Fringe: Season 2, Episode 21

Northwest Passage (6 May 2010)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Sharp (credit only)
Sheriff Ann Mathis
Christine Chatelain ...
Krista Manning
Deputy Bill Ferguson
Deputy (as Hamza Adam)
Paul Herbert ...
Gun Store Owner
Craig Shoen


Peter teams up with a local law enforcement official, Sheriff Mathis, on a serial murder investigation with ties to Newton. Meanwhile, Walter copes with the possibility of being sent back to St. Claire's, and someone from the "other side" pays a visit . Written by Fox Publicity

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"Northwest Passage" was the original title of the seminal cult TV show Twin Peaks (1990). Like this episode, "Twin Peaks" was also about an FBI agent teaming up with a local sheriff in a small Pacific Northwest town to solve the murders of local young women. See more »


The waitress, in signing the "mix" CD with a black felt tip pen, signs the wrong side of the disc; an obviously unburned, blank CD. See more »


Peter Bishop: [reading words engraved on a pen] "Find the crack" - that is the worst police slogan I've ever heard.
Sheriff Tracy Mathis: It's not a slogan. In the darkness, there's always a crack. It's how the light gets in.
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References The X-Files (1993) See more »


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Written and Performed by J.J. Abrams
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I want to Believe in Twin Peaks
9 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode looks and feels like an episode of "The Former X-Designation" and in fact, is direct homage to both X-Files and another show, "Twin Peaks"-Which was originally to be called "Northwest Passage" hence the title of this ep.

Reading the plot summary of Twin Peaks, I now see how that show was homaged. This episode has some similar events.

Peter has run away, and he's in the Northwest States, in Washington. He meets an interesting girl in a pie shop, and makes plans to meet later. She is going to burn him a special CD based "on his aura"-Which she does by burning the CD upside-down! But she is deflected from the goal of delivering it by being kidnapped, next thing we see, she's got her skull opened up and someone is removing a piece of her brain.

Immediately we assume that Newton is doing this, to read her mind so that he can locate Peter. This however, is pure misdirection.

Peter gets caught up in a murder investigation, he has to call Broyles to let him know he'll be getting a call from Sheriff Mathis (Carradine offspring Martha Plimpton). She has a motto printed on a pen: "Find the Crack"-"It's how the light gets in to a dark room," which is her form of saying "I Want to Believe" and in fact her partner Bill tells her that very thing.

But meanwhile, Peter figures that if Newton is chasing him down, then he can also find Newton: "And then we're gonna catch him."

It never really is revealed if the person who had set up a place to remove Brains, was in fact doing this for Newton, this is clouded over.

When Mathis' partner goes missing, Mathis becomes desperate, but Peter finds a way of getting a location by measuring the absorption rate of Adrenaline in two of the victim's brains. This pinpoints the location on a map, and they go catch a bad guy. But there is no trace of Newton, it seems like the guy was working alone: Peter finds the CD the girl had made for him.

When he gets back to his Hotel, Peter pulls out an old "Discman" and starts listening to the CD: But right then, Newton shows up and has brought: The Secretary.

The only thing missing from this Ep was a Poster with "I Want to Believe," but with the sheer amount of X-Files-Isms, it really wasn't necessary.

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