As “The Abducted” opens, An old man shaves his head, washes his face, and picks up a metal mask to wear before kidnapping an eight-year-old boy named Max from his bedroom in New Yonkers.
Olivia asks her cab driver friend, Henry, to help her get into the Department of Defense facility on Liberty Island. He agrees to borrow his cousin’s boat and give her a ride to the island.
Because the Peter Bishop Act of 1991 dictates that every child abducted is to be considered a possible Fringe event, the team investigates Max’s kidnapping. Lincoln analyzes some residue on the boy’s closet: It’s sugar, which the Candyman secretes through his skin: he’s back.
Walternate talks to Colonel Broyles, who says that it’s been four years since the Candyman took his son, Christopher. Broyles did get him back, but he wasn’t a little boy anymore. Broyles wants Olivia back for the case too and Walternate says she’ll be back soon.
Apparently, every two years, the Candyman kidnaps a child between ages seven and nine for 48 hours. But all of them have acute organ deterioration, depleted immune systems, or even had cancer when they get back. Olivia notices incisions on the backs of the kids’ necks too.