Fringe Episode 3.17 Stowaway


ANSWERS LEAD TO NEW QUESTIONS ON AN ALL-NEW “FRINGE”

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, ON FOX

When the Fringe team investigates an apparent suicide victim, they uncover a second set of fingerprints leading them to a woman with uncanny characteristics that cannot die in the all-new “Stowaway” episode of FRINGE airing Friday, March 18 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (FR 3.17) (TV-14 L, V).

Cast: Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham; Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop; John Noble as Walter Bishop; Lance Reddick as Phillip Broyles; Blair Brown as Nina Sharp; Jasika Nicole as Astrid Farnsworth.

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  1. hal says

    Wow. That was amazing. Definitely need to watch this a few more times.

    Personally, this episode was a synchronicity and a half, while talking about synchronicity. *pinches self*

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  2. Ben says

    Very fun, and yet deep episode. I did love how Bellivia had an obvious case of the hots for Astrid, and how Astrid wanted none of it.

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  3. says

    It’s interesting…Clearly Peter recognized Over Here Lincoln. I appreciate that he kept the info to himself and treated him as a standalone individual.

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    • FinChase says

      I don’t think he did/could have recognized Lincoln. Lincoln had already been burned by the time Peter met AltLivia, and then he went back shortly after that. Now presumably, in her debriefs, Olivia has talked about both Lincoln and Alt-Charlie, so the whole team may have recognized his name.

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      • says

        I based my assumption of recognition on how Josh played the scene. It appeared as if there was a slight hesitation and something he did with his eyes that caught my attention. I also assumed that it was a name recognition more than he remembered meeting or something like that.

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  4. AnTo says

    Wow Anna Torv mindblowing awesome, fantastic.

    The Bellie-Walter scenes, and the flirting with Astrid, and the endscene, the glimpse of Olivia and back, Brilliant.

    And proof that OurOlivia is the energy in the FBI team. She would be great together with Lincoln . he did a bit what Olivia normally does, withut the action and the gun, and I think Olivia would have been better on the phone.

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    • AnTo says

      Strange that is the season of Olivia apparently, while we do not see much of OurOlivia, sadly. I do hope she will return begore the end of epi 19, and is able to use Bells info.

      Perhaps a sign that Anna Torv said in an interview today that the most fun she had playing so far was the Bellie role. May be she is bored with the Olivia Peter boring storyline ?

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  5. FringeFan says

    Pros
    – Torv was great – good impersonation of Nimoy’s Bell
    – Byplay between Bell and Walter was fun stuff
    – Good dynamic between Peter and Lincoln as well

    Cons1
    – Sloppy continuity…WTH! They have Bell there and don’t bother to question him about the scattering of Walter’s brain? That’s an important plot point they didn’t address at all. Also, where was Nina???!!!! As Bell’s right hand women, she would have totally been there interacting with him

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    • AnTo says

      I missed Nina as well, and all the info. But Anna Torv gave an interview at tvline, it looks like Bell will stay a bit longer, so the information will come later, she seems to enjoy it a lot.
      You cannot spill all the beans at once.

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    • says

      Nina’s absence stood out to me as well, but I am willing to play along. However, Nina will need to be featured having some sort of interaction in 2 weeks.
      I also liked how Lincoln and Peter worked together.
      Bellivia: ” Stranger things have happen…”

      Lincoln: ” Um…No they haven’t.” ( That really tickled me!)

      It was rather enjoyable to watch Bellivia and Walter together. It’s no wonder they accomplished so much together, they feed off of the other’s energy. They really are like 2 halves of a whole. It seemed that with Bell back around Walter was at his best.

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    • kidentropia says

      peter and lincoln´s dynamic was brilliant. they should totally include him as a regular/recurring character over here.

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      • AnTo says

        Also the way she was looking when calculating on the board, brilliant.
        And the little movement with her leg when she was standing besides the desk.Anna Torv was really enjoying herself.

        It seems that they get the script for the next episode 5 days before, so preparation time would be 1 week while still working?

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  6. FinChase says

    So the easter egg last week for this week’s episode was Olivia’s umbrella. I thought it had to be at the time since we’ve never seen her with an umbrella before.

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    • FinChase says

      And discussing who should milk Bellie–I mean Gene! I’ll bet they were cracking up on the set while filming this episode.

