Remember Sea-Monkeys from when you were a kid?
You know, those little brine shrimp thingies that appeared to magically come to life when you added water?
Now imagine them growing in your stomach. Only they have spikes on their backs and they grow to be a foot long. After killing you from the inside, they exit through your mouth.
That was the premise of the latest episode of “Fringe.”
It begins with Olivia strapped to a gurney, getting a spinal injection from the masked man who kidnapped her before the series’ hiatus.
After escaping, Olivia calls Broyles to tell him what happened. He sends an FBI team to investigate, but when they get there, they pull guns on Olivia and tranquilize her. When she awakes, she’s handcuffed to a hospital bed. In walks Sanford Harris, a man she helped convict for sexual harassment. Unfortunately, the conviction was overturned and he’s been put in charge of investigating the Fringe team. Can you say awkward?
After learning that a professor died from one of the aforementioned Sea-Monkey creatures, the team jumps into action — albeit more carefully now that Harris is watching their every move.
Turns out, the prof was going to take a job at the Center for Disease Control to coordinate responses to biological threats. While Walter dissects the Sea-Monkey, Olivia decides to take a scientist who was slated to co-chair the committee with the professor into protective custody.
Unfortunately, the custody isn’t too protective and he dies after double agent Mitchell Loeb gives him the Sea-Monkey/water concoction.
After putting two-and-two together, Olivia realizes that Loeb was the one who kidnapped her. Loeb goes on the run, but the team finally apprehends him — after Olivia kills his wife.
While interrogating Loeb, he scolds Olivia for ruining “their” plan, that there is a conflict with two sides in a war, that he was only trying to save Olivia and that she has no idea what she has done.
While Peter tries to brush it off, telling Olivia that Loeb is nuts, Loeb sounds like he’s telling the truth … and it’s scary.