Recap / Fringe S01 E06 "The Cure"

Season 1, Episode 6:

The Cure

The team investigates when people who have been cured of a supposedly-incurable disease begin to die in circumstances similar to being cooked by a microwave. In order to get information on the mega-corporation who is behind the experiments, Peter makes a deal with Nina Sharp to use Massive Dynamics resources to track down a victim before their death.

  • Artistic License – Chemistry: Strontium 90 does not emit microwaves and it is unclear what the smell of hyacinths has to do with anything; See this link for more information
    • According to Walter's description, the hyacinths have a chemical used in the formula used to turn the cured women into microwave human bombs. Obviously, the real process of creating said formula, as with many of the other formulas in Fringe, is kept unrevealed or unspecified, so to let Willing Suspension of Disbelief play its part.
  • Artistic License – Medicine: Bellini's lymphocemia.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Patel
  • Birthday Hater: Olivia. Justified because her stepfather, who disappeared after she nearly shot him for beating her mom(and she regrets not finishing the job), sends a nameless letter on each birthday to let her know he's still out there. And at the end of the episode, she receives another one under her entrance door, reading "Thinking About You", and she keeps looking around as if afraid he might be there.
  • Cassandra Truth: Emily's attempt to explain herself results in the police officer calling in a 51/50.
    • Which, for those uninformed, means crazy and possibly violent.
      • The cop probably considered the possibility that she was some escaped asylum patient. Considering she was suffering from amnesia and was acting rather erratically, treating as potentially unstable isn't so illogical. They would still need to evaluate her.
  • Children Forced To Kill: Subverted as Olivia's step-father is still alive, and she regrets not having killed him
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Walter
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Peter
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: We know that this makes you better (injects red solution). But this… this will make you special (injects blue solution).
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: David Esterbrook, who leads the INtREPUS' pharmaceutical research division.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?:"Was I humming? I thought it was in my head."
  • Harmful Healing: The cure.
    • Well, kind of. The cure itself doesn't seem to be harmful, but when added with another special formula...
  • High-Pressure Blood: Blood squirting against Diner door. Granted, the woman's head just exploded.
  • Magic Antidote: Istantly stops the radiation from rising, and like most medicines given in dramatic shows like this must be injected in the neck for unspecified reasons.
  • Sick and Wrong
    Olivia: So she [the victim] was being held against her will.
    Walter: That, or she had a proclivity for sexual bondage. Scientific observation, not a judgement. Some of my fondest memories-
    Peter: Oh, Walter, stop! Wherever that's going, it's just wrong.
  • Slave to PR: Olivia can't openly accuse Esterbrook at first because of his contracts with the federal government. However, he still answers to the director board, and when Olivia arrests his scientist and drags him out in front of the press (which she anonymously tipped off), he ceases to be untouchable and is arrested.
  • Stalker Without A Crush: Apparently, Olivia's stepfather, who she nearly killed for beating her mother, sends her a letter every year on her birthday. And at the end, she receives yet another one that says "Thinking About You".
  • Tears of Blood: Used as a sign that the radiation levels are increasing.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: Those who receive the cure.
  • Your Head Asplode: Emily