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Fringe: Pilot

Special FBI Agent Olivia Dunham is part of the team called in to investigate when Flight 627 lands with everyone on board dead: their flesh liquefied. When her partner and lover is contaminated by a similar chemical that crystallizes his skin, Olivia discovers the one man who can help has been institutionalized for twenty years.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 276038
Airdate: Tuesday September 09th, 2008
Special Airtime: 08:00 pm
Special Runtime: 95 Minutes

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Oct 05, 2008
DE (Pro7) Mar 16, 2009
NL (Net 5) Sep 06, 2009


Guest Stars
Jason Butler HarnerJason Butler Harner
As Richard Steig
Peter OuterbridgePeter Outerbridge
As Dr. Reyes

Co-Guest Stars
Bernadeta WrobelBernadeta Wrobel
As Flight Attendant
Jill HarlandJill Harland
As Woman (German)
Katerina TaxiaKaterina Taxia
As Agent #3
Pete SawyerPete Sawyer
As Man (Denver)
Max TopplinMax Topplin
As Angry 16 Yr Old
Shaun ShettyShaun Shetty
As Indian Man
Dennis MocklerDennis Mockler
As Co-Pilot
Lee Jay GladmanLee Jay Gladman
As CDC Officer
Jim McGrath (1)Jim McGrath (1)
As Old Man (on plane)
Joan Barrett (2)Joan Barrett (2)
As Old Woman (on plane)
Jeff ToppingJeff Topping
As Agent #1
Sean Clement (1)Sean Clement (1)
As Agent #2
Anousha AlamianAnousha Alamian
As Agent #4
Tauqir ShahTauqir Shah
As Iraqi Business Man #1
Omar HabibOmar Habib
As Iraqi Business Man #2
Tre SmithTre Smith
As Man (w/John's Gurney)

Rick ParkerRick Parker
As Cow Delivery Man
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
Kirk AcevedoKirk Acevedo
As Charlie Francis
Mark ValleyMark Valley
As John Scott


Flight 627, a passenger plane is crossing the Atlantic from Hamburg toward the U.S. and passing through a storm. The seatbelt light goes on and one passenger fumbles in his briefcase for an insulin injector which he administers to himself. The person sitting next to him tries to reassure him but the man gets out of his seat and the stewardess goes after him. The plane starts to tilt and as the stewardess touches the man, she sees that his skin is starting to dissolve. He throws up green bile on her and collapses. As he staggers toward the cockpit, the other passengers’ skin starts to dissolve as well. The pilot puts on the autopilot and turns to see his co-pilot dissolving as well...

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Episode Quotes
Olivia: What is it?
Walter: They… they have this horrible… pudding here. Butterscotch pudding on Mondays. It’s dreadful.
Olivia: It’s Thursday.
Walter: Oh? Oh, fantastic!

Olivia: I can have you on a flight back here in four days, but first…
Peter: Let me save you the time. I'd rather stay here in Iraq. That's how much I want to see my father.

Walter: I thought you’d be fatter.
Peter: You thought I’d be fatter? Excellent. First words, perfect.
Walter: No, as a boy, you were round.

Walter: Oh!
Olivia: What happened?
Walter: I just pissed myself.
Peter: Excellent.
Walter: Just a squirt.

Olivia: CDC says the Hamburg flight was caused by a synthetic compound, which is like saying rain is caused by a wet compound.

Walter: So much… so much happened here. And so much is about to.

Peter: Genetically, humans and cows are separated by only a couple lines of DNA so it's an ethical test subject.
Olivia: Where did you learn that, MIT?
Peter: No, actually picked that up reading books, you should try it sometime, it's fun.

Walter: The only thing better than a cow is a human. Unless you need milk. Then you really need a cow.

Olivia: I thought you were a genius. You must have had a system?
Peter: Of course there was a system. The house was cheating. But you try and tell them that.

Olivia: You owe money to a guy nicknamed Big Eddie?
Peter: No, I owe money to a guy named Big Eddie. He had it legally changed.

Walter: Didn’t I mention it?
Peter: Whatever you think you said, you didn’t say it.

Walter: I have used this technique to extract information from a corpse once. You can do that if they haven’t been dead for longer than six hours.
Peter: Right, ‘cause after six hours they’re really dead.

Walter: It's not an exact science.
Peter: It's not even science!

Peter: The man who was just released from the mental institution, he wants to give you a drug overdose, then stick a metal rod into your head and put you naked into a rusty tank of water.
Walter: No, I don’t want to. No, I’d rather not. I’m just saying I can.

Walter: Excellent! Let's make some LSD.

Charlie: You’ve cleared all this with Broyles?
Olivia: Somewhat.
Charlie: Oh, “somewhat” doesn’t sound good. Is that a cow?

(watching “Spongebob Squarepants”)
Walter: And this is a show for children?
Astrid: Yeah, it’s huge.
Walter: Surprisingly profound for a narrative about a sponge.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJ.J. Abrams  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Roberto Orci
Executive ProducerAlex Graves  |  Bryan Burk  |  Roberto Orci  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  J.J. Abrams
Associate ProducerPatrick Ward
Production DesignerCarol Spier
EditorRussell Denove
CastingLonnie Hamerman  |  Jenny Lewis (3)  |  Sara Kay
Unit Production ManagerDana J. Kuznetzkoff
First Assistant DirectorDavid Hyman
Second Assistant DirectorBob Warwick  |  Sarah Rae Garrett
MusicMichael Giacchino
Music EditorStephen M. Davis  |  Paul Apelgren
Costume DesignerJoanne Hansen
HairstylistCliona Furey
Make-upLinda Dowds
Set DecoratorPeter Nicolakakos
Property MasterChris Pellegrini
Assistant EditorJames D. Rohrig
Post Production SupervisorDevin Rich
Supervising Sound EditorWalter Newman
Re-Recording MixerDan Hiland  |  Gary D. Rogers
GafferFranco Tata
Director of PhotographyMichael Bonvillain
Stunt CoordinatorPaul Rutledge
Art DirectorElinor Rose Galbraith
Production ManagerMichael Wray
Sound MixerJohn J. Thomson
Special EffectsMarcus Rait  |  David Werntz  |  Jason Detheridge
Boom OperatorAlan Zielonko  |  Sean Paul Armstrong
Main Title ThemeJ.J. Abrams
Visual Effects SupervisorKevin Blank
Main Title DesignAndrew Kramer
Original CastingApril Webster
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