It's been what, a month and a half? I'd totally forgotten that this show even exists. Remember how Olivia was abducted? Well, she escapes before they even run the opening credits, but not before Olivia's captors perform a spinal tap on her, and she gets a glance at a masked kidnapper's shoes (it's Mitchell Loeb, although Olivia doesn't know that yet). She manages to bust loose and take some evidence with her, and calls Broyles for some backup so they can take apart the building where she was found. Only when the cavalry arrives, they tranquilize Olivia. See, someone's been assigned to review the Fringe operation to make sure it's operating the way it ought to be. And it makes no sense whatsoever that the man who's appointed to the job would be Broyles' old (former) friend, and it makes even less sense that this guy would be appointed when the lead agent once put him away (or at least tried to) for sexual harassment.
Meanwhile, a scientist is killed by a giant slug that crawls out of his mouth, and the FBI tries to put a colleague of his under protective custody, but that's before they know Mitchell is evil. Walter figures out that the slug is actually the common cold virus on a massive scale, grown from the same substance Olivia found in the vials in the place where she was captured. And when she notices Mitchell's shoes, the jig is just about up, but that's after Mitchell kills the other epidemiologist as well.
Olivia goes looking for evidence at Mitchell's place, and winds up awkwardly chatting with Samantha Loeb, who is advised by her husband to kill Olivia. Samantha fails, but Olivia manages to put a bullet right in her forehead. She then uses a photograph of dead Samantha to angry up Mitchell, who confesses to everything, but rants cryptically about knowing who the two sides are, and a whole bunch of other stuff that I imagine still has to be worked out yet by the writers.
Peter strolls into the Fringe lab to find his dad dripping some liquid on a caterpillar. Not the furry kind of caterpillar, but the creepy smooth tapioca green kind of caterpillar. Walter, turns out, is giving the caterpillar LSD, which by this point doesn't even faze Peter. It's a touching moment for father and son.
Astrid comes in, and asks if they've heard from Olivia. They haven't. "She's missing," says Astrid, and I literally thought, "Still? It's been a MONTH AND A HALF."
We go to Olivia now, strapped down tightly to some kind of cart that is badly in need of some WD-40 to the wheels. She seems more or less out of it. Due to the head restraint, she can only watch the lights pass by overhead. She's in one of those dank and nefarious places where pipes run everywhere, so you know whoever's got her is up to no good.
Olivia's wheeled up to some guy wearing some kind of rubber old-man face mask (the other two dudes are not wearing masks). "Who are you?" she asks the guy. He doesn't speak. She asks what he wants. He doesn't answer at first, because he's busy readying a needle. "This won't take long," he says, his voice clearly being disguised somehow. "I bet you say that to all the girls," says Olivia, because the best possible thing she can do in this situation is antagonize her captors. "Turn her over," says Facemask. I bet you say that to all -- never mind. The others guys spin Olivia upside-down, still strapped to what is now the underside of the cart.
Over at Boston Federal Building, Broyles is yelling at everyone to fill them in on Olivia's abduction, and the rest of the agents spring into action, which they probably could have done LAST NIGHT ALREADY, which was when she was taken, after all. He introduces Charlie as his "second in command," which I guess applies to the abduction investigation, since Charlie doesn't have the clearance for the Fringe stuff.
Back at the crazy industrial lab, Facemask is fiddling with things while Olivia stares at the floor, looking for the dry ice machine that's sending the steam up all over the place. She notices that Facemask is wearing black tasseled loafers, which is kind of annoying in that we already know just how she's going to identify her abductor later on.
"Try not to move," he tells Olivia (I'll bet you say that to all the -- OK, I'll stop now), and then jabs a needle into her back. Olivia screams. Later, in another room, he strips off his mad-scientist gear and takes off the mask. It's Mitchell Loeb. He tells some suit standing there to get his car ready because he's going back to the office.