Olivia’s missing and Peter’s trying to find her, along with a Lincoln Lee who’s pissed at Peter because Lincoln subscribes to Walter’s theory of Jerk-Peter-is-Projecting-Memories-Into-Olivia. Meanwhile, Broyles is interrogating Nina on the assumption that she knows something about Olivia’s disappearance, which she denies.
Meanwhile, of course, the other Nina is being held captive with Olivia and we discover that Olivia was kidnapped by David Robert Jones and/or his goons (although how that happened at the gas station with no one noticing is never explained), and they torture her in an effort to get Olivia to display her latent light-turning-on ability. But it’s not working, so they’re going to have to find someone who provides more of an emotional response from her. And while the other Observers meet to ask what is be done about this September fellow, September himself shows up at Walter’s lab, still bleeding from his gunshot wound.
So Peter gets Walter to perform his special mind-meld thing with September, and Peter goes into the Observer’s mind, which is kind of like an observation deck on major events like the Big Bang, and… well, that’s pretty much it, because everything disintegrates as the other Observers, possibly, are coming for September, but not before he tells Peter to go home. Peter figures it’s a clue to finding Olivia, so he literally goes to his house, where Jones’ goons are waiting for him. So Peter is now the torture subject for Olivia -- who figured out, based on a false detail in a shared memory with Nina that this Nina wasn’t her Nina, but working with Jones. So she turns on the lights, in that little lightbox thing that we saw in Season 1, and then she practically goes Carrie on the place, forcing Nina and Jones to flee back to the other universe. Olivia shoots Jones, but he absorbs the one bullet and then stands there taunting her about how his molecular reassembly has some benefits (which we’ve seen before). Why Olivia didn’t just empty her clip into the guy is beyond me.
At any rate, he escapes -- Peter not getting to close the portal on him this time -- and all that’s left is for Olivia and Peter to cuddle, except Peter spurns her, deciding based on what he saw in the Observer’s mind is that despite the memories she’s got, she’s not really his Olivia, and he’s not going to make that mistake again.
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Peter and Lincoln enter Olivia's apartment, Lincoln telling Peter that FBI agents and Boston police are combing the area and checking all the traffic cams. You know the exact same response that law enforcement launches when any ordinary citizen has been missing for an hour or two. Lincoln's convinced that Nina Sharp is behind Olivia's disappearance and they'll get her talking once she's processed at the FBI. Peter says, "I thought you said she's denying any involvement in this," -- like he's not familiar with the concept of people lying about the bad shit they've done -- and Lincoln says her alibi won't hold, and if she knows where Olivia is...
"Good luck getting Nina Sharp to break down and tell us," says Peter, and Lincoln adds, "You still haven't told me what you're hoping to find here," because this is one of those television excursions where the characters apparently didn't talk en route but waited until they arrived at their destination to fill each other in on pertinent details. But Peter now explains that if Walter's right about Olivia being dosed with Cortexiphan, it likely happened while she was alone and vulnerable. It's a better theory than the "in a crowd and on her guard" theory, that's for sure. Lincoln asks a couple of questions for the benefit of an explanation for the audience about the Cortexiphan making Olivia act strangely, and assuming the memories and personality of the Olivia from Peter's timeline, because Peter's projecting his Olivia onto her. "Is any of this relevant right now?" asks Peter. I'm sorry, did Peter just ask if the effects of the Cortexiphan dosing has any relevance to Olivia's disappearance which is why they're searching Olivia's apartment for EVIDENCE OF CORTEXIPHAN DOSING? And now Lee is giving Peter a lecture about how Olivia is his partner, so if this true, Peter needs to think about what he's doing to her. "Unintentionally or not, you are robbing her of her identity, her life. She is not your Olivia, Peter," says Lincoln. Hate to say it, but Seth Gabel really isn't selling this scene.
Anyway, Peter asks what if she is and Lincoln says, "You know that's impossible," and he would know that... how, exactly? Anyway, Lincoln keeps babbling on about how Peter "let" Olivia continue working the case -- because Peter is in charge of Olivia, I guess -- knowing that she was under his influence and that she wasn't herself. Lincoln says he'd like to think Peter's not ignoring her safety for personal reasons. And then, noticing that Peter is looking at the ceiling and not paying any attention to him, he adds, "...and that you're not ignoring me right now."