The Abducted is the seventh episode of the third season of FRINGE. It first aired on November 18th, 2010. A serial kidnapper strikes and Colonel Broyles sends a determined Fringe team to uncover additional details about the abductions. Olivia fights her memory issues and reunites with someone she believes can help her to return to her universe.
A haggard-looking man stands in his bathroom and sharpens a straight razor on a leather strop. He cuts his hair short, lathers his scalp with shaving soap, shaves his head clean, then wipes it dry with a towel. He lifts up a vial and studies the small amount of fluid left inside. He pours the remainder of the liquid into a rinse bowl and begins to recites a prayer. Using the liquid, he anoints himself, starting with his shaved head and the large, circular red marking on it. He continues his chanting and rinses his eyes, then each of his arms. He stares into his hands and finishes his incantation. He picks-up a metallic mask and contemplates donning it.
In his ominously dark bedroom in New Yonkers
, New York, eight years-young Max Clayton clutches his blanket close to his face as he eyes the closet on the opposite side of the room.
He is certain it contains a monster. Max hops out of bed and rousts his mom, Emily, from her bed, claiming that there is a monster in his closet. Emily walks Max back to his bedroom and helps him get settled back in. She checks the closet and under the bed, ensuring her son that the room is monster-free
. Emily reminds him of the trick that 'big boys' use to get rid of monsters in their room - they close their eyes, count to three and, when they open them again, the monsters will be gone. Emily kisses her son on the forehead, turns the lights off and leaves Max alone to return to sleep. Still feeling uneasy, Max stares at the closet and hears soft noises. The closet isn't the threat... the door to his room swings shut and a man with a metallic mask steps out from behind it. Max immediately vies for the 'big-boy' strategy - he covers his eyes, counts to three, then uncovers them. The masked man has closed the distance between them and is just a few feet away. He immediately gags Max, waits for him to pass-out, then carries him to the window and jumps to the ground from the second level of the house.
At a taxi station on the western side of Manhatan, Henry sits in his cab, listening to the radio, reading and waiting for his next fare. Olivia hops into the back seat of the cab. Henry is surprised to see the return of his old customer. Olivia smiles at him and offers to buy him breakfast.
In a quiet local diner, Olivia and Henry sit in a booth next to the window. A waitress serves them hot drinks. In a hushed tone, Olivia begins to convince Henry to help her to break-in to the the Department of Defense facility on Liberty Island. Henry is unclear on the purpose of Olivia's mission impossible. Olivia clarifies to Henry that she needs to go home and that he is the only person she trust; she pleads him to help her. Henry gives in and tells her that he can ask for a boat from his cousin. Olivia receives a message from his beeper - 400 Terry Ave, New Yonkers. Olivia hands him a piece of paper bearing her number. Henry asks her if the people she is running from still after her; Olivia replies back as long as they believe that she is somebody else. Olivia leaves Henry alone in the diner.
In New Yonkers
, the Fringe Division
claims the case of the abducted boy. Agent Francis briefs Olivia on the case. Lincoln joins the two explaining that the molecular cohesion and atmospheric readings are normal. Agent Francis expresses his opinion on the case, he thinks that the kidnapping incident is a waste of division's manpower and the cops can handle such case. Lincoln reminds the team that the Peter Bishop Act of '91 requires the Fringe Division to investigate all abduction cases. In a separate room, Emily Clayton starts to sob, catching Olivia's attention. Agent Francis offers to get a statement while Lincoln and Olivia goes up to the boy's bedroom. The detective in-charge runs through the scene. The eight years old Max Clayton was found missing after his mother checked him that morning. A partial prints were found on the windowsill and in the closet, which presume that the kidnapper takes the boy out of the window. While listening to the detective, Olivia notices a children's book - Burlap Bear Goes to the Wood and suspects that the kidnapper is a male aged 20-35 and strong enough to carry down a 50 pound kid. Lincoln finds a residue on the fingerprint from the sample taken by the forensic technician. He analyzes the print using the handheld scanner... sucrose. Lincoln remembers an old case, a man who secretes sucrose through his sweat. The Candy Man is back.
