|Air Date:||29 April 2010|
|Written by:|| Jeff Pinkner|
|Directed by:||Seith Mann|
|Guest Cast:|| Lily Pilblad as Ella|
Ari Graynor as Rachel
Michael Cerveris as The Observer
Ryan McDonald as Brandon
Erica Van Briel as Nina's Assistant
|Previously:||The Man From The Other Side|
|Transcript — Additional Images|
Brown Betty is the twentieth episode of the second season of FRINGE. It first aired on April 29th, 2010. Olivia is watching Ella for the day, but has to work. She leaves her niece in the capable hands of Astrid and Walter at the lab. Not shy to the task, Walter spins a wild fable to entertain the young lady.
SynopsisWalter Bishop sits alone at his desk listening to music and smoking from a water pipe. Feeling better about himself, he is motivated and begins to properly label many of the supplies in his lab -- under the watchful eye of Gene. Astrid Farnsworth joins Walter as he finishes his morning chore and Walter announces that he decided it was time to get organized. Astrid recognizes Walter's other recent activity... smoking marijuana. She tells him that she knows how he is feeling and assures him that Peter will return - he just needs some time. Walter bolsters that it is important to take control of one's life. Olivia Dunham enters the lab and Walter immediately asks if there is any news about Peter. Olivia has some leads that she would like to follow up, but needs some support... in marches Ella, Olivia's niece. Ella says hello to everyone and ventures to the refrigerator to retrieve a snack. Rachel is in Chicago for the weekend and Olivia agreed to look after Ella. However, Olivia can't take Ella with her to track down the leads she has on Peter and was wondering if Ella could stay with Walter and Astrid in the lab. Walter doesn't believe he could possibly look after a child in his intoxicated state. Astrid sets Walter straight, Olivia probably wants her to watch after
Later, after Olivia has left the lab, Walter and Ella sit and play the children's game - Operation. Ella chastises Walter as he botches the removal of a broken heart during the game. She wants to know what kind of doctor Walter is - he is not trying - and he is killing the patient. Ella continues with her diagnosis of Walter: He is eating all of her snacks, talking about weird stuff and laughing at everything. Ella suggests Walter tell her a story, maybe like one of the stories he told Peter as a boy. Walter doesn't think he is very good at telling stories, plus he never told Peter stories because he was always too busy with work. Ella works a new angle to get a story out of Walter - maybe he could tell her a story that his parents told him. Walter gets a little more excited about telling a tale to Ella when he remembers that his mother loved detective stories and adored musicals. Astrid coaxes Walter to fabricate a story for Ella, who then throws out the first line - Once Upon A Time.
At Massive Dynamic Headquarters, Detective Bishop meets Nina Sharp in her corporate office. Nina tells Dunham that Broyles contacted her and she thinks she may be able to provide some information about Peter. Nina pegs Peter as a con man and industrial spy who deserves much worse trouble the whatever trouble he currently is in. She sees Peter as a man of many talents and identities, all of which are suspect... and someone who only has his own best interests at heart. Nina suspects that Peter is only pretending to love Rachel - using her somehow for other means. Nina dismiss Dunham with the warning - proceed with caution - Bishop is dangerous. As soon as Dunham leaves the office, Nina dials out and announces, there has been a development.Dunham drives
The story continues in the lab and Detective Dunham discovers that Walter Bishop got her mixed up in the whole affair when he hired an actress to hire her to find Peter Bishop. She wants to know why he didn’t just to come to her himself. Doctor Bishop says he didn’t think she would accept his case since she is selective and only take cases where someone has lost their heart to love. Dunham tells him he has her attention know - she wants to know who Peter Bishop is and why Doctor Bishop is looking for him. The Doctor tells her that Peter was his lab assistant, and the fact they have the same last name is just coincidental. He liked Peter, but now thinks he is dangerous after stealing his most important invention ever. Walter guides his electric wheelchair to a nearby table and retrieves a large journal for Dunham to see. Inside are images of some of his
