Season 4 Episode 2

One Night in October

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2011 on FOX
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  • Episode Summary


    Bolivia and her team call upon their counterparts from This Side for help when a serial killer goes on a bloody rampage. They recruit the killer's This Side counterpart, a professor of forensic psychology, and try to transfer him to the Other Side without his knowledge to put together a profile on his other self. However, things soon go out of control when the professor realizes what's going on.


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    • The one night that drastically changed two lives.

      As the second episode of the season, "One Night in October" was a pretty solid episode. It was definitely a difference after last week's action-y season premiere, but people who don't appreciate episodes like this one probably shouldn't even be watching Fringe. Fringe isn't about action and shapeshifters…it all breaks down into simple themes like "Who are we?" and "How does this affect the ones I love?"

      The latter has certainly been played with this season, as we've been discovering how our favorite characters are like in a world without Peter. But the first one was used primarily tonight, as John McLennan finds out a serial killer he's tracking is actually himself in another universe. (Though I must say that the idea of on one side, he's a serial killer, and on the other side he's a professor that studies serial killers seems a little too convenient.) But what would happen when he finds out that "he" is the one who has been killing these people? That's the idea we explore in this episode.

      This episode also had a Mystery-Of-The-Week feel to it, but considering its pretty much a standalone episode, I thought it was extremely well done. Excellent writing, great direction by Brad Anderson, and like always on Fringe, wonderful acting was seen in this episode.

    • Not really feeling the fringe

      Well, it started out ok, watching Walter going senile all the time is not pleasant. Especially he was the main person that would crack up a joke. I don't know where fringe is going now, but its turned into some universe police task force. Olivia Vs. Olivia who's better, how bout who cares seriously, is this the best its going to get creatively. There are fans that will get it a high score no matter what, I'm a fan too, and keeping it real there is something not clicking and is not right. compare to the other seasons this is not going well so far their like completely doing something else. I just wish that they just keep one goal in mind and run it through the rest of the series, changing things around every season is to much. It was better than last week but, still we got no real core in this season its still everywhere, what the freak is going on.moreless
    • 402

      I think Fringe might be done. I liked the "Where's Peter?" whispering at the end of this episode, but the majority of the show tonight was pretty boring. Olivia vs. Olivia? Why? And then teasing sexual tension with her and her colleague? Even the Observer is tweeting "smh" over this kind of stuff.

      Dull episode that showed that Fringe has lost a lot of its magic. Thus the bad ratings.
    • 'Broyles-nate' wasn't suppose to be dead?

      I don't like this episode just for one thing, it confuse me more by the fact that doesn't suppose to be that the Broyles from the other universe die in the season 2 finale? I know that Peter, by his no-existence, could change things, but i don't get it, how can Broyles-nate could be alive.

      I think that Fringe writers better explain it or don't show him (Broyles-nate) any more, is just stupid kill someone and then bring him alive by no reason. I keep wondering that if Peter change the course of previous events, then I hope that Faux-olivia's child doesn't exist either, it would make sense because Peter never 'exist'. I hope that what we seeing in Fringe won't be a stupid storyline, that leads with no explanations and let us with more questions than answers.

      I like this show, it's in my top 5 most to watch shows, but I would like something that make sense, no something that is tricky without any mean.moreless
    • Tailing your own shadow...

      In a brilliant yet rather difficult tale, the Red Universe Fringe Division uses a distinguished forensic psychologist from the Blue Universe to capture the psychopathic version of himself, a gruesome serial killer.

      The sense of dread from the very simple, but real possibility, that everyone has murder in them - it's just a matter to push the right triggers - takes over one John McClellan as he questions the very nature of his existance, as well as a most debilitating reality: he can't save himself.

      To embrace these murders, to make sense of them, became as important for one McClellan as it was for his counterpart to stop them, the trophies guarded in the name of science as compelling as the one the killer kept from his victims, there's no difference between them, just a point where their paths diverged in directions in which both of them excelled at. As it turns out, this point was happiness, a simple moment of acceptance one experienced as a child where the other one didn't.

      The grown up psychopath steals that memory and becomes the man he never had the chance to be, a man willing to kill himself for all the suffering he caused. The memory gone, the path still intact, a forensic psychologist only has the shadow of a feeling, from a moment he no longer remembers he experienced, to hold on to ...with both Universes paying that would be enough for him.moreless
    Enid-Raye Adams

    Enid-Raye Adams

    Noreen Miller

    Guest Star

    Daniel Arnold

    Daniel Arnold

    Agent Perez

    Guest Star

    Marlene Ginader

    Marlene Ginader

    Alt. Female Agent

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Trivia: The Observer can be seen in the hospital behind Broyles and Olivia as they discuss how John has lost his memories of Margery.

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

      • In the scene directly after Lincoln tells his team to recover Noreen without harming her, John talks to his counterpart. The killer has an earpiece in his left ear in the first shot but it disappears for the rest of the episode.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Walter: Immoral, evil...
        Astrid: Walter, we have been over this. What is in the past in in the past. We have agreed to move forward.
        Walter: Even I don't have drugs strong enough to forget they kidnapped Olivia to the Other Side.
        Lincoln: They did?
        Walter: Two weeks that awful woman pranced around my lab.
        Lincoln: Awful woman?
        Astrid: Uh, the other Olivia, the one from Over There.
        Walter: She bought my ignorance with baked goods while she carried out her plan to steal a piece of the Machine with that damned Portuguese sweetbread.

      • Olivia: What's with the redecoration?
        Astrid: Walter. Hey, don't look at me like I have some reasonable explanation. It's Walter.

      • Astrid: Well, (Lincoln) just lost his partner. Plus he is new in town. He doesn't know anybody. He's probably a little lonely.
        Olivia: No. Not going to happen.
        Astrid: Why not? He's cute.
        Olivia: Because if I went out with him, then I would start having second thoughts, like I always do, and then he would get hurt, and then my workplace would become awkward. And you know what? He's not even my type.
        Astrid: Do you ever think that maybe your type just doesn't exist?

      • Olivia: He knows what she taught him, but he can't remember who she is. How is that possible?
        Broyles: At the risk of sounding sentimental... I've always thought there were people who leave an indelible mark on your soul. An imprint that can never be erased.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Walter sitting:

        Walter is sitting in the position of the Maxell man, a logo that Maxell uses for its audio and video line of tapes.