A teenage girl is declared dead and then wakes up screaming numbers when they take her organs. Seems like it is zombie time on Fringe, which I'm guessing means we don't get any good Observer or other side stuff, or more about Walter's missing brain pieces in this episode. Turns out zombie girl Lisa's has top-secret military codes in her head, and starts speaking Russian when told that there is a missing soldier who would know these codes. It seems that the formerly brain-dead girl somehow absorbed soldier Rusk's brain and made a psychic bond between them. They think he's somehow using her to communicate with the world. Meanwhile, her mom thinks that God is responsible for Lisa's sudden reanimation and doesn't want our Fringe friends poking around in her daughter's brain. Lisa, of course, decides to act like a teenager and runs off to a junkyard in order to see Rusk, where she sees someone else who killed Rusk. And all of a sudden Charlie is there. And not dead Charlie? Wait, what the hell is going on here? Turns out that this is a leftover episode. That's annoying. Stupid Fox, this is what DVDs are for. Not to play it on a different night, confuse everyone and then have characters alive again. That's just bizarre. They should have at least billed this as a bonus episode or something. New seems very misleading.
Anyway, in this random stupid standalone episode, that has an annoying girl who isn't a zombie but is somehow possessed, as soon as they find the dead guy, Lisa freaks out and has a seizure. Walter figures out that when Rusk died, his energy helped bring brain-dead Lisa back to life, and transferred his memories into Lisa's head. The priest and the mother are not impressed, and Walter gets all snippy, which is awesome. Finally, desperate mom agrees to send her daughter to Walter for an exorcism. Walter puts a lot of electrodes on her head, then teenage girl starts talking like Rusk and telling them how he died. And now Charlie is back, real Charlie, which is like seeing a zombie, too, and he's identified the murderer. They go to a gym, chase down Rusk's killer. Run, Charlie, run! And tackle.
Back at the lab, Lisa is awake as herself, but is still being controlled by Rusk or something needlessly confusing. And she runs off. During the interview with the killer, they find out that he was a bastard to his wife and the wife had him killed. Guess where Rusk-powered Lisa is? Yup, trying to kill the wife by setting her on fire with gasoline. Peter gets there and tries to rationalize with Lisa, but that doesn't go well, and Charlie tranqs her. And somehow this makes teen girl free from her inner angry wife-beating demon. Then there's some guy in a car accident in Times Square who is dead, then alive and speaking Russian, so we're to guess that Rusk isn't really all dead or whatever, but since this episode has never played a part in this season, does it matter? -- Angel Cohn
Shout-out to M. Giant for doing a M. Arvellous job of covering for me while I moved to the East Coast.
I guess there's not much point in showing "Previously on Fringe" scenes this time out, given that this is an orphan episode from last season. Some explanation, however, might have been appreciated, for anyone who might understandably be wondering why Charlie appears to be alive. Why bother showing this at all? Isn't this the kind of thing that gets dumped on a DVD? These are not the actions of a network that gives a crap about a show.
Anyway, we start in a hospital, where a tearful woman prays, rosary in hand, while a priest administers the last rites to a young woman, eyes closed, hooked up to various apparati. A doctor leans in and asks the crying woman if she's ready. The woman nods, and the doctor nods at an orderly, who turns off the life-support system. The young woman flat-lines in just a few seconds, and the doctor calls the time of death at 5:21 a.m., which at least means everybody should be able to get home in time to catch Good Morning America.
Scratch that! There's no time to waste, because they have a team assembled and waiting, says the doctor: "Ms. Donovan, I'm afraid we need to begin the procedures right away," and is it too much to hope that the procedure involves some sort of bionic something? No, probably just an organ donation. Ms. Donovan leans in, kisses the girl and says, "I love you."
Ewww! Gratuitous surgery shots! The surgeon tells the team that he's going to "begin with the kidneys" and jams his hand into the incision in the girl's torso -- at which points she sits up a little and grabs the doctor by the throat. "Oh my god, she's alive!" yells one of the nurses, who fortunately minored in Explaining Things You Observe at her nursing school. The girl starts yelling "Six-eight-three-three-nine-alpha-echo-three-five-eight!" At that very moment, an obese dude in California is using those numbers to win the lottery.
After the credits, we learn we're at Boston General Hospital, and Broyles is filling in the Fringe team on the weird case of Lisa Donovan, a high school junior who collapsed during gym class last week and slipped into a coma with a cerebral aneurysm. On the plus side, if your classmate collapses in gym class and goes into a coma, you automatically get straight A's, so that's something.
Broyles says Lisa's mother made the decision to take her off life support. "And then she woke up from the dead screaming random numbers," finishes Olivia, like let Broyles finish briefing you before you jump to conclusions already, and Broyles says the numbers weren't random (he introduces a Navy officer standing in the hallway in uniform as Lt.-Cmdr. Turlough) but were an alphanumeric code. The lead surgeon recognized the pattern as identification for sailors in the U.S. because he did two tours on an aircraft carrier. Well, of course he did. "That's when I got the call," says Turlough, all eager to jump in. He explains that the first half of the sequence is ID information for a petty officer named Andrew Rusk -- Turlough has a file and everything -- and the second half are launch codes for ICBM missiles on a nuclear submarine Rusk was stationed on, the U.S.S. Gloucester. Olivia asks how classified launch codes got into the hands of a 17-year-old girl, and Peter at least wants to dismiss the obvious right off by asking if there's some sort of relationship between Rusk and Lisa. "As far as we can tell, there's never been any contact between Lisa Donovan and Andrew Rusk," says Turlough. "I suppose that's where we come in," says Walter.