← The fable goes on as Detective Dunham asks about the glass heart in the Doctor’s journal of inventions. What makes the glass heart so special? The heart is capable of many wondrous things, but it is also a power source that, until recently kept him alive. The Doctor unbuttons the front of his shirt and opens a small metal door embedded on his sternum. A few nights earlier, someone slipped into his room and stole the heart from his chest while he was sleeping. The batteries in his chest now will keep him stable for awhile, but he will die if he doesn’t get the heart back. Dunham asks if he believes Peter stole his heart. The Doctor says the heart is priceless, and it was stolen at the same time that Peter vanished. Doctor Bishop grows sadder when he tells Detective Dunham that he has so much good left to do and that if he dies, all of his ideas will die too. Ella jumps in again – Is Detective Dunham going to help Doctor Bishop? Walter assures Ella that Dunham will help,
The saga resumes and Esther Figglesworth sits before a stern nurse trying to get hired at a busy mental hospital. Esther has a positive attitude and is certain that her experience with all kinds of people will come in handy with the mental patients. She really needs the job, too. Dunham calls Esther on her portable phone and interrupts the tense job interview. Dunham needs her on the new case. Esther wants to know why Dunham thinks she will come back and help her… she hasn’t been paid in six months. Dunham tells her the case is important, plus she is the kind of person that will drop what she is doing in order to help. Detective Dunham is suddenly attacked from behind on the dark street that she is making her portable phone call from. Her attacker, a bald man in a dark suit and dark Fedora hat, holds her against a vehicle then smashes her phone with his foot. He tells her to drop what she is investigating. Still pinned against the vehicle, Dunham yells in pain as her attacker lacerates the top of her chest with the light from a pen that emits laser-type energy – his warning to her - ‘’Don't stick your heart out where it doesn't belong’’.
At a patent office, Dunham meets a clerk, Brandon, who tells her that the drawing of the device she has looks like a patent that was granted a year prior to a big Manhattan technology company. The company, which develops all kinds of ‘’spy stuff’’, is the type of place that Brandon would like to work… Massive Dynamic.Dunham barges into Nina’s office,
Dunham sneaks around to the back of the house and listens to Nina call Bell a radial pattern around East-Central New York State. He avoids the question she has about his map. In the kitchen, he serves her breakfast and tells her that he heard a cop was following him. Dunham corrects him... she is a private detective. The conversation leads to talk of music and dancing, which reveals a lot about a person. They must be opposites -- she is not big on jazz music, but dancing is fine. He is into jazz, but hates to dance. Peter thinks he might make an exception about dancing in her case... it might be fun. Dunham isn't interested in the chit-chat, she is grateful that he saved her - but she knows what he did, he stole the glass heart from Walter. Now Peter corrects Dunham - it seems like she has been fed false information about him with Walter's tale about the heart. Peter walks Olivia back to the map board and tells her that each of the 147 pins on the map represent a child that has been injured by Walter. Walter Bishop has created some wonderful things, but he steals many of the ideas from the dreams of children - replacing them with nightmares. On the map is a pattern of destruction of damaged kids and shattered innocence. Peter decides to show her the heart. He unbuttons his shirt then opens two small doors on his chest to reveal the glass heart -- it is his heart, he was born with it. Peter was willing to give Walter the heart because Walter could do so much more good with it than he could. Then Peter learned the truth about Walter, that he was responsible for so much evil.
Suddenly, a large metal drill
Dunham and Peter burst into Walter's lab and find him holding the glass heart. Walter asks how she knew he stole the heart back. Dunham opens his sketch journal and flips to the page with an image of a large cylindrical drill-type device, the same device that bored through the wall just before Nina's team of Watchers attacked. Dunham walks up to Walter and he places the heart in its' case. Walter swears that he can change his ways and make up for all the harm he has done. Peter studies Walter for a few seconds, then tells Walter that it is too late, something's can not be undone. They take the heart and leave Walter alone in his lab... Walter ends his fictional tale....Ella is frustrated - that wasn't a proper
Walter nods approval for Ella's ending just as Olivia returns to the lab. Ella runs to greet her and tells Olivia how much fun she has had. As Ella recalls how she fixed Walter's sad story, Olivia quietly tells Walter she had no luck trying to locate Peter.
