The sixth stop on our rewatch hike sees us revisit “The Cure” in search of new perspectives and connections.
This is an episode we are renaming – “This One Will Make You Special”. Why? You’ll have to hit the jump to find out.
- This is the episode were Olivia is really grouchy.
- Emily can’t remember what happened to her. Join the club, we have quite a few of those.
- Red and blue medicine. Note – the red makes you “better”, while the blue makes you “special”. We could apply this to the color thematics representing the two universes – red indicating the alternate reality and blue the ‘main’ universe. Can we glean anything from that?
- Or perhaps the writers were going for a take on the red/blue pill ‘Matrix’ premise? In other words, which universe makes you better and which makes you special. Which universe is real and which is an illusion? Just some of the things to consider.
- A bell. On a door. In an episode featuring Massive Dynamic. To to Batcave, stat!
- Don’t talk about “rebirth” around Peter, Walter!
- Olivia: “83% of kidnap victims are abducted by someone they know”. I’m not sure that this line stood out to me before, but when the words ‘kidnap’ and ‘abduction’ are said around Peter I kinda feel uneasy.
- Ah, the Pattern. That takes me back. Back to the days of exploding heads and possibly linked coincidences. When people were preparing for something but we didn’t know what. The Pattern must surely be going on while Olivia’s attention is distracted with ‘bigger’ things. Unless, of course, Olivia’s mind was the source of the Pattern. Stop this crazy talk.
- Olivia was so driven in this episode. Mostly for other people although subliminally for herself. The motivation to get to the bottom of the ‘wrongs’ in the world has since become so very personal to her.
- Dr. Patel to Olivia “You should just walk away, you have no idea who you’re dealing with”. Tell that to someone who’s not a Cortexiphan kid.
- RIP Mr. Papaya. Your clinical trial was short lived. You were the friendliest of fruits, but sadly, not the strongest.
- Olivia’s master plan to go undercover at Esterbrook’s function? Wear a BADGE! Badges make anything possible. In fact, the world would be a better place if only we had more badges. Just ask Peter, a recent badge owner.
- Esterbrook – red tie. Just sayin’.
- Esterbrook gets weird: “How old are you? 28..29? You’re an attractive young woman, I’m sure you want to start a family one day. It would be a SHAME, if anything got in the way of that”. Wow, Esterbrook’s mother sure raised him well, didn’t she!? This is the other reference to Olivia’s reproductive organs that I mentioned earlier in the rewatch. They probably intended to go somewhere with this (other than pointing out the fact that Esterbrook is a total douchebag). Look at Olivia’s face during Esterbrook’s taunt – her demeanor breaks for a couple of seconds and tears form in her eyes. That has to mean something, even if it’s just to convey a certain character point. Some might look to this as evidence that suggests Ella is actually Olivia’s child. I’d sooner point out the possible relationship between Esterbrook’s threat to prevent Olivia from having kids and that fate actually befalling alternate R@chel, who died during childbirth.
- Broyles wants Olivia to control her emotions. Either he’s a very good Cortexiphan trainer or he just doesn’t get it yet. As jerky as he’s being, it’s hard to not love Broyles in this scene – although I heart Olivia for trying to have the last word.
- Peter tells Olivia that everyone is allowed their bad days, in preparation for his stinky attitude in
- Interesting. So, Olivia claims that her step-father got abusive when he drank. Is this why the writers made her a heavy drinker? (to be fair, it’s not been stated that she’s a ‘heavy’ drinker, but considering each episode runs about 40 minutes long and we’ve had dozens of Olivia/alcohol references, it’s safe to say that they’re trying to tell us something).
- Olivia’s mom never called the police on the woman-beating scum. Olivia decided that SHE would have to play ‘law enforcement’ from an early age. I continue to wonder whether Olivia’s protective urge was a product of Cortexiphan, or something more innate – perhaps both? Either way, I found this scene useful as it gives me a stronger sense of Olivia’s chosen path, even if it wasn’t actually ‘chosen’ on a conscious level.
- It’s also interesting to consider the later reveal (in 1.21) that Olivia’s mom was a woman of faith. I guess Olivia’s ambivalence towards faith may also have stemmed from the idea that she didn’t think that it helped her mom out of her abusive situation – help never came, in Olivia’s eyes. And yet I find that Olivia is a ‘believer’ once you scratch the surface.
