Season 2, Episode 08
Aired: November 19th, 2009
Written By: J. H. Wyman, Jeff Pinkner
Directed By: Dennis Smith

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The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: B-L-I-G-H-T

'Blight' is foreshadowing the use of the term by Thomas Newton in season 2 episode 10 to describe the deteriorated conditions in the Redverse.

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The Observer

Observers are featured in the episode.


Timestamp: 24:17

Episode Clues

Previous Episode Clue

The simulated aircraft in 'Of Human Action' has markings on it that say "AUG B/12" and "RESCUE", foreshadowing August saving Christine Hollis from a plane crash in 'August'.

Previous episode clue

Timestamp: 23:28

Next Episode Clue

At the motel in 'August' where Christine Hollis is being kept, August brings Christine Hollis a meal in a paper bag with a Chinese dragon drawn on it while Christine is being kept hidden in a motel, foreshadowing the villains working in Chinatown in 'Snakehead'.

Next episode clue

Timestamp: 17:56

Items of Interest

Item of interest: 'OBSERVERS ARE HERE'
Timestamp: 3:09
Item of interest: Observers appear throughout history
Image 2: Observers appear throughout history
Timestamp: 12:37

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






FILE ARCHIVED BY: Marilyn Hallowell, Gary Brown

WITNESSES/CONTACTS: Danielle [redacted]


VICTIM(S): Christine Hollis, Donald Long (suspect; deceased)


Christine Hollis (27), an MFA student at Boston University, was kidnapped at gunpoint from campus by a man in a suit. A security guard shot at the suspect, but the man somehow caught the bullet. Police found a book on a bench with odd writing in it and an orange stain that tested as King Cobra chiles.
 Hollis's parents were both killed in a bridge collapse when she was young. Her kidnapping prevented her from boarding Tropos Air Flight 821, which subsequently crashed into the Atlantic Ocean two hours outside Rome, Italy. The plane contained 211 passengers and six crew members, all of whom were assumed to be dead. Agent Dunham found Hollis unharmed in a hotel in Lowell, MA, and released her.

Walter's Food

Walter tried to recreate his favorite strawberry milkshake, tasted jams, recalled his horrible flatulence from eating a Naga Jolokia chili pepper, had Astrid try a mixture of French vanilla ice cream with cough syrup, and asked Peter to go on a drive to pick up a tutti frutti milkshake.
Connection: Strawberry milkshakes
Strawberry milkshakes
Timestamp: 05:20
Connection: Jam tasting
Jam tasting
Timestamp: 09:44
Connection: French vanilla ice cream with cough syrup
French vanilla ice cream with cough syrup
Timestamp: 26:28

Notable Quotes

PETER: "There's more than one Observer."

Connection Chart

A visualization of all the ways this episode connects to other episodes. Scroll down to see the actual connections.

Episode Connections

S1E04 - The Arrival

  • The pulse gun used in the forest by John Mosley in 'The Arrival' was also used by August in 'August'.

S1E05 - Power Hungry

  • Joseph Meegar is able to control electronics around him in 'Power Hungry' like the Observers can, such as August starting a car with his finger in 'August'.
Connection: August starting a car with his finger
August starting a car with his finger
S2E08 - August
Timestamp: 02:52

S1E08 - The Equation

  • The 'green-green-green-red' pattern from 'The Equation' is seen on Donald's Observer communication device in 'August'
Connection: Green-green-green-red lights
Green-green-green-red lights
S2E08 - August
Timestamp: 15:31

Spoilers for future episodes below!

S2E15 - Peter

  • AUGUST in 'August': "We have interfered before."
    SEPTEMBER: "Only to correct a mistake of our own making."

      The mistake and interference happened in 'Peter' when September distracted Walternate for finding the cure for Peter and when September saved Walter and Peter from the icy lake.
  • WALTER in 'August': "What makes you think I can help?"
    AUGUST: "Because you have solved such a matter before. You saw beyond the limitations of your problems."
    WALTER: "Not really. I just missed my son."

      August is referring to when Walter crossed universes in 'Peter' to save the other Peter.

S3E19 - Lysergic Acid Diethylamide

  • The rollercoaster seen from atop the World Trade Center in Olivia's mind in 'Lysergic Acid Diethylamide' is a reference to the one she rode with Ella in 'August'.
Connection: Rollercoaster
S3E19 - Lysergic Acid Diethylamide
Timestamp: 22:57

S3E22 - The Day We Died

  • Ten Observers are present on Liberty island in 'The Day We Died' from an assumed total of 12, given their names. One of the missing two is August, who was killed in 'August'.
Connection: Ten Observers
Ten Observers
S3E22 - The Day We Died
Timestamp: 43:12

S4E19 - Letters of Transit

  • AUGUST about his binoculars in 'August': "They're from someplace far away."
      We later learn in 'Letters of Transit' that the Observers and their tech are from the year 2609.