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"Fringe" Bad Dreams (2009)

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Original Air Date:
21 April 2009 (Season 1, Episode 17)
FBI agent Dunham believes that she is killing random people in her dreams. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham

Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop

Lance Reddick ... Phillip Broyles

Kirk Acevedo ... Charlie Francis

Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp (credit only)

Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth

John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop

Ari Graynor ... Rachel

David Call ... Nick Lane

April Grace ... Police Detective
Johanna Day ... Mouse Willis

Victor Verhaeghe ... Billy Willis

Kelly Briter ... Ginger

Rebecca Naomi Jones ... Risa Pears
Ed Vassallo ... Manager

Laurie Williams ... Dr. Miller

Christine Toy Johnson ... Doctor
Jim Coope ... Detective
Nelson Peña ... Tech One (as Nelson Pena)

Shawn Andrew ... Cop
Manuel Cabral ... Man
Darren Copeland ... Bouncer

Duane McLaughlin ... Todd Pears

Christian Pedersen ... Tech Two

Lily Pilblad ... Ella
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Cerveris ... The Observer (uncredited)

Kate Chamuris ... Waitress (uncredited)

Mike DiGiacinto ... Boyfriend #1 (uncredited)

Leonard Nimoy ... Dr. William Bell (voice) (uncredited)

Uzimann ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Akiva Goldsman 
Writing credits
J.J. Abrams (created by) &
Alex Kurtzman (created by) &
Roberto Orci (created by)

Akiva Goldsman (written by)

