Fringe
Stowaway

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Due to the magic of sound enhancement, though, the FBI team pick out the "Next stop, Norwood station" in the background. There are three possible trains that could apply this time of night, though; however, once Bell and Walter find out the time Peter spoke to Dana, they get to work calculating which train it would be, working and discussing it at the same time. Peter, hearing it on his end, asks Astrid what's going on, and she says that they're doing "that thing where they don't finish their sentences." Hee! They arrive to the same conclusion at the same time: She's on the 6:25.

Meanwhile, on the 6:25, buddy across the aisle from Dana asks her to keep an eye on his stuff while he goes to the bathroom. Apparently he takes her tortured expression as a yes, because off he goes. Just moments later, the train grinds to a halt with metallic screeching as police and FBI pull up, lights flashing and sirens blaring. Broyles tells the... conductor? Ticket-taker?... that there may be an explosive on the train, which they think is due to go off in about eight minutes. Broyles shows him a picture of Dana, and the dude kind of hilariously says, "There are over three hundred people on this train!" Yeah, no shit? IS SHE ONE OF THEM? SHE HAS A BOMB, SO MAYBE YOU COULD AT LEAST THINK ABOUT IT. Seriously, it's not exactly a needle-in-a-haystack thing, illustrated nicely by the fact that bathroom buddy happens by at that moment and is able to say, "She's in the next car."

Only she's not there anymore, so on come the bomb-sniffing dogs, and Broyles ordering an evacuation. But Dana's already far far away in a field on the other side of the tracks -- nice job securing the train, FBI. You're as good at setting up a perimeter as CTU in any given season of 24. She's carrying the duffel bag, and then she sort of collapses and drops the bag on the ground. Jesus, careful with that! "I'm sorry," she croaks, and then she gets up and starts walking away, leaving the bag behind.

Back on the train, no sooner has Lincoln Lee said, "She's gone," then the train is rocked by an explosion nearby, scaring up screams from the passengers off the train. You think that's her?

When they find Dana, she's lying dead not far from the blast centre. She's dead, and Lee does the close-the-eyes on a corpse thing. He walks with Peter and wonders what changed: "After all that time trying, why is she able to die now?" Peter just says that's Fringe division: "Every answer you get just leads you to more questions." Wait, is he talking to Lee or to us? Lee says it's still a lot more exciting than Hartford, so they should feel free to give him a call if they ever need help, and Peter tells him to be careful what he wishes for. Aw. Grown men making friends!

Back at the Bishop compound, Peter quietly walks in, either trying not to disturb Walter or he's been out killing shapeshifters again. Walter's asleep on the couch, and Peter gingerly takes the half-full glass of milk out of Walter's hand -- and then is startled by his girlfriend standing there in a bathrobe, speaking in William Bell's gravelly voice. Bell says Walter thought it would be a good idea for him to stay here tonight. Peter takes this in with his usual scowl. Also, he made tea, and would Peter like some? Peter looks like he needs something a whole lot stronger than tea (like, say, heroin) but says yes.

In the kitchen, Bell rambles on about Dana Gray while Peter is clearly too tired to pretend to be polite and interested in what Bell is saying. Bell says his first thought was that the energy from the bomb somehow reset the electromagnetic charge in Dana's body, and it was the unique charge that allowed her to die permanently.

"OK, that makes sense," says Peter. No matter how many times I hear that on this show it always makes me laugh! Anyway, Bell now thinks that's wrong: "What if, Peter, this isn't about biology or physics? What if what we witnessed was the very reason that Dana Gray couldn't die?" Peter's not following, so Bell spells it out a little more: because she needed to be here to save those people's lives. "You think it was her destiny," says Peter, skeptically, and Bell goes into a whole thing about "the interconnectedness of apparently unrelated events," and doesn't Peter think it's curious that they meet a woman who can't die at the exact moment his consciousness seemingly returns from the grave? Based on the eye-rolling and head-shaking, Peter doesn't think this is curious. Bell says, "As a scientist, I like to believe that nothing just happens, that every event has meaning." Wait, don't scientists in fact think that things just happen? But Bell continues on, saying that everything has some sort of message, you just have to be able to listen closely enough to hear it. And they're quiet, and they hear church bells ring in the distance.

Peter's all, church bells, big whoop, but Bell all of a sudden looks like he's going to throw up. "You OK, Bell?" says Peter, and then the gravelly voice is gone, and it's Olivia again, saying, "Peter..." and despite the fact this is clearly NOT what's supposed to happen, Peter can't help but look excited, and he says, "Olivia, is that you?" but the moment passes and the voice gets gravelly again. "This may be a little more complicated than I first thought," says Bell. See, this is what I've been saying.

Daniel is a writer in Newfoundland with a wife and a daughter. He thinks it's only fair if the Fringe fans who are women or gay men have to put up with Peter speaking with, say, Betty White's voice for an episode or two. Follow him on Twitter (@DanMacEachern) or email him at danieljdaniel[at]gmail.com.

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