Fringe (2008–2013)
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A New Day in the Old Town 

Olivia is in a car accident, an unusual person is looking for a member of the team, and Walter makes plans for celebrating Peter's birthday.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Phillip Broyles
Charlie Francis
Nina Sharp
Lloyd Parr
Forensics Chief
Ken Camroux-Taylor ...
Old Senator


Coming back from the alternate Universe is not a pleasant experience for Olivia, who ends up in the hospital. The FBI wish to close the Fringe Division but Broyles fights them. Peter and Walter are helped in their investigation into Olivia by a junior FBI agent. Olivia has trouble remembering the conversation she had with Belly in the alternate Universe. A shapeshifter takes the place of on of the major characters. Written by Andreea D

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17 September 2009 (USA)  »

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The Observer may be seen crossing the bottom of the screen from right to left in the beginning just below the crashed black SUV. See more »


The nurse is shot by Agent Francis and is lying dead when the others arrive. Later we see the shape shifter Francis dumping the real body of Charlie Francis in the incinerator. this adds up to three bodies, 1 nurse and two Agent Francis', 1 too many. Either that or the FBI did not secure the scene and account for the not dead inter-dimensional shape shifting soldier. See more »


Peter Bishop: Olivia, I need to ask you something.
Agent Olivia Dunham: Sure.
Peter Bishop: 'Einai Kalytero Anthropo Apo Ton Patera Toy' - you said that to me, just after you woke up. Do you remember?
Agent Olivia Dunham: No. Latin?
Peter Bishop: Mmm-mm. Greek. My mother used to say that to me every night before I went to bed.
Agent Olivia Dunham: [laughs] There really isn't a point where things just can't get weirder, is there? What does it mean?
Peter Bishop: It means, be a better man than your father. Walter was already gone. It was like a code between my mother and me. It meant keep your people close. Take ...
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The Shapeshifter
12 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

In Manhattan, a man crashes with a black SUV and flees to an apartment building, where he kills a resident and takes his appearance. The Junior FBI Agent Amy Jessup is investigating the case when Peter and Dr. Bishop arrive. She questions Peter about the mystery since the SUV is locked without a driver while Dr. Bishop searches inside the car. Out of the blue, Olivia is ejected through the windshield and carried to a hospital with severe brain damages. Meanwhile Broyles travels to Washington since the senate wants to shut down the Fringe Division. The snoopy Jessup hacks the FBI system to disclose information about the Fringe Division. Out of the blue, Olivia awakes and later Peter and Jessup head to Dr. Bishop's laboratory in Harvard where he is carrying out an autopsy of the man killed by the shapeshifter. In the hospital, the shapeshifter attacks Olivia's nurse and takes her appearance. However Jessup arrives and shoots the shapeshifter that runs to the basement, but Francis kills him. But would be the man really dead?

"A New Day in the Old Town" is an engaging but flawed episode of "Fringe". The mystery of the shapeshifter is intriguing, but there are two great plot holes. The first one is why Peter discloses information of the Fringe Division to Jessup, who is a completely stranger. The second is why Dr. Bishop does not receive the body of the nurse, who is supposed to be the shapeshifter, for autopsy? The fate of Charlie is a sad moment of this show. My vote is eight.

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