Produced by
J.J. Abrams .... executive producer
Brad Anderson .... producer
Bryan Burk .... executive producer
David H. Goodman .... co-executive producer
Tamara Isaac .... associate producer
Brad Kane .... co-producer (as Brad Caleb Kane)
Brooke Kennedy .... co-executive producer
Andrew Kreisberg .... co-executive producer
Alex Kurtzman .... consulting producer
J.R. Orci .... supervising producer
Roberto Orci .... consulting producer
Jeff Pinkner .... executive producer
Tanya M. Swerling .... associate producer (as Tanya Swerling)
Robert M. Williams Jr. .... producer
J.H. Wyman .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Giacchino 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Scott Vickrey 
Casting by
Ross Meyerson 
Julie Tucker 
Production Design by
Steven J. Jordan  (as Steven Jordan)
Set Decoration by
Beth Kushnick 
Justin Papp 
Costume Design by
Marie Abma 
Makeup Department
Kymbra Callaghan .... makeup department head (as Kymbra Kelly)
AnneMichelle Radcliffe .... hair department head
Louie Zakarian .... special makeup effects artist (as Louis Zakarian)
Production Management
Andrew Balek .... post-production supervisor
John Klump .... post-production supervisor
Robert M. Williams Jr. .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vadim Epstein .... second second assistant director
John Gallagher .... first assistant director
Marcos González Palma .... second assistant director: second unit
Marcos González Palma .... second second assistant director
Patrick Mangan .... second assistant director
Art Department
Tara Boccia .... props
Krzysztof J. Bratun .... scenic artist
Kaem Coughlin .... camera scenic artist
Natalie N. Dorset .... property master (as Natalie Dorset)
Emily Gaunt .... charge scenic artist
Judy Gurr .... assistant set decorator
Michael D. Harrell .... assistant property master
Lisa Kent .... Assistant Set Decorator
Anya Lebow .... set dresser
Michael Love .... props
Kevin L. Raper .... additional graphic artist
Kyle Salvatore .... assistant property master
Bentley Wood .... on-set property assistant
Aleksandr Lokensgard .... set dresser (uncredited)
Justin Papp .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Jeremy Rosenstein .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kyle Billingsley .... foley mixer
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recording mixer (as Tom Dahl)
David Lee Fein .... foley artist
Michael Ferdie .... sound editor
Mark D. Fleming .... sound re-recording mixer (as Mark Fleming)
Thomas A. Harris .... supervising sound editor
Larry Hoff .... sound mixer
Bob Kellough .... sound effects editor
David Long .... audio layback
Nick Neutra .... foley supervisor
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer
Jan Petrov .... adr recordist
Christopher B. Reeves .... dialogue editor
Steven J. Rogers .... production sound mixer: second unit
Steven J. Rogers .... sound: second unit
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York (uncredited)
John Guentner .... foley cueing (uncredited)
John Guentner .... foley mixer assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Conrad V. Brink Jr. .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Jake Braver .... additional visual effects supervisor
Jake Braver .... visual effects assistant
Tavia Charlton .... visual effects producer
Eric Haas .... digital effects artist: EdenFX
John Karner .... visual effects
Paul Le Blanc .... computer graphics playback
Davy Nethercutt .... digital compositor
Chris Olivas .... digital compositor nuke: CoSA VFX
Fred Pienkos .... digital compositor
Christopher Scollard .... visual effects supervisor (as Chris Scollard)
Jay Worth .... visual effects supervisor
Chris Wright .... visual effects producer
Lee Gabel .... matchmove artist (uncredited)
Stephen W. Pugh .... visual effects producer: EdenFX (uncredited)
Shauna Duggins .... stunt coordinator
Fringe .... stunt coordinator and stunt double, Ana Torv
Chad Hessler .... stunts
Cort Hessler .... stunt coordinator
Tina Mckissick .... stunt performer
Angela Meryl .... stunt double
Derrick Simmons .... stunts
Jen Weissenberg .... stunt performer
Donald John Hewitt .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael T. Banner .... grip
Cesar Baptista .... dolly grip
Doug Brantner .... lighting technician
Stephen Girouard .... grip
Philip Gleason .... video playback operator
Tim Guinness .... gaffer
Edward Hohman .... dolly grip: 2nd unit
Meg Kettell .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Denny Kortze .... first assistant camera: 2nd unit
Denny Kortze .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Sal Lanza .... key grip
Nick Maczka .... grip
Jeff Muhlstock .... camera operator
Jeff Muhlstock .... steadicam operator
Ed Nessen .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Oliveira .... grip
Andrew Voegeli .... b camera / steadicam operator
John C. Walker .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Casting Department
Maria Higgins .... casting associate
April Webster .... original casting
Stephanie R. Hunter .... extras casting associate (uncredited)
Tiffany Moon .... extras casting director (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Careen Fowles .... costume supervisor
Carmia Marshall .... key costumer
Jessica Pitcairn .... costume coordinator
Thomas M. Smalley .... additional wardrobe
Danielle Rice .... costume department intern (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ross Cavanaugh .... post-production assistant
Lisa De Moraes .... assistant editor
Tyson Hilgenberg .... post-production coordinator
George Manno .... colorist
Chad Rubel .... assistant editor
Chris Keighley .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
J.J. Abrams .... composer: theme music
Paul Apelgren .... music editor
Stephen M. Davis .... music editor
Billy Gottlieb .... music supervisor
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Frank Macchia .... music preparation
Bryan Pezzone .... musician: piano
Charles Scott IV .... music supervisor
Chad Seiter .... composer: additional music
Chris Tilton .... composer: additional music
Dave Wells .... music copyist
Transportation Department
Ron Hilts .... driver
Steve Raymond .... picture car wrangler (uncredited)
Other crew
Stephen Ananicz .... set production assistant
Josh Arnoudse .... production assistant
Jeffrey A. Brown .... assistant location manager
Rob Coleman .... location scout
Rachel Connors .... script supervisor
Gjustina Dushku .... production assistant
Sonja Beck Gingerich .... location assistant
Erika Goldfarb .... assistant production office coordinator
Jesse Hove .... location assistant
Annie Jackson .... production staff
Melissa Kalbfus .... script supervisor: 2nd Unit
Andrew Kramer .... main title design
Justin Kron .... location scout
Steve Loff .... assistant accountant
Joseph Lombardi .... production accountant
Dan Majkut .... production assistant
Suk Yi Mar .... assistant location manager
Talia Mayer .... location coordinator
Amy Meisner .... set production assistant
Yuell Newsome .... stock librarian
Maire Ni Rochain .... production coordinator
Diego Daniel Pardo .... on set dialect coach
Lynn H. Powers .... location manager (as Lynn Powers)
Kerry Roberts .... payroll accountant
Sean M. Sullivan .... location scout
Konrad Damian Wieclawski .... production assistant (2009-2011)
Matthew H. Wiesner .... location scout
Shawn Wilson .... assistant accountant
Imran Yusufzai .... accounting clerk
Amy D'Alessandro .... titles (uncredited)
Rachel A. Gibson .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Mindy Stevenson .... accounting auditor (uncredited)

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
J.J. Abrams  created by
Alex Kurtzman  creator
Roberto Orci  creator

