Fringe

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Strike First! Strike Hard! No Mercy, Sir!

Speaking of Walter, he's in the hospital chapel, looking uncomfortable. But then he figures since he's here he might as well have a talk with God, and so he admits he doesn't know his way around here. "Other people, I suppose, find comfort being in chapels, speaking to you. I have no other place to turn," he says. Psst! Walter! Saying this is your last resort might not go over so well! Most things make him angry!

Walter, addressing the blue-neon-backlit crucifix on the wall, talks about the sign he was given once -- the white tulip, remember -- and how grateful he was for that. "Since then, in moments of deep despair, I have found solace in believing that you had forgiven me," says Walter. You know, normally I find scenes like this utter tedium, but Walter, as usual, redeems this one. "I was willing to let him go. I was willing to let Peter die!" he says, getting angrier. He says he's changed, and that should matter. Settling down somewhat, he offers up a bargain: "God, I know my crimes are unforgivable. So punish me. Do what you want to me. But I beg you: spare our world." There is no answer forthcoming from God, as Walter drops to his knees, hands clasped.

In the waiting area outside, Olivia's battling her own private anguish. She sits and looks at the floor, and the sunlight shimmers and moves somewhat. She gets up and walks outside, and looks at the sunset, the sky light orange, the sun's rays streaming over the horizon as it sinks in the west. She only has a moment to look at it before Sam Weiss comes bounding up the nearby stairs.

He's all, whassup? And she tells him she's been looking for him, that the machine is on. He knows, and he needs her to take him to it. She asks him what's going on, and he tells her she just needs to trust him, because they don't have a lot of time. Ah, the ol' "there's no time to explain!" nonsense. Perhaps it's not fair to judge because Kevin Corrigan, who I normally really like, only had a handful of lines, but he seems pretty flat here, in stark contrast to the impending end of the universe.

Back over to Earth-2, where Walternate is striding down the corridor to visit Fauxlivia, who's being held in what we'll presume is the same cell Olivia was held in. "I know this is hard for you," he says, and she smirks and says he doesn't know anything about her. Is she... hitting on him? Because that's cool. That's totally cool.

Walternate reminds her that this morning she asked how he could be willing to let his son die to heal their world: "But you understand sacrifice better than anyone, Olivia. You were willing to leave your son behind, to risk your life for what you perceived to be the greater good. We're more alike than you think."

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