Season 4 Episode 16

Nothing As It Seems

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 30, 2012 on FOX
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    Fringe: Deja Vu All Over Again

    Haven't we seen this before? We have as a case from the past comes back in a new timeline but with slight differences.

  • Episode Summary

    The team investigates a case involving a bizarre mutation that Peter solved in his original timeline four years ago.

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    • Conrad? John Scott?

      Even though they mentioned that Conrad died about 5 years ago, they didn't mention that John Scott was also involved in this case. They could have gone to John Scott in this world and asked him if he was still undercover with the NSA and or what he is doing. I'm sure they purposefully stayed away from the topic as there is probably tension between Anna Torv and Mark Valley.

      What does anyone else think?moreless
    • 4x16 "Nothing As It Seems"

      This episode felt like a flashback. It reminded me of the first season of this wonderful show (when everything was simpler and there was only one universe). And that is not a bad thing, one of the things I like the most about Fringe is the ability it has to make you think and feel and the same time... And that's something not a lot of shows can do.
    • Great Episode

      Really had a good time with this episode. Was good to see Peter and Olivia working the case together eventhough the fbi is having worries of Olivia's state and and decided to do a evaluation on her. Lots of good laughs from Walter and a suprise birthday he does for Peter. It was nice to get a since of warmth back to this group that was deeply missed in season 3, Peter now knows where he belongs. But, leaves a lot of questions that I can't wait to be explored.moreless
    • Clever TV - Using the storylines to their max

      A nice way to use knowledge from Peter's (and now Olivia's) original timeline. How many shows have such an opportunity?

      We needed to see Olivia complete her journey to original Olivia. And we needed to see other's questions this (the FBI, Lincoln). For Olivia, fitting back into this world could not be made to be easy.

      The only one question I have is, why did these events happen so much later (a few years?) in the show's timeline because of the Peter change? In other words, why didn't this happen in their 'series 1', why was it the same flight? These are not important questions, just curiosities.

      Perhaps, this is tell us that Peter's impact is greater than just Walter and Olivia.......moreless
    • hrmn....

      I love EVERYTHING Walter said in this episode... esp. "Colonel Broyles, what a lovely tie."

      All this talk of DRJ but where is he?? I played the IL State lottery for the 640 Million and had i won i wooda given a bunch to fund fringe for a few more seasons but alas i didn't win.
    Neal Huff

    Neal Huff

    Marshall Bowman

    Guest Star

    Gina Holden

    Gina Holden

    Kate Hicks

    Guest Star

    Clark Middleton

    Clark Middleton

    Edward Markham

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Dr. Anderson: You have to admit, it's a little weird, what's happened to you.
        Olivia: I work in Fringe Division. Weird is-is a matter of degrees.

      • Walter: I--I like porcupines. Shows that God has a sense of humor.

      • Lincoln: Huh. You remember you said eventually all of this would stop getting strange? In case you were wondering, it still hasn't.

      • Walter: This tattoo... is cuneiform. I'm not sure of the significance of the symbol, but I'm fairly certain that it's Sumerian. Not my favorite ancient language. I prefer Yiddish. Belly's father taught it to me. He was a charming man.

      • Olivia: It has to do with cuneiform.
        Markham: Sumerian, Hittite, or Akkadian?
        Olivia: Impressive.
        Markham: I know. I'm a very, very impressive man.
        Olivia: And I'm still taken.
        Markham: Can't blame a guy for trying.

      • Walter: I can't cure the intermediate stage. Once the virus fully matures, I should be able to counteract it.
        Lincoln: "Should"?
        Walter: Most likely. 80%
        Lincoln: And if I'm part of the other 20%?
        Walter: Let's take it one step at a time.

      • Lincoln: Do I really have to drink that?
        Walter: Only if you want to live. A blend of wheat grass, penicillin, some mild laxatives, and I put in some mint to kill the aftertaste.
        Lincoln: It didn't work.

      • Broyles: (to Olivia) I've been on the phone to the top floor for the past hour. What we've decided is this... if you're 60% of the Olivia I knew, you're still better than 90% of the agents I've ever worked with. And a Fringe division with Olivia Dunham is better than one without her.

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