The critically acclaimed Fringe explores the ever-blurring line between science fiction and reality, where hybrid monsters tear through sewers, thieves walk through walls and portals open to parallel universes. Unable to police a world in which science has advanced beyond our wildest dreams - and nightmares - FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham seeks help from eccentric 'fringe' scientist Dr. Walter Bishop and his jack-of-all trades son, Peter.
Under the direction of Special Agent Phillip Broyles and assisted by Agents Astrid Farnsworth, Charlie Francis and Lincoln Lee, the Fringe Team investigates unusual incidents that defy human logic and unimaginable events that threaten our very existence on a universal scale.
01 - A New Day in the Old Town
Set in Boston, the FBI's Fringe Division formed when Special Agent Olivia Dunham (series star ANNA TORV) enlisted the help of institutionalized "fringe" scientist Walter Bishop (series star JOHN NOBLE) and his son, Peter (series star JOSHUA JACKSON), to save her partner and lover from a mind-bending death. Through unconventional and unorthodox methods, the FRINGE team imagines and tests the impossibilities while investigating unbelievable events, macabre crimes and mystifying cases involving teleportation, reanimation, genetic mutation, precognition, artificial intelligence and other fantastical theories. When the unimaginable happens, it's their job to stop it. Agent Phillip Broyles (series star LANCE REDDICK) guides the group, while by-the-book Agent Charlie Francis (series star KIRK ACEVEDO) and Junior Agent Astrid Farnsworth (series star JASIKA NICOLE) provide support and depth to the team. Underscoring the unfolding mysteries, enigmatic Massive Dynamic executive Nina Sharp (series star BLAIR BROWN) asserts that the advancement of technology is changing the world of science, and conversely, the science of the world. In the shocking first season finale, Olivia's anticipated introduction to Walter Bishop's former lab partner and Massive Dynamic founder William Bell (guest star LEONARD NIMOY) revealed the existence of a parallel universe and the ability to travel between the two worlds. This new universe has a different, intriguing history and holds secrets of its own, which was evident when Walter stunningly visited his son's gravestone.
Season Two opens with Olivia's shocking return to this perplexing alternate reality, while Peter, unknowingly in a race against time with an ominous mobile force, pursues information about Olivia's visit. Walter reenters the lab to cook up a bit of fringe science - and of course, some custard for Peter's birthday!
02 - Night of Desirable Objects
As the circumstances surrounding Olivia intensify, the Fringe team investigates a perplexing case involving genetic mutation. A highway construction worker in rural Pennsylvania goes missing when he is mysteriously drawn into an underground tunnel filled with human remains. Meanwhile, back in the lab, Walter is attempting to simulate travel between realities on frogs. When it's discovered that the disappearance in Pennsylvania is not an isolated incident, the Fringe team travels to the crime scene to unearth evidence.
03 - Fracture
Peter, Walter, Olivia and Broyles pursue a strange and deadly occurrence in Philadelphia where a bomb blew up inside a train station but left no trace of any explosive device. The perplexing and unexplained set of circumstances returns Walter to the lab to closely examine the human remains where he uncovers an unlikely energy source that triggered the explosion. With the explosive threat of more bombs and links to a classified military project, the intense investigation leads Olivia and Peter to Iraq.
04 - Momentum Deferred
Recuperating from the traumatic and alarming meeting with Massive Dynamic founder William Bell (guest star LEONARD NIMOY), Olivia consumes a powerful ""fringe"" concoction that Dr. Bishop prescribes to stimulate her memory. Meanwhile, the Fringe Division investigates a series of robbery cases that are tied to shape-shifting. As clues are tracked and memories are jogged, another woman experimented on by Dr. Bishop is introduced and a flashback reveals more about Olivia's visit to the alternate reality.
05 - Dream Logic
The Fringe team travels cross-country to Seattle after learning of a mysterious incident involving a man who attacked his boss because he believed he was an evil ram-horned creature. As these puzzling occurrences continue, the team tirelessly explores strange and creepy links to dreams. In pursuit of additional information, Agent Broyles has a disconcerting meeting with enigmatic Massive Dynamic executive Nina Sharp that leads the investigation in an unthinkable direction.
06 - Earthling
The Fringe Division is flummoxed by dark circumstances and new light is shed on Agent Broyles as the Fringe team takes on a puzzling investigation where victims are inexplicably disintegrating into ash. The shadowy case casts light on Special Agent Phillip Broyles' past and leads the team to the possibility of a foreign Fringe Science. Emotions run high as the alarming events stack up and revealing personal details emerge about the leader of the Fringe Division.
07 - Of Human Action
When a kidnapping rapidly escalates into a hostage situation in New York, local authorities close in on the suspects only to discover a mysterious force with mind-blowing consequences. As the investigation intensifies, the mystery and threats deepen to unimaginable proportions when the Fringe Division discovers a link between the kidnapping and Massive Dynamic.
08 - August
There's more than one Observer! When one of the series' mysterious Observers kidnaps a woman, the Fringe team is called in to investigate why. But while the course of their investigation not only reveals the private lives of the Observers, it also threatens to unearth Walter's clandestine involvement with them years before - a secret he's desperate to keep from his son, Peter. As destiny is irrevocably rewritten and time is running out, the renegade Observer asks for help from the unlikeliest of sources...Walter Bishop.
