Season 1 Episode 12

The No-Brainer

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 27, 2009 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: The glyph cipher spells "bishop."

    • When Peter takes the two hard drives to his friend, he wraps them in a single sheet of bubble wrap and puts them in the box. However, when he is taking them out of the box at his friend's place of work, he slides the two drives out of a plastic bag instead of unraveling them out of the sheet of bubble wrap.

    • Trivia: In the shot of Walter at the autodealership, you can see a sign behind him saying "Lease for $718.00 per month." This is a clue toward the next episode, "The Transformation."

    • When the guy connects the hard-drives to check its data, when he turns on the PC, you can see in the screen PIV 2.8 MMX CPU at 3.2kMHTZ, when the correct unit should be Ghz (giga hertz). Then when he's trying to find the exact place associated with the IP address from where the program is being downloaded, you can see the IP 456.262.736.462, which makes no sense because an IP address has 32 bits (4 octets), so an IP can vary only between and

    • Trivia: The Observer can be seen as Olivia drives to rescue Ella. He's standing on a street corner as Olivia screeches past him, at the 19:20 mark.

    • The stockbroker's computer is still up and running a stock market program after it has been used to melt his brain. The hard drive should be toast like the previous two computers.

    • Trivia: Olivia's home address is 1124 Strathmore Blvd., Brighton, MA 02135

    • The director and editor mix up two scenes. Olivia goes to see Dempsey, then she returns to Harvard and tells Astrid she's going to see Dempsey. Then she goes to FBI Headquarters and talks to Harris. There is never a second conversation with Dempsey at the time until they arrest him, or any reason for her to talk to him a second time. This was fixed in the DVD release.

  • Quotes

    • Peter: (to Olivia) I wanted to say that I've never had him in my life, Walter, and now, thanks to your insane freakshow of an operation, I do, have him in my life. And I think that I was a little scared.

    • Peter: I don't underestimate my father, by the way. I understand him. Sometimes more than I want to. Look, if I let him talk to that woman, she's just going to accuse him of killing her daughter, which is something he didn't do.
      Olivia: Then why not just let them meet?
      Peter: Whose side are you on anyway?
      Olivia: I know what it's like to live with something unresolved. That's all.
      Peter: Congratulations. You just described the entire planet.

    • Olivia: With all due respect, Agent Harris, I have done my due dilligence. I just got off the phone with my contact at the CDC. And they have seen nothing like it. But you tell me, does this look like a flu you've heard of? Where people's brains come out of their ears?

    • Peter: I think I got a guy who can help us.
      Olivia: Who?
      Peter: Do you really want to know?
      Olivia: Good point.

    • Walter: With all due respect, Darwin got it all wrong. I used to make the joke that Darwin's thinking was rather... unevolved.
      Peter: Which I'm sure used to be very funny.

    • Astrid: The coroner's on the way with a body.
      Walter: You know, this is the part of the day that I look forward to the most. When I know there's something bizarre out there, I just don't know what it is. Like a grab bag of disturbing events.

    • Walter: He can be rotated onto his back now, drain the remainder of his brain. Once that's done, we can examine his cranial cavity.
      Peter: Oh, this is gonna be awesome.

    • Walter: All we know is that his brain matter has been completely liquefied. How? My first thought is an extremely virulent form of syphilis.
      Olivia: You're saying that his brain could have been cooked by an STD?
      Walter: Safe sex is important. You do always have your sexual partners wear a condom, I hope?
      Peter: Walter...

    • Walter: Oh, and be sure to check his floppy disks as well.
      Peter: Floppy disks are a little outdated. Why don't you focus on what you do best? All yours--liquid brains.
      Walter: Oh, fantastic. I'll get the bone saw.

    • Walter: (checking a corpse at a car dealership) I wonder if they sell cars here with those seats that warm your ass?
      Peter: Well why don't you ask him?
      Walter: Hmmm? Maybe I will.

    • Rachel: Do you do birthday parties too?
      Peter: Not so much, no. Though I have done my fair share of babysitting recently.

    • Peter: I tried to expense a couple of Celtic tickets on the FBI--she caught me.
      Walter: Oh, I see. I hope she doesn't notice the $2,000 for the baboon seminal fluid I ordered. I hope I can recall why I ordered it.

    • Olivia: He just called a cab. One guess where it's taking him.
      Peter: Oh, come on. He cannot possibly be that stupid.
      Olivia: He's 19.
      Peter: Good point.

    • Peter: Walter, there's a woman here who wants to talk to you.
      Walter: She pretty?

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: March 22, 2009 on TVN
      Finland: March 23, 2009 on MTV3
      United Kingdom: March 29, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Latin America: June 2, 2009 on WB
      Germany: June 15, 2009 on ProSieben
      Sweden: June 18, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Belgium: July 9, 2009 on RTBF2
      France: July 22, 2009 on TF1
      Australia: October 28, 2009 on GO!
      Poland: November 27, 2009 on TVN
      Slovakia: December 20, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: March 19, 2010 on Nova Cinema

    • Music: Spaceman (The Killers), Single Ladies (Beyoncé), Bandits (Midlake), Insight (Fort Knox Five)

    • Blair Brown and Mark Valley are credited but don't appear.

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