One Night In October
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|One Night In October|
|Air Date:||30 Sep 2011|
|Written by:|| Alison Schapker |
|Directed by:||Brad Anderson|
|Guest Cast:|| John Pyper-Ferguson as|
Prof. McClennan & J.L. McClennan
Enid-Raye Adams as Noreen Miller
|Next:||Alone In The World|
|Previously:||Neither Here Nor There|
|Transcript — Additional Images|
One Night In October is the second episode of the fourth season of FRINGE. It first aired on 30 September, 2011. The victims of a highly intelligent serial killer stack-up and both Fringe teams join in an effort to capture the culprit. Reluctantly, Olivia deploys to the alternate universe with a forensic psychologist that knows the killer all too well. Walter slumps emotionally as the haunting images he recently experienced begin to talk to him.
In a dark cellar, Jeremy Roman sits and shivers in hypothermic duress while being guided to recount pleasant childhood memories for the man that is holding him captive. A photo in his wallet, of him as a six year-old holding a large turtle, reminds him of the joy he and his brothers brought his mother on a camping trip in the mountains. The makeshift lab the two men are in has allowed the abductor to sedate and secure his victim, then tap in to his brain through the back of the skull. In a bizarre transfusion, the memories of the victim are being accessed via a large medical contraption with transparent tubing filled with a bright blue liquid. As Roman shares his youthful tale, his narrative shifts to his adult life - he misses his mother a lot. Sad thoughts aren't the order-of-the-day. This abductor needs pleasant thoughts and memories - he isn't just listening to them, he is experiencing the emotions that go along with them, just like his victim is. For Roman, his final thought is a happy thought... just before the hypothermic intrusion into his body takes his life and makes him an icy corpse.Agent Lee gets an earful from Walter about the hybrids, and humans, that the team has had to deal with since the alternate universe decided to actively engage in destroying this universe. The shape-shifters are vile creatures, and, like the humans who sent them, loathesome, evil, immoral and hateful. Astrid sees things with a more optimistic eye. What is in the past is in the past - move forward. Lee also learns that Olivia's alternate universe counterpart, the one he just recently the man he imagined he saw in his mirror and television set. Olivia reports for work and finds that Lee is already in-place and getting smart on the alternate universe and shape-shifters. Astrid feels for Lee, who just lost his partner and doesn't know anybody in the Boston area. He may be lonely. Olivia balks at Astrid's not so subtle suggestion that she and Lee spend some time together outside of work. Going-out with a fellow agent may make working together awkward. Olivia knows that bit of wisdom from experience. Olivia gets a call from the boss, who has tasking for a new mission. She will be right there.
Inside task force headquarters at the Federal Building in Boston, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham joins her supervisor, HLS SAIC Phillip Broyles, for a briefing on the new mission he has decided to support. A serial killer is on the loose and has taken at least twenty-three victims so far. The killer drills into the back of the skull of his victims to access their brain, punctures the brain tissue to expose localized electrical charges, then pumps in a chemical agent to lower the brain's temperature. The cause of death is cerebral hypothermia ... freezing the skull from the inside out. Olivia asks why this is the first that she is hearing of this significant fringe-type case. Broyles explains why this is not a typical case - the crimes were committed in the alternate universe, and the folks that they haven't been getting along with in the other Fringe Division have asked for their assistance. Is that a problem, Agent?Dunham waiting for them in one of the joint facility's briefing rooms. She adds some more detail to the case that has her people stumped. Over the past five years, John Louis McClennan has killed twenty-two people before he left any clue as to his identity. The DNA from a stray hair during his latest known murder finally indicated to alt-Fringe Division who they were dealing with. The killer, a very smart man with an I.Q. of 220, has never been arrested and keeps all of his government required information up-to-date. The problem is that he seems to have disappeared - abandoning his home - which makes it impossible to locate him. The clever killer seems to be way ahead of those that intend to apprehend him: he may never make another mistake like the one that allowed him to be identified just this one time. So how can Olivia help? Agent Dunham needs her to bring the identical John McClennan from her universe over to the alternate universe to go through the serial killers home. Maybe he can glean some insight into how the murderer thinks, and might act. Olivia and Broyles step out of the briefing room to share a few thoughts. Olivia isn't happy with the proposal... taking a civilian over has the potential of exposing their highly classified mission. Broyles understands that Olivia finds this situation difficult, and that trust is an issue for her, but he wouldn't be asking her to do this if there were anyone else he believed could get the job done. It's time to show a little trust. Besides, the man she will be escorting in the other universe is a subject matter expert in Forensic Psychology, a college professor from Connecticut - a man who studies serial killers for a living.
