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Safe
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Season: 1 Episode: 10
Air Date: 02 Dec 2008
Written by: Jason Cahill
David H. Goodman
Directed by: Michael Zinberg
Starring: Main Characters
Guest Cast: Jared Harris as David Robert Jones
Chance Kelly as Mitchell Loeb
Paul Fitzgerald as Ryan Eastwick
James Frain as Salman Kohl
Angel David as Raul Lugo
Vince Cupone as Evan McNeil
Brian Cromwell as Robert Norton
Sean F. Mahon as Drew
Rosa Arredondo as Susan Lugo
Amir Arison as Bruce Miller
Andre Blake as Ed Smith
Karl Kenzler as Sam Martin
Frank Deal as Grimes
Mark Valley as John Scott

RJ Foster as Surveyor #1
Greg Schmalbach as Surveyor #2
John J. O'Connor as Surveyor #3
Eric Chan as Surveyor #4
Belinda Sinclair as Bar Patron
Brian Slaten as Stalker
Emily Brownell as H.I. Worker
Matthew Martin as Agent
Darby Totten as Agent Simmons
James Hook as Agent
Village Dumetz as Bradley
Jennifer Van Dyck as Chief Technician

Next: Bound
Previously: The Dreamscape
Transcript  —  Additional Images
Introduction

Safe is the tenth episode of the first season of FRINGE. It first aired on 2 December 2008. When a bank robber is found lodged in the wall of a vault he is robbing, the team is called to investigate. Walter realizes the thieves are looking for equipment he has created and hidden. A member of the team is ambushed and taken captive.

Synopsis

Prologue

In the Philadelphia Mutual Savings Bank at night, a team of five bank robbers kills a guard and disables the security cameras. Mitchell Loeb (In Which We Meet Mr. Jones), an FBI agent who is also working with forces associated with 'The Pattern', is in charge. The robbers proceed to the main vault and set up several computers similar to the one Loeb used at the end of The Equation.

They then stretch a large black tarp over the vault wall, and after running a charge through it, it begins to oscillate rapidly. Loeb then gives the command for
Not Breaking...  But Entering
two others to fire a large harpoon with a cable attached at the wall, but instead of striking the wall, the harpoon passes straight through it. Loeb and two others use the cable to pull themselves through the wall. Upon reaching the inside of the vault, the magnetic harpoon is seen attached to a safety deposit box. One of the men comments that they only have 57 seconds left. They move to safety deposit box 610 and open it using a small explosive charge. They remove a heavy box, suspend it from the cable and push it through the wall. As the men pull themselves back out, the last man struggles to loosen the magnetic harpoon. As he unhooks the harpoon and is pulled through the wall by his companions, it solidifies around him -- trapping him within the wall. With nothing left to do, Loeb, with no hesitation, shoots the trapped man in the head, leaving his body hanging out of the wall.

ACT I

Olivia Dunham, Walter Bishop and Peter Bishop arrive at the bank where the dead robber is stuck in the wall. Broyles tells The Team that two other bank vaults have been breached, one in Cleveland the other in Baltimore; now they finally know how. Each time the only thing that was taken was a single over sized safety deposit box. Slowly, Olivia recognizes the man stuck in the wall as Raul Lugo. She remembers serving with him in the Marines and having dinner with him and his wife at his house.

At the bank robbers' undisclosed hideout, one man works on opening the stolen safety deposit box, and Loeb announces they have one more box to retrieve. As Loeb injects himself, part of a decontamination process, another team member, Ryan Eastwick, says they should have tried to save Lugo. Loeb tells Eastwick that if he wants out, he can leave now. He doesn't.

Meanwhile, at Wissenschaft Prison in Frankfurt, Germany, David Robert Jones is greeted by his lawyer, Mr. Kohl.

At a hardware store in Philadelphia, Walter and Peter shop for supplies. When Walter expresses amazement at the size and selection of the store, Peter reminds him that a lot of things have changed since he was locked away. Walter makes a wisecrack hinting at Peter's failure to live up to his
Jones' List
potential. Peter retorts that Walter, of all people, is in no position to criticize his life choices.

