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Fringe: The Road Not Taken

While investigating a seeming case of spontaneous combustion, Olivia begins having visions of an alternate reality that is somehow connected to the case. Meanwhile, the FBI tries to connect William Bell to ZFT, Peter reveals his latest project, and Nina Sharp pays Broyles a visit.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x19
Production Number: 3T7668
Airdate: Tuesday May 05th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) May 24, 2009
NL (Net 5) Jan 10, 2010


Guest Stars
Michael CerverisMichael Cerveris
As The Observer
Michael GastonMichael Gaston
As Sanford Harris
Jennifer FerrinJennifer Ferrin
As Nancy Lewis
Clint HowardClint Howard
As Emmanuel Grayson

Co-Guest Stars
Frank BonsangueFrank Bonsangue
As Bus Driver
Richard BekinsRichard Bekins
As Isaac Winters
Cheryl Ann LeaserCheryl Ann Leaser
As Tech Agent
Ignacio RadaIgnacio Rada
As NID Agent
Main Cast
Anna TorvAnna Torv
As Olivia Dunham
Joshua JacksonJoshua Jackson
As Peter Bishop
Lance ReddickLance Reddick
As Phillip Broyles
Blair BrownBlair Brown
As Nina Sharp
Jasika NicoleJasika Nicole
As Astrid Farnsworth
John NobleJohn Noble
As Dr. Walter Bishop
Kirk AcevedoKirk Acevedo
As Charlie Francis


Broyles is reviewing the work of ZFT with his staff and brings them up to speed on the fact they’re preparing for a war with… someone. They’re funded by William Bell of Massive Dynamic. Olivia and Charlie will be coordinating efforts to provide solid evince connecting Bell to ZFT...

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Episode Notes
The glyph/code spells out VISION.

Episode Quotes
Walter: It's possible we're dealing with a case of spontaneous human combustion.
Peter: I thought that was just a myth.
Walter: Oh, a myth is just an unverified fact.
Peter: Maybe she was hit by a tiny meteor.
Walter: It's also possible.

Walter: Matter is just energy waiting to happen. The average adult at rest contains enough potential energy to explode with the force of five very large hydrogen bombs.
Peter: You know, theoretically, you're actually right.
Walter: Ho ho ho ho! My son finally agrees with me. Agent Farnsworth, take a note of that.

Astrid: You know, Walter, working with you, it's amazing the sort of things you get used to.
Walter: You're not the first person to tell me that.

Walter: I was prone to hide things because I was afraid that someone would unlock all my secrets. I didn't realize the someone would be me.

Walter: Lab rule #1: Do not borrow Walter’s equipment without asking.

Olivia: I feel like I'm losing my mind.
Walter: Oh, I don't think so. If you were actually going insane, you'd likely have no idea what's happening. Take it from me.

Olivia: What process?
Emmanuel Grayson: To create super soldiers.
Olivia: Super-soldiers.
Emmanuel Grayson: Yes. Like Khan Noonian Singh.To defend us in the coming war.
Olivia: What war?
Peter: I'm sorry. The Khan?
Emmanuel Grayson: Yes.
Peter: As in The Wrath of...?
Emmanuel Grayson: Yes.
Peter: Let me guess. This war, it's against...
Emmanuel Grayson: The Romulans. Renegade Romulans from the future, here to change the timeline. The sworn enemy of the Federation.
Peter: The Federation. That would be the United Federation of Planets.
Emmanuel Grayson: Yes.
Peter: Hmm. And you know this because?
Emmanuel Grayson: I am the son of Sarek.
Peter: Which makes you Spock.
Emmanuel Grayson: Yes.
Peter: Well, Mr. Spock, thank you for your time. We'll let you get back to the bridge now.
Emmanuel Grayson: Live long and prosper.

Walter: I've seen this woman before. Why does she look so familiar?
Peter: Maybe because you dissected her twin sister yesterday. Remember? Blond girl about 5'7". Really well done. Melted fillings.
Walter: Oh, right.

Cultural References
in honor of and/or to cross-promote series creator J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci's involvement with the Star Trek movie that premiered three days after this episode first aired, there are numerous Star Trek references in the episode.

* Clint Howard was a guest star in three different incarnations of the TV series.
* His character is named Emmanuel Grayson: Grayson was Spock's mother's maiden name.
* Grayson mentions Khan Noonian Singh
* Grayson also describes the plot of the Abrams movie: Romulans time traveling to the past to alter history
* Grayson believes he's Spock, son of Sarek, and Leonard Nimoy appeared on the show as William Bell the next week.
* Grayson lives in apartment number 1701: a reference to the Enterprise's ID of NCC-1701.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJ.J. Abrams  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Roberto Orci
Executive ProducerJeff Pinkner  |  Bryan Burk  |  J.J. Abrams
Co-Executive ProducerAndrew Kreisberg  |  Brooke Kennedy  |  David H. Goodman  |  J.H. Wyman
Supervising ProducerJ.R. Orci
ProducerBrad Anderson  |  Frederick E.O. Toye  |  Robert M. Williams, Jr.
Co-ProducerBrad Caleb Kane
Consulting ProducerAlex Kurtzman  |  Roberto Orci
Associate ProducerTamara Isaac  |  Tanya M. Swerling
Production DesignerSteven Jordan
EditorLuyen Vu
CastingRoss Meyerson  |  Julie Tucker
Second Assistant DirectorPatrick Mangan
MusicMichael Giacchino
Music EditorPaul Apelgren  |  Stephen M. Davis
Music SupervisorCharles L. Scott IV  |  Billy Gottlieb
Costume DesignerMarie Abma
Key GripSal Lanza
Camera OperatorJeff Muhlstock
Set DecoratorBeth Kushnick
Property MasterNatalie Dorset
Script SupervisorRachel Connors
Assistant EditorLisa De Moraes
Post Production SupervisorJohn Klump
Supervising Sound EditorThomas A. Harris
Re-Recording MixerMark D. Fleming  |  Tom Dahl
GafferTim Guinness
Director of PhotographyFred V. Murphy
Stunt CoordinatorShauna Duggins
Sound MixerLarry Hoff
Main Title ThemeJ.J. Abrams
Visual Effects SupervisorJay Worth  |  Chris Scollard
Main Title DesignAndrew Kramer
Department Head HairAnne Michelle Radcliffe
Casting AssociateMaria Higgins (3)
Department Head Make-upKymbra Kelly
Original CastingApril Webster
Special Effects CoordinatorConrad Brink, Jr.
Additional MusicChris Tilton  |  Chad Seiter
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