The Consultant

Season 4, Episode 18
Aired: April 13th, 2012
Written By: Christine Lavaf
Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc

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The Consultant

The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: S-I-M-O-N

These glyphs foreshadow the character Simon introduced in the next episode.

Glyph symbol SGlyph symbol IGlyph symbol MGlyph symbol OGlyph symbol N
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Glyph symbol M
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The Observer

The Observer can be seen walking by David Robert Jones as he meets with Alt Broyles.


Timestamp: 29:08

Episode Clues

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Next Episode Clue

The security shack on one of the Liberty Island piers in 'The Consultant' says "CHECKPOINT 20-36", foreshadowing 'Letters of Transit' taking place in the year 2036.

Next episode clue

Timestamp: 13:16

Items of Interest

  • Walter called Astrid 'Ascot'.
  • Jones is coercing Broyles to work with him by healing his son Christopher.

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 merging, parallel deaths


AGENTS ASSIGNED: Dunham (OT), Lee (OH), Dunham (OH)


FILE ARCHIVED BY: Mercedes Sanchez


LOCATION: Manhattan, NY (OH); Teaneck, NJ (OT); Manhatan, NY (OT); Glen Cove, NY (OT); Springfield, MA (OH); Brooklyn, NY

VICTIM(S): Brian Bauer, Nancy Guerring


Two men were killed simultaneously, and witnesses reported that they were both lifted several feet in the air and then driven back down to the ground by some unseen force. They died on impact. Dr. Bishop found lacerations consistent with seat belts, as if they had been in a car crash together. A third victim, who died in his apartment in Brooklyn, had wounds consistent with a plane crash. A matching plane crash was confirmed Over There in Teaneck, New Jersey, with the fatalities of the two men and the pilot.
 Dr. Bishop collected body samples Over There and determined that each universe vibrates at its own specific frequency. Over There vibrated at the musical equivalent of G, Over Here at C. Somehow the victims Over Here were made to vibrate at the frequency of their doppelgangers. The merged frequencies of the two universes destabilized the aircraft and then a cab via amphilicite devices set by David Robert Jones.

The Redverse

  • They don't have black boxes on planes.
  • They have domesticated badgers as pets.
  • They have a new Ebbets Field.
  • They don't have Sherlock Holmes.
Redverse: Badger food
Badger food
Timestamp: 24:17
Redverse: New Ebbets Field
New Ebbets Field
Timestamp: 30:26

The Timeline Without Peter

  • Alt Lincoln's father was still alive. Walternate had mentioned the passing of Alt Lincoln's father in the original timeline.
timelinewithoutpeter: Alt Lincoln's father
Alt Lincoln's father
Timestamp: 01:47

Walter's Food

Walter said he wanted to bring a casserole to Fauxlivia and had scrambled eggs, toast, and orange juice with Fauxlivia.
Connection: Scrambled eggs, toast, and orange juice
Scrambled eggs, toast, and orange juice
Timestamp: 34:30

Names for Astrid

Walter called Astrid 'Ascot'.

Notable Quotes

MRS. LEE: "This isn't right. Our children aren't supposed to die before we do."