Fringe: Season 1, Episode 2

The Same Old Story (16 Sep. 2008)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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A woman gives birth to a baby which ages 80 years in just a few minutes and Olivia soon finds connection between the incident and a serial killer she had been chasing.


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John Scott (archive footage)
Carmen Goodine ...
Bernie McInerney ...


The team investigates another phenomena that may be part of the pattern. In this case, a woman who claims not to be pregnant gives birth to full-term child and in the space of four hours, the newborn grows old and dies. Dr. Bishop had conducted some experiments in this field with a colleague that also involved the man's son. Meanwhile, some aspects of the case convince Agent Dunham that it's the work of a serial killer who has been sought by the FBI for many years. To solve the case, she must rely on Nina Sharp to provide the necessary technology. Written by garykmcd

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Several mistakes when Peter tries to revive the girl at the warehouse near the end of the episode: Firstly, defibrillators are not used to restart a heart during asystole (the time in which the heart doesn't beat at all - flat-line on the monitor), instead, CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) is the correct method. Defibrilator discharges are used during fibrillation to stop chaotic an ineffective heartbeats ("fibrillation"). Secondly - Peter uses some metallic objects to conduct the electricity, however he places them over the drapes covering the girl's body. To prevent burns and other injuries, conductive gel is placed between the metallic plate of the defibrillator and the skin of the patient, certainly not a paper drape. Thirdly, Peter simply takes too long to build his makeshift defibrillator for the resuscitation to be effective. See more »


Peter Bishop: [on cell phone] Walter, I'm with a woman in her mid 20's. She is going into cardiac arrest due to an overdose of anesthesia. Her heart just stopped.
Dr. Walter Bishop: Do you have any cocaine?
Peter Bishop: Cocaine? No, I don't have any cocaine...
Dr. Walter Bishop: Oh - That's too bad. You'll have to shock her heart then.
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End Title Theme (Composed by Michael Giacchino)
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There are places in this world where one can pick up a girl by merely making eye contact w/said girl and smirking
22 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fringe: se1 ep2 The Same Old Story

There are places in this world where one can pick up a girl by merely making eye contact w/said girl and smirking...don't believe me just watch this episode of Fringe. In any case this episode is riddled with far too much redundant expositionary dialog that seems to exist only for those who did not see the pilot. What we're left with beyond that is a typical serial killer plot w/a "fringe twist". I fear that this could end up being the formula this series will adhere to. Of note in this episode is the wonderful score and (as in the last episode) Anna Torv's performance. Mark Blum made a nice supporting guest appearance as well.

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