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The Dreamscape
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Season: 1 Episode: 9
Air Date: 25 Nov 2008
Written by: Julia Cho
Zack Whedon
Directed by: Frederick E.O. Toye
Starring: Main Characters
Guest Cast: Mark Valley as John Scott
Yul Vazquez as George Morales
Susan Misner as Tess Amaral
Ptolemy Slocum as Mark Young

David Vadim as Michael Kelly
Cindy Katz as Charlotte
Tom Riis Farrell as Gregory Worth
Carlo Alban as FBI Technician
Juliet Pritner as Forensics Agent
Catia Ojeda as Melanie
Robert Arcaroas Brian Cole
Harry Sutton, Jr. as Paul
Matthew Martin as Agent 1
Darby Totten as Agent #2

Next: Safe
Previously: The Equation
Transcript  —  Additional Images
Introduction

The Dreamscape is the ninth episode of the first season of FRINGE. The episode first aired on November 25, 2008. The team investigates the death of a Massive Dynamic employee who jumps out of a skyscraper window - after being attacked by butterflies. When Olivia's interaction with Agent Scott leads to breaks in the case, she demands to be put back in the sensory deprivation tank to remove Scott's memories from her consciousness. A former friend and some current foes discover that Peter is back in Boston.

Synopsis

Prologue

  A young executive, Mark Young, arrives late to give a presentation about a company called ExtenzaLife. After he has finished and the boardroom empties, Young collects his things, and then spots a butterfly. It alights on his finger -- and unexpectedly cuts him. The insect flutters by his neck -- and cuts him again. When the butterfly alights on the large table, Young rolls up a document and swats it. He discovers how sharp the wings are while examining it. A few other butterflies appear. After attacking him a few more times, the creatures disappears into AC vent. Young peers into the vent and a swarm of butterflies pours out. As they surround him, cutting him all over his body, he runs in mad panic. He crashes through a plate glass window and falls to his death, revealing the location: Massive Dynamic's New York office.

ACT I

  In Boston, Olivia Dunham prepares for a night out, but before she can leave she is summoned by Phillip Broyles to gather the team and catch a plane to New York.
Diverted Back to Work
Olivia tries to tell Broyles that she needs some time off, but he repeats his instructions and hangs up. At the scene of the apparent suicide, Walter Bishop notices lacerations beneath Mark Young's shirt, even though there aren't corresponding tears in the shirt itself. Meanwhile, Olivia spies John Scott -- her dead partner and lover -- in the crowd of onlookers. He stares at her for a moment, then vanishes.

Olivia meets with Nina Sharp, COO of Massive Dynamic. Nina suggests that Mark Young must have succumbed to the stresses of his job, as some small fraction of employees always do. When Olivia presses for more, Nina says that, given Olivia's recent work, she should understand how the discovery of certain "realities" could be too much for some to handle.

In Young's apartment, Olivia and Charlie find a plane ticket to Omaha that implies Mark Young was not planning to kill himself. In Young's day planner, Olivia finds a page that has "MONARCH" written on it. On the wall nearby, she sees a display of captured butterflies -- whose wings unexpectedly start to flutter. Charlie causes Olivia to turn away, and when she looks back the wings have stopped fluttering.

At his Harvard Laboratory Walter examines Young's body, noting that his wounds go clear to the bone, as if they had started inside and opened upward toward the surface. Also, Young had some kind of synthetic compound in his brain, but that wouldn't explain his wounds. Meanwhile, Peter receives a call from a woman -- someone from his past who wants to see him.

In her apartment, Olivia studies the Massive Dynamic website. She performs a web search for resources on "monarch," finding only pages on English royalty and butterflies. After she shuts down the laptop, it mysteriously starts up on its own, and an email pops up -- from John Scott. It contains only an address: 1312 Labrador Lane, basement level.

When Olivia arrives at the address, she walks through the darkened basement. She hears strange croaking noises and tracks the sound to a room filled with large plastic tubs. She opens one to see that it's filled with toads.

At the FBI office, Charlie asks Olivia why Astrid just charged ten pounds of live insect larva to the Young investigation. Olivia explains that she had some frogs delivered to the lab. Charlie asks if they will help explain why Mark Young jumped. Olivia replies that they probably won't. Entering her office with Charlie, Olivia explains to him that she is still seeing visions of John Scott, and she feels like she is going crazy. She does not want to consult a psychiatrist because there would be a psych eval in her record with the FBI and wonders if taking a leave to get her wits together would help. Then Astrid calls with news: Walter thinks Young's death was because of the frogs.

ACT II

  In a diner, Peter meets with Tess, the woman who called earlier. Tess expresses both concern for and disappointment with Peter. Peter tells her that she knows him better than anyone else.
Finding an Old Friend
She pleads with him to leave Boston, saying "If I can find you, they can find you." Peter takes her hand -- and notices the bruises on her wrist. He infers that someone named Michael did this, and Tess doesn't deny it.

