The Fringe team in the parallel universe is alerted about a breach in the system. The alternate versions of Charlie and Olivia (aka Bolivia) go to check it out with another agent, Lincoln Lee, who uses equipment to monitor an “event.”
Charlie discovers a man whose face is covered in tumors in a theater where they are monitoring the event. Bolivia (alt world Olivia) and Lincoln are confused by the man’s belongings. “Who the hell is Jackson?” Lincoln says, looking at the former President on the $20 bill. The alternate world agents do not see Walter, Olivia and two other people as they sneak away and out of the theater.
In a flashback 36 hours earlier Walter watches surveillance footage of Walternate (Walter in the alternate universe) taking Peter to the other side. Walter and Olivia remember that the Observer told him Peter must never go to the other side.
Olivia, Walter and Broyles show Nina the drawing the Observer gave Walter and she recognizes it as William Bell’s technology. In the lab at Massive Dynamic, Brandon explains that to cross over to the Other Side, an entity’s cells need to separate and may not come back together with the same cohesion. Brandon thinks that Bell crossed over so many times that he may be degenerating which probably why he stays on the other side. Nina says that Olivia and the other Cortexiphan kids have the ability to cross over, especially if they work together.
One of the Cortexiphan kids,Nick, knows Olivia as “Olive.” Broyles brings Nick and two others, James and Sally to a new Fringe situation room. The three Cortexiphan subjects recognize Walter as the one who subjected them to tests as children. He asks them to help save Peter.
That night, James goes to a hospital and uses his powers to cure all the dying patients. Nick and Sally retreat to a hotel room and make love with all the power that their abilities have endowed them. Olivia gives her niece Ella a cross on a chain from Olivia’s mother, and Olivia says goodbye to her sister Rachel, not knowing whether she will ever see her again.
Nina sends word to Bell to meet the team crossing over and Broyles fears Olivia doesn’t have a real plan once they reach the Other Side. Walter coaches Olivia, Nick, Sally and James on making their imaginations focus on allowing the universe to slip through them. James collapses as tumors start sprouting up on his face and steam rises from Sally’s body as they realize they made it to the Other Side.
The alternate world Fringe squad examines James’ body as Walter, Olivia, Nick and Sally hide. Bolivia compares James’ $20 currency with hers (which has Martin Luther King, Jr. it) but thinks its a counterfeit.
An alarm is triggered at the alternate universe Department of Defense as the Jackson-faced $20 appears on a screen. Colonel Broyles alerts his agents that the Secretary of Defense wants to see them because of what they have found.
Bolivia, Charlie and Lincoln meet with Walternate who is the secretary of the Department of Defense. He tells them that their Fringe division, which started in 1985 to handle natural environmental disasters caused by holes in the universe, is based on his writings which are actually a lie. The holes were not natural but caused by men and they lead to a parallel earth like theirs. Walternate says that those who attempt to cross over into this world are about to start a war and orders them to capture those who have crossed over.
Peter wakes up in the alternate universe Bishop mansion, after sleeping for three days. Peter gets out of bed and talks to his mother Elizabeth in the kitchen. He explains that he thinks its his fault that his mother in the world committed suicide.
Olivia, Walter and the remaining Cortexiphans are forced to walk across New York in the alt world when they cannot take public transportation without identification. Walter hopes maybe Bell can help Sally, who is stumbling and clearly worn out, once they find him. Her eyes fill with blood. They make their way to Central Park, where Lincoln is waiting with police backup. Walter and Olivia run away but Lincoln shoots Nick. Sally is so upset she forces herself to burst into flames which engulf Lincoln. Bolivia shoots at Walter but he gets away.
Walternate leaves a technical blueprint for Peter. It’s the same weapon in the sketch that the Observer drew for Walter.
As he walks the city streets, Walter realizes he’s been shot and falls near a hospital. Olivia ducks into a phone booth and looks up Bolivia’s address in the digital directory. Meanwhile, Bolivia returns to her apartment and tells her boyfriend Frank about the events of her day. Olivia watches them from the street. She’s startled by William Bell, who says he did not set them up. Bell only just missed them at the park. He warns Olivia that Walter is in trouble and they don’t have much time.
Walternate enters a DoD chamber. The weapon is already built.
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