Anyway, Walter is writing a letter to William Bell, asking for help. "I have reason to believe Subject 13, Olivia Dunham, has been able to cross over to the other side. But I believe that young Olivia may need to be in some kind of heightened emotional state to access her ability. I'm compiling some recordings on my new Betamax. Perhaps you'll be able to see something I cannot," he writes, and I think that by 1985 it was already clear that VHS was the winner, so NICE JOB, WALTER.
So then after a few shots suitable for Obsolete Technology Illustrated, Walter and Olivia play with paper cranes and people, with Walter telling a story about four brothers who grew up to be great warriors because they had the power of metamorphosis. And he flings the papers about and he actually has one burst into flames when he talks about one having the fire of a dragon, and Olivia laughs, but Walter notes her "minimal response to joy." At this point I expected Walter to consult a chalkboard that had "JOY" written on it in big letters that he crossed out while sadly shaking his head.
Next up: fatigue, I guess. Walter's got Olivia running on the treadmill, has had her going for thirty minutes, and she's showing no response to exhilaration, either. So he shuts down the treadmill. On to Olivia putting together three-dimensional puzzles while Walter caustically criticizes her and orders her to concentrate until she gets pissed off and shoves all the pieces off the table and tells him she's not working on it anymore. But alas, with minimal activity in the stable neocortex, anger isn't the answer either, and neither is "loneliness," i.e. Olivia sitting by herself. So what's left? Fear and... constipation? Walter opts to test fear by showing Olivia Jaws. "It's a bit scary, but I think you can handle it," he tells her. Amusingly, Nick is waving to her through the window in the door, at least until Walter notices and Nick ducks away. Ashley's got the movie ready to go, but Walter's suddenly decided that it's time to take a break, so he and Ashley leave, and they lock Olivia in the room. Walter voices-over his letter to William again: "It started to occur to me, William, that fear by itself wasn't the answer." Fear plus loneliness? Fear plus boredom? Fear plus waiting to watch Jaws?