Back in the lab, Walter explains the principle of psychophysiologic effects: the ability of the mind to produce physical effects in the body. He shows old video footage of an experiment he did many years ago, in which a hypnotized man believed an ice cube was burning him -- and produced real blisters. Olivia asks how this relates to the frogs? Walter corrects her, they are toads and these particular toads, Bufo alvarius, secrete a psychoactive compound from their skin. Properly modified, the compound is a powerful hallucinogen. The modified version of it directly affects the fear center of the brain. He imagined the cuts and his brain made them real. Walter suggests this was murder, as the concentrations of the compound in his brain were ridiculously high. Olivia speculates that whoever the toads belonged to may be the murderer. Astrid reveals that she found nothing from the property title search on the basement address.

Olivia admits to Walter that John Scott led her to the toads. Walter comments that John Scott's memories are trapped in Olivia's mind. Olivia is insistent that she has to get them out. Walter suggests that a form of repressed memory therapy could be used to raise the memories and purge them from her head. But doing so would pose serious risks to Olivia's health. Despite the warning, Olivia insists on getting back into the sensory deprivation tank. Olivia says she needs to do it.

Peter sits in his car and watches Tess enter a building with a Mike Kelly. Astrid calls and tells him to come back to the lab.

As Olivia is prepared for the procedure, Walter cautions and instructs her. The first time she connected in this manner with John Scott ("Pilot"), some of his memories crossed over into her brain. This time, they will attempt to bring those repressed alien memories to the surface. Walter's voice will be Olivia's only tether to reality.

ACT III

  In a dream state, Olivia spots a door, walks through, up some stairs, and
Love at First Bite
into a restaurant -- the same place she and John Scott went on their first date. In fact, it is their first date. Olivia watches a slightly younger version of herself sitting in a booth with John Scott. Peter arrives and asks what is going on. After Astrid explains, Peter asks why, to talk to John Scott? Astrid responds, or see John's memories. Walter asks Peter to adjust the drugs.

The younger Olivia stands up and walks past her. Because this is only a memory, Walter says, no one can see her. Nevertheless, Olivia sits down in front of John. He seems unaware of her presence. She tells him that she loved him but he was lying to her. Still no reaction. Then she says that Mark Young killed himself yesterday, suddenly John Scott looks directly at her.

The scene abruptly changes. Now Olivia is in John Scott's car, alone. Walter says John must be there somewhere. Olivia exits the car and finds a meeting of four men: John Scott, Mark Young, and two unknown men -- one black, one Latino. Young agrees to a deal and walks away with the Latino. Olivia follows, but the two men suddenly vanish. Walter says that's because she's experiencing John's memory and she must go back to John. Olivia returns in time to see John brutally stabbing the black man to death. She panics and demands to be pulled out of the tank.

ACT IV

  Outside the tank, Olivia and Astrid use the computer to reconstruct the face of the Latino man she saw in John's memory. As Olivia leaves to meet Broyles, Peter reminds her that if she needs him, he is here. Along a waterway, Olivia meets Broyles and tells him they think Young was killed for selling technologies to black market buyers. She shows him the Latino man's file and explain that he is suspected of brokering the sale of a synthetic hallucinogen. In the wrong hands, it could be turned into a cheap street drug or even a chemical weapon. Olivia wants Massive Dynamic to release information on all of Mark Young's projects. Broyles promises to see what he can do.

Confronting a Tess-beater
  ←   On a street in urban Boston, Peter intercepts Michael Kelly as he exits the residence he shares with Tess Amaral. Peter initiates and dominates the confrontation and knocks a gun from Kelly's hand as he draws it from under his coat. Bishop points the pistol in Kelly's bloodied face and delivers a stern message... "If you touch her again, I'll kill you". As he walks from the confrontation, Peter releases the magazine from the weapon, clears the chamber then discards the pistol.

Back at the FBI offices, they've had no luck with facial recognition software. Broyles provides Olivia with a file of all Young's projects, courtesy of Nina Sharp. Inside, she finds Young's business card, with the phone number 1-877-8-MSSDYN at the bottom. That gives her an idea. She checks Young's day planner and dials 1-212-MONARCH on her phone. When her call is answered, Olivia pretends to be a telemarketer, and the person on the other end says to take his number off their list. Olivia recognizes the voice and phrasing -- it was the Latino man she saw in John's memory.

The number is traced to a man named George Morales, a known black market trafficker. Olivia and Charlie follow his cell phone signal through the streets of Manhattan. When they hit a traffic jam, Charlie and Olivia close in on foot. Morales jumps from his cab and runs, but he is hit by an oncoming car, allowing Charlie and Olivia to apprehend him.

ACT V

  In the hospital, Morales says he wants to make a deal. He will tell them everything, in return for immunity and protection -- from Massive Dynamic. He believes the firm killed Young as a warning to anyone else who might try to sell the company's secrets. He denies having killed Young himself, because he had no reason to do so; Young was a valuable source of amazing technologies. Moreover, Morales says the Pattern is just a hoax, a smokescreen created by Massive Dynamic to enable them to do anything they want. He says that Massive Dynamic is hell, and William Bell is the devil. Morales believes he can trust Olivia because John Scott told him about her.

