My Top 15 Peter/Olivia Moments
And hiatuses are no fun, so I thought I'd share this here.
So here are my moments and the format is picture, quote (that's supposed to match the moment), link to Youtube video of moment, quote of scene, and my really fan-girly commentary on why I love said scene.
And SPOILERS for all aired episodes thus far, S1 and S2.
What is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely you. - Richard Wilbur
Because he misses her!
BOLIVIA: What's she like?
PETER: She's a lot like you. Darker in the eyes, maybe. She's always trying to make up for something. Right some imaginary wrong. Haunted, I guess. Maybe she's nothing like you at all. Thanks for the ride.
BOLIVIA: Of course.
Okay, so I’m already kind of cheating by having an honorable mention but I figured it can count on this list as such because it’s Peter and Olivia from the other side (aka Bolivia or Alt!livia or whatever). And I just adore this scene because it says SO much about how Peter feels about Olivia. Joshua Jackson just did such a great job bringing all the emotion to this scene, the way he chokes up when he describes her…gah, it’s just beautiful. I feel that it’s in that moment that Peter really realized that he missed her, having this alternate self before him that wasn’t even close to his Olivia just reminded him of what he’d given up in coming back to his universe.
I love that he noticed a difference in eye color (because he’s been up close enough to our Olivia to be able to tell :P) and that he decided to talk about the one thing that I feel he both admires the most about Olivia and also the thing that most frustrates him about her -- her drive to always do the right thing for someone else besides herself, to right a wrong. And only Peter could know her well enough to describe her so perfectly in one word: “haunted.” I’d like to think there was some guilt on his part when he talked about her as haunted, knowing he’d left her behind when he’d said he’d always be there if she needed him. You suck, Peter. ;P
Seriously though, he misses her! And he doesn’t want to be with this poor excuse for an Olivia anymore (don’t get me wrong, I’m sure she’s wonderful but as far as I’m concerned she hasn’t got anything on his/our Olivia). His “Thanks for the ride” was such a ‘I want to be alone now, thanks, you can leave me’ dismissal-kind-of-thing. It made me happy. ☺
Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully. - Max Eastman
Because they’re flirting!
PETER: You've got to be kidding me.
OLIVIA: Congratulations, Mister Bishop. (on the phone, putting on her work shoes at her home) You've just won an all-expense-paid trip to New York City.
PETER: I thought I told your people to take me off your contestant list. (pouring coffee in kitchen)
OLIVIA: Not according to our records. (putting on jacket) It says here that you're a fan of fine dining and excitement.
PETER: Do you have a supervisor? Anybody there I could complain to? This has to stop.
OLIVIA: Did I mention there's excitement?
I had to include this one because Peter and Olivia are flirting. I’m more amazed that Olivia is flirting really, though. And it’s just so playful and cute and it feels so right and natural for their relationship and I adore it. I love how they keep the joke going on ‘till the end of the conversation. I love that, amidst all this having to wake up early and go to another state for their job, there’s just genuine humor and friendship. Scenes like this remind me why they just work. As friends, as something more, whatever. It’s just Peter and Olivia and their absolutely ridiculously goofy adorable-ness (yeah I just jammed a bunch of words together in some kind of mix of adverbs, adjectives, and nouns)
There is never jealousy where there is not strong regard. - Washington Irving
Because she’s jealous!
PETER: Any leads on the fourth victim?
OLIVIA: Nothing. You called Rachel last night - anything important?
PETER: Hardly. You know that song "If you like pina coladas?" We were trying to remember the name. It turns out it's called "Escape."
OLIVIA: So you two are friends now?
PETER: Does that bother you?
OLIVIA: (unconvincingly) No. (Peter grins as Olivia answers her ringing phone)
I always appreciated the character of Rachel, if only for this scene (no I appreciate the sister scenes too but seriously I adore this scene). I just love that he can tell that something else is on her mind and I love how she can’t help but ask about the phone call. And hahahaha, she has to ask about the status of their relationship, carefully uses the word “friends.” Then sometimes I think Peter just knew this conversation was going to happen, and I love how straightforward he is with his “Does that bother you?” and him totally grinning like a fool as he asks it. But it’s the shit-eating grin on his face after Olivia’s very unconvincing “no” that gets me every time. He’s enjoying the fact that she’s jealous entirely too much and it’s totally the reaction he wants from her. Oh, Peter, you sly dog, you. :P
A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. - Lois Wyse
Because he’s keeping her sane!
