Fringe Recap 1x08 - "The Equation"

I’m going to just start by saying that as a professional musician, I really enjoy the work that went into this episode.  Also because Britta Perry Gillian Jacobs is in this episode, there may be a dose of Community gifs to go along with it

  • Oh no!  A damsel in distress.
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  • Shit.  I lost my kid.
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Which leads us to this joy of an Easter egg that I’m so freakin proud of finding for the fandom.  Yep - I found Anna Torv stashing an unwanted doughnut in the background of a scene.


I feel like this is the episode where Anna’s American accent is finally settling in.  It’s the first episode where her “Olivia” voice that carries through the series starts to appear.

  • Britta is such a terrible person in this episode
  • And now for this week’s FUN IN THE LAB WITH WALTER - mind control!!!
  • I really enjoy Astrid’s “What’s up Chachi?” to Peter
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  • Also, I never noticed Astrid & Peter sharing headphones to block out Walter’s singing of Christmas carols
  • Olivia took the oboe for six months and quit.  I would quit too if I had to learn beginning oboe.

Ugh this lady is the worst.


  • I don’t really get the point of this evilish mental institution doctor. Is he supposed to be a reference to Chilton from Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal?
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  • John Noble, how do you not have a million acting awards?
  • Aww Polivia working together :)

This woman is so freakin awful to this poor child.


  • Peter sticking up for his father for the first time.  It’s so beautiful and these two, I can’t even.
  • Walter:  ”Is that what it’s like to talk to me?”
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  • Olivia “just happens” to be standing across the street from the “red castle” that Walter told them about when Peter calls her.  A little too easy, Fringe.

Olivia and Charlie together, fighting crime.  I always loved the character of Charlie a lot, but I guess I never realized how little he was in these early episodes.

  • Olivia’s first real fight scene!  She’s brutal too - if only the damn lights hadn’t turned on.
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  • ^swag

Mitchel Loeb is still an asshat.  He did kill the creepy torture lady, and while murder is bad, that’s probably better for the world.

  • Olivia is good with kids.
  • Also - she has a black eye - yay continuity.  This show is good with that.  Except for when it comes to explaining the Pattern.
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Featured Fringe Video of the Day #428

Polivia - Spoilers thru 5x06

Ugh, these two.  I just can’t anymore.


"I asked you for a sign and you sent it to me—a white tulip—and I was so grateful. Since then, in moments of deep despair, I have found solace in believing that you had forgiven me. I was willing to let him go. I was willing to let Peter die! I’ve changed. That should matter. God… I know my crimes are unforgivable. Punish me. Do what you want to me. But I beg you, spare our world.”