09 - Snakehead
After a cargo ship runs aground, the shoreline becomes littered with bodies hosting a giant squid-like creature. The Fringe team descends upon the scene to examine the bodies and discovers that the mysterious organisms are actually giant parasites. As the investigation unfolds, Walter heads back to the lab - while Olivia, Peter and Broyles race against time when they realize the case has ties to a threatening organization.
10 - Grey Matters
A Fringe investigation is triggered when a patient at a mental institution undergoes an impromptu brain surgery that unexpectedly leaves his brain exposed. Despite the unthinkable circumstances, the patient's condition and sanity miraculously improves before the Fringe team arrives. While Agent Dunham and Peter scan surveillance tapes (and Walter enjoys his pudding), Olivia recognizes a familiar face as Thomas Jerome Newton (guest star SEBASTIAN ROCHE), the leader of the "shape-shifters." As similar cases stack up, the Fringe team heads back to the lab to determine exactly how patients are being cured. Walter's brains are put to the test and William Bell (guest star LEONARD NIMOY) resurfaces.
11 - Johari Window
Following an unexplained attack involving disfigured humans, the Fringe team visits Edina City, a small town in upstate New York, to uncover leads surrounding the bizarre case. When it's determined that these disfigured people have managed to hide themselves for a while and they'll do just about anything to keep it that way, the investigation takes an unexpected turn.
12 - What Lies Below
When a man enters an office in Boston for a meeting, he becomes disoriented and collapses, only to have his veins erupt and spray blood everywhere. Shortly after Olivia and Peter arrive at the scene to investigate the bizarre case, it's discovered that a lethal virus - with deep ties to something very valuable - is spreading, so the CDC moves in to quarantine the building and eradicate the pathogens. Isolated inside with the rest of the exposed office employees, Peter and Olivia face life-threatening circumstances, sending Walter, Broyles and Astrid on a frantic search for a solution to save them.
13 - The Bishop Revival
When a specific group of guests at a wedding in Brookline, Massachussetts suffocate from the inside out, the upsetting and disconcerting crime scene has the Fringe team investigating how the toxin was delivered and targeted. As evidence is taken into the lab, it's discovered that the wedding ceremony was a testing ground for a weaponized science experiment. Adding to the intense lab investigation, Walter uncovers an alarming formula that reveals a link to a branch on the Bishop family tree. With the escalating threat of more deadly attacks and unexpected familial ties to the case, the Fringe team stops at nothing to prevent further catastrophic events.
14 - Jacksonville
After a violent tremor shakes a Manhattan office building to its core, only one survivor is found, leading the Fringe Team to believe he is not from this reality. Walter surmises that what shook the building was not geologic, but rather something discovered in his research with William Bell many years ago. With another catastrophe imminent, the team races to Jacksonville - the site of Walter and William's experiments, to help Olivia reconnect with her past in an effort to save hundreds of people from certain death.
15 - Peter
While explaining Peter's otherworldly origins to Olivia, Walter flashes back to 1985 and the mystery springs forward by revealing the past. Also, Peter's mother (guest star ORLA BRADY) is introduced - and details of the neighboring world reaffirm that there is definitely more than one of everything.
16 - Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver.
When a perfectly healthy woman is found dead from a disease she never had, the Fringe team investigates the origin of this inexplicably fatal condition before it claims more innocent victims. Meanwhile, Olivia struggles to keep Walter's secret from Peter - and her loyalty to Peter is tested as time goes on.
17 - White Tulip
When passengers aboard a commuter train appear to have died a still death, it seems that a switch was flipped - because all cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, batteries and human bodies have been drained of power. As the Fringe team assembles at the bizarre crime scene, Peter remains suspicious that something is amiss with Walter, who is struggling to keep the unimaginable a secret. When the investigation leads them to Alistair Peck (guest star PETER WELLER), a very powerful man who has tremendous energy with severe consequences, an ironic set of circumstances surface.
18 - The Man from the Other Side
When two teenagers on a date turn up "dead" at an abandoned warehouse with the three puncture wounds to the soft palate - a trademark of the alternate world's shape-shifters - the Fringe team investigates the evidence as well as the motives of mastermind Thomas Jerome Newton (guest star SEBASTIAN ROCHE). Upon discovering a shape-shifting embryo, Walter returns to the lab to conduct further analysis - and Olivia and Peter head to Massive Dynamic for answers. Meanwhile, Peter reveals a family secret to Olivia as Walter struggles to recall what Newton knows about "building a door."
19 - Brown Betty
Singing and dancing occur when Walter explores his mind! While Walter deals with some very upsetting news - he tells Olivia's niece, Ella (guest star LILY PILBLAD), a fairy tale that includes musical performances by Olivia and Agent Broyles.
20 - Northwest Passage
Peter teams up with a local law enforcement official, Sheriff Mathis (guest star MARTHA PLIMPTON), on a serial murder investigation with ties to Thomas Jerome Newton (guest star SEBASTIAN ROCHÉ;). Meanwhile, Walter copes with the possibility of being sent back to St. Claire's - and someone from the "other side" pays a visit.
21 - Over There
In the first of a two-part, two-night second season finale, Walter and Olivia travel to the parallel universe, and the anticipated face-off between Walter Bishop and William Bell occurs when special guest star LEONARD NIMOY returns.
22 - Over There: Part 2
In the second of a two-part season finale, sacrifices will be made and both universes may never be the same again after Walter and Olivia visit the "other side."