Season 3, Episode 01
Aired: September 23rd, 2010
Written By: J. H. Wyman, Jeff Pinkner
Directed By: Joe Chappelle

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The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: A-M-B-E-R

Olivia's attempt to return to the Blueverse was thwarted when the Opera House was ambered.

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The Observer

The Observer can be seen passing Henry's cab after Olivia enters the park where she expected to find the Redverse's Massive Dynamic.


Timestamp: 29:10

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Items of Interest

  • President Kennedy was a UN Ambassador.
  • Olivia entered "Martin Luther King/Eldridge Cleaver Memorial Park" which has a plaque quoting them as saying "We have a dream" rather than "I". (Image 1)
  • The penny-farthing Olivia saw in the park is both a difference between the Blueverse and Redverse and a reference to the cult science fiction television show The Prisoner, in which a recurring plotline is the attempt to reprogram the mind of a government agent. (Image 2)
  • Henry Higgins is the name of the lead male character in George Bernard Shaw's play 'Pygmalion' and the musical/movie 'My Fair Lady' based on it. He is tasked with changing a woman so that she fits in with high society.
  • Possible source for the idea of transferring memories.
Item of interest: Martin Luther King/Eldridge Cleaver Memorial Park
Image 1: Martin Luther King/Eldridge Cleaver Memorial
Timestamp: 29:06
Item of interest: Penny-farthing
Image 2: Penny-farthing
Timestamp: 29:08

JJ Abrams Easter Eggs

  • There's a Slusho! ad on the gas station window. (Slusho!) (Image 1)
Item of interest: Slusho!
Image 1: Slusho!
Timestamp: 22:53

The Redverse

  • They have the musical DOGS instead of CATS.
  • Tom Cruise is a TV star, not a film star.
  • Massive Dynamic does not exist.
  • Shell and Exxon have merged into Shexxon.
  • People are playing cricket in the park, implying that cricket is a common sport in Redverse America.
  • People ride penny-farthings.
  • The Department of Defense seal has no eagle and has swords instead of arrows.
Redverse: DOGS musical
DOGS musical
Timestamp: 10:39
Redverse: No Massive Dynamic
No Massive Dynamic
Timestamp: 29:29
Redverse: Shexxon
Timestamp: 22:33
Redverse: Cricket
Timestamp: 29:41
Redverse: Penny-farthing
Timestamp: 29:08
Redverse: Department of Defense seal
Department of Defense seal
Timestamp: 05:37

Walter's Food

Walter ate an oreo.
Connection: Oreo
Timestamp: 42:10

Notable Quotes

WALTERNATE: "Somehow this girl came here. Somehow she is equipped to move through universes. We need her to help us understand this skill because if we can do it we can win this war."

Connection Chart

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

Episode Connections

S1E01 - Pilot

  • The Glatterflug ad for daily flights to the moon in 'Olivia' is the same air travel company as Flight 627 from 'Pilot'.
Connection: Glatterflug display
Glatterflug display
S1E01 - Pilot
Timestamp: 00:08
Connection: Glatterflug ad
Glatterflug ad
S3E01 - Olivia
Timestamp: 13:49

S1E11 - Bound

  • Olivia has excellent aim in 'Bound'; she killed Loeb's wife with a single shot to the head. It's stated in 'Olivia' that Fauxlivia won an Olympic gold medal for marksmanship.
Connection: Kill shot
Kill shot
S1E11 - Bound
Timestamp: 41:23

S2E21 - Over There (Part 1)

  • In 'Olivia' they gave Olivia the same tattoo as Fauxlivia had in 'Over There (Part 1)'.
Connection: Fauxlivia's tattoo
Fauxlivia's tattoo
S2E21 - Over There (Part 1)
Timestamp: 41:31
Connection: Olivia's tattoo
Olivia's tattoo
S3E01 - Olivia
Timestamp: 15:49

Spoilers for future episodes below!

S3E04 - Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?

  • Senator Van Horn was questioning Peter about his experiences with Walternate in 'Olivia'. Van Horn was revealed to be a Shapeshifter in 'Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?', so his questioning of Peter was likely for intel.

S3E05 - Amber 31422

  • COLONEL BROYLES in 'Amber 31422': "Sir... It's a tragic, but a small price to pay for the greater good. People understand that."
    WALTERNATE: "Perhaps. But if they were to find out that the amber victims could be removed and resuscitated, I'm afraid the outcry would be akin to revolt."
    COLONEL BROYLES: "Quarantine victims are alive?"
    WALTERNATE: "Theoretically."

      People think that those who are ambered are dead; a group protested ambering the opera house in 'Olivia'. The public doesn't know that amber victims are actually alive.
Connection: Amber protest signs
Amber protest signs
S3E01 - Olivia
Timestamp: 18:56

S3E22 - The Day We Died

  • Peter offered to "save" Senator Van Horn's pen with a special trick when it was just about out of ink in 'Olivia'. Van Horn laughed at him for caring to save a pen and then Van Horn just let it die. This foreshadowed Peter's attitude toward the Redverse in 'The Day We Died' where he found a way to save the alternate universe and fix its problems rather than let it continue to decay and ultimately die.

S4E16 - Nothing As It Seems

  • Olivia's therapist in 'Nothing as it Seems' is the same one she had when she was trapped on the other side in 'Olivia'.
Connection: Olivia's therapist
Olivia's therapist
S3E01 - Olivia
Timestamp: 03:53
Connection: Olivia's therapist
Olivia's therapist
S4E16 - Nothing As It Seems
Timestamp: 07:28