2.01 – A New Day In The Old Town

New Day, Same Walter


In the stunning first season finale, Olivia traveled to an intriguing parallel universe to meet with Massive Dynamic founder William Bell (guest star Leonard Nimoy). Season Two opens with her shocking return to this perplexing alternate reality, while Peter, unknowingly in a race against time with an ominous mobile force, pursues information about Olivia’s visit. Walter reenters the lab to cook up a bit of fringe science, and of course, some custard for Peter’s birthday in the “A New Day in the Old Town” season premiere.

Fringe is back for a brand new season tonight at 9PM on FOX! Check out the following season 2 primers with members of the cast to get you in the mood:

A Tale of Two Realities

The Death of Peter


What I’m looking forward to this season is the potential growth and maturity of the characters. A lot of things came to a head in the season finale, so it will be interesting to see where the likes of Olivia, Walter, Peter and the rest go from here.

Here’s the official season 2 premiere promo:


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2.01 "A New Day In The Old Town"

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  1. Bob says

    Ok I think there was a HUGE hole on the season opener tonight. When the “alien” or whatever he was at the end, in the basement, supposedly shape shifted to the FBI guy from the nurse. Now if the Alien, who we know was now the nurse supposedly shifted to the FBI guy, there wouldn’t be a nurse on the ground, as the alien (The Nurse) would now BE the FBI guy. I’m just sayin. A HUGE MISTAKE – I think..

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    • Sue says

      What about the body of the original nurse who the shapeshifter killed before entering the hospital. I don’t recall anyone stumbling upon her body. And… when did the shapeshifter nurse (who Agent Francis shot) have time to take out that device and shapeshift into Agent Francis. Did Peter and that new FBI agent just leave Agent Francis with the shot shapeshifter nurse? Obviously no one checked for a pulse! Plus didn’t Peter find and take the device from the shot shapeshifter nurse BEFORE the shapeshifter shape shifted into Agent Francis? With no device – how did that occur? Unless there was a backup device…. You gotta love the shout out to The X-Files in the form of the shape shifter. At least we could tell who was a shape shifter on The X-Files as they had black oil or something when you saw their eyes…

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  2. Herdless says

    The show went out of it’s way to point out that the shape shifter leaves the body of it’s victum behind. The body of the nurse, who had clearly been a shape shifter, is at the feet of “Agent Francis”. If the shape shifter is the nurse, then the nurse body would have become a copy of Agent Francis and only the real Agent Francis body would be present. So, what if a second shape shifter had already taken over Agent Francis’ body before the encounter with the nurse? The second shape shifter kills the first one for failing his original mission. That’s the only explanation for how there could be two bodies at the scene, the nurse and Agent Francis; otherwise, I think they messed-up.

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  3. Ric says

    The shape shifter shapeshifted from nurse to Charie, then got into Charlies clothes, after that he put Chalie’s body behind the barbage cans, next he got the nurse’s body out of some hiding place and laid her at his feet. Enter Peter and Jessup.

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  4. Rachel says

    Yeah I think there has to be a lot more time between Charlie shooting and Peter and Jessup arriving on scene than we see in the show. Obviously they had to cut it down for the show, but that’s the only way it works. The shifter must have hid the nurse’s body, and ambushed Charlie. Remember, Jessup shot it twice in Olivia’s hospital room and it seemed fine. Seems like bullets don’t harm it. Then it shifted into Charlie, hid his body, dragged the nurse’s body out just in time for Peter and Jessup to turn the corner. Very cleverly done as well.

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  5. FlashWriter says

    The problem here seems to be timing. I believe the sequence of events must have gone down pretty much like Ric laid out, BUT there just wasn’t the time for all of this to go down. Seconds at best. For me this sequence simply didn’t wash given the time he had to get it all done.

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    • mlj102 says

      Yeah, I’ll admit that the timing seemed a little off. But here’s a theory: we saw that the shape shifter seemed to have special abilities (bullets didn’t affect him, he could jump from several stories up and not be hurt, etc.) so perhaps along with those abilities he has above-average strength and/or speed, which would have allowed the whole process to have been done faster. I also think that the actual process of shifting was purposely made long in the opening sequence as a way of introducing it, but perhaps it really isn’t that long of a process.

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      • FlashWriter says

        Hi, mlj!
        It would have stopped my molars from itching if they would have somehow explained that the guy had super-speed. You’re doing what I usually do: write in a patch to the show that’s not on film. It’s their responsibility as storytellers to cover this. The shape shifter never demonstrated super-speed and therefore I can’t posit that as a solution. BTW, I really liked your blogs on the rewatch!

