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Of Human Action
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Season: 2 Episode: 7
Air Date: 12 Nov 2009
Written by: Glen Whitman
Robert Chiappetta
Directed by: Joe Chappelle
Starring: Main Characters
Guest Cast: Cameron Monaghan as Tyler Carson
Andrew Airlie as James Carson

Jacqueline Steuart as Renee Davies
Peter Graham-Gaudreau as Seth Davies
Vincent Gale as Tom Dobbins
John Tench as Patrick Hickey
Irene Karas as Officer Williams
Doron Bell as Officer Gibson
Ryan Booth as Officer Jenks
Shawn Stewart as Truck Driver
Philip Cabrita as Clerk
Anna Van Hooft as Nina's Assistant

Next: August
Previously: Earthling
Transcript  —  Additional Images
Introduction
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.

Synopsis

Prologue

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.

ACT I

At the parking structure, Agent Phillip Broyles briefs the science team all three shots were fired
Parking Garage Fall
by the one officer, including the self-inflicted one. He adds that the kidnappers apparently didn't have guns, and that facial recognition software should have them identified shortly. The teen 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.

ACT II

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,
Tastes like chicken debate ensues
Walter sets 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.

ACT III

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.
Two million dollar ransom exchange

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.

ACT IV

← In the aftermath at the industrial park, Walter approaches Olivia and tells her Peter has gone missing.
Not His Fault
Under interrogation, Dobbins makes his case to Broyles and Olivia. He was the hostage, he was manipulated like a puppet, Tyler master-minded the kidnapping and Tyler made him he saw-off his own fingers. Pray that Peter is not with Tyler.

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.

ACT V

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.
Recent Article - Undead Mom
Astrid has been busy on Tyler's recovered computer. The teen has been searching for women in their mid-twenties who died in car crashes fourteen years prior. Olivia confronts Carson with data found on the computer - Renee Davies. Carson tells Olivia that Renee was Tyler's mother.

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.

ACT VI

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.
Shot By Peter
Tyler is loaded in an ambulance, alive, but on sedatives to prevent him from using his mind control powers. Peter is concerned about shooting Broyles.

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
Tyler 03 & Guardian
dramatic ability for mind control, but there were unintended consequences when Tyler located his surrogate mother. In light of this, she is ending the experiment.

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. — Tyler 03Tyler 04Tyler 05

Quotes

"Oh, come on. That's what this is about? Some sort of vendetta against your Dad? Do you really think that you're the first kid whose father didn't think he was good enough, or smart enough? Take a number." - Peter (cajoling Tyler, trying to bring him down a notch, and under control)

"William, I don't know if you've been receiving these messages, but I continue to hope. I wanted to update you on the status of the Penrose-Carson experiments. One of the Tylers did, in fact, display a rather dramatic ability for mind control. But before we became aware of his ability, there were some unintended consequences. Among them, he was able to locate records of his surrogate mother, and, unfortunately, made a misguided attempt to reunite with her. In light of this, I am suspending the experiments indefinitely. You were right -- mind control is possible, given the right conditions. So despite the unfortunate circumstances, we can consider the project a success. As always, I hope this finds you in good health. Warmest Regards, Nina." - Nina (typed message to William Bell)

Trivia

General
  • 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
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.

Music

Subtle Duck by Charles Bissell
Angel Love by Samantha James

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  • 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?

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Transcripts

Season 5 : Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11In AbsentiaThe RecordistThe Bullet That Saved The WorldAn Origin StoryThrough The Looking Glass And What Walter Found ThereFive-Twenty-TenThe Human KindBlack BlotterAnomaly XB-6783746The Boy Must LiveLibertyAn Enemy Of FateSeason 4 : Neither Here Nor ThereOne Night In OctoberAlone In The WorldSubject 9NovationAnd Those We've Left BehindWallflowerBack To Where You've Never BeenEnemy Of My EnemyForced PerspectiveMaking AngelsWelcome To WestfieldA Better Human BeingThe End Of All ThingsA Short Story About LoveNothing As It SeemsEverything In Its Right PlaceThe ConsultantLetters Of TransitWorlds ApartBrave New World, Part 1Brave New World, Part 2Season 3 : OliviaThe BoxThe PlateauDo Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep?Amber 314226955 kHzThe AbductedEntradaMarionetteThe FireflyReciprocityConcentrate And Ask AgainImmortality6BSubject 13OsStowawayBloodlineLysergic Acid Diethylamide6:02 AM ESTThe Last Sam WeissThe Day We DiedSeason 2 : A New Day In The Old TownNight Of Desirable ObjectsFractureMomentum DeferredDream LogicEarthlingOf Human ActionAugustSnakeheadGrey MattersUnearthedJohari WindowWhat Lies BelowThe Bishop RevivalJacksonvillePeterOlivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver.White TulipThe Man From The Other SideBrown BettyNorthwest PassageOver There, Part 1Over There, Part 2Season 1 : PilotThe Same Old StoryThe Ghost NetworkThe ArrivalPower HungryThe CureIn Which We Meet Mr. JonesThe EquationThe DreamscapeSafeBoundThe No-BrainerThe TransformationAbilityInner ChildUnleashedBad DreamsMidnightThe Road Not TakenThere's More Than One Of Everything