. He grabs a key and sticks it into the wall socket... electrocuting himself.
Peter and Olivia visit the convenience store and review security footage for more clues. The kidnappers don't appear very organized. It seems that Tyler could have easily escaped, if he had wanted to. Broyles calls Olivia with an update on the two suspects. Their boss says they are model employees with no criminal history. Olivia hypothesizes that they may be foreign intelligence operatives with ulterior motives.Back at the lab, Astrid off with his theory on how brains might taste. He examines Officer Gibson's brain and concludes that she was a victim of mind control. She has hematomas on her brain matter indicating actual trauma and conflicting neural impulses... a conflict of the mind and body. She was a victim of mind control, not hypnosis. He believes the mind control operates through the cochlea, as an auditory trance is far more effective path to manipulate the sense.
Tyler phones Massive Dynamic begging his father to listen to his kidnappers' demands. The kidnappers tell Carson to meet them at Industrial Park with two million dollars in unmarked bills. Nina says that Massive Dynamic will cover the ransom expense. Olivia wants to set a trap. She believes the money is a distraction and that the kidnappers really took Tyler for other reasons.
Walter rummages through storage at his lab looking for a memento of Peter's childhood. He finds it. A teddy bear that generates white noise, similar to the womb and great at blocking mind control.Near the industrial park meeting point, Olivia briefs a large tactical team on the finer points of the planned mission to save Tyler. Walter briefs the basic use of the special headsets he has assembled for the mission.
The tactical squad deploys to observation positions around the industrial park as Carson goes to the meeting spot with the ransom cash. The brown sedan pulls in and, as the kidnappers try to retrieve the ransom, the squad emerges and gives chase to the fleeing criminals. Hickey drives the sedan through a large door, crashes, flips and burns in the explosion. Olivia follows Dobbins into the large warehouse and finds him holding a gun to his chin, trying to fire the empty weapon into his chin. He pleads for her help. Peter follows the money. Tyler has the ransom and is trying to evade detection in a back alley. As Peter approaches Tyler, he is immediately put under mind control and forced to drive Tyler from the area in Walter's station wagon.
Driving away with the ransom, and still under mind-control, Peter tries to reason, and charm, his way out of his predicament. Tyler will have none of it and forces Peter to drive recklessly through traffic, just to teach Peter a lesson about who is really in charge.
Olivia returns to Massive Dynamic and confronts Nina about the situation with Peter as hostage, and the teenagers tie to the company. Nina reveals that Carson is working with the Pharmaceutical Division to develop thought control weapons systems that utilize advanced drugs to amplify brain waves. Carson remembers that he had taken some home to test. Tyler might have found them.
Tyler pops a pill as Peter drives. Peter warns Tyler that since he took him hostage, everyone knows that he is the one behind his own kidnapping.
Walter shows his smoldering paternal side and lets Carson know he has done poorly by Tyler. His teenager, flooded with hormones, full of psychostimulant medication and using untested brainwave enhancers, has kidnapped his son.
In the car, Peter confesses his issues with Walter, trying to bond with Tyler and gain some leniency. Tyler wants none of it. He does not need a big brother. He needs a driver. A policeman spots the reported vehicle and pulls the two over. Peter wants a non-violent outcome to this. Tyler won't promise anything. The officer wants Peter out of the car and searched for weapons. Tyler forces another scene. The officer is made to remove his pistol. Peter is made to point the weapon at the officer... but Tyler compromises with Peter. Peter only has to pistol-whip the man, not shoot him.
At Massive Dynamic, Olivia coordinates the hunt to find Peter. She tells Astrid to make sure that law enforcers know that Peter is not the target. In Nina's office, Broyles tells Olivia that Tyler has been classified a national security threat and that Fringe Division has been ordered to stand down -- Tyler has two tickets to Central America and it is believed that he has a foreign handler after secret project information. Olivia thinks this is incorrect and is concerned that Peter may become collateral damage in the effort to retrieve Tyler.Concerned about his son, Walter admits to Olivia and Nina that Peter always helps him... the ladies encourage him to find a solution.
Tyler and Peter enter a dance club and order a steak dinner. Peter politely tries some guilt tactics on Tyler. Tyler remains angry at his father for lying about his mother.
Carson continues his reveal to Olivia about Renee. Her drug addiction, her disappearing for weeks... assuming that she was dead somewhere. He lied to Tyler about the death of his mother in a car crash - to protect the young boy.
