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Fringe: Ability

A newsstand vendor dies when all of his orifices seal over. Meanwhile, the mysterious Mr. Jones turns himself over to the FBI and warns that if Olivia cannot pass a test, hundreds of other people will die in the same way.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x14
Production Number: 3T7663
Airdate: Tuesday February 10th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Apr 12, 2009
NL (Net 5) Dec 06, 2009


Guest Stars
Jared HarrisJared Harris
As David Robert Jones
Michael GastonMichael Gaston
As Sanford Harris
Chance KellyChance Kelly
As Mitchell Loeb
Kenneth TigarKenneth Tigar
As Warden Johann Lennox
Noah BeanNoah Bean
As FBI Agent

Co-Guest Stars
Chinasa OgbuaguChinasa Ogbuagu
As ND Agent #1
Clark MiddletonClark Middleton
As Edward Markham
Chad GittensChad Gittens
As ND FBI Tech
Darby TottenDarby Totten
As ND Agent #2
Anthony MazzaAnthony Mazza
As ND Swat #1
John WuJohn Wu
As Paramedic
Adam LudwigAdam Ludwig
As German Prison Guard #1
Henning FischerHenning Fischer
As German Prison Guard #2
Robert MatzelleRobert Matzelle
As ND Swat #2
Ben Van VergenBen Van Vergen
As Customer
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


David Robert Jones kills his lawyer and teleports out of his cell in Wissenschaft Prison in Germany, leaving nothing behind but scorch marks...

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Episode Notes
Mark Valley is no longer credited as a show star as of this episode.

Episode Quotes
Olivia: Is your father about?
Peter: Right here. Why don't you ask him what he's doing?
Olivia: I'd rather not.

Peter: How come when nobody knows and it doesn't make sense, they come to us?

Walter: Two thoughts to come to mind. The first, that this affliction might have been caused by a mutation, changing these lipids to seal any and all orifices. Did they check his anus and penis?
Peter: You think we could get the answer to that question without me in the room?

Olivia: I was hoping you might have one of your... weird connections...
Peter: Weird connections?
Olivia: They're always a little weird.
Peter: Well, you're always a little weird.

Edward Markam: Was that really necessary?
Peter: Well, you know me, Markam. Friend of the people.
Edward Markam: What about me? Aren't I people?
Peter: People who shower.

Edward Markam: Who's this friend?
Olivia: Olivia Dunham.
Edward Markam: Five dollars I could name at least one item on your nightstand, Olivia Dunham. Don't tell me. You're gonna like this, I'm never wrong. It's a gift. Okay. Tony Morrison novel, something by Obama and/or the current issue of Bon Appetit.
Olivia: I'm reading Advanced Forensic Science by Anaman. I keep it next to my gun.
Edward Markam: I like this one.

Walter: It's... fascinating, isn't it? I was just reading it whilst sitting on the crapper.
Peter: Please, no more information than that.

(Walter releases gas from a corpse)
Walter: Oh dear God that is putrid. On a separate topic, do you like coffee cake?

Peter: Walter, put the cow away, would you?
Paramedic: What is this place?
Peter: It's a freak show.

Peter: (reading instructions) "The recruit sits no more than 24 inches from the device but cannot touch the lightboard. The recruit focuses on the lightboard. The object of the test is to systematically shut down the lights so that ultimately, none are illuminated."
Olivia: How?
Peter: Using all your magic powers, I guess.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJ.J. Abrams  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Roberto Orci
Executive ProducerJeff Pinkner  |  Bryan Burk  |  J.J. Abrams
Co-Executive ProducerDavid H. Goodman  |  Brooke Kennedy
Supervising ProducerJ.R. Orci
ProducerRobert M. Williams, Jr.
Co-ProducerBrad Caleb Kane
Consulting ProducerRoberto Orci  |  Alex Kurtzman
Associate ProducerTamara Isaac  |  Tanya M. Swerling
CastingRoss Meyerson  |  Julie Tucker
Unit Production ManagerRobert M. Williams, Jr.
First Assistant DirectorColin MacLellan
Second Assistant DirectorSarah Rae Garrett
MusicMichael Giacchino
Music EditorPaul Apelgren  |  Stephen M. Davis
Music SupervisorBilly Gottlieb  |  Charles L. Scott IV
Costume DesignerMarie Abma
Make-upStephen M. Kelley
Key GripSal Lanza
Camera OperatorPhil Oetiker
Set DecoratorBeth Kushnick
Location ManagerLynn Powers
Property MasterPeter Gelfman
Script SupervisorRachel Connors
Assistant EditorLuyen Vu
Post Production SupervisorJohn Klump  |  Andrew Balek
Supervising Sound EditorThomas A. Harris
Re-Recording MixerMark D. Fleming  |  Tom Dahl
GafferTim Guinness
Director of PhotographyMichael Slovis
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
Casting AssociateMaria Higgins (3)
Department Head Make-upKymbra Kelly
Original CastingApril Webster
Special Effects CoordinatorConrad Brink, Jr.
Additional MusicChris Tilton  |  Chad Seiter
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