Season 1 Episode 19

The Road Not Taken

Aired Friday 9:00 PM May 05, 2009 on FOX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Walter: It's possible we're dealing with a case of spontaneous human combustion.
      Peter: I thought that was just a myth.
      Walter: Oh, a myth is just an unverified fact.

    • Walter: Matter is just energy waiting to happen. The average adult at rest contains enough potential energy to explode with the force of five very large hydrogen bombs.
      Peter: You know, theoretically, you're actually right.
      Walter: Ho ho ho ho! My son finally agrees with me. Agent Farnsworth, take a note of that.

    • Astrid: You know, Walter, working with you, it's amazing the sort of things you get used to.
      Walter: You're not the first person to tell me that.

    • Walter: I was prone to hide things because I was afraid that someone would unlock all my secrets. I didn't realize the someone would be me.

    • Walter: Lab rule #1: Do not borrow Walter's equipment without asking.

    • Olivia: I feel like I'm losing my mind.
      Walter: Oh, I don't think so. If you were actually going insane, you'd likely have no idea what's happening. Take it from me.

    • Olivia: What process?
      Emmanuel Grayson: To create super soldiers.
      Olivia: Super-soldiers.
      Emmanuel Grayson: Yes. Like Khan Noonian Singh.To defend us in the coming war.
      Olivia: What war?
      Peter: I'm sorry. The Khan?
      Emmanuel Grayson: Yes.
      Peter: As in The Wrath of...?
      Emmanuel Grayson: Yes.
      Peter: Let me guess. This war, it's against...
      Emmanuel Grayson: The Romulans. Renegade Romulans from the future, here to change the timeline. The sworn enemy of the Federation.
      Peter: The Federation. That would be the United Federation of Planets.
      Emmanuel Grayson: Yes.
      Peter: Hmm. And you know this because?
      Emmanuel Grayson: I am the son of Sarek.
      Peter: Which makes you Spock.
      Emmanuel Grayson: Yes.
      Peter: Well, Mr. Spock, thank you for your time. We'll let you get back to the bridge now.
      Emmanuel Grayson: Live long and prosper.

    • Walter: I've seen this woman before. Why does she look so familiar?
      Peter: Maybe because you dissected her twin sister yesterday. Remember? Blond girl about 5'7". Really well done. Melted fillings.
      Walter: Oh, right.

  • Notes

    • Music: Traveling Riverside Blues (Robert Johnson)

    • Injoke: When viewing the charred remains on the street, Walter is holding a Slusho drink. Slusho is a fictional beverage created by J.J. Abrams and has appeared in the TV shows Alias and Heroes and the movies Cloverfield and Star Trek (2009).

    • Injokes: As well as featuring a sneak preview commercial of the Star Trek movie directed by J.J. Abrams that premiered three days after this episode first aired, there are several references to Star Trek. Emmanuel Grayson has the same last name as Spock's mother, Amanda Grayson, he refers to himself as Spock, son of Sarek, and he references both Khan Noonian Singh from the original series episode "Space Seed" and the second Star Trek movie. Finally, his description of Romulans traveling back in time to alter history is the plot of Abrams' movie. Actor Clint Howard, who played Grayson, appeared in the original series, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager as different characters. Grayson's apartment address is 1701, a reference to the Enterprise's ID number of 1701.

    • International Airdates:
      U.K: May 24, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Norway: May 31, 2009, on TVN
      Finland: June 8, 2009 on MTV3
      Belgium: July 30, 2009 on RTBF2
      Germany: August 3, 2009 on ProSieben
      Sweden: August 6, 2009 on Kanal 5
      France: August 12, 2009 on TF1
      Latin America: August 17, 2009 on WB
      Poland: January 28, 2010 on TVN
      Slovakia: February 21, 2010 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: April 16, 2010 on Nova Cinema

  • Allusions

    • Title:
      Referencing the poem "The Road Not Taken", by Robert Frost. "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."

    • Peter: There's something strange in your neighborhood.
      Walter: Who you going to call?
      Referencing the 1984 movie Ghostbusters and the theme song of the same name, sung by Ray Parker Jr. and nominated for an Academy Award.