07 October 2011
Walter undergoes his monthly mental health evaluation, a condition of his release from the loony bin. He also continues to see/hear Peter, and Joshua Jackson continues to have the Best/Easiest Job on Television. Everybody else on this show plays 2 people, and he can't be bothered to play one. Lucky bastard. Elsewhere, Olivia is running facial recognition software on a sketch of Peter.
Freak of the Week: Two boys are killed by some kind of creeping, vine-looking virus thing (but one tragically buck-toothed boy survives) and their bodies decompose at a crazy rate. They also eventually burst and spread spores everywhere. One busts open in containment in the lab, but the other busts open at the morgue, and the team has to don hazmat suits to walk around the fungus-infested room.
Walter has some sweet bonding moments with Bucky Bucktooth. He needs his son back! We learn that in this timeline, when Walter crossed over to steal the other Peter, Peter 2 drowned in the icy lake. So no Observer intervention.
It turns out the surviving kid has some weird psychic connection to the fungus (which Walter names "Gus"). When the team tries to eradicate the fungus with UV light and flamethrowers, the kid's back at the lab, feverish and bothered by bright flashes of light. Walter has to figure out how to disconnect their link before Gus continues to spread; it's some kind of weird emotional connection and Walter figures out the key to letting the kid know he's not alone, to letting the kid let go from Gus. And just in time - because Gus started to infect Lincoln!
Once Bucky is gone, Walter settles in for a little self-lobotomy. What - LSD isn't good enough? Olivia comes in before he hammers the long needle into his brain (though it's still inserted into his eye - ICK!). Walter's worried that he's going insane and will be sent back to the asylum. Olivia shows him her sketch of Peter and says she's been seeing him in her dreams for 3 weeks.
Walter's Food Thing of the Week: He makes milkshakes for himself and the kid -- which they enjoy whilst wearing tinfoil hats, of course. He also craves a grape Popsicle after putting the kid in an ice bath.
This Week's Code: REBORN.
I miss my old team. I want them all together and I want my old timeline back!!! I still love the show because it's got all my favorite characters, but it still feels incomplete. Be reborn already, Pacey!