Fringe (2008–2013)
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The Same Old Story 

A woman gives birth to a baby which ages 80 years in just a few minutes and Olivia soon finds connection between the incident and a serial killer she had been chasing.


Paul A. Edwards (as Paul Edwards)


J.J. Abrams (created by), Alex Kurtzman (created by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop
Lance Reddick ... Phillip Broyles
Kirk Acevedo ... Charlie Francis
Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp
Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth
Mark Valley ... John Scott (archive footage)
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop
Derek Cecil ... Christopher
Mark Blum ... Dr. Claus Penrose
Betty Gilpin ... Loraine Daisy
Elizabeth Stanley ... Stacey
Carmen Goodine Carmen Goodine ... Amy
Bernie McInerney Bernie McInerney ... Old Man Christopher
Ty Jones ... Doctor


The team investigates another phenomena that may be part of the pattern. In this case, a woman who claims not to be pregnant gives birth to full-term child and in the space of four hours, the newborn grows old and dies. Dr. Bishop had conducted some experiments in this field with a colleague that also involved the man's son. Meanwhile, some aspects of the case convince Agent Dunham that it's the work of a serial killer who has been sought by the FBI for many years. To solve the case, she must rely on Nina Sharp to provide the necessary technology. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

16 September 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Betty Gilpin's character "Loraine Daisy" may be a reference and homage to Donna Reed's "Lorene" in "From Here to Eternity". Both worked in a club using an alias, and Gilpin claims her mother spelled her name wrong. See more »


Several mistakes when Peter tries to revive the girl at the warehouse near the end of the episode: Firstly, defibrillators are not used to restart a heart during asystole (the time in which the heart doesn't beat at all - flat-line on the monitor), instead, CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) is the correct method. Defibrilator discharges are used during fibrillation to stop chaotic an ineffective heartbeats ("fibrillation"). Secondly - Peter uses some metallic objects to conduct the electricity, however he places them over the drapes covering the girl's body. To prevent burns and other injuries, conductive gel is placed between the metallic plate of the defibrillator and the skin of the patient, certainly not a paper drape. Thirdly, Peter simply takes too long to build his makeshift defibrillator for the resuscitation to be effective. See more »


[to Olivia and Peter]
Dr. Walter Bishop: Even condoms are not 100% effective. You two should be aware of this.
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Young Men Dead
Written by The Black Angels, Christian Bland, Alex Maas Stephanie Bailey, Jennifer Raines , 'Kyle Hunt' and 'Nate Ryan'
Performed by The Black Angels
Courtesy of Light In The Attic Records
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Accelerated Growth
6 July 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After having sex in a motel, a woman called Loraine Daisy feels pain in the stomach and her partner drives her to the hospital. The medical team finds she is pregnant and she gives birth to a child that moments later grows old and dies. Olivia and Peter investigate the case and Dr. Bishop recalls an experiment he carried out to develop a young army with his colleague Dr. Claus Penrose. Olivia finds cases of women with the pituitary gland removed and she recalls an unsolved case that she worked in the FBI many years ago. Could the cases be connected?

"The Same Old Story" is another mysterious and engaging episode of "Fringe". The plot about an accelerated growth has an excellent screenplay that increases tension until the great resolution. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "The Same Old Story"

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