PETER: You know, until this year, I’d never actually been to a mental hospital
OLIVIA: learn to like new things.
PETER: Maybe I never gave it enough thought-- what Walter went through. I only every saw it from my own perspective. His being crazy was something he did to us. To my mother and me. It wasn't something that happened to him.
OLIVIA: Well, you were young.
PETER: Well, I’m not young anymore. Must be a terrible thing to not be able to trust your own mind.
So there are a lot of good scenes in this episode, but I’ve always loved this one the best. First of all, it always says so much to me about how much these two trust one another when one of them opens up about their past -- specifically about one of their parents. I like how Peter is willing to admit a fault in this scene, and -- even though he needs to say it -- Olivia still reassures him. She tries to make sure he’s not too hard on himself by reminding him of how young he was back then. And Peter is man enough to realize he’s not young anymore, good for him! And, then, Peter reaches out to her too by putting the palm of his hand on her back and just letting it rest there. Because sometimes there are no real words, and sometimes all you have to offer the other person is the fact that you’re right there beside them. That moment, that image of his hand on her back, is just such an iconic one for me when I think of their relationship (as it is, I couldn’t actually find a cap of the hand on back but I’m too lazy to check more thoroughly). They’re each other’s comfort and support.
Do I love you because you're beautiful,
Or are you beautiful because I love you?
- Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Cinderella
Because he cares about her!
PETER: What I want to know is what they wanted from you.
OLIVIA: Oh, who cares about me? I want to know who's next.
PETER: I care about you. If we can figure out why they needed you, then maybe we can figure out who's next.
OLIVIA: I'm gonna keep looking for someone who's connected to Kinberg and Simon. (departs the area)
WALTER: She is beautiful, isn't she?
WALTER: The slug.
Oh my goodness, I couldn’t NOT put this scene in here. There were scenes before this that hinted at more between them, but if I remember correctly this was the scene that made it so blatantly obvious to me that the writers were shipping Peter/Olivia. Or, at least, they were getting us ready so that we could all be shipping Peter/Olivia. ;) I mean this entire episode was filled with it with “Peter was really worried about you” from Walter. And I just really love the subtlety of the acting in this scene in particular. The very blunt, straightforward way Peter says “I care about you” right after her question & statement. It’s like he says it immediately without thinking but in such a manner-of-fact way that goodness gracious it IS fact. So there’s the writers giving us this big sign with ‘Hey Peter cares about Olivia.’ And, in case we missed it, the camera focuses in on both Olivia and Walter stopping and turning and looking at Peter in a ‘did you just say that?’ kind of way. :P So yeah there’s that nice, measured pause before Peter’s next line about “if we can figure out blah blah” and then there’s Olivia all not knowing what to do with his statement and avoiding it. And, in case we really REALLY missed it, there’s Walter’s “She’s beautiful, isn’t she?” and him tactfully saying he’s talking about “the slug” when really the two men know that the really beautiful one in that lab just left and Peter is still staring after her, suckers! But yeah, great scene, if only because I get to point at it and tell the whole world, “He cares about HER!!!!!!!!”
Actually, this seems to be the basic need of the human heart in nearly every great crisis - a good hot cup of coffee. - Alexander King
Because he brings her coffee and makes her smile!
PETER: Tell me. What else did that file say? About yours truly. How bad was it?
OLIVIA: I'm not at liberty to discuss it.
PETER: Why don't you go ahead and liberate yourself because I'm here now, so I kinda feel like I deserve the truth, don't you?
(Olivia looks at Peter without speaking.)
PETER: There was no file.
OLIVIA: I needed you back here.
PETER: So that was what? You were bluffing?
OLIVIA: I was desperate.
