|Air Date:||11 March 2011|
|Written by:|| Josh Singer|
|Directed by:||Brad Anderson|
|Guest Cast:|| Alan Ruck as Doctor Krick|
Jorge Garcia as Kevin
|Transcript — Additional Images|
Os is the sixteenth episode of the third season of FRINGE. It first aired on March 11th, 2011. The team investigates a group of thieves who appear to be able to defy gravity. Walter studies his old research with Bell to find a way to stop the physical damage between the universes.
Walter barges in to Nina's office with a cart full of boxes containing research files of William Bell. She is not pleased to be disturbed from her peaceful reading of The First People book. In the midst of his self-pity speech on how Bell would not let anyone down, he breaks the news that Peter is very happy with his relationship with Olivia, of which Nina is surprised to hear. Peter's happiness is a constant reminder to Walter of what is at stake. He recalls how good he and Bell were together... maybe if he goes through all of Bell's files, then perhaps, he would remember how they thought... back then when anything was possible.
At Massachusetts Metal Depository, two thieves appear to be climbing up the side of a high rise building. As one of the thieves reaches his destination, he puts on a pair of upside down boots. He begins to walk away, takes off his mask and calls his colleague to make it quick. A security guard finds the thieves. The camera rotates upside down. As the masked thief reaches in to his pocket, the security guard shoots him. Blood splatters into the air, floating up. His feet slip out of the heavy rubber boots and his unconscious body begins to slowly float up. The security guard is shocked to find a floating man, held by a rope with a heavy weight at the ground.
At Harvard Engineering Building, Peter continues his retrieval of information from the shapeshifter's memory disks.
The team arrives at the crime scene. Walter likens Koenig's floating body to a mythological figure Icarus. However, this guy does not have wings and according to Broyles, two thieves used their floating ability to break-in to the building. Walter checks the pulse of the thief, he is a dead man... and presumably he is a man. Olivia and Broyles interview the security guard. The security guard confirms the sketch of the other thief, with his hair longer. He is clueless as to what the thieves were after... all precious metals were not taken. A key card is found on the dead floating man... it is not used at the depository.
Peter finds the weighted boots, which are used to counterbalance the man's floating ability. Walter finds that the calf muscles of the thief is atrophied. Perhaps, it is the consequence of not using the muscles when one has an ability to float. What does not make sense is the chest and the shoulders are normal. It appears that the thieves were after a durable, rare and dense chemical known as osmium.
At Frost Aerodynamics, Bill awaits for Doctor Krick in the parking lot. He reports that Koenig was shot and he was left at the depository. Bill is not feeling well. Krick advises him to go home and wait for him there.
At Walter's Lab, Peter is asked by Walter to go through Bell's research files and find something related to gravity. Peter finds a file called Personal floatation devices, which appears to be the research when Belly's in search for the perfect bowel movement. Blood works come back negative for any gaseous chemicals. What is interesting is that the white blood cell count is low and Walter theorizes that perhaps whatever makes him float is attacking his immune system.
Olivia joins the team and Astrid tells her that the second thief is not in the system. She has the lead for the keycard, it's in Allston. As Olivia and Peter heads out, Walter recalls taking a long walk in the park with Elizabeth. A ride to a warehouse looks to be as enchanting.
At the warehouse, Dr. Krick arrives to find Bill with blood coming out of his eyes. Bill does not understand why he is getting sick. The doctor explains to him that he is a pioneer and he would help in eliminating the side effects of defying gravity. As soon as Dr. Krick finishes preparing his dose, Bill drops down the bloody tissue paper. He is dead.
Koenig's floating corpse suddenly drops down. Walter asks Astrid to bring the body up onto the table. But the body is really heavy... even Walter cannot lift it up. Walter wants to run a test for osmium on Koenig's blood. The osmium should not make him float.
