Olivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver.
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|Olivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver.|
|Air Date:||8 Apr 2010|
|Written by:||Matthew Pitts|
|Directed by:||Brad Anderson|
|Guest Cast:|| Kevin Corrigan as Sam Weiss|
Omar Metwally as James Heath
Diane Kruger as Miranda Greene
Catherine Barroll as Mrs. Lane
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- Olivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver. is the seventeenth episode of the second season of FRINGE. It first aired on April 8, 2010. A rapid-onset disease threatens to spread when a perfectly healthy woman is found dead, just minutes after meeting a mysterious man from Olivia's past. The science team investigates as the inexplicable fatalities mount. Olivia struggles to keep Walter’s secret from Peter, finding solace in the advice of a familiar counselor.
SynopsisProvidence, Rhode Island, an ailing man meets with a busy legal expert at a nice cafe late in the afternoon. She offers to help him with any litigation he wants to pursue regarding his medical condition. Miranda Greene specializes in class-action lawsuits. Her client-to-be, Neil Wilson appears physically distressed, and claims to have been for a long time. Neil tells Miranda that he recalls her from childhood and believes others James Heath (alias Neil Wilson) thanks Miranda for her help and touches her forearm in a polite gesture. After the legal consultation, Miranda drives back to her office and discusses the research she needs completed on the phone with an assistant. After the call, she notices discoloration on her arm as she waits in traffic. She immediately starts to feel ill and notices large lumps on the forearm Heath touched. Seconds later, she pitches forward from severe pain -- her neck is covered with the large lumps too. Slumped over in her vehicle and blocking traffic, the driver behind her walks up to her window to check on the delay. She looks up and asks for help... her face is completely covered with tumors. Olivia visits Sam Weiss in his bowling alley. Sam is busy with repairs, but senses that Olivia has not been sleeping well. Sam speculates that Olivia has not been able to sleep because she made a bad decision at some point. Olivia confirms that she made a bad decision, not about her work though, but when she agreed to keep a secret (Jacksonville). Olivia answers her phone - time for work, she'll see Sam later. Weiss stops her as she begins to leave and tells her she is one of the few good people he knows... if she agreed to keep a secret, it must have been for a good reason.
At the Providence City Morgue, Peter and Walter arrive discussing a potential ski trip to Vermont. Peter has no idea that Walter skis. Walter does, and vividly recalls his days as a hotdog skier... on secret trails - for nudists. Olivia greets them and Walter's tale of skiing abruptly stops. Peter apologizes for the visually imagery. The Broyles and he briefs them on the initial findings about Miranda Greene. The single, 30 year-old, attorney was dead by the time paramedics answered the 9-1-1 call to help her in her car. The group enters the morgue to examine Greene and to meet the Medical Examiner - Doctor John Potash. Potash immediately recognizes Walter from an Advanced Biochemistry Seminar that Walter taught. Potash remembers the seminar as inspiring to the point that he stuck with his goal to become a doctor. Walter begins his examination and finds epidermal blistering, tissue necrosis and symptoms of cytotoxins - like malignant tumors... cancer sarcomas. Potash had considered that the lumps might be from a synthetic, or chemical, burn. Broyles adds that Greene's co-workers said she was perfectly fine when she left for lunch. No mention of any illness. Walter uses a black light to see if the sarcomas spread from a specific point of origin. The cells there would show more progression and refract a different color. Walter scans Miranda's right wrist and finds the source: the discolored light looks like fingers from a hand. Potash isn't buying it... cancer from a simple touch? Walter reminds Potash of one of his first lessons - When you open your mind to the impossible, sometimes you find the truth.
In Walter's lab, Walter tells Astrid that he is thinking of taking Peter to Atlantic City. Peter loved saltwater taffy as a child. Astrid wants to know why they are removing Miranda Greene's arm, and what specifically are they looking for. Walter explains that with the level of cellular detail in the handprint on the arm, removing the tumor below the skin, then baking the skin may help raise fingerprints for identification. Astrid questions the concept of passing cancer by touch. Walter tells her it is a possibility nonetheless, and yes - a terrifying thought. Walter stops his electric bone saw and tasks Astrid to retrieve glycerin, corn starch, and food coloring. Why? Well, since they are going to be baking (Miranda's arm), they may as well bake some taffy too.Olivia and Peter meet Ken Messing, a colleague of Miranda's at the Providence law firm where she worked. Messing has worked with Miranda for the previous seven years and characterizes her as a fairly private person, but not to the point INtREPUS Pharmaceuticals, and was just a week away from trial. Peter asks Ken about the financial aspect of the pending case. Messing tells him that the suit could settle for more than $10M (USD) - then realizes - Peter is suggesting Miranda may have been targeted by those she was supposed to face in court. Messing tells Olivia she can take the files Miranda was using to prepare for the INtREPUS case. Peter asks Messing if he recognizes any of the names on Greene's schedule for the day she died - Wednesday, March 10, 2010. The first two meetings were depositions. The third meeting, scheduled for 4PM with Neil Wilson, was an hour before she died.