PETER: Yeahh, I'm usually pretty good at reading people. That's sorta what I do.
So, I don’t think this is one of the scenes others usually think of in their favorites but it is for me because it’s the one scene of theirs in the Pilot that made me think ‘huh, I can see a future for them.’ I mean, yes there’s the “sweetheart” line and their first meeting and the way he looks at her when she undresses and them at the end with her pleading with him to stay and such. All great scenes. But this scene is what really helped sell me on their potential. First off, I like it when they talk. Just talk, honestly, truthfully about whatever. And dude, the fact that he gets her coffee just makes me smile for some reason. It’s the smallest gesture but too utterly cute. Then I just love Peter here being all “liberate yourself” because that line always makes me giggle. And just the way he reacted when he realized that she had bluffed him. The con artist was conned, and you gotta love it and you gotta think that a part of Peter realized in that moment that he’d met his match. ;) And then there’s Olivia being a bit facetious (is that the right word? I never know if I’m using it right, eh) telling him he probably owes her a ‘thank you’ because of that car bomb and it just makes me smile. Then, when they’re talking about Big Eddie and him saying the house was cheating and there is Olivia SMILING. I was like, ‘He makes her smile!’ The man she loves is probably going to die in hours but somehow Peter still manages to evoke a genuine smile. That just always really stuck out to me. I don’t think she smiled at any other point in the episode…so yeah, show me where else she smiled in the Pilot after what happened to John (besides John waking up or whatever), and maybe I won’t love this scene as much as I do. ☺
If I had to sum up Friendship in one word, it would be Comfort. - Terri Guillemets
Because she thinks he’s cute!
PETER: I didn't wake you, did I? (shakes her head no and shows him her toothbrush. he enters. she closes the door and stares at his M.I.T. t-shirt) What?
OLIVIA: Cute. Except in my case, I actually graduated. (referencing her Northwestern t-shirt) I'm guessing, uh, you bought yours to impress the girls. (puts toothbrush away)
PETER: (candidly) Yeah, more or less.
OLIVIA: So what you got?
PETER: No, sleepwalkers don't generally get violent. And unlike Greg Leiter, they don't remember their experiences.
OLIVIA: (coy) Where'd you learn that? M.I.T.?
PETER: As a kid, I used to get these terrible nightmares, almost every night. So I know a thing or two about dreaming.
OLIVIA: I'm sorry. That must have been awful.
So sadly I couldn’t find a clip of the whole scene because, as much as I love the cute first part, it’s the entire scene that I really love as a whole and the part where he tells her about his nightmares as a child is one I find so important (besides the obvious foreshadowing for the bigger picture)! Anyways, so this entire episode is pretty great for them as there’s that fantastic Olivia-talks-about-Charlie-to-him scene too (and so the chosen quote for this moment about comfort is kind of for the whole episode really). But anyways, I love their matching t-shirts. It’s adorable and her actually being the one here to say something and call him “cute” even if it’s all mocking or whatever is fantastic. This moment also fits in nicely with Walter’s later comment that she can “see right through” him in the Bishop Revival episode as she totally knew what was up the MIT shirt. ;) Anyways, I always love when they confide in each other about their pasts because it makes me want to squee(!!) and I just loved Olivia’s reaction to what he said and the way Anna Torv said those lines of “I’m sorry. That must have been awful.” I just felt Olivia really was imagining a young Peter and her sorry seemed very sincere and of course Peter brushes it off as no big deal it was a long time ago and he’s honestly not fazed but the fact that Olivia was concerned about this young Peter was just really touching to me. So, basically, great scene.
There is still no cure for the common birthday. - John Glenn
Because he tells her ‘Happy Birthday’!
OLIVIA: I know where you got your information. About Claire Williams. What was her price? What did Nina Sharp want in return?
PETER: Nothing untoward, if that’s what you’re worried about.
PETER: You don’t have to worry about me. I am a big boy. I can take care of myself. You have been looking out for me, so I’m just returning the favor.
OLIVIA: Thank you.
PETER: There was no letter today, was there?
PETER: Happy birthday.
