Fringe (2008–2013)
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Inner Child 

A mysterious child is recovered from a secret chamber that has been sealed for more than a half-century.


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
Kirk Acevedo ... Charlie Francis
Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp (credit only)
Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop
Erik Palladino ... Eliot Michaels
Ari Graynor ... Rachel
Spencer List ... The Child
Victor Williams ... Phil
Matt Mulhern Matt Mulhern ... Dennis
Sandra Daley ... Dr. Winick
Jimmy Palumbo ... Mike
Jeremy Shamos ... The Artist


While a construction team swaps a building, a child is discovered in a tunnel that hasn't been opened for 70 years. In the meantime one of Olivia and Charlie's old cases is reopened as the initial perpetrator, the Artist, comes back to surface and new victims arise. The funny thing is that the isolated child is somehow connected to the case, knowing the details about the victims. CIA are also interested in the boy and Olivia does anything possible to prevent them from getting him. Written by Andreea D

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Release Date:

7 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The glyphs in this episode spell "Walter". See more »


As Olivia is writing on a notepad, the child all of a sudden grabs her arm. There is a shot with both of them in it and he has his hand on her jacket. There is a section of skin near the child's midsection that is exposed where medical wires are inserted. There is clearly much more pigmentation on this section of skin than there is on his feet, hands, face and head. See more »


Dr. Walter Bishop: Unless you have an IQ higher than mine, I'm not interested in what you think!
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »


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The Mysterious Boy
3 January 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While checking whether a building is empty for an implosion, two workers find a boy locked in a sealed tunnel in the underground. The boy is hospitalized and the Fringe Division is assigned to visit him since the tunnel had been sealed for 70 years. Meanwhile Olivia is unsuccessfully trying to find a serial called The Artist, who kills woman and improves their appearance. Soon the boy that does not speak gives clues about The Artist to Olivia and Dr. Bishop discovers that the boy is mentally connected to Olivia. Soon Olivia learns that the CIA is interested in the boy and she is powerless to change the situation. Who might be the boy?

"Inner Child" is an intriguing episode of "Fringe" divided in two great segments: one about a mysterious bald boy that does not speak and has powerful ability and the other about a serial-killer called The Artist. The conclusion of the storyline of the boy is totally unexpected. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Inner Child"

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