This episode had a tough act to follow after last week’s LSD-riddled, animated trip through Olivia’s (Anna Torv) psyche, but it’s still pretty good.
To summarize: Walternate (John Noble) activates his doomsday weapon at 6:02 a.m. Over There. This has ripple effects in the prime universe, including the death of a herd of sheep and its herders. Further, the doomsday machine in the prime universe also activated on its own at 6:02 a.m. Walter (also Noble) believes this happened due to quantum entanglement. When Peter (Joshua Jackson) tries to shut it down, the doomsday machine rejects him and sends him flying through the air and landing with a sickening thud.
Meanwhile, Fauxlivia (also Torv) is disturbed to learn that their universe’s doomsday weapon will destroy the prime reality. Walternate said that he must sacrifice Peter to allow her son – Walternate’s grandson – to live. She tries to cross over to the prime universe and fails. At the end, Walternate has her locked away.
There were some funny moments in this episode, particularly Olivia getting see the Walter full monty. There are worse things to see than Walter in the nude, but none come to mind.
Things are definitely not black and white in the Fringe mythos as alliances shift and the characters, such as Fauxlivia, demonstrate they are not as evil as people once thought they were. Walter realizes he did wrong by kidnapping Peter from Over There and seeks forgiveness from God while Peter is in surgery. The creators are definitely keeping people on their toes, not to mention guessing as the third season heads towards its explosive finale just two episodes away.