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Fringe: The Equation

Walter thinks the abduction of a young music prodigy is linked back to his old bunkmate at St. Claire's Hospital, a mathematician who was driven insane after a similar abduction. Olivia wants Walter to return to the mental institution much to Peter's outcry. Walter is determined to help, which ends up having chilling ramifications.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: 3T7657
Airdate: Tuesday November 18th, 2008
Special Airtime: 09:01 pm

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Nov 23, 2008
NL (Net 5) Oct 25, 2009


Guest Stars
William SadlerWilliam Sadler
As Dr. Sumner
Chance KellyChance Kelly
As Mitchell Loeb
Randall Duk KimRandall Duk Kim
As Dashiell Kim
Gillian JacobsGillian Jacobs
As Joanne Ostler
Charlie TahanCharlie Tahan
As Ben Stockton
Adam GrupperAdam Grupper
As Andrew Stockton

Co-Guest Stars
Darby TottenDarby Totten
As ND Agent #2
Kate HodgeKate Hodge
As Abby Stockton
Nance WilliamsonNance Williamson
As Maureen Stockton
Kevin CarolanKevin Carolan
As Frank the Orderly
Christopher SapienzaChristopher Sapienza
As Tow Truck Driver (as Chris Sapienza)
Constance BoardmanConstance Boardman
As Woman at Door
Jabari GrayJabari Gray
As ND Agent #1
Avis BooneAvis Boone
As ND Agent #3
Main Cast
Anna TorvAnna Torv
As Olivia Dunham
Joshua JacksonJoshua Jackson
As Peter Bishop
Lance ReddickLance Reddick
As Phillip Broyles
Jasika NicoleJasika Nicole
As Astrid Farnsworth
John NobleJohn Noble
As Dr. Walter Bishop
Kirk AcevedoKirk Acevedo
As Charlie Francis


Ben Stockton and his father are driving at night in the rain through Middletown, CT. Ben is in the back seat working on a piece of music. His father suggests he give it a rest as they agreed, but Ben asks him to slow down the windshield wipers as they're messing up his tempo. Mr. Stockton sees a woman with a broken down car on the side of the road and pulls over to help. He calls a tow truck and is informed that it'll take a while to get there. He goes to look at the engine while they wait and sees two flashing lights, red and green. He stares at them... and suddenly the car is gone, the rain has stopped, and the tow truck driver is standing behind him. Mr. Stockton realizes that Ben and the woman are gone...

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Episode Quotes
Walter: They hoped to broadcast the flashing lights during commercials so that the viewers would have no choice but to buy their products. Unfortunately, it merely caused nausea which was unfortunate because apparently, people don’t like to shop when they feel like they’re going to throw up.

Olivia: What is it, Walter? Can we talk to him?
Walter: I guess that would depend on whether he has succeeded in killing himself or not.

Walter: And you look different too, somehow. That smile. Have they altered your medication? Wouldn’t surprise me. These medieval quacks are more proficient at phrenology than psychopharmacology.
Dashiell: I miss your jokes, Walter.

Peter: After some of the things I’ve seen in the last three months, Walter strikes me as being one of the sanest people I know.

Joanne: Seems crazy that some numbers can make a machine like this work.
Mitchell: Look around your house, your office, your kitchen--numbers make everything work.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJ.J. Abrams  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Roberto Orci
Executive ProducerJeff Pinkner  |  Bryan Burk  |  Roberto Orci  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  J.J. Abrams
Co-Executive ProducerBrooke Kennedy  |  David H. Goodman  |  Felicia D. Henderson
Supervising ProducerJ.R. Orci
ProducerRobert M. Williams, Jr.  |  Frederick E.O. Toye
Co-ProducerBrad Caleb Kane
Consulting ProducerDarin Morgan  |  Jason Cahill  |  John Litvack
Associate ProducerTamara Isaac
Production DesignerSteven Jordan
EditorScott Vickrey
CastingJulie Tucker  |  Ross Meyerson  |  Cindy Tolan
Unit Production ManagerRobert M. Williams, Jr.
First Assistant DirectorColin MacLellan
Second Assistant DirectorAmy Lynn (1)
MusicMichael Giacchino
Music EditorStephen M. Davis  |  Paul Apelgren
Music SupervisorBilly Gottlieb  |  Charles L. Scott IV
Costume DesignerMarie Abma
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
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 HairAnne Michelle Radcliffe
Department Head Make-upKymbra Kelly
Original CastingApril Webster
Additional MusicChad Seiter
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