Recap / Fringe S02 E13 "What Lies Below"

Season 2, Episode 13:

What Lies Below

Tropes found in this episode:

  • Artistic License Biology:
    • While a rabies virus can not survive long outside of its host, it exists in high numbers in the saliva of an infected animal. The host animal being well hydrated is not going to kill the virus, and it is ridiculous to assume the virus "inflicts its host with a paralyzing fear of water". The phenomena of hydrophobia sometimes observed during advanced rabies infection is thought to be related to painful throat spasms and difficulty swallowing.
    • You can not isolate virus by placing a test tube of blood in a centrifuge. Viruses can be isolated by using a differential gradient gel with an ultracentrifuge.
    • It requires an electron microscope to determine whether a pellet contains virus, but Hubert seems to be able to tell whether they isolated the virus or not with his naked eye.
    • Obviously, viruses do not have intelligence.
  • Artistic License Medicine:
    • Cheek swabs are used to take DNA samples, but would be a strange way to evaluate for a virus.
  • CPR (Clean, Pretty, Reliable): Averted Trope
  • Deadly Nosebleed
  • Dug Too Deep: 10 miles is rather impressive, considering the deepest oil well on record was 7.4 miles.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Walter's story to the children at the Science Center.
    Walter: You see, when you open new doors, there is a price to pay.
  • Hazmat Suit
  • Knockout Gas: When weaponized Fentanyl was used in the Moscow Theater Hostage Crisis, it resulted in the deaths of 117 of the hostages.
  • Lockdown: Mysterious death of unknown cause with spray of blood from his mouth. Why was there no infectious control put in place from the start?
  • No Escape but Down: This is the second episode (first was 'Dreamscape') where someone jumps out of a skyscraper window to kill themselves.
  • The Plague
  • The Scientific Method:
    • No test is 100% correct, and all can have a false negative rate. Yet Walter's unverified test for the virus is considered proof that the individual was not infected.
  • Scifi Writers Have No Sense Of Scale: Most oil deposits are over 60 million years old and are at much more shallow depths then 10 miles, but Walter theorizes that the virus is 75,000 years old.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Technicolor Science
    WALTER: If you're infected, the solution will turn black. Swab. Please swab the inside of your cheek. Amber. You're clear.