Season 1 Episode 10


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 02, 2008 on FOX
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The team is called in to investigate a bank robbery when one of the thieves is found embedded in a solid wall. Walter believes they're after something of his, but things take a turn for the worse when the thieves ambush one of them.

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  • Far from being flawless, but one of the better Fringe episodes at the moment

    FINALLY they've cleared up the open endings of former episodes (that really started to bug me) by including the stuff happening back then in this episode. They actually did that 3 times in this episode assuming I've counted correctly. So while this is doubtlessly the apex of surrealism (yet), the screenplay is pretty good. However, I was poorly entertained by this episode which poses a huge negative. Nevertheless, it's one of the best episodes yet and I especially loved the moment I retrospectively realized what David Robert Jones' prior conversation with his lawyer meant.moreless
  • Safe.

    Being a staunch fan of science fiction and having embraced without much difficulty with concepts fantasy series, or less real, I find myself constantly asking me about the reason for my resistance to "Fringe." Does this feeling is related to how the most unrealistic - or perhaps a better way of saying, the less credible - are exposed in the series or just something that is intrinsic and that made me unlikely to change?

    I do not know. May be a mixture of both. The truth is that in the tenth episode of the series, and although it was clear that it was over almost all others (as I write this line I'm still undecided if have overcome the "The Arrival"), when elements that require the viewer to a more open-minded appeared on the scene, my reaction was again marked by a certain resistance. But at the end of the episode, and after thinking a bit about it, I decided to try to look at the series with fresh eyes. At least, in relation to this episode ...

    Regardless of whether you agree with more or less easily the concepts that revolve around science - or pseudoscience - the truth is that "Fringe" as the series, has evolved in some ways. For example, for the most recent episodes the formula routine that seemed to be initially set to fall, is not as pronounced as it was. Or even some of the mysteries, whose resolution or developments are not to be as prolonged as expected. But what has pleased me most has been the development of some of the characters. It is true that certain speeches of Walter (John Noble), sometimes, they begin to seem too inappropriate and it is certain that some information from the personal life of Olivia (Anna Torv) sometimes seems to be placed in the dialogues almost by force, but love how the relationship between Peter (Joshua Jackson) advanced with his father so much since the beginning of the season and the reactions to the speeches void of Olivia immoderate exits from the mouth of Walter - last week in relation to the erection and this week on three occasions (the joke of the breasts, when he asked if it was guys in and when asked if she and Peter wanted to use the bed) - as if to tell us: "I give you a discount because he was imprisoned for two decades and is mad" . The lack of expressiveness in the reactions Olivia just make the situation even more hilarious. If she laugh, get angry or show anger, the joke would not be the same.

    Speaking specifically about the episode this week, it took on some of the elements that had previously been left open and used them at your leisure to give us some very interesting scenes. Early on, we found a group of men, led by Mitchell Loeb (Chance Kelly), to rob the coffers of banks using a different machine perfected the formula that the kid episode eight ("The Equation") disclosed, and that allows them to vibrate such particles of a solid object that makes it flexible and transposed on another solid object. We learned that these safes are still parts of an engine, created by Walter and hidden for almost twenty years, which lets you carry - in a manner similar to that done in the "Star Trek" - a person from one location to another. The engine is used to take the chain such Mr. Jones (Jared Harris), which is trapped in Germany. The location given by the dead, "Little Hill" is the place where the engine must be used to work. And that Mr. Jones wants Olivia for some reason. In addition, we are given the first clear idea of what, really, the memories of John Scott (Mark Valley) are implanted in the brain of Olivia (they had already mentioned this possibility, but there had been any doubt in the air). That is, enough revelations for a single episode. All this made a very interesting rhythm, and we have the ideal recipe for a great hour of television.

    PS - This time it was harder to find the Observer, but stood up relatively well, early on, the monitors of the bank's security cameras. By the way, if they were not picked up in other episodes, it may make to the current through this compilation:moreless
  • Best episode yet.

    I liked the direction the previous episode went. Story moving forward, not episodic and a good cliffhanger. Definitely a sign of things to come.

    I expected a lot from Safe, mainly cause fans consider it as superb. I wasn`t disappointed. So far fringe has been OK..good but not great, I was not very impressed. With this episode, Fringe finally set the bar higher.

    This episode had so much going on. Guess Jones will be the big villain now. I`m glad cause he looks great.

    More mysteries, some cool revelations, a great storyline, some nice sweet/funny moments for the characters, good pacing.. superb. The ending is great too, didn`t want it to end which is a first time for me as far as fringe is concerned. Best thing is that I feel the best is yet to come.moreless
  • Wow!!!