In his office on the campus of West Connecticut College, Professor John McClennan sits at his desk and entertains Olivia's proposal. He has done some profiling work before, but never for the FBI. An opportunity like this is something he has been working for his entire life. Olivia tells him the conditions of her offer... the case, which has been kept off the public record, is highly classified. So much so that he will need to be sedated before being transported to the undisclosed location where they need him to do his work. McClennan is intrigued... whatever happened to using a blindfold for stuff like this? Olivia assures him the journey is a long one, he will better-off with the sedative. The Professor is on-board with the operation and willingly swallows the drug that came along with his FBI visitors.
In the alternate universe's Norristown, Pennsylvania, Fringe Division sets microphones in the house of their serial killer as they wait for Olivia to arrive with her subject matter expert. Bolivia Dunham prepares for her role in the mild ruse - she will be playing the part (again) of Olivia Dunham. She dresses the part and dons a wig that gets her most of the way there. Olivia arrives in short order and politely greets Lincoln. All Bolivia gets is a gruff - button your jacket if you want to be believable - from Olivia. Ready to start, the still sedated Professor McClennan is rolled into the serial killer's home on a gurney.
← At a busy suburban gas station, business proceeds as usual. One customer stops next to a fuel pump, exits her vehicle and prepares to pump gas. Her elementary school-aged daughter hops out of the minivan and is eager to help by cleaning the windshield. The mother and daughter pit crew are tightly bonded and seem to genuinely enjoy each others company. From a nearby picnic bench, serial killer John Louis McClennan is back in predator mode... and the love and attention the mother-daughter team display does not go unnoticed.
Back in the serial killer's home in Norristown, Professor John McClennan has been brought out of his sedated condition and is methodically inspecting the premises to develop a profile that will help law enforcement. The books, trinkets, memorabilia, etc... in the house suggest that the killer; needs to feel in control, is bothered by messy spaces, is highly intelligent, probably self-taught, and seems fascinated by the brain. Bolivia mentions that the killer buys lots of parts from overseas to build objects he designs himself. McClennan thinks the killer designs and creates the Forensic Psychologist develops a stronger assessment. After studying the various collections, along with the nearly empty refrigerator and packed freezer, the killer is deeply unhappy and grew up in deprivation. Other children had things -- he did not and is trying to make up for it now, but can't. Dinner is important to the killer, he hunts during the day... and is a predator that blends into his surroundings.
Back at the gas station, the Miller child needs to use the restroom before they leave. Mom sends her on her way with orders to avoid any filth she might encounter... Mom will stay with the car and finish the window washing duties. J. L. McClennan is still perched at the nearby table as young Megan Miller leaves Noreen's sight for a few minutes around the side the building. McClennan moves from his perch.
Finished with her personal business in the gas station restroom, Megan hurries back to her minivan and her mother. When she gets there, Noreen Miller is nowhere to be found. Mass murderer J.L. McClennan is gone too, leaving only his drink on the picnic table where he sat and stalked his latest victim.
