Forced Perspective

Season 4, Episode 10
Aired: January 27th, 2012
Written By: Ethan Gross
Directed By: David Solomon

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Forced Perspective

Episode Synopsis

In this episode, a young teen is unable to stop the visions she has of pending fatal events. She catches the attention of the Fringe team and is able to stop a mass casualty event just before it occurs. Meanwhile, Olivia grows wary of the ominous warning she received from The Observer as Peter's insights allow him to take the lead in the investigation.

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The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: M-A-R-C-H

This foreshadows the first appearance of a previously unseen Observer, March, in the next episode.

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The Observer

The Observer can be seen watching Olivia's apartment as she and Nina are inside.


Timestamp: 42:52

Episode Clues

Previous Episode Clue

Signage for "Mallum Insurance" in 'Enemy of My Enemy' foreshadows the story of the Mallum family in 'Forced Perspective'.

Previous episode clue

Timestamp: 19:40

Next Episode Clue

The Mallum family in 'Forced Perspective' lives next to a thrift store named Anges de la Pitié, French for 'angels of pity', foreshadowing Neil's perception of himself as a savior to those who would soon experience suffering in 'Making Angels'.

Next episode clue

Timestamp: 30:02

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: Precognitive ability to see death before it happens




FILE ARCHIVED BY: André Ferreira, Serena Graziani

WITNESSES/CONTACTS: Jayne Reynar, Jim and Diane Mallum (parents), Danny Mallum (sibling), Albert Duncan (suspect)

LOCATION: Tanner Park, Boston, MA; Allston Courthouse, MA

VICTIM(S): Emily Mallum (deceased), Robert Englehart (deceased), Judge O'Malley


A crane operator in Boston lost control of an I-beam, which killed random victim Robert Englehart. The man's colleague explained that a few moments before he was killed, a girl handed Englehart a sketch depicting his exact death. Emily Mallum was identified as the teenage girl and tracked down to her residence by Agents Dunham and Lee. Jim Mallum initially lied about Emily Mallum being his daughter, but agents found her when she returned to the complex. Jim Mallum denied parental consent for her to talk to them because of negative experiences in the past with law enforcement and Massive Dynamic, who had approached the family in Baltimore about studying Emily Mallum's precognitive abilities.
 Agent Dunham passed her card to Emily Mallum, who called her later with a private meeting location in Tanner Park. Emily Mallum explained her ability started at age eleven at a pet store, when she heard a hum and then she saw the clerk's heart attack moments before he died. She visited Dr. Bishop's lab, where he discovered her occipital lobe was remarkably active and drew elevated levels of both oxygen and blood. He theorized that she was sensitive to traumatic vibrations, which she could not control or stop. Emily Mallum said she drew the victims in hopes they would do one last good thing before they died. Emily Mallum's ability helped the science team thwart a suicide bombing by Albert Duncan at the Allston Courthouse. Emily Mallum died of an overload of electrical activity in her brain soon after.

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Episode Connections

S3E10 - The Firefly

  • PETER in 'Forced Perspective': "Walter, I think you can hypnotize Emily to recover her vision of the event in that drawing."
    WALTER: "What makes you think I can do that?"
    PETER: "Because where I'm from I've seen you do it before."

      Walter hypnotized Roscoe Joyce in 'The Firefly'.
Connection: Walter hypnotizing Roscoe Joyce
Walter hypnotizing Roscoe Joyce
S3E10 - The Firefly
Timestamp: 12:34