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Leonard Nimoy’s William Bell To Cameo In Tonight’s FRINGE??

I am – Hercules!! Last week we saw mole-scorpion boy crushed at a convenient moment by a parked squad car. Peter and Olivia are about to return to Iraq, but the real news may be a cameo tonight from Leonard Nimoy as William Bell, last seen chatting Olivia up on an upper floor of Earth 2’s very not-destroyed World Trade Center towers. Tonight:
Peter, Walter, Olivia and Broyles pursue a strange and deadly occurrence in Philadelphia where a bomb blew up inside a train station but left no trace of any explosive device. The perplexing and unexplained set of circumstances returns Walter to the lab to closely examine the human remains where he uncovers an unlikely energy source that triggered the explosion. With the explosive threat of more bombs and links to a classified military project, the intense investigation leads Olivia and Peter to Iraq.
Next week:
Recuperating from the traumatic and alarming meeting with Massive Dynamic founder William Bell (guest star Nimoy), Agent Dunham consumes a powerful “fringe” concoction that Dr. Bishop prescribes to stimulate her memory. Meanwhile, the Fringe Division investigates a series of robbery cases that are tied to shape-shifting. As clues are tracked and memories are jogged, another woman experimented on by Dr. Bishop is introduced and a flashback reveals more about Olivia’s visit to the alternate reality.
9 p.m. Thursday. Fox.

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  • Oct. 1, 2009, 1:34 a.m. CST

    SPAWN was a cool movie

    by JuanSanchez

    Johnny Legs turned in a great performance.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 1:34 a.m. CST

    "Stay sharp; the night is young."

    by JuanSanchez

    Great line.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 2:38 a.m. CST

    I hope Van Halen hurries up and makes some new music.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 2:47 a.m. CST

    I love those freaking Observer videos.

    by LordEnigma

    Seriously, the rewinding effect always trips me out. Oh yeah, William Bell is the Devil, and Walter Bishop got scrambled from getting Earth 2's Peter Bishop. Good times.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 3:27 a.m. CST

    JuanSanchez = Harry

    by A G

    And I sure am becoming more and more interested in Fringe. Hope it pulls an X-Files and becomes great by Season 3.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 3:59 a.m. CST

    I really like this show.

    by Kubla_Khan

    Shape-shifters ahoy!

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 5:52 a.m. CST

    I know Entertainment Weekly said as much...

    by Heckles

    Is this Entertainment Weekly's website? Is it? Because I like Entertainment Weekly. It's nice that in the age of the internet a weekly magazine that covers entertainment can print relevant information before a website that spreads its quotes across several direct-to-video covers. Where am I?

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Joe Buck + FOX Sports = Extra Douchey

    by YackBacker

    Just my "observation"

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 7:20 a.m. CST

    This show has...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...grown on me. Hope it survives the death slot they've dropped it in.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Love Fringe, Flashforward Not Getting A Talkback?

    by Crow3711

    I thought after last weeks premiere was fairly large, and for the vast majority, very enjoyable, it might be worthy of a weekly TB right alongside Fringe. perhaps a wait and see approach is better, to judge its worthiness. Either way, very much looking forward to tonight. Should bring two excellent episodes.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Re: conspiracies

    by YackBacker

    I love the genre, the whole PARALLAX VIEW, THE CONVERSATION vibe, but I was watching an old X-FILES episode the other night and it struck me how silly the premise is--- that anyone within the government has the competence and the resources to do anything nefarious. We can't even get fucking health care!!! So, as escapist fun, the genre is just that- a departure from all reality.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 8:21 a.m. CST

    So they're just going to keep teasing us with memories?

    by SpyGuy

    OLIVIA: "This reminds me of something. Something I've forgotten. If only I could remember what it was." <p>WALTER: "Well, it just so happens I spilled a can of Dr. Pepper into my sensory deprivation tank, Agent Dunham. I think it should help nicely, although only for maybe a minute or two because we have a whole season of episodes to fill..."</p>

