While the case in this episode is quite an extreme case, I find that, yet again, it bears a fearful symmetry with what is going on in the world today, as the health (and lives) of millions are put at stake for the sake of an elite few. Be it these fictional individuals whose lives are sacrificed to create a potent medicine that only a few can afford, or be it the millions that work in terrible situations right here in North America because corporations need to increase their profit margins and so cut at the level of social security, health benefits and vacation time – it’s the same type of dynamic that is at stake.
Another interesting arc in this episode was the exploration of the relation between Walter and Peter, and how the latter is trying to become more fatherly and independent. It was amusing on the one hand to see the roles reversed – the father trying to prove to a worried son that he is trustworthy and the son sending out Astrid to check up on the father. But even more interesting is when we place this in the larger context of the show, in that Walter’s son from this world passed away and the Peter we know is from the parallel world. This could be Walter’s own way of finally growing up and getting ready to be a father to Peter. Could this evolution be necessary to what could be the mother of all confrontations (pun intended) when Walter does finally tell (or admit) the truth to Peter?