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Nina Sharp (credit only)
Dr. West
Smith (as Roger R. Cross)
Joseph Slater
Derek Anderson ...
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Thin Man
Vee Dubois ...


A Fringe investigation is triggered when a patient at a mental institution undergoes an impromptu brain surgery that unexpectedly leaves his brain exposed. Despite the unthinkable circumstances, the patient's condition and sanity miraculously improves before the Fringe team arrives. While Agent Dunham and Peter scan surveillance tapes (and Walter enjoys his pudding), Olivia recognizes a familiar face as Thomas Jerome Newton, the leader of the "shape-shifters." As similar cases stack up, the Fringe team heads back to the lab to determine exactly how patients are being cured. Walter's brains are put to the test and William Bell resurfaces. Written by FOX Publicity

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10 December 2009 (USA)  »

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The Observer appears on the front square behind the white car when the FBI team are breaking into the men's public restroom. See more »


Security Guard: And you're Dr. Walter Bishop?
Dr. Walter Bishop: Yes. And I'm perfectly sane.
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References The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) See more »


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Written by Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane
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Pivotal Episode: From MOTW to Mytharc in 3 easy "pieces"
4 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a dark room in a Psychiatric Hospital, a man is asking a patient about the color Red. There are other men in the room, they are doing a medical procedure on the Patient - Something is being removed from his head: But a Hospital Orderly/Guard walks up the hallway and announces "Intruder Alert!" and is shot. The men hurriedly exit the premises, and as they leave through a computer-locked door, the man looks behind him. The Patient is shown with part of his skull removed and his brains in Plain View! Begin *Fringe Title Sequence*.

The patient was apparently "Driven Sane" by this procedure. Enter Fringe Division, this is the 3rd such case this week! Olivia watches the security footage and the Main Intruder's face is clear in one frame: Olivia recognizes the face as belonging to a man whose *head* was in cryogenic freeze! They now have a name for the leader of "The First Wave": Thomas Jerome Newton - "The Man who Fell to Earth."

Why is this man running around removing things out of these people's brains, driving them sane?

What begins as a typical Fringe MOTW starts becoming a more insidious part of the Fringe Mytharc: Walter realizes, if these patients were being given a drug intended for transplant patients, then what it is that the men were removing from the heads of the patients: What better place to store Human Brain Tissue which needs to be kept alive, but in another person's brain?

But the question is, WHOSE Brain was being stored in these patient's heads?

The answer to this will shock you, if you have not guessed it by Mid- Episode. As will the reason why this was done in the first place.

There is mention of a "Dr Simon Paris" - Which you may recognize as the name of the character in "Mission Impossible" played by Leonard Nimoy.

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