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"Fringe" Brown Betty (2010)

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Fringe: Season 2: Episode 20 -- While Walter deals with some very upsetting news - he tells Olivia's niece, Ella (LILY PILBLAD), a fairy tale that includes musical performances by Olivia and Agent Broyles.


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Original Air Date:
29 April 2010 (Season 2, Episode 20)
While Walter deals with some very upsetting news, he tells Olivia's niece, Ella, a fairy tale that includes... See more » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham

Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop

Lance Reddick ... Phillip Broyles

Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp

Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth / Esther Figglesworth

John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop

Michael Cerveris ... September / Gemini

Ari Graynor ... Rachel / Kelsie

Ryan McDonald ... Brandon Fayette

Lily Pilblad ... Ella
Candus Churchill ... Dead Singer / Corpse #3

Sarah Hayward ... Nurse (as Sarah Ann Hayward)
Tom Pickett ... Dead Singer / Corpse #1

John Prowse ... Dead Singer / Corpse #2
Erica Van Briel ... Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Isaiah Adam ... Deputy (uncredited)

Leonard Nimoy ... Dr. William Bell (voice) (uncredited)

Scott Patey ... Stock Boy (uncredited)
Simon Raymond ... U.S. Patent Officer (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Seith Mann 
Writing credits
J.J. Abrams (created by) &
Alex Kurtzman (created by) &
Roberto Orci (created by)

Jeff Pinkner (written by) &
J.H. Wyman (written by) &
Akiva Goldsman (written by)

Produced by
J.J. Abrams .... executive producer
Bryan Burk .... executive producer
Joe Chappelle .... co-executive producer
Akiva Goldsman .... consulting producer
Tamara Isaac .... co-producer
Alex Kurtzman .... consulting producer
Kathy Lingg .... producer
Ashley Miller .... producer (as Ashley Edward Miller)
Roberto Orci .... consulting producer
Jeff Pinkner .... executive producer
Reid Shane .... supervising producer
Josh Singer .... supervising producer
Zack Stentz .... producer
Tanya M. Swerling .... co-producer (as Tanya Swerling)
Jeff Vlaming .... supervising producer
David Wilcox .... co-executive producer
J.H. Wyman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Giacchino 
Chris Tilton 
Cinematography by
Tom Yatsko (director of photography) (as Thomas Yatsko)
Film Editing by
Luyen H. Vu  (as Luyen Vu)
Casting by
April Webster 
Production Design by
Ian D. Thomas  (as Ian Thomas)
Art Direction by
Peter Andringa (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Louise Roper 
Costume Design by
Jenni Gullett 
Makeup Department
Ian C. Ballard .... department head hair (as Ian Ballard)
Dana Hamel .... department head make-up
Amanda Kuryk .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Vince Yoshida .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Amanda Lencioni Barnett .... post-production supervisor (as Amanda Lencioni)
April Nocifora .... post-production supervisor
Vladimir Stefoff .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David R. Baron .... second assistant director (as David Baron)
Greg Zenon .... first assistant director
Art Department
Robert K. Smith .... property master (as Rob Smith)
Gavin De West .... props (uncredited)
Tamara Gauthier .... set dresser (uncredited)
Cathie Hahnel .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Scott R. Lee .... lead carpenter (uncredited)
Michael Love .... props buyer (uncredited)
Paula R. Montgomery .... set decoration buyer (uncredited)
Ken Palkow .... prop fabricator (uncredited)
Jerry Staar .... assistant props (uncredited)
Andrew Thompson .... lead greensman (uncredited)
John Wilcox .... paint coordinator (uncredited)
Matthew Wilson .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Eric Batut .... sound mixer
Paul Curtis .... supervising sound editor
Brian Harman .... re-recording mixer
Rick Norman .... re-recording mixer
Scott Cannizzaro .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Christopher Cleator .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Jason Oliver .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Deron Street .... first assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Bruce Tanis .... sound effects designer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bob Comer .... special effects coordinator
Douglas W. Beard .... special effects designer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Robert Habros .... visual effects supervisor: Vancouver
Tefft Smith .... cg supervisor: Gnomon Studios
Jay Worth .... visual effects supervisor: Los Angeles
Johnathan R. Banta .... lead compositor (uncredited)
David Beedon .... digital effects artist: CoSA VFX (uncredited)
Rodrigo Dorsch .... digital compositor: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
O.T. Hight .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Christopher Lance .... digital compositor: CoSA VFX (uncredited)
Davy Nethercutt .... digital compositor (uncredited)
John Patrick .... character technical director (uncredited)
Fred Pienkos .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Cesar Quijada .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jason Sax .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Jon Tanimoto .... digital compositor: CoSA VFX (uncredited)
Chris Wright .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Fringe .... stunt coordinator and stunt double, Ana Torv
Mike Mitchell .... stunt coordinator (as Michael Mitchell)
Rob Hayter .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David J. Dawson .... key grip (as David Dawson)
Christopher Tammaro .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Chris Tammaro)
David S. Warner .... gaffer (as David Warner)
Andre Gheorghiu .... motion picture video coordinator (uncredited)
Liane Hentscher .... still photographer (uncredited)
Prem Marimuthu .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Gregory Middleton .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Glenn Pineau .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Scott Wallace .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Corinne Clark .... casting: Canada
Jennifer Page .... casting: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Keith Lau .... costume illustrator
Heather Seshadri .... costume dyer/breakdown (uncredited)
Audrey Wong .... costume set supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ross Cavanaugh .... post-production assistant
Jennifer Van Goethem .... assistant editor
Kyle Cunningham .... executive sales assistant: Technicolor Creative Services Vancouver (uncredited)
Tyson Hilgenberg .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Jaan Spirka .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
J.J. Abrams .... composer: main title theme
Paul Apelgren .... music editor
Billy Gottlieb .... music supervisor
Michael Lord .... musical adaptation
Charles Scott IV .... music supervisor (as Charles L. Scott IV)
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Bryan Pezzone .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Larry Tardif .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Kymn Brettoner .... production accountant
Andrew Kramer .... main title design
Alexandra La Roche .... script supervisor
Scott Walden .... location manager
Shayne A. Wilson .... assistant production coordinator
Lilla Zuckerman .... production staff
Nora Zuckerman .... production staff
Bill Burns .... location scout (uncredited)
Amy D'Alessandro .... titles by (uncredited)
Garnett Humenick .... craft service (uncredited)
Krista Huppert .... payroll assistant (uncredited)
Tom MacNeill .... stand-in (uncredited)
Suzanne E. Smith .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Tom Teotico .... location scout (uncredited)
Tiffani Timms .... stand-in (uncredited)
Max Torroba .... playback coordinator (uncredited)
Linda Watters .... stand-in (uncredited)
Lilla Zuckerman .... staff writer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