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Bell returning

    by Gislef_crow

    TVGuide already confirmed he won't be appearing until 10/8, along with Theresa Russell as another former "patient" of Walter and Bell.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Aren't cameos supposed to be cool secrets?

    by CherryValance

    I don't even watch Fringe so I don't really care. But I have to think for the people who do watch it'd be way cooler to not know. If it wasn't on the front page I wouldn't have said anything.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Bill Bell Baggins!!

    by therobcat

    Have you guys heard Nimoy's awesome ballad of Bilbo Baggins? Find it. Hear it. Love it. Shatner gets all the cheesy singer cred, but Nimoy should never be forgotten.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST

    I predict a huge drop in ratings.

    by Royston Lodge

    I just don't think anybody cares about this show anymore. I don't, and I was addicted for the first half of the the first season.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST


    by PantherMatt

    I have to disagree with ya, man. I stuck with Fringe last year, only because it was JJ. By the end on season one, it really started gathering steam, and this season, I have actually found myself eagerly anticipating new episodes. I can't imagine I'm alone. If you've given up on it, I suggest giving it another try. It continues to improve

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Joe Buck

    by Aquatarkusman

    "And who could forget Dear Ratboy?"

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by repo_man

    Yes. Although that's not the most terrifying thing he's done. His "If I Had A Hammer" is so emotionless in its execution it brings to mind Peter Sutcliffe. Bit of a shame actors from science fiction shows don't make albums any more to cash in on their screen success - Ben from Lost could probably rival Nimoy for unsettling renderings of previously jovial songs, and maybe if someone from Heroes, say, Sylar, put out an LP of semi spoken, maniacal psychedelic cover versions of popular songs it might help with the ratings.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    JJ Abrams is

    by FaTassDino_Molester

    The Irwin Allen of the 2000's, except without the talent, wit, charm, creativity, originality, and inventivness. And he seems to be infatuated with that fat fuck Porci Orci and the slimeball Creepy Kook Kurtzman.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Last weeks Ep was like classic X-Files one off horror

    by Stabby

    Really enjoyed it. Bill Bell Baggins!!! Ha Ha!

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Royston Lodge

    by shodan6672

    No offense, but not everyone has the attention span of a Gnat with ADHD. Many people still care about this show.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    wheres quinto

    by animas

    as young william bell? orci you fucking hack.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Stabby, your one line review

    by YackBacker

    Makes me interested in seeing that episode. FOX needs to hire you.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST

    YackBacker - if you knew your history --

    by Boborci

    you would have a more accurate assessment of conspiracies.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Abrams is

    by SithMenace

    not only a great storyteller, above average director and extremely talented writer, but he is also one of the funniest, wittiest and congenial behind the scenes people you'll find in Hollywood. <p>Oh and, sorry he broke Star Trek out of the stale 20 year old formula it was stuck in, but get over it already.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Hate Thursdays - too much to watch

    by Itchy

    Can we maybe move Fringe to Mondays or something ? Especially now that I'm officially giving Flashforward a shot.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    isn't the title of this article a GODDAMNED SPOILER?

    by SolidFuelStudios

    come on. jeeeezus.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST

    by motabus2

    umm its not a spolier cause he is not in the show tonight!!!!! the preview for next week is talking about the meeting we saw last season final. anyone who thinks he is on tonights is wrong!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 2:07 p.m. CST

    LOL at Herc's reference to the mole-scorpion...

    by nopix

    getting conveniently crushed by a squad car. This is what I was talking about last week. I'm not a hater, Fringe is cool....but the X-Files treated their monster death's with more respect.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Best show on tv...

    by jaysin420

    till Lost gets back.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST


    by obidawsn

    And not only did he revive Star Trek, he made a great Mission Impossible movie. Too bad the lack of interest in an M:I movie and Tom Cruise's craziness killed it at the box office. But hopefully these talks about another M:I with J.J. works out and does better. Or maybe his idea for another M:I is being put into this new show that all the networks are fighting over.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Seriously Herc...Supernatural talkback?