← Back at the prison, Jones learns that the job in Philadelphia was a success. He tells his attorney to wire another $100,000 to Mr. Loeb and to give him the location of the next item. Jones also hands the attorney a list of items he will need at their next meeting.

Olivia heads to Edison, New Jersey to question Lugo's wife, Susan. It turns out that Susan and Raul had separated two years ago and Susan is unaware of what he's been up to. Olivia reminds Susan that they've met before; she came over once for dinner with her and Raul. Susan recalls the dinner, but doesn't remember Olivia being there at all. Instead, she says it was John Scott who was with them that night.

ACT II

In the bank vault, Peter helps Walter saw off Raul's hand. Walter believes that if he can examine the hand on a cellular level, he may get a clue as to how it was able to pass through a solid matter. Walter then explains that what we think of as solid matter is mostly empty space on the atomic level. To actually pass through matter, the robbers would need expensive, cutting-edge technology as well as a mastery of quantum physics. Peter asks Olivia if she has learned anything from Lugo's wife. Both Peter and Walter comment on Olivia's stress and she reveals that she apparently never met Lugo; it was one of John Scott's memories in her mind. Walter expresses astonishment at this fact and states that he will look into it. Olivia quickly tells him not at the moment. Back at the warehouse, the box has been unsealed. Loeb opens it and smiles.

At Massive Dynamic headquarters in New York, Nina Sharp learns that the effort to retrieve John Scott's memories has hit a dead end. Scott's body is shown lying in the same stasis chamber as we saw him last in The Ghost Network. Nina reminds the technician that they're in a race against "highly motivated individuals", and John Scott is their only advantage.

  ↓   At Walter's laboratory, he demonstrates how the robbers passed through the wall. Walter explains that the netting swatch found on the vault door was used to conduct a high-frequency vibration on an atomic level, allowing the robbers to
Walking thru - rice?
weaken the wall and pass through it. Using a beaker of uncooked rice sitting on top of a vibrating football game, Walter illustrates the process. He turns on the vibrating toy and places a toy action figure on top of the rice. The vibration allows the figure to sink into the rice. Walter has also concluded that use of the technology can render the user radioactive, as indicated by the radiation signature of Lugo's severed hand. Olivia returns with news that all the safe deposit boxes were rented with cash, twenty three years ago using bogus names. Olivia asks Astrid to check hospitals for radiation poisoning victims. However, a friend of Lugo's now tends bar in a Boston suburb, and Olivia and Peter head out to question him.

At the bar, Olivia chats up the bartender for information on Lugo, telling him she's positive she has seen him before -- best man at Raul and Susan's wedding. The bartender tells Olivia that Lugo went through a rough time after returning from the Gulf War, spending much of his time at a VA hospital due to post-traumatic stress. Olivia calls Broyles and asks him to find which VA hospital Lugo was staying at.

At the hideout, the bank-robbing team plays chess while discussing a map of Loeb's they came across. It is a map of Germany with latitude and longitude lines drawn over it, and they are unsure what it means. Loeb then enters the room and informs them it's time to move out, to Providence, Rhode Island. As they leave, Eastwick notices his hand is shaking irregularly.

Peter shows Olivia a card trick at the bar. Then Olivia shows a trick of her own: she can remember the order of all the cards in the deck after one look. She tells Peter she has always had an uncanny memory for numbers. She rattles off license plate numbers of old friends, her old locker combination, and finally the numbers of the safety deposit boxes that were stolen: 233, 377, 610. Peter stops her suddenly, saying he "knows those numbers", because Walter recites them every night as he goes to sleep. They rush to Walter's hotel room, where Peter asks him to explain the significance of the numbers. Walter tells them that they are part of the Fibonacci sequence. Suddenly, Walter realizes that the safety deposit boxes are his.

ACT III

Walter knows there are more safety deposit boxes out there, but he cannot remember how many, where they are, or what it was he stored in them. Walter acknowledges his paranoia at the time. They leave the Bishop accommodations and go to the Federal Building where Charlie Francis shows Walter pictures of Syracuse banks, having established that he was there at the time. Broyles enters to inform Olivia that Raul Lugo had been at the VA in Washington DC but hadn't received any visitors. Olivia speculates that another patient might have recruited him.