Later that day, Astrid drives Walter home, parks curbside and they both exit the car to go inside the house. A short distance away, across the street, the Observer watches Walter's return home. He takes out his communication device, presses a dozen keys, then reports -- The boy has not returned. He adds that he believes Walter has forgotten his warning - that is a concern.
- The Observer lingers down the street from Walter's house as Walter returns without Peter. He reports that Walter is back - without the boy.
- Apart from Walter's concoction of illegal drugs - Brown Betty is
- a popular apple dessert made with molasses-sugar,
- a well-known type of teapot from England, and
- a hit Duke Ellington club song from the late 1930's.
- Several elements not mentioned since Season 1 reappear in Walter's story, including John Scott and The Beacon.
- Production Notes
- This musical episode was part of the network's primetime theme week, in North America.
- Continuity Error
- During Walter's tale, Olivia discovers Rachel's corpse lying on the floor. When Olivia enters, Rachel's eyes are open. In a second similar shot, Rachel's eyes are closed. Then, in a third profile shot from above, Rachel's eyes are once again open.
- Peter and Olivia join Walter in his lab after Peter had his heart restored. Peter stands a few feet from Walter and stares at him stone-faced with a wooden matchstick in the left corner of his mouth. The camera cuts to Walter's speech for four seconds then back to Peter's emotionless stone-face. The matchstick is firmly planted in the right corner of his mouth without him ever having moved a muscle, facial or otherwise.
- Recurring Theme
- Operation. The board game has been the center of childhood attention before for Ella (The No-Brainer), and Teddy Falls (Johari Window).
- The Pattern & 147. Peter tracks the Pattern with 147 pins. The identical number of people (147) were aboard Pattern-related aircaft. (Pilot) & (The Transformation).
- Viewing Device. Nina uses the same device to view William Bell that Walter used to view the alternate universe (Peter).
- Episode References
- Big Eddie. Walter's tale incorporates Peter's gambling debt that was mentioned briefly in Season 1. (Pilot) & (The Arrival).
|"For your healthy heart" - written on the egg carton (The Man From The Other Side), foreshadows Walter's tale of "broken and mended hearts" in Brown Betty.|
• Roundabout by Yes
• Blue Moon by Django Reinhardt
• Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears
• Freddie Freeloader by Miles Davis
• Head Over Heels by Walter
• Low Spark of High Heeled Boys by Broyles
• The Candy Man by The Corpses
• I Hope I Get It by Astrid
• For Once In My Life by Olivia
• The Candy Man by Walter
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Brown Betty/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Outside of Walter's Tale
- What business did Rachel have in Chicago for the weekend?
- Did Peter go to Chicago after he left the hospital early?
- Who was the Observer talking to as he watched Walter return home?
- Was he talking to the same person he talked to during The Arrival?
- Does Walter remember relationship specifics better when stoned?
- If so, does that stem from having parts of his brain stolen years ago?
- Will Ella's exposure to a "senior citizen stoner" detract from her willingness to respect, or honor, members of the "baby-boomer generation"?
- 'Fact' Within The Fiction
- How much truth lies within the fictional tale told by Walter?
- Are the Observers aligned with Nina like the Watchers in the fable?
- Are Nina and Bell emotionally involved?
- Is Massive Dynamic an opponent to public good?
- Does Walter utilize song lyrics to dramatize the plight of characters within his story because they parallel the lives of his team?
- Do Singing Corpses represent Walter's pride in himself and his ability to make corpses do just about anything?