Season 3, Episode 17
Aired: March 18th, 2011
Written By: J. H. Wyman, Jeff Pinkner, Akiva Goldsman, Danielle Dispaltro
Directed By: Charles Beeson

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The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: E-R-O-D-E

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The Observer

The Observer can be seen across the street from the crime scene where Dana Gray and Jim fell onto a taxi.


Timestamp: 12:11

Episode Clues

Previous Episode Clue

A control box in 'OS' has a logo for "Gray Electric" with a lightning bolt symbol. This foreshadows the main suspect in 'Stowaway', Dana Gray, who had been struck by lightning multiple times.

Previous episode clue

Timestamp: 31:15

Next Episode Clue

A folding fan seen in the background in 'Stowaway' foreshadows Fauxlivia giving birth in a Chinatown gift shop in 'Bloodline' that has folding fans hanging from the ceiling.

Next episode clue

Timestamp: 19:22

Items of Interest

  • Of all the things Bell and Walter could solve with their combined intellect, they relished in solving a high-school level math problem about train velocities.

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: Soul vampire


AGENTS ASSIGNED: Dunham, Special Agent Lincoln Lee


FILE ARCHIVED BY: Patty Arvin Williams

WITNESSES/CONTACTS: Dana Gray (suspect; deceased), Lucy [redacted], Brian [redacted] (deceased), landlady


VICTIM(S): Jim [redacted]


Dana Gray was murdered eighteen months ago by two bullets to the head. The medical examiner said she died instantly, along with her husband and her children, in a home invasion robbery. Two agents killed the robber in a shoot-out, and the case was closed. However, Gray's body disappeared from the morgue. Not long after, witnesses reported seeing two people jump out of a dorm window. Police officers arrived and found there was just the body of the student. The officers found two sets of fingerprints on the ledge, one set identified as Dana Gray's. Over the next two months, her prints were found at three other double suicides. Security photos and eyewitnesses showed her there. It was hypothesized that she couldn't die.
 Dr. Bishop found DNA for Gray and discovered that an unusually strong electromagnetic bond held her molecules together. Struck by lightning twice, Dr. Bishop theorized that Gray captures some vital portion of another person's essential energy, extending her own life. it was discovered that she was trying to attach herself to suicide victims so she could finally die and be with her family. She got her wish when she moved a bomb away from a train to save the three hundred passengers. Gray didn't survive the blast. Dr. Bell theorized that the energy emitted from that bomb somehow reset the electromagnetic charge in her body and that it was that unique charge that enabled her to die permanently. Or it was her destiny to save those lives, and then she could die.

Glyph Sightings

  • A hand can be seen inside a cabinet.
Hand glyph
Timestamp: 28:08

Walter's Food

Walter ate a Red Vine and fell asleep with a glass of milk.
Connection: Red Vine
Red Vine
Timestamp: 14:36
Connection: Milk
Timestamp: 40:13

Connection Chart

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

Episode Connections

S2E04 - Momentum Deferred

  • WILLIAM BELL in Olivia's memories in 'Momentum Deferred': "How do you like your tea?"
    OLIVIA: "I don't want any tea."

      Suddenly she found herself drinking tea, disoriented from the timeslips.
    WALTER about Bell in 'Os': "All he'd need to do was to prepare someone by inserting a microscopic soul magnet inside them. And he proposes using injections, food, or a cup of tea--"
      Bell put his soul magnets into the tea that Olivia drank, and Olivia's body was possessed by William Bell in 'Stowaway'.
Connection: Olivia drinking tea
Olivia drinking tea
S2E04 - Momentum Deferred
Timestamp: 25:37
Connection: Bellivia
S3E17 - Stowaway
Timestamp: 14:51

Spoilers for future episodes below!

S4E01 - Neither Here Nor There

  • LINCOLN LEE in 'Stowaway': "One of these things is not like the others."
      Lincoln pointed out an outlying piece of evidence to Peter to help them understand their suspect.
    LINCOLN LEE in 'Neither Here Nor There': "One of these things is not like the other."
      Lincoln pointed out an outlying witness to Olivia to help them gain new information about an incident.