Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 09, 2008 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: The glyphs first seen here form a code that spell out "observer."

    • Trivia: Right outside the Massive Dynamic building you can see the symbols for a pen and a rose. This is a clue to Christopher Penrose and Dr. Claus Penrose, who appear in the next episode "The Same Old Story."

    • Hidden Phrases

      During the beginning credits the words "Observers are here" can be seen. During the dream sequence the words "He's Not Dead" appear on a tombstone.

    • Trivia: The car they pull out of the garage resembles an MG sports car but the traditional MG logo was altered to MD, Massive Dynamic.

    • Trivia: When Olivia visits Massive Dynamic to find out about Richard Steeg, The "Observer" can be seen briefly walking down the street outside the building.

    • When the plane is losing height and going through some turbulence the screens are not folded. In case of an air emergency that's one the first thing that is done.

    • Trivia: The "leaf" is the first object out of the items shown before each commercial break to appear in an episode.If you look in the middle of the "leaf" you can see a triangle or Delta symbol on it. It appears on the Massive Dynamic handprint scanner.

    • When the various governmental agents enter the plane on the tarmac, the oxygen masks are deployed, apparently for no reason.

  • Quotes

    • Walter: If you want to watch, you can come closer. You work here?
      Astrid: Yeah. I'm Astrid Farnsworth, assistant to Agent Dunham.
      Walter: Who?
      (Astrid points to Olivia in the sensory deprivation tank)
      Walter: Oh, yes! I'm Walter... ummm...
      Peter: Bishop. Walter Bishop.
      Walter: Yes, thank you.
      Peter: Don't mention it.

    • Nina: (uncovers John's body) How long has he been dead?
      Man w/Gurney: Five hours.
      Nina: Question him.

    • Olivia: His name is Peter Bishop. He's a high school drop out; an IQ at 190, but just 50 points North of Genius- misfit, nomad. Hasn't held a job longer then two months. He's been a wild land fireman, cargo pilot and briefly a college Chemistry professor. He falsified a degree from MIT and even managed to get a few papers published before he was found out. Sounds like a massive pain in the ass.

    • Olivia: I can have you on a flight back here in four days, but first…
      Peter: Let me save you the time. I'd rather stay here in Iraq. That's how much I want to see my father.

    • Olivia: I thought you were a genius. You must have had a system?
      Peter: Of course there was a system. The house was cheating. But you try and tell them that.

    • Walter: Excellent. Let's make some LSD!

    • Bishop: It's not an exact science...
      Peter: It's not even science!

    • Olivia: CDC says the Hamburg flight was caused by a synthetic compound, which is like saying rain is caused by a wet compound.

    • Olivia: What is it?
      Walter: They… they have this horrible… pudding here. Butterscotch pudding on Mondays. It's dreadful.
      Olivia: It's Thursday.
      Walter: Oh? Oh, fantastic!

    • Walter: I thought you'd be fatter.
      Peter: You thought I'd be fatter? Excellent. First words, perfect.
      Walter: No, no, no, as a boy, you were rounder.

    • Walter: Oh!
      Olivia: What happened?
      Walter: I just pissed myself.
      Peter: Excellent.
      Walter: Just a squirt.

    • Walter: So much… so much happened here. And so much is about to.

    • Walter: The only thing better than a cow is a human. Unless you need milk. Then you really need a cow.

    • Olivia: You owe money to a guy nicknamed Big Eddie?
      Peter: No, I owe money to a guy named Big Eddie. He had it legally changed.

    • Walter: Didn't I mention it?
      Peter: Whatever you think you said, you didn't say it.

    • Walter: I have used this technique to extract information from a corpse once. You can do that if they haven't been dead for longer than six hours.
      Peter: Right, 'cause after six hours they're really dead.

    • Peter: The man who was just released from the mental institution, he wants to give you a drug overdose, then stick a metal rod into your head and put you naked into a rusty tank of water.
      Walter: No, I don't want to. No, I'd rather not. I'm just saying I can.

    • Charlie: You've cleared all this with Broyles?
      Olivia: Somewhat.
      Charlie: Oh, "somewhat" doesn't sound good. Is that a cow?

    • Peter: I still think that this is deeply irresponsible, and believe me, I would know.

    • (watching "Spongebob Squarepants")
      Walter: And this is a show for children?
      Astrid: Yeah, it's huge.
      Walter: Surprisingly profound for a narrative about a sponge.

    • Peter: Genetically, humans and cows are separated by only a couple lines of DNA so it's an ethical test subject.
      Olivia: Where did you learn that, MIT?
      Peter: No, actually picked that up reading books, you should try it sometime, it's fun.

  • Notes

    • There are eight pictures that appear when a commercial breaks is coming or for promoting the show.

      APPLE: the seeds in the apple are human embryos
      BUTTERFLY: the wings are made up of bones
      FLOWER: some of its petals are dragonfly wings and the center shows a Fermat's spiral
      FROG: has a symbol on its back for PHI
      HAND: it has six fingers
      HORN: has the Fibonacci spiral and has the number of PHI inscribed on the horn
      LEAF: has the delta symbol in the middle of it
      SMOKE: for a woman's face

      *in most of the pictures there is a small yellow dot.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: September 17, 2008 on Channel 9
      Sweden: October 2, 2008 on TV4
      United Kingdom: October 5, 2008 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Norway: January 1, 2009 on Tvn
      Finland: January 5, 2009 on MTV3
      Thailand: February 7, 2009 on True Series
      Hungary: March 13, 2009 on RTL-Klub
      Germany: March 16, 2009 on ProSieben
      Belgium: May 28, 2009 on RTBF2
      France: June 10, 2009 on TF1
      New Zealand: July 1, 2009 on TV2
      Poland: September 10, 2009 on TVN
      Slovakia: October 4, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: February 5, 2010 on Nova Cinema

    • Kirk Acevedo (Charlie Francis) and Lance Reddick (Phillip Broyles) previously starred together on the HBO series Oz.

    • This episode began at a special time, 8:00 PM. In addition, its original airing was with limited commercials, allowing the 81-minute long episode to complete its airing at 9:35 PM.

    • This episode had an exclusive FREE preview UK screening on Saturday 4th October, 11.00am on the Apollo West End.

    • The cow acquired in Bishop's lab was to be a regular, but unfortunately this particular cow only appeared in the pilot. The production crew was unable to get permission to bring the bovine across the border from Canada to the USA where the remainder of the series was filmed. Recasting was required.

    • The press kit of Fringe sent by FOX contained an audio recorder with the voice of Lance Reddick on it.

    • This episode was released in CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1.

    • Sky1 acquired the UK rights to this episode.

    • DC Comics released a prequel comic book on August 27, two weeks before the series premiere on September 9.

    • The budget for the show's "Pilot" episode was $10 million.

    • Filming location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    • Joshua Jackson was reluctant to take this role and commit himself to a TV series again. In an interview with SCI FI Wire, he admits being attracted to the role because of J.J. Abrams, but he turned it down a few times. He didn't commit until he met Kurtzman and Orci, most famous for writing the re-imagined Transformers movie from 2007.

  • Allusions

    • Peter: You're telling me, what, my father was Dr. Frankenstein?

      Referencing the book by Mary Shelley Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. The story is about Doctor Frankenstein who creates a living being out of the parts of dead people, a being that turns against its creator.

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