Season 1 Episode 7

In Which We Meet Mr. Jones

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 11, 2008 on FOX
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A genetically-engineered parasite mysteriously latches onto a FBI agent's heart. Agent Dunham rushes to Germany to meet a prisoner for information about the threat they face.

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  • a quick hop over the big pond...

    "Wissenschaft Prison"? Really? What's that supposed to mean?! :-D

    So, apart from the funny portrayal of the Frankfurt airport and German prison habits, this was a quite entertaining one. I wonder if we're gonna see Olivia's friend from the Bundestag again...

  • Amazing series.. and the bald guy again.

    this is an amazing series really.

    but have u been noticing the bald guy the white one with no eyebrows? He shows up in each episode but just once and for a second or 2. We miss it.. but he`s there...

    in episode 6 he was there coming out of the elevator before it fell

    then in episode 7 (this) at the germany airport when olivia comes out.

    he sure has a big part to play later on i think.moreless
  • In Which We Meet Mr. Jones

    The dictionary says: "Disappointing - unpleasant sensation in the face of something or someone who has not lived up to expectations." This is the best adjective I can find to describe "Fringe" so far. Perhaps the expectations were somewhat disproportionate. I do not know. What I know is that this was another episode that left a bitter aftertaste disappointment.

    If it was not enough to hassle with all that science has limits (and until now it starts to repeat), in which people live are connected to people killed by a handful of wires and can read their thoughts, now even the tics Walter (John Noble) already are somewhat annoying. If the first time he asked the tablet still had some grace, the fact that others have done it countless times, even over stupidly annoying at times, showed me a feel for the character I had not yet taken up the time: contempt.

    The Olivia (Anna Torv), in turn, goes to Germany to try to speak with the mysterious Mr. Jones (Jared Harris), who is in prison, and find out how to remove the parasite that involves the heart of Mitchell Loeb (Chance Kelly) . She believes she will be able to do it when no one else seems able to, because it has a common past with someone who can give you access to the prisoner. OK, so far so good ... but then the problems begin to appear. As I do not know German, do not know what his friend Olivia told the warden, or who is so firmly believed to Olivia that he could put in there. And all this past history in Germany does not give us anything more about the character, preferring to give us instead a dime novel, that both had a past, which he tries to rekindle and she refuses.

    The end of the episode presented us with a typical turnaround ... unpredictable, as JJ Abrams has accustomed us, but completely meaningless ... pointless, senseless ... in which the infected and the wife have engineered the situation to get the location of something ... that is, man subjected to the implantation of that organism to hear any message that only know some importance in the future. The problem is that this is all based on chance. Incidentally, Olivia gets 14 minutes with Mr. Jones. Incidentally, the FBI manages to capture (which end up killing it) the only person whom Mr. Jones wants to ask a question. And, by chance, without knowing a soul who's wife is allowed to be with her husband for the first time, at the time it is said that a mysterious location, giving you the know the answer you're looking for. And all these hazards are more excessive, not to become something laughable.

    Disappointing, is even the right word to finish this text. Disappointing, the series has to repeat itself after so few episodes. Disappointing, the need to create so much mystery in the most basic things. Simply disappointing.moreless
  • Hello Mr. Jones...

    The case of the week involves a very creepy parasite stuck to an FBI agents heart. The plot really thickens in this episode and is very well made with a nice twist in the end. Very interesting to meet Mr. Jones and the FBI agent with his loving wife.....Major Alias feeling to this and that's all good, cant wait to see what they are up to.

    I liked seeing Broyles in the lab with the group, Peter being totally impressed with Olivia because she knew something smart that he didn't, the disturbing hint on Peters childhood (What did Walter do exactly??) and the groups total lack of fear, is there anything they wont do to solve a case?!

    A thing that bothers me with the show so far: They never have any doctors or nurses around when they bring in a living patient/victim to the lab. I know that they are all supersmart in the Fringe group but that just feels wrong, did Peter and Astrid have any medical training?moreless
  • Another great episode!

    Another great episode, it's one of those that leaves you suspicious of everyone and itching to see the next episode. I have to say, I have grown to really enjoy this show; it's very secretive and mysterious yet still is able to be silly. Lots of things that we think we know in this show, we actually don't. At the very end of the episode, I was shocked to see what happened. Unpredictable but in a good way. It seems this organization that is possibly behind the pattern, really is quite a dangerous group. I can't wait to see the next episodes to come!moreless
Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson

Peter Bishop

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick

Phillip Broyles

Kirk Acevedo

Kirk Acevedo

Charlie Francis

Jasika Nicole

Jasika Nicole

Astrid Farnsworth

John Noble

John Noble

Dr. Walter Bishop

Anna Torv

Anna Torv

Olivia Dunham

Trini Alvarado

Trini Alvarado

Samantha Loeb

Guest Star

Kenneth Tigar

Kenneth Tigar

Warden Lennox

Guest Star

Chance Kelly

Chance Kelly

Mitchell Loeb

Guest Star

Jared Harris

Jared Harris

David Robert Jones

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Trivia: The (fictional) prison in Germany is named Wissenschaft, which means "science" in English.

    • Trivia: The glyph cipher spells "codes."

    • At the airport at Frankfurt, we can hear several loudspeaker announcements made in German. However, at the real Frankfurt Airport all announcements are bilingual, i.e. they are repeated in English.

    • Trivia: The book that Loeb brings back is A Christmas Carol. This is a clue toward the next episode "The Equation," in which Walter sings Christmas carols.

