Season 1, Episode 11
Aired: January 20th, 2009
Written By: J. J. Abrams, Jeff Pinkner, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
Directed By: Frederick E. O. Toye

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The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: S-A-V-E-D

When Olivia confronted Loeb after he kidnapped her and she escaped, he claimed that they were actually trying to save her.

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The Observer

The Observer can be seen at Harvard walking across down the sidewalk as Peter and Walter meet Olivia at her car.


Timestamp: 13:35

Episode Clues

Previous Episode Clue

There is a poster for 'The Colds' on the bar wall behind Olivia in 'Safe' when Peter shows her a card trick. This is a reference to the supersized common cold virus in 'Bound'

Previous episode clue

Timestamp: 23:45

Next Episode Clue

At the end of 'Bound' Olivia falls asleep reading a book to Ella entitled "What's that Noise?", referring to the text in the killer program in 'The No-Brainer'.

Next episode clue

Timestamp: 48:52

Items of Interest

  • Sanford Harris is the man Olivia got charged with sexual harassment.

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: Super organism growth via a stomach acid catalyst

CLASSIFIED CASE CONNECTION(S): David Robert Jones/ZFT/Pattern cases



FILE ARCHIVED BY: Sarah Bauman, Jeannine Cerda

WITNESSES/CONTACTS: Tara Coleman, Dr. Russell Simon, Samantha Loeb (suspect; deceased), Agent Mitchell Loeb (suspect; arrested)

LOCATION: Watertown, MA; Boston College; Loeb residence, Marlborough, MA

VICTIM(S): Agent Dunham, Dr. Miles Kinberg


Agent Dunham escaped from her captors and took a sample from the lab warehouse. It was a fast-growing organism linked to the death of prominent immunologist Dr. Miles Kinberg. The doctor's TA and lover revealed that Dr. Kinberg was offered a job at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the task force overseeing the country's preparedness to fight off an epidemic. Dr. Russell Simon, from Cambridge, was taken into custody for his protection, as it was determined that he was dosed by Agent Mitchell Loeb (a compromised agent and collaborator with David Robert Jones and the ZFT). Consultant Peter Bishop tapped Samantha Loeb's personal cell phone to create a sting to catch her husband. The sting was successful, and Agent Loeb was arrested.

Walter's Food

Walter likened the effects of ebola on the skin to rice pudding, said he could go for a cheesesteak, and was eating a cheesesteak in his lab notes.

Walter's Lab Notes

- Project 1087 - Exploration 1 -

First an overgrown protozoan wrapped 'round the heart; now a mammoth virus grown in the belly. How difficult it proves to separate myth from fact, and fact from myth! Gigantism abounds in legend. The giant Ouranos begat Cronos, also a giant; and from his belly burst the Olympians, themselves giants in the eyes of men. And likewise did Buri beget Bor who begat Wotan...

Straightway the Allfather cast the serpent into the deep sea, where he lies about all the land; and this serpent grew so greatly that he lies in the midst of the ocean encompassing all the land, and bites upon his own tail.

So said Snorri of the overgrown serpent. Always giants within giants within giants -- of course! This gorgeous creature is not, in fact, a giant virus. The rhinovirus takes the form of an icosahedron, not a slug. No, she is a gigantic human cell -- from Dr. Kinberg's own intestinal walls -- mercilessly overtaken and supersized by the giant virus that infected her.

SUPERSIZED! A new word in my lexicon. Such a brilliant concept: to order a tasty meal and, with one simple command, expand it in all dimensions. The wonder and horror of it; for how could I not observe the astounding synecdoche between the consumers and the consumed? Giants within giants again. To what other purposes might this remarkable technique be applied? Squashes that will squash the county fair records? In class mammalia, order rodentia, the rise of the ROUS's? Even we hominids might take part. More than a few females might wish to grow their assets; men, too.

But, caution is essential -- for the pace of protein production must have been astonishingly rapid to sustain both cellular growth and... oh, my. This volume of cytoplasm could only have one purpose: large-scale viral production. Within this slug-like sack there could be millions of copies of its pathogenic parent. Extra care must be taken to contain her. No more afternoon walks for Betsy, I suppose. Wait... where did I see her last?

Walter's Lab Notes

Connection Chart

A visualization of all the ways this episode connects to other episodes. Scroll down to see the actual connections.

Episode Connections

S1E01 - Pilot

  • In 'Pilot' Olivia said she put away Broyles's friend for sexual assault. We later meet that man, Sanford Harris, in 'Bound'.

Spoilers for future episodes below!

S2E21 - Over There (Part 1)

  • MITCHELL LOEB in 'Bound': "Do you not understand the rules, what we're up against, who the two sides are?"
      The two sides of the war, the Blueverse and the Redverse, become apparent in 'Over There (Part 1)'

S3E01 - Olivia

  • Olivia has excellent aim in 'Bound'; she killed Loeb's wife with a single shot to the head. It's stated in 'Olivia' that Fauxlivia won an Olympic gold medal for marksmanship.
Connection: Kill shot
Kill shot
S1E11 - Bound
Timestamp: 41:23

S5E13 - An Enemy of Fate

  • The super-sized cold virus from 'Bound' was used as a weapon against the Observers in 'An Enemy of Fate'.
Connection: Super-sized cold virus
Super-sized cold virus
S5E13 - An Enemy of Fate
Timestamp: 32:04