Today our rewatch tour takes us to Germany Land where we meet Mr. Jones and all his charm. Our mission is clear – new perspectives and connections, and maybe a sarcastic poke or two along the way.
To us, this episode will always be called “Jonesing for Mr. Jones”, because aren’t we all, dear friends, aren’t we all.
- Mitchell Loeb. One word. Dedicated. Another word. Insane.
- Broyles gets sentimental: “The man lying in that room is not just a colleague. He’s a friend”. Man, he sure knows how to choose them! Loeb, Harris, who else, Big Eddie?
- Olivia/Astrid Watch: Olivia actually speaks to Astrid. Incredible rare footage!
- Samantha Loeb comes off really fake in her scene with Olivia. It’s somewhat surprising that Olivia didn’t suss her out there and then. I mean, obviously Samantha was worried about Mitchell, but there was also something insincere about her. I guess Olivia wanted to help these two ‘love-birds’. Something about that must have appealed to her.
- Walter’s talk about the parasite’s signature and the repeating pattern being the mark of a creator got me thinking again about the two universes (and possible ‘multiverse’) and the commonalities that they share. “Too organized to be accidental, too perfect to be natural”, according to Walter. If we apply this to the wider story, what or who created the two universes? Are we looking at the result of a ‘Big Bang’, or a benevolent hand? Or perhaps one universe gave ‘birth’ to the other – in-line with the ‘road not taken’ premise? Are “Over Here” or “Over There” derivitive works, or the originals? I guess it totally depends on which way they want to go, but it’s possible that at least one of the universes we encounter will be held up as being the first. Would that make it any more ‘real’ than the other universes?
- Broyles: “Agent Dunham there is much you haven’t been made aware of regarding the Pattern”. Oh Broyles, you kidder, you!
- Broyles: “You got superpowers you ain’t been telling me about?” She sure has. She also has an ex-boyfriend in Germany.
- Ex-boyfriend dude. Red tie. Just sayin’.
- Olivia really likes a man in uniform. Peter better dust off that Robin outfit he bought for that fancy dress party!
- New idea for a Fringe spin-off: Walter jabbers on about some random thing while Broyles just stands there staring at him as if he wants to throw up through his eyes. I’d watch.
- Peter: “There’s no master switch. I can’t flick and turn him into the man I wish had raised me”. I just thought this was pretty poignant.
- When Broyles said: “Another Mole in this office?”, my heart skipped a beat as visions of Molebaby flashed past my eyes. Thanks episode 2.02..thanks!
- Olivia and Ex-boyfriend dude back at his place after he promised to cook up a storm: I see plenty of kissing but not much cooking going on. Lucas, you lied to me. Damn you! (I guess they had already eaten. Even so, I don’t trust him).
- It seems clear that Jones knew exactly who Olivia was. His first words to her highlight this point: “What a pleasure this is”. Although he may just have been desperate for visitors – but I doubt that was the insinuation.
- Jones claims that there is something more valuable than his freedom and that he wasn’t responsible for agent Loeb’s infection. The second one I get since Mitchell infected himself. Are we to assume that getting revenge on William Bell was more important than his freedom? Not sure that tallies, to be honest.
- Walter hands Astrid a needle. Thankfully she sees it coming this time. He then hands her an even bigger needle and her eyes momentarily glaze over. Poor lamb.
- Jones: “The people I work with are loyal to the end”. This idea of ‘loyalty’ has always interested me, particularly regarding the alternate universe storyline. Peter furthered this idea towards the end of season 2 when he questioned his place in the universe. Despite being taken from the other side against his will, his allegiance, he felt, belonged to Olivia and Walter. The very people who unhinged him with their deception, were also the glue that brought him back. Of course, there may be other factors, such as his displacement on the other side and feeling like a pawn to Walternate’s Weapon, but it will be interesting to see this question expanded as the trials and tribulations of the struggle erode and rebuild relationships.
- Jones presses Olivia: “TICK-TOCK-TICK-TOCK”. Oh Jones, I do miss you, you crazy loon!
- Interesting that Jones honored his request to provide the cure upon receiving the answer. Though in actual fact he wasn’t being a gentleman, he still needed Mitchell alive to arrange his teleportation from prison.
Remaining Mysteries & Possible Answers
- Why did Walter hook Peter up to car batteries as a kid?
- My opinion: Probably to make him better after kidnapping the poor kid (did he suffer adverse affects we don’t yet know about?). Or maybe he was trying to make him special (weapon-related?). Perhaps he wanted to find out just how special this version of Peter was – particularly in light of September’s hint?
Newly Observed Clues
- The infamous number 8: Apparently, Joe Smith went back and forth from Budapest 8 times in past 12 months.
Dreams & Sleep
- Broyles advises Olivia to ‘get some sleep while you can’.
- “You got superpowers you ain’t been telling me about?”
Best Retrospective Performer: Jared Harris
Best Retrospective Moment: The end scene with the Loebs and their twinkling eyes of treachery.
Retrospective Rating: 7.5/10
- All Rewatches past and present
- 1.06 The Cure Rewatch (comments)
- Last year’s In Which We Meet Mr. Jones Rewatch
- Original “IWWMMJ” Clues
Next Rewatch Episode – 1.08 “The Equation”, Monday, August 9, 2010.