Season 2 Episode 1

A New Day in the Old Town

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 17, 2009 on FOX
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Olivia returns from the alternate reality and Peter tries to get information about her visit. Walter makes some custard for his son's birthday, while Broyles deals with the threat of a government shutdown of the Fringe Division.

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  • think outside the box...

    I've just gotten into fringe... sadly after it has ended.

    But with this episode (which I thought was fantastic) I have to ask all the critics of the final scene...

    did the real Charlie actually shoot the shapeshifter as you are all assuming? everyone is complaining that there wasn't enough time to do everything.

    well I posit that the real Charlie was overpowered without firing the shots. (we never saw him shoot, just heard, like the others)

    so shapeshifter Charlie does his business, hides the real Charlie and then shoots real nurse's body that was hidden from earlier to bring the others running...moreless
  • A New Day in the Old Town

    New day, new season. In this universe and another. And if Olivia (Anna Torv) was appalled at the top of this revelation, we were left hanging. In time and space, inside the tank, sleeping on the speculation of the future, science being a fan. Well, we can disconnect the wires and connect to reality, we are back to "Fringe."

    And nothing better to dismantle this return in questions and answers:

    What happened to Olivia after coming to the window of one of the towers of the World Trade Center's parallel universe?

    We do not know. Contrary to expectations, the episode kicks off with a freak accident, a fugitive who changes shape and Olivia violently that appears out of nowhere. Strange, rough and puzzling. Best start was difficult. Not only says that the conversation between the protagonist and Bell (Nimoy Leoanrd) will get to later (cleverly holding the mystery) and gave us an excellent way to meet and bizarre one (possible) villains.

    And who is this shapeshifter?

    Ui, tough question. Let's start with certainty: the time the typewriter was a highlight of the episode. The secretary, the machine and the mirror. The dark, moist, where two populations are in contact with each other. These are small details that go emphasizing mythology and cementing an increasingly strong. He is a soldier and had as its mission to prevent the meeting between Olivia and Bell. How could not he received new orders: to know what was said at that meeting and eliminate the beautiful FBI agent. Can not even one thing, because it is amnestic or another, because she is the protagonist, but it is what is the big "surprise" of the episode.

    What a surprise is this?

    Well, here is what I regret to read news. To all who knew Kirk Acevedo output of the series, this twist had no impact. At least for me. The blame is not on who built the scene is maybe more. As soon as I heard the shot out of sight I saw there was scheme and was there the eject button on the agent Charlie series. After all, this conversion of the official villain is certainly a bold choice - if the "House" Charlie was killed early in the morning and only saw him the trotters - and interestingly enough, that will provide for a time the agitation the plot.

    Who will replace Charlie?

    The Agent Jessup (Meghan Markle). Appears in the initial crash and start digging until you get to the Fringe Division. All this interest is not only strange how sudden. Was inserted within the research, gaining the confidence of all, very quickly. It is too early to conclude to be whatever is on this character, so let's stick with the statement: it is beautiful, she is agile and she is mysterious, most do not know.

    The Fringe Division will close?

    No. Does it still put the hypothesis to continue but with new leadership (Massive Dynamics?). However, Peter (Joshua Jackson) can help Philiph (Lance Reddick) and hands him one device that allows change shape in order to deliver this to the Council a physical proof that the division operates. The kiss between him and Nina (Blair Brown) was weird, raising more question and designing a more bizarre moment.

    And the Easter eggs?

    The Watcher in the first minute and "Files" to give television shortly thereafter.

    "Fringe" is back. Although we know that Olivia could not die, that Charlie had an exit visa stamped and that the division had to stand up, I was very genica the episode told us the "how." And he told it as only this universe can count. With new characters, new mysteries and all mythology. "Fringe" as told here is back!moreless
  • Good season opener (Spoilers)

    I liked this episode and thought it really moved the story along. The shape shifter was cool and it will be interesting to see how he comes into play in later episodes. What I was hoping for in this episode what a lead off from the season one finale. I wanted to see more of the alternate universe but I knew that wouldn't happen so soon. I hated the ending with Charlie dying. I really liked him and thought he was actually like a real FBI agent. He also had a good connection with Olivia, he would like watch over her. Well you could tell he was going to die sooner or later. I'm going to miss him.moreless
  • Best episode yet for me

    This show is what I was hoping for when I said team work. I saw a lot of it in this episode when they try to stop fringe division from closing, and also another side of Peter more confident and starting to believe in what he's doing. Now there is complete trust between the team and that's what I wanted to see. Sad what has happen to the agent, but like I said before we didn't even know much about him, his lost should have been deeper felt, but still very sad because his connection with his wife. Still we need more incite into the characters to get a stronger bond its getting there step by stepmoreless
  • The return of this mysterious show with an episode full of suspanse..and a goof.

    It was really , really fascinating how this episode unfolded introducing new charachters - agent jessup and the soldier from other world - and signaling a new development in the Fringe division. They're getting ready for war as far as i can see.Maybe not this seson..but in the next..I do hope mr JJ has it all planned and doesn't go by the ear because it could ruin a potentially amazing developemnt. I still trust in his magic though.

