"The Pattern" conspiracy became more widespread this week as Agent Broyles revealed that it contains numerous funded cells that trade science instead of drugs or money. One of these , ZFT is suspected as the culprit behind infecting an agent with a large parasite that attaches to his heart. Olivia travels to Frankfurt to find answers, and meets up with a"friend" from her past, while Peter and Walter try to study the creature back at the lab. The problem is that the one person who may have answers is unattainable. Does the gang save the infected agent, and who is behind the group ZFT?
We start the episode with a military team on the water in Weymouth, Mass., and along with the FBI they pull over a truck and open it up — only to reveal harmless stuffed panda bears.
When the agent in charge, Loeb, reports the incident to Broyles in the field office, the agent looks like he's gonna toss his cookies. While Broyles mumbles about the truck's weight discrepancies, Loeb convulses and collapses in pain. He's rushed to the hospital, and where doctors cut open his side to reveal the nastiest pulsating non-worm parasite I've ever seen. Not that I've seen a lot of worm parasites (save for Flukey in The X-Files' "Host") in people on TV.
After the credits, Broyles brings Olivia, Peter and Walter up to speed. He explains that Loeb is not just a colleague, but a friend. Walter is impressed by the parasite surrounding the Loeb's still-beating heart. Walter brings him back to the Harvard lab to investigate further, but not until he gets some mints or gum. Halitosis before medicine!
Olivia speaks to the agent's wife (Trini Alvarado), who gives Olivia some documents that "Mitchell" (Loeb) brought back from his time in Frankfurt. There's that city name again ...as in the city name from the infamous Flight 627 that started the series out. Walter tries to remove the parasite but it constricts Loeb's heart, so Peter injects him with a drug to try to loosen the grip. Walter grabs a chunk of the scary creature for analysis, and Mitchell's heart rate returns to normal.
Walter says the parasite is of human design, and he's been looking for proof of genetic footprints ...and proof he found! Astrid, who apparently is a decoding genius, says there are three letters repeated over and over again in the creature's DNA sequence. Olivia is the one that figures out that the code is "ZFT" which she recognized from John's old files.
When Olivia brings this info to Broyles, he tells her about a man who David Jones who was arrested in Frankfurt by Interpol for having possession of state secrets. His background is in deep bio technology and genetic weaponry (whose isn't these days, at least on Fringe). He's off the grid now, but has shown up a lot in interesting places, like Frankfurt when sketchy stuff has gone down. Olivia asks if he is ZFT, but Broyles simply says there's a lot she hasn't been made aware about "The Pattern." Um, duh, Broyles, and it's starting to piss me off.
Olivia tells him she's all ears. He says that there are privately funded cells in 83 countries involved in "The Pattern," and ZFT may be one of them. Sounds like terrorists, but Broyles says instead of drugs or weapons, they deal in scientific progress. He thinks that this creature could just be proof that one of their experiments worked. Olivia thinks that if they can find Jones, he may be able to help Loeb. Broyles says that would be great, if only they had access to him. Frankfurt is telling the U.S. they can't see Jones, but that won't stop the mighty Olivia from getting on a plane and trying. Side note: Wouldn't you be a little sick of getting half the story from Broyles about "The Pattern" at this point? Why hasn't she called him on it?
Back in the lab, Walter stares at Loeb who is not doing well. He's dehydrated and heart rate is week. Peter spies a float thing in Loeb's IV, and Walter realizes it's the root of the parasite. It's growing at an alarming rate and will kill Loeb within a day.
In Germany, Olivia meets up with a cute agent guy named Lucas, and by their awkward greeting, it's clearly someone she had a "thing" with. Right on, girlfriend. He has contacts at the prison where Jones is held — he knows the warden — but didn't have time to check anything out before Olivia got there. Sounds fishy to me. He had at least 8 hours of flying time! But he's down with just showing up and seeing how far they can get. Olivia seems pleased.
Cute agent guy busts out some German with the warden to try to persuade him to see Jones. He doesn't budge until Olivia busts out her German. Didn't you just know she'd be able to speak German!? She asks to send Jones a message for now.
