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'''Brown Betty'''

!'''Brown Betty - The World Inside Walter's Head'''
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Fringe is a television series that features an EruditeStoner who doubles as a MadScientist as one of the main characters. As such, things are bound to get trippy at some point, and at least one episode will focus on that.

''"Brown Betty"'' is that episode. This is a fairy tale world created by a grief stricken and extremely stoned Walter as a means of both coping with [[spoiler:Peter leaving Fringe Division due to Walter's lie]], as well as story time while watching over Ella with Astrid as both Olivia and Rachel are away. The episode is titled after Walter's own marijuana cocktail (a blend of Chronic Supernova and Afghani Kush), ''Brown Betty''. The episode is also significant in that it practically featured ''the entire cast'' (regular and special guest stars) at that point in time in a generally standalone episode.

And it goes without saying...these characters '''are not canon'''.

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Tropes found in Brown Betty:
* AnachronismStew: ''Brown Betty'' in a nutshell.
* BizarroEpisode: A neo-noir old-school detective musical. As created only by a stoned Walter.
* BreatherEpisode: At first...
* BriefAccentImitation: Everyone has a Bronx accent in this episode.
* MusicalEpisode
* MythologyGag: If you made a drinking game out of this trope while watching this episode, you'd be dead drunk in five minutes.
* RetroUniverse: The cars are old, everyone wears fedoras, and yet everyone still carries a cell phone.
* SchizoTech: The cellphones are touch-pad PDA's which are absurdly huge and look like giant slabs of metal, and the laptops are ''built out of wood''.
* TearJerker: ...the episode eventually turns into this once we see how much Walter hates himself, and misses Peter.

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[[folder:Detective Dunham]]
!!!'''Olivia Dunham'''
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[[caption-width:195:"[[HardboiledDetective Do yourself a favor. Go home.]]"]]

-->''"You know, most times when someone comes in here worried that their sweetheart's gone missing, or worse... by the time they find out what I usually find out, they wind up wishing he really were dead."''

''Portrayed by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Torv Anna Torv]]''

A savvy female private detective who has cracked every case in her career except one - how to mend a broken heart. She decides to take up the last case from her latest client, Rachel, in finding her con man boyfriend Peter and ends up getting embroiled in a conspiracy.
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* ActionGirl
* {{Badass}}
** BadassInANiceSuit
** BadassInDistress: She's nearly drowned in a coffin by Mr. Gemini.
** HeartbrokenBadass: The only case she's never been able to crack...was [[MythologyGag John Scott]].
* TheDeterminator
* HardboiledDetective
* HotChickInABadassSuit
* LoveHurts: Became disillusioned with both love and the job after John Scott.
* NiceHat
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[[folder:Peter Bishop]]
!!!'''Peter Bishop'''
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[[caption-width:195:"[[BigDamnHeroes I heard you were looking for me.]]"]]

-->''"Miles, Duke, Louis, John Coltrane... you can tell a lot about a person from the music they listen to. And whether or not they dance."''

''Portrayed by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Jackson Joshua Jackson]]''

A dangerous and ruthless ConMan, and the adoptive son of Dr. Bishop. For some reason, he was born with a magical glass heart - the same glass heart Dr. Bishop wants and wishes to claim for himself.
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* AffablyEvil
* AntiHero: Type III
* {{Badass}}
** BadassInANiceSuit
* BigDamnHeroes: Saves Olivia from drowning just in the nick of time!
* ConMan
* GuileHero
* NiceHat
* RedemptionRejection: Invokes this upon Walter, who tries his best to apologize to an angry and cold Peter. ...[[DownerEnding In Walter's version of the ending]]. [[HappyEnding Completely averted in Ella's ending!]]
* SchizoTech: Taken UpToEleven with his glass heart. On his bare chest, Peter has...''little steel doors'' which reveals his internal cavities, and where his glass heart is stored. When it is stolen by the Watchers, to save him Olivia has to put in some ''nine volt batteries''.
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[[folder:Dr. Bishop]]
!!!'''Walter Bishop'''
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[[caption-width:195:"[[MadScientist Why not bring a little life to the dead I say.]]"]]

-->''"I have spent my life making things that bring joy and happiness, to make the world a better place. Bubble Gum was one of my first. Ah. Flannel Pajamas. Oh, Rainbows. And my latest project, '''Singing Corpses'''."''

''Portrayed by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Noble John Noble]]''

A scientist, and inventor of all things wonderful! In truth, he is a sickly, greedy horrible man who steals the dreams of children and replaces them with nightmares, then profits of it all. To continue living, he needs Peter's glass heart.
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* TheAtoner: In the end.
* BiggerBad: How Walter made himself out in the story. [[TearJerker A metaphor for just how much he hates himself and feels guilty.]]
* DownerEnding: In Walter's ending, Dr. Bishop is denied the glass heart and left to die alone... But...
* EarnYourHappyEnding: In Ella's better ending, [[DeusExMachina Peter splits the glass heart in two because it is so magical]], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming shares it with Walter]], and everyone dances to some jazz!
* GeniusCripple: In true 30's fashion, he's a Wheelchair-Bound genius.
* LargeHam
* MadScientist
* NightmareFetishist
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[[folder:Esther Figglesworth]]
!!!'''Esther Figglesworth'''
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[[caption-width:195:"[[TeamMom You should know what you're getting into, Miss Dunham. ]]"]]

-->'' ♪ "I really need this job... please God, I need this job... I've got to get this job." ♪ ''

''Portrayed by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasika_Nicole Jasika Nicole]]''

Detective Dunham's sidekick. Due to Dunham quitting, she's been job hunting. She helps her out with one last case, though.

