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Fringe: Back to Where You've Never Been

Peter asks Olivia to help him go to the Other Side and ask Walternate for help when Walter refuses to help him employ the Machine to return to his own timeline. Meanwhile, the threat of the prototype shapeshifters grows and an old enemy returns.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x8
Production Number: 3X7008
Airdate: Friday January 13th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CityTV) Jan 13, 2012
FI (MTV3) Jan 02, 2013


Guest Stars
Orla BradyOrla Brady
As Elizabeth Bishop
Michael CerverisMichael Cerveris
As September
Jared HarrisJared Harris
As David Robert Jones
Ryan McDonaldRyan McDonald
As Alt-Brandon (as Ryan James McDonald)
Daren A. HerbertDaren A. Herbert
As Sgt. Elias Kane

Co-Guest Stars
Stephen HuszarStephen Huszar
As Guard
Brady SchleckerBrady Schlecker
As Lead MP (Corporal Wheeler)
James BamfordJames Bamford
As Agent Murphy
Jakob DaviesJakob Davies
As Little Boy
Aurelio Di NunzioAurelio Di Nunzio
As Business Man (as Aurelio Dinunzio)
Chantele FrancisChantele Francis
As ND Agent
Matthew MylreaMatthew Mylrea
As Shapeshifter
Michael RinaldiMichael Rinaldi
As Transit Cop
Juno RuddellJuno Ruddell
As Mother
Main Cast
Anna TorvAnna Torv
As Olivia Dunham
Joshua JacksonJoshua Jackson
As Peter Bishop
Lance ReddickLance Reddick
As Phillip Broyles
Jasika NicoleJasika Nicole
As Astrid Farnsworth
Seth GabelSeth Gabel
As Lincoln Lee
John NobleJohn Noble
As Dr. Walter Bishop


Peter is dreaming that thing are back to normal and that he is having breakfast with Walter and Olivia at home. Walter tells his son that the waffle machine is broken and he’s making pancakes, and promises to get the infernal machine working as soon as he can. He then drops the machine as Peter stares in horror... and then wakes up...

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Episode Notes
The glyph/code spells out JONES.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Airborne Toxic EventChangingLincoln has the device and is meeting Olivia & Pet
Tommy James & The ShondellsCrystal Blue PersuasionPeter, Olivia & Walter have breakfast

Episode Quotes
Walter: The water was still running in the sink. She must have come to her decision while she was washing the dishes.
Peter: What?
Walter: I knew almost immediately. Even before I found the body. The car's engine was still running. There was no note. There didn't need to be. We had just lost our only child. I should have mourned with her, even then. But instead I let her grieve alone so that I could focus on finding a way to the alternate universe to save someone else's child. My actions caused the death of my wife. Unspeakable damage to two universes. I lost my career and my sanity. All because I tried to help another Peter. I may be the only man who could help you, but I'm also the only man who cannot help you.

Lincoln: Just out of curiosity, um, if this thing closes while I'm still crossing through, what happens?
Peter: It'll cut you in half. I killed a guy like that one. Don't worry, he was a bad guy.

Agent Lee: You and your pal murdered two Fringe agents. Every cop in the city is going to be looking for him.
Lincoln: Right. That's what happened. We came all this way to kill two Fringe agents. That's brilliant. No wonder you're a detective.

Elizabeth Bishop: That's what got me through it, you know. I told myself that if another universe exists, and there's got to be more, then somewhere you grow up and be happy and fall in love. Somewhere you would have a life, just... just not here.

Peter: I was wrong about you. You're not the man I thought you were.
Bishop: You are exactly the man I thought you would be.

Cultural References
Peter: Hey, Scarecrow, come on. The flying monkeys are coming.

In the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, based on the novels by L. Frank Baum, the Scarecrow travels with Dorothy to obtain a brain. The flying monkeys serve the Wicked Witch and attempt to stop Dorothy and her friends.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJ.J. Abrams  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Roberto Orci
Executive ProducerJ.H. Wyman  |  Jeff Pinkner  |  Joe Chappelle  |  Bryan Burk  |  J.J. Abrams
Co-Executive ProducerMonica Breen  |  David Fury  |  Alison Schapker  |  Reid Shane  |  Kathy Lingg
ProducerTamara Isaac  |  Athena Wickham  |  Tanya M. Swerling
Co-ProducerGraham Roland  |  Vladimir Stefoff
Consulting ProducerJ.R. Orci  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Akiva Goldsman  |  Roberto Orci
Associate ProducerNoreen O'Toole  |  Jay Worth
Production DesignerIan Thomas (3)
EditorJon Dudkowski  |  Chad Rubel
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
Set DecoratorBobbi Allyn
Location ManagerCatou Kearney
Property MasterRob Smith (3)
Script SupervisorLisa Wilder
Post Production SupervisorJill Risk  |  Amanda Lencioni
Supervising Sound EditorThomas A. Harris
Re-Recording MixerAleksandr Gruzdev  |  Rick Norman
GafferRichard Buckmaster
Director of PhotographyDavid Geddes
Story EditorMatthew Pitts
Stunt CoordinatorRick Pearce
Art DirectorClyde Klotz
Production ManagementVladimir Stefoff
Sound MixerEric Batut
Executive Story EditorRobert Chiappetta  |  Glen Whitman  |  Ethan Gross
Main Title ThemeJ.J. Abrams
Visual Effects SupervisorJay Worth  |  Robert Habros
Main Title DesignAndrew Kramer
Department Head HairKatalin Lippay
Department Head Make-upCalla Dreyer
Post CoordinatorChris Miyasaki
Canadian CastingJennifer Page  |  Corinne Clark
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