Last Vision of Liv

At Massive Dynamic, the technician reports to Nina that they have managed to access the last image in John Scott's optic nerve -- an image of Olivia. She tells her that the image is linked to a second set of brainwave echoes, and that somehow they must have shared consciousness (Pilot). Nina realizes that the very memories Massive Dynamic are trying to recover may now be in Olivia's mind.

At a VA hospital in Washington, D.C., Olivia asks Doctor Bruce Miller if he remembers Lugo and who he may have spent time with. The doctor says he cannot waste his time going through his files, only on her say so, unless Olivia wants to come back with a subpoena. As she is placing a call, one of the orderlies tells her he remembers Lugo as part of a group of three other men they called "The Chess Club". He gives Olivia the names. We see the four remaining robbers get into a van. Eastwick's hand is shaking severely.

At the Federal Building, Charlie and Olivia track down Lugo's three other associates, two of which are identified as Robert Norton and Evan McNel. One of them just bought a ticket to Providence, RI and the plane landed forty-seven minutes earlier. Peter tricks Walter into remembering that the bank he used in Providence was the Fairmont Savings Bank, off Westminster Street, and Olivia races to intercept them.

In Providence, the FBI has shut down the streets surrounding the bank, and the bank manager takes Olivia and Charlie to the vault -- where they discover the deposit box has already been stolen. Olivia realizes the robbers must have breached the vault through the floor using the sewer system and they may still be there. The FBI agents rush outside to find the robbers getting in their van. Olivia shoots Eastwick in the leg before he reaches the van, foiling his escape.

ACT IV

Haul From Vault

Back at the hideout, Loeb shows the remaining team what they're stealing: parts of a highly advanced device that look like surveying instruments. Now that they have retrieved the last piece. Loeb makes a phone call, saying "He's coming tonight".

In the German prison, Jones takes the items he requested from his attorney: suntan lotion, a wad of US currency, an analog watch, eye drops, and two vials of pills, Dramamine. He then asks the attorney to return at 6:30AM when he will sign the paperwork for his appeal. Jones has one last request of his attorney: he slides a drawing of Olivia Dunham across the table and asks for his people to procure it.

We see Olivia parking in a parking structure and hear the person watching her say, "Target in sight". Back at the Federal Building in Boston, Eastwick is in custody and Olivia interrogates him. He only responds with his name, rank, and serial number. Peter, watching from the observation room with Charlie, notices Eastwick's hand is shaking, and asks that Olivia step out of the room. Peter explains to Eastwick that he has radiation poisoning and if left untreated, he will die. If he wants help, he'll have to tell Peter who hired him and what he was stealing. Eastwick finally cooperates, but admits he never knew who he was working for or what they stole. However, he remembers overhearing a conversation about a field in Westford, Massachusetts. While studying a map of Westford for fields, Olivia suddenly realizes where Loeb and his people are going -- an abandoned airstrip called Little Hill Field, mentioned in In Which We Meet Mr. Jones only as "Little Hill." After making the connection between David Jones and Little Hill, the FBI springs into action.

ACT V

In the Harvard lab, Walter begins to remember what he was trying to hide in the safe deposit boxes. He tells Peter that when he was a little boy he
A Short Commute
contracted a very rare disease similar to Hepea, a form of bird flu. Walter became consumed in trying to find a cure. In his research, he discovered a Swiss physician named Doctor Alfred Gross, the only man to ever successfully cure a case of Hepea. Unfortunately, he had died in 1936. Walter then designed a device to reach back into time, crossing the time-space continuum, that would bring Dr. Gross back to save Peter. Walter believes this is the device that was hidden in his safety deposit boxes. Peter asks if he actually used the device, if he really went back in time. Walter says he never used it, as Peter miraculously started to recover on his own before it could be tested. However, Walter goes on to say that, in theory, the science behind the device was real -- and in theory it could retrieve anyone from anywhere.

