'Fringe' scoop: An exclusive peek at this Thursday's new episode (Thanks, Giants!)

fringeImage Credit: Smallz and Raskind/FoxOn behalf of Fringe fans everywhere, I would like to thank Edgar Renteria and the rest of the San Francisco Giants for putting the Texas Rangers out of their misery and winning the World Series last night. By eliminating the need for a sixth and seventh game, the Giants insured us that Fox will indeed be able to air a new episode of the acclaimed sci-fi drama that was four episodes into its so-far sensational third season before it was rudely interrupted by the so-called America’s Pastime. (Sorry for my sarcasm. But with apologies to Tim “The Freak” Lincecum, Fringe is the only freak-of-the-week drama I want to be watching right now.)

When we last left the story three weeks ago, Peter Bishop and Olivia Dunham took their romance to the next level by finally going horizontal — except the Olivia Dunham in question is actually “Bolivia,” Olivia’s genetic doppelgänger from the imperiled parallel dimension currently at war with our own. Peter can’t tell the difference between Earth A Olivia and Earth B Olivia. Or can he? Here’s a theory for you: What if the super-smart ex-con man has long had suspicions about his FBI agent girlfriend, but he’s been trying to deny them out of fear of sabotaging his happiness with Olivia? And what if the ironic consequence of having sex with Bolivia, of taking their relationship to a deeper, more intimate level, is that Peter has the epiphany that his suspicions are actually correct? (I knew there was something strange about you, but I was never able to put my finger on it. But now that I’ve had my fingers all over you, it becomes clear to me that you’re an impostor! How dare you come over here and take advantage of me like that! Now… can we do it again?)

It will be another week before we get any more intel on the Peter-Bolivia drama, as Thursday’s episode focuses on the drama unfolding on Earth B. The Olivia Dunham of Earth A has been brainwashed by “Walternate” into thinking she’s actually Bolivia (to buy Walternate some time to study her and figure out how she’s physically capable of toggling between parallel worlds) and going on missions with Bolivia’s cohorts in Earth’s B’s own version of Fringe division. (None of them know the truth about Olivia except their supervisor, Broyles. Should he get a funky alt-world name, too? If only this Broyles had an English accent, we could call him … London Broyles!) But Olivia is beginning to crack — her brain is coughing up visions of Peter, trying to convince her that her life is a lie — and the drama intensifies in this week’s episode.

For a sneak peek at this week’s episode, check out the exclusive clip below. I’d tell you more about it, but due to one of those weird tech things, I actually can’t see it myself until I actually post this. (I can explain parallel worlds to you, but I don’t know jack about this video embedding stuff.) And then, after watching the episode on Thursday, make sure you come back here for Ken Tucker’s recap. Glad to have Fringe back — and again, thanks to the Texas Rangers for making it happen. Your lack of clutch hitting is totally appreciated!

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  • Ames

    In my cold-medicine influenced mind, I had the idea that Bolivia’s real mission to our world was to impregnate herself with Peter’s baby and return the child to Walternate. Since the kid may be able to operate that doomsday thingy.

    Still on the cold-medicine, so can’t figure out if this is a plausable theory or not.

    • bubbatwo420

      like your theory but I think Earth B is becoming unstable so rapidly that they can’t wait and will need to have peter use the machine ASAP. Bolivia will need to convince Peter to come back and i predict the machine will be used by the end of the season

    • Cambrielle

      Ames, I’ve said exactly that on Fringebloggers.com fringe forem. I even have a thread under theories and speculation. I was told due to Peter’s illness that he could most likely not father a child.

  • Enter 77

    whatever happened to pancake mix poster? i’m always checking boards to see if he/she beat me to the punch (p.s. does anybody know what that was a reference to? it was hilarious but over my head)

    • pancake mix

      Sup dudeee

  • sparkle the gym bag

    the rangers are really the ALT Rangers and threw series on purpose so we can continue to be brainwashed by Fringe….that was not the REAL (our) Cliff lee that three that 2-0 fastball to ER..heck I could have hit that pitch out…i want a peter ..olivia (our world)..olivia (alt).. three-way!!!

    • JBL

      Fringy!

  • jason

    that looks frickin great!

  • Wil

    Wow. I am SOOOO pumped for this. :)

  • Jesse Jackson

    Fringe is off the chain this year and I’m very happy to get a new episode this week. However, as a Texas Ranger fan, I wish it could have waited a week. Oh well, at least there is a bright side to them losing.

    • Lifinhead

      As one of those violent, apathetic and embarrassing NY Yankees fans, I am THRILLED that the Tex-Ass Rangers lost! Cliff Lee will now come to the Bronx and I can get back to watching Fringe – the BEST show on TV!

      • DJ

        Yankees suck and Lee will stay with a contender.

    • JonC

      Sorry for the loss Rangers fans. So any truth to the rumor that Jerry Jones is going to sign Randy Moss by the end of week?!

      • JoshM

        the rumor you are hearing is not for Randy Moss but a trade of Jerry Jones anywhere but Dallas

  • JBL

    Now that would be Fringe!

  • OMG

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! M so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • megan

    So glad the WS is over….I’ve missed my Fringe. Can’t wait for Thursday!

  • Angie

    OMG WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Can’t wait for Thursday!!!

  • psb1962

    I AM SOOOOOO FRACKIN HAPPY TO FINALLY GET A FRINGE FIX I AM GONNA EXPLODE,,,BOOOM!!!!!

  • bgirl

    When I tune to see if the giants would pull off their win and they did I turned to my husband and said YES! Fringe is back on Thursday. I can’t wait.

  • tvchick

    Ken Tucker’s great and all but I would have been super-excited if you said you were doing the recaps – haven’t had my Doc fix in a while. :)

    • Casey

      That’s what I was going to say! Ken’s are good, but I would be thrilled if Doc decided to do the recaps!

    • LostMom

      I completely agree — persuade your boss to stop wasting your time and brain cells on that stinkeroo The Event, Doc, and move over to Fringe! Ken’s okay but he’s more of a reviewer than an in-depth recapper. Now that LOST is gone, Fringe needs you.

  • Nini

    Olivia’s coming back and is Peter on the other end of the phone??!! How awkward is THAT conversation gonna be?? Esp if it’s the “morning after”…

    • Lifinhead

      Good thinking – that would be a GREAT plot twist eh?

    • Mike B

      “yeah, so about last night. It was great and all but …”

  • Jay

    LOL: “so-called America’s Pastime”

    I know, really…. who watches baseball anymore? Aside from my grandfather (who is now dead) I dont know anybody that thinks baseball is worth their time

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