Fringe (2008–2013)
3 user 4 critic

The Road Not Taken 

The Fringe team investigate a case of spontaneous human combustion. Olivia starts experiencing visions of the alternate Universe. She uses this ability to solve the case.


(as Frederick E.O. Toye)


(created by), (created by) | 4 more credits »

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video





Episode cast overview:
Susan Pratt / Nancy Lewis
Emmanuel Grayson
Bus Driver
Isaac Winters
Cheryl Sarkaria ...
Tech Agent (as Cheryl Ann Leaser)
Ignacio Rada ...
ND Agent


When a woman bursts into flames and explodes, Olivia and Peter start to look into it, and Olivia starts seeing things -- which Walter explains as possibly her seeing an alternate reality. The investigation leads back to the experiment Olivia was part of as a child, and points to a high member of the FBI as well as links to Massive Dynamic. Meanwhile Nina comes to Broyles with her concern that The Observer has been sighted again, and frequently. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


TV-14 | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 May 2009 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


There are several Star Trek references in this episode, due to the premiere of the 2009 Star Trek (2009) movie by J.J. Abrams at the time. When Olivia and Peter go to Grayson's house, the number is 1701, like the Starship Enterprise number; Emmanuel Grayson says he is the son of Sarek, which would make him Spock (or his brother); Spock's mother in the Star Trek movies is Amanda Grayson - they share the same surname. See more »


At 25:05 the two, nearer, buildings adjacent to the United States Capitol, the nearest of which is red brick, do not exist. Nina is walking past a building that is not in the vicinity of the U.S. Capitol. See more »


Dr. Walter Bishop: Most of us experience life as a-a linear progression,
[drawing a straight line]
Dr. Walter Bishop: just like this. But this is an illusion because every day, life presents us with an array of choices. As a result, life should look more like this.
[drawing lines that are not straight]
Dr. Walter Bishop: And each choice... leads to a new path. To go to work. to stay home. And each choice we take creates a new reality.
See more »


References Firestarter (1984) See more »


Traveling Riverside Blues
Written by Robert Johnson
Performed by Robert Johnson
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Children from Jacksonville
11 January 2017 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In New York, a young woman in panic takes a bus to a hospital, but she cannot support the heat and leaves it. On the sidewalk, she has spontaneous combustion and blows up. The Fringe Division is assigned to investigate the case. Olivia sees two burned women instead of one and has weird visions, and Dr. Bishop explains that she might be seeing a parallel universe. Soon they find that the woman was a subject of a ZFT experiment and Olivia discovers through her abilities that she has a twin sister. When the Fringe Division tracks her down, the team discovers that she was abducted. Peter uses an invention of his own and they discover that the abductor called Harris by phone. Now the FBI is chasing Harris, who is the responsible for the crimes. Will the Fringe Division arrive on time to save the woman?

So far, "The Road Not Taken" is one of the best (if not the best) episodes of Fringe. The discovery of other children from Jacksonville that have abilities as the result of the experiment they were submitted with the substance "Cortexiphan" is promising. The mystery behind the Observer increases and what would be the connection with Dr. Bishop? Last but no the least, the end of the annoying Harris is a plus in this great series. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "The Road Not Taken"

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: