The Day We Died
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|The Day We Died|
|Air Date:||06 May 2011|
|Written by:|| Jeff Pinkner (story & teleplay)|
Joel Wyman (story & teleplay)
Akiva Goldsman (story)
|Directed by:||Joe Chappelle|
|Guest Cast:|| Emily Meade as Ella Dunham|
Brad Dourif as Moreau
Michael Cerveris as The Observer
Eugene Lipinski as December
Ryan McDonald as Brandon Fayette
Lisa Sanson as EMT #1
|Next:||Neither Here Nor There|
|Previously:||The Last Sam Weiss|
|Transcript — Additional Images|
The Day We Died is the twenty-second, and final, episode of the third season of FRINGE. It first aired on May 6th, 2011. After only a minute in the ancient device, Peter gains a week long view of this universe in 2026 with intimate knowledge of the fate of the alternate universe. He temporarily returns to the present... and learns his ultimate mission - he has to save both universes.
May 20th, 2026 - Tuesday. Following his injuries (The Last Sam Weiss) near One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, Peter Bishop is wheeled through the halls of the Fringe Medical complex on a gurney en route to the emergency room for treatment of the shrapnel wound he has in his torso. The medical staff works fast to stop the extensive bleeding while Astrid Farnsworth tags along to help to orient Peter as he comes out of shock. Hours later, newly promoted Fringe Agent Ella Dunham smooth talks her way into a status report on Peter's condition at the reception desk. Ella is so new, she doesn't even have a badge yet, but the temporary barcode in her wrist is enough to warrant an update on Peter - he has been in recovery for an hour and should be out soon. Olivia Dunham joins Ella and gets the latest news. Ella flusters a bit when she calls her new boss 'Aunt Liv', then recalls what she remembers about the attack... she was in her vehicle, then the next thing she remembers is that she was on the ground and vortex shrapnel was everywhere. Olivia confirms what Ella suspected... that the End-of-Days outfit, and their leader Moreau, is behind the bombing.
In the Orpheum Theater in Brooklyn, evil is afoot and wanted criminal Moreau, and two of his accomplices, enter the empty foyer of the large theater while an operatic performance is underway. The interior doors are closed to latecomers. Moreau puts the last criminal just as he is shot twice in the chest with a silenced pistol. The trio hurries from the theater and one of the devices destroys the main interior walls of the building - and the patrons behind them. badly damaged theater in Brooklyn in their official vehicles and stop at the edge of the destruction zone. On foot, they approach the still smoldering entrance as first responders work
At Fringe Headquarters in Boston, Peter and Astrid sit at a workstation and begin to examine the Electrilight device. Astrid recalls a favorite sermon of her father's - The End of Days - the irony strikes her that Moreau and his group are trying to expedite the demise of the world, while her father would likely be willing to facilitate the end of Moreau's days. She leaves to research a stack of reports from eyewitnesses as Olivia joins Peter to check on his progress with the device. Peter isn't having any luck. According to all of the readings, the device should never have worked at all. The only one who might be able to figure out how the bomb functions is Walter. Olivia wonders if she has the clout to get access to Walter.
Peter leaves the office and heads to a high security prison. Inside he is escorted to a secure conversation area, then sits behind a glass panel and waits while the convict he needs to talk to is summoned. Walter walks through the barred gate on the other side of the barrier. He is barely recognizable in his orange jumpsuit, long hair, bushy beard and shackles.
