Fringe Review: Is That You, Olivia?

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"Welcome to Westfield" was one of those episodes that left your mind reeling by the time it was over. Episodes that grab me, toss me around and fling me back to reality are some of my very favorites to ponder. If ever there was a time to speculate on the future of Fringe, that time is now. Let's play a guessing game.

Strange things were happening all over the town of Westfield, but they didn't start there. We learned more about Peter and Olivia's relationship through her incredibly sexy dream and Peter's description of their relationship to her than we ever did when they were together. Yes, Olivia is beginning to remember her life as Peter's Olivia. Last week I posited that the Observers confirmed we are in Peter's world. I'm even more sure of it now.

Shotgunned Peter

Fringe tried to sucker us into thinking that what Olivia was remembering might have to do with Westfield, as the entire town was being used as a lab experiment for David Robert Jones (and, I would imagine, Alt-Broyles and our Nina). He had been mining nearby a source that would create a tremendous energy, enough to accomplish what was happening.

People were growing two sets of teeth, had two sets of irises, were going crazy with memories that were not their own, and yet seemed to be. Much like when the older couple in "6B" were seeing through the universes and thought they were talking to ghosts, but these people were living completely new memories that felt like their own.

In conjunction with this, we saw it happening with Olivia. She talked to Walter about a case in detail, and he said they never had a case like that. Peter had one with his Olivia, however. She was having a hard time looking at Peter, having felt what she did in her dream. She knew what it was like to be in love with Peter. Being awake didn't seem to change her feelings.

Although the subject wasn't discussed or played out in any way, Olivia did note how different Walter has become with Peter in his life. While this could just be is acceptance and need for his son to be alive, he could also be remembering things and not sharing. After all, he was in a mental institution. Weird thoughts and feeling are just his way of life. Of one thing I am certain: neither Olivia nor Walter are as eager to help Peter get back to his own time as they were at one time. 

At the end of season three, so much of Peter and Olivia's relationship happened without including the audience. I had no idea they had settled into a Friday night Italian pattern. Peter is a very smart man. I think, at first, he's going to think she's messing with him, or that Westfield did a number on her, but he will figure it out. That his being back is changing things. If my theory is right, Olivia and Walter, being closest, are the first to feel the change. 

As time passes, others will begin to remember things that didn't really happen, and yet feel as though they did. Somehow the time lines will merge. How? No freaking clue. I really do not think we will outright lose either side of the personalities of those who changed when Peter was taken from earth. I am extremely excited to see what they will do to make it happen, if it will be seamless or if people will go nuts, as they did in Westfield. The newer memories should be the ones that fall away since they were "created" in a short time, but to disappear completely? I don't think so.

It's crazy exciting to think of all the possibilities and I've only touched upon a slight few here. What do you think is going to happen? Do Olivia's memories coming back excite you as much as they do me? Share your thoughts below!

Odds and ends:

  • The look on Walter's face when the pie guy got mean with him was so sad. All he wanted was rhubarb pie and he was so frightened. I don't like to see my Walter in peril.
  • I loved Walter using the school intercom system to call Peter and Olivia to the biology lab. I bet he was getting such a kick out of it.
  • It seems that in the other universe, there was no Westfield. When it merged, only the bicycle shop remained surrounded by, well, nothing. What I didn't understand was why they were in our universe and not in the other or someplace completely "new."
  • Was that THE pea coat Peter was wearing, or some variation? Either way, he looked fabulous (hello, I'm a girl!).
  • That poor dude on the bus with the two faces really got the worst of it. I felt bad they had to kill him. Was he trying to hurt them or just reaching out for help? Who could tell?
  • I did toss around the possibility that whatever drug Nina gave Olivia could be causing her memories, but wouldn't they have had to know about Peter in order to keep the two Olivias separate? Why not use the unknown Alt-Nina as the guinea pig since she wouldn't even be missed? So I scrapped it in my theories.
  • Maybe my life is really that boring, but if I started having new memories, I'd be psyched, not psycho. Seems exciting. Yes, odd and slightly worrisome, but exciting. Just me?
  • Is it next Friday yet?


