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Fringe: The Arrival

Broyles calls in the team to investigate a deadly explosion and its source: a strange cylinder unharmed despite the destruction. Olivia determines that the same cylinder, or a similar one, is responsible for similar events in widely diverse locations.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x4
Production Number: 3T7653
Airdate: Tuesday September 30th, 2008

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Oct 26, 2008
NL (Net 5) Sep 27, 2009

  • Currently 8.7/10
8.7/10 (78 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Michael CerverisMichael Cerveris
As The Observer
Michael Kelly (1)Michael Kelly (1)
As Rouge / John Mosley
Nestor SerranoNestor Serrano
As Colonel Henry Jacobson

Co-Guest Stars
Ash RoecaAsh Roeca
As Agent Rodriguez
Lisa JoyceLisa Joyce
As Young Waitress
Nancy TicotinNancy Ticotin
As Older Waitress
David SajadiDavid Sajadi
As Technician
Jennifer IkedaJennifer Ikeda
As Agent Chaperone
Main Cast
Anna Torv
As Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson
As Peter Bishop
Lance Reddick
As Phillip Broyles
Jasika Nicole
As Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble
As Dr. Walter Bishop
Kirk Acevedo
As Charlie Francis
Mark Valley
As John Scott


At a diner in Brooklyn across from a construction site, a waitress approaches a bald man who is very specific about what he wants for his meal. Once she leaves, the man starts writing in a black note book. He checks his stopwatch and watches the workers with high-tech binoculars. The waitress notices he’s writing in an unknown language in his book but the man doesn’t elucidate the matter. He pours pepper and hot sauce over his sandwich, then checks his watch and observes the men again while making more notes. The entire area starts to shake and the man casually drinks his water while gas mains explode and cables snap on the crane as it topples over, smashing in a building. He strolls outside to a hole left in the earth, takes out his cell phone, and informs someone “It has arrived.”..

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Roger MillerKing of the Roadas Walter drinks his root beer

Episode Quotes
Walter: Where are you going?
Peter: It occurs to me it might be easier to sleep in the tub.
Walter: A root beer float. Delicious.
Peter:: Next time, would you please drain the tub?
Walter: Oh yes, indeed.

Peter: (Walter) was awake until five in the morning reciting the chemical compositions of his favorite beverages to me. That was right after he finished lecturing me on how I’d squandered my above-average intellect and my substantial education. All while he was standing there naked, because he prefers the breeze.

Olivia: He would rather go back to Sinclairs than work here without you. He said that more than once.
Peter: Was he wearing clothes at the time?

Walter: The precision with which this object was constructed in inspiring, down to the metallic bonds.
Peter: I sure hope that a gigantic metallic suppository isn’t the pinnacle of human achievement.

Walter: Open you mind, son, or someone may open it for you.

Peter: What is that?
Walter: It’s called “sound.”
Peter: I know that, thank you.

Walter: If I attempted to explain it, you… you might think me mad.
Peter: Don’t worry, there’s no chance of that happening.

Walter: If it would help you feel a sense of retribution, I would tell you to inject me too. But… I’d most likely enjoy it.

Olivia: Your credentials have been approved. Civilian consultant to the Department of Homeland Security.
Peter: Does this mean I don’t need an escort to come into the Federal Building any more?
Olivia: Yeah.
Peter: Will it get me out of a speeding ticket?
Olivia: Maybe.

Walter: I know you must think me insane.
Peter: Not nearly as much as you might think.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJ.J. Abrams  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Roberto Orci
Executive ProducerJeff Pinkner  |  Alex Graves  |  Bryan Burk  |  Roberto Orci  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  J.J. Abrams
Co-Executive ProducerFelicia D. Henderson  |  David H. Goodman
Supervising ProducerJ.R. Orci
ProducerRobert M. Williams, Jr.  |  Frederick E.O. Toye  |  Paul Edwards (1)
Co-ProducerBrad Caleb Kane
Consulting ProducerJason Cahill  |  John Litvack  |  Darin Morgan
Associate ProducerTamara Isaac
Production DesignerAnne Stuhler
CastingCindy Tolan
Unit Production ManagerDana J. Kuznetzkoff
First Assistant DirectorChristo Morse
Second Assistant DirectorAmy Lynn (1)
MusicMichael Giacchino
Music EditorStephen M. Davis  |  Paul Apelgren
Music SupervisorCharles L. Scott IV  |  Billy Gottlieb
Costume DesignerMarie Abma
HairstylistStephen Bishop (3)
Key GripSal Lanza
Set DecoratorBeth Kushnick
Location ManagerLynn Powers
Property MasterPeter Gelfman
Script SupervisorLisa Molinaro
Production CoordinatorDhana Gilbert
Post Production SupervisorJohn Klump
Supervising Sound EditorThomas A. Harris
Re-Recording MixerMark D. Fleming  |  Tom Dahl
GafferTim Guinness
Director of PhotographyTom Yatsko
Stunt CoordinatorShauna Duggins
Sound MixerLarry Hoff
Main Title ThemeJ.J. Abrams
Visual Effects SupervisorJay Worth  |  Chris Scollard
Main Title DesignAndrew Kramer
Production AccountantVincent J. Robinette
Department Head Make-upKymbra Kelly
Original CastingApril Webster
Additional MusicChad Seiter
Warning: Fringe season 1 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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