Picking up where we left off at the end of last week, Fauxlivia and Lincoln Bee find David Jones in his industrial warehouse of horrors, where he kills one of the people being kept alive in a stasis chamber, just to prove what a badass he is and to warn them about the horrors that will befall others. We don't have to wait long, because after he's taken into custody he arranges for the murder of a bunch of people in a hospital ER room. It's death by toxic gas, the kind of toxic gas that causes your skin to fall right off your body; just one glimpse of skin sliding off a victim's palm as he paws at the door is enough to give me nightmares. Threatening the deaths of even more people, Jones gets himself released by Fringe division, with the hard drive he needed from the inoperational Brandonate, and he eludes the agents by, with a little help from evil Col. Broyles, creating a clamor by giving away free money to strangers and confounding the tracking device that Fringe put on him.
So he's free to jump back to the other universe to steal rocks from a quarry to make nefarious explosives. FBI Fringe tries to stop him, Jones gets away, through a portal back to Earth-2, and Olivia nearly gets sliced in half following him, giving us a nifty cross-section of SUV engine. And now it's double-universe team-up, with all the agents and their doppelgangers sitting around a table, putting their heads together to stop Jones. The wildcard is Peter, who's the only one who's dealt with Jones (although this Jones, of course, has no idea who Peter is).
Speaking of Peter, Elizabeth crosses universes to talk to Walter on his behalf, hoping to convince him to help this version of their son. He agrees, because could you say no to utter knockout Orla Brady?
Perhaps not surprisingly, but revealed at the end, is the fact that Jones is working with Nina Sharp, who may or may not be turning Olivia into a shapeshifter. But that's Phase 2 of this nefarious plan.
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We start in New York's Fringe Division, with evil Col. Broyles looking at security footage to see where Fauxlivia and Lincoln Bee stashed Lincoln Lee last week... er, I mean, earlier today. He traces them -- watching video that includes audio of Lincoln Lee railing against the nefarious shenanigans of Walternate -- down to sub-basement Level 2, where his computer display shows him that the only rooms on that level without security cameras are a row of three maintenance closets. He gets a case out of a desk drawer that contains a syringe and three vials of yellow fluid. He fills the syringe half-full with some of the stuff and is on his way out of his office and presumably down to sub-basement Level 2 to deal a yellow-injection death of some sort to Lincoln Lee when Walternate shows up, Peter in tow, looking for Lincoln Lee. Col. Broyles manages not to blurt out, "I was just on my way to administer a syringe," but does want to know who Peter is. Walternate doesn't answer right away, but orders Lincoln Lee released immediately. He says he'll explain the rest in private.
That means back up to Broyles' office, where Walternate explains about the shapeshifters, Col. Broyles doing his best to seem incredulous. You know, given Walternate's speech to Peter last week about how Peter is the only one he can trust, I'm a little skeptical of Walternate laying everything out to Col. Broyles, especially when -- as Walternate points out right here -- that Fringe Division appears to have been infiltrated. Luckily for Col. Broyles, he gets to find out just what Walternate knows by asking questions like who the shapeshifters answer to. Walternate doesn't know yet, nor does he know what their agenda is. Col. Broyles helpfully says that Fauxlivia and Lincoln Bee are running down a trace on Murphy's last phone call, so they may know more soon.
Out at the Flatiron District, Lincoln Bee and Fauxlivia discuss the possibility that Lincoln Lee's story is true. Lincoln Bee's a little doubtful; he's known Murphy -- might want to start using the past tense when it comes to Murphy, Lincoln Bee -- since the Academy, and he's always been a "straight arrow." However, Fauxlivia's got a hunch he's telling the truth, and we all know that hunches trump everything. Lincoln Bee chalks it up to Lincoln Lee's supposedly trustworthy face, and then Fauxlivia says she actually thinks he's kinda funny-looking, and Lincoln Lee is of the opinion that Fauxlivia is actually the funny-looking one, and hopefully no one tries to kill them while they're busy flirting like this while they're approaching the warehouse.