Fringe (2008–2013)
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Bad Dreams 

FBI agent Dunham believes that she is killing random people in her dreams.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Phillip Broyles
Nina Sharp (credit only)
Nick Lane
Police Detective
Mouse Willis
Billy Willis
Risa Pears


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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In Nick Lane's flat there is a wall filled with clippings. In the midst of this mass of clippings is a sheet of paper on which the number 47 is written. The number 47, besides being a prime number, has been attributed as being a random number which occurs with unusual frequency and so has a certain mystique. There is perhaps a humorous mathematical proof of this by Pomona College's math professor Donald Bentley. Regardless of this purported mystique, the number has been used in Alias (2001), another J.J. Abrams project, as a central plot device for the series. See more »


Astrid explains to Walter that the word Unsub is a contraction of "Unidentified Subject", it is actually a contraction of "Unknown Subject". The distinction is important as an unsub is the focus of an investigation and as such is not unidentified, but is unknown. See more »


Peter Bishop: Why do I get the feeling you're not telling us everything?
Dr. Walter Bishop: Because I don't know everything.
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References 17 Again (2009) See more »


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Nightmares and Reality
8 January 2017 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When a mother is pushed by Olivia in front of a train in a subway platform in New York, she awakes and concludes it was a bad dream. However Olivia watches the news and sees that the woman has indeed died and was considered suicidal. Olivia and Peter travel to New York and find details of Olivia's dream. In her next dream, Olivia helps a woman to stab her husband in a restaurant. When she interviews the owner, he describes a blond man with a scar that was sitting Olivia's chair in her dream. Olivia recalls the surveillance video in New York and the FBI identifies the man as Nick Lane. What will be the connection between Olivia and Nick Lane?

"Bad Dreams" is a mysterious episode of "Fringe". The connection of Olivia and Nick Lane is intriguing and the effects of the drug Cortexiphan is promising. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Bad Dreams"

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