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Fringe episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 7
Directed by Eagle Egilsson
Written by Graham Roland
Production code 3X7507
Original air date November 16, 2012 (2012-11-16)
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"Five-Twenty-Ten" is the seventh episode of the fifth season of the American Fox science-fiction/drama television series Fringe, and the show's 94th episode overall. The episode premiered in the United States on November 16, 2012.

It was written by Graham Roland and directed by Eagle Egilsson.


Peter (Joshua Jackson), recently having injected one of the Observers' devices in his own body, comes to understand the precognitive abilities that the devices give their owners, but he experiences side-effects, like insomnia. He works with Anil (Shaun Smyth) of the human resistance to try to replace one of their briefcases with an identical one containing a bomb. The initial attempt fails as Peter fails to account for all variables, but his second attempt is a success; later, when this Observer meets with others, the bomb that contains a bio-agent gruesomely kills them (later revealed as the same one used in the show's pilot episode).

Meanwhile, Walter (John Noble) retrieves another tape from the ambered part of the lab. The video instructs the viewer to obtain two of the Observers' "beacons" (as seen in "The Arrival"), which help to fix a point in space and time. The video goes on to point to two stored at Kelvin Industries, where Walter and his former partner William Bell worked previously; the storage area would require Bell's hand print, which explains why Walter had cut off William's hand when they were previously released from the amber (as seen in "Letters of Transit").

Walter, Olivia (Anna Torv), and Astrid (Jasika Nicole) go to the facility to find the entrances blocked by rubble; as traditional means to remove the rubble would be difficult to acquire, the three decide to go to Nina Sharp (Blair Brown) for help. After a tearful reunion, Nina promises to help them with an Observer device that can sublimate the rubble quickly, though the effect will quickly attract Observer forces to the area. As her aide instructs Olivia and Astrid on the device, she has a heartfelt discussion with Walter. Walter believes that the pieces of brain re-implanted by Etta is causing him to revert to the ruthless man he had been before, and asks Nina if she can see that man in him now, but Nina denies it. He tells her that because he has Peter to keep him grounded, he will not revert. Nina expresses how she tried to save Bell when he was on the path to megalomania, saying that she loved him, but that love wasn't enough to save him in the end. Walter coldly asserts that Bell never loved anyone except himself, especially never Nina, and that she should have known better. She is stunned by this cruel remark, and tells Walter that the good man she knows would never be so cruel and offensive, but that the old Walter would have, and she can see that man in him now. Meanwhile, Olivia expresses concern that she had once lost Peter before after the initial Observer invasion, and fears losing him again.

As Peter rejoins them remaining coy about his activities, the device successfully clears the rubble. Inside, they access Bell's laboratory, and Walter discovers that Bell stole his record collection, including a David Bowie album, which he takes back. While searching, they find a combination safe. Walter believes he knows the combination William used for everything (as mentioned in "Jacksonville"), but struggles to remember it, while Olivia insists time is short. Instead, Peter informs Walter he has plenty of time to recall the combination; Walter is able to come up with it (five, twenty, ten: the title of the episode), but when they open the safe, there are no beacons; there is only a strange device and, to Walter's surprise, a photo of Nina. Believing the effort was all for naught, they are about to leave when Peter uses the device to bring the two beacons to the surface. Peter confidently exits the building despite Olivia's insistence that the Observers could be waiting for them. However, Peter proves to be correct; he instructs the others to return to the lab while he deals with another matter.

Walter returns to Nina, showing her the photo, and apologizing for his earlier behavior and revealing that Bell did love Nina, but it wasn't enough to save him. He asks her to consider helping him remove the pieces of brain as to revert to his kinder self. Olivia returns to Etta's safe-house to find Peter there, in front of several boards, filled with dates, times, and photos of Observers. He emotionlessly explains that he implanted the Observer's device in his head, had used it to switch the briefcases as to kill several of the Observers who are Captain Windmark's (Michael Kopsa) top lieutenants, including those in charge of security such that they would not be detected at Kelvin Industries, and has plans for the same for Captain Windmark, in order to avenge Etta. He demonstrates his new abilities by predicting Olivia's sentences perfectly. Worried, she leaves him to plan, while he discovers that he is starting to lose his hair. Walter, alone with the assembled components from the tape, contemplates to himself listening to David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World" from the recovered album.


"Five-Twenty-Ten" was written by supervising producer Graham Roland, while Nikita veteran Eagle Egilsson served as director.

Actress Blair Brown made a special guest appearance during the episode, after being a series regular since the pilot.



"Five-Twenty-Ten" first aired in the United States on November 16, 2012 on Fox. An estimated 2.7 million viewers watched the episode, and earned a ratings share of 0.9 among adults aged 18 to 49, to rank fourth in its timeslot.[1] The episode increased in overall viewership from the previous episode.[2]


Noel Murray of The A.V. Club gave it a mixed review. He felt the episode's biggest fault was that it was too redundant, reminding the audience of previous events. But, Murray very much enjoyed Peter's mission to sabotage the Observers, calling it "both fascinating and tense". He awarded the episode a "B-" grade.[3] IGN's Ramsey Isler gave it a very positive review, saying the episode had great plot points and revelations, and very much enjoyed Peter's new powers and the visual effects featured in the episode. He rated the episode 9.1 out of 10.[4]


  1. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (November 19, 2012). "Friday Final TV Ratings: 'Undercover Boss' & 'Malibu Country' Adjusted Up; 'America's Next Top Model' Special Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ Bibel, Sara (November 12, 2012). "Friday Final TV Ratings: 'Malibu Country' Adjusted Up; 'Undercover Boss' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Murray, Noel (November 16, 2012). ""Five-Twenty-Ten" S5 / E7". The A.V. Club. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ Isler, Ramsey (November 17, 2012). "Fringe: "Five-Twenty-Ten" Review". IGN. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 

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