Touch (S2E7) “Ghosts”

25 03 2013

This episode was written by David Eick of Battlestar Galactica and Bionic Woman fame so my expectations were high for a great story. It did not disappoint.

The narration starts like the intro to “The Perfect Storm.”

Jake (David Mazouz) picks up his pattern of a red butterfly and other things to put in his backpack. Lucy (Maria Bello) packs her things [with the red plastic container that has boxing tape]. Martin (Kiefer Sutherland) tells her he is calling in a Special Forces friend to help in the search for Amelia (Saxon Sharbino). Martin tells Lucy that Jake loves her [and I’m thinking Martin has feelings for her, too].

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Red & blue butterlies

Amelia sits on a rock surrounded by a garden but it looks artificially constructed to me. She sees a blue butterfly. She telepathically communicates to Jake that the numbers will protect him.

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A blue butterfly (symbolic of Jake)

Lucy says goodbye to Jake. He takes a cell phone out of a bag with 679 on it and hands it to Lucy.

Jake narrates: “In humans, a fear response happens in less than 40 milliseconds. Immediately a massive shot of adrenaline makes our muscles tense up to fight, our heart rate increases so we can elude predators. We sweat so we don’t overheat. Pupils dilate some can see in the dark.”

Although it is a dark and stormy night, there is a party at BreakWire and outside Guillermo waits for Jake. Ruben Santiago (Ray Santiago) is trying to make a love connection with Claire (Krystal Marshall). Actor Keith David walks in the door, playing the role of Dutch, the Special Forces friend. In the scene, lots of red liquor bottles can be seen along with a poster in the background that talks about a Masked Ball [don’t know how relevant that is].

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Lots of red references in this pic. Trevor & Dutch

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Jake and Martin arrive at BreakWire as Guillermo watches

Trevor (Greg Ellis) thinks he is calling Martin, but he got Lucy. She knows Jake is orchestrating the meeting. Jake is furiously writing a number in color in a pattern that looks like a butterfly wing.

Martin joins Dutch and Trevor talking war stories. Trevor gets up and Martin tells him about Jake. Meanwhile in the car, Guillermo is going to pose as a city worker doing something with BreakWire. He climbs in the sewer. The electricity goes out in the building [coincidence or Guillermo]? The power goes out to their buildings.

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Telling stories while the storm brews.

Lucy arrives. They say a second goodbye. Jake blocks her exit and grabs her hand. Roads are closed; Lucy has to stay.

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Jake holds Lucy’s hand.

In true Carrie-horror-like fashion, Guillermo locks the doors to prevent anyone from leaving.

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Baby lock them doors and turn the lights down low.

A young man finds Guillermo. He directs him to where he needs to go. After Guillermo passes the door where the party is taking place, Jake crawls under the table [red paddle]. The cell phone is not working so Trevor sends Ruben who is wearing a red sweater and his new girlfriend to go check into the problem [and create some sparks elsewhere]. Guillermo pops in and says “in a Holy war there is no collateral damage.” Now it comes down to people who are or are not in his way. Jake feels their death. Jake runs out of the room and Lucy follows. Jake goes into a very dark room and continues writing.

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Time to die Iron Eagle.

Martin discovers Ruben and Claire with their necks slashed. Martin gathers up Trevor and Guillermo to go off searching for Jake. Jake hands Lucy the butterfly picture and points to the mirror. She tells him she will follow him.

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The butterfly shall lead you.

Continuing his search for Jake, Martin comes across Phil (Bill Parks) another victim of Guillermo but he was still conscious. Dutch finds Lucy and Jake. Dutch barricades the door and gives Lucy a potential weapon. Guillermo is upset and tries to open the door. Jake talks to him telepathically–“I know you’re in pain, unbearable pain.”

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Someone who didn’t bleed out in Guillermo’s path.

Through flashbacks Guillermo’s story is told. A woman he loved appeared to be dying in a hospital. He tells Jake to stop it. Dutch shoots Guillermo through the door. And POW! The door flies open and through it Guillermo [I truly was not expecting that]. Guillermo and Dutch struggle. Lucy tells to run when she says go. The gun goes off. Dutch was hit.

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Who shot who?

Lucy attacks Guillermo with a tool. Guillermo throws her up against the mirror, which breaks. She tells Jake to run then stabs Guillermo with a piece of mirror in his thigh. Guillermo runs after Jake. Lucy and Dutch are collapsed on the floor.

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Lucy stabs Guillermo in the thigh? Knee?

Martin gets Phil to Trevor who says the others got out and Ted was calling the police.

Guillermo tells Jake to stop. [Seriously? You are about to kill him. If anyone else had known they were going to be killed, they would run too.] Martin runs towards Guillermo’s voice. Jake flees to the roof. He looks for a way down but does not see one so he hides instead. Guillermo opens the door to the roof.

When Amelia and Jake both realize he does not have the numbers with him, she tells him there is another way. Guillermo puts a board up on the door so he is not interrupted. Jake panics and writes the wrong number. Amelia corrects him. Martin finds the blocked door. In looking at the writing, Jake has gotten the number wrong several times before finally writing 10262000 (the day Jake was born).

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So Jake is NOT perfect under pressure!

Jake uses a rock to put the letters on the metal in his hiding place.

Dutch is alive!

Guillermo finds Jake and points a gun at him, then puts it away in favor of his knife.

“She loved you.” And Guillermo sees the date. He tells Jake that the date is even more reason why he cannot exist here.

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Guillermo’s family died the same day Jake was born.

“But you also knew love before you turned to death.” The woman flat-lines and Guillermo holds a baby in his hands. He tells Jake, “You cannot hurt a man who has lost everything. I am already dead. God took my family, my wife, my son on the blackest day, the day you were born.”

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I’m feeling slightly bad for Guillermo right now. I know the pain of losing a child.

Dutch and Martin bust down the door. Martin and Guillermo fight. Jake jumps on his back. Trevor finds an injured Lucy. Guillermo twirls around and knocks Jake into a pipe. Guillermo attacks Martin with his knife. Martin kicks him in his injured knee [NICE move Martin]. Martin grabs the gun and kicks Guillermo back. Guillermo tries to grab Jake, but Martin shoots him 9 times and Guillermo falls off the roof. [But the season is not over. So does Aster Corps become the new old bad guy or does someone else take Guillermo’s place?]

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Martin does not hesitate shooting this person as he did in Afghanistan with Dutch with someone else.

Martin runs to an unconscious Jake. Jake wakes up. Martin reassures him Guillermo is gone. Martin looks over the roof to see. Guillermo hit a car windshield but he is not dead. [Come on…really? With Martin’s expert aim he displayed with Calvin at the firing range]? Martin says, “That’s impossible!”

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A blue and red car.

An agitated Jake rocks over a very dead Dutch. [Bummer! It would have been nice to have him around for a few episodes].

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I see dead people.

A bloodied Guillermo was sporting a bulletproof vest. [I would think he would be sporting a broken back as well.]

The police arrive. Guillermo hobbles away.

Jake says, “The only uniquely human force with enough power to overcome fear is love.” A blue butterfly flies into Amelia’s hand. A voice that sounds like Kase says to her, “If you’re done working, it’s time for dinner, okay?”

And the beautiful garden she was in fades into a lab [very Matrix-esque]! “We’ll be there in a minute.” And Amelia stands up to walk somewhere. [Does this mean Kase is working with Aster Corps and may have killed Frances?]

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Amelia apparently can create safe places in her mind.

Guess who is in next week’s episode? D.B. Sweeney (from 24 and Jericho!)


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