Lincoln Lee -- feeling unwanted, unloved, unneeded -- heads over to the other side (remember? That whole other universe?) to, I forget, work a little harder on tracking David Robert Jones? Anyway, the other side's Fringe team catches a case of a serial killer who's targeting criminals. He might not have been discovered for some time, but the other universe has been stabilizing and healing, thanks to the bridge between worlds, which is allowing some previously amberized neighborhoods (where the killer is stashing bodies) to open back up -- and which means that Fringe agents there -- as opposed to Earth-1, where they operate as secretively as possible -- are seen as heroes.
It's our Lincoln who figures out the killer's a shapeshifter, and they manage to track him down with the evil Col. Broyles keeping evil Nina Sharp (is there a name for the evil Nina? Sharpie?) in the loop. Lincoln Lee -- who's having an identity crisis thanks to the reblossoming romance between Olivia and Peter, and now the fact that Lincoln Bee is a kickass, uber-confident super-agent -- also determines that the shapeshifting killer (Canaan) is not such a bad guy, but someone who turned to David Robert Jones (who has abandoned him) in a time of vulnerability that naturally mirrors how Lincoln Lee is feeling.
Evil Nina almost has Canaan taken out by sniper, who is then taken down by Fauxlivia, quite the sharpshooter herself, remember, but not before Lincoln Bee is shot. Then Canaan shapeshifts into the sniper so that Fringe can infiltrate the Fort Lee facility where Nina is being all nefarious, and she's arrested. No one appears to find out yet that Col. Broyles is evil. But Fringe's joy at discovering a treasure trove of information on Jones' network is tempered when Lincoln Bee dies of his injuries. Lincoln Lee takes Canaan over to our side, where the Bishops can give him a home and a starring role as a research project, and then Lincoln Lee decides he's going to stick around for a while in the other universe. Fauxlivia looks like she appreciates it, which is all he's asking for.
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Lincoln Lee strolls into the Harvard lab to the soothing strains of "Green Onions" by Booker T. & the MG's and he sees the rest of his coworkers wrangling a reluctant Gene, who's wearing a huge cow-poncho with FBI printed in huge letters on the side. So wherever they're going, it's not an undercover case that involves a cow in the cover story... unless they're going to try to pass that off as standing for "Federal Bovine Inspection."
He asks what's going on and is immediately shushed because it's "grazing day," and the story here appears to be that Walter thinks that Gene's depressed (seasonal affective disorder, actually), which is crazy because what cow wouldn't love to be cooped up all day and night in a mad scientist's lab? So they're taking a day trip out to Warwick, where her favorite pasture is. "I see," says Lincoln, in a manner that suggests he's already mentally composing his transfer paperwork.
But it's only going to get worse for Lincoln, because Olivia brings him a trinket that she found in her apartment that she thinks might belong to him, because it's got his old partner's name, Robert Danzig, engraved on the back. Lincoln looks stricken as he confirms that yes, it is indeed his, but he gave it to Olivia a few months back when she came to see him at the hospital. "It was a thank-you for saving my life," he says. Obviously she doesn't remember that and if she doesn't remember that, she's definitely not going to remember the Native American symbolism of the maze on it. So he reminds her: "The maze represents the journey of life. The obstacles, making the right choices, until we find ourselves in the center." And what's in the centre, asks Olivia. "Home. A place to belong," replies Lincoln. Well if Olivia watches this episode, she'll have that hammered into her head enough times that she'll never forget it! Lincoln gives a little speech about how Danzig knew that Lincoln was never much for putting down roots and blah blah blah, so he gave that to him as a reminder that he always had a home with him and with his family. "This, he said, "was my tether." Olivia's looking at him sadly and this heartfelt moment is interrupted by Walter whispering to Olivia that he needs the sedative for Gene, who I see is now wearing a massive FBI baseball hat -- like WHO WAS THAT HAT MADE FOR -- and Olivia leaves Lincoln to stare glumly at his dead partner's touching medallion that he gave to a woman who doesn't even remember why.
In comes Astrid with a couple of boxes marked "Classified" that Lincoln guesses is Gene's "picnic lunch" and she explains that the other side is requesting a detailed debrief of their run-ins with David Robert Jones. Given the gaps in Olivia's memory, Broyles figured it would be best if somebody else goes. "Lucky me," she says.