Fringe (2008–2013)
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Brown Betty 

Walter has just smoked a drug that he calls "Brown Betty" when Olivia arrives at the laboratory to leave Ella with Astrid. The girl asks Walter to tell a story and he creates a detective story where the Fringe Division are the characters.



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


Walter tells Ella and Astrid a story. It's a detective story in which Olivia, who's a detective, is hired to investigate the disappearance of Peter Bishop. Helped by Astrid aka Esther, Olivia fights both Nina Sharp and September aka Gemini to get to the truth. Olivia teams up with Peter to reach a happy ending. Written by Andreea Ward

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29 April 2010 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Interestingly, during this musical episode, the two regular cast members of Fringe (2008) who have the most Broadway musical experience do not ever sing. Blair Brown (Nina) has had singing roles in Broadway productions of "The Threepenny Opera" and "Cabaret." And Michael Cerveris (The Observer/September) is better-known as a Broadway leading man than as a television or film actor; he has had lead roles in Broadway musicals such as The Who's "Tommy," "Titanic," "Assassins," "Sweeney Todd," "Lovemusik," and "Evita"; was nominated for Tonys for all but one of these; and won a Tony for "Assassins." In 2015, Cerveris won another Tony Award, this time for the musical "Fun Home." See more »


When Dunham (in Walter's tale) goes into Rachel's apartment to find Rachel dead, her right eye is open/closed between shots. See more »


Olivia Dunham: All I want is some who'll warm me when I'm cold, feed me when I'm hungry and maybe take me dancing.
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References Top Secret! (1984) See more »


Freddie Freeloader
Written by Miles Davis
Performed by Miles Davis
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...and "Fringe" jumps the shark
3 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oh boy! It's usually much later into a show's run that it gets desperate enough for an episode like this. Maybe it's just a matter of preference, but I really don't like it when programs take their main characters and give them slightly different roles in an attempt to be fresh. The musical numbers, in my mind, did not help either.

What's next? Peter's evil twin shows up or Cousin Oliver comes over to stay at the lab?

On the other hand it could just be an ill conceived idea by the writers/producers and a little tongue in cheek humor. If you like that sort of thing, then maybe this episode will be for you. For me, it was a waste of an hour.

Best of all, it doesn't have much to do with the overall story arc, so you can miss this and not miss a beat at the (hopefully much better) future episodes.

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