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Fringe: A New Day in the Old Town

An amnesiac Olivia makes her return from the parallel universe, while Walter, Pete, and Junior Agent Amy Jessup investigate the mysterious death of a man found with puncture holes in his palate. Meanwhile, Broyles defends the Fringe Division from a Senate subcommittee threatening to shut the organization down.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 3X5101
Airdate: Thursday September 17th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Oct 04, 2009
NL (Net 5) Jan 24, 2010

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (61 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Ari Graynor
As Rachel Dunham
Meghan Markle
As Junior Agent Amy Jessup
Luke Goss
As Lloyd Parr
Simone Kessell
As Nurse / Shapeshifter
Tegan Moss
As Rebecca

Co-Guest Stars
Douglas Chapman
As Agent
Stefan Arngrim
As Store Owner
Chris Shields
As Special Agent Fisher
Adrian Holmes
As Forensic Chief
Ken Camroux
As Old Senator (Senator Kenneth Taylor (as Ken Camroux-Taylor))
Neil Schell
As Second Senator (Senator Neil Schell (as Neill Schell))
Jeremy Jones (1)
As Paramedic
Elizabeth Thai
As ER Doctor
Trevor Carroll
As Morgue Attendant
Allison Riley
As Receptionist
Main Cast
Anna Torv
As Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson
As Peter Bishop
Lance Reddick
As Phillip Broyles
Blair Brown
As Nina Sharp
Jasika Nicole
As Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble
As Dr. Walter Bishop
Kirk Acevedo
As Charlie Francis


In Manhattan, New York, George Reed wakes up from the aftermath of a car crash with a SUV. He gets out of his car and runs to a nearby apartment, and then buzzes a resident to let him in. Once George is in the building, he grabs the resident, Lloyd Paar, knocks him out, and drags him into Paar’s apartment. “George” then crushes the bones of his face and attaches a device to the mouth of his victim. George attaches the other end of the device to himself and activates it, and his face starts to change into that of Paar...

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Episode Notes
The glyph/code spells out TOWER.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Blind FaithCan't Find My Way HomePete has a drink

Episode Quotes
Walter: You know, there's something you don't know about me, son.
Peter: What's that? That once you enter a grocery store, you never leave again? Ever?

Walter: We need to celebrate and make sure that Agent Dunham can attend. I want to see her face when she eats my pudding.
Peter: That's disturbing.

Walter: Agent, I need this body taken back to my lab.
Paramedic: Hey, lunatic, this body is going to the morgue. Is he crazy?
Walter: Peter?
Paramedic: Who is the agent in charge here?
Junior Agent Amy Jessup: I am. take it wherever he wants.
Walter: Lovely.
Junior Agent Amy Jessup: Is he crazy?
Peter: Oh, yeah.

Walter: Peter! Peter! They said I can ride in the back with the body. Can I?
Peter: Sure. Of course you can. Stay out of the medications, though. Please.

Peter: What are you thinking?
Walter: It's funny. I love custard, but I hate flan. Which could be an issue of semantics. Or difficulty with the French. Which I doubt, given my near obsession with moules a la creme normande.

Junior Agent Amy Jessup: Is this you?
Peter: Yeah.. My father recently took a little trip down memory lane, and for no reason has become wildly obsessed with my childhood. He also likes to check and make sure that I'm still breathing when I'm asleep, which is a little creepy.
Walter: Focus, please.

Olivia: So who was she?
Peter: Walter thinks that she was a shape-changing soldier from another universe. He thinks that might be where you went. Hmm. Do you think it's a bad sign that I can say that out loud and neither one of us thinks I'm crazy?

Broyles: You surprise me, Mr. Bishop.
Peter: Thanks.

Episode References
The Observer appears at the crash scene, walking right to left in the foreground, as George flees the area.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJ.J. Abrams  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Roberto Orci
Executive ProducerJ.H. Wyman  |  Bryan Burk  |  J.J. Abrams  |  Jeff Pinkner
Co-Executive ProducerJoe Chappelle  |  David Wilcox
Supervising ProducerJosh Singer  |  Jeff Vlaming  |  Reid Shane
ProducerRobert M. Williams, Jr.  |  Kathy Lingg  |  Zack Stentz  |  Ashley Edward Miller
Co-ProducerTamara Isaac  |  Tanya M. Swerling
Consulting ProducerAkiva Goldsman  |  Roberto Orci  |  Alex Kurtzman
Production DesignerIan Thomas (3)
EditorTanya M. Swerling  |  Luyen Vu
CastingApril Webster
First Assistant DirectorGreg Zenon
Second Assistant DirectorChristopher Lamb
MusicChris Tilton  |  Michael Giacchino
Music EditorPaul Apelgren
Music SupervisorCharles L. Scott IV  |  Billy Gottlieb
Costume DesignerJenni Gullett
Key GripDavid J. Dawson
Set DecoratorLouise Roper
Location ManagerJohn Alexander (5)
Property MasterRob Smith (3)
Script SupervisorAlexandra La Roche
Production CoordinatorJared Howitt
Post Production SupervisorJohn Klump  |  Andrew Balek
Supervising Sound EditorPaul Curtis
Re-Recording MixerRick Norman  |  Mark Hensley
GafferDavid S. Warner (1)
Director of PhotographyTom Yatsko
Stunt CoordinatorMike Mitchell
Post Production CoordinatorTyson Hilgenberg
Production ManagementMichael C. Young
Sound MixerEric Batut
Main Title ThemeJ.J. Abrams
Visual Effects SupervisorJay Worth  |  Robert Habros
Main Title DesignAndrew Kramer
"A" Camera OperatorChris Tammaro
Department Head HairIan C. Ballard
Department Head Make-upDana Hamel
Special Effects CoordinatorBob Comer
Canadian CastingMichelle Allen
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