Fringe: Season 2, Episode 11

Unearthed (11 Jan. 2010)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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After a teenage girl is pronounced brain dead, her mother takes her off life support, but when doctors operate quickly to remove her organs, the deceased girl shockingly awakens screaming ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Sharp (credit only)
Maureen Donovan
Lisa Donovan
Teresa Rusk
Jake Selleg
Demetrius Cornell ...
Will Turlough
Dr. Halperin


After a teenage girl is pronounced brain dead, her mother takes her off life support, but when doctors operate quickly to remove her organs, the deceased girl shockingly awakens screaming an alphanumeric code. Equally as perplexing as her resurrection is that she is now somehow able to speak Russian and possesses classified information only a high-ranking soldier would know. While the girl's mind-bending condition intensifies, Walter dusts off some old lab videos and hypothesizes the unthinkable, sending Olivia and Peter to investigate the bewildering case. Written by FOX Publicity

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11 January 2010 (USA)  »

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This episode was shot for the first season, but only broadcast as a "special" episode after the winter break on a different day, with the press release stating that this is either an episode from the first season or from an "alternative universe" (refering to the overall story arc of the second season). The presence of Kirk Acevedo, whose character died earlier in season 2 (but was a regular in season 1), causes a major continuity problem in this episode. Careful observation tells you this is season 1 and the good Charlie. Astrid had a distinct hair style in both seasons and in this episode it was the season 1 cut before Charlie died or was replaced. See more »


Before organs are removed from the donor, brain death must be verified (usually by two independent doctors with no prior connection to the patient), not the ventilator being switched off. The ventilation via endotracheal tube must continue until the aorta is cross-clamped, and only then be switched off. The first organ to be recovered is always the heart due its high oxygen demand, the last one the liver, not like it was shown here. See more »


[first lines]
Priest: Through this holy anointing, may the Lord, in his love and mercy, help you with the grace of the Holy Spirt. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you, and in his goodness raise you up.
Dr. Newell: Are you ready?
Maureen Donovan: [nods]
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Fringe Main Title Theme
Written and Performed by J.J. Abrams
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Why confuse us?
24 January 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I'm giving this an episode 8 out of 10 for the story and the acting. That being said, I don't understand why Fox decided to play the unaired 21st episode from the first season as episode 11 in season two.

After being off the air for a month our minds are a little foggy to remember all of the details from the previous episode and then we see Charlie alive and well... This was very confusing to me until I researched what happened.

Is it just me or should they have not aired this episode at all? When a character is killed off in a show that should be the last time we see them. Although with Fringe anything is possible, but a little explanation would be nice!

I say "boo" to you Fox for this episode. You shouldn't both airing a 7 month old episode as a new one when everything in the story line is out of sync, but that's just my opinion!

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