Fringe

Season 1 Episode 14

Ability

10
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 10, 2009 on FOX

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  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • When Walter pulls out the typewriter and begins to type, how could the ribbon still be fresh enough to create characters on paper?

    • Trivia: The Observer can be seen at the newsstand as the first victim passes by.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

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

    • (Astrid chokes on gasses emitted 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.

  • Notes

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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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