In the United States Capitol, Peter sits in a plush office waiting for his appointment and watches a live news report with aerial coverage of the Thames River. A large vortex has opened less than a hundred meters from the Tower Bridge and river water is cascading into the vortex on all sides. Peter is joined by his old friend, Senator Phillip Broyles, and the two quickly get to the reason why Peter travelled to Washington, D.C. for a face-to-face meeting. Broyles is already well-briefed on the terrorist threat, but learns from Peter about the device that was recovered in the opera house. Peter shows Broyles the device and explains that the Science Division hasn't had any luck cracking the technology it uses... he needs Walter out on furlough... hopefully his inputs may help prevent future attacks. Broyles won't hear of it - Peter can consult with Walter at the prison - but that's it. Peter pushes Broyles button with a jab about re-election concerns and his association with furloughing the hated Doctor Bishop. Broyles flares at the suggestion... he knows the score - the entire globe is disintegrating and all that they can do is run around and react with simple countermeasures. And Walter was responsible. The anger the world directs at Walter is justified. Everyone has lost someone they love because of him. That doesn't change the fact that Peter needs Walter released - casualties will only climb if they can't decipher the technology behind the Electrilight bombings.In the basement of the Kresge Building, Peter returns with
In a foggy, forested park, Wave Sink Device all those years ago. Walter reflects on how he didn't see it until too late... that both of the universes were inextricably linked - without one, the other one simply could not exist -- the fate of this universe was sealed when the other universe collapsed. Peter digs deep for some personal strength and reminds Walter - they don't know that for sure. Peter sets off across the lab on an errand and Walter recalls him with a big question. Have you seen Secretary Bishop? -- Peter has not seen his birth-father and answers honestly - no. In fact, no one has seen Walter Bishop from the alternate universe... he has become quite the recluse since he was trapped here during his mission to save his world, and ironically was trapped here when it was destroyed. Good times. And what's worse is that Secretary Bishop had the unique disadvantage of having the same face as the most reviled man in this universe - Doctor Walter Bishop. Walter reflects on Peter's effort during the trial that ultimately locked Walter up. Walter wants to thank Peter for his testimony, but Peter won't have it -- he knows what he did. Peter was the one that got into the machine... not Walter. Peter activated the machine... not Walter. But Peter wasn't judged like Walter. In the eyes of the jurists, Peter acted to defend the universe: while Walter's meddling was what put both universes in to peril. Still, Walter is thankful for the effort Peter made. Peter soothes the emotional moment - it doesn't matter who was at fault... Walter is still his dad.
At their home, Olivia and Peter settle in for a nice meal together. Olivia pours
Curled-up in bed the next morning, Peter and Olivia are stirred awake by a phone call. Walter has been busy in his lab and is excited with his discovery - he has to share it. The Electrilight canister Peter recovered has residual traces of the radioactive isotope Strontium-90. That means that the terrorists are splitting atoms as a means to create their explosions, and Strontium-90 is going to leave a unique signature. Like breadcrumbs, they can now track back along the path that the Strontium-90 leaves and locate the source, and creators, of the bombs. Science Division will need to study recent radiation tracking data to look for spikes consistent with Strontium-90.Later, Olivia leads Peter and a team of investigators into a forested area that appears to have been temporarily camped in. It doesn't look like any sophisticated bomb-making took Olivia returns and, instead of sharing the new find with his wife, Peter pockets the key case and says nothing. Olivia has been on the phone... maybe Walter was incorrect about the radioactive signature? Peter is looking for a reason to leave the scene and finds it - he will go to Science Division to see if something went wrong with the radiation detection sensors. Peter hops in his vehicle to leave and checks the key case to see if what he thought was inside is really there. It is - a large, heavy-duty key, designed for the front door of a rural cabin.
In Central Park, Moreau enters the restricted Amber zone with an accomplice and prepares to deploy two more Electrilight devices.
In the Situation Room at Fringe Division, Astrid returns to her desk only to find it covered with debris from a meal that someone ate there. She is definitely not feeling the love or respect of her co-workers. A nearby agent shares a potential explanation - she is too nice. A deployment warning order sounds on the loudspeaker: Sector Eight in Central Park has been breached.In his lab, Walter updates Olivia and Ella on his analysis of the Electrilight technology. The technology is ten to fifteen years ahead of current capabilities, and he has no idea where the component parts may have been manufactured. Walter fancies the technology as something he might have invented, perhaps with an application in the mining industry. Olivia takes a call from the office and learns of the security breach at the ambered wormhole in Central Park. Olivia and Ella leave quickly... Moreau was spotted in the park.