OLIVIA: You better get back upstairs before Walter falls asleep in your bed. Ahem.
PETER: Yeah. He has actually done that before. While I was sleeping. Really not something you want to wake up to.
OLIVIA: Good night.
PETER: Good night.
My guy friend even had to comment on the overwhelming amount of sexual tension between the two in this scene, and he doesn’t usually deign to make such comments. But yeah, the way that they look at each other in this…how she has to just look away and get up and break the tension with that comment about Walter…ah, it’s SO obvious. And the way he looks at her as she walks away when he says Good night…goodness gracious, I love it. But besides the blatant UST, there’s real substance and affection here. The chosen quote was me trying to be clever since the episode is called “The Cure.” And hey there’s no cure for the common birthday but that doesn’t mean that Peter’s not going to try and help her if he can, make her birthday better if he can. Awww…he’s such a sweetheart underneath it all, hah! I love love love this scene. One of the first times that he’s willing to put himself on the line for her, just to ease her burden the slightest bit.
If drinking is interfering with your work, you're probably a heavy drinker. If work is interfering with your drinking, you're probably an alcoholic. - Author Unknown
Because he’s impressed by her drinking and her counting cards!
PETER: Whoa, whoa, whoa… what's the rush? Two’s your limit?
OLIVIA: Is that a dare?
PETER: Okay, so top that.
PETER: Seriously? Oh, that's fantastic. Women never have card tricks.
Because it’s hard not to love this scene. I mean, look how happy she is in that picture?! You know, he’s on her case about not having a best friend earlier in the episode and then you see this scene and, you think, yeah they’re getting to be best friends (of course Charlie is her best friend as far as I’m concerned at this point in time but you can have more than one so it doesn’t really matter). But yes, it’s so nice to see them having FUN for once. Drinking and card tricks in a bar; it’s so awesome! I love that Olivia can match him when it comes to both. I love that he’s impressed rather than threatened (this is why they work so well, Peter is not threatened by the fact that Olivia Dunham is a badass). I just love Peter and Olivia as BFFs before lovers and this scene kind of shows why. Also, I know that it’s tough to tell and the transcript just had ellipses but whenever I hear the scene I do hear Peter call her “babe” which makes me all happy and fangirl-y. So I don’t know if I’m really hearing “babe” or that’s the shipper in me just wanting to hear babe but it doesn’t matter because I hear him say “babe” and the shipper in me is just fine with that. ☺
We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love. - Dr. Seuss
Because she’s always a little weird!
OLIVIA: They would be - if it hadn't been destroyed ten years ago. So... I was hoping that you might have one of your - weird connections?
PETER: (feigning insult) Weird connections?
OLIVIA: (not wanting to offend) They're... always a little weird.
PETER: (mocking like an older brother) Well, you're always a little weird.
OLIVIA: (waiting) What do you think? Come on.
PETER: (letting her off the hook). I think I've got a weird connection.
I’m just kind of in love with this scene because it’s so very awesome and so them. I love him being all mock-offended at her labeling of his contacts as “weird connections” and him turning it back on her and calling her weird. Hehe, they kind of act like children in this scene and it’s fantastic. They’re just so goofy and endearing and I heart them so much for it. And look at them pooling their resources to track down this book. Too cute!
A man is not where he lives, but where he loves. - Latin Proverb
Because she needs to see his face!
RACHEL: You were in an accident. Do you remember? In New York?
OLIVIA: Is Peter here? I need to see him.
RACHEL: He's here, he's here. (as Peter enters the room)
OLIVIA: I - I went somewhere.
PETER: I know, you went to New York.
OLIVIA: No. Yeah, but no.
PETER: Olivia, look, you were in an accident.
