The Bishop Revival

Season 2, Episode 13
Aired: January 28th, 2010
Written By: Glen Whitman, Robert Chiappetta
Directed By: Adam Davidson

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The Bishop Revival

The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: F-A-T-H-E-R

Walter's father was involved in the creation of the toxin used in this episode, and the villain was his contemporary.

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The Observer

The Observer can be seen walking outside the cafe when Alfred Hoffman is talking to the mother and daughter inside.


Timestamp: 13:19

Episode Clues

Previous Episode Clue

A courier in 'What Lies Below' carries a backpack that bears the logo of the "World Tolerance Initiative", foreshadowing Hoffman's planned attack at their 2010 Boston conference in 'The Bishop Revival'.

Previous episode clue

Timestamp: 00:30

Next Episode Clue

A poster in the alley where Hoffman tests his weapon's toxin dispersal in 'The Bishop Revival' says "The Glimmer Brothers", foreshadowing Olivia recognizing objects from the alternate universe because of their glimmering nature in 'Jacksonville'.

Next episode clue

Timestamp: 28:54

Items of Interest

  • Walter called Astrid 'Ostrich'.

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: Common genetic-trait toxin

CLASSIFIED CASE CONNECTION(S): Josef Mengele's research to create a weapon toxin capable of targeting specific victims



FILE ARCHIVED BY: David Balkin, Sheree Sensel

WITNESSES/CONTACTS: Detective Burt Manning, Eliza Staller, Alfred Hoffman (suspect), Edward Markham, Eric Franko

LOCATION: Brookline, MA; Newton, MA

VICTIM(S): 15 wedding guests, 9 coffeehouse patrons


Fifteen people at a wedding died, suffocated in a room full of air. All of the victims were direct descendants of guest Eva Staller, a Holocaust survivor. Anyone not related to her survived, along with one grandchild who was illegitimate. The toxin was determined to be hydrogen cyanide dispersed in the air by a cinnamon-scented candle.
 Nine new victims were found suffocated at a coffeehouse, but all were unrelated to one another. The toxin was dispersed by fumes from cinnamon tea and exclusively killed those with brown eyes. Dr. Bishop confirmed the toxin was created to focus on a targeted common genetic trait and was a blend of chromium trioxide and hydrogen cyanide. After suspect Eric Franko (an artist) was cleared, a carbon chain, bearing the signature of the creator, was uncovered to be Alfred Hoffman. Dr. Bishop isolated skin cells from his partial fingerprints to use the killer's DNA to target him, and only him, using his own toxin. Agent Dunham prevented Hoffman from unleashing a new attack at the World Tolerance Conference at the Boston Center for Performing arts.

Glyph Sightings

  • The apple glyph can be seen on the backrest of a chair in the lab.
  • A seahorse pattern can be seen in the toxin's molecular structure.
Timestamp: 18:38
Timestamp: 18:18

Walter's Food

Walter wanted a cup of tea at a crime scene, ate a snack, and drank tea.
Connection: Snack in the lab
Snack in the lab
Timestamp: 16:22
Connection: Tea
Timestamp: 29:34

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

  • Walter hid the beacon at the tombstone of his father, Robert Bishop, in 'The Arrival'. Robert Bishop's work and history is central to the plot of 'The Bishop Revival'.
Connection: Robert Bishop's tombstone
Robert Bishop's tombstone
S1E04 - The Arrival
Timestamp: 34:46

S1E08 - The Equation

  • Right before Alfred Hoffman grabs an apple from the Bishops' refrigerator in 'The Bishop Revival' there is a Rubik's Cube with three greens and one red on its side, a reference to the 'green-green-green-red' pattern from 'The Equation'.
Connection: Green-green-green-red
S2E13 - The Bishop Revival
Timestamp: 21:33

Spoilers for future episodes below!

S2E15 - Peter

  • WALTER in 'The Bishop Revival': "Family is very important to me. There's nothing I wouldn't do..."
      In 'Peter' he literally crossed universes for family.