At Reiden Lake, Peter walks onto the front porch of the old Bishop family cabin and looks around warily. He answers his phone when it rings, but the individual that called him isn't there... the signal is too weak. He puts the phone away and removes the key that lured him there from its' container. Peter enters the house after unlocking the door, draws his pistol and cautiously searches the house. In the large sunroom at the back of the house, Peter finds Secretary Bishop sitting in a lounge chair - obviously awaiting the arrival of his son. Peter sits opposite his father and places his pistol on the table beside him. Secretary Bishop didn't call Peter first because he wanted to see him in person. He left the key to the cabin for Peter to find because he wanted a proper reunion - something they both deserve. Peter is impatient and wants to know what Secretary Bishop is really up to - why Moreau? Why the Electrilght bombings? Why? Bishop shares his ultimate mission with his son: since Peter managed to destroy his own universe, and because of the nightmare he unleashed on billions... the incredible loss he caused... Secretary Bishop now is bent on completely destroying this universe as payback.Olivia and Ella arrive in Central Park as Fringe personnel prepare to deploy. They hop out of the car to check colorful drifting vortex in the Ambered restricted area.
Back in the cabin at Reiden Lake, Peter and his father continue their confrontational meeting about the fate of the two universes. Peter wants his father to know how sorry he is for the suffring that he caused and for destroying his people -- his world. If he could reverse the choice that he made when he got into the Wave Sinke Device... he would. But he can't. Peter takes out his hand cuffs and tells his father that he has to be taken into custody. Peter doesn't want to use the cuffs on is father if he doesn't have to. Secretary Bishop grows angry with his son a reveals what is really going on. This whole meeting was to teach Peter a lesson about loss... starting by killing someone that Peter loves. Secretary Bishop might not be able to resist killing Peter if he were, in fact, sitting across the room from Peter at the Reiden Lake cabin - but he is not. Peter lunges across the room at his father and swings his hand through the head of the holographic projection he has been talking to for the past ten minutes. Fooled by the entire encounter, Peter grabs his pistol and handcuffs from the side table and sprints from the cabin.
← From his secure van in Central Park, Secretary Bishop turns off the holographic camera that has been sending his visual image and verbal communications to the projection device in Peter's cabin a few hundred miles to the North. Bishop grabs his coat and exits his little studio - intent on keeping his promise to Peter... to kill someone he loves. The Fringe response force has recovered from the blast that initiated the vortex in the Amber quarantine area and are preparing to fall back to a safer position. Olivia walks quickly back to her vehicle and is on the radio coordinating the tactical effort - she wants everyone to relocate to Sector Three. She gets to the car, opens the passenger door and retrieves what she was looking for. Olivia closes the car door, turns to walk back the way she came and finds Secretary Bishop standing fifteen feet away with a silenced-pistol leveled at her head. Before she can say one word, the vengeful Bishop fires a single bullet into Olivia Dunham's forehead... she collapses next to her vehicle - dead.set the raft adrift on the large body of water as those on shore watch in quiet reflection as their friend and colleague drifts away to investigate her ultimate Fringe case. Ella escorts Walter on the drive home through central Manhattan after the funeral. Their driver stops in the crowded traffic and Walter becomes concerned that there may be some sort of protest up-ahead. Ella says the delay is because of the effort underway to seal-up the wormhole in Central Park. Walter interrupts her when he realizes something important. He heeds to get to has lab - now. Please.
← Back in his home, Peter sits and thinks about his life. Still in his funeral clothes, he finishes the stiff drink he had poured for himself, wants another drink, then walks to the refrigerator to retrieve a fresh bottle. After grabbing a new bottle from inside, he closes the door and finds himself face-to-face with the childs' drawing attached to the outside of the refrigerator. He touches the crayoned face of Olivia, studies it and lets his emotions take him to a deeply sad place.In his lab, Walter has just about completed the diagnostic testing that came to his mind when he and Ella were cow that he kept in the lab. Ella doesn't remember much from her early years... before things got so bad in this universe. Walter is sorry for that. If he could, he would go back in time and change it, making different choices, although happy-endings do not appear to be much of an option anymore. Walter's diagnostic finishes its' run and Walter scans the results. The data stream analysis of the wormhole has offered a potential solution. Walter takes about three seconds to see that the Carbon Dating has been confirmed - That's It! - that's the answer.