    • When Broyles shows Olivia the Interpol file (when she searches for the meaning of "ZFT"), there is a misprint on the French title for Interpol, it should read "Organisation internationale" instead of "Organisation international."

    • Trivia: The Observer can be seen at the airport in Frankfurt moving toward the camera and then off to the right as Olivia comes out of the terminal.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Walter: He's been shot in the head.
      Peter: Is that a problem?
      Walter: Yes! That's a problem! Of course it's a problem! A bullet in the head would normally indicate significant brain trauma!
      Peter: Well, it would also indicate that he's dead, but you didn't seem to have a problem with that.

    • Broyles: It happened in my office two hours ago. It wasn't a heart attack. At least not in the traditional sense.

    • Walter: You have any gum?
      Peter: No, Walter.
      Walter: Mints?
      Peter: No. Later.

    • Broyles: Dr. Bishop. What you're about to see… I don't know if you've seen anything like it before. But I'm hoping you have. I'm hoping you can help. The man lying in that room isn't just a colleague, he's a friend.
      Walter: I see. Do you have any mints?

    • Olivia: Can you help? Do you think you can remove it?
      Walter: Oh, I'd be willing to try, but not here. My breath is atrocious.

    • Walter: Excellent work, son! You may have found your true calling at last. Working with me!
      Peter: I certainly hope not.

    • Olivia: I may be able to get in.
      Broyles: You got super powers you aren't telling me about?
      Olivia: Maybe.

    • Broyles: I don't expect miracles. I don't know if I expect anything. But I am grateful for whatever you can do in this case.
      Walter: Sorry?
      Broyles: I was just saying I'm grateful for your work.
      Walter: You're most welcome. You know, I had a fruit cocktail once in Atlantic City. Mind you, I'm not the fruit cocktail sort of guy.
      Broyles: Excuse me.

    • Broyles: We need to discuss your father.
      Peter: Is it the fruit cocktail thing again?
      Broyles: Uh-hum.
      Peter: Yeah, he's been doing that recently. He gets obsessed about certain foods. It's weird.
      Broyles: We need him to focus.
      Peter: To focus. Mr. Broyles, two thirds of the time my father's not even lucid. And in those rare and unpredictable moments of clarity, he rambles on about the food and beverages that he missed while he was incarcerated in a mental institution for the better part of the last two decades. To say that he's not focused is to say that he's a biped, which is to say, you're absolutely right, he's not focused. And it's not going to change anytime soon. I'm his son, I'm not a puppeteer. I don't have a remote control. There's no master switch I can flick and turn him into the man I wish had raised me, or even somebody I don't have to baby sit every day. (Broyles stares) I guess I've had that on my mind for a while.
      Broyles: Apparently.

    • Walter: (on the phone) Uh, hello, Peter. This is me, your father. Walter Bishop.
      Peter: Thank you, Walter, I know who you are.
      Walter: Excellent.

    • Walter: We need to talk to that man Smith right away. He may be our best chance to save Agent Loeb's life.
      Peter: I know that, but he's dead. He was shot. We're out of luck.
      Walter: Well, does he still have his head? Is it still attached to his body?
      Peter: Only you would ask that question seriously. Yes, he still has a head.
      Walter: Splendid. Perhaps in this case death is simply an inconvenience.

    • Walter: It's astonishing how this man's scalp resembles…
      Astrid: …Peter's bare bottom when he was a baby.
      Walter: How did you know that?
      Astrid: You told us that already. Twice.
      Walter: Oh.

    • Walter: Excellent. Conductive gel to prevent the electrical current from setting him on fire. Spread it evenly, and don't forget his nipples.

    • Olivia: We don't know anything.
      Broyles: You have a problem, Agent Dunham. You're not easily satisfied. You want everything and you want it now. In your mind, somehow a small victory is no victory. What you did was save a man's life but that doesn't land for you.
      Olivia: Sir..
      Broyles: I would tell you to snap out the hell of it. To stop whining about what you can't know, can't control, can't change. I would tell you to get some sleep while you can because tomorrow we'll do this all over again, and guess what, you'll have a million answers and a million and one new questions. I would tell you those things, but I won't, because your dissatisfaction is what makes you so damn good. Someone I'm proud to say I work with.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Airdates:
      Sweden: November 13, 2008 on Kanal 5
      UK: November 16, 2008 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Norway: February 15, 2009, on Tvn
      Finland: February 16, 2009 on MTV3
      Germany: May 4, 2009 on ProSieben
      Belgium: June 18, 2009 on RTBF2
      France: July 1, 2009 on TF1
      New Zealand: August 12, 2009 on TV2
      Poland: October 22, 2009 on TVN
      Slovakia: November 15, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: February 26, 2010 on Nova Cinema

    • Injoke: The local agents working for Loeb are "Coscarelli and Scrimm." Don Coscarelli directed the movie Phantasm (1979), which featured Angus Scrimm as the villainous Tall Man. Scrimm had a recurring role as an interrogator on Abrams' show Alias.

    • Number 47: The number 47 is mentioned at the beginning of the show when the FBI agent tells Broyles to turn to page 47 of the file they are discussing. ZFT is also 47 according to its Interpol file. The number 47 is prominent in J.J. Abrams work, mostly in Alias in which it was in nearly, if not all episodes, most of the time more than once.

    • Music: Let It Be Me (Ray LaMontagne), Thank You Too (My Morning Jacket)

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