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Fringe: Subject 13

The secrets of the past are revealed, as Walter attempts to use the cortexiphan children to return the Other Side's Peter to his home dimension. Meanwhile, Young Olivia discovers the trigger for her abilities, and the Other Side's Walter realizes what has happened to his son.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x15
Production Number: 3X6115
Airdate: Friday February 25th, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CityTV) Feb 25, 2011
UK (sky 1) Apr 27, 2011
NL (Net 5) Jul 03, 2011

Guest Stars
Orla BradyOrla Brady
As Elizabeth Bishop
Chandler CanterburyChandler Canterbury
As Young Peter
Karley Scott CollinsKarley Scott Collins
As Young Olivia
Sarah Jane RedmondSarah Jane Redmond
As Mrs. Ashley

Co-Guest Stars
Chris BradfordChris Bradford
As Olivia's Stepfather
Peter KawasakiPeter Kawasaki
As Lab Employee
Sophie LuiSophie Lui
As Newscaster
Mike RussellMike Russell
As Second Policeman
Main Cast
John NobleJohn Noble
As Dr. Walter Bishop


In the 1980s, Elizabeth Bishop his cleaning the family home near Reiden Lake when she discovers that the Other Side’s Peter Bishop, who Walter abducted, has left his room. All he’s left is a note saying, “I’m going home.” Elizabeth runs to the lake just as Peter ties a concrete block to his waist and throws it into the lake. It pulls him down with it, and Elizabeth dives in to rescue him. She manages to pull the rope free and get him to the surface, as Peter screams that she’s not his mother and he wants to go home...

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Episode Notes
The glyph/code spells out SWITCH.

The tower puzzle that Young Olivia tries to solve is the same one that a young Sydney Bristow attempted to solve in another J.J. Abrams production, Alias, in the episode "The Indicator."

Episode Quotes
Elizabeth Bishop: He is in such distress. He-he looks at me, and he doesn't trust me. I'm his mother, but no matter what I say, he...
Walter: Elizabeth, Elizabeth, you are not his mother. He's a little boy very much like our son... and we saved his life.
Elizabeth Bishop: No, you...you-you saved his life. I'm just trying to keep him alive.

Elizabeth Bishop: You know, tulips don't usually grow in areas like this.
Young Peter: Well, then what are they doing here?
Elizabeth Bishop: A professor who was working here missed them, so he imagined a tulip that would grow in this climate and he invented them. He used his brain and his imagination to turn the world into what he wanted it to be. How would you change the world if you could, Peter? What would you wish for?
Young Peter: I wouldn't make stupid flowers grow.
Elizabeth Bishop: What would you do?
Young Peter: I'd go home.

Walter: Don't you see what I've done? I crept over in the night, and I stole their child. If we don't return him, they'll figure it out, and they'll come after him, after us. I know because that's what I would do.
Elizabeth Bishop: So you would sacrifice one for the other... this little girl Olivia for Peter?
Walter: No. But for thousands of others, or millions... it would have to be considered.

Elizabeth Bishop: You know what? Maybe it was plastic surgery. Or an alien able to take on any shape he wanted. We've considered all your theories, Walter, and none of them have brought our son back. It happened. It just happened, and it's inexplicable.
Walter: Nothing is inexplicable, Elizabeth. Science seems like magic to primitives. Something happened in this house and we have to go over it, and over it, until we find out what we're missing!

Elizabeth Bishop: Listen to me. Sometimes the world we have is not the world we want. But we have our hearts and our imaginations to make the best of it. I will promise you this. I will be the best mother I possibly can be to you. I'll take care of you, I'll protect you, and I'll never let anyone take you away from me. No one. Not ever.

Episode Goofs
The Periodic Table on the wall of Walter's office on This Side in 1985 features elements not discovered until the 21st century.

As Elizabeth walks across the kitchen to talk to Young Peter in the second kitchen scene between them, the shadow of a boom mic crawls into frame on the counter in the foreground.

Episode References
The Observer can be seen coming out of a hallway as Dr. Bishop walks to his office in Bishop Dynamic.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJ.J. Abrams  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Roberto Orci
Executive ProducerJ.J. Abrams  |  Bryan Burk  |  Joe Chappelle  |  Jeff Pinkner  |  J.H. Wyman
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Wilcox  |  Monica Breen  |  Josh Singer  |  Reid Shane  |  Alison Schapker
ProducerKathy Lingg  |  Tanya M. Swerling  |  Tamara Isaac
Co-ProducerAthena Wickham  |  Vladimir Stefoff
Consulting ProducerRoberto Orci  |  Akiva Goldsman  |  Alex Kurtzman
Production DesignerIan Thomas (3)
EditorTimothy A. Good
CastingApril Webster  |  Sara Isaacson
First Assistant DirectorBrent Crowell
Second Assistant DirectorKatherine Keizer
MusicMichael Giacchino  |  Chris Tilton
Music EditorPaul Apelgren
Music SupervisorBilly Gottlieb  |  Charles L. Scott IV
Costume DesignerJenni Gullett
Key GripDavid J. Dawson
Location ManagerScott Walden
Property MasterRob Smith (3)
Script SupervisorIngrid Kenning
Production CoordinatorAnita Truelove
Assistant EditorLola Popovac
Post Production SupervisorAaron Miller (2)  |  Jill Risk
Supervising Sound EditorThomas A. Harris
Re-Recording MixerAleksandr Gruzdev  |  Rick Norman
GafferDavid S. Warner (1)
Director of PhotographyGreg Middleton
Story EditorEthan Gross  |  Glen Whitman  |  Robert Chiappetta
Stunt CoordinatorRick Pearce
Art DirectorPeter Andringa
Production ManagementVladimir Stefoff
Sound MixerEric Batut
Executive Story EditorGraham Roland
Main Title ThemeJ.J. Abrams
Visual Effects SupervisorJay Worth  |  Robert Habros
Main Title DesignAndrew Kramer
Department Head HairPauline Tremblay
Department Head Make-upCalla Dreyer
Canadian CastingCorinne Clark  |  Jennifer Page
Paint CoordinatorJohn E. Wilcox
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