A New Day in the Old Town
Episode 1 of 23 within Season Two. Item 22 of 115 overall.
Production number 3X5101.
J. J. Abrams - Writer
Akiva Goldsman - Writer
Akiva Goldsman - Director
58 votes
In the stunning first season finale, Olivia traveled to an intriguing parallel universe to meet with Massive Dynamic founder William Bell.
Season two opens with her shocking return to this perplexing alternate reality, while Peter, unknowningly in a race aginst 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.
Fringe case file # 201-91709
original airdate-September 17,2009                      rating-7.82 million
songs; Fringe "Main Title Theme" by JJ Abrams
  1. "Can't Find My Way Home" by Green Grass 
Glyph code spells--TOWER
Goofs--Lighting equipment is reflected on Nina's sunglasses when she tells Broyles to "save the day" after the Senate hearing.
  • Just after Olivia wakes up in hospital, she's trying to explain what happened, and we hear a heart monitor getting faster and faster - the doctor looks concerned and says they need to get her pulse down. But when we cut to the monitor itself it shows her heart rate as 72 - a perfectly normal value.

Fringe Event: Shapeshifters

Observer Sighting--The Observer crosses the blocked street in front of the empty crash vehicles.

  • Walter claims a new addiction to "Moules à la crème normande". It doesn't exist as such: it's either "Moules à la crème" or "Moules à la Normande" (mussels with cream).
  • Agent Jessup misquotes Shakespeare. She says "There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt....," before Peter interrupts. The correct quote, from Hamlet, is - "There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."


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regional titles

A New Day in de Oude Stad
A New Day in the Old Town
A New Day dans la vieille ville
A New Day in der Altstadt
Lá Nua ar an Sean Bhaile
Un nuovo giorno nella Città Vecchia
Un nuevo día en el casco antiguo