On the drive back to Boston, Peter asks if Olivia genuinely believes INtREPUS is behind Miranda's death... he has never heard of a drug that can do what was done to Miranda Greene. A hit man would have been a more practical choice. Olivia thinks INtREPUS may be behind Greene's death. Either way, death-by-hit-man or death-by-spontaneous-cancer does draw a lot of attention. Olivia stops the car in front of the Bishop's home and lets Peter out for the evening. He invites her inside to think about the investigation some more, and to order out for dinner. Olivia isn't that hungry and she didn't get much sleep the night before... so no, she will pass on the invitation, but thank you.Olivia rests in bed at half past five in the morning with her eyes wide open. After another night of poor sleep, she makes an early visit to the lab and
Peter and Olivia visit the downtown cafe in Providence and
James Heath finds what he needs at the neighborhood grocery store, loading his basket with fruits, vegetables, supplements, etc.... Looking at his healthy choices, the cashier quips that he must be preparing for a triathlon... he is not, he's just trying to stay healthy. Suddenly queasy and nauseous, Heath dashes outside to vomit. His condition is returning.
Back home after grocery shopping, James Heath's is ailing. He finishes a phone call, excusing himself for dialing the wrong Lloyd Becker. He sits down, wheezing with discomfort and crosses through a name in his phone directory... Lloyd Becker on Myrtle Street in Hartford. Struggling with his health, he picks up the phone to place his next call.
Olivia and Peter return to Walter's lab with the new details about Miranda Greene. Olivia tells Walter about Miranda's meeting with the ill man just before she died. Since cancer is not contagious, Walter starts to postulate that Ch'i, the life energy that all creatures possess may be involved. Simple contact may influence an individuals Ch'i, but reversing Ch'i (Dim Mak) can cause sickness, or death. Peter tempers Walter's statement: Dim Mak, or Touch of Death, is just a legend. Walter continues... maybe Ch'i energy wasn't transferred, it was exchanged. Much like the exchange of energy that takes place in tantric relationships, the man that Greene met exchanged energy with her - but in this instance not the fun kind of energy... he exchanged the damaging energy associated with his cancer for her positive, healthy energy, killing her in the process while delaying the progression of his disease.
Lloyd Becker answers the knock on the door of his apartment and greets the man who called him, Alex Taylor. James Heath thanks Becker for allowing him to visit. Becker asks Heath how he is, offers to shake his hand and invites Heath inside. Heath removes his hand from his pocket and accepts the handshake, still wearing his warm glove. James makes his way through the door and into Becker's apartment.Hartford, Connecticut. Broyles meets the science team as they arrive in
Outside of the apartment, an ambulance prepares to leave with the corpse. Peter tells Olivia that the Medical Examiner is letting Walter ride along on the trip back to the lab. Olivia begins driving on the return trip and Peter studies her for a few seconds. He thinks he knows what is bothering her and why she has been awkward the past few weeks -- the trip to Jacksonville was crazy... they were exhausted and emotional (Jacksonville). If they had kissed like they were about to -- they would have to deal with that new aspect of their relationship as well. But they didn't kiss. Peter reflects on the past year, the longest time he has ever stayed in one place. He doesn't want to do anything to jeopardize the new little family unit they have established. Agreed - neither does Olivia. Good? Good.
In Walter's lab, Astrid post photos of newly discovered victims who, over the past twenty months, suffered the same fate as Miranda. From Chicago to Hartford, the victims all died of rapid-onset cancer. Astrid tells Peter the deaths weren't considered alarming, the medical anomalies never suggested murder was involved. Olivia's gameplan is to cross-reference case files to determine what the victims might have in common. As she studies the photos Astrid posted, Olivia notices Timothy Ober and asks if his middle name is Michael. Astrid confirms that it is. Peter wants to know how she knows the victim... Olivia doesn't know.her kitchen table and starts to study them. Still in her work clothes, she pours a couple of ounces of single malt scotch into
After playing the "classic detective game" for a little while, Olivia prods Sam about his choices during the course of the game... she thought he'd make a better detective. His rebuttal - he detected she needed company. After studying her apartment, and the clothing she wears, the real therapy commences. She has lived there for sometime, but still lives out of boxes. She moved a lot during her tumultuous childhood. She had difficulty forming relationships. Sam sees the real Olivia - her bland clothes are a uniform. She is a soldier, a protector. Olivia asks about his background, and what made him the way he is. Sam doesn't remember much about his childhood, he is taller than he appears and is older than he looks. Olivia is inspired, not by Sam, but the fact that what he said triggered a memory of her childhood. She heads to her desk and retrieves the list of names from the height chart at the daycare facility she attended in Jacksonville.
