History Recap / FringeS02E20BrownBetty

24th Oct '16 7:16:06 PM SoullessMinion
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Distraught over Peter's disappearance and attempting to console himself with a self-made marijuana blend (the titular Brown Betty), Walter gets roped into helping Astrid watch Olivia's niece Ella for a few hours. He tells Ella a noir-esque story about a woman with a broken heart searching for one that's been stolen, full of thinly-veiled [[{{Expy}} expies]] of people from Fringe Division and ultimately painting himself as a well-meaning man who nonetheless causes great pain and doesn't deserve Peter's forgiveness.

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Distraught over Peter's disappearance and attempting to console himself The episode begins with a self-made Walter smoking his own strain of marijuana blend (the titular Brown Betty), called "Brown Betty" while Olivia attempts to find Peter, who has disappeared after learning Walter gets roped into helping Astrid watch stole him from the alternate universe. Because Olivia's sister Rachel is unavailable, she brings her niece Ella to the lab for a few hours. He Walter and Astrid to look after. To pass the time, Walter tells Ella a noir-esque detective noir story about in which Olivia is a woman private investigator.

In the story, Rachel approaches Olivia to find her boyfriend, Peter, who has gone missing. During the investigation, Detective Broyles leads her to Massive Dynamic, where the CEO Nina Sharp informs her that Peter is a conman and industrial spy. Later, Rachel is found murdered,
with a broken her heart searching taken. Olivia finds a check signed by Walter Bishop, an inventor that has created "everything that is wonderful in the world" in order to benefit humanity (hugs, rainbows, bubblegum, singing corpses). Questioning Walter, Olivia learns that Peter worked with Walter, who treated him like a son. One day, Walter made a glass heart but Peter later stole it. Were the heart not to be found, Walter and his ideas would die. To help find Peter, Olivia calls her assistant, "Esther Figglesworth."

Later, Olivia follows Nina Sharp, only to find herself kidnapped by a "Watcher," working
for one that's Sharp. The Watcher attempts to kill Olivia by placing her in a wooden crate and sending it out to sea. Fortunately, Olivia is rescued by Peter. After taking her to his hideout, he reveals that the glass heart was his by nature of having been stolen, full of thinly-veiled [[{{Expy}} expies]] of people born with it, and that after working with Walter, Peter loved him enough to donate it to him. However, he took it back after learning a terrible secret behind his inventions: they were stolen from Fringe Division children's dreams and ultimately painting himself as a well-meaning man who nonetheless causes great pain and doesn't deserve replaced with nightmares. Later, the house is under attack by an army of Watchers. Olivia fights them off, but not before they manage to take Peter's forgiveness.
heart with them. After placing batteries in his heart cavity to act as a temporary measure, Olivia discovers that Walter set up the attack. In the confrontation, Walter apologizes for his misdeeds and promises to change. However, Peter cannot forgive Walter and leaves him, ending the story.

Ella is disappointed by the ending, so she proposes an alternate ending: when Walter says he can change, Peter believes him and splits the glass heart in two, and together they "lived happily ever after." Olivia returns, having found no leads on Peter's location. Astrid returns Walter to his home, where the Observer watches from a distance and notes Peter's disappearance.
23rd Jun '16 3:13:47 AM gewunomox
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** Olivia sings StevieWonder's "For Once in my Life".

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** Olivia sings StevieWonder's Music/StevieWonder's "For Once in my My Life".
12th Jun '16 4:01:36 PM nombretomado
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** The search for the glass heart seems to reference the Tin Woodman's quest in TheWonderfulWizardOfOz.

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** The search for the glass heart seems to reference the Tin Woodman's quest in TheWonderfulWizardOfOz.''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''.
17th May '16 5:06:45 PM StFan
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* DeggansRule: Passed, Astrid and Broyles.
23rd Nov '15 8:43:32 AM crazysamaritan
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* TheBechdelTest: Passed.
16th Aug '15 3:23:40 PM nombretomado
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* AmericanAccents: Anna Torv seems to have a little trouble with Olivia's Noo Yawk accent.

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* AmericanAccents: UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents: Anna Torv seems to have a little trouble with Olivia's Noo Yawk accent.
22nd Jun '15 6:00:34 PM jckgat
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* SchizoTech:

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* SchizoTech:SchizoTech: An episode set in a 40's FilmNoir...with cell phones.
13th Aug '14 10:26:01 AM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:300: I have spent my life making things that bring joy and happiness, to make the world a better place. Bubble Gum was one of my first. Ah. Flannel Pajamas. Oh, Rainbows. And my latest project, Singing Corpses. ]]

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[[caption-width-right:300: [-[[caption-width-right:300: I have spent my life making things that bring joy and happiness, to make the world a better place. Bubble Gum was one of my first. Ah. Flannel Pajamas. Oh, Rainbows. And my latest project, Singing Corpses. ]]\n]]-]






** "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by TheBeeGees
** "Head over Heels" by Tears for Fears, maybe a reference to another story of time travel with an unusual character - DonnieDarko.

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** "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by TheBeeGees
Music/TheBeeGees
** "Head over Heels" by Tears for Fears, maybe a reference to another story of time travel with an unusual character - DonnieDarko.Film/DonnieDarko.
11th Dec '13 5:55:44 AM TrustBen
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* TheCastShowoff: Oddly averted in September's case. Michael Cerveris is both a musical theatre actor and a rock singer, but he doesn't get a song.
10th Sep '13 5:52:04 AM SeptimusHeap
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* AccidentalMisnaming: Of the C Variant.
-->'''WALTER:''' Be careful, Stella (to Ella).



* MyNameIsNotDurwood: Of the C Variant.
-->'''WALTER:''' Be careful, Stella (to Ella).
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