Okay, so this entire episode is pretty great for them and it does kill me to see Peter hurting and him at the bar and him saying ‘Goodbye’ (and he was totally going for her lips I feel in that moment) and the “It’s good to see you too” moment is absolutely lovely but this scene in particular always KILLS me. I guess I’m just such an Anna Torv fan and the way she portrays Olivia’s fear and desperation in this always make me hurt for Olivia so much. And the fact that she needs to see Peter of all people just tugs at my shipper heart. Of course, Peter is the only one who’d be able to understand what she was saying (and even then he doesn’t) but still it says a lot that -- even though her sister’s there -- she needs to see Peter. And I love the way he tries to calm her down and listen and how it’s him she trusts to get her her gun and such. And, the transcript says “I need to see him” but for some reason I’ve always heard “I need to see his face” and I guess it really doesn’t matter but I like the latter better. ☺
There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls. - Aeschylus
Because she’s worried about him!
OLIVIA: Peter, be careful. Peter. Peter, no!
PETER: Can't wait any longer.
OLIVIA: Stop it! Get away from him now!
PETER: I got his blood on me. If I wasn't infected before, I probably am now.
OLIVIA: Peter, this is insane!
PETER: They're down there and we're up here. And they're not sending anybody else up. This is our last chance to figure out whatever it was that he came here to try and sell. Rental car keys. Never take anything into a negotiation that can land you in jail. Always leave it in neutral territory.
AH! This episode in general is one of my favorites, and in choosing a favorite moment for these two from this one it was a toss-up between this scene and the one where he talks about having someone in your life to talk to when you’re scared. But, in the end, I went with this one because it kills me just how worried she is for him when she realizes Peter has the guy’s blood on him. I mean Peter’s been in danger before, kidnapped by that mind control guy and tortured for information in Season 1 and whatnot. But I feel like this was one when he was really really in danger and Olivia couldn’t do anything at this point in time, considering they didn’t have a cure yet for the virus. And how they look at each other when he’s washing the blood off and how freaked out she is…oh gosh, it really gets me every time. Especially when she’s out in the hallway, breathing in and out, trying to get herself to calm down. Olivia, being Olivia, wasn’t scared for herself but once Peter was infected…you could just tell she was trying to keep a level head. And yay, she helps save him in the end -- going back into the building (just like he came back for her in that other fantastic scene of theirs that will be coming up soon. ☺)
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place. - Zora Neale Hurston
Because for once in her life she has someone who needs her!
FICTIONAL PETER: So what made you wanna be a detective?
FICTIONAL OLIVIA: I don't know. Uh, I, uh... I guess that I just always knew what it was I was meant to do.
FICTIONAL PETER: And what's that?
FICTIONAL OLIVIA: To care for people.
FICTIONAL PETER: Then who cares for you?
FICTIONAL OLIVIA: Okay. I did it.
FICTIONAL PETER: Okay. There's one more. Must be nice to know who you are. To know your place in the world.
FICTIONAL OLIVIA: So what about you?
FICTIONAL PETER: Oh, I thought I did. I thought I knew who I was. But I was wrong.
FICTIONAL OLIVIA: Done. Peter? Peter? Peter? Please, Peter. (sings) For once in my life, I have someone who needs me. Someone I've needed so long, for once unafraid I can go where life leads me, and somehow I know I'll be strong. For once in my life, I won't let sorrow hurt me... not like it's hurt me before. For once I have something I know won't desert me. I'm not alone anymore. Peter. Hey.
FICTIONAL PETER: Hey. You did it.
Okay, okay, I know…kind of high on the list for a fictional scene, yes. BUT it’s freakin’ sweet and adorable and romantic and makes me all giddy and happy inside that it does rank near the top of my list. And, oh my gosh, could the writers be shipping this couple any more? There are a million things to love about this scene. First, of course there’s the whole fact that Olivia is mending Peter’s broken heart. There’s the “you’re gonna be fine.” And then they go back to that conversation in the beginning of S1 where he asks her why she wanted to be a cop and I just loved her answer about knowing she always wanted to care for people and OH MY GOSH…his response. It’s kind of corny and cheesy but just the right amount of cheese and the way Joshua Jackson pulled that line off makes the fangirl in me squee!!! like crazy. I just love that the writers are basically telling us what I’ve always felt about their relationship. Olivia is all about saving the world and helping others and she rarely ever thinks about her own well-being so it’s Peter who fulfills that role! He’s the one who cares for her. He’s her rock (hence the name Peter, suckers!) And then, you know, foreshadowing/reflection of the fact that he doesn’t know who he is or where he belongs (but we all find that out later ;)).
