The Man from the Other Side

Season 2, Episode 18
Aired: April 22nd, 2010
Written By: Josh Singer, Ethan Gross
Directed By: Jeffrey Hunt

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The Man from the Other Side

The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: B-R-I-D-G-E

Thomas Newton succeeded in bringing a bridge from the Redverse over to the Bluverse, carrying a man over with it.

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The Observer

The Observer can be seen at the counter when Newton walks into the bank.


Timestamp: 17:35

Episode Clues

Previous Episode Clue

The motto of the transit system in 'White Tulip', "Be There in No Time", foreshadows the nearly instantaneous transfer between universes by 'Mr. Secretary' and the Shapeshifters in 'The Man from the Other Side'.

Previous episode clue

Timestamp: 07:03

Next Episode Clue

"For Your Healthy Heart!", written on an egg carton in 'The Man from the Other Side', foreshadows Walter's tale of a broken heart in 'Brown Betty'.

Next episode clue

Timestamp: 05:38

Items of Interest

  • The license plate on Olivia's SUV reads 1R2D21, and the licence plate on Broyles's SUV reads 1C3PO1. (Image 1)
  • The shapeshifters ask for an 'Argos A2B' camera as a way to identify themselves, foreshadowing the bridge being a way to get from A to B.
  • Walter called Astrid 'Aspirin'.
Item of interest: R2D2 license plate
Image 1: R2D2 license plate
Timestamp: 32:15

JJ Abrams Easter Eggs

  • A deleted scene from season 1 of Lost is briefly shown when the team is watching the broadcast with the disturbance from the alternative universe, suggesting that in the alternate universe it wasn't a deleted scene. (Image 1)
Item of interest: Lost deleted scene
Image 1: Lost deleted scene
Timestamp: 10:22

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: Universe crossing




FILE ARCHIVED BY: David Faydelarosa


LOCATION: Worcester, MA; Andrews Avenue Bridge

VICTIM(S): Jill Redmond (deceased), Dave [redacted] (deceased), Ben McCalister (deceased), FBI agent [redacted] (deceased), Peter Bishop (in treatment)


Official record: Jill Redmond was found dead inside her vehicle of a broken neck. The medical examiner found three puncture wounds in her soft palate.
 Confidential report: The embryo of a Shapeshifter was found near Redmond's body and tested by Dr. Bishop in hopes of acquiring more information about the Shapeshifter's master plan in our universe. Dr. Bishop attempted to jump-start the embryo with electricity to engage its development but failed. Equations worked by Massive Dynamic and Dr. Bishop's lab determined there are rare moments of alignment between the universes, and one such moment was calculated for the following dat at 3:31 p.m. Dr. Bishop remembered that he and Dr. Bell used geometry and harmonic vibrations to reach the other side, and the Fringe team triangulated a location where Thomas Newton had set harmonic rods to open a gateway. The Bishops planned to activate a pneumatic hammer to negate Newton's procedure, cancelling the frequency to eliminate the gateway between universes. Peter Bishop and an agent were on the Bridge when the gateway opened, and the agent was obliterated. Peter Bishop was blown back and later reported he saw a man in the center of the Bridge.

The Redverse

  • The White House got a new glass roof.
  • The American flag has 48 stars.
Redverse: White House glass roof
White House glass roof
Timestamp: 10:20
Redverse: American flag
American flag
Timestamp: 10:22

Walter's Food

Walter made some peanut butter sandwiches and made a pie.
Connection: Peanut butter sandwiches
Peanut butter sandwiches
Timestamp: 26:20
Connection: Pie
Timestamp: 42:25

Names for Astrid

Walter called Astrid 'Astro'.

Connection Chart

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

Episode Connections

S1E10 - Safe

  • Jones needed to use a decompression chamber after teleporting to Little Hill Field in 'Safe'. Mr. Secretary needed to do the same after crossing worlds in 'The Man from the Other Side'.

S2E14 - Jacksonville

  • Newton bringing buildings over from the other side in 'Jacksonville' were experiments and preparations for bringing over an entire bridge in 'The Man from the Other Side'.

Spoilers for future episodes below!

S2E22 - Over There (Part 2)

  • The dying shapeshifter in 'The Man from the Other Side' apologized to Walter for failing because it thought he was Walternate, the man who ordered the mission in 'Over There (Part 2)'.

S3E08 - Entrada

  • In 'Entrada' Fauxlivia was brought back to the Redverse via harmonic transfer with small rods injected into her hands, similar to the harmonic transfer that brought the bridge over in 'The Man from the Other Side'.
Connection: Harmonic rod activation
Harmonic rod activation
S2E18 - The Man from the Other Side
Timestamp: 33:45
Connection: Harmonic rod activation
Harmonic rod activation
S3E08 - Entrada
Timestamp: 37:30

S5E11 - The Boy Must Live

  • WALTER in 'The Boy Must Live': "And I remember the night I was up late, making a peanut butter sandwich, and you slipped and called me 'Dad'."
      In 'The Boy Must Live' Walter told Peter that he remembered the first time Peter called him "Dad" in 'The Man from the Other Side'.