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  7. AG says

    I also want to complement on Anna Torv’s performance as Belivia. Espeically in the last scene that Olivia came back briefly, I could really see our olivia’s familiiar classic facial expression, then it disappeared and switched back to William Bell. She is amazing in this episode.

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  8. Pam says

    Nice episode – I wonder what it is that Belly discovered about the connection between the woman’s story and his own….

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  9. Super_Evie says

    Anyone else struck by how many bare-limbed trees there were in the background of a number of scenes in this episode?

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  10. KLA says

    Well done. I really liked this episode. It did not have the faster pacing that some of the episodes in season 1 and 2 had, but enjoyable. I too agreed that Nina’s absence was a little suspect, but I will give the writers a chance.

    Nice work by Josh Jackson. He had a lot of different expressions that conveyed how the guy was feeling. In fact, when he came home, took the milk from sleeping Walter, and heard Bellie say he was staying there, all I could say was “awkward.” I mean where was he/she going to sleep?? Peter looked decidedly uncomfortable there.

    I missed the Observer. Did anyone see him?

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  11. Megan says

    Well this episode wasn’t as lame as I thought. I’ll be honest, I cringed when I heard they were gonna do this and when I saw clips. But Anna Torv did a great job…Bell hitting on Astrid was too funny! I also liked the exchange between Bell and Lincoln…”Stranger things have happened” “Um..No they haven’t” That was great:) I really hope we get to this Our Lincoln again.
    Paula Malcomson was great in the episode.

    And I hope that since they have Bell around they can ask him some questions, like about Walter’s brain and the shapshifters!

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    • says

      I totally forgot about he Shapeshifters! Indeed, I hope that Peter gets the opportunity for some answers ON SCREEN. I could see the show having the explanation occur off screen and Peter saying something like, ” Before Bell left he gave me the key code.”, and just moving right along with the plot.

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        • g33k says

          I think they have to pay more attention to getting the key code next week with a full scene because that would involve Bellivia vising Massive Dynamic with someone to go get the code. What’re they all just going to ignore Nina when they go there? That would make Bell a real b*****d to Nina! (although him hitting on Astrid so much makes me wonder…)

          I’m looking forward to a scene with Bell and Nina.

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  12. Dylan says

    Where was Nina? Why would Bell say that “as a scientist” he likes to believe in fate (the exact opposite of what a scientist likes to believe)? Why was Bell so perverted (and unlike the times we have seen Bell in the past)? Why did the woman only look into the christian-afterlife (as if other religions or science just didn’t exist)? Why did nobody ask Bell, at the risk of him not being able to get a body, questions about the machine?

    I dunno. The episode was alright, but there are things like those above that annoyed me. The ending to the standalone aspect was also quite anticlimactic.
    Can’t see why this had to have a standalone aspect at all, why couldn’t they have just made the episode a mythology-driven one and had the machine storyline actually progress.

    Once again the lack of Nina in this particular episode, given what has occurred, is just confounding.

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    • Dylan says

      I’ll just add to, as someone else above brought up, why didn’t Peter get the information of the shape-shifters from Bell straight away?

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  13. Dylan says

    btw, having just seen next week’s promo, who else is thinking “rogue observers” (aka the bad guy in ‘the arrival’)?

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  14. real1 says

    i think … am the only one who’s missing Olivia ? …. no Olivia no episode for me ! but wait .. the last 2 seconds she was there … but not there :(

    am doubting our Lee … i don’t know why .. am guessing he is a shapshifter !!

    Belly doesn’t have a time to call Nina .. he is looking after Astroo now ! and Walter no longer is concerning about Peter’s happiness !!

    And Olivia is fighting what ever inside her or she was running from something or I don’t know any thing from any thing with this soul thingi !!!

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    • AnTo says

      I miss Olivia very much, the character Olivia has been mistreated this season, hopefully she will get her revenge, all the men who have used, abused , lied and violated her, Walter, Walternate, Peter, Brandonate.

      Instead of Olivia you watch the brilliance of Anna Torv.

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    • scully8 says

      You are not the only one . . . I feel like, although Anna Torv seems to enjoy it, ourOlivia is being given shortshift. In the beginning the character use to make me cringe, but now she is essential.

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  15. says

    “Why was Bell so perverted (and unlike the times we have seen Bell in the past)? Why did the woman only look into the christian-afterlife (as if other religions or science just didn’t exist)? Why did nobody ask Bell, at the risk of him not being able to get a body, questions about the machine?”

