Fringe: Season 2, Episode 20

Brown Betty (29 Apr. 2010)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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While Walter deals with some very upsetting news, he tells Olivia's niece, Ella, a fairy tale that includes musical performances by Olivia and Agent Broyles.



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Episode complete credited cast:
September / Gemini
Rachel / Kelsie
Candus Churchill ...
Dead Singer / Corpse #3
Nurse (as Sarah Ann Hayward)
Tom Pickett ...
Dead Singer / Corpse #1
Dead Singer / Corpse #2
Erica Van Briel ...


While Walter deals with some very upsetting news, he tells Olivia's niece, Ella, a fairy tale that includes musical performances by Olivia and Agent Broyles. Written by FOX Publicity

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Michael Cerveris (Observer) and Lance Reddick (Broyles) both attended Yale and were in the elite drama program there. See more »


During the noir scenes, Olivia calls Broyles "Lieutenant Broyles" when she meets hem. In the next scene however, also a noir scene, Nina Sharp refers to him as "Detective Broyles", his rank in the show's reality. See more »


Peter Bishop: So what made you wanna be a detective?
Olivia Dunham: I don't know. Uh, I, Uh... I guess that I just always knew what it was I was meant to do.
Peter Bishop: And what's that?
Olivia Dunham: To care for people.
Olivia Dunham: Then who cares for you?
Olivia Dunham: [scoffs]
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References The Princess Bride (1987) See more »


End Title Theme (Composed by Michael Giacchino)
Written by Michael Giacchino
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Typically bad, but not the worst episode ever
2 May 2010 | by (SF Bay Area, CA) – See all my reviews

Sorry orizano, but giving this episode 9 out of 10 is just pure fanboyism.

Most musical episodes of normally non-musical shows are bad. This episode was no exception. It was neither a "character builder" nor something to advance the story arc much.

The only positives I can see from this episode was several appearances by Gene the cow, a cool looking prop (I won't spoil anything by saying what it is), and Olivia looking period lovely.

The negatives were many: the mixing of modern devices into the story require the repeated tired excuse of Walter's "imagination," Olivia (Anna Torv) is a pretty weak singer, the song choices were uninspired, the few amusing moments were unexceptional, and the plot was very muddled.

It was possibly not a complete throwaway episode, but I can't think of anything that one would miss by never seeing it.

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