Agent Dunham continues monitoring her profiler, who suddenly stops in disbelief. How could the master criminal that owns this house have a photo of his own father on a picture wall? Listening outside, Olivia and Lincoln look at one another and realize their ruse is starting to dissolve. McClennan wants to know, seriously... Is this a joke? What the hell is going and why is their a picture of his father on a serial killer's wall? Oh - and the chairs, too? Bolivia tries to calm the academician down, but Olivia knows the plan has failed. With Bolivia Dunham right behind him, McClennan charges out of the house in a very bad mood - he is certainly finished helping her with this profile. Just as he is about to reach the street, Olivia intercepts him without saying a word. McClennan's jaw drops at the site of identical Dunhams. The large amber bubble covering the roadway a quarter of a mile away doesn't help his confusion either. The only thing he can think to ask is... Where am I?
Back at Fringe Division Headquarters, Colonel Broyles is all business in the aftermath of Agent Farnsworth studies many of the factors the current situation has offered and anticipates that calculations will take approximately thirteen hours before the Fringe Division will have adequate information to locate Professor McClennan. Finding him may also be the best opportunity the Division has of recovering Noreen Miller. Olivia has an idea for a lead that Farnsworth may have overlooked. Bolivia Dunham is dismissive of the suggestion - Farnsworth processes more information in an hour than either of them could in a lifetime. Olivia persists... she remembers the commercial license plate of the farm tractor in the photo - now they can trace the Pennsylvania registration to J. L. McClennan's childhood home.
In his makeshift lab, the serial killer shaves the back of Noreen Miller's skull and prepares it to accept the cranial plug he intends to install. Sedated, Miller doesn't flinch when McClennan installs a large bit in his high-powered pneumatic drill and tests it. Just as he prepares to penetrate the woman's skull with his drill, Professor McClennan enters and interrupts the procedure. The serial killer is speechless when he turns to see his body double.
In his makeshift lab, J. L. McClennan entertains his counterpart and learns that they aren't so dissimilar, with one minor exception. Both men made it to about the same place in their young lives with the same morbid curiousities and foibles. Their lives diverged one night in October when each man's father discovered the unacceptable activities they had committed. The difference was in the aftermath. J.L. was dragged home, then beaten for three days by his father for the abominations he had committed. The Professor ran away and was taken under the wing of a nurturing woman named Margery. She taught him that he can control that psychotic impulses that rule his life. The Professor is certain he can help the serial killer do the same - control the urges - step out of the darkness - end the pain. Maybe so now that the serial killer has a new victim, Professor John McClennan, to pull positive memories from.
En route to the abandoned farm, Agents Dunham take a few minutes to be civil to one another. Bolivia is curious about Olivia's stepfather and what she mentioned to Professor McClennan... whatever happened to her stepfather. Olivia catches Bolivia off-guard with her candid reply - I killed him.
Once on-site at the Weir Farm, Fringe Division launches a tactical assault on the primary building, hoping to locate and neutralize J. L. McClennan while recovering Noreen Miller alive. As the team swarms through the building and secures it, the situation becomes apparent - they are in the wrong place.
Back in this universe, at a New York City hospital, Olivia meets with Broyles to check on the status of Professor John McClennan... the subject-matter-expert they
In his lab, Walter prepares for bed by ethereal voice continues to try and communicate with him.
• The Observer enters the recovery ward in the hospital after Olivia chats with the disoriented Professor McClennan.
• The scene where Walter listens to Mozart in front of a bank of speakers imitates a popular Maxell cassette advertisement from the 1980's.
|The spray-painted grafitti tag on the rail tanker (Neither Here Nor There) reads "Brain Freeze" - foreshadowing the operating method used by serial killer John L. McClennan to hypothermically steal memories from the brains of his victims before they die|
• Requiem in D Minor by W. A. Mozart
- (note: A limbus is a distinctive contrast, border or variance in a very small area, like the corneal edge in the eye. From Medieval Latin, limbus also equates to limbo, the narrow, post-death environment in monotheism that sits between the good and evil afterlife)
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