The Firefly

Season 3, Ep 10, Aired 1/21/11
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  • Episode Description
  • The Observer reunites musician Roscoe Joyce with his dead son, setting off a series of events that culminate in a life-or-death test for Walter. Meanwhile, Olivia deals with the repercussions of her absence from This Side, and Walter bonds with Joyce, one of his musical heroes.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nancy Bell (II)

    Adorable Old Woman

  • Joshua Jackson

    Peter Bishop

  • Alex Kurtzman

  • Lance Reddick

    Phillip Broyles

  • Rob Boyce

    Tough Man

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  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • the firefly effect

    By marlajulia, Jan 07, 2014

  • The Firefly

    By arkanitoo, Jul 23, 2012

  • The Observers

    By dreamgoat, Feb 01, 2012

  • The Observer tests Walter; Peter risks his life; Olivia tries to make herself all right by pretending everything is all right; Walter is forced to see what he's done over and over again.

    By opalemeraldcat, Jun 09, 2011

  • Back to December!

    By ionee24, Jan 23, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Peter: You ever feel like every time we get close to getting the answers, somebody changes the question? Olivia. Olivia: So why is this your favorite book? Peter: Because it talks about not depending on other people for answers. That you can only find the answers inside yourself.

    • Peter: Walter. Walter: Peter. You're up early. Peter: Oh, no, I'm still asleep upstairs in my bed. You're just talking to an astral projection of me. Walter: You're just saying that to see if I'm high.

    • Peter: Who's that at two in the morning? Walter: Oh, my pizza. Peter: So you are high, then. Walter: Maybe a little.

    • Olivia: I understand that you had a visitor last night. Roscoe: I don't remember talking to him, but I remember that he was here. It's a curse not remembering a miracle.

    • Peter: Walter, are you all right? Walter: If all right means despondent, yes.

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    Notes (5)

    • Blair Brown is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Music: Mah-Na Mah-Na (Piero Umiliani), If I Only Had a Brain (Jeremy Little)

    • Injoke: "Dr. Jacoby from Washington State" is a reference to Dr. Lawrence Jacoby, the eccentric psychiatrist on the TV series Twin Peaks, played by Russ Tamblyn. He also wore green/red glasses.

    • Injoke: The writers included at least one reference to Back to the Future (1985), in which Christopher Lloyd also starred. The storyline of this episode relies on the year 1985 and differences in events spanning 25 years. This is similar to the film where the main character travels back in time (to 1955, a 30 year span) but needs to get back to the year 1985. September transports Bobby 25 years into the future and Walter predicts the location of someone in the present day based on their location 25 years ago.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: January 21, 2011 on Citytv
      Latin America: February 15, 2011 on Warner Channel
      Sweden: March 4, 2011 on Kanal 5
      UK: March 23, 2011 on Sky1
      Germany: March 28, 2011 on ProSieben
      Finland: November 9, 2011 on MTV3
      Poland: March 27, 2012 on TVN
      Czech Republic: March 4, 2013 on FANDA

    Trivia (1)

    • Trivia: The glyph code for this episode is UNITES.

    Allusions (1)

    • Olivia: I feel like Rip Van Winkle. Referencing the short story by Washington Irving (1819), where the title character sleeps through 20 years and wakes up to find that the American Revolution has occurred and most of what he knew has long since disappeared.

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