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        • mlj102 says

          Hello, FlashWriter!

          Yeah, I know, I’m stretching it and making excuses. I can pretend, right? But really, I guess the fact is, sometimes the stories just get a little sloppy and we just have to accept that (and this is true for pretty much any TV show). And I think sometimes people can’t do that and they let some little inconsistency get in their way of enjoying everything else that happens, which is sad. But for me personally, I tend to just accept it and let it go because I figure they do so much right that, in my opinion, it makes up for the few moments where they slip or leave something out. And who knows — maybe as we go through the season and learn more about the events that happened and the shapeshifter in general, it might clear things up a little… Maybe?

          Thank you for the compliment. I very much enjoyed reading your responses in the re-watch, as well! You have a lot of good insights.

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  6. Bishop Takes Queen says

    Anna Torv and Megan Markle – both in a single hour of entertainment? It’s almost too much to handle. They are both extremely beautiful.

    Oh, wait. You’re all talking about the story…

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  7. jkyarr says

    I was fascinated by the guns in the sense that we’ve seen the alterverse’s light energy gun last season from the guy the had the nasal torture mind reader device and then last night we saw that our guns hardly affected the shape shifter (presumably from the alterverse as well given the typewriter scene). Tie that together with the comments on the “peter’s death” clip about how individuals from ourverse and the alterverse are not quite the same and you’ve got very interesting soldiers / operatives that more or less have abnormal powers when they’re visiting the away team’s home!

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  8. jkyarr says

    What the hell was up with the licorice eating during the autopsy?!?!? The corpse’s blood is all ore that glove for goodness sake! I mean DAMN! Starting to choke on my own bile watching that crap!

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  9. Pedro says

    I didn’t think this episode was that great. I was expecting a lot more. The whole “Be a better man than your father” was a little overkill for me. Also, this new Junior Agent is able to get access to classified files. If it is that easy to get access to classified files then our “Fringe FBI department” has BS security.

    I wonder if Walter had left the seatbelt alone if she still have flown out the window.

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  10. jkyarr says

    How about them bible references? Here are the 2 I can remember…

    Revelation 19:18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all amen, both free and bond, both small and great.

    Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

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    • Pooplip says

      Oh please FRINGE don’t get too preachy & bibley there is way too much church stuff in SCIENCE FICTION as it is! It just kills me when the answer to everything in a show is Jesus. Give me a frikin’ break!!

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  11. jkyarr says

    The Charlie facewalker scene was a catastrophe! So here’s the only way I can figure out how it might have part way worked… The facewalker killed the nurse, stashed her bod in the bin just like we saw Charlie’s bod. Then hid near it, ambushed Charlie, changed into him. Pulled out the nurse’s body, shot it (an idea reinforced by listening to the extra shots that you hear as Pete and Princess Purdy are running towards the furnace area), and then stashed Charlie. They haul off the nurse’s body thinking its the facewalker and the facewalker comes back later to dispose of charlie.

    Holes in this series of events? Um… the 3 holes in the top of the dead nurse’s mouth proves she’s not the facewalker. And um… this little thing we call CLOTHES! In the initial scene the facewalkers clothes didn’t change did they? So the nurse… the real nurse’s corpse would have had to be naked so the facewalker could wear her clothes. Only then even if the facewalker had time to kill, undress Charlie and (at the moment) herself, re-dress the nurse’s corpse and then dress as Charlie the holes in the back of the nurse’s shirt from where the facewalker was shot while on top of Olivia would not match the wounds in a face to face confrontation between Charlie and the facewalker. This means that after the facewalker killed charlie and re-dressed the nurse she had to shoot the nurse’s corpse right in the spots where the facewalker was hit by the shots when she was on top of Olivia! I dont care who you are thats some damn impressive costume changes!

    They had this kind of wardrobe malfunction in the series premiere too. Some of the passengers in the flight were naked skeletons where others later in the pictures had clothes. Funny thing to start stripping naked on an airplane when people’s faces start melting. Also if the copilot’s jaw fell off why did some of the skeleton’s when the investigators boarded the plane still have their jaws attached? If all the flesh dissolved the jaw should fall off! Come on wardrobe team! Theres this thing called continuity already!

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  12. jkyarr says

    Pedro – The Observer is back. He walks from right to left at the bottom of the screen in the car accident scene in the beginning. 00:56 – 00:58

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  13. jkyarr says

    Sorry I know I keep commenting over and over but I just have to say… BEST MOMENT OF THE SERIES SO FAR…. 5:14 of this episode. The moment Olivia comes flying through the windshield of the car! WHOAAAAAAAA@#$*@#&*$^#*! Who saw that coming??