Peter answers the front door of his home in the middle of the night and finds Olivia eager to talk about her discovery... the list of children from her childhood. Peter remembers - the children on the height chart were all part of Walter and Bell's Cortexiphan drug trials. All of the current cancer victim's are on Olivia's list. She wants Peter to wake Walter, but he doesn't need to, Walter is hard at work in the kitchen. They join Walter and Olivia asks about the unpleasant smell in the room. Walter says it is the taffy he made for Peter. It isn't. Walter's other project is the source of the errant aroma. The skin from Miranda Greene's forearm is baking in the oven... and it's just about ready - the papillary ridges are clear and once it's cooled, they can run it through the scanner. Peter delivers Olivia's bad news, the killer is targeting Walter's Cortexiphan test subjects. Walter is upset with the fresh information, but offers a possible explanation, Cortexiphan is designed to allow access to untapped parts of the brain - to untapped energy. Peter's big question is - how does the killer know about Cortexiphan? Walter says he never kept a list of test subjects, and if Bell kept a list, he has never seen it. Olivia asks if Nina might have a list of test subjects. Peter says he doesn't think so... Nina didn't have a list a year ago when they were tracking down other Cortexiphan test subjects. Olivia doubts Nina's integrity on the issue.← In her office at Massive DynamicMassive Dynamic archives either. Olivia takes Nina to task on her motives. Nina has withheld information from her before, information about critical Fringe Division cases, information about Peter's background. She assures Nina she will tell Peter about his origins, he deserves to know the truth. Nina has her own read on Olivia's motives. If Olivia hasn't told Peter the truth yet, she probably doesn't want to tell him the truth and risk losing him. Nina knows Olivia didn't come to her office about the list of children, or to announce that she is going to tell Peter the truth... Nina knows Olivia is there to be talked out of telling Peter who he really is.
James Heath is on the prowl again. This time he finds Mrs. Lane at home during the day. She greets him at the front door and he introduces himself as John McHugh. Sorry to bother her at home after having tried to call, he tells her he is a school friend of her son, Nick. She tells me him that Nick is her nephew, not her son. After Heath coughs, and winces in pain, he is invited inside.
Following her visit with Nina, Olivia joins the rest of the team in the lab and reports she didn't learn anything of value. Walter places the baked skin from Miranda Greene's forearm on a large scanner and Astrid activates the software to analyze it. After the genetic composition is identified and foreign elements eliminated, viable prints are ready to be researched. Astrid runs them through the joint law enforcement database without any luck - Heath is not in the system... no priors, no arrest record.Back in her living room, Mrs. Lane sits with Heath. She offers the ailing man a hot beverage while they sit and chat. Heath tells her that he and Nick went to school in Jacksonville a long
In her apartment, Olivia continues to study the case files, worried that she is overlooking something. She cross-references her height chart list and realizes that the first case file, Julie Heath, is the sister of cancer patient James Heath. Olivia calls Broyles and shares her suspicion. Julie collapsed and died at Abington Hospital. just outside of Philadelphia - the same hospital where brother James was being treated. Broyles tells her he will look for a current address on Heath. They end their phone call and Olivia leaves her apartment to return to work. In the hallway, Olivia is greeted by a pained James Heath. His claim is that he is Nate Reed, and that Nick Lane, the man she shot twice and then arrested for murder (Bad Dreams), gave him her address.Heath explains to Olivia that they went to school together as children in Jacksonville - he just wants to talk for a few minutes. Olivia plays along with the lie and invites Heath inside her home. As she starts to unlock the front door, Heath notices the FBI badge attached to Olivia's belt and chase her as she dashes in. He gets an arm through the door as she is forcing the door shut, then knocks her to ground after a hard shove. Olivia's pistol falls to the floor between them. Weakened by his effort, Heath staggers forward, kicks the pistol back through the open door then steps forward to touch her with his hand. Olivia grabs the tall floor lamp next to her Peter is driving and gets the panicked message - He's in my house!. Heath moves closer and Olivia kicks him back, avoiding direct contact with his hand. She gets to her feet and grabs a heavy candlestick with just enough time to turn and strike Heath in the side of his head. Olivia delivers a stern warning when Heath starts to get up. When he pauses, Heath notices a picture of his dead sister in the files that were strewn on the floor during their struggle. Distraught, he admits he didn't want to hurt anyone... a man visited while he was being treated for cancer, and, that because of the scientific experiments on him as child, he could be taught to fight the cancer. It didn't work. The cancer got worse, not better. His sister never left his side while he was sick, holding his hand for hours... but one day, he just passed the cancer to her and watched her quickly die. Afterwards, he tried to find the man that told him about learning to fight his cancer. He found another test subject in the process, Tim Ober. He did not mean to pass his cancer to Ober, but that is when he realized what he was doing. If he had never been approached about learning to control his ability, his sister and all of the other victims would still be alive, and he would have died as he was supposed to. A uniformed police officer arrives with his pistol drawn, Peter follows and Olivia tells them things are okay. Heath sits on the floor and begins to sob as he looks at the picture of his sister.
