Johari Window

Season 2, Episode 11
Aired: January 14th, 2010
Written By: Josh Singer
Directed By: Joe Chappelle

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Johari Window

The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: M-U-T-A-T-E

Humans and other creatures living within the limits of Edina had genetic mutations that were hidden to an observer's eyes by a form of electromagnetic camouflage.

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The Observer

The Observer can be seen when Sheriff Velchik is briefing the townspeople of Edina.


Timestamp: 26:43

Episode Clues

Previous Episode Clue

Colorful butterfly drawings hung up at Dunwich Mental Hospital in 'Grey Matters' foreshadow Walter's discovery of Edina's permutation secret in 'Johari Window' when he captured a butterfly for Astrid that later seemed to change its appearance.

Previous episode clue

Timestamp: 11:55

Next Episode Clue

The storage box marked "Magellan Files" near Walter's library hiding place in 'Johari Window' foreshadows Walter's recollection of the Magellan's travels and the potential for decimation/extinction exploration can bring in 'What Lies Below'.

Next episode clue

Timestamp: 24:22

Items of Interest

  • Walter called Astrid 'Asterix'.
  • A Johari Window is a cognitive psychological tool used to help people better understand their relationships with themselves and others, helping you, and those around you, better see who you really are.

JJ Abrams Easter Eggs

  • The Edina census showed that 47 people had been born there since 1990. (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 metamorphosis

CLASSIFIED CASE CONNECTION(S): Late '70s army experimentation with electromagnetic pulses




WITNESSES/CONTACTS: Teddy Falls, Rose Falls, Joseph Falls

LOCATION: Edina, NY; Jonestown, NY

VICTIM(S): Troopers Pekarsky, Madison, and Casey, federal marshal [redacted], Sheriff Paul Velchik (suspect; deceased)


*Highly classified closed case* Senior Trooper John Pekarsky and two other troopers on duty were found dead in their office after Trooper Pekarsky uploaded a report to the state police database. Trooper Pekarsky's report said he had come upon a kid on the side of the road who looked completely normal until "I saw him change in front of me. Suddenly he was hideous." They put him in their holding cell, and then the troopers were killed with 12-gauge shotgun blasts.
 The area has more than thirty or forty reports of disfigured creatures dating back thirty years. Fringe agents investigated the area and immediately noticed a humming sound, emitted by big turbine generators at the local military base. In the late '70s, Dr. Edward Cobb conducted a series of classified experiments called "Project Elephant" at the base. The army thought if they could generate a massive electromagnetic pulse, they could effectively scramble the optic nerve and, at the right frequency, make soldiers invisible to the naked eye. However, prolonged exposure to the pulse created an incurable genetic disorder on residents of the whole area. Dr. Cobb couldn't live with himself afterward, and he couldn't leave them all victims. He resigned his commission in 1979 and worked tirelessly on a machine creating the hum via an antenna to allow outsiders to see the deformed people as if they were normal.

Walter's Food

Walter found his old box of Devil Dogs.
Connection: Devil Dogs
Devil Dogs
Timestamp: 24:28

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Episode Connections

Spoilers for future episodes below!

S2E15 - Peter

  • WALTER in 'Johari Window': "Remarkable, how Rose was willing to expose her secret to right a wrong. So very brave of her."
      Walter was struggling with whether or not to tell Peter about his true origins from 'Peter'.

S4E12 - Welcome to Westfield

  • As Olivia started remembering things from the original timeline in 'Welcome to Westfield' she mentioned the case in Edina from 'Johari Window'.
    PETER: "You think the Army's involved in this?"
    OLIVIA: "I mean, something of this magnitude... a whole town? Perhaps it was a military experiment gone wrong, like that case we caught in Edina."
    WALTER: "Where's Edina?"
    OLIVIA: "Uh, upstate New York. Remember, the whole town's population was disfigured from the military experiment?"
    WALTER: "We never had such a case."
    PETER: "I investigated a case in Edina with my Walter, and my Olivia."