Season 1 Episode 4

The Arrival

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2008 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • When Olivia is showing Peter pictures of the Observer, she shows him one from a hospital. He is standing in front of a wall in the middle of the picture. When she shows the pictures to Broyles, the hospital picture is different. The Observer is now moving away from the camera and much harder to see.

    • At the very beginning of the episode a poster with the words "Unlock Your Hidden Potential" can be seen on the lamp post. This is the clue for the next episode, "Power Hungry."

    • Trivia: The glyph cipher spells "rogue".

    • The photograph from the cylinder's appearance in 1987 clearly shows a Marine wearing digital pattern camouflage. Digital pattern camouflage was not issued to U.S. Marine forces until late 2003.

  • Quotes

    • Walter: Have you never taken anything that didn't belong to you because you knew it was the right thing to do?
      Peter: This isn't about me.
      Walter: Maybe it is, Peter.

    • Walter: We need...we need something very important.
      Peter: What?
      Walter: Aluminum foil.
      Peter: Why?
      Walter: Trust me...
      Peter: No, thank you.
      Walter: Damn it! (talks calmly but sternly) Must you always be such a smart ass?

    • Walter: Where are you going?
      Peter: It occurs to me it might be easier to sleep in the tub.
      Walter: A root beer float. Delicious.
      Peter: Next time, would you please drain the tub?
      Walter: Oh yes, indeed.

    • Peter: (Walter) was awake until five in the morning reciting the chemical compositions of his favorite beverages to me. That was right after he finished lecturing me on how I'd squandered my above-average intellect and my substantial education. All while he was standing there naked, because he prefers the breeze.

    • Olivia: He would rather go back to St. Claire's than work here without you. He said that more than once.
      Peter: Was he wearing clothes at the time?

    • Walter: The precision with which this object was constructed in inspiring, down to the metallic bonds.
      Peter: I sure hope that a gigantic metallic suppository isn't the pinnacle of human achievement.

    • Walter: Open your mind, son, or someone may open it for you.

    • Walter: If I attempted to explain it, you… you might think me mad.
      Peter: Don't worry, there's no chance of that happening.

    • Walter: If it would help you feel a sense of retribution, I would tell you to inject me too. But I'd most likely enjoy it.

    • Olivia: Your credentials have been approved. Civilian consultant to the Department of Homeland Security.
      Peter: Does this mean I don't need an escort to come into the Federal Building any more?
      Olivia: Yeah.
      Peter: Will it get me out of a speeding ticket?
      Olivia: Maybe.

    • Walter: I know you must think me insane.
      Peter: Not nearly as much as you might think.

  • Notes

    • Blair Brown is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Music: Crazy (Willie Nelson), King of the Road (Roger Miller)

    • In September 2008 Joshua Jackson (Peter Bishop) was rushed to the hospital when a copper wire was shoved up his nose and hit a vein during a stunt.

    • Michael Cervantes, who plays the Observer, is the one who came up with the Observers' language and writing.

    • The beginning of this episode is not in Brooklyn. It's the East River Diner in Long Island City, Queens, 44th Dr. and 11 Street.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Sweden: October 23, 2008 on Kanal 5
      United Kingdom: October 26, 2008 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Norway: January 25, 2009, on Tvn
      Finland: January 26, 2009 on MTV3
      Thailand: February 28, 2009 on True Series
      Germany: April 6, 2009 on Pro7
      Belgium: June 11, 2009 on RTBF2
      France: June 24, 2009 on TF1
      New Zealand: July 22, 2009 on TV2
      Poland: October 1, 2009 on TVN
      Slovakia: October 25, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: February 19, 2010 on Nova Cinema

  • Allusions

    • Broyles: What it looks like he's doing is watching. Observing. Which is why we refer to him as "The Observer."
      Referencing the Marvel Comics character, The Watcher: a powerful but enigmatic bald humanoid alien whose purpose is to observe and record events of significance.

    • Peter: Your friend, he's a tall guy, right? Pink? Big fuzzy ears?
      Referencing the 1950 movie Harvey, in which the main character, Elwood P. Dowd, claims to have an invisible friend that takes the form of a 6-foot-tall pink rabbit which only he can see.