"Anomaly XB-6783746" is the title of the episode. Yes, that does sound like a warranty.
This episode aired Friday, December 21st and will be up on Hulu for streaming (for free) and as Fox for free streaming tomorrow.
We're getting down to the end of the line with the show. There are three episodes left. The next one airs Friday January 11th and then, the following Friday, we get the last two episodes on the same night.
I was going to post Friday but Adam's been a reader for at least 3 years and he's a Fringe fan. He says he'll buy the last three episodes on Amazon to watch early but why do I need to leap forward a day. (IF you're confused, Fox is a cheap ass bastard. If you don't subscribe to cable or Dish, you can't watch Fringe the day after it airs. You have to wait 8 days. The eighth day for this episode was today.)
Okay, so what to do with this episode.
There's a ton of ways to go.
But the most important way is the right way, to just say it: Nina dies.
Nina Sharp met Olivia when Olivia went to work for Fringe Division in season one. Nina was carrying on Billy's business (while Billy was on the alternate earth). She knew Walter, of course, and three of them (Billy, Walter and Nina) had worked together. (Billy was played by Leonard Nimoy, by the way.) (May still be. For all I know, Billy's popping up in one of the last three episodes.) Olivia wasn't sure she could trust Nina.
On the other earth, Nina was evil. She raised Olivia but would turn on her to advance herself.
To save the world, at the end of season three, Peter died and was erased. See, Walter's Peter died. Walter tried to come up with a solution to save his sick son. He almost did but a Watcher appeared. That was September. September appeared at the wrong moment. Walter missed it where the mixture would have worked. Peter wasn't supposed to die. Walter and Billy had a device where they could look into the alternate world. Where Peter 2 was dying. Walter knew how to save a Peter now. He crossed over and he grabbed Peter and brought him back to our world. He and his wife raised Peter as their own. This led to things being forever altered.
To set the worlds back on the right path, Peter gave his own life at the end of the third season. He was supposed to die (in a machine created by Walter 2) and this would erase him -- all traces of him.
But instead, he was erased but ended up in a pond on our earth. For most of season four, he thought he had to find his way home. He finally realized that he was on earth. Some details changed when Peter was erased. This included that Nina was much closer to Olivia and took her in as a child (like she did on the second earth).
So our Nina's position has changed since the show began even though it's the same Nina.
Season five is about the future. We're years ahead into the future. The Watchers have taken over. Walter, Olivia, Peter and Astrid were frozen in amber for years. Now they're out and trying to overthrow the Watchers who control everything. Nina Sharp is too valuable for the Watchers to kill. She's also able to keep them from 'reading' her. She is helping Peter, Olivia, Astrid and Walter. And she has some black off sites. Olivia needs her help this episode so she goes to Olivia. It's about Michael (the boy Watcher).
Nina's assistant helps the Watchers when they show up. They suspect Nina because a weapon that only she could have had access to was used (last episode). They show up and they are too late to grab her.
She takes Olivia, Peter and Walter to an off-site. They're they'll try to communicate with Michael. She's the one ("brilliant!" Walter explains) that Michael can't understand what they are saying. So they need two devices of this helmet that they only have one on. Peter, Olivia and Walter go to the grab the other one.
Nina steps outside (above ground) at some point and calls her office. That's when her comm can be read and she's finally traceable. The Watchers are torturing one of Nina's trusted assistants. They stop and Olivia and company rush in (and kill the junior crew). The assistant says that Nina's location has been found, that's why they left.
Olivia calls Nina (still above ground) and tells her. Nina can't go home, can't go back to the company, that life is over.
So will Nina run?
She goes underground to talk to Michael in the off-site lab. He touches her to convey memories.
And she is happy for them but then sees the Watchers above ground outside. She tells Michael to come with her.
Then they enter and Nina shows no fear. After the Watchers find dead Watchers who've been dissected Windmark tells Nina she's an animal but she tells him he's the animal. She tells him they have the lizard quality of turning the head sideways to shut out other sounds. She also grabs a Loyalists's gun. (Loyalists are humans who have sold their souls to the Watchers.) Widmark tells her she can't hurt him with that (normal bullets don't kill Watchers). Nina says she knows that. She shoots herself in the head.
She did that to prevent Widmark from extracting information from her brain about Olivia, Peter, Walter and Astrid as well as Michael.
After she kills herself, they leave. Olivia, Peter and Walter arrive. They're horrified. Peter's the one who realizes Nina killed herself and did so in order for the plan to overthrow the Watchers to still be possible. Olivia's the one who realizes Michael is present still. They find him where Nina hid him. He's safe.
They take him back to Boston and use the two devices to communicate -- to try to. Michael takes his off, walks over to Walter, touches his cheek and conveys all these memories to him.
Which leads to the last line of the episode. Walter says, "I know who Donald is. Donald is September."
Donald is the man who was helping Walter hide Michael. They haven't been able to find Donald and knew little about him other than he was some guy who helped Walter. Now they know the person helping Donald was the Watcher who always showed up to assist in the last seasons.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"