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Fringe: An Origin Story

When the team learns of a way to cut off the Observers from their future, Peter interrogates an Observer prisoner while Olivia tries to come to grips with their daughter's death.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x5
Production Number: 3X7505
Airdate: Friday November 02nd, 2012

Director: P.J. Pesce
Writer: J.H. Wyman

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CityTV) Nov 02, 2012
UK (sky 1) Nov 21, 2012
AU (GO!) Dec 03, 2013

Guest Stars
Michael RogersMichael Rogers
As Mueller
Shaun SmythShaun Smyth
As Anil
John ProskyJohn Prosky
As Captive Observer

Co-Guest Stars
Ted ColeTed Cole
As Scientist Observer
Abagayle HardwickAbagayle Hardwick
As Young Etta
David Stuart (1)David Stuart (1)
As Observer Supervisor
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


Back at Etta's apartment, Peter looks at a photo of Etta and compares it to a sleeping Olivia. He then goes through Etta's belongings and finds a hidden compartment behind a painting. Inside of it are C4 packs. As Peter puts them in a duffel bag, Olivia wakes up and admits that she keeps thinking that she's experiencing a nightmare. She wonders why they would get Etta back just to lose her and cries as Peter hugs her. Later, Olivia goes into the bathroom and notices the family photos that her daughter kept... and starts taking them down...

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Episode Quotes
Astrid: Hey, I ran into a bit of a fire hazard so there's no tape yet.
Peter: What is that?
Astrid: You see that white tubey thing? That is a propane tank for Walter's hibachi. And that see-through blob over there? That is a gallon of ethanol.
Walter: Abner, why did you leave the propane tank there in the first place?
Astrid: Someone wanted to cook bratwurst.
Walter: Well, why is the ethanol there and not in the cupboard?
Astrid: Because someone wanted to use the ethanol to clean the hibachi before they cooked the bratwurst.

Alin: Before you go on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
Peter: I'm not worried about being destroyed. It's the Observers who should be worried.

Peter: I can feel you banging around inside there. But it doesn't matter what you find out, 'cause you and I both know... you're never walking out of here. Whatever the closest thing it is to fear that you can feel, I know that you're feeling it right now. You're not the only one with a skill for reading people.
Observer: You don't even know what you don't know.
Peter: We'll see.

Observer: I think of you as I would an ant colony as I pass by it. I don't care about the workings of the colony, why one ant is mad at or another or why one ant would kill another or not. To me, it is insignificant. And like an ant colony, you are oblivious to your limitations. You think the black over your head is dark skies... when it is really our shoe.

Walter: I have experience with this--this sort of pain, and you can't escape it by building walls around your heart. Or by breaking the universe. Or by vengeance.

Peter: Can you feel that? The pain of a piece of you being torn out? That's the pain a father feels when he loses a child.

Episode References
The glyph/code spells out FIGHT.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJ.J. Abrams  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Roberto Orci
Executive ProducerJ.H. Wyman  |  Bryan Burk  |  J.J. Abrams
Co-Executive ProducerReid Shane  |  Alison Schapker  |  Kathy Lingg  |  David Fury
Supervising ProducerGraham Roland
ProducerAthena Wickham  |  Tanya M. Swerling  |  Tamara Isaac
Co-ProducerVladimir Stefoff
Consulting ProducerAkiva Goldsman
Associate ProducerJay Worth  |  Noreen O'Toole
Production DesignerIan Thomas (3)
EditorJoshua Charson
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)
Script SupervisorIngrid Kenning
Assistant EditorJennifer MacFarlane
Supervising Sound EditorThomas A. Harris
Re-Recording MixerRick Norman  |  Ryan Davis
GafferRichard Buckmaster
Director of PhotographyDavid Geddes
Stunt CoordinatorRick Pearce
Art DirectorPeter Andringa
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
Costume Set SupervisorAudrey Wong
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