    As to Bell’s attempts at flirtation with Astrid: Bell has never met Astrid before and clearly fancied her. He was really being perverted, he was just playfully hitting on her and Jasika played off of it well. It’s not like he propositioned her or was checking out her ass or anything.

    I would guess the focus was so heavily Christian based because Dana was probably Christian. Her backstory could include growing up Catholic and that was why she sought answers and spoke of purpose, because in her tribulation she leaned on her faith to provide an explanation. I really don’t know, just a guess though.

    Yes there were contrivances a plenty, but I am will to go along with them. Should/Could they have asked Bell about the Machine? Sure, but where the episode started it didnt seem like we were even 24 hours into the introduction of Bellivia. So (and again I’m just going along for the ride) maybe it was important to ensure the safety of Olivia and making sure that her consciousness could be restored safely before digging into Bell’s brain. He’ll be with us for a bit, so I imagine (or at least hope) that we’ll explore Bell knowledge of Over There, Walternate, and the First People.

    For the record, though I’m playing along, I do agree that the lack of Nina was a glaring omission.

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  16. Dylan says

    The writers need to stop with the near-to-standalone episodes, they need to stop playing for just humour’s and ‘what if”s sake, they need to get back to the plot at hand, the machine and the alternate universe, and actually progress. They can’t keep playing around as if their show is not on the bubble of cancellation, and actually get us somewhere.

    In the number of episode it’s taken since the show came back with ‘firefly’, Olivia had been trapped, brainwashed, captured, and escaped from the alternate universe; talk about change in pace.

    The ending to ‘reciprocity’ still being ignored also continues to rub me very much in the wrong way.

    I love this show, but the writers seriously need to stop slacking around and deliver on what they promised. This second half of the season has been very disappointing, and overall progress has been minimal. I’m starting to lose interest.

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    • real1 says

      I hear you , i don’t know how Belivia and Peter didn’t talk about the memories and didn’t mention it to Broyles at least ????

      I like the compacting story line .. but .. i don’t know …. I don’t know what to say really … i was hoping to find more from Belivia .. more revealing … and we are about the ending of the season and still so many questions without answers … at least continue something there ……

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    • says

      Don’t give up yet! The trouble with having 22-24 episodes in a season is that you have to fill it with something. Most story arcs even the most elaborate of them can come to a close in as little as 6 episodes. I do like the British model of 12-13 episodes. It allows for very tight storytelling.

      Even in the standalone episodes there is an attempt to pepper some mythology in to varying degrees.

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      • Dylan says

        I understand the issues with such a large episode-count, but it’s not like the writer’s don’t have plenty of things that need addressing.

        With the show’s future so precarious, it’s ridiculous for the writers to play around the way they do. They may not come back, and they have a storyline that needs addressing. You don’t go from procedural to serialized then back to procedural – there’s no logic in it.

        I’ll stay with the show until the very end, but I’d like to say that I enjoyed what I saw.

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  17. Sprint Ford says

    In one of Rocos future trivias, he should ask how many times has Sprint product placement been used! You can this episode here to the list.

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    • Dylan says

      I don’t think any scene beats the one in ‘6955khz’ where Astrid and Peter have that phone conversation where they’re speaking to each other’s faces projected on the monitor. That was so heavy-handed lol

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  18. says

    Excellent episode! Compliments to the writers, director and cast for this one.
    It had everything in balance: Fringe stuff happening, thoughts and actions over afterlife itself, fun between Bellie and Walter, the introduction of agent Lee ‘over here’, and so on.

    It’s in my Fringe Top 5 for sure. :)

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  19. number six says

    Bellivia made me want to strangle kittens. That was… uncomfortable to watch. I read that interview with Anna Torv on TVLine, where she said she wasn’t good at mimicking people. While that’s clearly true, I have to give her props, because she obviously worked hard for this and she had a couple of really good moments.

    However, I found Bell disappointing. He invaded Olivia’s body with no regard for her well-being and he did very little, other than being annoying. Unfortunately, I also found Walter almost as annoying as Bell. For all his whining about the machine and Walternate to convince the team to keep Bell for a while, he forgot about it, as soon as he had Bell secured. He didn’t bother to ask any pertinent questions, that could help Peter and he didn’t show any concern for Olivia, either.

    Astrid’s and Peter’s reactions to Bell made this a bit more palatable, but, seriously, Bell behaving like a dirty old man with Astrid was rather disturbing. And why was he taunting Peter about his fate? That man has left a very negative impression in me. I wanted Nimoy back as William Bell, but after this episode, I’m not so sure.

