Fringe: Reciprocity   Rewatch 
May 3, 2015 3:33 AM - Season 3, Episode 11 - Subscribe

Massive Dynamic is working on assembling the parts of the Machine but they can't get it to work - until the Fringe team comes for a visit and the Machine seems to wake up in response to Peter's presence. Meanwhile, more shapeshifters seem to have infiltrated MD and someone seems to be killing them. Astrid is already working on decoding the notes Fauxlivia made on her left-behind laptop and is trying to figure out who the other shapeshifters are before whoever's killing them gets to them. Olivia might be able to help, but can she deal with what Fauxlivia wrote about her relationship with Peter? Meanwhile2 Peter is being tested to see why the Machine likes him so much.

"He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you." Thus Spake Friedrich Nietzsche, and I think he was on to something.
posted by Athanassiel (4 comments total)
At this point Peter should just be labeled with a series of trigger warnings.

Does anyone make a pb&j that way? Maybe as a child Peter was taught to put everything on the one slice. Also, there is no sneaking in to a house of that era...the door frame and floors would totally be squeaking.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 9:09 PM on May 3, 2015

Yeah, I feel really dense because even with Walter's speech about how the machine has weaponised Peter, I never really made the connection that Peter's behaviour in this episode is due to that contact. I just thought he was revealing his inner asshole. All that con man stuff that he goes on about when it's convenient, with extra brutality. A hidden talent he's just revealed. "Oh, I also happen to speak Arabic," one episode, "Oh, I happen to be really, really good at hunting and killing people," the next. (Without debating the personhood of shapeshifters, even though I think they actually probably are.)

I put the peanut butter on one side and the jam on the other. Reduces contamination of the jam jar.
posted by Athanassiel at 9:40 PM on May 3, 2015

Yeah, that is the correct way to do the pb&j, Athanassiel. It also means you don't end up with a chunky, globby distribution of jelly which is what happens to Peter here.

Yeah, I kind of thought instead of weaponising Peter that maybe the machine was just bringing the conman side of Peter back to the forefront.

It also annoys me that Astrid isn't the one to crack the code since we've seen her do it previously.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 9:57 PM on May 3, 2015

Maybe Joshua Jackson doesn't have to make his own PBJs. He has people for that. Or maybe he likes all the jam in the middle. I was flabbergasted when I realised not everyone is careful to spread the peanut butter (butter, jam, honey, whatever you are putting on the piece of bread/toast) to the edges. Some people just slop it in the middle and move the knife around a little, but leave a moat of un-augmented bread. Weird.

I think Astrid was being nice to Olivia. I mean, OLIVE = Olivia is not exactly way out there.
posted by Athanassiel at 10:26 PM on May 3, 2015

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