    by spooky2k

    You do realise that having these articles on the site actually makes people want to check shows out. For that reason, how can you promote Fringe but not Supernatural? IN it's earlier seasons it was a bit silly at times but it's one of the best under-rated shows on television right now. Even if you just post a picture and title it 'Supernatural talkback', that'd be fine. C''s time you got beyond your personal tastes and saw that this site caters to an audience who have different tastes to you.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST


    by BoE

    what? who thought that shit up? awful ep last week. If they don't get back in the game, they are headed for cancellation and that would be a real shame.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    I think tonights Fringe episode...

    by Naughty

    will be more like an episode from the first season...but with shapeshifters!

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Fringe and that other show

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    make thursdays my favorite nite of TV<p> SGU may usurp that tho

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 6:19 p.m. CST

    The Observer = football fan?

    by The_Ed_Carden

    He does seem to go to a lot of games. He gets really good seats too.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by SithMenace

    I agree, in fact I think MI:3 was the best one. I can't wait to see ST 2 since Lindelof helped with the script.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Fringe Is One Of The Best Things On TV

    by Real Deal

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Fringe Is One Of The Best Things On TV

    by Real Deal

    It's different from anything else out there. I love the cast! Thjey really got lucky with the combination of actors ( and yes even Torv whom I don't find her acting bad as some have said ). It's inventive, different, and entertaining. It's a real brite spot in the TV wasteland. When things get boring or ordinary they're " at the door and you should thank god for that! "

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 9 p.m. CST

    Ummmmmmmmmmm... NO Spock Cameo?! *cry

    by blhotz

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Another great episode...

    by jaysin420

    I guess Herc meant that short headache flash of Spock or he got mixed up cause they showed him in scenes from next episode. Great character development tonight, Jackson and Torvo keeps getting better, and we even found out that Astrid doesn't live in the lab. Cool stuff.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 9:56 p.m. CST

    I wish it was just The Bishops. Drop Torv.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 11 p.m. CST

    I Like Torv

    by Real Deal

    Nuff' said!

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 11:02 p.m. CST

    That Observer at the NFL game........pretty lame

    by Onin Solstice

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Dialogue is too quiet, sound effects too loud...

    by JuanSanchez

    Commercials are crazy loud after you turn up the TV for the show.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST

    I like Fringe, but that episode?!?!?

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Sucked. Mediocre as all hell.<p>"Hi, we're the FBI and we're in a meeting room across town looking for some woman."<p>"Hey, Special-Agent-in-Charge, we've magically determined that woman is in a cab without talking to her husband and she's on her way to the station!"<p>SHAZAM!<p>"We, the FBI, have used over super magic transportation powers to beat the woman to the station AND set-up surveillance!"<p>WHU-POW!<p>Fucking puh-leaze!

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST

    If that's what's considered "great" storytelling now

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Someone should fucking exterminate our entire race and start all over.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Why would the Observer need photos of Walter?

    by CatVutt

    That made no fucking sense.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Episodes like this show that Fringe isn't the brilliant show...

    by JuanSanchez

    so many make it out to be. It has flashes of greatness, but is as imperfect as most shows.

  • Oct. 2, 2009, 3:38 a.m. CST

    I didn't get

    by BoE

    Torv pulling her gun on Corrigan. Are we to assume she suffers from some new occasional derangement or that her frustration drove her over the edge? Either way, she won't be doing any bowling in my alley (though I might be persuaded to do a little in hers)

  • Oct. 2, 2009, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Cameos are cool secrets. Like McShane on FlashForward.

    by dailysportspages

    Looks like we know who the big bad is going to be. Or maybe he's the big good?

  • Oct. 2, 2009, 4:48 a.m. CST

    And any Ian McShane is good Ian McShane

    by dailysportspages


  • Oct. 2, 2009, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Crazy Olivia

    by Aeronaut

    Even before her little trip Olivia liked pulling her gun on folks - I reckon she must do it when people do not get out of her way in the street. Maybe it does not register for US viewers, but for the rest of us it just looks absurd. At least Astrid got a little more to do this week.

