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In Absentia 

Harvard is now a secret observer installation. But Walter remembers a secret entrance that will give him access to his lab and perhaps a way to recover his plan to rid the world of the ... See full summary »


Jeannot Szwarc


J.J. Abrams (created by), Alex Kurtzman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop
Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop
Georgina Haig ... Henrietta Bishop
Eric Lange ... Gael Manfretti
Andrew Coghlan ... Loyalist Guard #2
Jennifer Cheon Garcia ... Nurse #1 (as Jennifer Cheon)
Mark Ferns ... Observer
Abagayle Hardwick ... Young Etta
Robin Jung Robin Jung ... Medic
Bronwyne Sloley Bronwyne Sloley ... Woman With Shaved Head
Troy Anthony Young ... Loyalist Guard #1 (as Troy Young)


Harvard is now a secret observer installation. But Walter remembers a secret entrance that will give him access to his lab and perhaps a way to recover his plan to rid the world of the Observers. Olivia gets a distasteful look at Observer interrogation methods as Etta questions a loyalist security guard in hopes of finding a way to restore power to the lab. As Olivia and Etta disagree on how to dispose of their captive they gain a greater appreciation of each others character. Written by David Foss

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Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Back to Harvard
5 April 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Walter does not recall the scrambled plan in his mind; therefore he decides to go to his laboratory in Harvard to search for his notes. However The Observers took the place and turn into a secret facility. But Walter recalls a hidden entrance to a steam pipe tunnel that allows him and his friends to reach his laboratory. They are surprised by a loyalist security guard but they succeed to capture him. The guard Manfretti refuses to give the information about the means to restore the power to the laboratory and Etta interrogates him with a device retrieved from The Observers that turns him older. When Olivia sees the method, she feels lack of humanity in Etta's procedure and sympathizes with the tortured guard affecting them both.

"In Absentia" is another great episode of "Fringe", now with the group returning to Harvard. The sincerity in Olivia's eyes is an important point in this episode since she affects her daughter and the loyalist guard. Etta is a hot head, and Olivia and Peter will certainly be important for her development. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "In Absentia"

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