Makeup Department
Neil Morrill .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Bocknek .... third assistant director
Patrick Murphy .... third assistant director
Visual Effects by
Kristen Branan .... head of production: Zoic Studios
Jon Dudkowski .... visual effects editor
Joseph Ngo .... systems administrator
Ricardo Quintero .... digital compositor
Jere Gillis .... stunt driver
Blair Johannes .... stunt double: Mark Valley
Danny Lima .... stunts
John MacDonald .... stunt performer
Ken Quinn .... stunt coordinator
Branko Racki .... stunt performer
Robert Racki .... utility stunts
Bryan Renfro .... stunt driver (2008)
Steve 'Shack' Shackleton .... stunt driver
Al Vrkljan .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Darren Spriet .... camera loader
Dean Stinchcombe .... first assistant camera
Franco Tata .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nadia 'Sunny' Sorge .... background costume supervisor: pilot episode
Transportation Department
Gord Bettles .... picture car mechanic
Other crew
Magali Boccaccio .... script coordinator
Amy Cuthbertson .... production coordinator
Stephanie Million .... production assistant (as Stephanie Holinski)
Andrea Voss .... assistant production coordinator
Casey Wallace .... production assistant
Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Ireland:58 min (including commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

When the Fringe team arrives at the building in New York where Nick Lane has stationed his "hostages" around the top of the building, The Observer is seen crossing the street as they approach that building.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The car's roof implodes and the windows shatter a split second before the falling woman hits it.See more »
Dr. Walter Bishop:Astral...
Astrid Farnsworth:[slightly annoyed] Astrid!
Dr. Walter Bishop:...projection...
See more »
Movie Connections:
References 17 Again (2009)See more »
Fringe Main Title ThemeSee more »


In the opening scene, what is the song the mother is singing to her baby?
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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Nick Lane, Soldier of ZFT, 1 May 2012
Author: XweAponX from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

"What was written will come to Pass"

In "AbilitY" we saw that Walter ironically had discovered who had actually written the text of ZFT. This Episode shows that the manuscript of ZFT was to be used with the Cortexiphan Kids: Who were being "Prepared" and this Arc is played out through the rest of the season and into seasons 2 and 4.

Olivia has a dream where she sees a Mother (Rebecca Naomi Jones) singing to her child, (She is singing "Nellie the Elephant" by Oi Band "The Toy Dolls") who Olivia apparently pushes into a moving Subway Train. Disturbing as this is, Olivia tries to pass this off as simply a Bad Dream. But while she is having breakfast with her sister and niece, she sees on the news that it had actually happened just as she had seen it.

Olivia goes "Off Mission" with Peter to NY, but what started off as an apparent disconnected event, turns out to be a bona-fide Pattern event. Walter has to check Olivia for 'radiation" in case she had "Astral Projected" which becomes the "Astrid" joke of the episode.

Olivia still thinks she had something to do with the grisly death of the woman, so she tries to stay awake by taking caffeine pills. But she soon falls asleep and this time sees herself in a posh Italian restaurant while a woman knifes her husband for no reason. By this time, Olivia is losing it, and when Peter and Olivia are interviewing the Posh Restaurant Owner, she grabs the guy and asks him WAS I HERE? But the owner says that a man wearing drab clothes was sitting close to the couple. Olivia then identifies the man as Nick Lane, who she went to Cortexiphan School with.

Parallels, again: It becomes apparent that Nick Lane is a male version of Olivia, wears the same kind of gray and black clothes, even has the same morning routine. But his Cortexiphan-Power is more insidious than Olivia's ability to "cross over." Walter takes advantage of this connection and puts Olivia under so she can connect to Nick's conscious mind, who at that moment is in the process of getting someone else killed. But in the process, Olivia sees where he lives.

In Lane's Apartment, there are all kinds of news articles relating to Fringe events tacked to the wall, and written on the wall are the words "What was Written will Come to Pass" - Which is a phrase we have heard Mitchell Loeb use before: And we will hear it more in Season 4.

Nick has the ability to project his emotions onto other people, a kind of "Reverse-Empath" - and it seems that he was "activated" by Agents of Jones.

Can Olivia stop him before he affects more people? And why did Jones have him activated? That too becomes apparent later in the series.

The Beginning and End of this episode are "Bookends" - As we came in with Olivia having disturbing dreams, We go out with Olivia's sleeping peacefully with her niece "Ella"

In this episode, we also hear "William Bell's" voice for the first time, in a Video Tape that Walter has. The face attached to that famous voice is revealed in the Season Finale, "There is More than One of Everything"

Nick is brought back in the series as both ally and enemy, so that is another thing to watch out for.

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