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Discussion Post - Inner Child


Original Airdate: April 7, 2009

Episode Summary

Screencaps

Glyphs Code: WALTER (source: Fringepedia)

Observer Sighting

Quotes
Broyles: Dr. Bishop? Any thoughts?
Walter: Perhaps. First I need a piece of special equipment. My turntable.
Broyles: Is that some kind of lab equipment?
Walter: No, no, a turntable. Record player. You enjoy music, don't you, Mr. Broyles? Well imagine the agony of having an extensive record collection and having no means to play it.
Peter: The agony.
Broyles: I'll have someone get right on it.

Peter: Walter. Olivia's here, she needs to talk to you. Walter!
Walter: Could she come back later? I'm about to step in the bath.
Peter: No, she can't come back later. It's the middle of the night. She needs to talk to you right now.
Walter: (comes out of the bathroom) Honestly, Peter, can't a man get... Agent Dunham. Peter, why didn't you tell me Agent Dunham was here?
Peter: I'm pretty sure I did.

Walter: Pheromones. Undetectable chemicals that nonetheless affect our behavior, our sex drive...
Peter: (points to Walter's open bathrobe) Hey, speaking of sex drive...
Walter: Oh, Peter, don't be such a prude. I'm sure Agent Dunham knows what a penis looks like. Don't you, Agent Dunham?
Peter: My father, ladies and gentlemen.

Olivia: Walter, the last time you used that thing, you drilled it into the guy's head.
Walter: If you think he'll find it disagreeable... I suppose it could be modified.
Peter: Really? You didn't think to mention that to the last guy?

Walter: "Cannot Build Phallic Puzzles In The Lab"...
Peter: What is he doing?
Astrid: Mnemonics. You know, like a rhyme or phrase to help memory. Like, uh, HOMES stands for the Great Lakes. That's Huron...
Peter: I'm familiar with that. Why is he doing it?

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Discussion Questions

1. What was your favourite moment, or what did you like best about this episode?

2. Why do you think the child seemed to form a bond to Olivia, but not with the others?

3. What do you think happened to the child after the episode ended?

4. The child resembles the Observers, and one of the Observers seems interested in him. Do you think he's one of them?

5. Do you think we'll see the child again in a future episode?

(some of these questions were taken from the unanswered questions for this episode at Fringepedia.)

Share your thoughts, favourite quotes, screencaps and theories! Recommend fanfic, fanart, reviews, meta and other fanworks in the comments (and yes, you can even recommend your own fanworks, if you want)...
Tags: discussion post, inner child, season 1
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September 28 2010, 21:25:47 UTC 6 years ago Edited:  September 28 2010, 21:45:43 UTC

You know sometimes I read these questions and I think to myself, if I was assigning this for my students that's exactly what I would ask...

1. What was your favourite moment, or what did you like best about this episode?

The first time I watched this episode I didn't think much of it. However, I do think it improves greatly with repeated viewing. Fav moment? Any scene with Olivia in it. She is at her best in this episode.

2. Why do you think the child seemed to form a bond to Olivia, but not with the others?

We don't see a lot of other peole speaking directly to the child, which Olivia does. In fact it is one of the first things she does do. Everyone else talk s around him, and about him. She talks to him.

Also, there's a possibility he senses she the one with the most amount of need so he reaches out to her to help her in the best way he can. As well as knowing that she wants to help him in anyway she can.

Lastly, it could have something to do with the Cortexiphan and her abilities.

3. What do you think happened to the child after the episode ended?

I give him a 'happily ever after' label and leave it at that. Mostly because from what I've read about feral children, it rarely ends well, so I try not to think about it too much. However, if you are interested in the subject you might want to try The Music of Dolphins, which I once unwittingly bought for my class library. Also Hatchet, which is not quite the same thing, but a really good YA novel nonetheless.

4. The child resembles the Observers, and one of the Observers seems interested in him. Do you think he's one of them?

When I'm not doing the above, I do tend to think he is one.

One has to wonder if that's what that CIA guy was refering to when he said 'we have another one'.

5. Do you think we'll see the child again in a future episode?

I hope not. I'm in the camp that thinks, the less we know about the Observers the better the mystery. I don't need answers there.
It feels so weird to be watching this episode while watching season 3. Also I didn't realise it sooner (I'm way behind the curve here), but the words on the opening credits change each season.

The room they find the kid in reminds me of SL27 in the Pretender. Complete with creepy kid.

We don't often get to see Olivia in her mroe natural environment, and this must be about the last time we see her working a normal case. It's all down hill from here.

Walter actually talks about eating millipedes. I have no words... Between this and the effect of what The Artist does (not to mention the sounds he makes while 'fixing' poor Sam Gilmore, this has to rank as one of the grossest episodes of Fringe without actually showing much of anything.

A couple of references to Peter's childhood. the first is when Walter mentions that he didn't talk much as a child and the second when Peter talks about the action figure having a scar on the other side of his face.

The child actors in this show are truly fantastic.

Also I love the way the kid writes upside down - a reference to how he responds to other people. These are not his ideas, his thoughts, his writing. This is for Olivia so it is written so she understands.

I always feel sorry for the porr meat packer guy, when he realises he sold that plastic to the killer. :( What a horrible reaslisation.

Ella is 4 here and 7 in Brown Betty. :|