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Fringe: A Short Story About Love

While Olivia deals with the ramifications of the memories of Peter's "Olivia" subsuming her, the Fringe team investigates the deaths of two couples and discovers that a twisted killer is trying to capture love in a bottle.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x15
Production Number: 3X7015
Airdate: Friday March 23rd, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CityTV) Mar 22, 2012
UK (sky 1) Mar 28, 2012
FI (MTV3) Feb 20, 2013


Guest Stars
Michael CerverisMichael Cerveris
As September
Michael MasseeMichael Massee
As Anson Carr
Ona GrauerOna Grauer
As Dianna Sutter
Paul AndrichPaul Andrich
As Man in Park

Co-Guest Stars
Jarod JosephJarod Joseph
As Agent Tim
Diana PavlovskaDiana Pavlovska
As Jane Hall
Devin JohnstonDevin Johnston
As Andrew Sutter
Babak A. MotamedBabak A. Motamed
As Medical Examiner James
Moya OMoya O'Connell
As Linda Grimley
Debbie TimussDebbie Timuss
As Woman in Park
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
Seth GabelSeth Gabel
As Lincoln Lee
John NobleJohn Noble
As Dr. Walter Bishop


On a Saturday morning, Olivia goes to a restaurant for breakfast and invites Nina to meet her there. Olivia explains that she’s in love with Peter despite the fact that everyone, including Peter, keeps telling her that she can’t be. Nina reminds her of Walter’s theory that, due to the cortexiphan treatments, Olivia is responding to Peter’s memories. However, her adoptive daughter point out that she’s experiencing things that Peter never experienced or knew about. Nina reluctantly agrees to do what she can and Olivia, happy, says that they should meet for breakfast more often. Nina tells her that they meet every Saturday and realize that Olivia is losing her own memories to her new persona. Realizing what is happening to her, Olivia agrees to see Walter...

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Episode Notes
The glyph/code spells out QUILL.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Jefferson AirplaneWhite RabbitWalter in the lab
Jon and VangelisThe Friends of Mr. CairoCarr kills his third male victim

Episode Quotes
Nina: Now as for your feelings about Peter, all wounds heal over time.
Olivia: Yeah. I just wish the time would move a little quicker.
Nina: Well, that’s a coincidence, because we just filed a patent on that last week.

Astrid: Walter, what is that? It is putrid.
Walter: Mortius bestia—roadkill. Specifically, an aromatic excretion from the castor sacs of the North American beaver. Used primarily for marking and mating. I went beaver hunting in Eastern Canada in the 70’s. Of course, in those days, “beaver” meant something else entirely.

Astrid: Uh, Walter wants to know which of you has fearless nasal passages?

Olivia: Do you know how much pain you caused?
Anson Carr: I don’t want you to think that I did it for me. I mean, not just for me. We’re not meant to be alone. It’s every human being’s right to know love. And had I succeeded... had I found the right chemicals--just the right... balance, I could have given the world... what you have.
Olivia: What do I have?
Anson Carr: Love. I can smell that you’re in love.

Olivia: I met a woman today. She'd just lost her husband, and as she was talking about him and her marriage, as much as she wanted to be, she--she wasn't in love. As I was listening to her, I realized what she was saying. She had let go of the possibility of love, of finding love, and I could see myself in her and I didn't like who I was. All of these memories and feelings I'm experiencing, they are from a better version of me. I've decided to let things run their course.

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 ProducerKathy Lingg  |  Alison Schapker  |  Reid Shane  |  Monica Breen  |  David Fury
ProducerAthena Wickham  |  Tanya M. Swerling  |  Tamara Isaac
Co-ProducerGraham Roland  |  Vladimir Stefoff
Consulting ProducerRoberto Orci  |  J.R. Orci  |  Akiva Goldsman  |  Alex Kurtzman
Associate ProducerNoreen O'Toole  |  Jay Worth
Production DesignerIan Thomas (3)
EditorJennifer Van Goethem  |  Tanya M. Swerling
CastingApril Webster  |  Sara Isaacson
MusicMichael Giacchino  |  Chris Tilton
Music EditorPaul Apelgren
Music SupervisorBilly Gottlieb  |  Charles L. Scott IV
Costume DesignerJenni Gullett
Key GripDavid J. Dawson
Set DecoratorBobbi Allyn
Property MasterRob Smith (3)
Script SupervisorIngrid Kenning
Supervising Sound EditorThomas A. Harris
Re-Recording MixerAleksandr Gruzdev  |  Rick Norman
GafferRichard Buckmaster
Director of PhotographyDavid Moxness
Story EditorMatthew Pitts
Stunt CoordinatorRick Pearce
Art DirectorPeter Andringa
Post Production CoordinatorBrandon Krzyminski
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
Special Effects Make-upTodd Masters
Canadian CastingJennifer Page  |  Corinne Clark
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