Season 2 Episode 12

Johari Window

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 14, 2010 on FOX
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The Fringe team travels to the town of Edina to investigate the nearby murder of three state troopers. They discover that many of the residents are disfigured, but have managed to hide their deformity... and some will to go to any lengths to ensure their secret.

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  • Johari Window

    We returned to the inevitable comparisons and bottom "Fringe" is not to blame. Our memory is that it leads to other sides, the shortest aroma. And this episode is a giant window into the past of terror television and film.

    Movies like "The Hills Have Eyes" or "Wrong Turn" appear as ready reference. Episodes such as the terrifying "Home" from "The X-Files" immediately break our retinas, which come in contact with deformed beings. A young man, apparently normal, is collected by police at the roadside and taken to the police station. On the way his face changes, the appearance is different. Fearful. Lead us to the police station, where suddenly erupt two adults of the same look and exterminate all the authority that lived there. Home well built, stranger than usual, which leaves the viewer thinking about the immediate possibilities without being able to actually fit all.

    The great achievement of this episode was precisely to make us think for a long time. Yes they could have revealed the answer later but in general the mystery was well insured, with certain tracks in the right place. Situations arise, we are reminded of those old references, but never managed to uncover the veil in its entirety. What was happening is that an entire population wore a transmission of electromagnetic energy that protected its true deformation. Were once subjected to an experience and it was this area that gave them a secure appearance. The research was divided in two groups activities and was funny to see Walter (John Noble) and Astrid (Jasika Nicole) outside the laboratory, to seek the true source of the problem. In addition we had the right to some action scenes very well achieved.

    What was missing then this "Johari Window"? Lacked a dirty bit of intensity. Blood, rot. You had to feel that claustrophobia of small land, little land to different people, with different people who want to see outsiders outside. It was necessary danger, and that evil appeared.

    I am an avowed fan of this kind of stories, from small towns on the map anonymous but hiding a huge secret. "Fringe" gave us his great chapter of this book and in general did not do so badly. He could have done better was.

    The Best: The History.

    The worst: The danger did not occur.moreless
  • Different

    I can see that in this episode there was some different creativity going on here. It was good fringe did something new in their episodes that we haven't seen. Walter is also a mystery, how he found he army folders from the past at the end when he made that statement to Peter, that I'm glad you like me the way you do. Does he has his full memory back? the episode was good.moreless
  • What the hell is Charlie doing in one of the scenes?

    Although the show is pretty damn good the wired thing is that Charlie suddenly appears while they are with the girl in the car bone yard. There is no way he could be alive after being burnt in an oven by the guy robot guy from the other world. And then again no body seems to be surprised that Charlie is back. What the hell is happening there? This actually made this episode almost unwatchable. But after reading some comments about this episode somebody noticed that Astrid had the same hairdo as in the first series, so it seems that this episode was just splashed into the second series. At least I haven't watched next episode so I don't know yet if Charlie will continue with his character.. But stupid anyway.moreless
  • Walter and Astrid at its best.

    A runaway boy opens the proverbial Pandora's box for a small town affected by an electromagnetic pulse that caused a mutation for an uncertain number of habitants. Still affected by his own kidnapping, Peter's kidnapper forces his way out of their home in order to investigate the events and to collect a butterfly for Astrid in the process.

    However, the butterfly turns out to be a moth with a mutated wing just like the kid with a mutated body and "Harkness" the code name Walter used to remember his own brain the experiments he once was part of. The irony being that the pulse wasn't what cause the mutation but rather what it was used to conceil it.

    And thus is how lab assitant and deranged genious go out on their first field trip together in order to help Peter and Olivia, using their own private language to help the locals and lying about the whereabouts of the device used to keep their secret to avoid the townsmen any further humiliation.moreless
  • Great Episode

    it was a great episode.. i like what Peter did in this episode but why do i feel that it's not the first time he kills someone? and his relationship between him and his father is moving for better.. good thing to get things moving more smoothly, and i really like it when Walter act sane, "more like a scientist.

    and about the Observer, it's the first time for me i catch him, when i was watching he wasn't on my mind really, but when i saw the sheriff talking to the people of Edina publicly, i was like: sure there will be an Observer between them, call it a sixth sense xD then i was pausing and playing after every second before i CATCH him :) only his head appears, he was standing in the back..moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

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

    • Trivia: The Observer can be seen in the upper left corner of the screen behind the town folk as the sheriff comes out of the Edina Town Hall as Rose and her son come into the picture and she says "You're wrong, Paul, they found out."

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Broyles: You floating another government conspiracy theory, Mr. Bishop?
      Peter: You know me. I never miss a chance for a good conspiracy theory.

    • Walter: I'm learning to appreciate cowardice. The Lion had a point.
      Peter: The Lion?
      Walter: The Cowardly Lion.
      Peter: But again, that was just a movie and there's no flying monkeys inside the grocery store.

    • Walter: This boy bears no resemblance at all to a sasquatch. Or a yeti, for that matter.
      Agent Frug: Well, you don't... you don't believe in those creatures?
      Walter: Why shouldn't I? Just because no one has documented flying monkeys or talking lions yet hardly means they don't exist.
      Peter: Agent Frug, my father's a bit of a shock-doc. Don't let him alarm you.

    • Olivia: Walter, were you involved in any military testing in Edina?
      Walter: Not that I recall. I'm sure I'd remember something as exciting as human metamorphosis.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Music: Depend On Me (Graham Parker), Freight Train Blues (Tennessee Ernie Ford)

    • International Airdates:
      Sweden: February 18, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Latin America: February 23, 2010 on WB
      Australia: March 3, 2010 on GO!
      UK: March 9, 2010 on Sky1
      Germany: August 9, 2010 on ProSieben
      Poland: November 25, 2010 on TVN
      Finland: December 8, 2010 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: January 21, 2011 on Nova Cinema
      Slovakia: May 28, 2012 on Markiza

    • Blair Brown is credited but doesn't appear.

    • The original/working title of the episode was "Edina City Limits."


    • Walter: I'm learning to appreciate cowardice. The Lion had a point.
      Referencing the famous 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, in which the small group of Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow go down the Yellow Brick Road to see the all-powerful Wizard of Oz. The Cowardly Lion is as his name indicates, a coward who is questing to find courage. At the end of the movie, he is given a medal for bravery, thus "proving" that he has obtained what he has been seeking the entire movie.

    • Peter: It's a movie called Deliverance. We saw it together.
      Referencing the 1972 movie Deliverance starring Ned Beatty along with Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, and Ronny Cox. They play four city men who go canoeing down a river in Georgia and run afoul of vicious mountain men.

    • Walter: A friend of mine once wrote that sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
      Referencing Arthur C. Clarke, and his compendium of essays entitled Profiles of the Future (revised, 1973). It is the third of three laws of prediction that Clarke formulated, although he later formulated a fourth.