TOUCH (S2E1) “Event Horizon” Recap

12 02 2013

“There are infinite ways to communicate.”

And so begins season 2 of TOUCH. After meeting Amelia’s mom, Lucy, (Maria Bello) at the pier at the end of season 1, Martin (Kiefer Sutherland) and Jake (David Mazouz) begin a new adventure: The Search for Amelia (Saxon Sharbino). Guillermo (Said Taghmaoui), a shadowy figure, kisses the tree of life, a pendant around his neck.

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Martin gets Lucy up to speed. Jake plays with the crystal paperweight he got from his aunt in New York, the aunt who works for the evil Aster Corps. Jake looks at the map of the area. Martin tells Lucy Aster Corps staged Amelia’s death.

Jake stops Lucy to look at his notebook that shows the numbers 24, the next numbers in the sequence. The paperweight lights the spot on the map; 24 is translated also as 2-D.

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Once at the spot, Jake jumps out of the car and Martin and Lucy follow as Martin says, “Welcome to my world.” They see the hotel sign pointing to room 2-D. The man behind the door is told they are looking for someone. Then they hear a young girl scream who takes the opportunity to jump out of the window. After a scuffle, the guy runs out of the room. He gets into the car, license plate 9NBW742.

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Martin urges caution to Lucy and convinces her to do things his way. A journalist friend in Los Angeles can help them.

Guillermo is searching for a musician named Frederick LeMay. According to Guillermo, “Some same it’s like hearing the voice of angels” but he never wrote another. The waiter admires his pendant who Guillermo says is “perfection of the universe.” “Each has their own path to God, destiny preordained. It’s a mortal sin to deny it.” The waiter (Anthony Debaeck) is creeped out, especially when Guillermo admires his attire.

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At Aster Corps, Calvin Norburg (Lukas Haas) is having a meltdown. He, too, has the next sequence in the Amelia equation. He wants out of the project and asks his friend, Tony (Adam Campbell) to help him get out of his contract. Calvin tells him that eventually the number will wrap around to the beginning. “This is the God sequence. It’s going to change humanity forever.” He cannot let Aster Corps have it.

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Martin’s friend, Trevor (Greg Ellis), started a news organization similar to Huffington Post called “BreakWire.” Ruben Santiago (Ray Santiago) is their resident hacker who traced the license plate to a private investigator (Kirk B. R. Woller). The PI deposited cash into his bank account the same day he had an appointment with Lawrence J. Pearl (John Prosky), senior partner, of Lesser, Rasmussen and Howe, whose primary client is Aster Corps.

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Frederick LeMay (Ray Proscia) is making bread. Guillermo turns the sign to “closed” and locks the door. Bread of Life: Meet the Tree of Life. Guillermo puts on the vinyl album. Frederick says from time to time people find him. Guillermo is not just seeking his autograph! He tells Frederick he has quit on God. Time to snuff him out: “You are in HIS way.” After giving him a cut that is similar to Guillermo’s neck wound, he says to a dying Frederick: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” At the moment of Frederick’s death, Jake lets out a gasp.

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Jake passes the time playing video games and lands on 5227 every time. Meanwhile Trevor and Lucy play ping pong as Lucy gets background on Martin.

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Meanwhile, Martin heads to the building where Pearl is to plant a sniffer program for Ruben, posing as a worker and heads to office # 5227. Norburg and Tony ever the elevator with Martin to meet with the law firm.

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Norburg cannot get out of his contract. Pearl takes a call out in the hallway saying, “You LOST HER?” Martin and Pearl run into each other as Pearl heads back to his office to get a file and Martin is leaving his office. Martin knocks him over and bolts, just missing the elevator down with Calvin and Tony. As Martin passes the car they are in, Calvin opens the door and knocks out the security guy, ensuring Martin’s escape.

Guillermo discovers the sheet music and starts writing numbers for the notes, which, of course, are the God sequence.

