Season 3 Episode 10

The Firefly

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 21, 2011 on FOX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Peter: You ever feel like every time we get close to getting the answers, somebody changes the question? Olivia.
      Olivia: So why is this your favorite book?
      Peter: Because it talks about not depending on other people for answers. That you can only find the answers inside yourself.

    • Peter: Walter.
      Walter: Peter. You're up early.
      Peter: Oh, no, I'm still asleep upstairs in my bed. You're just talking to an astral projection of me.
      Walter: You're just saying that to see if I'm high.

    • Peter: Who's that at two in the morning?
      Walter: Oh, my pizza.
      Peter: So you are high, then.
      Walter: Maybe a little.

    • Olivia: I understand that you had a visitor last night.
      Roscoe: I don't remember talking to him, but I remember that he was here. It's a curse not remembering a miracle.

    • Peter: Walter, are you all right?
      Walter: If all right means despondent, yes.

    • Walter: You know the future. Tell me how I can save my son from dying.
      The Observer: There are things that I know. But there are things that I do not. Various possible futures are happening simultaneously. I can tell you all of them, but I cannot tell you which one of them will come to pass. Because every action cause ripples. Consequences both obvious and unforeseen. For instance, after I pulled you and Peter from the icy lake, later that summer, Peter caught a firefly. I could not have known he would do that. But because he did, a young girl three miles away would not. And so later that night, she would continue looking, trying to find another one. I could not have know that when she did not come home, her father would go looking for her, driving in the rain. So that when the traffic light turned red, his truck skidded through the intersection at Harvard Yard, killing a pedestrian.
      Walter: Did that happen?
      The Observer: You and I have interfered in the natural course of events. We have... upset the balance in ways I could not have predicted. Which is why now I need your help.

    • Roscoe: I forgot what my son felt like. What he smelled like. How it felt to be around him. But now I remember. Nobody is supposed to have a second chance like that.

    • Peter: First he saves the girl, then he tries to kill her. Then he runs up five flights of stairs just to shoot me with his magic air gun and disappear. None of it makes any sense.
      Olivia: And how is this different from any other day?

  • Notes

    • Blair Brown is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Music: Mah-Na Mah-Na (Piero Umiliani), If I Only Had a Brain (Jeremy Little)

    • Injoke: "Dr. Jacoby from Washington State" is a reference to Dr. Lawrence Jacoby, the eccentric psychiatrist on the TV series Twin Peaks, played by Russ Tamblyn. He also wore green/red glasses.

    • Injoke: The writers included at least one reference to Back to the Future (1985), in which Christopher Lloyd also starred. The storyline of this episode relies on the year 1985 and differences in events spanning 25 years. This is similar to the film where the main character travels back in time (to 1955, a 30 year span) but needs to get back to the year 1985. September transports Bobby 25 years into the future and Walter predicts the location of someone in the present day based on their location 25 years ago.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: January 21, 2011 on Citytv
      Latin America: February 15, 2011 on Warner Channel
      Sweden: March 4, 2011 on Kanal 5
      UK: March 23, 2011 on Sky1
      Germany: March 28, 2011 on ProSieben
      Finland: November 9, 2011 on MTV3
      Poland: March 27, 2012 on TVN
      Czech Republic: March 4, 2013 on FANDA

  • Allusions

    • Olivia: I feel like Rip Van Winkle.
      Referencing the short story by Washington Irving (1819), where the title character sleeps through 20 years and wakes up to find that the American Revolution has occurred and most of what he knew has long since disappeared.