Amber 31422

Season 3, Episode 05
Aired: November 4th, 2010
Written By: Josh Singer, Ethan Gross
Directed By: David Straiton

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Amber 31422

The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: E-V-E-N-T

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The Observer

The Observer can be seen in a line of people outside as the Fringe team spots Olivia's car.


Timestamp: 34:27

Episode Clues

Previous Episode Clue

Astrid brings Walter a magazine in 'Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?' with the word "TWINS" on the cover, foreshadowing the plot twist in 'Amber 31422'.

Previous episode clue

Timestamp: 14:14

Next Episode Clue

The Franklin St. Station subway sign in 'Amber 31422' shows the numbers 6-9-5-5, foreshadowing the radio station frequency investigated in '6955 kHz'.

Next episode clue

Timestamp: 03:20

Items of Interest

  • Walternate didn't know about Cortexiphan.

Fringe Division Case File



FRINGE EVENT: Amber quarantine resuscitation

AGENTS ASSIGNED: Lee, Francis, Dunham


FILE ARCHIVED BY: Janet Browne, Nikolai Gavazov

WITNESSES/CONTACTS: Matthew Rose, Danielle Rose (wife)

LOCATION: Franklin Station, Brooklyn; Nanuet; Riverdale Mutual, Bronx

VICTIM(S): Mark Wilner, Joshua Rose


Fringe agents were called to the Franklin Station quarantine area of Brooklyn for a breach alert. It had been sealed for four years, but agents arrived to find disrupted amber that contained a new person, convicted thief Mark Wilner, and broken amber that had contained bank robber Joshua Rose. According to Colonel Broyles, four years prior, Rose had created a device that allowed him to access sealed vaults without tripping alarms. The device also caused molecular degradation, so amber quarantines had to be enacted at each robbery site. Rose was finally caught in an amber protocol at Franklin Station.
 At suspect Rose's former apartment, agents found a hidden cache of high-grade electronics, lasers, and Ferrocene tanks used to make a negative-matter ring. Agent Dunham managed to evacuate her team before a bomb exploded.
 Agent Dunham surmised that twin brother Matthew Rose had actually been caught in the Franklin Station amber protocol trying to stop Joshua Rose. But Joshua Rose escaped and spent the subsequent years pretending to be Matthew Rose. Once reunited, the brothers denied the accusation. Joshua Rose attempted one more burglary, as anticipated by Agent Dunham, but got stuck in amber. Danielle Rose later admitted that she had pushed Joshua Rose to turn himself in to our agents.

The Redverse

  • "The stuff that dreams are made of" was said by Cary Grant rather than Humphrey Bogart.
  • There's a Nixon Parkway in New York City.

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

  • Walternate used a sensory deprivation tank to clear Olivia's mind in 'Amber 31422' just like Walter did for Olivia in 'Pilot'.

S1E08 - The Equation

  • The Franklin St. Station subway sign in 'Amber 31422' shows the numbers 6-9-5-5 in the 'green-green-green-red' circle pattern from 'The Equation'.
Connection: Green-green-green-red
S3E05 - Amber 31422
Timestamp: 03:20

S1E10 - Safe

  • Matthew and Joshua Rose were robbing banks in 'Amber 31422' by weakening the molecular structure of the bank walls, the same technique used by Loeb in 'Safe'.

S2E02 - Night of Desirable Objects

  • Olivia heard a bomb that others didn't hear in 'Amber 31422', perhaps the same enhanced hearing side-effect from crossing over that she exhibited in 'Night of Desirable Objects' when she could hear barely discernable sounds at home and in the Hughes home.

S3E01 - Olivia

  • 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

Spoilers for future episodes below!

S4E03 - Alone in the World

  • Despite Walternate's efforts to mold Olivia's mind into Fauxlivia's, Olivia kept seeing Peter and Walter in 'Amber 31422'. Similarly, in 'Alone in the World' Peter didn't exist in the rewritten timeline yet Olivia kept having visions of him.
Connection: Vision of Peter
Vision of Peter
S3E05 - Amber 31422
Timestamp: 03:02
Connection: Drawing of Peter from Olivia's visions
Drawing of Peter from Olivia's visions
S4E03 - Alone in the World
Timestamp: 41:56

S4E19 - Letters of Transit

  • People in amber are not actually dead and Matthew Rose may have been the first person rescued from within amber in 'Amber 31422'. Etta and Simon rescued Walter, Astrid, and Peter from amber in 'Letters of Transit'.

S5E01 - Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11

  • Joshua Rose cut his brother out of amber in 'Amber 31422' just like Amber Gypsies cut people out of amber to sell them in 'Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11'.