Season 1 Episode 6

The Cure

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 21, 2008 on FOX
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The team investigates a woman that re-appears after weeks of being missing with a rare disease, and she inexplicably causes pain and death to the people she meets. In the investigation, dangerous levels of radiation are detected. Meanwhile, Walter obsesses about cotton candy, Peter strikes a deal with Nina Sharp, and a truth about Olivia is discovered.moreless

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  • A silly case that's by far not as good as the opening sequence

    The premise of this episode was very good, but the rest couldn't uphold to that. Silly guest actors and too little focus on the actual case, at least in my opinion. However, Olivia's childhood story about her step-father was a really pleasant new side of the series and the final scene was fantastic - although I don't see where this sidestory is going.
  • The Cure

    In the sixth episode of its first season, "Fringe" begins to truly deepen your characters. In this case, we get to know Olivia (Anna Torv), his past and what motivates them. But will the overdraft was interesting enough to make us anxious for the development of the story?

    Much the way a thousand other movies and episodes of series that have addressed the issue over the years, "The Cure" takes us to another conspiracy theory involving someone who develops various efforts to create the perfect biological weapon: humans infected with a disease that, with the right mix in the blood, become a powerful way to eliminate unwanted targets.

    Take away the excitement of a head exploding, we are left with the main plot of this episode a feeling of deja vu, or an "I suck with 50 minutes of something I had seen so many similar times."

    But this episode turned out to be an atypical one aspect, and here was already outside and comparisons solely on the basis of the remaining episodes of the series: the first time - if we except Walter, in whose past has been revealed from the beginning, because we needed this information to better understand the extravagance of the character - we have an episode with more character development in this case the leading figure of the series, Agent Olivia Dunham in that its history is not coupled with the main plot. There is a tenuous connection with the conduct of the case - the frustration of Olivia can not find the missing woman - but there is a crossover story concrete. And that was their main problem. The fact that this subplot have as they fell from the sky and not make any sense in conjunction with the rest.

    Olivia's birthdays and walks with a few guy friends. Responds poorly, walks frustrated ... and we do not know why. Until she decides to tell Peter (Joshua Jackson) who, when he was nine, took two shots to the stepfather who drank and beat his mother. He did not die, and at one point escaped from the hospital and disappeared. Since then, the birthday of Olivia, he sends her a card of happiness just to remind you that he has not forgotten what she did. Of course, at the end of the episode, there was such a greeting card. Besides there is something in this story that does not hit quite right there - if he is as much a threat as well and she an FBI agent category, as they never tried / managed to catch (?) - Anyone still had doubts that the outcome of the episode was that!?moreless
  • One long birthday.

    It'sOlivia's birthday and she's in a bad mood. During this day the Fringe group solves a kidnapping case involving some new terrible drug. The beginning of the episode was very good but I didn't really like the rest of the story, the doctor pointing a gun at Olivia and then shots himself, the evil drug company guy.

    This is a stand alone episode and I think you can skip it if you're mostly interested in the "big" fringe mystery. Also, they must have really long days over in the Fringe universe because Olivia had time to do everything, visit the crime scene, go to the lab a couple of times, drive around interviewing people, see the doctor kill himself, hang around the office, go to New York, go back again, solve the case, arrest the bad guy, save the girl, talk to Peter, go home. What a woman.

    We have a few good parts though, a hint of Olivia's past revolving around an abusive stepfather that still bothers her every birthday, Peter making a deal with the Devil Nina Sharp and a little of sparkle between Olivia and Peter.moreless
  • every week i say that this week episode is the best so far, but i have to say,, this week episode was also the best so far.

    i really liked this episode, it was great, well done written, and finally everything just made since.

    but there is something to be noticed, that at he beginning of the episode, the man just feel that the story is been taken from heroes, that the girl killed everyone with her mind or something, but after that u see that its different.

    and i keep my opinion of that the best character is still Olivia, which is should be that shes the "hero" in this show, but really the girl can act.

    in this episode we saw that, here we can see how everything happened with this new "pattern", and also i liked the tragedy about Olivia, with her step father, and how she was nervous the whole episode, and at they ended the episode with recieving a letter from her mystirious step father.

    and in this episode u start to feel the crush that petter beshob has for Olivia, which will add some "feeling" in the show.

    i just hope that the show will continue in this way, and im sure it will gets better.moreless
  • The Cure

    A women is tossed out of a van and ends up in a diner When a local police officer is called by a caring waiter to come and help her out, all hell breaks loose. The dazed and confused woman goes a bit crazy, causing everyone in the restaurant to explode, covering everything with blood and guts. Walter finds out that that the woman was used in a field trial and was actually let go to see whether the weird stuff inside her was working. Walter also found radioactive capsules in the woman's body while doing all sorts of experiments. Olivia and Peter found out that the new abducted woman actually new each other. So off they went again another race-against-the clock scenario where they had to find her before it was too late.moreless
Maria Dizzia