FYI: Her real name is ''most definitely not'' "Esther Figglesworth"... But alas, this is in Walter's head...
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* TheChick
* MissionControl
* NerdsAreSexy
* TeamMom
* SchizoTech: The second-best example in the series. She has a gigantic PDA-touch phone that looks like it's from the 1800's, a laptop made of wood, and GPS installed in her 1930 Cadillac.
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[[folder:Detective Broyles]]
!!!'''Philip Broyles'''
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[[caption-width:195:"[[TheStoic But one thing we both know, Dunham -- death seems to follow you around.]]"]]

-->''"Keep nosing around, and you and your interest can spend some time downtown as a guest of '''The State'''."''

''Portrayed by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lance_Reddick Lance Reddick]]''

A police detective who shares a past with Dunham, who also moonlights as a jazz club pianist and singer. Helps out with the case.
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* BaldBlackLeaderGuy
* ByTheBookCop
* TheCastShowoff: This episode was the perfect venue for Lance Reddick to show off his music background, and maybe even plug his music career a little bit. And sure enough, he's the best singer of the whole cast.
* CoolOldGuy
* DeathGlare
* TheGoodCaptain
* HiddenDepths: Is a jazz pianist, and damn good singer to boot.
* NiceHat
* SharpDressedMan
* SingingVoiceDissonance: A lot of people were surprised that his singing voice is MUCH softer and higher than his regular speaking voice.
* TheStoic: Even more so than his real-life incarnation.
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[[folder:Rachel]]
!!!'''"Rachel"'''
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[[caption-width:195:"[[MysteryMagnet I'd like to hire you. My boyfriend, he's gone missing. ]]"]]

-->''"We met only a few weeks ago, but... it was love at first sight. You probably don't believe something like that exists. But I assure you - it does."''

''Portrayed by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari_Graynor Ari Graynor]]''

An actress whose real name was "Kelsey." She fell in love with Peter at first sight (he was assumed to have been conning her), but after he disappeared, she assumed he was kidnapped by a gangster he owed money to, [[MythologyGag Big Eddie]]. After hiring Detective Dunham to find him, she was apparently killed by the Watchers and had her heart cut out.
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* CharacterNameAlias: "Rachel" wasn't actually her name - it was Kelsey. But of course...the real Rachel's name is of course, Rachel.
* KilledOffForReal
* LoveAtFirstSight: How she fell in love with Peter.
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[[folder:William Bell]]
!!!'''William Bell'''
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[[caption-width:195:"[[BigBad So where is he? Where's The Boy?]]"]]

-->''"By utilizing the heart's power, we'll be able to create a stable door between universes."''

''Portrayed by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Nimoy Leonard Nimoy]]''

The CEO of Massive Dynamic who apparently went missing, but is actually hiding in an alternative universe. He seeks the glass heart as a stable power source to fuel a door between universes, and uses both Nina Sharp and Mr. Gemini and his Watchers to achieve his ends.
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* AmbiguouslyEvil
* BigBadDuumvirate: Shares the seat with Nina.
* TheCameo: To the surprise of many fans, Leonard Nimoy managed to actually make an appearance in this episode - albeit his voice only. Regardless, it really adds to the whole MythologyGag aspect of the episode.
* TheChessmaster
* DiabolicalMastermind
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: We actually don't get to see him - just his voice and a CG render on a monitor, supposedly because he's in the alternate universe. Ten extra MythologyGag points for using the same universe window Walter invented as the monitor!
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[[folder:Nina Sharp]]
!!!'''Nina Sharp'''
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[[caption-width:195:"[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Miss Dunham. You should proceed with caution.]]"]]

-->''"I see. I suppose I should feel sorry for you, Miss Dunham. None of these should've been your concerns. The truth is I did everything I could to protect you. I warned you to stay away from this, but you didn't listen. Now you've given me no choice."''

''Portrayed by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blair_Brown Blair Brown]]''

William Bell's [[TheDragon dragon]]. She tries to protect Dunham from the awful truth by showing her what a dangerous man Peter Bishop is, but once Dunham gets too close she shows her true colors, and along with Mr. Gemini tries to drown her.
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* AmbiguouslyEvil
* BigBadDuumvirate: Shares the seat with William.
* BitchInSheepsClothing
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* EvilRedhead
* SmugSnake
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[[folder:Mr. Gemini]]
!!!'''Mr. Gemini'''
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[[caption-width:195:"[[AmbiguouslyEvil Drop what you're investigating.]]"]]

-->''"Don't stick your heart out where it doesn't belong."''

''Portrayed by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Cerveris Michael Cerveris]]''

Nina Sharp's right hand man, and leader of her personal assassin force - the Watchers!
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* AmbiguouslyEvil
* BadassInANiceSuit
* CreepyMonotone
* EliteMooks: The Watchers. ''And in droves.''
* MythologyGag: Even more so than other examples - this episode was the first time that the Iridium Beacon reappeared since the first season. Albeit, as a blunt siege weapon.
* NiceHat
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[[folder:Brandon]]
!!!'''Brandon'''
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[[caption-width:195:"[[HollywoodNerd Boy, I wish I could work somewhere like that. Big outfit, all kinds of spy stuff.]]"]]

-->''"Pretty cool little device, if I recall. Was patented by this whiz-bang tech company out of Manhattan."''

''Portrayed by Ryan [=McDonald=]''

A regular guy who works at the police desk and helps out Dunham.
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* TheCameo: His appearance is the briefest in the episode.
* HollywoodNerd
* NiceGuy
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