The Dreamscape

Season 1, Episode 09
Aired: November 25th, 2008
Written By: Zack Whedon, Julia Cho
Directed By: Frederick E. O. Toye

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The Dreamscape

The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: V-O-I-C-E

Walter's voice was Olivia's tether to reality while she was in the sensory deprivation tank, and she found a suspect when she recognized his voice on the phone as being one she heard while in the tank.

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The Observer

The Observer is standing at the end of the hallway when Mark Young gets out of the elevator.


Timestamp: 00:35

Episode Clues

Previous Episode Clue

A butterfly is painted on the side of a white trash can in 'The Equation', foreshadowing the fatal, drug-induced butterfly hallucinations seen in 'The Dreamscape'.

Previous episode clue

Timestamp: 41:26

Next Episode Clue

A logo and symbol for Trevisanus Bros Estimators are briefly seen in on the side of a van in 'The Dreamscape' as Olivia and Charlie chase down George Morales. This same logo and symbol are seen on the side of a van (possibly the same van) in 'Safe' as Loeb and his crew prepare to receive David Robert Jones at Little Hill Field.

Next episode clue

Timestamp: 39:59

Items of Interest

  • Mark Young's colleague is wearing a butterfly pin, possibly prompting the subject of his hallucination. (Image 1)
  • Massive Dynamic is on Bell Plaza. (Image 2)
Item of interest: Butterfly pin
Image 1: Butterfly pin
Timestamp: 01:18
Item of interest: Bell Plaza
Image 2: Bell Plaza
Timestamp: 04:04

JJ Abrams Easter Eggs

  • When Olivia is on the phone at the beginning of the episode she is talking to someone named Beth about a surprise party for someone named Bobby. J.J. Abrams' 2008 monster film Cloverfield begins with a surprise going away party for the main character Rob, whose best friend in attendance is named Beth.
  • Mark Young's plane ticket was on Oceanic Air (Lost). (Image 1)
Item of interest: Oceanic Air ticket
Image 1: Oceanic Air ticket
Timestamp: 08:50

Fringe Division Case File

U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
121 105th Street • Washington, DC 20735
Phone: (202) 555-2100 • Fax: (202) 555-2101


FRINGE EVENT: Severe hallucinogenic episodes via a psychoactive compound


AGENTS ASSIGNED: Dunham, Francis


FILE ARCHIVED BY: Adriana Buturici


LOCATION: Massive Dynamic, NYC

VICTIM(S): Mark Young, George Morales


Mark Young was injected with a concentration of the venom produced from a toad skin secretion, species Bufo alvarius. It's a very powerful hallucinogen that directly affects the amygdala, where the fear center of the brain resides. Dr. Walter Bishop determined Young's blood contained at least thirty times more than what a person would ingest, which suggested that someone else gave him the drug.
 Agents determined Young was murdered for selling technologies to black market buyers. He was part of an underground group responsible for brokering the sale of a synthetic hallucinogen manufactured by Massive Dynamic's drug division.
 Agent Dunham was able to piece together the connection via her lingering memories of Agent Scott and his one-time meeting with George Morales, a high-end black market trafficker. Suspect Morales was apprehended and arrested under Title 18 of the United States Code, possession of chemical weapons, and suspicion of the murder of Mark Young. He offered intel in exchange for immunity.

Glyph Sightings

  • A butterfly can be seen attacking Mark Young.
Timestamp: 02:40

Walter's Food

Walter asked for coffee yogurt, mentioned oyster crackers in his lab notes, and talked about baking a turkey in his lab notes.

Names for Astrid

Walter called Astrid 'Astringent'.

Walter's Lab Notes

- Project 269 - Exploration 19 -

I had not expected the opportunity to return to this project so soon. The resurfacing of Agent Scott -- for whatever distress it has caused to Agent Dunham -- confirms my suspicion that lysergic acid diethylamide can induce flashbacks of alien, as well as indigenous, memories -- like the corners of my mind -- misty water-colored memories... Curse you Streisand, your wretched lyrics afflict my soul!

How fortunate that Olivia brought these toads here. "And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs." And thy laboratories! I have modified the regression formula to include doses of bofutenin and 5-MeO-DMT from the bufo alvarius. Like the Scots witches, I will stir the pot:

Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing ...

...with oyster crackers on the side, of course. The new brew will assuredly amplify the psychedelic effects, allowing even deeper penetration into repressed memory. Perhaps I should inform Olivia; but she has little patience for such details. The whole process should take four to five hours. Not unlike the time required for baking a turkey -- assuming, of course, the bird has been properly thawed and brined. I must remind Astringent not to drain the tank when we are done; no need to waste perfectly good saline solution!

Yet there is but one subject this time. The puzzle is one of recursion: the linking of the brain to itself. What happens when a person goes through her own portal? Herein lies the danger of a strange loop, an endless spiral of meta-realities, each self gazing into a yet deeper self. The experience could lead to the destruction of identity. Or perhaps its affirmation -- for what is self but an endless recursion, looking at oneself in a mirror within a mirror within a mirror...

Walter's Lab Notes

Connection Chart

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Episode Connections

Spoilers for future episodes below!

S5E04 - The Bullet that Saved the World

  • A butterfly shadow box like those seen in 'The Dreamscape' was seen in Walter's storage vault in 'The Bullet that Saved the World'.
Connection: Butterfly box
Butterfly box
S1E09 - The Dreamscape
Timestamp: 09:00
Connection: Butterfly box
Butterfly box
S5E04 - The Bullet That Saved the World
Timestamp: 14:49

S5E13 - An Enemy of Fate

  • The hallucinogenic drug from 'The Dreamscape' was used as a weapon against the Observers in 'An Enemy of Fate' to make them think they were being attacked by butterflies.
Connection: Hallucinated butterfly attack
Hallucinated butterfly attack
S5E13 - An Enemy of Fate
Timestamp: 32:26