|Air Date:||14 October 2011|
|Written by:|| Akiva Goldsman|
|Directed by:||Joe Chappelle|
|Guest Cast:|| Chadwick Boseman as Cameron James|
Brent Stait as Lt. Daniels
|Previously:||Alone In The World|
|Transcript — Additional Images|
Subject 9 is the fourth episode of the fourth season of FRINGE. It first aired on October 14th, 2011. Olivia is confronted by a dangerous apparition and a fellow Cortexiphan test subject appears to be the cause. Walter leaves the lab for the first time in years to show he is not insane and to avoid being reinstitutionalized. The powerful apparition is neutralized and surfaces in Reiden Lake.
In her apartment, Olivia sleeps comfortably just after sunrise and about a minute before her alarm is set to wake her. The drapes next to her bed rustle in front of the open window. Olivia is unaware she has a threatening intruder in her bedroom. An ominous blue energy mass begins to form at the foot of her bed. The metallic objects on her nightstand rustle as the entity approaches. Her alarm sounds on time, as expected, and she finds herself face-to-face with the powerful apparition. The startled Federal Agent grabs her pistol and rolls out of bed to defend herself. The entity dissipates as it fades away from her. Her alarm sounds again... as originally scheduled, and Olivia looks around the room to see what else has happened. All of the metallic objects that were on her nightstand have been gathered at one spot on the floor. Time to get to the lab and to work.
Back in Olivia’s apartment, Walter guides the investigation William Bell were conducting the Cortexiphan trials, one of the test subjects displayed the capacity for astral projection and the ability to physically travel outside of his own body. The radiation levels in Olivia's apartment were similar to those generated during the testing. Everytime the test subject projected himself, he distorted his own magnetic field and metal objects were drawn to him. Olivia wants to know what that has to do with her - twenty-five years later. Walter thinks the deep emotional bond she had with the other children and their shared experience is causing the test subject to reach out to her now - and no deliberate harm is intended. Olivia wants to know again - why her? Walter surmises that since she was the strongest in the group, a favorite of many, she is being sought now by someone who wasn't as emotionally stable. Walter doesn't remember the name of the young man who demonstrated the ability to project himself physically, just that he was identified during testing as Subject Nine.
Inside of Massive Dynamic Headquarters in New York City, Nina Sharp lectures a room full of employees and colleagues on the potential applications of nanotechnology. The oration takes a questionable path as far as corporate ethics are concerned... Massive Dynamic creates technology and owns patents - how the technology they create is used is not the concern of the corporation. After Nina finishes, she escorts Olivia and Astrid to a secure room where the files they are looking for should be stored. Walter listens and watches over the videophone Astrid is wearing and takes strong exception to the lies that he is certain Nina is spreading. Astrid gets an earful from Walter when Nina suggests that the Cortexiphan trial documentation may be missing. He and Bell never destroyed files! Astrid politely moderates Walter's acid comments, and even threatens to shut-off the videophone. Nina realizes that Astrid is tempering the comments coming out of the lab in Boston when Astrid says Walter said thank you - in all of the years she has known Walter... thank you is one thing that he has never said to her. The trio reaches the storage room and Nina swipes her access card so the hunt for the Cortexiphan files can begin. Nina and Olivia step aside for a quick word while Astrid enters the room. Nina has noticed the fear in Olivia's face and suspects the Fringe event Olivia is investigating happened to her personally. It did.... How can Nina help? Olivia tells her she already Cortexiphan files. Inside the storage area, Astrid and Olivia start their search and Astrid is curious to learn more about these trials that Walter conducted when Olivia was young. Olivia shares what little she knows: Bishop and Bell thought that children had untapped extrasensory capabilities -- capabilities that diminish as they mature... telekinesis, pyrokinesis, the ability to cross to another universe, to name a few. Olivia doesn't know much more than that, she ran away a few years before the testing was concluded. In his lab, Walter has been listening silently to the conversation, then turns off the feed from Astrid when the subject of testing on children strikes a somber note in him. Olivia locates the file they are hunting for - Subject Nine is Cameron James.