As Olivia races to Little Hill, Loeb and his team have already arrived and begin setting up the stolen devices, triangulating a specific coordinate. Meanwhile in Germany, Jones snaps Mister Kohl's neck and puts on his suit, a watch, and takes some pills. As Olivia nears the site, black SUV's suddenly ambush her and run her off the road. She jumps out of her car and tries to escape, but before she can her pursuers shoot her with a tranquilizer and she is captured.

Back at Little Hill, Loeb's team finishes assembling a ring-shaped device on the ground. They step back as it begins to glow, emitting a column of light that reaches into the sky. In Germany, Jones takes the eye drops, applies the sun block, and stands in the corner of his cell. As a bright flash of light envelops him, he suddenly materializes in the column of light inside the ring at Little Hill.

Broyles calls Nina Sharp, who is in London, and informs her that Olivia has been abducted. Broyles hints at Massive Dynamic being responsible. An indignant Nina, showing genuine concern, tells him to stop and poses questions to help plan their search.

Loeb welcomes Jones and informs him that they have Olivia. Jones smiles. "Then let's not keep her waiting."

Quotes

"Oh! Do you two want to use the room?" - Walter (to Olivia And Peter, after being rousted from bed in the middle of the night)

"Your mother was beside herself, she stopped eating – she stopped sleeping... and I was worse. After all, I was the scientist - here my only son was dying, and I couldn’t do anything about it". - Walter (in a more fatherly tone about Peter contracting a deadly disease in childhood)

Walter's Lab Notes

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  • The quotations "Space is ample, east and west..." and "Nature shows all things..." are from essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  • Cleveland, Baltimore and Philadelphia are the cities where the first three bank robberies occurred. Providence, which Walter does not mention is the fourth.
  • Walter describes subatomic physics and the potential in manipulating specific particles. ref: To break on through to the other side!. This applies to the teleportation event endured by Jones, and foreshadowed the parallel universe travel attempted by Jones.
  • Walter also posits that not all matter travels through, and is reflected back. This suggests that the event Jones endured may have destabilized him to the point that bullets may pass through him, as witnessed.

Trivia

General
  • The Observer is seen on the bank's security monitor
  • Olivia's best friend in high school's license plate number was 7240168 and Olivia's middle school locker combination was 36-21-7
Continuity Errors
  • At Little Hill Field, Loeb's team carefully sets the direction and elevation of a viewing device. When using the device a few moments later, one of them casually adjusts it to his needs
Recurring Themes
  • Fibonacci. The sequence of numbers is key to solving the case
  • Teleportation. Passing of solid matter through solid matter (In Which We Meet Mr. Jones)
Storyline Analysis
  • The coordinates used to retrieve Jones from prison were poorly read, common sense translates the coordinates to 49.1112295N 8.9160920E - about 60 miles South of Frankfurt, Germany - and a possible location for the fictional Wissenschaft Prison

Previously

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    As Olivia and Charlie chase George Morales (The Dreamscape), seconds before Morales is struck by a taxi, a work van passes by with a unique symbol on the side. A van with the same symbol is used by the Little Hill surveyors. The symbol is surrounded by the phrase Trevisanus Bro Estimators

Music

Sister Lost Soul by Alejandro Escovedo
Sequestered In Memphis by The Hold Steady

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—   Plot Relevant Questions   — Address theories about questions on Safe/Theories   Ask minor questions on the Talk Page  

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  • Is the "Baltimorean woman" from Walter's lab notes significant?
  • If the device can really retrieve anyone from anywhere, why is Little Hill Field so important?
  • What is the significance to Olivia's claim that she didn't have any friends when she was younger?
  • Why is Olivia so good at remembering numbers after only seeing them once?
  • How did John Scott's memories become "confused" with Olivia's?
  • When Walter tells Peter - "You have no idea what you're capable of..." - is he suggesting Peter has a special ability?
  • Was Walter being followed and watched, as he suspected, when he was hiding the teleporation equipment in vaults?
    • If so, by who and to what ends?
  • Who are Jones and Loeb working for?
  • How did Jones know where Walter stored the safety deposit boxes?

Episodes

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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