Fringe: Season 1, Episode 12

The No-Brainer (27 Jan. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Two mens' brains are liquefied and their only apparent connection is that they both downloaded a huge file before dying.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Sharp (credit only)
John Scott (credit only)
Brian Dempsey
Jessica Warren
Luke Dempsey
Susan Knight ...
Cynthia Wiles (as Susan Elaine Knight)


Two mens' brains are liquefied and their only apparent connection is that they both downloaded a huge file before dying.

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The name of the computer virus used to melt the brain of the victims is "What's that noise", which is the same name as the book that Olivia read to Ella by the end of the previous episode, "Bound" See more »


(at around 1 min) When Olivia is rushing back to her house, in one scene she is seen driving from the right side of the car. Most likely, the video was flipped to make it show her driving from left to right. See more »


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Character developmen/monster of the week.
28 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Monster of the week reference is from the X-files and I simply mean the plot doesn't contribute to the broader plot (although I could certainly be wrong again!). A disgruntled computer expert has found a way to get back at his perceived enemies (although not sure how he knew to target agent Dunham before they zeroed in on him) by having them click on a pop-up on their computer screen: it mesmerizes them and their brains literally melt along with the host computer's hard drive.

Character development sees the odious Peter Bishop's painfully slow recognition that his father is not just an insane man-child. It appears he may start to recognize his dad is an actual person in the near future. We also get to see Peter use some of his connections from his previous career to help track down clues that the FBI just can't seem to do.

Sanford inadvertently helps Olivia out after telling her not to pursue the case which she, of course, does. He helps by tracking her car to where she is confronting the bad guy and sends agents there who show up just in time to grab the suspect's fleeing son.

This show is starting to drag me in...

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