Fringe (2008–2013)
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Black Blotter 

Walter Bishop opens Pandora's Box. He finds a young Observer once he has hidden in the Pocket Universe.


Tommy Gormley


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
Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop
Jenni Blong ... Dr. Carla Warren
Tom Butler ... Richard
Maria Marlow Maria Marlow ... Carolyn
Shaun Smyth Shaun Smyth ... Anil
Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp
Allie Bertram ... Pixie
Faustino Di Bauda ... Cab Driver
Rowan Longworth ... Child Observer
Brian Knox McGugan Brian Knox McGugan ... Waiter
Andrew Moxham ... Observer on Street
Michael Nyuis Michael Nyuis ... Loyalist Guard #1


Astrid awakes during the night with a signal from the radio brought from the pocket universe. She tries to decode the signal but Walter is tripping after dropping a black blotter acid and is incapable to help. The group contacts Anil to help to triangulate the signal and locate the source. Peter and Olivia go to the spot and find skeletons including one with the identity of Sam Weiss and conclude that he died protecting the transmission. Peter finds the location that is broadcasting the signal and he heads with Olivia, Walter and Astrid to an isolated house in an island. Will they find Donald? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

14 December 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The facial of the loyalist questioning Peter at the boat dock resembles the date 1776. The year of the Declaration of Independence declaring America's freedom from British rule. See more »


References Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) See more »


Carmen Suite No. 2: Habanera
Written by Georges Bizet
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One of the BEST Fringe episodes ever !!!
15 December 2012 | by PepsipeeplSee all my reviews

""" SPOILER ALERT """ for those who haven't seen the already aired show.



There was a drug trip sequence that Walter was on that helped him find the password "Black Umbrella" which allowed the team to have access to a young Observer child. It was an incredible Monty Python like over the top animated sequence. I loved the image of the Emerald City and later in the animated sequence where Walter was riding Gene the cow on a quest against a knight version of himself. What an episode. Slightly heavy on the Walter guilt but overall very very nice. Just this show alone makes it worth seeing this seasons final shows.

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