Olivia and Astrid return to the lab carrying boxes of files from the Cortexiphan trials, only to find Walter packed and ready to leave. Walter insists he must go with Olivia as she attempts to locate Cameron James. Walter knows the test subject and the capabilities he once displayed. Olivia does not... she could be killed if Walter does not go with her. Walter is ready to leave the lab for the first time in three years - and he made sandwiches to take with them.New York City, Olivia keeps close tabs on Walter as he adapts to the sea of humanity and excessive visual and aural inputs of urban city life. After three years in the lab, preceded by years in a mental health care facility, Walter is not handling his current situation too well. A rude pedestrian takes exception to Walter's glance and blows cigarette smoke in his face as they pass on the street. Seething with anxiety and anger, Walter musters some false bravado for Olivia's sake - he had forgotten how much he loved environments like this... he should have gotten out of his lab years ago.
Olivia and Walter make their way to a large apartment complex that allegedly houses Cameron James. Olivia knocks on the door and receives no response. She picks the lock on the door and the duo enters and looks around. Olivia finds mail addressed to a Mark LIttle, not Cameron James. They must have the wrong place. Walter thinks otherwise. The apartment appears to have been modified to remove most, if not all, of the metal - there's no metal anywhere, not even in the light fixtures. The inspection is interrupted when the Landlady finds them snooping about. Olivia identifies herself - they just need to talk to her tenant, he isn't in trouble, yet. The woman is hesitant to say too much, but Walter introduces himself, turns on the charm, and the information starts to flow. Mark Little is a long haul driver who travels overnight to Maine and back for a furniture company. Little is pretty consistent - he is usually back in his apartment by Ten in the morning.
Olivia and Walter find a local hotel for the night and Olivia struggles a bit to get Walter settled in the unfamiliar surroundings. Walter is not feeling the comfort and confidence he wanted to demonstrate to Olivia after leaving his life as a hermit in the lab. His mysophobia is starting to get the better of him - the room he is in must be a veritable petri dish of germs, pathogens, human waste and other unacceptable nastiness. Olivia simply wants to get him settled down before she heads to her room for a night of rest. She excuses herself, gets to her room and, in less than a minute, has to rush back into Walter's room. He is trashing the place and ranting insanely at the unseen filth that he has fixated on. Walter's hands are bleeding from all of the physical damage he caused. Olivia gets him to calm down and bandages his hands. Walter's pride seems to have suffered the most damage - he hasn't had an anxiety attack like that in years. Olivia settles him with a little humor.. of all the crazy science things that don't bother him at all, harmless germs are the thing that get him going. Walter takes her point. He has always been a man of contradictions. That is what his wife Elizabeth liked about him... but he is glad that she never saw him like he was tonight. Olivia has a novel idea - let's make things better with a root beer float. Delightful.
← Olivia parks
James makes it to the lobby of his building well ahead of Olivia, but runs over Walter as he rounds the last corner. Both men crash to floor. Walter immediately recognizes the person he experimented on two and a half decades earlier. James recognizes the scientist that ruined his adult life. Upset with Walter's presence, Cameron's ability activates
The group retreats to Cameron's apartment to try and develop a plan to permanently stop the entity. Walter is drawing a blank, and that worries him. Olivia is still wrapped around the - Why me? - aspect of the case. Cameron is suspicious of Walter... is Walter really out of ideas - or just keeping things to himself? Walter starts thinking aloud for everone's benefit. Maybe the electromagnetism associated with the phenomena isn't the root cause... but a by-product of field distortions in time. Everyone here exists in linear time, but the energy event they have been witnessing isn't operating in linear time. That is why normal magnetic fields are distorted when it appears... luckily, Cameron's reflexive discharge dispersed the energy. Walter's big concern is that the anomaly will keep returning and continue to grow so large that it will consume everything in its' path. There is only one way to stop that from happening - gather an energy field large enough to neutralize the electromagnetism. The anomaly should shatter... and only Cameron can make that happen - if he can focus his emotions.
