Over There (Part 1)

Over There (Part 1)

Season 2, Episode 21
Aired: May 13th, 2010
Written By: J. H. Wyman, Jeff Pinkner, Akiva Goldsman
Directed By: Akiva Goldsman

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In this episode, Peter is taken back to the "Other Side" by his real father, dubbed "Walternate". FBI agent Olivia Dunham and Walter lead a team of former Cortexiphan test subjects to retrieve him after discovering that Peter is an unwitting part of Walternate's plans to bring about the destruction of our universe using an ancient doomsday device.

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This episode's glyphs spell:


The Observer provided Olivia with a schematic of a machine, and Walternate was shown to have mostly built it in the Redverse. This suggests Walternate may want to use it for his cause.

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The Observer can be seen dropping off a paper for Olivia at the bar.



Previous Episode Clue

Peter finds a bubble gum wrapper with a comic that says "You can't get there from here" in 'Northwest Passage', foreshadowing his visit to the alternate universe in 'Over There (Part 1)'.

Previous episode clue

Next Episode Clue

Fauxlivia is positioned in front of a solid blue painting in 'Over There (Part 1)' foreshadowing her switch with Olivia, her Blueverse doppelganger, in 'Over There (Part 2)'.

Next episode clue


  • The alternate universe is referred to as the 'Redverse' by fans due to the red title sequence used when this universe is featured in episodes.
  • The Fringe team is part of a full-fledged branch of the Department of Defense in the Redverse. (Image 1)
  • Fringe Headquarters in the Redverse is in New York City.
  • The Observer gave Olivia the diagram of the Machine. (Image 2)
  • Cortexiphan subjects in this episode: James Heath, Sally Clarke, Nick Lane.
  • Walternate has already built the Machine depicted in the scrolls. (Image 3)
  • Walternate took a piece of the Machine called the 'mC Wave Sink No3'. (Image 4)
Item of interest: Fringe Division
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Fringe Division
Item of interest: Machine scroll
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Machine scroll
Item of interest: Walternate's machine
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Walternate's machine
Item of interest: mC Wave Sink No3
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mC Wave Sink No3


Fringe Division case file
Fringe Division case file: Over There (Part 1)


  • They use Show Me cards for identification.
  • Fringe division has to quarantine dangerous zones in amber. (Image 1)
  • They don't know who Andrew Jackson is and they have Martin Luther King, Jr. on the $20 bill. (Image 2)
  • Their Statue of Liberty is still copper-colored (presumably because they have the technology to combat oxidation). (Image 3)
  • Their Department of Defense is on Liberty Island in New York. (Image 4)
  • The states in America are somewhat different. Texas is split into North and South, there is just one Dakota, Kansas and Oklahoma are merged, and half of California is gone. There's no indication of Hawaii or Alaska. Click here for more information. (Image 5)
  • The West Wing is on season 11. (Image 6)
  • Cabbage Patch Dolls are still popular. (Image 7)
  • They have the White Pages instead of the Yellow Pages. (Image 8)
  • They have a U.S. dollar coin depicting Richard Nixon. (Image 9)
Redverse: <b>Image 1:</b> Quarantine device
Image 1: Quarantine device
Redverse: <b>Image 2:</b> $20 bill
Image 2: $20 bill
Redverse: <b>Image 3:</b> Statue of Liberty
Image 3: Statue of Liberty
Redverse: <b>Image 4:</b> Department of Defense
Image 4: Department of Defense
Redverse: <b>Image 5:</b> United States map
Image 5: United States map
Redverse: <b>Image 6:</b> The West Wing
Image 6: The West Wing
Redverse: <b>Image 7:</b> Cabbage Patch Dolls
Image 7: Cabbage Patch Dolls
Redverse: <b>Image 8:</b> The White Pages
Image 8: The White Pages
Redverse: <b>Image 9:</b> Dollar coin
Image 9: Dollar coin


"Fringe Division is a special branch of the Department of Defense. Its primary focus are natural environmental disasters that began in 1985 with the Zero Event at Reiden Lake."
"And what are these natural disasters?"
"They're holes in the fabric of the universe, sir."
"And how do you know all this?"
"I know it because I read it in the ZFT in 1995 when you wrote and published it."


