What Lies Below

Season 2, Episode 12
Aired: January 21st, 2010
Written By: Jeff Vlaming
Directed By: Deran Sarafian

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What Lies Below

The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: W-I-N-D-O-W

Peter and others affected by the virus tried to burst through the windows of the office building to escape and infect others.

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The Observer

The Observer can be seen walking behind the CDC Field Director as he is talking with his assistant.


Timestamp: 23:21

Episode Clues

Previous 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'.

Previous episode clue

Timestamp: 24:22

Next Episode Clue

A courier in 'What Lies Below' carries a backpack that bears the logo of the "World Tolerance Initiative", foreshadowing Hoffman's planned attack at their 2010 Boston conference in 'The Bishop Revival'.

Next episode clue

Timestamp: 00:30

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: Ancient self-spreading virus



SUPERVISING AGENT: Broyles, Field Director Arnold McFadden (CDC)

FILE ARCHIVED BY: Monika J, Max Vujovic

WITNESSES/CONTACTS: Vincent Ames, Mike [redacted], Detective Kassel, Bill Hubbert (CDC)

LOCATION: Vitas Petrol, Boston, MA

VICTIM(S): Radjan Vandenkemp, Linda [redacted], Steve [redacted], Peter Bishop, 10 others (in treatment)


Oil consultant Radjan Vandenkemp arrived at Logan Airport on a flight from Dubai for a meeting at Vitas Petrol with Vincent Ames regarding selling information about a recent reserve find by a Vitas competitor. Vandenkemp was scheduled to present at their offices at 7:10 a.m., and as he got off the elevator his veins ruptured and he spewed a red mist all over the office and some of its employees. The CDC locked the facility down to prevent any spread while Fringe consultants helped question and test the victims. Dr. Bishop determined the virus needed other organisms to infect, and it started compelling the infected to break the quarantine so it could spread outside the building via blood and saliva.
 Dr. Bishop found the Vandenkemp sample, stolen from Solum Oil Corp, was the origin of the virus, which comes from deep within the earth and is perhaps seventy-five thousand years old. The infection was bumped up to a Level 6 eradication. Peter Bishop was infected and it prompted Dr. Bishop to create an antidote from the glycoside in horseradish, which is high in sulfur, to attack the virus. They pumped fentanyl gas into the building to knock out the victims long enough to synthesize a cure.

Walter's Food

Walter used horseradish to test his theory on how to combat the virus.

Names for Astrid

Walter called Astrid 'Asterix'.

Connection Chart

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Episode Connections

Spoilers for future episodes below!

S2E15 - Peter

  • WALTER in 'What Lies Below': "When you open new doors there is a price to pay."
      Walter opened a door to another universe in 'Peter' and the world has been paying ever since.
  • WALTER in 'What Lies Below': "I can't let Peter die again."
      Walter's Peter died in 'Peter'.