Dr. Krick cuts out Bill's foot and takes some tissue sample. Finding out from his laptop monitor that there are agents coming in his warehouse, Dr. Krick makes a quick run, leaving the suspended body of Bill. Olivia and Peter hears a clanking sound and investigates a nearby freezer. Peter switches on the light and the two find numerous dissected corpses.
All bodies found in the warehouse have a high level of osmium, toxic enough to kill them. Walter suspects that the bodies were cut up to get tissue samples. Other than those, he has no idea how it is possible that by injecting osmium, the world's heaviest element, into the body, it makes them float. At the back of the warehouse, Broyles finds eight wheelchairs, which corresponds to the eight corpses, all of them suffered from muscular dystrophy. It makes a little more sense now to Walter. The disease cause the muscle atrophy and not the weightlessness. Peter suspects that the victims are willing volunteers.
Dr. Krick watches a game of wheelchair rugby. He is impressed with a player named Michael. As he sits down, he finds a boy in a wheelchair watching the game. The boy wants to join in but he is not healthy enough. It is only a miracle that would make him healthier. Dr. Krick offers him a miracle.
At Walter's lab, Walter isolates solid osmium from the blood of the victims. Peter and Olivia tries to find a common ground for all the victims. When failed to find what they were looking for, the two decide to go and get a pizza. Walter wants some licorice. Astrid offers to get some from the machine instead... and she lost all the appetite taking out all the excess blood. Peter and Olivia hold hands while leaving the lab. Nina approaches them and they break their romantic gesture off. She drops by to give Peter the files on shapeshifters and clarifies that she is pleased to find them together. Olivia receives a call from Broyles.Walter rants that the person behind this is altering the basic properties of osmium, defying the physics... and if the equilibrium is upset, which could create a chain reaction that could lead to chaos. Walter drops a mint on a bottle of cola, forming an energetic eruption. Astrid freaks out. →
Walter continues on the rant on Nina. He needs Bell's help... the Soul Magnet research explains that all Bell need to do is to insert microscopic soul magnets onto his new vessel through injections, food, or a cup of tea. Walter thinks Bell did it... and they just need to find a way to trigger the magnet and summon Bell's sould back. Nina calms down Walter and reminds him that his boundless imagination and creativity makes him exceptional. He won't fail.
Dr. Krick injects Vince with a floating chemical. From his wheelchair, he begins to feel weightless. He lifts up his body effortless and then able to walk in tiptoes. Soon, he is floating up on the air. Dr. Krick gives Vince some weighted boots to wear to keep him grounded. He reminds the boy to always wear the boots when he is outside. Without a tether, he will just keep on floating up to the atmosphere. Vince thanks the doctor but Krick explains to him that it is not permanent, he needs Vince help to acquire more ingredients for his drug.
Walter melts the solid metal isolated from the blood of the victims with liquid nitrogen. Astrid is confused how that is possible. Walter explains that the laws of physics had been reversed, so cold temperature would melt the element. After melting the metal, Walter and Astrid finds a white particle... osmium has been mixed with another element.
At his home, Krick helps his son, Michael, in the wheelchair to get up to the bed. Michael notices that his father is going out. Krick explains to his son that he is working on a new project that is close to getting a new breakthrough. Michael believes on his father... he thinks he will not fail.Science Team finds out that osmium is mixed with another dense element, lutetium. Walter explains that the two elements cannot form a molecule, nor they would make anyone float. As lutetium is also rare just like osmium, perhaps, the perpetrator would need to acquire more of the element. And lutetium is mainly found in meteorites. Astrid suggests the Museum of Science. Vince enters the Museum of Science through the skylight. He opens the lock from the inside, allowing Dr. Krick to get in. Dr. Krick scans each meteorite sample. The team arrives and finds the two thieves. Dr. Krick runs off with the meteorites. Olivia chases him. She shoots at the door and prevents the doctor from leaving. In an act of desperation, Vince removes his belt that tethers him to the ground, he starts floating up. He grabs an astronaut display to prevent himself from flying off to the atmosphere. Peter rushes up to the stairs, he jumps off and grabs Vince. Broyles and the science team escort Michael Krick to the cell holding his father. Krick confesses to his son that he hurt some people - people in wheelchairs, like Michael. He was only doing it so that he could help Michael get out of his wheelchair, to be happy again. Michael was fine with his condition. He was happy just knowing he had a father who loved him. But now. Michael leaves with his escorts and Walter remains to ponder the lessons of Icarus. Krick tells him that only a few moths earlier, while developing a new alloy for military aircraft, he combined osmium and lutetium and somehow a new molecule... a lighter-than-air molecule, was formed from two of the densest known elements.