A visualization of all the ways this episode connects to other episodes. Scroll down to see the actual connections.
Connection chart: Over There (Part 1)


S1E03 - The Ghost Network

  • The bus in "The Ghost Network" is ambered. Ambering later becomes a real safety tool used by the other side as seen in "Over There (Part 1)". (Image 1)
Connection: Ambering device
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S2E21 - Over There (Part 1)
Ambering device

S1E11 - Bound

  • Mitchell Loeb (in "Bound"):
    "Do you not understand the rules, what we're up against, who the two sides are?"

    The two sides of the war, the Blueverse and the Redverse, become apparent in "Over There (Part 1)".


S1E14 - Ability

  • In "Ability", the ZFT manuscript appears to have been written by Walter and/or Bell. In "Over There (Part 1)" Fauxlivia states that Walternate wrote and published ZFT in the Redverse.

S1E17 - Bad Dreams

  • Nick Lane is being kept in a coma indefinitely at the end of "Bad Dreams". In "Over There (Part 1)" Olivia learned that he and other found Cortexiphan subjects have been training to keep their abilities under control. (Image 1)
Connection: Nick Lane
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S2E21 - Over There (Part 1)
Nick Lane

S1E19 - The Road Not Taken

  • Alt Charlie (in "The Road Not Taken"):
    "You have half of Boston in quarantined lockdown and you're worried about a pair of charred twins?"

    In "Over There (Part 1)" we see the amber quarantine protocol in effect.


S2E16 - Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver.

  • James Heath, a Cortexiphan subject, couldn't control his abilities in "Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver.". In "Over There (Part 1)" he had been trained to cure disease instead of cause it. (Image 1)
Connection: James Heath
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S2E21 - Over There (Part 1)
James Heath

S3E01 - Olivia

  • In "Olivia" they gave Olivia the same tattoo as Fauxlivia had in "Over There (Part 1)". (Image 1, 2)
Connection: Fauxlivia's tattoo
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S2E21 - Over There (Part 1)
Fauxlivia's tattoo
Connection: Olivia's tattoo
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S3E01 - Olivia
Olivia's tattoo

S3E15 - Subject 13

  • Walter had the Cortexiphan subjects stand in a circle around him to activate their abilities in "Over There (Part 1)" just like he did when they were children in "Subject 13". (Image 1, 2)
Connection: Cortexiphan subjects
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S2E21 - Over There (Part 1)
Cortexiphan subjects
Connection: Cortexiphan subjects
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S3E15 - Subject 13
Cortexiphan subjects

S3E22 - The Day We Died

  • The End-of-Dayers targeted the Orpheum Theater in "The Day We Died", a soft spot from when Olivia and the other Cortexiphan subjects crossed over to get Peter in "Over There (Part 1)". (Image 1)
Connection: Orpheum Theater attack
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S3E22 - The Day We Died
Orpheum Theater attack

S4E06 - And Those We've Left Behind

  • In "And Those We've Left Behind" Astrid used the same wand to detect abnormalities that Lincoln used in the opera house in "Over There (Part 1)". (Image 1, 2)
Connection: Lincoln using the wand
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S2E21 - Over There (Part 1)
Lincoln using the wand
Connection: Astrid using the wand
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S4E06 - And Those We've Left Behind
Astrid using the wand

S4E08 - Back to Where You've Never Been

  • In "Back to Where You've Never Been" Peter and Lincoln set up the universe portal in the Orpheum Theater, the same place Walter, Olivia, and the Cortexiphan subjects crossed over to rescue Peter in "Over There (Part 1)". (Image 1)
Connection: Universe portal
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S4E08 - Back to Where You've Never Been
Universe portal

S4E13 - A Better Human Being

  • Olivia (in "A Better Human Being"):
    "Peter, I remember William Bell. I remember crossing over to bring you back."

    As Olivia continued to regain her memories in "A Better Human Being" she mentioned remembering the events of "Over There (Part 1)".


S4E20 - Worlds Apart

  • Nick Lane (in "Worlds Apart"):
    "Lincoln. Hi. I'm Nick Lane. I don't know if you remember me, but we grew up in the same neighborhood in Philly. I was a couple of years behind you in school. You went out with my sister Kendra."

    Lincoln recognized Nick Lane when they saw each other in "Over There (Part 1)".