Os

Os



Season 3, Episode 16
Aired: March 11th, 2011
Written By: Josh Singer, Graham Roland
Directed By: Brad Anderson

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SYNOPSIS

This episode centers on the Fringe team's investigation into a series of robberies of the element osmium which they connect to a scientist who is able to defy the laws of physics in an attempt to allow his paraplegic son to walk again.

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THE GLYPHS

This episode's glyphs spell:

E-A-R-T-H

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THE OBSERVER

The Observer can be seen in the crowd outside the Massachusetts Metal Depository.

Observer

EPISODE CLUES

Previous Episode Clue

The periodic table of elements in the Jacksonville daycare center in 'Subject 13' displays the element Osmium, the element featured in 'Os'.

Previous episode clue
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Next Episode Clue

A control box in 'OS' has a logo for "Gray Electric" with a lightning bolt symbol. This foreshadows the main suspect in 'Stowaway', Dana Gray, who had been struck by lightning multiple times.

Next episode clue

ITEMS OF INTEREST

  • Jorge Garcia has a cameo as a Massive Dynamic security guard.

VIDEOS

Featurettes
  • Aftermath - J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner discuss this episode.

FRINGE DIVISION CASE FILE

Fringe Division case file
Fringe Division case file: Os

WALTER'S FOOD

Walter had Red Vines, said he created a baconberry-flavored cupcake frosting, asked for some licorice, ate some mints, and ate some more mints.
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Walter's Food: Red Vines
Red Vines
Walter's Food: Mints
Mints
Walter's Food: Mints
Mints

NOTABLE QUOTES

Walter:
"There is a man in custody, but Dr. Krick is not the man responsible. I am. Dr. Krick's serum should never have worked. This man wasn't changing the fundamental laws of nature. I think they were changing on their own. I think he took advantage of it. Don't you see, Nina? Our universe is starting to break down because of what I did 25 years ago. What we've seen happening on the other side is starting to happen here!"
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Walter:
"A person's consciousness... their soul is energy. And energy cannot be created or destroyed. No matter where Belly's consciousness is, the harmonic vibrations emanating from this bell will draw it forth from whatever vessel he chose before-"
Nina:
"Walter, you're being-"
Walter (ringing a bell):
"...Belly?"
Nina:
"No, Walter. It's still me."
Walter:
"Mm. Of course."
Nina:
"Well, what now?"
Walter:
"If I'm right, wherever Belly is... he will find us."
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Olivia (with the cadence of Bell's voice):
"Hello, Peter. It's nice to see you again."

CONNECTION CHART

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EPISODE CONNECTIONS

S1E20 - There's More Than One of Everything

  • The only reason the combination of two heavy elements made a new molecule that was lighter than air in "Os" was because the fundamental properties of physics were starting to break down like Nina said they would in "There's More Than One of Everything".
  • William Bell had a bell on his desk in "There's More Than One of Everything". He rang it after he introduced himself. He did that to prime Olivia to receive his soul should he die in the future. Walter rang that bell in "Os" and Olivia became inhabited by William Bell. (Image 1)
Connection: Bell on William Bell's desk
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Bell on William Bell's desk
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S1E21 - Unearthed

  • Walter (in "Unearthed"):
    "I propose that Rusk's murder and Lisa's rebirth happened simultaneously. In fact, it was his suddenly dispatched energy which jumpstarted the girl's body and brought her back to life."

    This is similar to William Bell's 'Soul Magnets' experiment that was enacted in "Os".

    Walter (about Bell in "Os"):
    "I know he's dead, I know that. But maybe we can bring him back. Look, one of his research projects. He posits here that a person's soul or consciousness continues to live on after death. And all it needs is a vessel or a host to return to."
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S2E04 - Momentum Deferred

  • William Bell (in Olivia's memories in "Momentum Deferred"):
    "How do you like your tea?"
    Olivia:
    "I don't want any tea."

    Suddenly she found herself drinking tea, disoriented from the timeslips.

    Walter (about Bell in "Os"):
    "All he'd need to do was to prepare someone by inserting a microscopic soul magnet inside them. And he proposes using injections, food, or a cup of tea--"

    Bell put his soul magnets into the tea that Olivia drank. (Image 1)

Connection: Olivia drinking tea
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S3E02 - The Box

  • William Bell left Nina a bell in his will in "The Box". Walter rang that bell in "Os" which initiated Bell's soul magnet experiment. (Image 1, 2)
Connection: Nina's bell
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Nina's bell
Connection: Ringing the bell
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Ringing the bell
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S3E11 - Reciprocity

  • In "Os" Peter revealed to Olivia that he was working on the Shapeshifter devices that he collected in "Reciprocity" by killing Shapeshifters. (Image 1)
Connection: Shapeshifter discs
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S3E16 - Os
Shapeshifter discs
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S3E12 - Concentrate and Ask Again

  • Nina encouraged Peter in his relationship with Olivia in "Os" because she knew his relationship choices would affect the outcome of the war between universes based on what Sam Weiss told her in "Concentrate and Ask Again".
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S3E14 - 6B

  • Walter (in "6B"):
    "Belly and I used to argue about this constantly: 'What happens to the body's energy after death?'. William theorized we should be able to capture that energy using what he called Soul Magnets."
    Peter:
    "It's a catchy name."
    Walter:
    "He said if he were right, he would contact me from The Great Beyond. I haven't gotten the call yet."

    In "Os" the team learned that Bell had enacted his Soul Magnet plan before death using Olivia as a host.

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S3E21 - The Last Sam Weiss

  • Peter (to Olivia in "Os"):
    "I know you're all trying to help but it's not your face in that drawing, it's mine."

    In "The Last Sam Weiss" a new parchment ("The Crowbar") was discovered that had Olivia's face on it. (Image 1)

Connection: Olivia as
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S3E21 - The Last Sam Weiss
Olivia as "The Crowbar"
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S5E13 - An Enemy of Fate

  • The anti-gravity osmium bullets from "Os" were used as a weapon against the Observers and Loyalists in "An Enemy of Fate". (Image 1)
Connection: Osmium bullet used
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Osmium bullet used
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