"The No-Brainer" is the twelfth episode of the first season of the American science fiction drama television series Fringe. The episode was written by David H. Goodman and Brad Caleb Kane, and it was directed by John Polson.
It first aired in the United States on January 27, 2009, on the Fox Broadcasting Company.
The core trio of the Fringe department—Olivia, Walter, and Peter—investigate the death of a teenager whose brain has been liquefied after watching a video sent to his computer. A car salesman and a stepfather are targeted next and become part of the investigation. All of the victims are connected to a disgruntled high-level computer programmer (Chris Bauer) who has lost his job and whose whereabouts are unknown. The murderer then sends the video to Olivia's laptop and almost kills her niece Ella, but Olivia bursts into the apartment and is able to intervene. In order to catch the suspect, Olivia defies an order from Agent Harris; she allows the programmer's s