THEN OH MY GOSH. Anna Torv I could not love you more. First off, she has this way of saying the name “Peter” that really comes out strongly in this. I don’t know it’s just such an affectionate, caring way in which she says it. It gets me every time. And then her singing was perfect in this as far as I’m concerned. Just the perfect mix of vulnerability and fear and love and THANK YOU to the writers for choosing this song. So perfect for the situation and for them. Then oh gosh her face when she sings “I’m not alone anymore” and Peter is still not awake is just heartbreaking. Then the relief in her face when he wakes up! Oh gosh, Anna Torv, you are a goddess (I can’t help it; I’ve become such a big fan of hers). So yeah, this scene is near the top of the list because it’s a nice summation of all the reasons I love them. They’re freakin’ awesome together and they NEED each other.
P.S. I’m kind of in love with the “I’d take you dancing” breakfast scene too especially given the blatant flirting but I had to choose this one over it.
When love is not madness, it is not love. ~Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Because he couldn’t let her die alone!
PETER: Whoa whoa whoa whoa! Where are you going? Olivia, we gotta go. What did Jones say? Olivia...
OLIVIA: I need to do this. There is no other way.
PETER: If you stay here you are going to die. (one minutes, one second remains on the device) I'm not doing this with you Olivia. (he walks off to the elevators) You're out of your mind.
(Olivia studies the panel of lights on the device intently. Peter thinks better of his departure and returns to observe. Slowly, as Olivia concentrates, each of the 47 lights dims in random order. the final light dims just two seconds before the anticipated detonation)
PETER: You did it. What was that? How did you do that?
OLIVIA: (nearly in tears) I don't know. (panting) I don't know.
It’s kind of impossible for me not to put this one near the top. I like to call this one ‘Actions Speak Louder than Words!’ So Peter’s all like, “I’m not doing this with you Olivia” but the boy comes right back OF COURSE. But dude, seriously, they both could’ve died. I mean he probably would’ve died even had he gone down in that elevator, but he was guaranteeing his death by waiting up there with her. But wait he did. Because he looooveesss her (yes, say it in an obnoxious little kid’s way, please). Seriously though, neither of them knows it yet at this point in time I feel…but the fact that he came back tells me that he loves her. *le sigh* And, as much as I love them just for them, I also adore this scene because it’s the first big hint I feel of the fact that Peter is KEY in unlocking Olivia’s abilities. The fact that she doesn’t start turning off those lights until Peter’s back in the room with her is a coincidence? I THINK NOT. So yeah, I adore how the writers did it so that their relationship is somehow integral to the bigger picture…which leads nicely into the next moment, woo hoo!
P.S. How cute is it when he asks her to go out for drinks? Awww…but the girl turns him down! (she won’t be doing so next time!)
We fear the thing we want the most. - Dr. Robert Anthony
Because she’s scared!
PETER: Hey, I figured if I could shut down all the non-essential functions, I can make these things run faster.
OLIVIA: It's too late. I failed. I failed and I'm supposed to be the one who can stop things like this.
PETER: Olivia. You... I've never met anyone who can do the things that you do.
OLIVIA: Peter. I'm scared.
PETER: Don't be. What?
OLIVIA: Peter, I'm scared.
Okay, so you knew this was going to be near the top, but it’s only because it so rightfully deserves to be #2 as far as I’m concerned. Perhaps one of the best things about this moment is that -- at least for me -- it was entirely UNEXPECTED. Okay, actually I read a bit of a spoiler but -- besides that -- I was totally not expecting an almost-kiss for awhile at least. I mean sure they’d been hinting at more between them but this was saying a whole heck of a lot. Goodness gracious! But I thought it worked for where they were in their relationship and worked very nicely in the episode too. But okay, everything about this scene is kind of perfect. First off, wonderful echo of previous scenes with Peter saying how he figures she’d tell him if she was scared and then in What Lies Below when he says that the people you care about are there so you can talk to them when you’re scared. So, finally, finally Olivia really really feels scared. Initiated/instigated (whatever) by her fear of failure but really coming out in this moment of vulnerability with Peter and BAM! She’s scared. And once again Peter is key, their relationship is key, in unlocking her abilities. Heck yes! Oh, and so much love for Joshua Jackson’s delivery of the “I’ve never met anyone who can do the things that you do” line and his hand on her face…AWWW! They’re perfect and I love them, yes, yes.
