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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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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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 »

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When Peter and Olivia go to see Walter in the lab, the matchstick in Peter's mouth switches from left to right and back again between shots. See more »

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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 Top Secret! (1984) See more »

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Written by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith
Performed by John Noble
Also lip-synched by Ari Graynor
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Loved Brown Betty
21 November 2013 | by (Northern Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

Unlike the previous poster, I enjoyed Brown Betty immensely, as a diversion and bit of levity in an increasingly grim Fringe universe. It was fascinating to see the other talents of the cast, and its message was sweet and poignant. I view it like those "holodeck" adventures that occurred throughout the Star Trek series, just a bit of fun. I am working my way through the series, and have only viewed through Northwest Passage, so please don't respond with spoilers,but in a series that has killed off two main characters so far, I worry for those left, whom I have grown to enjoy. Also, this episode allowed the music team that works on this show to really show off their chops, and brings to the forefront the background music that often goes under-appreciated. (Although, after one episode, I had a several-days-long ear-worm of "Dear Mr. Fantasy".....)


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