At Fringe Headquarters, Colonel Broyles reviews the profiles of Candy Man's victims. Secretary Bishop visits the Colonel in his office after learning about the Candy Man's comeback. Colonel Broyles remembers the tragic event four years ago... the Candy Man abducted his son and took from him for two days. He can handle the case; the only concern he has is when Bolivia is coming back to their side. Secretary Bishop tells Broyles that they found a breakthrough; they learned a synthetic chemical in Olivia's brain that allows her to cross between universes. As the secretary leaves Colonel Broyles, he reminds him that he understands how the colonel feels.
Agent Francis reminds everybody that they have limited time to find Max Clayton. Lincoln briefs
Olivia on the kidnapping case two years prior to her first day on Fringe Division. Lincoln tells her that the abducted kids suffer from body deterioration, as he reviews the case on the screen. Olivia stares at the picture of the abducted kid and points to the incision at the back of their neck. Agent Farnsworth provides Olivia a summary of the abduction - random, occurs every 2 years, victims between age 7-9, released after 48 hrs with internal degradation, victims describe suspects as male with shaved head and wore a mask. Two victims report that there are two suspects - one young and one old. Agent Farnsworth pulls out the bios of the two victims and Olivia realizes that one of these victims is Christopher Broyles, Colonel Broyles' son. Olivia suggests to re-interview Christopher. Lincoln and Agent Francis warn her not to. Olivia ignores the advice of her two colleagues and walk up to Colonel Broyles' office. She presses on the need for her to interview his son. Colonel Broyles declines her request.
A masked man opens the door and approaches his prey. He offers him a candy but the boy declines, complaining that he does not feel good and wants to go home. The kidnapper chants a prayer. A large metallic device is attached at the back of the boy's neck.
At his home in Glen Cove
, Christopher Broyles sits in a comfy chair,
molding a handful of modeling clay and listens to the classic pulp fiction radio tale, The Shadow
. Diane Broyles watches him over a TV screen. Colonel Broyles arrives the house and joins her in the kitchen. They exchange kisses. Colonel Broyles calms his worrying wife that the police officer parked outside of their house is for his piece of mind. Diane expresses concern to his scared son, he heard the news about the missing boy. While Diane takes out some food and a bottle of drink from the fridge, Colonel Broyles tells her about Olivia's proposition and his negative decision. Diane likes Olivia and thinks she is smart. Colonel Broyles takes a sip from the bottle and offer to put Christopher to bed. She explains to him that their boy is strong enough enough to talk about the incident... even if he is not.
Lincoln interrupts Olivia, busy studying Christopher's case. He offers her red vines for a snack. Olivia muses that the conditions of kidnapped victims are symptoms of old age - of which has a connection to pituitary gland, and is accessible through the back of the neck. Lincoln is amused with Olivia's claim of scientific expertise. She explains an old case she worked before - a guy draining hormones from pituitary gland - and suspects that the Candy Man is stealing the youth of the kids, enabling him to change from old to young. Lincoln thinks that in theory it is possible for a concentrated pituitary hormones to accelerate healing and reverse aging but this will cause some serious side effects, which include high blood sugar... enough for the suspect
to secrete sugar in his sweat. Olivia receives a call from the Broyles residence.
← Diane walks with Olivia from the front door. Colonel Broyles, feeling uneasy, joins them en route to Christopher's room. He introduces Olivia to Christopher. Chris extends his hand. Understands that he is visually impaired, Olivia grabs Chris' hand toward her direction. Chris feels very happy to find out that he is talking to the lady that save the kids in a school bus from a Class 3 Vortex. Though hesitant at first, Christopher agrees to talk to Olivia about the kidnapping incident. Olivia offers to take him to his favorite place.
Olivia and Chris walk along the shoreline. The young boy hangs onto her
arm with one hand and clears his path with white cane in the other. Colonel Broyles lingers near the car and watches as the two find a place to sit. He is interrupted by a phone call from Secretary Bishop asking for a progress report on Candy Man's case. Secretary Bishop tells Colonel Broyles that Bolivia's mission is going well on the other side and they need to pull Olivia out of the field. Colonel Broyles terminate the call and watches his son from afar. Christopher starts out the conversation, remembering his dad's advice to forget what had happened. Olivia understands from her own experience - that it is hard to forget and how much he wanted to go back to his family and friends. As the young boy warms up, he tries to recall what happened - the musty smell, the maskman, and the device in his neck. When Olivia prods him about his conversation with the kidnapper, he starts to get teary-eyed and weeps - the Candy Man threatens his family if the boy tells anyone about him. Olivia puts her arm around him and comforts him, assuring that it will not happen. Chris remembers a part of the kidnapper's prayer.