Later, as Heath is taken from Olivia's apartment on a gurney, Peter asks her a pressing question - why did she call him and not Broyles? Olivia tells him he was on her speed-dial. When Peter assumes he is number one on
← Broyles and Nina stand behind safety glass at a medical facility and comment on the current situation. James Heath rests in a drug-induced coma on the other side of the glass. The progression of his cancer seems to have stopped. Broyles suspects that the man who activated Nancy Lewis and Nick Lane is also responsible for activating Heath, and that Heath's ability to pass cancer is just an unfortunate side-effect. More than forty Cortexiphan test subjects have yet to be accounted for. Broyles worries about what might happen if those not accounted for are discovered by the wrong people. Nina bolsters the joint concern - well then... we need to find them first.
Olivia visits Walter at his home in the evening while Peter is out. Hoping to catch Walter alone, Olivia tells him what she has decided... Walter may be correct - some truths can do more harm than good and she will continue to help him maintain his secret about Peter's origins. Walter thanks her. He has been thinking too and thinks he has done enough damage - it's time to start putting things right, regardless of the consequences. He will tell Peter the truth and tell him who he really is.
- The Observer crosses the street in front of Miranda Greene's car, just before she dies.
- CLUE. The title of the episode pays tribute the board game played by Olivia and Sam. Olivia defended herself from James Heath, using a weapon from the board game (candlestick) to strike him down.
- Gorlami. Miranda Greene (portrayed by Diane Kruger) mentions the name Gorlami. Gorlami was also a prominent character name from one of Kruger's recent films.
- Touch of Death. In general, refers to the eastern martial art of using less than lethal force, targeted at specific areas of the body, to inflict death.
- Continuity Errors
- Prop. As Astrid prepares to dissect Miranda Greene's arm, the headband on her face shield shifts from her brow to her hairline, and back, several times throughout the scene.
- Recurring Themes
- Cortexiphan. Twins sisters Nancy Lewis and Susan Pratt (The Road Not Taken) and Nick Lane (Bad Dreams) were mentioned during the investigation.
- Cultural References
- Pandora's Box. Olivia considers opening the metaphorical Pandora's Box in deciding to tell Peter about his origins. In Greek mythology, Pandora's Box was a large jar, when opened by Pandora, unleashed many ills on mankind.
- Episode References
- INtREPUS. The pharmaceutical giant at odds with the Fringe Division (The Cure) is implicated in the class-action law suit being pursued by Miranda Greene.
- Wooster. Broyles refers to Ohio State University - Wooster Campus. Mentioned by Nina (Ability) as the location where William Bell conducted Cortexiphan testing, separate from the Jacksonville Facility & Project.
- Storyline Analysis
- Uniform. Sam Weiss observes Olivia's bland (dark, grey) clothing and comments that she is a soldier. Similar observations were made about Nick Lane while he was under investigation.
|From the 1985 alternate universe (Peter), two Observers exit a theater displaying a movie poster for "Clue", foreshadowing the Suspect-Location-Weapon methodology & title of this episode.|
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• Travelin' Man by Ricky Nelson
• The Losing End by Neal Casel
• Oh Sweet Nothing by Velvet Underground
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Olivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver./Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Who was the mysterious person who activated James Heath?
- Is he the same one who talked to Nick Lane in Bad Dreams?
- Were the Cortexiphan test subjects killed by James Heath, activated?
- Did they show any signs of extraordinary abilities?
- Do Nina Sharp or Broyles have the list of the Cortexiphan test subjects?
- Is James Heath kept in the same unidentified facility as Nick Lane and Joseph Meegar?
- Did Miranda Greene remember Lloyd Becker because they were paired like Nick Lane and Olivia Dunham?
- Were the aliases used by James Heath based on a real connection to the Cortexiphan subjects (Miranda Greene, Lloyd Becker and Nick Lane)?
- Why did Olivia recall the middle name of Timothy Ober when it was not mentioned in her list?
- Sam Weiss says that he is older than he appears. Does this have anything to do with the fact that Alfred Hoffman, alive and well in an episode that takes place in 2010, was seen in a photograph with Robert Bishop from the 1940's?