Season 1 Episode 15

Inner Child

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 07, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Olivia makes a bond with a mysterious child that was living alone underground. Meanwhile, a serial killer reemerges.

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    Could this be the same child in the last season?
  • Inner Child

    There was instant. It was an admiration that was growing as the universe was wondering. It is true that "Fringe" has so far had their ups and downs, with cases to ask yawning, interspersed with frantic developments of history. Could be more. But after this pause, this kind of dating that each time one goes to one side, to think, had thick miss Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) and Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble). And so, with a rose in hand, I got the series back.

    The episode was divided into two distinct factions that eventually merge into perfection:

    - An old case back to be reborn in the ashes. A serial killer known as "The Artist" to strike back after a long period of inactivity. Attack of the women and then kill builds strange scenarios with their bodies livid. It molds the bodies in his way, with his vision patient, wearing them and putting them in that post as well understood. It was a pending issue for Olivia and the rest of the FBI team that throws the head in the manhunt. It's a good bet insert this type of theme, which although not new, although not supernatural, inject enough pace in the episode and create a sum for the same purpose. This artist has to be caught it is a given right.

    - Catch It really is not easy, but the protagonist had a helping hand: a child who found refuge in an underground building. Apparently lived there all his life, miraculously surviving is not clear how. In an environment with almost no oxygen and light, he fed on mice and insects, without voice or color. It is in the hospital and quickly established a strong bond with Olivia, who realizes, too quickly, that this boy is special. He manages, through writing, to say the name of the artist's next victim. And the data are released.

    Through some science "Fringe" (entertaining dance Walter), a few sketches on paper and a final chase the killer is caught. Best is dead. Getting into the air then the question that since the opening minutes of teasing: Whose child is this? Certainties, it is very important because the CIA shows a great interest in it and is also an agent with this company we realize that it is not unique. "We found another one," he says. The final scene confirms part of what we already suspected: he's an observer. One Junior observer, an observer in the early stages of their mission, whatever it is. Now I ask, since JJ Abrams much like time travel, The Observer is not this? That we know? One who may have come from the future and in the end casts a sad look on your own? I think so, but here nothing is certain.

    The conclusion is accurate that this was an excellent return with two lines crossed in a fluid and effective, providing the episode carried a scent of entertainment. May more.

    (Yes it's true, The Observer appeared on "American Idol").moreless
  • Interesting case

    This episode was about a mysterious bald boy who was found in a basement that had been sealed for 70 years. It was a really interesting case and the boy had a close connection with Olivia, which made things more interesting. But unfortunately, this episode didn't have anything to do with the main story. It was definitely better than most of the filler type episodes (which are still entertaining). And this episode had a cool ending with the Observer. I really liked this episode but Fringe still needs to get on with the main story.moreless
  • The Mysterious boy.

    This week a little bald, pale boy is found living in a creepy cellar that has been closed off for 70 years. The fringe group meets him and the boy and Olivia connects in a special way. The boy doesn't eat or talk but he helps Olivia solve a serial killer case, writing down names and locations upside down. Turns out that the fringe group isn't alone in their interest for the boy, CIA want's to take him to a special facility and use him as some sort of lab rat.We hear the CIA agent talk on the phone, saying "we found another one". Olivia doesn't like this at all. With the help of a doctor and Broyles she makes sure that the CIA can't get to him, sending him off to "a nice family". In the end we see the boy locking eyes with The Observer who then walks away.

    The mystery of the boy isn't explained for us in this episode which is a big disappointment for me. It's pretty obvious from the start that he is a little observer. As we seen in previous episodes, they have special abilities and doesn't age, at least not as fast as humans do. I feel very disappointed that the fringe group didn't make a connection to The Observer, they are supposed to be super smart!?

    The serial killer was just a regular crazy person, someone you can find on every cop show out there, boring. Necessary for the little observer story but boring. Next time, more focus on the boy. I want to know more about the observers, maybe there's a bald mommy observer somewhere?? Who are they, where do the come from, why are they watching??

    Despite everything written above I really enjoyed this episode, the boy actor is very talented and I hope to see more of him in the future.

    PS. Olivia's niece is supposed to be 4 on the show!? She looks like my sister who just turned 7. Crazy.moreless
  • First one to watch from beginning to end

    I've tried to watch every episode of Fringe, but this is the one that has really caught my attention. The story about the boy being found underground was interesting.

