Season 5 Episode 2

In Absentia

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 2012 on FOX
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    Fringe "In Absentia" Review: An Eye for an Eye

    A fantastic character episode teaches us that the future can learn from the past and shows us where Season 2 is going.

  • Episode Summary


    After Walter's mind is damaged by Windmark's telepathic probe, the team goes to Walter's old Harvard lab to find the information they need to defeat the Observers.

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    • In Absentia

      This episode more than made up for a so-so premiere. You had a case that questioned morals, loyalty and how to proceed in the year 2036. You had a really intense confrontation with the loyalist, and you had a rare sight on TV where violence actually was lauded instead of ridiculed.
    • A morally complex and deeply moving episode!

      A morally complex and deeply moving episode!

      The relationship with the loyalist taken prisoner alone is worth the price of admission.

      The development of Etta's story is even more amazing.
    • Don't know. Still good but something's missing...

      After watching two episodes from the fifth season I see "Fringe" in a different perspective. It is hard to say if it is good or bad but for sure it is different. This feeling of looking for the Observers somehow made me more interested. This time I don't see the point in looking for them because they are everywhere. Nonetheless I am missing something and I hope that this "thing" will be soon discovered. Otherwise I will admit that they jumped the shark with the fourth season finale. Looking forward to be wrong.moreless
    • 5x02 "In Absentia"

      I just love it when Fringe goes all dramatic and asks questions about morality. This episode was a good example of that. Now that we have a line to follow (recovering the tapes), I think it's time to just shut up and watch Fringe end with a bang.
    • Fringe-In Absentia.

      Fantastic episode, I think what lengths Etta is

      willing to go through is justified. What she & the

      human race has endured under The Observers rule.

      Its about time we fought back, after all we are fighting

      for freedom here aren't we.
    Eric Lange

    Eric Lange

    Gael Manfretti

    Guest Star

    Andrew Coghlan

    Andrew Coghlan

    Loyalist Guard 2

    Guest Star

    Jennifer Cheon

    Jennifer Cheon

    Triage Nurse

    Guest Star

    Georgina Haig

    Georgina Haig

    Henrietta "Etta" Bishop

    Recurring Role

    Abagayle Hardwick

    Abagayle Hardwick

    Young Etta

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Walter: What's wrong? Why can't we get into Harvard?
        Etta: It's been taken over by Observers, Walter.
        Walter: Well, that's not a problem for someone who's done acid.

      • Etta: You don't know my world.
        Olivia: You're right. I don't know your world. But I had hoped for you that, wherever you were, you weren't hardened by what had happened to you. And that it's not that I don't see what the Observers have wrought. I do. But what concerns me is what they've taken away.
        Etta: This is the world. It is what it is.

      • Walter: But I trust that the same will that brought you here will keep you going. It is important that you follow the tapes. You must begin this journey right away. You are humanity's only hope. Now you must retrieve the first tape.

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