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Fringe: The Recordist

To find a mineral necessary for their plans, the Fringe team travels into the wilds of Pennsylvania and finds an encampment made up of people who are recording human history since the invasion.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x3
Production Number: 3X7503
Airdate: Friday October 12th, 2012

Director: Jeff Thomas
Writer: Graham Roland

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CityTV) Oct 12, 2012
UK (sky 1) Nov 07, 2012


Guest Stars
Georgina HaigGeorgina Haig
As Henrietta "Etta" Bishop
Michael KopsaMichael Kopsa
As Captain Windmark
Shaun SmythShaun Smyth
As Anil
Connor BeardmoreConnor Beardmore
As River Massey
Paul McGillionPaul McGillion
As Edwin Massey

Co-Guest Stars
Edward FoyEdward Foy
As Holden
Darren MooreDarren Moore
As Bonner
Michael RogersMichael Rogers
As Mueller
Gaelan BeattyGaelan Beatty
As Loyalist Scout
Bojan DulabicBojan Dulabic
As Bark Man #1
Gaalen EngenGaalen Engen
As Bearded Man
Evan FrayneEvan Frayne
As Eames
John R. TaylorJohn R. Taylor
As Winston
Main Cast
Anna TorvAnna Torv
As Olivia Dunham
Joshua JacksonJoshua Jackson
As Peter Bishop
Jasika NicoleJasika Nicole
As Astrid Farnsworth
John NobleJohn Noble
As Dr. Walter Bishop


At Walter's former lab at Harvard, Walter and Astrid continue cutting into the amber and finally recover another video tape. Emerging, they play it and discover that Walter stored the tapes out of order. Walter on the tape gives them coordinates to a location in Pennsylvania. The real Walter doesn't remember anything about the location and according to the files, there's nothing in the area. He finds some hidden marijuana and sniffs it and then says that he should stay behind at the lab to regroup while the others indicate the location...

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Episode Quotes
River Massey: I wish I was around during your time. When there were real heroes.
Peter: Well, kiddo, you're my hero for giving me a nice, strong jawline.

Astrid: Walter, is there a mine where you are?
Walter: Mime. The only mime that I know of is Marcel Marceau. What's he got to do with any of this?
Astrid: No, a mine.

Walter: In 1923, a mine collapsed in Peru. The trapped survivors were forced to nourish themselves on the dead.
Peter: Thanks for that, Walter.

Edwin Massey: There's a time for recording history, and there's a time for making it.

River Massey: A hero died. Sacrificing himself in order to get the Fringe team resources they need to save our world. Edwin Massey, the recorder of history, made history. He will be greatly missed. Like other great men before him, he gave his life selflessly in pursuit of freedom... and a better future.

Episode Goofs
The flashback to Donovan's, which is just after the Observers invaded in 2015. The missing persons board has a flyer showing Last Seen June 12, 2033.

Episode References
The glyph/code spells out ANGER.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJ.J. Abrams  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Roberto Orci
Executive ProducerJ.H. Wyman  |  Bryan Burk  |  J.J. Abrams
Co-Executive ProducerAlison Schapker  |  Reid Shane  |  David Fury  |  Kathy Lingg
Supervising ProducerGraham Roland
ProducerTamara Isaac  |  Tanya M. Swerling  |  Athena Wickham
Co-ProducerVladimir Stefoff
Consulting ProducerAkiva Goldsman
Associate ProducerJay Worth  |  Noreen O'Toole
Production DesignerIan Thomas (3)
EditorJon Dudkowski
CastingApril Webster  |  Sara Isaacson
First Assistant DirectorBrent Crowell
Second Assistant DirectorKatherine Keizer
MusicChris Tilton  |  Michael Giacchino
Music EditorPaul Apelgren
Music SupervisorCharles L. Scott IV  |  Billy Gottlieb
Costume DesignerJenni Gullett
Key GripDavid J. Dawson
Set DecoratorBobbi Allyn
Location ManagerCatou Kearney
Property MasterRob Smith (3)
Assistant EditorChad Rubel
Supervising Sound EditorThomas A. Harris
Re-Recording MixerRick Norman  |  Ryan Davis
GafferRichard Buckmaster
Director of PhotographyDavid Geddes
Stunt CoordinatorRick Pearce
Production ManagementVladimir Stefoff
Sound MixerEric Batut
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 CastingCorinne Clark  |  Jennifer Page
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