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Fringe: Brave New World (1)

While dealing with multiple cases of spontaneous combustion, Walter realizes who is responsible for Jones' plan and sets out to get proof. Meanwhile, Jones launches a series of new attacks after the bridge is shut down, in his bid to create a new universe for himself and his superior.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x21
Production Number: 3X7021
Airdate: Friday May 04th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CityTV) May 04, 2012
UK (sky 1) May 09, 2012

Special Guest Stars
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As William Bell

Guest Stars
Jared HarrisJared Harris
As David Robert Jones
Rebecca MaderRebecca Mader
As Jessica Holt
Samantha NobleSamantha Noble
As Dr. Benlo

Co-Guest Stars
Timothy WebberTimothy Webber
As Man in Warehouse (Tom)
Ruby AhnRuby Ahn
As Escalator Rider #1
Jason CliftJason Clift
As Hazmat Agent #1
Yvette Dudley-NeumanYvette Dudley-Neuman
As Escalator Rider #3
Jane HancockJane Hancock
As Escalator Rider #2
Raphael KepinskiRaphael Kepinski
As Warehouse Employee
Ken Lawson (1)Ken Lawson (1)
As Orderly
Adam LolacherAdam Lolacher
As Security Guard #1
William MacDonaldWilliam MacDonald
As Security Guard #2
Janet PinnickJanet Pinnick
As Coffee Barista
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


At a business center in Boston, a man named Neal comes down the escalator and collects a cup of coffee. As he goes outside, he starts to burn from within and then collapses. Anyone walking nearby gets the same symptoms and burn up from spontaneous combustion. One woman realizes that only the people who are walking are dead and tells everyone else to freeze...

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Episode Notes
The Observer can be seen behind an ambulance as Walter and Astrid arrive to examine the nanite victims.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Billy IdolEyes Without a Faceescalator Muzak

Episode Quotes
Walter: Despite their itty-bitty size, each of them is capable of storing an enormous amount of energy and it would seem they could be overloaded by the biokinetic energy stored in the cells of anyone infected.
Peter: You mean these people's movement is what's activating the nanites?
Walter: That's what I just said.

Jessica Holt: What are you?
Walter: I'm human. What are you? Is this some sort of alien invasion? Are you part of a strike f...
Jessica Holt: No, I mean--I mean, what are you doing here?

Walter: May I take a blood sample? The discomfort will only be momentary.
Jessica Holt: That's what all you men say.

William Bell: In this game, the skill one must have above all else is patience. The board changes, but very slowly. the art of chess, the art is knowing when a piece is most valuable, and then, in that very moment, being willing to sacrifice it. For in the vacuum created in the loss of what is most precious, opportunity abounds. Influence is maximized, and desire becomes destiny.

Olivia: Walter, you said that you had been having a lot of shock therapy. Do you think perhaps he could have been a hallucination?
Walter: No. No, no. My hallucinations were rarely biped and never men.

Cultural References
Peter: It’d be sort of like, “don’t cross the streams,” just, you know, in reverse.

In the 1984 movie Ghostbusters, the title characters use proton beams to capture ghosts. As noted, crossing the proton streams is a bad thing.

Episode References
The glyph/code spells out POWERS.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJ.J. Abrams  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Roberto Orci
Executive ProducerJeff Pinkner  |  J.H. Wyman  |  Bryan Burk  |  J.J. Abrams  |  Joe Chappelle
Co-Executive ProducerKathy Lingg  |  Reid Shane  |  Monica Breen  |  Alison Schapker  |  David Fury
ProducerAthena Wickham  |  Tanya M. Swerling  |  Tamara Isaac
Co-ProducerVladimir Stefoff  |  Graham Roland
Consulting ProducerAkiva Goldsman  |  J.R. Orci  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Roberto Orci
Associate ProducerJay Worth  |  Noreen O'Toole
Production DesignerIan Thomas (3)
EditorLuyen Vu
CastingApril Webster  |  Sara Isaacson
First Assistant DirectorBrian Giddens
Second Assistant DirectorRoger Russell
MusicChris Tilton  |  Michael Giacchino
Music EditorPaul Apelgren
Music SupervisorBilly Gottlieb  |  Charles L. Scott IV
Costume DesignerJenni Gullett
Key GripDavid J. Dawson
Set DecoratorBobbi Allyn
Location ManagerScott Walden
Property MasterRob Smith (3)
Script SupervisorIngrid Kenning
Production CoordinatorAnita Truelove
Assistant EditorJennifer Van Goethem
Supervising Sound EditorThomas A. Harris
Re-Recording MixerAleksandr Gruzdev  |  Rick Norman
GafferRichard Buckmaster
Director of PhotographyDavid Geddes
Story EditorMatthew Pitts
Stunt CoordinatorRick Pearce
Art DirectorPeter Andringa
Production ManagementVladimir Stefoff
Sound MixerEric Batut
Executive Story EditorRobert Chiappetta  |  Ethan Gross  |  Glen Whitman
Main Title ThemeJ.J. Abrams
Visual Effects SupervisorJay Worth  |  Robert Habros
Main Title DesignAndrew Kramer
Department Head HairKatalin Lippay
Department Head Make-upCalla Dreyer
Canadian CastingJennifer Page  |  Corinne Clark
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