Maria Dizzia

Emily Kramer

Guest Star

Marjan Neshat

Marjan Neshat

Claire Williams

Guest Star

William Hill

William Hill

Officer Marty Pitts

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Olivia: (to Broyles) I understand that you think I acted too emotionally. Putting aside the fact that men always say that about women they work with, I'll get straight to the point. I am emotional. I do bring it into my work. It's what motivates me. It helps me get into the head space of our victims, see what they've seen,, even if I don't want to, even if it horrifies me. And I think it makes me a better agent. If you have a problem with that, sorry. You can fire me. But I hope you don't.

    • Walter: To understand what happened at the diner, we use Mr. Papaya. (Walter places the papaya in the container) Clear! (starts adjusting a remote for the machine) This is upsetting because he is the friendliest of fruits. (activates controls) And we have gooification.
      Astrid: Is that a scientific term?

    • Olivia: I had a stepfather. And when he drank, he'd accused my mom of seeing other men and then he'd hit her. And she just lived with it. She never called the police, not once. Then one day he beat her really bad and broke her nose. I was nine. He stormed out of his house, got in his car, drove off. My mom was crying, and I can't help her. And then I hear his car - he's turned back around. He kept the gun in the drawer near his bed. When he opened the door, I pulled the trigger. Then I pulled it again. And I can still see his face, almost daring me to finish. But I couldn't. So they took him to the hospital and said that he couldn't be saved, but he didn't die. He recovered. And then one night he just slipped away. We never saw him again. And I still blame myself, because I should have done it, I should have killed him. And I know, that rationally he's not responsible for all the bad things in the world. But he is responsible for some of them. And every year he sends me a card on my birthday, just to let me know that he's still out there.
      Peter: It's your birthday today.

    • Broyles: If I can't trust you to control your own passion, Dunham, then I can't trust you.

    • Olivia: Walter!
      Walter: Was I humming? I thought it was in my head.
      Olivia: It wasn't.
      Walter: Forgive me, Olivia. Nothing sings like a kilovolt. Unique pitch. Nothing else in nature quite like it.
      Olivia: I'm sure you're right.

    • Broyles: Dr. Bishop, any thoughts?
      Walter: Yes. Where can I get one of those white suits?

    • Peter: I'm going to hate myself for asking, but how do you cure a disease that's incurable?
      Walter: I haven't the slightest idea. Thought I myself once cured this one in a dream. Opium. Fantastic stuff. Of course, I forgot it as soon as I woke up.

    • Olivia: Walter, her disease. If there's no cure…
      Walter: Well, that's a question, and one which we should pose to whoever was treating her. Which makes three questions. The other one being what exactly happened here.
      Peter: That's only two questions.
      Walter: Oh, is it? Oh, the third question! Um, could I get some of this onion soup? It looks delicious.

    • Walter: Ligature marks.
      Olivia: So she was being held against her will?
      Walter: Either that or she had a proclivity for sexual bondage. Scientific observation, not a judgment. Some of my fondest memories…
      Peter: Oh, Walter, stop. Wherever that's going, is just wrong.

    • Peter: Well, I think we actually might be making some progress. A couple of minutes ago, Walter thought he might have isolated the compound that's in Emily Kramer's blood. But then he got distracted by the unicorn running through the lab.

    • Walter: This is it, Asterisk.
      Peter: Astrid. Her name is Astrid.

    • Walter: Olivia, did you lock yourself out again?
      Peter: Actually, Walter, this is our hotel.
      Walter: Oh.

    • Olivia: You better get back upstairs before Walter falls asleep in your bed.
      Peter: Yeah. He has actually done that before. While I was sleeping. Really not something you want to wake up to.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Injoke: The doctor who was employed by David Esterbrook was named Elizabeth Sarnoff. Elizabeth Sarnoff has worked as Executive Producer on other J.J. Abrams projects such as Lost.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Sweden: November 6, 2008 on Kanal 5
      United Kingdom: November 9, 2008 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: December 1, 2008 on Nine
      Norway: February 8, 2009 on Tvn
      Finland: February 9, 2009 on MTV3
      Germany: April 27, 2009 on ProSieben
      Belgium: June 18, 2009 on RTBF2
      France: July 1, 2009 on TF1
      New Zealand: August 5, 2009 on TV2
      Poland: October 15, 2009 on TVN
      Slovakia: November 8, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: February 26, 2010 on Nova Cinema

    • Mark Valley is credited but doesn't appear.