The Box

Season 3, Episode 02
Aired: September 30th, 2010
Written By: Josh Singer, Graham Roland
Directed By: Jeffrey Hunt

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The Box

The Glyphs

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

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The Observer

The Observer can be seen as Newton leaves the subway station.


Timestamp: 32:02

Episode Clues

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Graffiti on a door in 'The Box' reads "The Pen is Mightier", foreshadowing Milo Stanfield using pens to initiate chain reactions in 'The Plateau.'

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Timestamp: 17:57

Items of Interest

  • Walter called Astrid 'Aspirin'.
  • William Bell left Massive Dynamic to Walter. (Image 1)
Item of interest: Massive Dynamic stock certificates
Image 1: Massive Dynamic stock certificates
Timestamp: 41:56

JJ Abrams Easter Eggs

  • The Fringe team set up camp at subway platform 47. (J.J.) (Image 1)
Item of interest: Platform 47
Image 1: Platform 47
Timestamp: 35:11

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: Ultrasonic sound box






LOCATION: Milton, MA; Cambridge, MA

VICTIM(S): Darryl [redacted], Blake [redacted], Joe [redacted], 4 family members [redacted], 5 MTA subway passengers, vagrant


A family of four in Milton, Massachusetts, was found dead, bound, and gagged in their home. In the basement were two dead home invaders who had dug a hole to obtain a box. All of the victims' blood was lighter in shade than ordinary, and victims were in a vegetative trance before they expired. Dr. Bishop determined all had severe damage to the inner ear and that an auditory phenomenon, taken to an ultrasonic extreme, was the cause of their deaths.
 Agents tracked the box to the subway system, where it had been opened and taken into the tunnels by a vagrant before his head exploded. Peter Bishop identified the box as a piece of the Machine. Dr. Bishop directed a temporary impairment to Peter Bishop's ears that allowed him approximately three minutes to close the box. However, the box was broken upon inspection, and Peter Bishop was unable to disarm it. he was almost hit by a train in the tunnel but was saved by Agent Dunham.

*Post-investigation, it was discovered that a third, deaf home invader took the ultrasonic box from the Milton home and delivered it to Thomas Newton and Agent (B)Olivia Dunham. She killed the thief and disposed of the body.

The Redverse

  • They don't have U2; Fauxlivia had never heard of Bono.
Redverse: Bono
Timestamp: 05:06

Walter's Food

Walter tried to make Gene produce chocolate milk, licked raspberry jam off his tie, and said bacon-flavored pudding would surprise him.
Connection: Raspberry Jam on Walter's tie
Raspberry Jam on Walter's tie
Timestamp: 13:28

Names for Astrid

Walter called Astrid 'Aspirin'.

Connection Chart

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

Episode Connections

S1E15 - Inner Child

  • Walter used the same neural halo in 'The Box' as he used on the Child in 'Inner Child'.
Connection: Neural halo
Neural halo
S1E15 - Inner Child
Timestamp: 30:33
Connection: Neural halo
Neural halo
S3E02 - The Box
Timestamp: 21:25

S1E20 - There's More Than One of Everything

  • William Bell had a bell on his desk in 'There's More Than One of Everything' and rang it after he introduced himself to Olivia. He left a similar bell to Nina in his will in 'The Box'.
Connection: Bell on William Bell's desk
Bell on William Bell's desk
S1E20 - There's More Than One of Everything
Timestamp: 45:37
Connection: Nina's bell
Nina's bell
S3E02 - The Box
Timestamp: 15:36

S2E05 - Dream Logic

  • 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

Spoilers for future episodes below!

S3E16 - Os

  • William Bell left Nina a bell in his will in 'The Box'. Walter rang that bell in 'Os' which initiated Bell's soul magnet experiment.
Connection: Nina's bell
Nina's bell
S3E02 - The Box
Timestamp: 15:36
Connection: Ringing the bell
Ringing the bell
S3E16 - Os
Timestamp: 40:59

S5E07 - Five-Twenty-Ten

  • In 'The Box' Bell wrote to Nina in his will "And for the precious few we had alone in Tuscany, a memento of me." In 'Five-Twenty-Ten' Bell's old safe had a picture of Nina in Tuscany.
Connection: Picture of Nina in Bell's safe
Picture of Nina in Bell's safe
S5E07 - Five-Twenty-Ten
Timestamp: 32:54