In Absentia

Season 5, Episode 02
Aired: October 5th, 2012
Written By: J. H. Wyman, David Fury
Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc

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In Absentia

The Glyphs

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

Etta learned to have faith in the captured Loyalist and to have faith in humanity in general.

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The Observer

Observers are featured in this episode.


Timestamp: 24:00

Episode Clues

Previous Episode Clue

The dragon poster in the marketplace in 'Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11' hints at the painted dragon in the steam tunnels in 'In Absentia' that guided the Fringe team back into the Harvard lab.

Previous episode clue

Timestamp: 10:03

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Items of Interest

  • The entire lab has been ambered. (Image 1)
  • Walter called Astrid 'Astral'.
  • The Loyalist's access code, 010567, is the birthday of Fringe's main showrunner and writer J. H. Wyman.
Item of interest: The ambered lab
Image 1: The ambered lab
Timestamp: 08:00


  • Harvard was taken over by Observers.

Walter's Food

Walter forgot he switched to grape Red Vines and said pigs' eyes are considered a delicacy in Vietnam.
Connection: Grape Red Vines
Grape Red Vines
Timestamp: 09:03

Names for Astrid

Walter called Astrid 'Astral'.

Connection Chart

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

Episode Connections

S1E02 - The Same Old Story

  • Etta's angel device in 'In Absentia' can age someone in a matter of minutes, similar to the rapid aging in 'The Same Old Story'.

S1E18 - Midnight

  • Walter used the clapper to turn on the lights in 'In Absentia'. He installed it in 'Midnight'.
Connection: Clapper lights
Clapper lights
S1E18 - Midnight
Timestamp: 35:44
Connection: Clapper lights
Clapper lights
S5E02 - In Absentia
Timestamp: 30:12

S4E19 - Letters of Transit

  • Simon Foster was trapped in amber in 'Letters of Transit' and the Observers were experimenting on Simon's head in the Ministry of Science in 'In Absentia'.
Connection: Simon in amber
Simon in amber
S4E19 - Letters of Transit
Timestamp: 40:09
Connection: Simon's head
Simon's head
S5E02 - In Absentia
Timestamp: 28:16