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Fringe: In Absentia

After Walter's memories of the plan to defeat the Observers is destroyed, the team goes to his old Harvard lab to uncover a vital clue to stop the invasion.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x2
Production Number: 3X7502
Airdate: Friday October 05th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CityTV) Oct 05, 2012
UK (sky 1) Oct 31, 2012

  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (19 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Georgina Haig
As Henrietta "Etta" Bishop
Eric Lange
As Gael Manfretti

Co-Guest Stars
Jennifer Cheon
As Nurse #1
Abagayle Hardwick
As Young Etta
Robin Jung
As Medic
Andrew Coghlan
As Loyalist Guard #2
Mark Ferns
As Observer
Bronwyne Sloley
As Woman with Shaved Head
Troy Anthony Young
As Loyalist #1 (as Troy Young)
Main Cast
Anna Torv
As Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson
As Peter Bishop
Jasika Nicole
As Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble
As Dr. Walter Bishop


In the park, Peter tells Olivia that he would be glad to stay there the rest of their lives. They call to Etta, telling her that it's time to come home. As the girl turns toward them, Observers teleport into the park as a wave of energy sweeps across the nearby city. Olivia runs to grab Etta, but she blacks out and finds herself in a medic tent as Peter talks to the medics and they tell him that no one brought in a girl.....

Read the full recap
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Moody BluesNights in White Satinafter restoring the power in the lab

Episode Quotes
Walter: What's wrong? Why can't we get into Harvard?
Etta: It's been taken over by Observers, Walter.
Walter: Well, that's not a problem for someone who's done acid.

Etta: You don't know my world.
Olivia: You're right. I don't know your world. But I had hoped for you that, wherever you were, you weren't hardened by what had happened to you. And that it's not that I don't see what the Observers have wrought. I do. But what concerns me is what they've taken away.
Etta: This is the world. It is what it is.

Walter: But I trust that the same will that brought you here will keep you going. It is important that you follow the tapes. You must begin this journey right away. You are humanity's only hope. Now you must retrieve the first tape.

Episode References
The glyph/code spells out FAITH.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJ.J. Abrams  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Roberto Orci
Executive ProducerJ.H. Wyman  |  Bryan Burk  |  J.J. Abrams
Co-Executive ProducerReid Shane  |  David Fury  |  Kathy Lingg  |  Alison Schapker
Supervising ProducerGraham Roland
ProducerTamara Isaac  |  Tanya M. Swerling  |  Athena Wickham
Co-ProducerVladimir Stefoff
Consulting ProducerAkiva Goldsman
Associate ProducerNoreen O'Toole  |  Jay Worth
Production DesignerIan Thomas (3)
EditorJoshua Charson
CastingSara Isaacson  |  April Webster
First Assistant DirectorBrent Crowell  |  Warren Hanna
Second Assistant DirectorKatherine Keizer
MusicChris Tilton  |  Michael Giacchino
Music EditorPaul Apelgren
Music SupervisorBilly Gottlieb  |  Charles L. Scott IV
Costume DesignerJenni Gullett
Key GripDavid J. Dawson
Set DecoratorBobbi Allyn
Location ManagerScott Walden
Property MasterRob Smith (3)
Script SupervisorIngrid Kenning
Assistant EditorJennifer Macfarlane
Post Production SupervisorJill Risk
Supervising Sound EditorThomas A. Harris
Re-Recording MixerRyan Davis  |  Rick Norman
GafferRichard Buckmaster
Director of PhotographyMichael Wale
Stunt CoordinatorRick Pearce
Production ManagementVladimir Stefoff
Sound MixerEric Batut
Main Title ThemeJ.J. Abrams
Visual Effects SupervisorJay Worth  |  Robert Habros
Main Title DesignAndrew Kramer
Department Head HairKatalin Lippay
Department Head Make-upCalla Dreyer
DesignerTrevor Metz
Canadian CastingCorinne Clark  |  Jennifer Page
Warning: Fringe season 5 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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