Fringe (2008–2013)
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Walter examines some bodies that have been infected with unusual worms. Olivia and Peter run an investigation after speaking with a survivor. Meanwhile Walter demands more independence from Peter.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Sharp (credit only)
Ming Che
Colby Paul ...
Matt Jarvis
Ingrid Torrance ...
Tao Chen
Dock Worker Yang
Chinese Vendor
Mei Lin's Daughter (as Melody Choi)
Linda Feng ...
Chinese Woman


When a group of Chinese clandestine is found dead at the seacoast, the fringe division is summoned to investigate. They find a huge worm and one a Chinese woman alive that explains that the group received pills for seasickness, but she had not swallowed hers. Dr. Bishop investigates the worm and concludes it has medicinal purpose. Therefore, the Triad gang is using the illegal immigrants to breed the parasitic worms and produce a drug for treatment of millionaires. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

3 December 2009 (USA)  »

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(5.1 surround)


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Unlike other episodes where Walter cannot seem to remember Astrid's name he correctly remembers it twice in this episode. First when expressing concern to Peter asking "Astrid was followed?" as he enters the car after being picked up by Peter in China Town. Second being when he returns to the lab to check on Astrid he calls out "Astrid" looking for her to see if she's okay. See more »


When Walter describes his health status after the encounter with the worm, he mentions his "white blood count" being "through the roof". In fact, a very high (through-the-roof) white blood count (above normal) would be a sign of infection. See more »


Dr. Walter Bishop: My name is Walter. The Number 5 bus hasn't stopped here for over two hours. Not that it matters. I used up all my bus fare to dial seven wrong numbers. I can't remember Peter's number. I know it's got three fives, a one, a zero, and two sevens... but for the life of me, I can't remember the correct sequence.
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End Title Theme (Composed by Michael Giacchino)
Written by Michael Giacchino
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The weaker episodes invariably set the baseline
29 March 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

In reviewing individual episodes of some excellent series I have noticed that the weaker episodes are useful for establishing a baseline.

And this is one of the weakest in the series, especially disappointing after the buildup to parallel dimensions from the last season.

It is OK and fine to allow character buildup.

But what the writers overlooked at the is that the viewer watches with a constant vigilance (if you will) for non-logical events or paradoxes. If you introduce these, you lose the viewer.

In this story, Peter is going all James Bond with no gun or backup. He does this several times, finally getting captured and tortured for his trouble.

Didn't make sense to me when I was watching and does not make sense while writing about it.


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