44 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

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."See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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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33 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
Disastrous "cutesy" episode, for Fringe apologists only, 30 April 2010
Author: lor_ from New York, New York

I watch Fringe every week, and am surprised at the variable qualities of the show. Recently the White Tulip segment starring Peter Weller was a universally treasured outing, and I concurred -truly memorable. Back in January there was an out-of-sequence episode Unearthed (bringing back Nick Acevedo's cop who had been deleted from the series previously) that was an insult to loyal viewers, as it contradicted the progressing story arc. And now we have the "fun" diversion of Brown Betty, a creative train wreck.

Yes, it is always tempting to try a film noir pastiche, but it takes some talent. For interested Brown Betty viewers, I suggest the George Segal film The Black Bird, which was a big failure back in the '70s trying to comically imitate The Maltese Falcon (replete with roles for original '40s cast members); I enjoyed that light movie but it was much hated at the time and is now forgotten. I also loved the Steve Martin super-production of Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, the ultimate film noir send up, and also a famous flop.

But under the direction of hack Seith Mann (check out his credits -episodes of random recent TV shows, strictly a traffic cop grinding out filler), Brown Betty is embarrassing. Sure, we get to see the cast out of context, getting to sing and generally do wink-wink over the top performances. For the retarded TV writers out there, series regulars ARE talented actors who can do drastically different roles than their constrained weekly duties, so proving it is silly and insulting. After a few seconds of seeing Jasika Nicole and Lance Reddick hamming it up, the novelty wears off.

Low point for me was the corpses singing Sammy Davis Jr.'s old hit Candyman. (Punsters would have enjoyed some Clive Barker and Tony Todd riffs, but that was beyond the memory and knowledge of Fringe's team.) Again, this must have wowed 'em at a story conference, but as executed it was atrocious, reminding me of the comic relief included in New Jersey soft porn horror garbage being ground out on videos (as we speak) by companies like Seduction Cinema, only without the nudity. If this is the direction Fringe's creators want to take, why don't they transfer the show to cable and turn it into a Skinemax lesbian soft-porn parody series?

Film noir by definition should be in black & white, but even with a framing story in color (Noble telling the cute kid bedtime tales), the network didn't have the guts to do the lion's share of Brown Betty in b&w. The sets, lighting and costumes evoke none of the intended noir genre low-key look; hairdos and makeup to evoke pseudo-'40s styles were amateurish, and the inclusion of modern devices like cell phones in the period milieu (completely extraneous to Noble's tale) instantly destroys the mood.

I can't wait for the endless apologies in the voice-over commentary on the Year Two DVD compilation to explain away the shortcomings of this disastrous episode. Check that, I don't want to hear any ramblings from Seith Mann -he should turn in his Director's Guild card after handing in this rubbish, and move to New Jersey where starlet Darian Caine awaits his gentle touch: it's time for a no-budget, shot on video Iron Man 2 parody. Who can we get to lampoon Mickey Rourke? Maybe....Mickey Rourke? Nope, with a zero budget we'll have to settle for Robert Z'Dar, when he finishes work on the new movie Salvador's Deli (no, I didn't make up that pun, it's actually in IMDb!).

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