Cue the red-tinged opening credits and a scalding hot shower for me.
Fauxlivia's bedroom. She laces up her combat boots over the cuffs of her gray pants, then pads across the room in her bra to put on a shirt. Frank, in bed, drawls, "You have any idea how much I missed watching you get dressed in the morning?" She gives a little laugh in response. He invites her to go away with him. He suggests taking an airship to Maryland. They reminisce about a crab shack there, and the great jukebox they had. She seems happy about the idea. Her ear cuff chimes and she answers. She listens for a moment, then says, "I'm on my way." She gives Frank a kiss then heads off to work. Frank looks so happy, the poor sucker.
Airship station. The place is crawling with security when Fauxlivia arrives. The rest of Fringe Division is already on the scene. She finds Lincoln to ask for some catch-up. "Hey, I heard they're rerouting all the flights from Newark; bomb scare?" "Spontaneous bug eruption," he explains. He shows her a belly-up view of one of the bugs on his tablet computer. The bugs ate their way out of the hapless puker from earlier. Olivia looks around and remarks that she was just there the night before to pick up Frank. She makes a sound of disgust, but it's not about Frank: "You know how I feel about bugs." Lincoln leads her into the bathroom, joking about how much Charlie loooves bugs. Charlie is already there, scooping up some of the critters for evidence. "Look lively, people, new boss is here," he teases. How is it that, even with their universe falling apart, these coworkers still manage to have fun with each other, while the Fringe team Over Here is usually so moody? Lincoln and Charlie kid back and forth about being insubordinate, ending with Lincoln making a goofy face. Fauxlivia looks at the collected bugs. "They're pretty, but what are they?" There are many pretty insects in the world. The pink orchid mantis is lovely, for example, as are the lunar moth and lacewing. The bugs that chowed their way out of Pukey McBarfy look like crusty little turds with legs. Olivia was probably being sarcastic. Anyway, Lincoln says they don't know what the bug is yet after checking through three insect databases. The team stands over poor Pukey, who is lying in a pool of dead bugs and blood on the bathroom floor. "What happened to the other passengers?" Fauxlivia asks. Charlie says they've contacted half of them, but the bugs don't seem to live long outside the body so it's doubtful anyone else is infected. "Maybe some kind of mutant insect bit him, laid eggs under his skin," Lincoln suggests. Olivia laughs and watches Charlie for a reaction, but something else has caught his attention. A living bug is currently making its way out of Pukey's nose. Charlie pulls it out with a pair of tweezers, along with a little string of mucus. I'm going to take a Raid bubble bath.