Season 2, Episode 06
Aired: November 5th, 2009
Written By: J. H. Wyman, Jeff Vlaming
Directed By: Jon Cassar

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The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: D-E-J-A-V-U

Broyles had unsuccessfully worked this case in the past and so he was already familiar with the details.

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The Observer

The Observer can be seen at the airport as Broyles speaks on the phone to Olivia.


Timestamp: 19:31

Episode Clues

Previous Episode Clue

The large "W+" in the Washington Hospital signage in 'Dream Logic' is shorthand for the W (weak force) boson. Weak bosons, a theoretical product of weak interaction and positron emission, foreshadows the condition of the ill cosmonaut in 'Earthling'.

Previous episode clue

Timestamp: 05:51

Next Episode Clue

The patient record for 'CARSON, D' in 'Earthling' foreshadows Dr. Carson's involvement in the cloning experiments in 'Of Human Action'.

Next episode clue

Timestamp: 12:43

JJ Abrams Easter Eggs

  • Tomas Koslov lived at 4747 Broadway. (J.J.) (Image 1)
Item of interest: 4747 Broadway
Image 1: 4747 Broadway
Timestamp: 14:57

Fringe Division Case File

U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
121 105th Street • Washington, DC 20735
Phone: (202) 555-2100 • Fax: (202) 555-2101


FRINGE EVENT: Humans spontaneously turned to ash

CLASSIFIED CASE CONNECTION(S): Kidnapping of Russian cosmonaut Aleks Vasiliev



FILE ARCHIVED BY: Brad Williams, Anastasis Alepis


LOCATION: Boston, MA; Latchmere General Hospital

VICTIM(S): Randy Rancik (deceased), John Doe patient (deceased), Nurse Maxine [redacted], Aleks Vasiliev (unknown), Timur Vasiliev (deceased)


*Highly classified—security access 7 and above*

The death of Randy Dancik, who spontaneously turned to ash inside his home, tipped off the return of a serial killer case handled by Agent Broyles. Four years ago in DC, five similar deaths occurred, and each victim worked at, or had recently visited, Tyson General in DC. After the third death, Agent Broyles was contacted by a distraught Eastern European man who offered to turn himself in if they could decipher the formula of a molecular model. CDC and NIH chemists couldn't break it. Two more people died, and the killings ended with the case unsolved.
 The Fringe team determined the killer to be Timur Vasiliev, the brother of missing cosmonaut Aleks Vasiliev. Wanted by the CIA and the Russian government, Timur Vasiliev, using the alias Tomas Koslov, took his comatose brother from a secret quarantine facility where he was being studied, and remained on the run with him from hospital to hospital. Dr. Bishop found Danick to have no radiation in his body - an impossible natural state. The ash victims were all undergoing radiation treatment at the time of their deaths, which attracted an organism of unknown origin that Aleks Vasiliev brought back with him from space. It passed through victims to absorb radiation and disintegrated them in the process. The Russians tried to remove the organism from the cosmonaut and found the two had bonded at a molecular level. Timur Vasiliev attempted to do so in vain, until the organism took him, too.

Walter's Food

Walter ate some licorice.
Connection: Licorice
Timestamp: 27:21

Notable Quotes

WALTER: "Titanium tetrachloride, you sly temptress."

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Episode Connections

Spoilers for future episodes below!

S2E19 - Brown Betty

  • Broyles had jazz posters in his storage unit in 'Earthling.' His character in 'Brown Betty' performed in a jazz bar.
Connection: Jazz posters
Jazz posters
S2E06 - Earthling
Timestamp: 07:55

S3E04 - Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?

  • Broyles met with Senator Van Horn in 'Earthling', who was eventually revealed to be a Shapeshifter in 'Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?'