Season 4 Episode 19

Letters of Transit

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 20, 2012 on FOX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Opening Title Roll: They came from the future. At first, they only watched. Arriving at key moments in human history. We called them Observers. But in 2015 they stopped watching... and seized control. Citizen uprisings proved bloody and futile. Those who survived became known as "Natives." In an attempt to show their allegiance, some Native factions became "Loyalists" and were marked by the Observers. The original FRINGE TEAM fought the invasion, but was quickly defeated. FRINGE DIVISION was allowed to continue at a reduce capacity, but only to police the Natives. The resistance was quickly overcome... or so they thought.

    • Simon: Well, I'll be a toe on a foot in a grave.

    • Broyles: Windmark. What did you do up there in the future... to get yourself such a crap detail?
      Windmark: I like animals.

    • Etta: We just removed you from amber, Dr. Bishop. You were inside twenty years.
      Walter: Twenty years? It's no wonder I'm so hungry. Do you have anything to eat?

    • Walter: Have you seen it?
      Simon: Monkey feces? No. I cant say I've had the pleasure.
      Walter: I wouldn't say that it was a pleasure.

    • Walter: I've eaten it once. It was sweeter than you'd think.
      Simon: Feces?
      Walter: God, no. Brains. And LSD. I love LSD.

    • Simon: Dr. Bishop, we're going to inject that solution into the base of your brain.
      Walter: Oh, fun.

  • Notes

    • Anna Torv and Seth Gabel are credited but don't appear.

    • Although Leonard Nimoy doesn't appear (as he was no longer making live TV appearances on TV when the episode was filmed), a CGI image of him is incorporated into the episode.

    • For the alternate future setting, the opening credits are on dark blue and show the words Community, Joy, Individuality, Education, Imagination, Private Thought, Due Process, Ownership, Free Will, and Freedom. Over the last few words in the background is a prison camp with hundreds of men kept within.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: April 20, 2012 on Citytv
      UK: April 25, 2012 on Sky1
      Germany: August 13, 2012 on ProSieben
      Finland: March 20, 2013 on MTV3

  • Allusions

    • Walter: I am not a number, I am a free man!

      Referencing one of the opening lines of the British series The Prisoner (1967-1968). The unnamed protagonist, known only as Number 6, declares his independence at the beginning of each episode's credits by shouting this phrase.

    • Walter: These aren't the droids you're looking for.

      Referencing Obi-Wan's famous line to the stormtroopers who are searching for C-3PO and R2-D2 in Mos Eisley in Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope. Obi-Wan is using the Force, which allows him to controls the thoughts of the weak-minded.

    • Walter: Like The Guns of Navarone.

      Referencing Alistair MacLean's The Guns of Navarone, a 1957 novel that follows an Allied commando team's efforts to destroy a German fortress. In 1961, the book was adapted into a feature film starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn. The movie won an Oscar for Best Special Effects.