Fringe has been so good lately that the news that it would program a musical number in keeping with Fox's theme-week had me ready to be irritated, and parodies of hardboiled detective fiction rarely work well on TV.
So I give Fringe a lot of credit for pulling off this hour so cleverly. The episode title, 'Brown Betty,' took its name from Walter's own marijuana blend, which he was inhaling to the strains of Yes' 'Roundabout' at the start of the episode. (The music fit the era in which a younger Walter might have been doing his heaviest pot-smoking and told us right upfront, this hour is going to come at the show's usual mythology in a roundabout way.)
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