“I don’t wanna talk” – the words dripped from Altlivia’s mouth like honey from a honey cake, and Peter was the bee who wanted to get busy. In spite of his doubts over Olivia’s weird behaviour – he was ready to level-up, to get his, and no talk make Peter happy!
As Fringe often dabbles in the parallel, the same words may well be echoed at a future point by Olivia when Peter tries to explain why he did what he did (if indeed he did it). And this time, instead of an explosion of unbridled joy, Peter may find himself on the end of the Dunhamnator’s right hook.
But as the dust begins to settle on the bedroom debacle, perhaps Peter can somehow find his way out of another fine mess? Maybe..just maybe this is just a (gigantic) speed bump on their path to eternal love?
With that in mind, we try to stay positive for the pair by scrambling together 6 possible ways in which Olivia might learn to forgive her wayward man.
Before we give hope to Peter, let’s just say that this post is based on the premise that he did actually do the deed with Altlivia. That’s our disclaimer in case the writers pull a fast one!
Olivia might find her self believing that it’s not really his fault. I mean, yes, he blatantly ignored the alarm bells and seems to have submerged his brains to his lower regions, but the whole reality switcheroo thing, the war, the undercover spy thing? That’s not really his fault. (although he probably should have stayed Over There to talk things through with Walternate).
2. ‘He was kinda with me, Right?’.
Olivia might convince herself that while Peter may not exclusively love her, he does seem to love a version (or versions) of her. The haunted version for the Mondays and the playful version for the weekends, that sort of thing. Could this enough for the Dunhamnator? Will she take what she can get?
3. ‘He was between a rock and a very hard place’.
Olivia knows more than most knows what it’s like to have one’s reality flipped upside down, perhaps she’ll have sympathy for Peter once she finds out that he didn’t know his Olivias from his Altlivias? Maybe her own experiences on the other side will make Peter’s shenanigans with Altlivia less personal and more forgivable?
4. ‘It’s not you, it’s me’.
Perhaps Olivia will discover that, actually, she’s not really all that into Peter, and thus finds it easier to forgive him? Maybe her time on the other side will broaden her horizons to the point where she believes that Peter is more friend material than the love of her life?
“It’s not you, Petah, it’s me”.
Let’s face it, Olivia is good at that. She denied her own ability for long enough, and managed to block out years of child abuse, and yes, even her growing feelings for Peter, so maybe she will be able to deny the fact that Peter and Altlivia ever slept in her bed performing all manner of unimaginable acts (and by ‘acts’ I mean Broadway plays, naturally). Perhaps she’ll block it out or convince herself that it never happened – “The elephant in the room doesn’t exist. Petah, take that elephant outside!”
6. ‘I knew it wasn’t you all along, Liv’.
Say what!? Peter might pull the ultimate rabbit from his hat and claim that he knew all along that Altlivia wasn’t Olivia. His defence?
“I was playing along so that I could get informations about the war, and stuff”.
With her mind in pieces, Olivia might find herself accepting Peter’s pathetic excuse.
These are just six possible ways in which Olivia could some day learn to forgive (or forget) Peter’s indiscretion. In truth, I don’t think she can overlook what he did. People do manage to repair relationships broken by affairs but how many of them involve the guy sleeping with the woman’s doppelganger? The closest thing you can really get to that would be if Peter slept with Olivia’s sister (or mother), and I’m not touching that one with a ten-foot pole.
But perhaps you can think of other scenarios by which the pieces of their ‘great love’ can be repaired and reformed? Can healing be brought to their world?
Meanwhile, Remember Petah. Remember..