Agent Francis reads out the line provided by Chris Broyles through an electronic tablet. The words pitch and dark are connected to sacramental prayers in a dozen churches in New York. Lincoln Lee feels bad knowing that a church is involved in child abduction for God.
Colonel Broyles parks in the driveway and holds the door for Christopher, as he gets out of the car. Diane steps out of the house to meet his family and Olivia. Chris, happy and excited, hands his shell collection to his mother. Diane wipes out the sand from the clothes of her child. The boy smiles and expresses his love of sands. Colonel Broyles excuses himself as he answers the call from his ear piece. Olivia thanks Diane for her helpful child and says goodbye to the kid, while the mother and son make their way to the house. Olivia receives a call from Henry. He provides their meeting place and time. Olivia terminates the call and turns quickly to Broyles, making sure he is unaware of the call. Colonel Broyles informs his agent that their best lead trace to Astoria Church.
Olivia and Colonel Broyles pay a visit to Reverend Marcus.
The reverend finishes off Olivia's prayer, and explains to them how he becomes involve with the church. Reverend Marcus, despite being a well-trained physician, was unable to cure his dying wife, who contracted an Avian flu. He became a man of cloth, after finding comfort with faith in God. Olivia asks for the list of the names of the church's congregation. The reverend refuses to do so, but gives in after learning from Colonel Broyles that the Fringe team's witness is the Colonel's son. Olivia goes over the list of roster as they leave the church. Colonel Broyles suggests to split up the 40 names to Lincoln and Charlie.
Olivia talks on her earpiece as she enters the building.
She reports back that one of the men listed on the roster had his kidney disease cured by the Reverend. Colonel Broyles updates Olivia that none of their list fit the profile. Olivia knocks at the door of Wyatt Toomy. A young man opens up his door and allow Olivia to get in after she introduces herself. Wyatt Toomy looks at Max's picture and feels sad after finding out from the news. Wyatt excuses himself. As he takes out his food from the stove, he claims that Reverend Marcus is a miracle worker. Wyatt carries his plate and places it on a desk in the next room. Both focus their attention on a child's doll. Wyatt confirms to Olivia that she lives alone. Olivia does not trust her and charges after him, but she get slammed by a door. Olivia draws out her gun and calls for back-up. As he scout Wyatt's bedroom, she notices a curtained opening at the back of a closet. She enters a hidden room and finds Max resting on a bed. Olivia introduces herself as a member of the F.B.I. to the boy and notices a device attached at the back of Max's head. Wyatt charges in with a shotgun. Olivia fires her gun several times, killing him. Olivia calms the boy down and hugs him tightly.
Olivia stands near Toomy's corpse as he updates Colonel Broyles on Max's condition and Toomy's
prompt rental payment for the past nine years. Agent Francis calls over Olivia and Colonel Broyles from the other room. Lincoln, standing over a bench of equipment and distiller, suggests that Olivia's theory is right - the dead man is making an age-regression serum from the hormones of his abducted victims. Colonel Broyles studies a show-me ID with the image of an older Wyatt. Olivia tells the Colonel that his son is right - there was a young and old kidnapper, both of the same person. Agent Francis does not understand how a man working in a sanitation has the knowledge to make such crime. Colonel Broyles tells Olivia that he will not forget what she did. As the Colonel walks away, Lincoln invites Olivia for a drink. Olivia declines his offer and tells him she is heading home.
↓ At Red Hook Marina
, Olivia approaches a small boat. Henry is unhappy to find his partner-in-crime late. He reminds her that the patrols around the island is a bigger problem than the the boat itself. Olivia offers to untie the boat from the dock.