At Massive Dynamic, Olivia comments that every investigation brings her back to Massive Dynamic. Nina says that the firm has nothing to hide. Olivia says she believes that Massive Dynamic's cooperation is just an illusion, it leads to nothing tangible, and generates more questions. Nina asks if Olivia is well. At the hospital, an anxious Morales pressing the call button for a nurse. Someone enters the room and Morales looks frightened. At Massive Dynamic, Olivia says she has made a decision on Nina's job offers. Nina responds that, from her expression, the answer is obvious. Then Nina changes the subject by commenting that the Fringe Division have captured their suspect. She also says that she is not surprised at all that Morales, a criminal, spun an outrageous story in which Massive Dynamic is responsible for all his foul deeds. Olivia tells Nina that now is the time for her to come clean, before Morales spills everything he knows. Nina expresses doubt as to whether Morales will say anything actionable.

Back at the hospital, Morales promises that he won't tell anyone anything, but the psychoactive hallucinogen of he is having of John Scott slits his throat anyway. A nurse walks in to see a cut appear across Morales' throat and she screams.

When Broyles tells Olivia that someone must have dosed Morales with the same drug that killed Young, Olivia blames Nina Sharp. Broyles says Massive Dynamic has been nothing but cooperative, so she should keep her unfounded accusations to herself.

Olivia goes to Walter's apartment and tells him she wants to go back in the tank one more time. Olivia says she needs answers and John Scott may have them. Walter says it is dangerous. Every time she goes in, the chances of a catastrophic
Planning Peter's Homecoming
outcome increases. She might not even get what she wants from John Scott, because she can't just ask him. When Olivia objects that John Scott actually saw her in the dreamscape, Walter says that's simply impossible. But he leaves her with a promise to try and find a safer technique, but not tonight because Olivia needs rest.

  ←   Late at night, outside of Beckett's pub, Michael approach a well dressed man on a cell phone instructing an associate to "break their legs" if they don't cooperate. When Michael's bruises are commented on, Michael replies that Peter Bishop is "back in town".

Olivia is in bed in her apartment. Suddenly her computer turns on and she receives another mysterious e-mail from John Scott - "I SAW YOU. IN THE RESTAURANT."

Quotes

"Did I invent ZFT? Flight 627? The North Woods Group? John Scott? The Pattern? The whole thing is - is a hoax. It's all a smoke screen so Massive Dynamic can do whatever it wants — to whoever it wants. Do you understand that? Massive Dynamic is Hell... and its' founder William Bell... is The Devil... and I can prove all of it, but only if I get protection". - George Morales (sharing his fears with Olivia just hours before the 'fear center' in his brain kills him)

Walter's Lab Notes

Project 269, Exploration 19
Project 269, Exploration 19Trimmed Copy of Typed Notes
  • As in the Lab Notes from Pilot, Botticelli's The Birth of Venus is prominently displayed. Representing Olivia in the diagram, the image on the right has the head of Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, imposed over the feminine figure, suggesting that John Scott's embedded memories occupy a portion of her brain.
  • The quotation, "And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs." is from Exodus, Chapter 8, Verse 3 (King James Version of the Bible) It describes the second plague imposed on Egypt for Pharaoh's failure to release the Israelites.
  • The quotation beginning with "Eye of newt, and toe of frog", is from Macbeth (Act IV, Scene i) by William Shakespeare.
  • This is the third set of notes, along with those from Pilot and In Which We Meet Mr. Jones, that features Project 269 (Explorations 17, 18 And 19). Project 269 deals with the transfer of thoughts.

Trivia

General
Butterfly Pin - Visual Prompt?
  • The plane ticket Olivia finds in Mark Young's apartment is for a flight on Oceanic Air, referencing another Bad Robot Production television show LOST, although the fictional airlines' logo does not appear on the ticket.
  • The family name (Dr) Peretti on a Post-It-Note in Mark Young's personal notebook, was previously seen on a grave in The Arrival: Casey Peretti.
Continuity Errors
  • Locale. As George Morales is followed by Charlie and Olivia in the car, the GPS map indicates he is heading east, in the vicinity of 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue. However, when he is chased on foot, a few moments later, the buildings in the background indicate they are in Lower Manhattan on Murray Street. Murray Street is a one-way street traveling westbound.
Recurring Themes
  • Mind Control. Memory transference between individuals and thought manipulation through hallucinogens.

Previously

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A lone butterfly is evident on the side of a white trash can in The Equation. A foreshadow of the fatal, drug-induced, leap from the Massive Dynamic Building by Mark Young.

Music

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  • Who was Olivia planning on spending the evening with when she was dressing-up at her apartment?
  • Was Morales lying about Massive Dynamic's involvement?
  • What is the "North Woods Group" that Morales mentioned to Olivia?
  • Who administered the psychoactive compound that led to the deaths of Young and Morales?

Episodes

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

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