Fringe (2008–2013)
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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.


Seith Mann


J.J. Abrams (created by), Alex Kurtzman (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
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 Erica Van Briel ... Assistant


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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Release Date:

29 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Cerveris (Observer) and Lance Reddick (Broyles) both attended Yale and were in the elite drama program there. See more »


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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References Top Secret! (1984) See more »


Freddie Freeloader
Written by Miles Davis
Performed by Miles Davis
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Just horrible...
12 April 2012 | by scsprockSee all my reviews

This episode was just horrifying to me as a huge fan of this show. If I hadn't bought the DVDs, I would have quit watching the series. It is that bad. The break from the storyline and universe just shatters your ability to suspend disbelief and immerse yourself in the series...permanently. I cannot fathom why someone would produce such a cinematic abortion, but they should lose their job. The whole time I was watching I kept thinking "oh my God, Fringe has jumped the shark." As if that was not enough, they also have to go to the ridiculous and unnecessary extreme of showing Walter smoking a bong. As if the constant verbal references to his drug use wasn't already quite enough? That scene added no value and just served to alienate a huge number of viewers. This episode was just horrible. Unworthy of what otherwise has been a remarkable and innovative show.

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