At first, Henry is unclear about what she is saying and clarifies to her that he is scared of water, but his cousin taught him how to run the boat. Olivia suddenly realizes that someone also showed Wyatt what to do. Colonel Broyles leaves a message to his wife and after a few seconds, he answers a call from Olivia. She tells him that Reverend Marcus was a doctor and the person who taught Wyatt Toomy how to make the serum. He also been healing his congregation through the serum. Colonel Broyles hurries to leave the office and rush home - he realizes that Reverend Marcus is after Chris. Olivia hangs up and tells Henry to wait for her. She leaves him clueless of what is happening.
Christopher is woken by his mother's scream. In the living room, a masked man gags Diane until she becomes unconscious. The masked man enters the boy's room and finds the bed empty. The man starts to look around the house as Chris hides behind a grill. As he walks around and passes by the boy's hiding place, he tells how much God wants to find him... he is valuable in helping to heal others. The masked man opens the cabinet where Christopher is hiding, grabs the boy out of his hiding place and attempts to suffocate him. Colonel Broyles arrives at the house and fires a gun, ending the life of the kidnapper. The boy runs toward the direction of his father. Colonel Broyles assures the boy's safety and hugs him tightly.
Olivia smiles as she watches the Broyles family congregate and console
one another in a recovery room. Olivia asks for a 15-minute delay from Henry, who is calling from the dock. Emily Clayton approaches her as she terminates the call. She asks the agent to pay Max a visit in his room. Olivia approaches Max in his bed. The boy asks him the meaning of F.B.I. and Olivia bluffs and claim that it is another word for police. Olivia turns around and find Colonel Broyles overhearing their conversation. Olivia joins Colonel Broyles. He tells her that the serum made by Reverend Marcus might help the kidnapped victims. As the two face each other, the Colonel explains to his agent that the bureau ceased to exist over a decade ago. Olivia realizes that she had been discovered but Colonel Broyles decides to go home and let go off her.
Olivia and Henry stops a few hundred yards away from Liberty Island. Olivia reminds Henry not to worry and to stick to their route. Olivia thanks Henry for believing her - and confesses that she came from a parallel universe. Olivia dives into the dark waters and begins to swim to the island.
Olivia scales the dark seawall to the government facility, gets up to the chain link fence and avoids detection by the security guard. She runs toward
the lab and uses her key card to gain access. She pulls out her gun as she gets in. Sitting at the back of his vehicle, Secretary Bishop receives a call, informing him of a security breach at the lab on Liberty Island. At the lab, Olivia initializes the tank and injects herself with a drug. She puts on a respirator and enters the tank. After a few seconds, she appears in a familiar gift shop
. She looks around and heads toward the doors to leave. A cleaning lady finds Olivia having a hard time getting out. She kindly asks the cleaning lady to let her out. Realizing that she is being pulled back to the parallel universe, she asks the lady to listen carefully and needs her to do something for her. Back at the lab, Olivia is is pulled out by security details. Olivia struggles to get free. Secretary Bishop gives her a stern look and orders that she be sedated.
In the alternate universe, Peter and Bolivia curl-up in bed as the classic movie Casablanca
plays on the television.
Bolivia dozes while Peter watches. Peter does not believe that Bolivia has never seen the movie. Bolivia takes a wild guess that it is a film featuring Ronald Reagan. Peter laughs and corrects her - it's Humphrey Bogart. Bolivia pretends to be kidding then makes another wild guess - the couple in the movie run away together and they live happily ever after. Peter sets her straight - the two star-crossed lovers separate - and never see each other again. As the two prepare to sleep, Peter's phone vibrates. At the end of the line, the cleaning lady from Liberty Island explains to him that a woman disappeared right in front of her. Her name is Olivia and she is trapped in the other universe.
- Recurring Themes
- Children's Stories. Olivia notices the book 'Burlap Bear Goes To The Woods' in Max's room. The same book she read to Ella in Unleashed.
- Episode References
- Olivia remembers an old case (The Same Old Story) where a guy drains hormones from pituitary glands to restore youthfulness.
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- What are Colonel Broyles' motives for letting Olivia roam free?
- Does the technology used by Wyatt Toomy have any connection to the technology used by Claus & Christopher Penrose (The Same Old Story)?
- Why was the FBI decommissioned more than a decade ago?
- Why are there talks to limit the number of children per household?
- What is the significance of the mark on Wyatt's head?
- Has Olivia regained her full memory of this universe?