    I liked the connection the boy had with Olivia. They seemed to work well together and I'm glad she was able to keep her promise to the child. The boy was very creepy, I even thought he was about to jump and bite whoever came too close to him.

    I still don't like Olivia that much. She lacks something, passion, charisma. However, Walter steals every scene. His comments are sometimes hilarious and he seems to live in his own world. It's also nice to see a show where you get to see the main characters' personal lives, in this case, Olivia's family.

    The end scene was creepy too. Who was that bald guy?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

Spencer List

Spencer List

The Child

Guest Star

Victor Williams

Victor Williams


Guest Star

Matt Mulhern

Matt Mulhern


Guest Star

Ari Graynor

Ari Graynor

Rachel Dunham

Recurring Role

Lily Pilblad

Lily Pilblad


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Trivia: The glyph cipher spells WALTER.

    • As "The Child" began writing down the intersection of York /Glenway, he starts out by grasping the pen such that it is clenched between his middle and ring fingers. As the shot goes to a closeup of his hand, the pen is being held by the fingertips of his thumb, index and middle fingers. When the camera pulls back, he is clenching it again between his middle and ring fingers.

    • Trivia: Pete's confusion over the G.I. Joe figure is a clue to the revelation in the season finale, "There's More Than One of Everything."

    • Trivia: The Artist's first victim, Tattooed Girl, has on her left arm the image of a griffin-a creature with the body of a lion and the head of an eagle. This is a clue toward the next episode, "Unleashed."

    • Trivia: The Observer appears at the end on a sidewalk as the Child rides by.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • 1st Demo Guy: What do you think this was?
      2nd Demo Guy: I don't know. It's old.
      1st Demo Guy: Oh good. That narrows it down.

    • Broyles: Dr. Bishop? Any thoughts?
      Walter: Perhaps. First I need a piece of special equipment. My turntable.
      Broyles: Is that some kind of lab equipment?
      Walter: No, no, a turntable. Record player. You enjoy music, don't you, Mr. Broyles? Well imagine the agony of having an extensive record collection and having no means to play it.
      Peter: The agony.
      Broyles: I'll have someone get right on it.

    • Walter: Unless you have an IQ higher than mine, I am not interested in what you think.

    • Peter: Walter. Olivia's here, she needs to talk to you. Walter!
      Walter: Could she come back later? I'm about to step in the bath.
      Peter: No, she can't come back later. It's the middle of the night. She needs to talk to you right now.
      Walter: (comes out of the bathroom) Honestly, Peter, can't a man get... Agent Dunham. Peter, why didn't you tell me Agent Dunham was here?
      Peter: I'm pretty sure I did.

    • Walter: Pheromones. Undetectable chemicals that nonetheless affect our behavior, our sex drive...
      Peter: (points to Walter's open bathrobe) Hey, speaking of sex drive...
      Walter: Oh, Peter, don't be such a prude. I'm sure Agent Dunham knows what a penis looks like. Don't you, Agent Dunham?
      Peter: My father, ladies and gentlemen.

    • Walter: My dear, there is much that is unexplained. Until it is.
      Peter: In short, he has no idea.

    • Olivia: Walter, the last time you used that thing, you drilled it into the guy's head.
      Walter: If you think he'll find it disagreeable... I suppose it could be modified.
      Peter: Really? You didn't think to mention that to the last guy?

    • Walter: After that, it's a simply a matter of synthesizing the impulses. Think of it as creating artificial vocal cords.
      Peter: Simple. Like making an omelet.
      Walter: Actually, son, a good omelet is far more complex, eh?

    • Walter: "Cannot Build Phallic Puzzles In The Lab"...
      Peter: What is he doing?
      Astrid: Mnemonics. You know, like a rhyme or phrase to help memory. Like, uh, HOMES stands for the Great Lakes. That's Huron...
      Peter: I'm familiar with that. Why is he doing it?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: Love and Happiness (Al Green), You Fall To Pieces (The Shore)

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: April 19, 2009 on TVN
      UK: April 19, 2009 on Sky1
      Finland: May 11, 2009 on MTV3
      Germany: July 6, 2009 on ProSieben
      Sweden: July 9, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Belgium: July 16, 2009 on RTBF2
      France: July 29, 2009 on TF1
      Poland: December 17, 2009 on TVN
      Slovakia: January 24, 2010 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: March 26, 2010 on Nova Cinema

    • Blair Brown is credited but doesn't appear.