At his home, Peter stands and looks at the bright morning sunlight coming through his once happy home. Still in his suit and tie from the funeral, he turns and walks to answer the door and greet the eager bell-ringer on the other side. Walter is there with his security detail and a stack of
--- Peter's consciousness rushes back to 2011. He opens his eyes and he is still locked in the powered-up Wave Sink Device on Liberty Island, in the heart of New York Harbor. Olivia and Walter grow concerned when Peter's heart accelerates wildly. Broyles points out that Peter has been in the device for a minute already: how much longer are they going to keep Peter in it? Walter doesn't know what to do. Peter has biologically interfaced with the machine, and removing him may harm him.
Back in the lab in this universe, the research team is frantic to release Peter from the device. Olivia rushes up to the access ladder to help just as the device powers down. Peter lowers his head, relaxes and seems none the worse for wear. Both are elated to see one another... Peter more so, because Olivia is alive again. Still in his hand and foot restraints, Peter focuses as the device starts to power-up. Olivia wants to know if he is doing that. Suddenly, on
Outside of the laboratory on Liberty Island in this universe, almost a dozen Observers have gathered on the grounds after dark and study the monument. December senses what has happened inside and detects the thoughts of those that were there when Peter vanished... they do not remember Peter. It seems The Observer was correct. How could Peter be remembered if he never existed? Peter served his purpose.
- The Observer stands with his colleagues on the grounds of Liberty Island in this universe after Secretary Bishop, Bolivia Dunham and Brandon Fayette crossover from the alternate universe.
- Opening Splash. The opening title sequence used a new, gray background with a refreshed list of Fringe sciences.
|The ID number on the squad car (The Last Sam Weiss) foreshadows Peter's experiences in the year 2026|
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on The Day We Died/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Did Peter's future consciousness momentarily return to his "old" body?
- If so, was this when he was badly injured and saying things about the machine and being from the past?
- If not, was the current-Peter momentarily inhabiting his "future" body and sharing his knowledge about the machine?
- Did Peter vanish from all timelines?
- If not, was he simply erased from the current timeline?
- If not, did he return to the 2026 timeframe?
- If not, did he travel to a separate future timeline?
- If not, did he travel to a past timeline?
- Was "the purpose" Peter served to bring both universes to a common ground so they could begin repairing the damages each were suffering?
- If not, what was "the purpose" discussed by the Observers, that Peter served before he "never existed"?
- What does December mean by "not remembering" Peter?
- Does this refer to all of Peter's history, or only after his last interaction with Walter?
- Does the manuscript indicate that both Olivia and Bolivia can turn off the machine?
- If so, does it mean that Olivia's ability to switch off the machine was not due to Cortexiphan? (The Last Sam Weiss)
- Was the 'softspot' in the Orpheum Theater due to the two crossover events in 2010? (Over There, Part 1)/(Over There, Part 2)
- Is the End-of-Days group affiliated with, or have their roots in, the ZFT group.
- What mechanism allowed Peter's conscience to return to the present day after he and Walter discussed 'making a different choice'?
- What is "the choice" that Walter refers to?
- If the destruction of the other universe was due to Peter entering the machine, is their fate not already sealed, since Peter has already entered the machine?
- Does Walter suggest travelling even further back in time to prevent Peter entering the machine?
- Olivia controlled her telekinetic powers... why did she not force the gun, or the bullet, away from her head as she was being shot?
- Is the partial facial paralysis on the right side of Walter's face the result of a stroke?
- The Interim Period
- What was "lost" in Detroit?
- What happened to Broyles' right eye?
- How long did Walter own/run Massive Dynamic?
- What was the great loss that Ella endured?
- Why is Ella's last name Dunham, and not her father's?
- Did Olivia adopt Ella as a child - following Ella's great loss?