    The dynamic between Peter and Lincoln was fantastic. Those two have great chemistry, so I hope the friendship continues to evolve if they bring this Lincoln back. The case this week wasn’t of the flashy kind, but I liked it. They obviously didn’t want to steal the spotlight from Bellivia, but I found myself caring more for what was happening to Dana Grey (amazing actress that one), since Bellivia was so useless.

    The best scene for me was the last one, where Bell is talking to a very distressed Peter and Olivia flashes briefly. Great acting from both Josh (from looking utterly miserable to how his face lit up, when he thought Olivia was back) and Anna (shifting from Bell to Olivia and back to Bell).

    By the way, I found it hilarious, that Bell made Olivia’s eyebrows a bit thicker and darker. Did he borrow some make-up from Astrid or did he use Olivia’s? :D

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  20. Megan says

    Ummm I really want to buy a Sprint phone. I wonder why that is? Wait I know..it’s because of all the Sprint PRODUCT PLACEMENT lately!!!!!!!

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  21. runpaceyrun says

    LOVED The Stowaway. Walter & Bellivia were very funny together….and smoking some Brown Betty….and gettin the giggles whilst brushing Gene. Oh so funny that Bell was crushin on poor Astrid……Jasika played ‘feeling uncomfortable and downright creeped out’ so well. Pissed off Peter…great to see. This poor boy just cannot get a break! He just wants his recently acquired girlfriend back!!!! Liked OVER HERE’s Lincoln Lee. This surprised me…cos i dont like OVER THERE’s Lincoln at all. And best of all ANNA TORV…..she was simply BRILLIANT…AMAZING….and AWESOME as Bellivia. As ive said before ….Anna deserves every award under the sun. She has consistently prooven that she is the BEST actress on tv at the moment!!! She is Fringe’s very own gold statuette. Makes me very proud to be an aussie Fringe fan!!!
    Mr Wyman & Mr Pinkner continue to deliver the goods when it comes to Fringe. They are the gods of the Fringeverse!!!

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    • Dessy says

      i totally agree
      she’s fantastic!!!
      and i loved the episode so much. The bellivia stuff was awesome. And Peter was so adorable too in the episode. God* i love Fringe

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    • says

      It could be due to the whole Bellivia thing. I admit that I wasn’t sure if the concept could be pulled off for an entire episode. Think about it as “The Brown Betty effect”. Just as many fans were split over a musical episode of Fringe and if it would just be too wacky or cheesy to bear; this “soul magnets” plot has managed to have the same effect.
      Also it’s the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament in the states. I know my husband was in the other room watch college basketball while I was in our room watching Fringe.

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      • FinChase says

        Which would be too bad since this was a very entertaining episode. Hopefully it was March Madness and everyone dropped last night.

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  22. roneo says

    I´ve enjoyed a lot the episode (Bellivia´s interaction with each one of the other characters has being hilarious) although there are a couple of issues that quite bother me:

    – Just in case they can’t find a proper host for Bell, shouldn’t they be trying to get the more information they could from Bellivia? I´ve seen few interest in this, they have being working mostly in solving the case.
    – Walter’s ethical and moral sense has also gone to the ether….As in old times, he has only two priorities: obviously, Peter; and now, besides, the recovered team work with his old friend and craziness partner. ¿Olivia’s welfare? ¿What’s that?

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  23. Chromanin says

    I have only one question… Peter, WTH were you thinking when at the end you accepted a cup of tea from William Bell??!! :D

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  24. augusta says

    Wow. Bell is really offensive. Poor Astrid. I feel bad for Peter and really bad for Olivia. Walter and Bell are truly the poster children for science run amok. “Why would anyone want to kill a scientist? ” Oh let me count the reasons, Walter. And they are completely oblivious to how immoral they are. Fascinating. That said, if we get some answers from Bell, I will consider this torture almost worthwhile. (Not to say that Anna Torv isn’t awesome in this role — especially the last scene… damn…) Was great to see Lincoln Lee, loved seeing Peter doing his thing and showing some emotion…and he was so cute with Lincoln. And Bell and Walter together would have been cool if I wasn’t distracted by the fact that Olivia was getting screwed by these guys yet again… sigh… too bad we have to wait two weeks b4 seeing whats going on with her

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