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Santiago finds lots of great information, including an address that Lucy connects to Jake’s scores on all the video machines, a place where they might find Amelia, 5227 Lindera, zip code 90046 [not a real address–bummer].

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It leads to a crack house and find someone who they think is Amelia. Jakes come into the building. The PI hits Martin. Lucy and the PI search the house. “What is it with you people?” Martin knocks him out. This is not Amelia. While walking outside, Jake drops her backpack and a map falls out. Nicole (Madison Leisle) tells them some girl gave her the backpack near the pier (Amelia). Pearl apparently is her real father. Lucy makes her call home.

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Norburg loses it as a stakeholder’s meeting. He says they are using this algorithm to program machines to be smarter than people. Then these machines will create new machines who are more intelligent than them. The human brain will become obsolete. It will be a “dystopian nightmare” brought to you by Aster Corps. “Evolution of the species in numerical form.” Tony tells him to prepare for the mother of all lawsuits, but someone in the audience is intrigued. Vikash Nayar (Dileep Rao) approaches. He has money, something Calvin needs, and no questions asked.

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Guillermo is in a cab and when it jerks, pictures fall out of it, including one of Jake. Jake now has targets on his back, Aster Corps and Guillermo.

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At the beach, Jake finds a knight chess piece after running and creating a circle in the sand.

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The pattern resembles the tides and the scene shifts over to Amelia who sits at a table. IN WALKS NORBURG who says he heard she went to the beach that day. He tells her, “Your parents gave you away.” A knight piece is missing from her chess set. She is communicating with Jake!

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Avram’s cousin (Harvey J. Alperin) gives Martin, Lucy and Jake a nice place to stay. Lucy says to Martin, “Nine hours and we’re already leaving together.” A record even for her.

Martin gets a call from Santiago. He discovered a death certificate on Jake, with the date issued blank, that says, “Injuries sustained in a car crash with 1 other fatality, his father, Martin Bohm. Funeral home is undisclosed. The certificate number is S0195520 (not sure if that is significant, but wrote it down anyway).

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MY COMMENTS

I like the new changes. There are easter eggs if you look for them. An “aster” in biology is “a cellular structure shaped like a star, formed around each centrosome during mitosis.”  If you look closely, you can see the star references. Another example is on Ruben’s desk. One of the puzzle toys on his desk are like Dr. Teller’s, the ones the boarding house tested Jake, the shape that is identical to the crystal he carries. Also, Ruben is using a screensaver on his computer that is full of stars. There are two stars that are on either side of the address at 5227 Lindera. That swirl pattern is in the gate of the crack house. The star of David on the door to Avram’s cousin’s house.

Jake needed out of the boarding house and to be with Martin as they find more pieces to the puzzle. A Los Angeles shoot provides them with access to more diverse scenery. At this point we are unsure of Calvin Norburg’s true intentions. My gut tells me that Amelia may have been feeding him the sequence and his math skills are what they appear. I 100% believe that Guillermo thinks he is doing God’s work and that is totally creepy. It adds an element of evil and explores the world of religious zealots. Going off the grid will be difficult for Martin. While Clea (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) was a great character to play off, it was something that was getting stale. Lucy and Martin understand each other and complement each other. There is potential for romance between them. Instead of having the “A” plot and “B” plot and Martin never seeing the connection between them, it looks, so far, as if the “A” plot and “B” plot have individualized stories that will eventually meet somewhere down the road. Season 1 was about Martin helping individuals reconnect while discovering what the danger was underneath. The wound Guillermo is creating on the 36 Righteous Ones is similar to the one on his own neck, so I am eager to see this episode with his backstory. This year the danger is brought to the forefront which propels the story forward.





