4x21 Brave New World (Part 1)
First Aired: May. 04, 2012 on FOX
Summary: A mysterious Fringe event causing people to spontaneously combust forces Walter to revisit his painful past while the Fringe team faces off against David Robert Jones to save the world, or worlds.
Main Characters in this Episode
- Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Peter comments about burning a hole all the way to China, Walter corrects him saying it's a myth and you would actually end up in India. In actuality if you travel to the exact opposite side of the earth from Boston, MA you would end up somewhere in the Indian ocean about 700 miles southwest of Australia.
- Goof (continuity error): When Olivia takes Jessica's phone back, the camera shows that the background of the iPhone's lock screen is Jessica's daughter. Before the camera zooms into the phone, there is the home page of the phone, not the lock screen. Also, the lock screen would normally have a panning highlight animation over the ''slide to unlock'' text. On this scene however, the highlight is frozen over the word unlock. Which reveals that the screen is actually a snapshot of a lock screen. Perhaps in order to delete the carrier name from the screen, which is also missing.
- Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Walter states that it's a myth that if you drill straight through the earth from Boston, you will reach China. Instead, you will reach India. The other side of the globe of Boston is open water near Southwest Australia.
- Astrid Farnsworth's Agent's ID is JH112402.
- "He's alive! I'm telling you he's alive!" says Walter Bishop, 20mn into the episode, referring to William Bell. "It's alive! I'm telling you it's alive!" is a quote from James Whale's 1931 "Frankenstein", the words spoken as fitting by the mad scientist himself - Viktor von Frankenstein being an inspiration for Bishop's character. The words were quoted again in Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" (1974) and were the title for Larry Cohen's "It's Alive" (1974 again).
- Dr. Benlo's name is an anagram for Noble; Samantha Noble's real surname.
- The character Dr. Benlo is played by Samantha Noble, real-life daughter of John Noble who plays Dr. Walter Bishop.