In Worcester, Massachusetts, two teenagers are getting stoned in their car near an abandoned warehouse. The boy, Dave, feels something shake, but the girl dismisses his momentary concern. A window in the warehouse suddenly explodes and the boy insists on investigating. Inside, glowing lights come from an office and another window explodes as a blob of flesh forms on the floor. Dave enters and prods it, and a shapeshifter comes up behind him, snaps his neck, and places a duplication device in the boy's mouth. Finally he takes on the teenager's form...Read the full recap
Walter: A well-ordered house is--is the sign of a well-ordered mind.
Peter: Yeah, but staying up all night to find the perfect place for your laundry hamper is the sign of something else, in my books.
Walter: Every living thing dies. As a scientist, that's one of the hardest things to accept, that--that we try to understand the mechanisms of life, but inevitably, we can't defeat death, no matter how much we--we may want to.
(about the embryo)
Olivia: Walter, have you seen anything like this before?
Walter: I think I may have. It's awfully familiar. Ah, yes. It reminds me of a beanbag chair I once owned... 1974.
Peter: Shapeshifter embryo. Adorable.
Olivia: You remember what you told Newton?
Walter: No, but as they say in Finland...
Walter, Astrid, and Peter: ...there's more than one way to roast a reindeer!