Season 2 Episode 9


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 03, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The Fringe team investigate bodies with creatures growing within them. Olivia, Peter and Broyles discover that the case is linked to a dangerous organization.

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  • Snakehead

    Desperate to see someone running. You stew. Ask for help and asks for a certain address. In the confusion someone forwards. Is the dark of night but the light of the busy street, and dirty. Arrives. Finds comfort in her name. Pour rested and if all this would not end like an episode of "Fringe."

    From his mouth comes a huge parasite, a worm, a snake, something. And so begins the investigation we realized that was not the only death. Immense bodies, Chinese, gave the coast, all with the same cause of death. Migrants who mistakenly boarded the last voyage of their life because someone gave them a pill. A fatal pill where being lives and once inside the human body grows into that form we know. But why be ending so many lives?

    Why the strange creature has extraordinary medicinal properties, a kind of drug that is extracted and sold. In this case a mother who seeks to save his son. The main intrigue of "Sankehead" boiled down to this. No twists, no mystery and (almost) no action. This type of episodes with these stories too linear, eventually causing an extreme frustration in the viewer. The argument, which is mounted just a mere hunting man / monster turns out to finish bumpy and without content. We further background, more complex, more juice. But this is now the prayer of the day.

    On the other hand this ninth episode forget Olivia (Anna Torv) to embrace Walter (John Noble) as protagonist and it was here that the story had some interest. The attempted emancipation of Walter, from the beginning which is followed by his son until the end where a chip implant location was great exercise and a good interpretive character development. See Walter desperate to realize his folly and forgetfulness can never match the word responsibility. It is the fall itself, finally admitting that maybe, Walter healthy never return home.

    The Best: Walter Bishop.

    The Worst: The rest.moreless
  • Cool Creature

    Good episode, I thought the paracites were cool looking. But, it was kinda like the same with the episode of the cold bug being enlarged so it wasn't a wow experience but decent. I like the character development of Walter trying to be independent and I'm sure he will get the hang of thing further down the line. That is what I like most about this episode Walters independence.
  • Great character development in this episode! Warning, spoilers contained below.

    This was yet another filler episode, but this one had a different tone then the last. It was yet another good episode, one with a much bigger emphasis on character development. The event of sorts in this episode was not exactly as shocking and interesting as some we have seen in the past, but it was still enough, and the main purpose of the episode sort of need a toned down event to really work. Not that nothing happened in this episode, it just was one of those that you watch out of interest in furthering the characters. In the case of this episode, Walter and Peters characters were furthered, more so Walter, but their relationship was definitely a big factor in this episode. I really enjoyed the episode, and I liked how it all played out. Bravo on a great filler episode once again!moreless
  • Monsters and bloody scenes were not the reason why I added Fringe to my favorite shows. It was the underlying story about the pattern that was Fringe's strongpoint. Too bad that seems to get lost.moreless

    The last few episodes are somewhat stand alone shows. And that's a shame. Why do I like shows like Lost, Dexter or BSG? Because there is an underlying story to be told. Fringe also had such a story: The Pattern. Recently, however, the episodes are veering away from that story and frankly, it doesn't do any good to the show. This episode about alien like monsters growing inside human beings was a terrible episode. Just a lot of gore. The fact that Walter doesn't seem to be able to take care of himself was already obvious enough, so that part of the episode was also unnecessary. I'd rather see less episodes telling one story all together, then ten episodes of this type.moreless
  • This episode makes you think twice about the worm in the tequila, doesn't it??!!

    What a perfectly creepy story line. Not being a wormy or buggy-type fan at the best of times this whole concept was just...wrong! Wrong enough to be a completely perfect and wonderfully out there, Fringe episode.

    Walter as a "free man" wandering around China Town was a bad idea waiting to happen. In perfect counterpoint, his unparalleled brilliance and his overwhelming naivete both serve to get him in trouble, and it's hard to tell which one is the culprit at any given moment. Best to keep your mouth shut, Walter!

    Peter's "other" life was showing it's face tonight in his knowledge of the Asian gang details as well as his fluency in Cantonese. Just who did he "go wrong" with prior to being conscripted by Olivia and the Fringe unit, and will that help or hurt in the coming war?

    Even Astrid got to step out tonight. Unfortunately, she got her as-trid kicked doing so! But she did get closer to Walter, and in the coming conflict, I think walter is going to be "the" man to know...moreless
Colby Paul

Colby Paul

Matt Jarvis

Guest Star

Ingrid Torrance

Ingrid Torrance

Elizabeth Jarvis

Guest Star

Jack Yang

Jack Yang

Tao Chen

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Walter: Given the high cost of transporting the creature, it must be quite a high.
      Astrid: Walter, you are not smoking this thing.

    • Peter: So how many are there? Is it bad?
      Olivia: Did you eat?
      Peter: Yeah.
      Olivia: Well, that's unfortunate.

    • Olivia: I didn't know you spoke Cantonese.
      Peter: Get to know me a bit.

    • Walter: Truly, Agent Farnsworth, it never ceases to amaze me the infinite variation that Mother Nature gives us. She truly has quite a disturbing sense of humor.
      Astrid: Considering your new pet, I think Mother Nature's a real bitch.

    • Walter: Does it occur to you that perhaps I want to be alone? That perhaps I want to live my life with a semblance of dignity and self-respect? If I want to go get a hot dog, so be it. I may go grocery shopping. I may even join a gym.

    • Walter: I'm going to enjoy this. Provided, of course, the beans have been properly soaked to leech toxicity.
      Astrid: For the record, I wanted ice cream.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: Juke (Little Walter)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: December 6, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Latin America: January 12, 2010 on WB
      Sweden: January 28, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Australia: February 17, 2010 on Go!
      Germany: May 10, 2010 on ProSieben
      Poland: November 4, 2010 on TVN
      Finland: November 17, 2010 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: January 14, 2011 on Nova Cinema
      Slovakia: May 7, 2012 on Markiza

    • Blair Brown is credited but doesn't appear.


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