Fringe: Season 2, Episode 3

Fracture (1 Oct. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Peter, Walter, Olivia and Broyles pursue a strange and deadly occurrence in Philadelphia where a bomb blew up inside a train station but left no trace of any explosive device. The ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Francis (credit only)
Nina Sharp (credit only)
Dr. Malik Yusef
Captain Diane Burgess
Andrew Burgess
Susan Gillespie


Peter, Walter, Olivia and Broyles pursue a strange and deadly occurrence in Philadelphia where a bomb blew up inside a train station but left no trace of any explosive device. The perplexing and unexplained set of circumstances returns Walter to the lab to closely examine the human remains where he uncovers an unlikely energy source that triggered the explosion. With the explosive threat of more bombs and links to a classified military project, the intense investigation leads Olivia and Peter to Iraq. Written by Fox Publicity

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Did You Know?


47 reference: Walter states he stopped counting at 47 needle punches in a victim. 47 is often referenced in the Star Trek shows, and the tradition carried over to Fringe from J.J. Abrams and others. See more »


As Dunham stands to brief the room regarding Burgess while seated, pushes herself out from her desk with her cane facing one way, then pushes herself up with the cane having switched to the opposite angle when the shot changes. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


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Written and Performed by J.J. Abrams
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Back to Bagdad
19 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

IN this episode Fringe Division deals with the slightly off-Kilter Colonel Raymond Gordon, played by Stephen McHattie. This guy is by far one of my favourite people Fringe Division has ever dealt with. In his mind, he is merely fighting an enemy that is intractable.

He's got an agenda, against some guys who are carrying briefcases around all the time. Wants to blow them up. But rather than using Bombs to do it, he's using ― Human Beings.

"They told you I was crazy, didn't they? The Pentagon. They said I'd had a psychiatric break."

McHatties Voice delivers an ending Monologue with deft seriousness. But it requires Peter and Olivia to take a trip Back to Bagdad - Where Olivia first met Peter - To find out why a man apparently shattered like a glass goblin.

Walter finds evidence of subcutaneous injections on the remains of Officer Daniel Gillespe - When Olivia and Peter question his wife, Olivia gets a headache, of which she was forewarned by Sam Weiss. While recovering in Mrs Gillespe's bathroom, she sees a bathroom tile misplaced, behind which was hidden some promising looking vials of chemicals and some injection apparatus.

Walter rapidly sees that this goop is merely the catalyst - There is some kind of triggering mechanism.

But all of the anti-EMP devices and other anti terrorism devices in the terminal where Gillespe exploded, including the video playback of the event, were all affected by some kind of electromagnetic wave.

Walter injects a Watermelon and causes it to explode by subjecting it to a High Frequency Wave, which was a source of great amusement for Walter who is giggling like an errant schoolboy. But not Astrid. "No More Fruit" she scolds Walter.

Meanwhile, Captain Diane Burgess is shown waking up in the night and injecting the same fluid into her foot, which crystalizes temporarily. The next day she is accosted by Gordon in a parking lot of a shopping center and is "Re-Activated" by Gordon, who tells her "Tin Man Parameters are in effect."

While in Bagdad, Olivia and Peter are learning what "Project Tin Man" was - A radical cure for a bio weapon used in the recent war, which had deadly side-effects. And Gordon wants to use these side effects to kill the people who are toting the briefcases.

"I told them what I'm telling you. That they are here. Collecting data. Making observations. That's what's in the briefcase. They've been planning for war. And they've been passing the information via courier right under our noses. We don't know who they are. But I can tell you what they want. They want to exterminate us. And what's in these briefcases will destroy us all"

While Gordon "narrates" this little soliloquy, we are shown a man in a long coat with a briefcase, entering the restaurant where Observers are eating hot spicy foods with whole shakers of pepper added. September receives the briefcase and enters a code.

The Briefcase contains a picture of Walter.

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