The No-Brainer

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 1/27/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Olivia, Walter, and Peter are brought in to try and stop a killer with the ability to liquefy the human brain.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joshua Jackson

    Peter Bishop

  • Lynn Powers

  • Chris Bauer

    Brian Dempsey

  • Michael Gaston

    Sanford Harris

  • Lance Reddick

    Phillip Broyles

  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • The No-Brainer

    By arkanitoo, Jul 16, 2012

  • About the characters.

    By becksdakex, Sep 23, 2011

  • With each passing week, Fringe becomes more and more like The X Files. And Alias.

    By screenagedkicks, May 05, 2009

  • Two mens' brains are liquefied and their only apparent connection is that they both downloaded a huge file before dying.

    By loveme4me083184, Nov 12, 2010

  • really Touching

    By altaleh, Feb 09, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Peter: (to Olivia) I wanted to say that I've never had him in my life, Walter, and now, thanks to your insane freakshow of an operation, I do, have him in my life. And I think that I was a little scared.

    • Peter: I don't underestimate my father, by the way. I understand him. Sometimes more than I want to. Look, if I let him talk to that woman, she's just going to accuse him of killing her daughter, which is something he didn't do. Olivia: Then why not just let them meet? Peter: Whose side are you on anyway? Olivia: I know what it's like to live with something unresolved. That's all. Peter: Congratulations. You just described the entire planet.

    • Olivia: With all due respect, Agent Harris, I have done my due dilligence. I just got off the phone with my contact at the CDC. And they have seen nothing like it. But you tell me, does this look like a flu you've heard of? Where people's brains come out of their ears?

    • Peter: I think I got a guy who can help us. Olivia: Who? Peter: Do you really want to know? Olivia: Good point.

    • Walter: With all due respect, Darwin got it all wrong. I used to make the joke that Darwin's thinking was rather... unevolved. Peter: Which I'm sure used to be very funny.

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    Notes (3)

    • Original International Air Dates: Norway: March 22, 2009 on TVN Finland: March 23, 2009 on MTV3 United Kingdom: March 29, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD Latin America: June 2, 2009 on WB Germany: June 15, 2009 on ProSieben Sweden: June 18, 2009 on Kanal 5 Belgium: July 9, 2009 on RTBF2 France: July 22, 2009 on TF1 Australia: October 28, 2009 on GO! Poland: November 27, 2009 on TVN Slovakia: December 20, 2009 on Markiza Czech Republic: March 19, 2010 on Nova Cinema

    • Music: Spaceman (The Killers), Single Ladies (BeyoncĂ©), Bandits (Midlake), Insight (Fort Knox Five)

    • Blair Brown and Mark Valley are credited but don't appear.

    Trivia (8)

    • Trivia: The glyph cipher spells "bishop."

    • When Peter takes the two hard drives to his friend, he wraps them in a single sheet of bubble wrap and puts them in the box. However, when he is taking them out of the box at his friend's place of work, he slides the two drives out of a plastic bag instead of unraveling them out of the sheet of bubble wrap.

    • Trivia: In the shot of Walter at the autodealership, you can see a sign behind him saying "Lease for $718.00 per month." This is a clue toward the next episode, "The Transformation."

    • When the guy connects the hard-drives to check its data, when he turns on the PC, you can see in the screen PIV 2.8 MMX CPU at 3.2kMHTZ, when the correct unit should be Ghz (giga hertz). Then when he's trying to find the exact place associated with the IP address from where the program is being downloaded, you can see the IP 456.262.736.462, which makes no sense because an IP address has 32 bits (4 octets), so an IP can vary only between and

    • Trivia: The Observer can be seen as Olivia drives to rescue Ella. He's standing on a street corner as Olivia screeches past him, at the 19:20 mark.

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