Fringe

Ability

Season 1, Ep 14, Aired 2/10/09
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  • Episode Description
  • The team investigates a bizarre incident where the victim's facial orifices closed over, leaving him a faceless corpse. Meanwhile, Mr. Jones turns himself over to the authorities but refuses to speak unless Olivia passes a very particular test for him.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joshua Jackson

    Peter Bishop

  • Ben Van Bergen

    Customer

  • Darby Totten

    ND Agent #2

  • Michael Gaston

    Sanford Harris

  • Lance Reddick

    Phillip Broyles

  • Fan Reviews (21)
  • Ability

    By arkanitoo, Jul 16, 2012

  • The greatest importance of this episode is it foreshadows the apparent endgame of all the show characters. At least until season 3 finale. *MAJOR SPOILERS*

    By deathly_hollows, May 31, 2011

  • The best episode so far,and most revealing too...

    By diyari, Aug 06, 2009

  • Best Episode Yet!

    By cisumtixe, Nov 16, 2009

  • Wow!

    By Dark_Davis, Feb 09, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Markam: Who's this friend? Olivia: Olivia Dunham. 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. Markam: I like this one.

    • Peter: (to Olivia) Do you want a drink? Or five? I've seen you with a whiskey bottle.

    • Peter: (reading out 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.

    • Olivia: What was the other thought? Walter: Sorry? Olivia: You said two thoughts came to mind. Walter: Ah yes. The other was... coffee cake. Tiny pebbles of cinnamon sugar. Peter: Once again... my father.

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

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    Notes (3)

    • Original International Air Dates: Norway: April 5, 2009 on TVN Finland: April 6, 2009 on MTV3 United Kingdom: April 12, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD Germany: June 29, 2009 on ProSieben Sweden: July 2, 2009 on Kanal 5 Belgium: July 16, 2009 on RTBF2 France: July 29, 2009 on TF1 Poland: December 18, 2009 on TVN Slovakia: January 17, 2010 on Markiza Czech Republic: March 26, 2010 on Nova Cinema

    • Number 47: The skin-growth mutation bomb is located on the 47th floor of the building.

    • As of this episode, Mark Valley's name no longer appears in the opening credits.

    Trivia (7)

    • Trivia: The glyph cipher spells OLIVIA.

    • Trivia: In the shot of the newsstand, right before Tommie gets the contaminated $2 bill, a yellow evergreen symbol can be seen on the store's awning. This is a clue toward the next episode, "Inner Child."

    • Peter removed the old phone from the Harvard laboratory in "The No-Brainer," but it is seen here in the lab again.

    • Just before Walter is collecting the gas from Tommie, Tommie can be seen breathing and he also moves his head slightly. This should be impossible as he is dead with all of his orifices closed so there's no chance of breathing and no chance of gas escaping to cause his body to move.

    • Trivia: Olivia says she was 3 in 1981, making her 31 years old when this episode premiered.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Olivia: The man was clever enough to Star Trek himself out of a maximum security German prison. Referencing the 1960s cult series created by Gene Roddenberry and its several spinoffs. The allusion refers to the transporter, a device that the crew use to beam up and down from their ship to the plane's surface. Roddenberry created the concept to avoid the cost of modelwork showing a ship landing and taking off every episode.

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