Fringe: Season 1, Episode 17

Bad Dreams (21 Apr. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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FBI agent Dunham believes that she is killing random people in her dreams.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Sharp (credit only)
Police Detective
Johanna Day ...
Mouse Willis
Billy Willis
Risa Pears
Ed Vassallo ...


Agent Dunham dreams about pushing a woman in front of a subway train, and then finds out such a death occurred while she slept. After a second death from her dreams, she starts to feel responsible and investigates the one link between these two deaths, and a possible link to her own childhood. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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21 April 2009 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The glyphs in this episode spell "Belly". This is Walter Bishop's nickname for William Bell. See more »


According to his card; Nick Lane was admitted to St Jude's Mental Hospital 3.28.79, which was before his birth 10.12.79,. See more »


Agent Olivia Dunham: [Olivia is feeling what Nick Lane is feeling] Oh...
Astrid Farnsworth: What's happening? Is he hurting her?
Agent Olivia Dunham: [moaning softly] Oh.
Astrid Farnsworth: Oh...
Dr. Walter Bishop: What?
Agent Olivia Dunham: [continues moaning] Oh.
Peter Bishop: Oh...
Peter Bishop: What?
Agent Olivia Dunham: [moaning with pleasure] Oh!
Dr. Walter Bishop: Oh! I see.
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References 17 Again (2009) See more »


Via Veneto
Written by Dean Martin
Performed by Lou Monte
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Don't ignore the hot-ness...
9 January 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

I see another IMDb reviewer has taken the time to break out the many arcs in this story and show they fit into the overall puzzle.

I prefer to focus on the less obvious.

This series is one of the earlier, and highly successful, works of JJ Abrams, which, taken as a whole, eventually gave him God-like status in Tinseltown. (The high point of his reign was likely when he was, in the same year, handed BOTH the Star Trek and Star Wars features to oversee. But this review is written is written in Jan 2015, Abrams career is young, as is he, and who knows what other records the man will break in his lifetime?) Even by this early point in the first season, word had gotten round that his show was being done as much "for the fans" as it was for the purity of the scripts and story arc.

Nowhere is that more obvious than this episode, where the pursuit of a "reverse empath" gives the naturally stunning Torv a chance to act out visually the fantasies of a male sociopath.

And much hotness ensues.

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