It's nighttime in "Manhatan," and no, that's not a typo. Inexplicably, and embarrassingly, I missed the single T in the letters floating above the architecture firm of Dodst & Rathje the first time I watched this. You gotta figure that if you're spending that much money to make giant letters float in the air in your establishing shots, it means something.
Inside, a dude (played by Jim True-Frost of The Wire, but you may also remember him -- if I may date myself -- from Singles), carries a cup of coffee as he tells a co-worker that "it's gonna be a late one." She asks him, "Is that real coffee? Where did you get that?" He mysteriously says that he has his sources, and then reveals that he has a cousin in Hawaii with a secret stash who sends him stuff. An odd conversation, that's for sure. Noticing that this was Manhatan might have clued me in right here. Originally, I just chalked it up to the fact that I don't drink coffee, so conversations about it are always mysterious to me anyway.
In the middle of it, though, the power in the office flickers and the building trembles. "This is getting nuts. What is that, six since yesterday?" says the dude, and the woman says she's from California, so she's used to it. "But this is New York. Don't you think it's strange?" he says, and she kind of shrugs. They talk about how they've heard on the news that they're just little "micro-quakes" that are "probably some byproduct of global warming."
Anyway, she's heading home, but not before telling the guy to call her if he has any extra coffee. In this case, coffee also means sex, I think.
Dude says goodnight to "Pauline," and then gets back to work, looking at blueprints. I love looking at blueprints. When I was a kid, I had a book of Batman blueprints: the Batcave, the Batmobile, everything. I totally thought I was going to build my own. I suppose there's still time...
ANYWAY, the building shakes again, harder this time, and while buddy covers his real coffee to prevent ceiling schmutz from falling into it, we see he's looking at blueprints for the "New Pentagon -- Annex IV," which is where, if you're like me and missed "Manhatan," you went, "Que?" Well, that and the fact that in the "Previously on Fringe" clips they showed Nina Sharp and her little snowglobe-smashing demonstration.
And then everything goes to hell: lights shatter and fall from the ceiling, pipes burst, and buddy's real Hawaiian coffee spills all over the blueprints for the new pentagon. The room fills with dust. Eventually, the shaking stops, and all goes black. When buddy wakes up, he's got a couple of problems. One is that there appears to be a support beam lodged in his shoulder. Like, not that a support beam fell and pierced his body, but that he is now fused with the beam. The other problem is that buddy now has a couple of extra arms and legs. His scream indicates that he is understandably perturbed.