Fringe
The Consultant

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What’s The Frequency, Walter?

On to the testing! Walter hooks up a corpse to a row of tuning forks, because why wouldn't you? A low hum fills the air and Walter tells Lincoln and Fauxlivia that it's a perfect G. He shuts the machine off, then pulls from his satchel a plastic bag that contains a severed hand, startling the two agents. "I removed it from one of the victims on our side," he explains and Lincoln's all, "You couldn't bring over a casserole, but a severed hand is OK?" I'm sure the severed-hand prohibition is still working its way through the Bridge rules committee, Lincoln.

Walter hooks his machine up to the hand and it produces the same tone -- a G -- which he says is incorrect; it should be a C. "You see, each universe vibrates at its own specific frequencies [sic]. Everything from this universe would vibrate at a G, and everything from our universe at C," he says. Man, this is ridiculous even for this show, but Walter explains -- well, "explains" isn't really the right word, but what are you gonna do? -- that somehow the victims on our side were made to vibrate at the frequency of this universe. "So you're saying that the doppelgangers were somehow linked across universes?" asks Lincoln and Walter is all "Yes, it would seem so," but, um, DON'T WE ALREADY KNOW THAT? Fauxlivia asks how the bodies were retuned, because we are deep into some kind of Deepak Chopra-level bullshit here. Walter doesn't know, but he doesn't think it was the "retuning" that killed them -- rather it was the plane crash itself.

Lee asks Fauxlivia if they've recovered the black box yet and it turns out that this universe doesn't use cockpit recorders; instead, satellites record all flight communications.

And so we listen to the recording and from it we learn that the plane started coming apart and it happened very quickly. Walter says if his hypothesis is correct, then whatever merged the frequencies of the two universes destabilized the aircraft: "Whoever's responsible must have attached some sort of device to the craft." Fauxlivia's hung up on the why, though. It doesn't feel like an assassination. Is it a threat? What are they trying to prove?

Walter doesn't know, but we cut to David Robert Jones sitting on some sort of street bench drinking tea, when he's joined by a guy who apologizes for being late, but that's OK, because it gave the British guy more time to enjoy his matcha, which is one of the few things he's going to miss. Going on a trip? The operative hands an envelope over to Jones, who asks how the experiment with the plane went. "Better than expected," is the answer. The operative asks Jones if he has a preference for the next one. "Surprise me," says Jones. Who says terrorism can't be whimsical?

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