Fringe (2008–2013)
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Bad Dreams 

FBI agent Dunham believes that she is killing random people in her dreams.


Akiva Goldsman


J.J. Abrams (created by), Alex Kurtzman (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop
Lance Reddick ... Phillip Broyles
Kirk Acevedo ... Charlie Francis
Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp (credit only)
Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop
Ari Graynor ... Rachel
David Call ... Nick Lane
April Grace ... Police Detective
Johanna Day ... Mouse Willis
Victor Verhaeghe ... Billy Willis
Kelly Briter ... Ginger
Rebecca Naomi Jones ... Risa Pears
Ed Vassallo ... Manager


Agent Dunham dreams about pushing a woman in front of a subway train, and then finds out such a death occurred while she slept. After a second death from her dreams, she starts to feel responsible and investigates the one link between these two deaths, and a possible link to her own childhood. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Release Date:

21 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the Fringe team arrives at the building in New York where Nick Lane has stationed his "hostages" around the top of the building, The Observer is seen crossing the street as they approach that building. See more »


The train station in New York City is identified in the floating caption as "Grand Central Station"; which is both a common name for the train station that is officially named Grand Central Terminal, as well as the official name for a United States Post office on 450 Lexington Avenue in New York. There is also the Grand Central-42nd street Subway Station next door to the terminal. See more »


Agent Charlie Francis: Suspect's name is Nick Lane... uhhh... former address is St Jude's Mental Hospital
Dr. Walter Bishop: Well, I'm not going there.
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References 17 Again (2009) See more »


End Title Theme (Composed by Michael Giacchino)
Written by Michael Giacchino
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Nightmares and Reality
8 January 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When a mother is pushed by Olivia in front of a train in a subway platform in New York, she awakes and concludes it was a bad dream. However Olivia watches the news and sees that the woman has indeed died and was considered suicidal. Olivia and Peter travel to New York and find details of Olivia's dream. In her next dream, Olivia helps a woman to stab her husband in a restaurant. When she interviews the owner, he describes a blond man with a scar that was sitting Olivia's chair in her dream. Olivia recalls the surveillance video in New York and the FBI identifies the man as Nick Lane. What will be the connection between Olivia and Nick Lane?

"Bad Dreams" is a mysterious episode of "Fringe". The connection of Olivia and Nick Lane is intriguing and the effects of the drug Cortexiphan is promising. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Bad Dreams"

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