In Which We Meet Mr. Jones

In Which We Meet Mr. Jones

Season 1, Episode 07
Aired: November 11th, 2008
Written By: J. J. Abrams, Jeff Pinkner
Directed By: Brad Anderson

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When a strange parasite mysteriously attaches itself to the internal organs of FBI Agent Mitchell Loeb, Olivia Dunham rushes to Germany to meet with an imprisoned man who may be able to help save his life. Meanwhile, Peter Bishop and Walter Bishop attempt to help Olivia by tapping into the brainwaves of Joseph Smith after he was killed.

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The Fringe team discovered that David Robert Jones belonged to the Z.F.T. organization by cracking a code found in the DNA sequence of the parasite affecting Agent Loeb.

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The Observer is seen at the German airport walking away from the Arrivals crowd.



Previous Episode Clue

Walter puts a thermometer with the letters ZFT printed on it into the head of one of the victims in Holly's Diner in 'The Cure'. ZFT is the organization responsible for the parasite in 'In Which We Meet Mr. Jones'.

Previous episode clue

Next Episode Clue

In 'In Which We Meet Mr. Jones' Mrs. Loeb handed Olivia a piece of paper hidden in a copy of A Christmas Carol. In 'The Equation', Walter sings Christmas carols over and over to try to jog his memory about the pattern of green-green-green-red lights.

Next episode clue


  • The shipment Loeb was investigating at the beginning of the episode stopped off in Germany. Loeb also recently returned from Frankfurt.
  • 'Wissenschaft Prison' roughly translates to 'Science Prison'.
  • Jones is connected to ZFT.
  • The government had Walter read a dead Jimmy Hoffa's mind to find his assassin.
  • Walter knows that Peter has a low tolerance to electrical stimulation; he did experiments on him as a child.
  • Walter called Astrid 'Astro.'
  • Walter called Astrid 'Asteroid.'
  • Walter referenced this real research paper when Peter was having trouble interpreting Joseph Smith's thoughts: Misrepresentation of horizontal space in unilateral brain damage.
  • This episode showed a damaged brain with an inability to process horizontal lines. Here is a video of a brain surgery where the ability to cut horizontal lines in half was impaired in the subject.


  • Loeb told Broyles to look on page 47. (J.J.)
  • Jones is 47 years old. (J.J.)


Fringe Division case file
Fringe Division case file: In Which We Meet Mr. Jones


Walter asked Peter for gum and mints, asked Broyles for mints, asked Peter again for gum and mints, drank coffee, reminisced about a fruit cocktail, and remembered a Black and Tan he once made for himself in his lab notes.
Walter's Food: Coffee


Walter called Astrid 'Astro' and 'Asteroid'.


- Project 269 - Exploration 18 -

This breathtaking organism may have been made for the most nefarious of purposes -- but no matter, the scientific achievement shines through. The National Socialists gave birth to the Volkswagen Beetle, yet the hippies saw its beauty. What we have here is LIFE, created by man not god! The German Shakespeare would have understood.

Dare with determin'd will to burst the portals
Past which in terror others fain would steal!
Now is the time, through deeds, to show that mortals
The calm sublimity of gods can feel...

I remember the first time I tried to create life. A failed merger of paramecium and amoeba, all cilia and pseudopods, a paradox in a petri dish. And then the second time, with more primitive methods, heaving and perspiring, nine months of grueling effort for the carrier, culminating in a convulsive expulsion of amniotic fluid. I suppose the output was better that time, although the hybrid had a bit too much of his mother. Parthenogenesis might have been preferable.

But this chimera is something else entirely. The offspring of unconscious evolution and conscious design, marvelous yet dreadful -- the very model of a Hegelian synthesis. Never seen anything like it, except of course for that astounding black-and-tan I poured myself in Heidelberg, 1985. The perfect mingling of two local brews -- a dunkel and a weizen -- rich chocolaty oligosaccharides fornicating with bitter earthy extracts of humulus lupulus. But where did I put the recipe? I must have taken it from my head before they could, stored it in sequence with the rest of my ideas.

And now I must perform my own extraction, from the fellow with the hole in his head. Pulling thoughts -- substantially more difficult than pulling teeth. The boy is skeptical, but Nietzsche put it best: "I favor any skepsis to which I may reply: 'Let us try it!' But I no longer wish to hear anything of all those things and questions that do not permit any experiment." Now, what was Peter's electrical tolerance? Was it 40, or 80? Oh well, only one way to find out!

Walter's lab notes


"We need to talk to that man Smith right away. He may be our best chance to save Agent Loeb's life."
"I know that, but he's dead. He was shot. We're out of luck."
"Well, does he still have his head? Is it still attached to his body?"
"Only you would ask that question seriously. Yes, he still has a head."
"Splendid. Perhaps in this case death is simply an inconvenience."


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Connection chart: In Which We Meet Mr. Jones


S1E01 - Pilot

  • Flight 627 from "Pilot" originated in Hamburg, Germany, where David Robert Jones is being held in "In Which We Meet Mr. Jones", suggesting a possible connection to him.

S1E10 - Safe

  • Jones asks the cryptic question "Where does the gentleman live?" in "In Which We Meet Mr. Jones", to which the answer is "Little Hill". Jones is teleported out of prison to an abandoned airstrip called Little Hill Field in "Safe".

S1E14 - Ability

  • Broyles (to Olivia in "In Which We Meet Mr. Jones"):
    "You got superpowers you aren't telling me about?"

    In 'Ability' Olivia learns that she may be able to control things with her mind.


S2E05 - Dream Logic

  • Peter (in "Dream Logic"):
    "From the age of 8 to almost 19 I don't remember a single dream."

    This could possibly be because of Walter experimenting on Peter's brain as mentioned in "In Which We Meet Mr. Jones".