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1) I hope they are not making bringing back Olivia more complicated than necessary. Thanks to the return of Peter's influence for several months, Olivia and Walter are well on their way back to previous normality without jumping through a lot of Jones/Nina/Westfield/Device hoops. And why shouldn't they? It was being around him for 3 years that changed their lives. So, it's happening again. This Walter and Olivia were not so different from the ones we grew to know and love. Just minus Peter. Their relationship doesn't require Olivia's old memories at all. She's falling in love all over again. And in fact, she's better off without knowledge of the Fauxlivia affair.


2)On my own, but I guess shared by many, I believe Peter IS home. There certainly is not an Olivia or Walter pining away for him somewhere. That all ended when he disappeared. This IS Peter's Walter and his Olivia. The creative team has a very natural, logical, simple, poignant way to resolve Peter going 'home' by only letting their characters be. Maybe they think they need more, but I disagree. Anything more complicated I feel will seem too contrived.


I don't think they killed Mr. Two Face. As he was falling out the door, he blinked with all 4 eyes, I believe. Though it might have been more merciful if they had killed him. Apparently, his double was initially outside alt-Westfield, but unfortunately came back in time to tragically pair up.


it did feel like a movie when they were trapped in that city.. awesome! I just wish it was 1,5 hour movie, not 45 mins.. When olivia kissed peter at the end, it seemed like she does it naturally, as if she was our olivia.. I just can't read her face when peter reacts to it.. was it like what? i just kissed you, what's wrong with that... or like maybe she forgets she kissed him or had no idea what just happened... it's just too soon to end!! i need today to be friday again.. lol Anyway, I'm super happy we can get to this point.. it's been depressing and I needed to see olivia, peter and walter being happy and in a good mood.. Two thumbs up!


As great as last night's episode was, I keep getting the sinking feeling that Fringe is not long for this particular world because of the combination of being in the Friday Night Death Slot and the declining ratings. FOX knew exactly what they were doing when they moved the show to Fridays, Kevin Reilly wants to kill the show because of how expensive it is to make and because people aren't watching the show live, he's going to get his wish. So sad.


That first scene
What a fantastic episode. Best show ever!!


Well I said so from the beginning, Olivia and Walter in amber were/are supposed to be lesser versions of the old versions, and thanks to Peter they will be better versions.
Problem is, that you would expect Peter to at least show something that looks like longing, missing, pain whatever for his real Olivia and Walter, nothing at all.
Why Nina wants Olivia to remember blue? I hope not like the bit in 3.12, that Peter has to choose again between his Olivia's, this time two blonde versions.Olivia back to Peters girl. like from 3.10 onwards? Yuk.
So Olivia is forever the victim, abused, drugged, is she human? If not, I am very upset.Most beautiful character, only pity about not getting a written backstory.
Anna Torv now playing two Olivia's similar but not the same in merge and seperate, truly truly awesome.

Uncle jackass

Was it just me but did this episode remind me of a better than average Sci-fiction movie instead of a Fringe episode? There were some explanations in this episode which as nice.


YES! i don't care whether peter needs to get home, or if olivia and walter's memories need to be recovered. Just that something is happenign positively makes me happy. Because seriously, watching this alternate world was starting to really depress me. Now all I want is Fauxlivia to remember so he can be with lincoln from the other side. Coz Frank was the most boring character ever.


I think there was no more Westfield because the two universes annihilated each other. Which may be what Jones wants, in his twisted villainous way.

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Fringe Season 4 Episode 12 Quotes

Oh, I'm not allowed to drive. I haven't renewed my license since I got out of the mental institution.


Olivia: I love you. Do you love me?
Peter: I do.
Olivia: Then tell me. I want to hear you say it.
Peter: I love you.