The bucolic afternoon of upstate New York changes drastically at the very instance the energy field dematerializes at the power relay station. The mystery man with the familiar face violently materializes beneath the surface of Reiden Lake in a flurry of bubbles. Two fishermen in a nearby row boat hurry to assist the man after he bursts to the surface - distressed and out of breath. A bald man wearing a Fedora hat watches the unusual activity from shore.Cameron James. The thing he wants out of this whole ordeal is for her to keep Walter away - to be forgetten by him. Walter can't be sure if the entity was destroyed, or not. When Olivia fired her pistol and interrupted Cameron - the energy may have merely been displaced. Walter speaks his mind about Olivia's action. She behaved irrationally and relied on her intuition and instincts... when he does that he gets labeled as crazy. Crazy may be a lot more complicated than people think - something for her to think about before she sends him back to a hospital for the mentally ill. Olivia takes a call from Broyles - a man was just pulled from Reiden Lake in upstate New York - and he knows way too much about the Fringe team and the classified work they do. Walter mentions that he once had a place at the lake.
Broyles, Olivia and Walter make their way to the hospital tending to the mystery Walter is left by himself in the waiting area near the duty desk when Broyles steps away to take a call. Olivia has left her overcoat behind and Walter can't resist sneaking another look at the letter she received about his psychological evaluation. He is more than relieved when he sees that she has made her recommendation - he won't be returning to Saint Claire's just yet. Olivia walks into the room of The Mystery Man From Reiden Lake and is greeted with a genuine "Olivia. Thank God you're here." - - She doesn't have any clue who he is.
- The Observer loiters at Reiden Lake as Peter returns to the current timeline and/or present universe from the bottom of the lake.
- Cultural References
- The Matrix. Inspired by his recent viewing of the popular movie, Walter attempts to capture an image of the apparition that has been invading his lab. The movie frequently used multiple cameras to capture a single action from multiple angles for a special effect called bullet time. Walter only hopes to capture a single image on just one of the multiple cameras that he has set-up.
- Storyline Analysis
- Olivia not encountering any Cortexiphan test subject before Cameron, Astrid's nearly complete lack of knowledge of the Jacksonville trials, and Walter's loss of administrative control over his test files/results, all indicate that the events involving Nick Lane (Bad Dreams) / (Over There, Part 1), Nancy Lewis (The Road Not Taken), James Heath (Olivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver.) / (Over There, Part 1), Sally Clark (Over There, Part 1) and Simon Phillips (Concentrate And Ask Again) did not unfold in this timeline as they had in the previous timeline. The science team may have encountered these individuals and/or investigated crimes associated with any of them - but a connection with "Cortexiphan" testing was never established. Massive Dynamic maintained the records from the drug trial and may be fully aware of these individuals and their activities.
- Episode Reference
- A clip from the betamax video of young Olivia running on the threadmill (Subject 13) is playing in the screen while Astrid examines the paper files and Olivia go through the electronic files.
|A book titled Astral Projection and Other Psychic Phenomena (Alone In The World) rests on a shelf in Walter's Lab, foreshadowing the astral projection capacity Cameron James demonstrated as a child|
• Couldn't Get It Right by Climax Blues Band
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Subject 9/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Did The Observer play an active role in bringing Peter to Reiden Lake to join this timeline?
- Did Peter leave the alternate universe for this one?
- If not, where was Peter before arriving at Reiden Lake?
- Does the metaphysical apparition of Peter attract metallic objects because of Peter's physical ability (Over There, Part 1) to attract metallic objects?
- Does the metaphysical apparition of Peter affect time because of Peter's physical ability (The Day We Died) to influence time?
- Is the time synchronization anomaly influenced by the fact that time in the alternate universe is rarely sychronized (The Man From The Other Side) with this universe?