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Season 4 Episode 3

Alone in the World

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 07, 2011 on FOX
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  • Episode Summary


    As Walter tries to deal with his hallucinations, the Fringe team takes on a case of two 12-year-olds who died under mysterious circumstances after bullying another boy... and their bodies decompose at a remarkable rate of speed.

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    • Better for me not quite there

      The shows are getting better but i feel something is still missing this is the best case so far this season for me. Finally a break through when it comes to Peter after weeks of communicating Walter and Olivia wants to see whats going on which it appears Olivia been having dreams of Peter but don't know who it is. Walter almost stab his front lobe because he thought seeing Peter was him becoming insane. This episode of a boy that disconnected from the world, and being bullied, which he become attached to gust a fungus and becomes friends. The fungus protects the boy by connecting to his emotions which allows the fungus to expand or grow. They try to figure out a way to to kill the fungus without killing the boy.moreless
    • Bullying is no fungus.

      Made especially for everyone who suffered bullying, who witnessed bullying in high school or simply stood there helpless to stop it, Fringe uses an innovative storytelling to delve in it, from the perspective of a12 year old Aaron Sneddon, victim of physical abuse at the hands of two children no longer in the land of the living. The show doesn't fall in the cliche to villanize the bullies and/or glorify the victim, but revolves around the disconnection and connection involved in the phenomenon.

      As subtle as the bodies decomposing lose the connection that sustains them, Aaron hold on to the connection with a strange fungus that saved his life, neither the lifeform nor the child wanted to kill, just like the aggressors, they just didn't want to be alone. Problem is: the child and the lifeform don't belong together any more than the visions haunting Walter belong with him. Ironically, is the connection formed between Walter, the father who can't afford to lose another child, and the boy named Aaron, neglected as a child, what stops the isolation breaking a chain of events that can only end up in violence.moreless
    William Sadler

    William Sadler

    Dr. Sumner

    Guest Star

    Evan Bird

    Evan Bird

    Aaron Sneddon

    Guest Star

    Morris Chapdelaine

    Morris Chapdelaine

    Morgue Worker #2

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

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

      • Trivia: The Observer can be seen after the break, walking right to left past Walter's lab.

      • After the body in the morgue explodes, the room is sealed off immediately. When the Fringe team enters the room, they are wearing haz-mat suits with self-contained breathing apparatus. Their helmets are properly sealed at the neck and the gloves aer sealed at the wrists. However, their suits have ordinary open pants legs, rendering the haz-mat suit useless.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Astrid: Walter, Agent Broyles wants to know...
        Walter: Yes, yes, I heard. Well, you tell Agent Broyles that as there appears to be no unusual environmental factors to explain the rapid deterioration, that it is absurd for me to make any determination without first examining the remains...
        Astrid: Okay, Walter says...
        Walter: For all I know, it could be a mutation of some flesh-eating bacteria.
        Astrid: He thinks that...
        Walter: Some kind of alien parasite. Or... Bigfoot! Bifgoot, that's it! Astrid, perhaps you can look around for massive fecal droppings.
        Astrid: He doesn't have any theories, sir.

      • Walter: (examining a corpse) Remarkably pungent stench.
        Astrid: I'm gonna... get some scented candles.

      • Olivia: So has Walter gotten anywhere yet?
        Broyles: Beyond his random theories of vampires and succubi, no.

      • Aaron: How did your son die?
        Walter: Peter was very sick. I tried for a long time to find a cure, but I found it too late and he died. And I discovered an alternate universe where another version of my son was dying from the same malady. So I crossed over to the other side with the intention of bringing him back to cure him. But the frozen lake where I created a portal between universes was unsound. And when we crossed back, the ice broke and Peter... the other version of him drowned. I lost him all over again.
        Aaron: And you... don't think you belong in mental institution?

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