Fringe (2008–2013)
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Power Hungry 

An elevator crashes, killing a number of people, leading Olivia and the Bishops to a man who appears to unknowingly be able to manipulate electricity.


J.J. Abrams (created by), Alex Kurtzman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop
Lance Reddick ... Phillip Broyles
Kirk Acevedo ... Charlie Francis
Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp (credit only)
Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth
Mark Valley ... John Scott
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... Joseph Meegar
Max Baker ... Jacob Fischer
Marylouise Burke ... Flora Meegar
Diane Davis ... Bethany
Glenn Fleshler ... Ron
Harold Surratt Harold Surratt ... PK Simmons
David Bishins ... Crewcut


Agent Dunham, Dr. Bishop and Peter investigate a number of deaths resulting from an elevator free falling in an office tower. The conditions they find suggest that a high intensity power source may have overridden the electrical system in the elevator. Dr. Bishop recalls experiments in the past that tried to alter a human's energy profile and concludes that the accident was caused by an individual. It is also likely that it was a genuine accident, rather that an overt act. Agent Dunham's prime suspect is a Doctor Jacob Fischer who is wanted by the FBI and is known to have experimented in this area in the past. Meanwhile, Olivia continues to see her dead partner John Scott and is concerned that she may be having a breakdown of some sort. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

14 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The glyphs translate to spell the word "Surge". See more »


Olivia is following John at the end of the episode. When she exits the SUV the ground is dry (no rain on windshield, as well). As she travels through an alley, there is rain hitting the street behind her and when she exits the alley seeing John go down steps, the ground is dry with no rain. See more »


[Walter is cheering]
Astrid Farnsworth: Are you sure this is gonna work?
Dr. Walter Bishop: Of course not.
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References 9 to 5 (1980) See more »


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The Electric Man
10 August 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The worker Joseph Meegar delivers a package to the receptionist Bethany and they take the elevator together with seven other passengers. However there is a power surge, the elevator crashes on the well and only Meegar survives. Agent Dunham is assigned to investigate the accident and why the brakes have not hold the elevator. Dr. Bishop recalls experiments altering the human energy and they suspect that Dr. Jacob Fischer might be the responsible. Meanwhile Agent Dunham continues to see John Scott and Dr. Fischer abducts Meegar, who was his activated guinea pig for the experiment. Soon the FBI identifies Meegar as the man that caused the deaths and Dr. Bishop also finds a means to track him down. Will they succeed to find the "electric man"?

"Power Hungry" is the fifth episode of "Fringe" with a reasonable story that recalls "X-Files". The great mystery is why Olivia continues to see and interact with her former partner and lover John Scott. And nothing else. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Power Hungry"

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