  • Oct. 2, 2009, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Bored by this show

    by SwampDonkey

    I won't be watching any more Episodes until the Season has ended. I'm not a fan of delayed orgasm and teasing.

  • Oct. 2, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Don't You Just Love

    by Real Deal

    People who turn to the last page of a book when they start reading? I like the journey as well as the destination. Oh! And Fringe is a great show.

  • Oct. 2, 2009, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Re : A G

    by Real Deal

    Nah! Just another troll.

  • I mean, an actual scene that gave her more than two lines of dialogue and gave you a glimpse into her persona. Sure enough, though, in her next scene, she's looking shit up on the internets for expository plot points.

  • Oct. 2, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Fringe Enthusiast, But That Was Really Weak

    by Crow3711

    I mean, seriously. Possibly the worst episode of Fringe yet. Complete filler. And what the fuck is with the scene where they travel to Iraq to ask some shady guy about the secret whereabouts of some missing doctor, and the guy just happens to be fucking washing dishes in the exact building they went to visit? I thought the shady scarred guy would go make calls or ask someone where the guy is, ther's no reason except complete convenience that he would actually be right there in the backroom. That was awful. I love Fringe, I'm certainly not quitting, but that episode sucked.

  • Oct. 2, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    The Pulling the gun on Corrigan thing.

    by CatVutt

    I didn't have a problem with that. She almost shot Peter in the Season Premiere. It was in character for how fucked up she is right now.

  • Oct. 2, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST

    The many things wrong with this episode.

    by nopix

    Walking into a bar with curtains and hookah's like in Team America World Police -- this is supposed to be Baghdad?? Olivia limping around is funny. The whole episode was just about the ending - the Observers are bad guys planning...something!? The guy in the bowling alley is really really annoying. Oh yeah....and Peter knows lots of people and that makes him cool!

  • Oct. 2, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    You all obviously have the attentions spans of gnats.

    by Royston Lodge

    If you didn't enjoy it.<p> Nootch.

  • Oct. 2, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by Weasel

    My greatest fear for Fringe is that it will come down with a terminal case of "X-Files Disease" (AKA Chris Carter Syndrome). Much like its predecessor, Fringe has an intriguing premise salted with some equally intriguing tid-bits that give viewers the apparent idea that the show actually knows where it's going with its underlying mythos. X-Files was much the same but, ultimately, as the show neared its end, loyal viewers were forced to endure the horrific realization that there was no underlying unity to the X-Files mythos and that the bits and pieces that ran teasingly through the various episodes would never be able to come together as a satisfying whole as the series ran to its conclusion. I'm hoping that Fringe can learn from the mistakes of its 20th century antecedent and give us a series that, no matter how long it runs, will give us some solid narrative fulfillment over the long term. Also, the too-pallid Ms. Torv desperately needs to be replaced. Seriously. This actress and her character are far too colorless to carry the show for much longer.

  • Oct. 2, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Where was Charlie?

    by Naughty

    Take Kirk Acevedo out of an episode, and the show looks like shit.

  • Oct. 3, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Re :Weasel

    by Real Deal

    I think Fringe has a lolt more to it than The Xfiles. However yes in the filler episodes ( like this one which isn't bad every show has filler episodes ) it does tend to seem to seem like monster of the week.

  • Oct. 3, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    awful talkback

    by WhoDis

    the internet really is for nitpicking assholes. obviously this show isn't for you.

  • Oct. 3, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST

    no cameo...

    by awesomebri

    that is all.

  • Oct. 3, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST

    no cameo...

    by awesomebri

    that is all.

  • Oct. 4, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Balance in Fringe

    by browncoat_skyfan

    This latest was a good combination of horror event, character development (asterisk), and mythology-supporting subplot. Even the "baddie" got a little less so when his actions became clearer. <P> <P> I was less fond of the "flashing orange arrow" exposition of the two-worlds experiences that Olivia had; but the bowling-alley sensei more than makes up for it.