This week’s episode of “Fringe” is entitled “The Abducted” and it centers on poor, defenseless children. Olivia and Broyles team up to stop a predator who is going after kids to steal their youth (or their energy). One of the victims hit close to home, and Olivia finally decides to take the necessary steps to get back to the other side. Check out our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Chuck Russell
  • Written By: David Wilcox, Graham Roland
  • Cast: Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole, Blair Brown

Episode Title: “The Abducted”

Children are the prime targets of a criminal called The Candy Man. He kidnaps kids, keeps them for 48 hours, drains them of their energy, and returns them to their families blind, bruised, or worse. While working on the case, Olivia gains new respect from Broyles whose son was one of The Candy Man’s victims. She also works alongside Henry the cab driver to find a way back to the other side.

The Good:

  • Henry the Cabbie: Olivia’s sole friend on the other side returned for this episode to help her escape. Henry the taxi driver, whom we met in the pilot, was back and once again played by Andre Royo. I love the relationship that him and Olivia have developed. It’s based on unbiased trust.
  • Olivia Knows: It’s official, Olivia definitely knows that her life is a sham and she’s trying to get back home. It was great to see her acting like herself again. Now all she has to do is get away from Walternate and his group of crazed followers.
  • Broyles and Family: This episode showcased Broyles’ family and we really got to see him in a different light. His poor son Christopher was a victim of The Candy Man and was left blind because of his sick extraction process. Even though Broyles allegiance is to Walternate, he’s aware that Olivia got her memory back, and after bringing his son’s attackers to justice, he decided to keep that info to himself.
  • Peter Knows: Finally, in the last five minutes of the show Peter discovered that he’s been sleeping with the enemy. Olivia was able to make it back home for a small amount of time, and she passed along a message to a woman, who in turn passed it to Peter. His reaction to that phone call was priceless.

The Bad:

  • Walternate Ruined the Plan: When Olivia finally made it home Walternate had to come in and ruin everything. He yanked her out of the submergence tank and brought her back to his reality. This was the one spot in her plan that didn’t make sense to me. Did she really think that she was going to be able to sit in that tank for a long period of time without anyone finding out?


Last night’s episode of “Fringe” was a sign of greater things to come. The end is near, and by end I mean all of this pointless back and forth storytelling between the fake and real Olivia. It was getting harder and harder to watch her constantly slip up with Peter (Ronald Reagan in Casablanca?) and have him laugh it off like it was nothing.

Rating: 9/10

“Fringe” airs Thursdays at 9 pm on Fox

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