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  14. maria says

    Great episode! Don’t u think it’s a bit similar to Terminator: TSCC, i mean, soldiers, targets and terminate targets?

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    • Page 48 says

      Kinda reminds me of the episode of “Alias” where Evil Francie splatters Good Francie all over her restaurant wall and assumes her life. Looks like Evil Charlie is set to do something similar (reinforced by the typewriter scene in the promo clip for 2.02). I just hope Olivia has coffee flavoured ice cream in her fridge.

      Actually, I don’t know how long Evil Charlie could pose as Good Charlie without tipping his hand, since he seemingly chose Charlie’s ‘shape’ out of random necessity, as opposed to careful planning and preparation. What does he even know about Charlie other than his shoe size?

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  15. Bishop Takes Queen says

    I loved the blatant X-Files nod. When the shapeshifter kills the first dude in the apartment, a quick camera pan reveals the bald dude was watching the first X-Files film on his television.


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    • Page 48 says

      I don’t have a copy to replay, but I think that one of the congressman grilling Broyles also made reference to F-Division’s previous “X” (as in “X-Files”) designation.

      Mark my words, someday we’ll see Peter throwing sharp pencils at the ceiling.

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  16. Cody says

    This episode was a let down. It was cool and all that Olivia flew threw a window. It was just not that much action in this episode because Olivia was in a bed the whole time!!! This episode would have been a lot better if Olivia did not get hurt in the first place!!! The way this episode should have started was with Bell and Olivia talking about “The Pattern”. I realized that without Olivia this episode was BORING. Now we will have to see her heal her wounds and whatever, bringing all the episodes after this one even worse. Its as if since Olivia got hurt, every episode from now one will be a slow start. Olivia will just not be the same!! I did realize that she was returning to herself when she told the FBI girl, “Go get that B**ch” when the shape-shifter jumped out the building, it seemed that would be something the real Olivia would have said. I rate this episode 4/10.

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    • mlj102 says

      I have to disagree with your conclusion that Olivia getting hurt ruined the episode and will ruin future episodes. Actually, I think it would have been rather anti-climactic to start with Olivia and Bell talking. I thought that it made the story that much more interesting and added a whole new layer to things that will make it more exciting. I look forward to the next few episodes and watching as Olivia tries to piece together the truth about what happened to her. And Olivia’s not one to stay down for long. I mean, even in her weakened condition, she still gave that shapeshifter a pretty good fight! I was very impressed. I imagine she’s back and actively involved in the cases by next week. And for this episode, I felt like even though she was in a hospital bed the whole time, she really had the most powerful scenes. There was a lot of emotion and a lot of action taking place in those scenes. And I really think that says something about the writing and the acting that they can take scenes that revolve around the main character stuck in a hospital bed and still make it very powerful and intense. Hopefully you will find you like the upcoming episodes more than you expect to!

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    • Page 48 says

      I wouldn’t sweat Olivia’s condition too much (at all). Remember, Nina Sharp was rushed into the ER after being gunned down in an elevator and 14 minutes later she was in Walter’s lab being introduced to Astrid. That’s a healing miracle not often replicated in real life.

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  17. Pooplip says

    I agree that this episode was a little off mark for a season opener. It was a good episode but when you wait all summer for a new one and then get one like this where the main character is out of commission for 95% of the show it takes it down a notch. That and I hate the fact that that the real Charlie is dead !!!! I call no fairsies!!!!

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  18. Laurie says

    It was very entertaining. I totally missed the observer, am glad to hear someone saw him. The main issue here is that the entire team should be savvy enough to realize that there is a problem, because there Should be two nurses bodies. The one the shapeshifter killed – the real one, and then the actual shapeshifter one. The clothes and bullet problem aside, how come no one is wondering where the original body is?

    As for the clothes and bullet holes problem, obviously there Must be a setting on the box to transport the clothes when you shapeshift too, don’t you think?

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  19. Mary-Jane's Friend says

    I don’t think the writers would make the mistake of the shapeshifter not accounting for enough bodies. I think that there were more than one shapeshifter. What if another Shapeshifter got to Charlier before they were in the basement? All we know from the end is that Charlie’s body is being destroyed. We don’t know when the shape shifting took place.

    Doesn’t that seem like a big mistake for the writers to make considering all of the other small details that they remember?

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