FRINGE Replay: 2.19 Brown Betty

Since Fox are re-airing “Brown Betty” tonight we thought it would be worth posting a “Brown Betty” replay thread in case anyone wants to discuss the episode for the first time, or re-submerge themselves in the haze.


While Walter deals with some very upsetting news, he tells Olivia’s niece, Ella (guest star Lily Pilblad), a fairy tale that includes musical performances by Olivia and Agent Broyles in the re-airing of  the“Brown Betty” episode of FRINGE airing Friday, April 8, 9/8c on FOX. (FR 2.19)

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

Guest Cast: Ari Graynor as Rachel Dunham; Michael Cerveris as September; Lily Pilblad as Ella; Ryan McDonald as Brandon.

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“Brown Betty” Re-Promo

Also, “Brown Betty” has been included in TV’s Best Musical Moments by the NY Daily News:

The sci-fi series has jumped on the musical bandwagon with a special episode featuring the main cast, including Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv, breaking into song and dance. Though the show’s subject matter is far from light, executive producer Jeff Pinkner managed to make the concept work by staging a musical inside the mind of the show’s mad scientist.

Thanks to Teddy for the heads-up.


  1. says

    We haven’t seen Rachel and/or Ella for a long time! I hope they come back next season :)
    I love Brown Betty, Fringe never disappoints me, their storylines are amazing! Can’t wait for next week when we get a new episode! 😀

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  2. runthegamut says

    Did anyone else hear the Newton’s death theme/Altlivia sex theme when Peter was showing Olivia the map? I can’t think why it would be there.

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  3. Blind says

    With Sam’s prediction of Peter choosing one olivia/universe or the other I believe what would prevent that would be if Peter can “split his heart in half”. Peter would not dare destroy a universe if olivia or his son were in them.

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  4. KLA says

    Well, I noticed something new in re-watching Bronw Betty. In the end the Observer said “the boy has not returned.” I had assumed that the Observers always knew where Peter was, especially given the falling through the ice incident, and other ones. Here it seemed that they had no idea where he was, which stood out for me. Other than that, it was great to see Nina, who has been MIA lateley. Great new clip for the next episode as well.

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  5. FinChase says

    I always enjoy this episode. I initially approached it with a great deal of trepidation, but I thought they pulled it off.

    I loved the re-appearance of the Beacon in this episode, used here as a tracking device. I wonder if there is an element of truth in this? I’m hoping we’ll see the Beacon again soon–along with some Rogue Observers!

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  6. says

    Interesting. The nurse Astrid interviews with wears a name badge identifying her as A. Makita R.N. A cultural reference to the director and producer of Stargate television. Hmmmmmm….. an obvious analogy. A TV director and producer is like being a supervising nurse in a loony bin.

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  7. hal says

    watching brown betty after seeing it thrice already was like.. brown town.. i stopped halfway through.

    best moment: when olivia gets stabbed in the chest

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  8. Robert says

    I refused to rewatch Brown Betty. Sure, it was an epic episode, but I already watched it a couple of times. Maybe a good thing to lure in new viewers, but otherwise pointless imo.

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  9. WaySeeker says

    Are we giving alternate names to characters like we have for Over There?
    Because they are all in Walter’s mind so they are not the same, you know?

    I thought of one! Astrid in “Brown Betty” can be called Wastrid.
    Because Walter is wasted 😀 or FacePalm-groan

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