Fringe

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Fringe Episode: "There's More Than One of Everything"

Season 1, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: The first-season finale includes an appearance by the much-discussed, but never seen, Massive Dynamics founder, William Bell (Leonard Nimoy), the return of David Robert Jones and a mysterious vanishing act by Walter.
Original Air Date: May 12, 2009
Guest Cast Sue Jean Kim: ER Doctor Xanthe Elbrick: Witness #2 Albert Jones: Witness #1 Jared Harris: David Robert Jones Leonard Nimoy: William Bell
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Season 1, Episode 20
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Length: 47:09
Aired: 5/12/2009
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Fringe Episode Recap: "There's More Than One of Everything" Season 1, Episode 20

Fasten your seat belts, Fringe fans, because Tuesday's season finale had lots of revelations, but none more shocking that this: Season 2 will probably take place in two different dimensions! Just as Lost recently announced itself as a show fundamentally about time travel, "There's More Than One of Everything" floated the idea that "the pattern" has all been in service of a singular goal: crossing over to an alternate reality.

Nina was shot last week by David Robert Jones, whose escape from the German prison has left his face looking not dissimilar from a cheese pizza. As a result, he wears Invisible Man-style bandages. Jones and his accomplices steal a very powerful energy cell that was hidden inside Nina's iArm. Nina reveals that Jones used to work for William Bell (who didn't!), and left Massive Dynamic fairly disgruntled, as Bell was a father figure to him. She also reveals that she has no idea where William Bell is. But! She promises Olivia that if she stops Jones, she'll personally arrange a meeting with the elusive weird scientist. (Huh?)

Finding Jones turns out to be relatively easy as he is using a device, powered by Nina's energy cell, to essentially create a doorway to an alternate reality, first on a New York City street and then on a Providence soccer field. In both cases, he is unsuccessful as objects are caught and cut in half by the "doors" as they slam shut. In New York, it's a truck; in Providence, it's an unfortunate soccer player.

Walter is still missing since his walkabout with The Observer last week. First, they go to a cemetery, where a visibly stricken Walter pauses at an unidentified headstone. Next, it's off to the beach, where The Observer gives Walter a coin, and explains that he must remember... something?

Peter heads out to the family beach house to track down Walter, where he is basically pacing around mumbling, trying to trigger his memory. Peter has a tender moment in which he remembers his childhood, specifically the smell of pancakes his father made for him in the shape of whales. This recollection triggers something for Walter, and he locates what he's there to find: a lockbox that contains something that looks like a cross between a handgun and a grenade. Walter exposits that it's like a patch that can close up holes between alternate realities. He also links it to the Cortexifan studies, in that their child subjects were being trained to see and possibly cross over to alternate universes — hence Olivia's new déjà-vu problem.

Walter knows where Jones is going to try to open a door next, so he and Peter head to Reiden Lake to stop Jones from crossing over. On the way to the lake, Walter tells Peter that he once wanted to cross over to get something he lost. He repeats that Peter was sick as a boy, and that he collected coins. This one was your favorite, he says, and he produces a twin of the one the Observer gave him, which he found with the lockbox. Peter says he doesn't remember any of that. "I do," Walter says significantly.

When Olivia puts the screws to Nina, wanting to know where William Bell is, Nina nonchalantly reveals that William Bell is not in this world, that he in fact has disappeared into an alternate reality. Um, OK? She thinks that Jones is trying to cross over to another world, via "soft spots," where the time-space fabric has begun to decay. The Bermuda Triangle is an example, and until recently, they were rare. Scientific progress, however, has hastened their decay. They do some cross-referencing of all the "pattern"-related events, and pinpoint a "soft spot" at Reiden Lake, where everyone meets up.

Jones is just about to cross over when Olivia shows up and shoots him — twice. He exposits that his unique jail escape has made him impervious to bullets, and continues his walk to the other side. Just in time, Peter activates the patch and the hole closes up, chopping Jones in half.

Peter returns to the lab and finds a letter from Walter: "Stepping out for a bit. Don't worry about me, son, I know where I'm going." We then see Walter back at that same grave, where he puts the coin on the headstone, but this time we can read it: Peter Bishop 1978-1985. Crazy theory alert! The Peter we know and love was brought over from an alternate universe after the original Peter died of his childhood illness.

"We've been told to cease and desist our investigation into William Bell," Broyles tells Olivia ominously, indicating that it's an order they must obey. But Nina, true to her word, sets up a meeting for Olivia with Bell at a Manhattan hotel. She waits, and appears to be stood up when she calls Nina and discovers that she's out of the country. She gets in the elevator to leave, and down around the 15th floor, something happens. There's a weird flicker where the empty elevator fills with people, and then is empty again. When the doors open, a secretary welcomes Agent Dunham and escorts her to an office. On the table are newspapers (that report the Obamas have just moved into the White House) and an oxygen tank. "Where am I? Who are you?" Olivia asks the silhouetted man who has joined her. "The answer to your first question is very complicated. The answer to your second: I'm William Bell." It's Leonard Nimoy, and as we absorb his presence, the camera pulls back out the office window to reveal that Olivia is actually inside one of the World Trade Center towers. As we'd say over in the Lost recaps: Thump!

A quick promo for Season 2 bears this tagline: "What was before, is only the beginning. What is to come, is beyond imagination. This fall, answers will be questioned. Realities will be shattered. With a new chapter of Fringe."

What did you think of "There Are Two of Everything"? Was it a satisfying conclusion to the season's litany of unexplained incidents? Are you excited for Fringe's alternate-reality future? What's your crazy theory about Peter?

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Fasten your seat belts, Fringe fans, because Tuesday's season finale had lots of revelations, but none more shocking that this: Season 2 will probably take place in two different dimensions! Just as Lost recently announced itself as a show fundamentally about time travel, "There's More Than One of Everything" floated the idea that "the pattern" has all been in service of a singular goal: crossing over to an alternate reality.

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