And this time they do go out for drinks after in their “not-date” (although we’re never actually shown/confirmed that they did but whatevs).
In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged. - Hans Nouwens
Because he belongs with her!
PETER: He lied to me. He told me I could heal the problems of this world. My father told me that all the problems out there started when Walter came over and stole me. And that, now that I was back, I was gonna be able to help to fix it. But his bringing me back was never about fixing this universe. It was about destroying yours.
OLIVIA: I'm sorry.
PETER: How long did you know?
OLIVIA: A few weeks. Peter, I...
PETER: ...don't worry. I'm not gonna let them do this.
OLIVIA: I don't think that he can. I mean, not without you. Peter... you don't belong here.
PETER: No, I don't belong here. But I don't belong there, either.
OLIVIA: Yes, you do. I have thought of one hundred reasons... why you should come back. To -- to fight the shape-shifters, to take care of Walter, to -- to save the world. But in the end... you have to come back. Because you belong with me. (she approaches him and they kiss)
Okay, so initially part of me wanted to cringe at putting this one as my top moment because it would be easy to do so just because they kissed in this scene. And, you know, the kiss was great and all but this moment -- as we all know -- is so significant for reasons beyond the fact that they kissed. And, to be honest, I wasn’t like in love with the moment when it first aired and a part of me still loves the scene where he’s talking to Alt!livia about our Olivia better but the more I’ve watched this scene…the more I’m just totally in love with it and it totally has to be my #1 moment.
Oh gosh, okay, so it was hard to pick a quote for this one but I ended up picking the one I did because it helps sum up why I love this scene so much. “The greatest distance can be bridged” in true love, hence Olivia CROSSING UNIVERSES just to see him again and convince him to come back (and save the world but let’s be real here, throughout the whole finale it was all “Peter is in danger” and ‘I need to go find Peter’ and whatnot). And “in true love the smallest distance is too great” hence them finally freakin’ kissing, woo hoo!
But anyways, this was just a wonderful parallel to Jacksonville and the almost-kiss. Olivia turned away from him to go save the world, but now -- world-saving be damned -- she’s not gonna turn away this time because Peter is the person who means the most to her (he is her world). And what a big step for someone like Olivia, yes? It’s not easy for her to express such deep feelings and sentiments. It’s not easy for her to be the one to instigate and reach out; it’s just not her way. So the fact that she was the one who said all that stuff and initiated the kiss just speaks volumes about how far she’s come and how much she does love Peter. She needed to tell him what she did. She needed to tell him how much he means to her.
And the line about the “hundred reasons” she thought up has always stuck out to me because I feel there really must have been a lot of internal conflict that led up to this moment. In TMFTOS, she’s there when he wakes up and she tells him that “Walter was worried” but both Peter and her know that she was worried too (hence her being there right when he woke up). So, you know, she’s never going to be the first to admit she wants something for herself and such…and I imagine that she really did go over reason after reason why Peter needed to come back before being forced to see that the only reason she really wants him to come back is because she needs him. (I mean I was inspired to write my first Fringe fic about those hundred reasons that’s how much I love this scene).
And good for her, finally getting what she wants for once, going for what she wants for once, above all other considerations. She deserves to, definitely!
But yes, so much love for this entire episode but definitely this scene. It was a total payoff for all us shippers to have Olivia basically say ‘I love you and I need you’ and for that to be enough for Peter to come back despite everything with his parents and such. Because (and yes I didn’t put this moment on the list), “If you need me, I’m here” he tells her. And so when she tells him she needs him…he’s there. *sigh*
I love these two to pieces and they totally belong together -- as BFFs, as family, and as more. And universes can’t separate them. ;)