Fringe (2011) – Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, and 6:02 AM EST

It’s time for Bell’s (Leonard Nimoy) soul to leave Olivia’s (Anna Torv) body but there seems to be no way to oust him from her body, and with him as the dominant consciousness, Olivia’s time to recover is running out. So Walter (John Noble) comes up with a shocking plan in Lysergic Acid Diethylamide.

Written by J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner, who developed the story alongside Akiva Goldsman, this episode first debuted on 15 April, 2011.

Both Astrid (Jasika Nicole) and Peter (Joshua Jackson) are anxious about whether or not Bell will truly let Olivia go, but he does seem to be working towards the right end. Walter comes up with the idea of moving Bell’s consciousness into a computer, but to do that, they are going to have to go into Olivia’s mind via a hallucinogenic trip prompted by LSD.

What follows is a journey through Olivia’s mind, part live-action, part animation (in a Fleischer-esque style that was pretty popular at the time, but is stiff and odd to look at stylistically – though it may also have been the easiest option for the series to do at the time), that sees Walter and Peter unite with Bell in their hunt for Olivia across her mindscape. There are strange encounters, but in the end, the only person who can save Olivia is herself.

And an odd incident with someone in Olivia’s mind leads to a strange revelation at the end of the episode. Olivia believes that Peter and Walter met the man who will kill her.

The episode also deals some fantastic laughs after Broyles (Lance Reddick) also ends up taking a dose…

6:02 AM EST was written by David Wilcox, Josh Singer and Graham Roland. It debuted on 22 April, 2011 and kicked the final act of season three into high gear.

Using the DNA in the blood of Fauxlivia’s and Peter’s child, Walter-nate activates the Device in the other universe, in the hope that it will destroy our world and free theirs. Fauxlivia makes a move against the Device, and attempts to escape to our world to warn Peter, but falls afoul of Fringe Division.

On our side, Peter and Olivia who are enjoying their relationship get called in to Fringe when a series of destructive events begin to happen around New York.

Getting a lead from Nina (Blair Brown), Ollivia goes on a hunt to track down Sam Weiss (Kevin Corrigan) who may be able to help, but she can’t find him.

Meanwhile, Peter thinks the best option may be for him to step into this universe’s version of the reassembled Device and try to turn it off that way. The Device has other ideas, and ends up sending Peter to the hospital, in a coma.

As things amp up, we see Walter-nate confront Fauxllivia, who is being held in the same cell Olivia was at the beginning of the season, and Sam shows up at the hospital asking for Olivia’s trust.

So what happens next? How will they stop the machine? We’ll find out next time when I finish season three of Fringe!

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