Fringe (2008–2013)
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Brown Betty 

Walter has just smoked a drug that he calls "Brown Betty" when Olivia arrives at the laboratory to leave Ella with Astrid. The girl asks Walter to tell a story and he creates a detective story where the Fringe Division are the characters.

Director:

Seith Mann

Writers:

J.J. Abrams (created by), Alex Kurtzman (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop
Lance Reddick ... Phillip Broyles
Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp
Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth / Esther Figglesworth
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop
Michael Cerveris ... September / Gemini
Ari Graynor ... Rachel / Kelsie
Ryan McDonald ... Brandon Fayette
Lily Pilblad ... Ella
Candus Churchill ... Dead Singer / Corpse #3
Sarah Hayward Sarah Hayward ... Nurse (as Sarah Ann Hayward)
Tom Pickett ... Dead Singer / Corpse #1
John Prowse ... Dead Singer / Corpse #2
Erica Van Briel Erica Van Briel ... Assistant

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Storyline

Walter tells Ella and Astrid a story. It's a detective story in which Olivia, who's a detective, is hired to investigate the disappearance of Peter Bishop. Helped by Astrid aka Esther, Olivia fights both Nina Sharp and September aka Gemini to get to the truth. Olivia teams up with Peter to reach a happy ending. Written by Andreea Ward

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Trivia

Interestingly, during this musical episode, the two regular cast members of Fringe (2008) who have the most Broadway musical experience do not ever sing. Blair Brown (Nina) has had singing roles in Broadway productions of "The Threepenny Opera" and "Cabaret." And Michael Cerveris (The Observer/September) is better-known as a Broadway leading man than as a television or film actor; he has had lead roles in Broadway musicals such as The Who's "Tommy," "Titanic," "Assassins," "Sweeney Todd," "Lovemusik," and "Evita"; was nominated for Tonys for all but one of these; and won a Tony for "Assassins." In 2015, Cerveris won another Tony Award, this time for the musical "Fun Home." See more »

Goofs

During the noir scenes, Olivia calls Broyles "Lieutenant Broyles" when she meets hem. In the next scene however, also a noir scene, Nina Sharp refers to him as "Detective Broyles", his rank in the show's reality. See more »

Quotes

Olivia Dunham: All I want is some who'll warm me when I'm cold, feed me when I'm hungry and maybe take me dancing.
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Connections

References The Princess Bride (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

The Candy Man
(uncredited)
Written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Performed by John Noble, Tom Pickett, John Prowse and Candus Churchill
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Just horrible...
12 April 2012 | by scsprockSee all my reviews

This episode was just horrifying to me as a huge fan of this show. If I hadn't bought the DVDs, I would have quit watching the series. It is that bad. The break from the storyline and universe just shatters your ability to suspend disbelief and immerse yourself in the series...permanently. I cannot fathom why someone would produce such a cinematic abortion, but they should lose their job. The whole time I was watching I kept thinking "oh my God, Fringe has jumped the shark." As if that was not enough, they also have to go to the ridiculous and unnecessary extreme of showing Walter smoking a bong. As if the constant verbal references to his drug use wasn't already quite enough? That scene added no value and just served to alienate a huge number of viewers. This episode was just horrible. Unworthy of what otherwise has been a remarkable and innovative show.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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