Fringe (2008–2013)
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In the parallel universe, the Fringe Division investigates a case where a man was eaten from inside out by an extinct beetle. Meanwhile Broyles is considered missing and Lincoln is the head... See full summary »


Brad Anderson


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Torv ... Alternate Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop (credit only)
Lance Reddick ... Phillip Broyles (credit only)
Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp (credit only)
Jasika Nicole ... Alternate Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop / Walternate
Alon Aboutboul ... Dr. Armand Silva
Seth Gabel ... Alternate Lincoln Lee
Philip Winchester ... Frank Stanton
Julie McNiven ... Mona Foster
Ryan McDonald ... Alternate Brandon Fayette
Kirk Acevedo ... Alternate Charlie Francis
Joan Chen ... Reiko
Donovan Cerminara ... EMT
Tristan Jensen Tristan Jensen ... ND Agent #1


In the parallel universe, the Fringe Division investigates a case where a man was eaten from inside out by an extinct beetle. Meanwhile Broyles is considered missing and Lincoln is the head of the division. Olivia welcomes her boyfriend Frank that has just returned from Texas and wants to propose her. When a second man is also eaten by the insects, the Fringe Division identifies the scientist Dr. Armand Silva that was researching the cure for avian flu using this insect. Lincoln and Olivia goes to his address and split. Lincoln is locked in a refrigerating chamber while Olivia is brought to his laboratory, where she drinks water. Dr. Silva explains that only human beings are capable to host the beetle and a new cycle has just began. Olivia concludes that she has been infected by the insect and despairs. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

11 February 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


While talking to his fellow diner, Dr. Silva states that he is quoting Samuel Clemens. Samuel Clemens is the real name of Mark Twain, suggesting that in the alternate universe, Samuel Clemens never used the pen name Mark Twain-- another way in which the alternate universe is very similar, but slightly changed. See more »


When Mona is first examining the insect she says it is Coleoptera possibly Archostemata (a suborder of the order Coleoptera). Coleoptera is the correct name for the order of insects commonly called "beetles" (which she refers to just after by saying that the airship terminal is an unusual place for "beetles") and have the character trait of "sheathed wings" from which it gets its name. However, the insect she is examining has neither wings nor sheaths for them but is made up of overlapping segments on the back of its exoskeleton more in-line with the order Blattaria commonly called "Cockroaches" and even though this is an alternate universe the meaning of the Greek words koleos, "sheath"; and pteron, "wing", thus "sheathed wing" and "Coleoptera" would probably not have been different. See more »


References Get Smart (1965) See more »


Fringe Main Title Theme
Written and Performed by J.J. Abrams
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"You;re not infected, you're pregnant"
11 December 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

... is possibly one of the greatest lines of dialog of all time.

Offered up in this episode of one of the greatest series of all time.

Easily (this penned in 2015) the best work JJ has done so far.

Manages to keep viewers interested in two dimensions at once.

Never saw that before.

The alternate Olive is actually more empathetic than the main character. That is daring. Kudos to the writers. And to Anna Torv for pulling it off.

In fact even Walternate actually seems a more capable person than the regular cast member. Astonishing.

Wondersful episode.

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