    Now on with the goof: maybe it's just me but how did the Soldier get the body of that nurse there in order to be shot by fake-charlie?! did they analyze the nurse then? isn't she supposed to have different characteristics?! after all a thing from other universe non necessary human [ or totally human ].

    For me, while interesting, the whole charlie thing makes no sense. when did he have time to bring the body of the nurse [ which was left somehwere at the entrance after he changed her OR did he bring her there forseeing what did come?!-unlikely ]- change into charlie AND close charlie's body?!

    isn't that too much in such a short time-span?

    i'm sorry. i'm not convinced.

    and i'm also pissed that they killed charlie. i think it was really a charachter that made the connection with reality as we know it. the last one of them maybe..moreless
Simone Kessell

Simone Kessell


Guest Star

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle

Junior Agent Amy Jessup

Guest Star

Tegan Moss

Tegan Moss


Guest Star

Ari Graynor

Ari Graynor

Rachel Dunham

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Prior to the opening credits, Olivia is seen hurtling through the windshield of her SUV and landing on the pavement. The windshields of all vehicles in North America are made from laminated glass (two sheets of tempered glass with a layer of resilient plastic between them) which are specifically designed not to shatter when violently struck.

    • Trivia: The name on the sign near the accident is Gruno & Dunder, an anagram spelling out UNDERGROUND. This is a clue to the next episode, "Night of Desirable Objects."

    • At the end, the FBI is seemingly satisfied that the shapeshifter is dead and everyone is accounted for. However, they only found one body, the nurse's. To close the investigation, they would need to find two bodies: the dead nurse, and the shapeshifter disguised as the nurse. Even using the incinerator, the shapeshifter couldn't have disposed of the nurse's body without a trace. So there's no reason why the FBI should close the case.

    • Trivia: The Observer can be seen walking across the foreground just after the first shot of the crash.

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

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Walter: Feel his anus, it's soaking wet.

    • Walter: You know, there's something you don't know about me, Son.
      Peter: What's that? That once you enter a grocery store, you never leave again? Ever?

    • Walter: We need to celebrate and make sure that Agent Dunham can attend. I want to see her face when she eats my pudding.
      Peter: That's disturbing.

    • Walter: Agent, I need this body taken back to my lab.
      Paramedic: Hey, lunatic, this body is going to the morgue. Is he crazy?
      Walter: Peter?
      Paramedic: Who is the agent in charge here?
      Jessup: I am. Take it wherever he wants.
      Walter: Lovely.
      Jessup: Is he crazy?
      Peter: Oh, yeah.

    • Walter: Peter! Peter! They said I can ride in the back with the body. Can I?
      Peter: Sure. Of course you can. Stay out of the medications, though. Please.

    • Peter: What are you thinking?
      Walter: It's funny. I love custard, but I hate flan. Which could be an issue of semantics. Or difficulty with the French. Which I doubt, given my near obsession with moules à la crème Normande.

    • Jessup: Is this you?
      Peter: Yeah.. My father recently took a little trip down memory lane, and for no reason has become wildly obsessed with my childhood. He also likes to check and make sure that I'm still breathing when I'm asleep, which is a little creepy.
      Walter: Focus, please.

    • Olivia: So who was she?
      Peter: Walter thinks that she was a shape-changing soldier from another universe. He thinks that might be where you went. Hmm. Do you think it's a bad sign that I can say that out loud and neither one of us thinks I'm crazy?

    • Broyles: You surprise me, Mr. Bishop.
      Peter: Thanks.

  • NOTES (6)

    • In Germany, this episode was dedicated to the memory of Hans-Werner Bussinger, the German voice of Walter Bishop, who passed away in September 2009.

    • International Airdates:
      UK: October 4, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Latin America: October 27, 2009 on WB
      Sweden: November 19, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Australia: December 23, 2009 on GO!
      The Netherlands: March 7, 2010 on Net5
      Germany: March 8, 2010 on ProSieben
      Poland: September 9, 2010 on TVN
      Finland: September 22, 2010 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: December 10, 2010 on Nova Cinema
      Slovakia: March 12, 2012 on Markiza

    • The second season saw the show's production move from New York to Vancouver.

    • Injokes: A scene from the episode "Dreamland" from the TV series The X-Files can be seen on the apartment resident's TV as the shapeshifter alters his face. Senator Kennedy Taylor at the hearing also mentions "unsubstantiated alien invasions" and "the old 'X' designation" of the FBI, both references to The X-Files and the actor playing the Senator Taylor, Ken Camroux, had a recurring role on that show. Tegan Moss, who plays Rebecca, also had a recurring role on the series as Young Dana Scully.

    • The second senator, played by actor Neil Schell, isn't named in the end credits, but his nameplate at the hearing identifies him as Neil Schell.

    • Music: Can't Find My Way Home (Blind Faith)


    • Jessup: There are more things in Heaven and Earth then are dreamt of...
      Referencing Shakespeare's Hamlet, Scene v. The full line is "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."