Dream Logic

Season 2, Episode 05
Aired: October 15th, 2009
Written By: Josh Singer
Directed By: Paul Edwards

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Dream Logic

The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: B-E-T-R-A-Y

Dr. Laxmeesh Nayak's alter ego betrayed both himself and his patients by using their therapeutic implants as a way to steal their dreams and leave them exhausted.

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The Observer

The Observer walks down a staircase at the hospital while Olivia talks to a nurse about contacting pharmacies regarding Dr. Nayak's patients.


Timestamp: 26:35

Episode Clues

Previous Episode Clue

During the alley fight scene between Olivia and Shapeshifter Charlie in 'Momentum Deferred', the graffiti reads "to sleep perchance to dream." This foreshadowed the main theme in the plot of 'Dream Logic'.

Previous episode clue

Timestamp: 39:19

Next Episode Clue

The large "W+" in the Washington Hospital signage in 'Dream Logic' is shorthand for the W (weak force) boson. Weak bosons, a theoretical product of weak interaction and positron emission, foreshadows the condition of the ill cosmonaut in 'Earthling'.

Next episode clue

Timestamp: 05:51

Items of Interest

  • Walter called Astrid 'Asterix.'
  • Walter worked on the MK-Ultra Project.
  • Peter had a dream of his child self being kidnapped.
  • In his dream at the end, young Peter is in bed wearing a jersey with the number 96 on it. The number 96 is the same jersey number that Joshua Jackson wore as Charlie Conway in the Mighty Ducks trilogy. (Image 1)
Item of interest: Peter's dream
Image 1: Peter's dream
Timestamp: 42:16

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
E-mail: washington.fbi@fbi.com


FRINGE EVENT: Mind-control chips

CLASSIFIED CASE CONNECTION(S): Dr. Bishop's MK-Ultra Project utilizing LSD and hypnotic suggestion



FILE ARCHIVED BY: James Roberts Jr.

WITNESSES/CONTACTS: Jill Leiter (spouse), Detective Green (Seattle PD), Dr. Shayne Wilson, Agent Kashner, Dr. Laxmeesh Nayak (suspect), Mr. Lamia


VICTIM(S): Carl Langdon, Greg Leiter, bike rider, Ellen Rosiello, Diane Lamia, Captain Jack [redacted]


At Langdon & Rob law firm in Seattle, Washington, employee Greg Leiter beat his boss to death with his briefcase and then passed out, remaining in a deep sleep in this hospital for sixteen hours. Doctors revived him, and he had no memory of the attack, just of seeing the office filled with demon creatures led by his boss, Carl Langdon. Leiter then had a seizure, his hair turned white, and he died. Cause of death: acute exhaustion.
 Leiter was part of a large-scale clinical trial for his sleep issues led by Dr. Laxmeesh Nayak. Subjects had a small wireless transmitter placed in their brain to monitor sleep cycles and stimulate the thalamus, which induces a deeper sleep state. It also functions as a relay tower to the cerebral cortex, which controls motor function. After other similar violent cases, Dr. Bishop discovered that Dr. Nayak's biochips were siphoning his patients' dreams so their brains could never recharge. The chips could turn on a dreaming state while the patient was awake, leading to paranoia, hallucinations, and a complete inability to differentiate between reality and dreams, which ultimately killed them. Dr. Nayak was in fact secretly addicted to accessing the dreams of his patients. Once he found out the cost, he plugged in to one last patient, which killed him.

Walter's Food

Walter was excited to receive ciabatta from Astrid, had a lollipop, packed a bottle of raw milk in his checked luggage, and had a French roast coffee for breakfast.
Connection: Ciabatta housewarming gift
Ciabatta housewarming gift
Timestamp: 05:25
Connection: Lollipop
Timestamp: 10:39

Names for Astrid

Walter called Astrid 'Asterix'.

Connection Chart

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

Episode Connections

S1E07 - In Which We Meet Mr. Jones

  • 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'.

Spoilers for future episodes below!

S2E15 - Peter

  • When Peter had his dream near the end of 'Dream Logic', a Challenger Mission 11 poster on the wall showed the date June 28, 1984. The last Challenger mission was Mission 10 and launched on January 28, 1986, and ended in disaster. This dream is based on Peter's childhood memories in the alternate universe before he was kidnapped in 'Peter'.
Connection: Challenger poster
Challenger poster
S2E05 - Dream Logic
Timestamp: 42:24

S2E19 - Brown Betty

  • Peter said "You're going to be fine" to Olivia in 'Brown Betty', like Charlie's "You're gonna be fine" message to Olivia in 'Dream Logic'.
Connection: 'You're gonna be fine'
'You're gonna be fine'
S2E05 - Dream Logic
Timestamp: 41:58

S3E02 - The Box

  • Fauxlivia studied old Fringe cases for intel in 'The Box', including Olivia's taped testimony from 'Dream Logic'.
Connection: Fauxlivia studying Olivia
Fauxlivia studying Olivia
S2E05 - Dream Logic
Timestamp: 23:03

S3E15 - Subject 13

  • PETER in 'Dream Logic': "From the age of 8 to almost 19 I don't remember a single dream."
      Walter and Elizabeth tried very hard to gaslight Peter and make him forget and disregard any thoughts he had about his kidnapping and his real home in 'Subject 13'.