- Olivia was a was capable of murder from a very young age. She tried to kill her step-father. An act borne out of choice, yet defence. How many 9 year olds would be capable of pulling that trigger, I wonder? I’m intrigued by the ease with which Olivia recounts the story and I’m interested in the intent behind this portrayal. She’s almost…wistful. It’s as if she wants to hurtle back in time to pull that trigger for a third time to finish the job. Peter looks uncomfortable. My mind casts back to the “incident” and Brenner’s ‘disappearance’. An accident because Olivia was scared. It was an accident, right, Olive? I guess I don’t call her the “Dunhamnator” for nothing.
- Olivia unknowingly draws a parallel between her step-douche and Walter: “I know that he’s not responsible for all of the bad things in the world, but he is responsible for some of them”. You can see why she hates Walter just a wee bit. And I do get the impression (since the cafe ripping) that a piece of her despises the man.
- I’ve mentioned this numerous times, I’m sure. But why does Olivia have such a clear memory of this event but not the clinical trails? I know, I know, deactivation, memory cloaking, trauma – but even so, we need to explore Olivia’s sketchy memories.
- Peter calms Olivia and presents a solution. You would think that the boy has a magic power, or something.
- Nina riding horses. That’s one spin-off I don’t want to see. And look at that big bright red building in the background. Just sayin’.
- Nina’s big elaborate plan. It’s so obvious now. And she’s got Peter’s soul. I dread to think what she’ll ask for when she finally decides to cash in her I.O.U.
- Peter: “They made her radioactive. They turned her into a weapon”. Says the guy who’s a weapon.
- Nina helps Peter because she wants something. What then does Peter want from Olivia? A date, perhaps? Those two – yeah right, as if that’s going to happen!
- Is this the most sadistic that we’ve ever seen Olivia?
- Broyles isn’t happy. Has arms folded. Is secretly pleased. The take-away – don’t buy the poker face.
- Olivia says that Broyles is welcome to fire her, but she hopes that he doesn’t. She really doesn’t want to work for Nina and her constant mind-buggery.
- Olivia was still such a pawn at this stage. I guess, in many ways, she still is.
- The “red” toothbrush is Peter’s. If only you know Peter, if only you knew. (although, technically, blue is his color. But still, red for alternate universe, and all that jazz).
- I remember now, this was the birth of “Petah”. If I have to watch a season of these two making sexy-eyes at each other I’ll rename him Petarrgh! Unbearable. Where’s Newton when you need him. At least he knows how to bring the cool.
- Is it me, or did Peter check out Olivia’s booty? VERY professional Peter. Now go upstairs and lull yourself to sleep. I really can’t remember this episode being so shippy. Perhaps I had those memories removed from my brain like Walter.
- I wonder if we’ll explore Olivia’s step father in the alternate universe before we explore that story any further Over Here?
Mysteries & Answers
- Who was Intrepus working for?
- My Opinion: I’d love to say Massive Dynamic, because I went for them with the Jacob Fischer shenanigans, but Nina was clearly opposed to Intrepus. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Nina set up the ‘buyer’ as part of her master plan to bring down the company while giving Olivia another test.
Newly Observed Clues
- None of note recorded.
- The intention behind Esterbrook threatening Olivia’s reproductive organs.
- Walter: “I myself once cured this one in a dream – opium. Fantastic stuff. Of course I forgot how I did it as soon as I woke up”
- Olivia: “You better get back upstairs before Walter falls asleep on your bed”
- Peter: “He has actually done that before, while I was sleeping. It’s really not something you want to wake up to”.
Evidence of Narrator
- The episode is driven by Olivia’s emotions as her past manifests itself in more ways than one. Interesting.
- “This is upsetting because he is the friendliest of fruits”
Best Retrospective Performance: Joshua Jackson
Favorite Retrospective Moment: Mr. Papaya
Retrospective Episode Rating: 6.5/10
- All Rewatches past and present
- 1.04 The Arrival Rewatch (comments)
- Last year’s The Cure Rewatch
- Original “The Cure” Clues
Next Rewatch Episode – 1.07 “In Which We Meet Mr. Jones”, Friday, August 6, 2010.
If you have any comments on the above rewatch, or you have your own rewatch thoughts and observations, feel free to share them in the comments below. While I have personally chosen to tackle new perspectives, feel free to approach this rewatch however suits you best.