Season 2, Episode 03
Aired: October 1st, 2009
Written By: David Wilcox
Directed By: Bryan Spicer

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The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: B-U-R-I-A-L

The previous episode was about a boy whose genetic condition and subsequent treatment allowed him to escape from his burial casket.

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The Observer

The Observer receives and reviews photographs of Walter from a secretive courier at the end of the episode.


Timestamp: 43:08

Episode Clues

Previous Episode Clue

The two Canadian National locomotives in 'Night Of Desirable Objects' each bear the logo "CN". This foreshadowed the goal of "Project Tin Man" in 'Fracture', to combat the effects of Cyanogen, a nerve gas with a chemical formula of (CN)2, and alludes to the fact that the Cyanogen-related explosion occurred in a train station.

Previous episode clue

Timestamp: 01:57

Next Episode Clue

As Diane Burgess exits her cab in 'Fracture', the symbol drawn by William Bell for Olivia in 'Momentum Deferred' is visible on a stone fence post.

Next episode clue

Timestamp: 34:22

Items of Interest

  • At the end of the episode he people in black coats passing briefcases genuinely did not know who Gordon's subjects were. They were working with the Observer.
  • The briefcase contained photos of Walter. (Image 1)
Item of interest: Photos of Walter in the briefcase
Image 1: Photos of Walter in the briefcase
Timestamp: 43:14

JJ Abrams Easter Eggs

  • Officer Gillespie had 47 needle marks between his toes. (J.J.)

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: Human bombs via injected serum

CLASSIFIED CASE CONNECTION(S): Experimental military project—Project Tin Man

AGENTS ASSIGNED: Dunham, Francis



WITNESSES/CONTACTS: Agent Tevez, Susan Gillespie (spouse), Colonel Raymond Gordon (suspect), Dr. Malik Yusef

LOCATION: Suburban Station, PA; Gillespie residence; Baghdad, Iraq; Federal Center Station, DC

VICTIM(S): Officer Daniel Gillespie (Philadelphia PD), Captain Diane Burgess


A single explosive device was detonated at Suburban Station in Philadelphia. Eleven dead, twenty-eight wounded, but no signs of explosive residue at the scene or any forensic markers. Magnetic static wiped all images. A diamond-hard crystal found at the site led to the revelation that the bomb was Officer Daniel Gillespie.
 A Fringe team investigation found Officer Gillespie had been exposed to a synthetic neurotoxin developed under Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Officer Gillespie should have died in Iraq, but daily injections of a serum saved him. He was among two hundred soldiers treated and one of few to survive. The by-product of the transformative serum was that it caused a chemical reaction on his cellular level that both solidified the water in cells and then made it possible for radio waves at 331.6 megahertz to trigger a massive organic explosion. Colonel Raymond Gordon used the survivors for his own agenda. Joan Klump, Ross Cavanaugh, and two others were taken into protective custody. Captain Diane Burgess, another survivor, was engaged to create an incident in DC, but the Fringe team stopped her predetonation.

Walter's Food

Walter brewed himself an espresso, licked a piece of evidence, praised Busby's apple fritters, ate a sandwich, and experimented on a watermelon.
Connection: Espresso
Timestamp: 05:23
Connection: Evidence
Timestamp: 07:31
Connection: Sandwich
Timestamp: 19:57
Connection: Watermelon
Timestamp: 26:55

Notable Quotes

RAYMOND GORDON: "...Meanwhile, we go through our lives unaware. The enemy is among us and nobody's doing anything about it. We don't have any idea the end is coming. So we had to take matters into our own hands. We had to send them a message."
BROYLES: "What was in the briefcase?"
GORDON: "They told you I was crazy, didn't they? The Pentagon. They said I'd had a psychiatric break. I told them what I'm telling you. That they are here. Collecting data. Making observations. That's what's in the briefcase. They've been planning for war. And they've been passing the information via courier right under our noses."
BROYLES: "Who are 'they'?"
GORDON: "We don't know who they are. But I can tell you what they want. They want to exterminate us. So they're studying us - our culture, our technology, our science - and they plan to use it against us. One way or another. We'll find out who they are. But by then, I suppose it won't really matter. Because whatever is in those cases is going to destroy us all."

Connection Chart

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

Episode Connections

S1E19 - The Road Not Taken

  • WALTER in 'The Road Not Taken': "Matter is just energy waiting to happen. The average adult at rest contains enough potential energy to explode with the force of five very large hydrogen bombs."
      Officer Gillespie exploded in such a way in 'Fracture'.
Connection: Officer Gillespie
Officer Gillespie
S2E03 - Fracture
Timestamp: 02:39

Spoilers for future episodes below!

S4E19 - Letters of Transit

  • RAYMOND GORDON in 'Fracture': "They want to exterminate us. So they are studying us - our culture, our technology, our science - and they plan to use it against us. One way or another, we'll find out who they are. But by then, I suppose it won't really matter."
      The Observers have invaded Earth in 2015 in 'Letters of Transit'.
Connection: The Observers invaded
The Observers invaded
S4E19 - Letters of Transit
Timestamp: 00:14

S5E04 - The Bullet that Saved the World

  • Parts of Officer Gillespie from 'Fracture' were seen in Walter's storage vault in 'The Bullet that Saved the World'.
Connection: Officer Gillespie
Officer Gillespie
S5E04 - The Bullet That Saved the World
Timestamp: 13:18