Tyler continues his story. He found his birth cerificate. His mother is not dead. She lives in Maryland. Peter continues a guilt ploy on Tyler, but Tyler becomes angry. He forces Peter to take a steak knife and plunge it into a nearby chair... which could easily have been his leg.
In a Massive Dynamic lab, Walter and Astrid tell Olivia they developed a device with a modified electromagnetic pulse that will interfere with brain waves and stop Tyler's mind control abilities. It will wipe Tyler's brain of all thoughts and cause him to become disoriented for a short period of time.
In Springfield, Maryland, Peter and Tyler arrive at Renee Davies' house. She is shocked by Tyler's arrival, but invites him inside. Tyler begins to tell her that it is okay that she left and knows that it was his dad's fault, but now they can be together. His mom is at a loss for words and tries to tell him that she can't run away with him. Her husband comes inside the house, and Tyler immediately blames him for her not wanting to leave. He begins to take control of Peter, forcing him to pick-up a pistol and point it at Renee's husband, Seth.
Broyles and Olivia arrive at the Davies' residence to recover Peter. Broyles does not wait for Olivia and bursts in the front door and immediately shoots Tyler with his Taser. Tyler pulls out the electrodes and force Peter to turn his pistol on Broyles and shoot him. Broyles collapses and Peter and Tyler run out the front door. Olivia enters from the rear of the house after they leave and is directed by Broyles to pursue to two.
Astrid pulls up to the front of the house and Olivia gets in the car. Walter prepares to deploy his weapon as they spot, and follow, Peter. Astrid gets the car close to the fleeing pair and Walter uses the device to temporarily cancel out Tyler's mind control ability. Peter is released from having his mind controlled and veers the station wagon into a large pole next to the street, ending the chase.Walter hovers over Peter, concerned as he regains consciousness after the crash he caused.
At the Davies house, Broyles sits on a gurney as his arm is bandaged. Olivia chides him about what happens when he gets out from behind his desk. Peter approaches Broyles and is teased about being a lousy shot. Peter advises Broyles that Tyler wanted to shoot him in the head, but that he had enough control to pull the shot off-center.
Back at their new home, Walter prepares crepes for dinner. Peter finishes a call from Olivia and tells Walter that Tyler will avoid jail since he was under the influence of the drug. Walter gets nostalgic about Peter's mother.Nina types a message to William Bell to update him on the status of the Penrose-Carson experiments. She informs him that one of the Tylers displayed a
James Carson flips through a file of developmental reports on boys who all look exactly like Tyler but with different scientists as guardians, including "Tyler 03" - his "alleged" son. Carson then wheels a gurney holding a "Tyler" body down a corridor. On either side of the hallway is a windowed room with identical bodies laying in beds. — — — —
- The Observer stands behind a parked, silver colored car as the NYPD car turns right toward the ramp in the parking garage.
- SLUSHO. The fictional drink repeatedly utilized by Bad Robot Productions, is for sale in the convenience store.
- Nina Sharp mentions that she had been (There's More Than One Of Everything) communicating with William Bell electronically. In this episode, the manner of communication had been clearly demonstrated.
- Continuity Errors
- Obituaries. Astrid states that Tyler was searching fourteen year-old (1995) obituaries, but the one she displayed to Olivia was from November 1997, two years after 1995.
- Recurring Themes
- Cloning. The Penrose-Carson experiments suggested the involvement of Dr. Claus Penrose's research on cloning (The Same Old Story).
- Mind Control. Nick Lane had many of the abilities (Bad Dreams), and emotional short-comings, of Tyler.
- Production Notes
- Promotion. Tyler uses a Homer Simpson candy dispenser. As Tyler travels to his surrogate mother's house, the floating 3-D location signature identifies the city simply as Springfield, with no specific state identified. Both scenes are nods to the television show The Simpsons, and part of the November 2009 scavenger hunt promotional effort associated with the animated show and the TV network.
• Subtle Duck by Charles Bissell
• Angel Love by Samantha James
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Of Human Action/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- How many Tyler's were created in the Penrose-Carson experiment?
- Are all the Tylers clones involved with mind control experimentation?
- Nina mentioned that "mind control is possible, given the right conditions", what are these conditions?
- Do the particular drugs used to give mind control abilities to Tyler also increase tendencies towards violence, as evidenced by his killing spree?
- Did Peter display a special ability when he tried to prevent Tyler's mind control of Broyles -- attempting to get him to shoot himself in the head?