Fringe (2008–2013)
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The Firefly 

The Observer returns, taking an active role in righting an old wrong (which includes - mundane for him - thwarting a bank robbery).


Charles Beeson


J.J. Abrams (created by), Alex Kurtzman (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop
Lance Reddick ... Phillip Broyles
Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp (credit only)
Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop
Michael Cerveris ... September
Christopher Lloyd ... Roscoe Joyce
Nancy Amelia Bell Nancy Amelia Bell ... Adorable Old Woman (as Nancy Bell)
Olivia Cheng ... Victoria DiMiri
Rob 'Sluggo' Boyce ... Tough Man
Kory Grim ... Man #1
Marci T. House ... Pam
Gigi Jackman Gigi Jackman ... Nurse
Arvind Johal Arvind Johal ... Courier


In a retirement home, the former keyboard player Roscoe Joyce of the band "Violet Sedan Chair" is a sleepwalker. One night, he meets a young man in the corridor and he claims that he was his beloved son Bobby that died twenty-five years ago. However he does not recall what Bobby told him. The Fringe Division investigates the case and they find footage in the surveillance cameras showing Bobby and The Observer in the spot. Walter, who worships Roscoe, brings him to his laboratory to hypnotize him to know what Bobby told. Meanwhile The Observer meets Walter and tells that when he brought Peter from the parallel universe, he unleashed a series of events in a chain reaction and now he is fixing the timeline. Walter fears that Peter's life is in danger and tries to find what he can do to save his beloved son. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

21 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The glyphs for this episode spell out: UNITES See more »


The scene identified by the titling as Cambridge, Massachusetts actually shows the Old State House in Boston, Massachusetts. See more »


Peter Bishop: Walter, are you all right?
Dr. Walter Bishop: If "all right" means despondent, yes.
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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »


Fringe Main Title Theme
Written and Performed by J.J. Abrams
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29 January 2011 | by riversolSee all my reviews

Cute Fringe homage to Back to the Future, esp. the reference year of 1985, when BTTF was in theaters alongside Christopher Lloyd's appearance.

Has me contemplating the general idea of time travel in fiction. Time travel backwards at its heart embodies the desire to change outcomes that have already come to past. Time travel forward has the core desire to adventure to a place unreachable. In reality we can do both, ironically, change outcomes and adventure beautifully at that place where past and future converge!

Overall, I'd have to say Fringe has been on a slide this season.

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