Broyles thanks Walter for his fine work, and then Walter goes off about fruit cocktail. Whoa, there, big guy. What's with the weird food obsessions? Broyles tells Peter that he needs to keep Walter focused, but Peter says too bad, he's not changing any time soon.
Charlie calls Broyles about the paperwork Loeb brought from Frankfurt. Each line corresponds to an FBI case number that originated from the Boston field office. They think maybe John Scott was a mole working with ZFT. One of the phone numbers on the sheet is registered to Joseph Smith — the same one Loeb was briefing Broyles on when he collapsed. Broyles sends a SWAT team out to snag Smith, and wants it on the down low. Peter looks quite intrigued.
Cute agent guy tells Olivia it's good to see her again before they are given a message by the warden from Jones. Olivia calls Peter looking for Broyles — apparently Jones will talk but only after he gets to speak to his colleague Smith (could these names be any more ambiguous? Nice touch). Peter tells her Smith is about to get busted and she tells him they need him alive. Cut to Walter's old clunker hilariously through traffic. Since the agents are radio silent, Peter is the only hope to stop the ensuing raid. But, he can't get close enough to the house to stop the raid, and Smith tries to escape through the roof. He pulls a gun on the agents and is shot dead. Awesome.
Walter calls Peter and says that there is fluid building in Loeb's lungs, and they're running out of time. Peter says he's outta luck because the one guy that could help him, Smith, has been shot dead. Walter says that if he still has a head, he's useful to them. Peter gets that "Oh crap" look on his face — he knows he's about to get some psychic dunk tank time!
Walter wires up Smith's brain to give it a little kick start. Then Peter has a memory of his father having done the same experiment to him when he was younger. Wow, I think maybe tickets to a baseball game would have been a better bonding experience, Walter.
Olivia ditches her flight to hang with cute agent guy and spills her story about being with traitor John. He tells her he screwed up with her and wishes he could call but feels ashamed about how he treated her back in the day. He kisses her, but she's clearly not ready... until one second later when she pounces on him. Good for her! Maybe she'll loosen up a bit! But alas, Peter interrupts with a phone call saying the dead guy may actually have answers.
Instead of the dunk tank, Peter just gets hooked up to some jumper cables and gets shocked repeatedly by Walter. Astrid asks questions to dead Smith, and the answers are supposed to transfer to Peter's brain.
Olivia meets Jones and lays the ground rules of the information exchange. Smith says that he is not responsible for infecting Loeb. Olivia asks who is, and he implies it was someone who may have orchestrated this entire incident and Olivia and he are being manipulated.
Meanwhile Walter gives Peter an intense sedative and hands Astrid a huge syringe filled with adrenaline ...just in case. For the love!
Jones wants to know "Where does the gentleman live?" Poor Peter is getting the crap shocked out of him, and still he gets no answers. But then, Peter asks for paper and a pen and draws a bunch of lines. He has no idea what they mean. Walter thinks that the bullet in Smith's brain may have distorted the image. Peter figures out that it should say "Little Hill," and Jones gives up the antidote to the parasite.
On the way to the airport, Olivia says she feels like Jones knew something about John's betrayal. Cute agent guy tells Olivia he has other means of obtaining information for her ...all she has to do is ask. Interesting.
Broyles asks Loeb if he has any idea about who the new mole could be, since John didn't have high enough clearance to be the suspect this time. When his wife enters his room later, she looks at him lovingly, and on a dime turns into a creepy bad girl. Loeb asks, "Did it work? Did we get the answer to the question?" She leans in and whispers, "Little Hill," as Loeb's eyes light up like a Christmas tree. Mole alert!
What did you think of tonight's episode? Did you like seeing a softer side to Olivia? Are you tired of poor Peter getting his ass kicked by Walter's experiments?
"The Pattern" conspiracy became more widespread this week as Agent Broyles revealed that it contains numerous funded cells that trade science instead of drugs or money. One of these , ZFT is suspected as the culprit behind infecting an agent with a large parasite that attaches to his heart. Olivia travels to Frankfurt to find answers, and meets up with a"friend" from her past, while Peter and Walter try to study the creature back at the lab. The problem is that the one person who may have answers is unattainable. Does the gang save the infected agent, and who is behind the group ZFT? Read the recap after the jump!