    So initially we see the equation from the last episode being used, I liked the fact that they already put it to use, good start to the episode. This episode finally starts to talk about some of the things that have been in past episode and slowly starts to put them together. This was an awesome episode, and it was nice to see the good guys finally figuring out what is going down, even if what they know is not nearly the whole picture. This episode really ends with a bang, and a good one at that. An amazing episode, the best so far!moreless
  • Well this was a turn up for the books, wasn't it?

    Well this was a turn up for the books, wasn't it? Olivia abducted, Mr. Jones out of prison, Walter Bishop in lack of kooky one liners shocker... Fringe really pulled out all the stops in its last episode before the Christmas break in an attempt to keep us all suitably perched on the edge of seats for the next run and boy, did it succeed. Goodman and Cahill's script is positively brimming with hair-pullingly frustrating enigmas: from the question of what purpose it serves to abduct Ms Dunham to the big fat "WTF??!!" regarding the component parts of the device that Bishop invented and its apparent ability to, um, beam people and things from one space to another, rather like, you know, the transporters in Star Trek. Yup, any semblance of believability in the show's science has finally been well and truly discarded, but that doesn't seem to matter anyway; from the beginning, Fringe only ever engaged in a casual dalliance with scientific realism and, ultimately, it's the more outright bizarre moments that have proven to be the most memorable and, indeed, enjoyable. 'Safe' works beautifully as a result of this, keeping its audience just the right side of baffled, bemused and bewildered in order to generate intrigue and a desire for more. Kinda like that other little show that J.J. Abrams created. Back in a week or so, there's a plane in it and some black smoke... you know the one.moreless
Paul Fitzgerald

Paul Fitzgerald

Ryan Shawn Eastwick

Guest Star

Chance Kelly

Chance Kelly

Mitchell Loeb

Guest Star

James Frain

James Frain


Guest Star

Jared Harris

Jared Harris

David Robert Jones

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Peter: You violated the laws of nature, Mr. Eastwick, and Mother Nature is a bitch.

    • Peter: Where you been?
      Olivia: I've been working. Where have you been?
      Peter: I've been buying rice for Walter's toys.

    • Peter: (noting Olivia has no friends) What do you mean you don't have one? Everyone has one. Even I have one.
      Walter: What's that, a spleen?
      Peter: Yeah, a spleen.
      Walter: Unless one suffers from asplenia, a rare genetic condition in which one is born spleenless.
      Peter: Thank you, Walter.

    • Wallter: I was in Baltimore. I remember a woman with particularly large breasts.

    • H.I. Worker: Can I help you guys find something?
      Walter: Oh, yes. We're looking for an electric saw. Preferably variable speed with an easily replaceable blade system.
      H.I. Worker: What are you cutting, wood?
      Walter: Human tissue. Flesh and bone. It's more sinuous than you may expect.
      Peter: It's really not that dire.
      Walter: Oh, actually, potentially it's far worse.
      H.I. Worker: Um, I think that the saw you're looking for is around the corner, next to the routers.
      Walter: Thank you.
      Peter: No need to call the police.

    • Walter: What we perceive as solid matter is mostly empty space. Just as we may perceive that a life is full that is actually a series of empty encounters.
      Peter: He's been like that all day. It's been awesome.

    • Walter: No, Peter's right. Your pupils are dilated. It's a symptom of high stress. Unless you're using hallucinogens. Are you tripping, Agent Dunham?

    • Peter: Walter, wake up, this is important.
      Walter: Oh. Oh! Do you two want to use the room?

    • Charlie: Does any of this trigger anything in your mind?
      Walter: Yes, but not about banks. Think back 20 years. Imagine yourself then imagining yourself now, 20 years into the future. In your wildest imagination, could you ever think you'd be here?
      Charlie: Is he stoned?

    • Walter: When she's finished chewing her cud, remember to brush her teeth.
      Astrid: I am not brushing a cow's teeth, Walter. You know I have real work to do, right?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: Sister Lost Soul (Alejandro Escovedo), Sequestered In Memphis (The Hold Steady)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Ireland: December 3, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: December 4, 2008 on Kanal 5
      United Kingdom: December 7, 2008 on Sky One
      Norway: March 3, 2009 on TVN
      Finland: March 9, 2009 on MTV3
      Portugal: April 30, 2009 on RTP2
      Germany: May 25, 2009 on ProSieben
      Belgium: July 2, 2009 on RTBF2
      France: July 15, 2009 on TF1
      New Zealand: September 2, 2009 on TV2
      Poland: November 12, 2009 on TVN
      Slovakia: December 6, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: March 12, 2010 on Nova Cinema

    • Mark Valley appears but has no dialogue.