Worlds Apart

Season 4, Episode 20
Aired: April 27th, 2012
Written By: Graham Roland, Matthew Pitts, Nicole Phillips
Directed By: Charles Beeson

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Worlds Apart

The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: A-L-I-V-E

These glyphs foreshadow the reveal of William Bell being alive in the next episode.

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The Observer

The Observer can be seen in Sydney near Sally Clarke before she triggers the earthquake.


Timestamp: 03:37

Episode Clues

Previous Episode Clue

A flyer outside the nightclub in 'Letters of Transit' says "Experience the Epicenter Club", foreshadowing the earthquakes caused by Cortexiphan subjects in 'Worlds Apart'.

Previous episode clue

Timestamp: 00:56

Next Episode Clue

A sign for "Liberty Wind Chimes" in 'Worlds Apart' contains the Liberty Bell in its logo, hinting at the return of William Bell in 'Brave New World' (Part 1)'.

Next episode clue

Timestamp: 31:05

Items of Interest

  • Cortexiphan subjects being used by Jones: Sally Clark, 2 unknown, Nick Lane.
  • Lincoln chose to stay in the Redverse with Fauxlivia.
  • The bridge is closed. (Image 1)
Item of interest: The bridge is closed
Image 1: The bridge is closed
Timestamp: 41:58

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: Synchronized universe earthquakes

CLASSIFIED CASE CONNECTION(S): David Robert Jones/Cortexiphan subject activation

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

SUPERVISING AGENT: Secretary Bishop, Agent Broyles

FILE ARCHIVED BY: Daniel Senkerik, Robert Schatz


LOCATION: Manhattan, NY

VICTIM(S): Agent Tim [redacted]


Emergency Services received multiple reports of twenty-seven earthquakes all over both universes. Most occurred nowhere near major fault lines and registered between 5.7 and 7.1 on the Richter scale, and they all started at exactly the same time—11:00 a.m. GMT.
 The two Fringe science teams determined David Robert Jones had used Nick Lane and the other Cortexiphan subjects to physically link with versions of themselves in the alternate universe. Drawing on their alternates' frequencies to change the vibration of the area where they each stood, they were able to merge the two universes together.
 Dr. Bishop determined the only way to stop the process was to close the Bridge and turn off the Machine. The Bridge had enabled the other universe to heal, and without it, the healing could stop, but there would be no further harm to either world. The two science teams determined that Jones would create a safe zone as the universes crumbled. With congressional support, the Machine was shut down.

The Redverse

  • They haven't had rainbows in over 20 years.

Connection Chart

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

Episode Connections

S1E17 - Bad Dreams

  • Redverse Nick saw the earthquakes through Blueverse Nick's mind in 'Worlds Apart', similar to how Olivia saw Nick's actions in her own mind in 'Bad Dreams'.

S2E21 - Over There (Part 1)

  • NICK LANE in 'Worlds Apart': "Lincoln. Hi. I'm Nick Lane. I don't know if you remember me, but we grew up in the same neighborhood in Philly. I was a couple of years behind you in school. You went out with my sister Kendra."
      Lincoln recognized Nick Lane when they saw each other in 'Over There (Part 1)'.

S4E01 - Neither Here Nor There

  • OLIVIA to Fauxlivia in 'Neither Here Nor There': "Happy reading. I'm sure you'll find a lot of the cases familiar since you and your people were responsible."
    FAUXLIVIA: "Huh. Funny. I was just gonna say the same thing to you."

      They later have a similar exchange once their relationship develops.
    FAUXLIVIA to Olivia in 'Worlds Apart': "You know, there's a lot of things about you that I wish I had. There's a lot of things about you that I admire."
    OLIVIA: "I was about to say the same thing about you. Keep looking up."

Spoilers for future episodes below!

S4E21 - Brave New World (Part 1)

  • WALTER about David Robert Jones in 'Worlds Apart': "This man... I'm afraid I underestimated him. Jones must have a remarkable mind to have devised a plan like this."
      In 'Brave New World (Part 1)' Walter learned that William Bell was really behind everything.
Connection: Walter and Bell
Walter and Bell
S4E21 - Brave New World (Part 1)
Timestamp: 42:13