← Nina sits in her office at Massive Dynamic finishing some paperwork and is joined by Walter. Walter is sure he knows what allowed the thieves to float - and Krick had nothing do with it. Walter feels he is responsible because of what he did twenty-five years earlier, when he crossed over to the alternate universe to save Peter. The fundamental laws of nature are changing. This universe is starting to breakdown like it has been breaking down over there.
Walking through the halls of the engineering building to his lab, Peter admits to Olivia that he hasn't been entirely honest with her. He needs to show her what he has been secretly working on apart from the science team, his father, and Fringe Division oversight. He trusts her judgment completely and doesn't want there to be any more secrets between them. He wants their relationship to be based on full disclosure.Nina finishes reviewing the private file Walter recovered from Bell's office and has been carrying around under his coat. She is unconvinced that a Soul Magnet can recover William. He can't be brought bring back, no matter how much Walter wishes it. Walter thinks the idea might have some merit. Even though Bell's notes were incomplete, Walter thinks there may be a specific trigger that can draw Bell consciousness. Walter retrieves the ship's Bell that Nina was willed as a memento of her travels with William. Walter is certain a person's consciousness, or soul, is a form of energy that cannot be created, or destroyed. Wherever Bell's consciousness is, the harmonic vibrations emanating from the ship's bell will draw it forth. Walter rings the bell, studies Nina's face closely, then asks her
Inside his lab, Peter fills in the details of his secretive project. He has collected every schematic, piece of data, and diagnostic about the reassembled weapon. He has also collected memory disks from shapeshifters and networked them together to try and get some useful information from them. The disks are still functional, but the information on them is encrypted. He didn't want to involve Astrid, at least not until after he told Olivia everything. Olivia wonders where he got all of the memory storage components, then realizes that Peter may have been the one secretly assassinating shapeshifters recently. As Peter continues on about breaking the encryption code, Olivia stops momentarily as she hears the persistent ring from the bell that Walter just struck a few hundred miles away in Nina's office at Massive Dynamic. She catches her reflection in a nearby book case, studies her own face, then turns and shares the solution with Peter. The decoder key is in his office... at Massive Dynamic. Bell tells Peter it is nice to see him again.
- The Observer is among the crowd at the crime scene outside of the Massachusetts Metal Depository.
- Os is the symbol for Osmium on the periodic table of the elements. It is a solid transition metal with an atomic number of 76 and an atomic weight of 190.23.
- Recurring Themes
- Test Subjects. Like the Bellini's victims (The Cure), muscular dystrophy sufferers are unwittingly lured into experimental testing for nefarious purposes.
- Episode References
- Memory Disks. Peter works to exploit the memory disks extracted from shapeshifters he assassinated. (Reciprocity)
- William's Bell. Walter rings the ship's bell received by Nina during the reading of William Bell's will (The Box). Bell rang a similar bell to return Olivia (Momentum Deferred) to her universe after briefing her on the threat from the alternate universe.
|The periodic table of elements chart on the wall in the Jacksonville daycare (Subject 13) highlights the name of the episode and foreshadows the importance of the Osmium-Lutetium alloy breaking all known physical laws.|
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- When did Olivia gain the "ability" to receive Bell's consciousness?
- Why was Nina given Bell's memento bell if Olivia was the one to receive his consciousness?
- Was Nina originally supposed to receive his consciousness?
- Where is Olivia's soul now that Bell's soul has entered her body?