“TOUCH” Season 2 Premiere Preview

6 02 2013

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During the last season of TOUCH, we learned that Jake (David Mazouz) is one of the 36 Righteous Ones (Lamed Vav Tzadikim in Judaism mysticism). According to the Talmud, “as a mystical concept, the number 36 is even more intriguing. It is said that at all times there are 36 special people in the world, and that were it not for them, all of them, if even one of them was missing, the world would come to an end.” The sequence Professor Teller was working on he called “The Amelia Sequence” also known as the “mind of God.” We learned that Aster Corps, the corporation that Abigail (Martin’s sister in law) works, is interested in knowing the Amelia sequence for their own greed. (Note: an “aster” is a cellular structure shaped like a star, formed around each centrosome during mitosis, although their corporate logo is not represented by a star which may or may not be an important symbol in the show. I did see several stars during the season 2 premiere episode). Jake was part of their bigger plan. Martin (Kiefer Sutherland) taps into people he helped in season 1 to help him break Jake out of the boarding facility and try to disappear. The numbers lead them to Los Angeles which lead them to finding Amelia’s mother (Maria Bello) at the pier.

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Last season, TOUCH ran into problems having Jake at a boarding facility (lack of mobility in the world), having Clea (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) as the adult Martin played off of (who was often tied to the boarding facility), and Martin who goes out on these quests for Jake. Clea, being the outsider, took awhile before she began to believe that the numbers Jake was showing the world were significant. Her dialogue lines almost became cliché, like Jack Bauer’s “We’re running out of time.” After a few episodes, while the thought was intriguing about the interconnectedness of everyone, a deeper mythos needed to emerge in order for the show to remain viable. As it was true with the shows “Alias” and “Lost,” TOUCH now moves into that realm.

TOUCH also had an image to get past. Unfortunately, it was not made clear that Jake did NOT have autism. Many media outlets reported it like that, and indeed on Netflix, they still describe season 1 as just that:

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Even though during the episode, Martin Bohm says that he was diagnosed with many things, including autism, he never bought into any of those diagnoses, but he is curious about Jake’s mutism. Mutism is NOT autism. Because of this, there were strong reactions from families with kids with autism. Having a character with autism is tricky enough. If the creators get it wrong, the backlash is horrible. I cannot tell you how many people have said, “Well, they say the kid has autism but that character is all the misconceptions of autism in one child.” And I have to still correct them. Kiefer Sutherland was on Ellen this past week saying Jake had supernatural abilities and not autism.

At the end of season 1, with the mysticism of the 36 Righteous Ones, coupled with an evil player (Aster Corp), coupled with several unknown characters of good and/or evil, you begin to develop a path where good and evil will collide. TOUCH adds the elements of hidden clues within the episodes that Lost so perfectly executed. Often I have to watch the episodes several times to see the subtle hints, like in this new episode of season 2, “Event Horizon.” It took my second viewing to see the object on the hacker’s desk.

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While Gugu Mbatha-Raw was a great actress, the chemistry between her character and Martin Bohm could never become romantic. Thus, Maria Bello was added to the cast this season as Amelia’s mother, Lucy Robbins. This gives Martin another parent who understands exactly what he is going through, and gives way to the mission of season 2: Finding Amelia (Saxon Sharbino).

Added to the cast in this episode are Lukas Haas (24, Inception), as Calvin Norburg, who is part of Aster Corps. Actor Said Taghmaoui plays the character Guillermo Ortiz who has his own agenda. Fans of “24” will be pleased to see Greg Ellis (who played Michael Amador in the show “24”) as Jack’s former colleague, Trevor. Ray Santiago joins the cast as the hacker named Ruben Santiago. Dileep Rao (from Inception) joins the show for at least these 2 episodes. The episode also features another “24” and “Fringe” character actor, John Prosky, and “Date Movie” star Adam Campbell.

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The episode of “Closer” was written by Carol Barbee (Jericho, Three Rivers). Everything she touches turns to gold and this episode is no exception. “Event Horizon” was written by Tim Kring. David Eick adds a producing credit and we know the quality we can expect from his productions.

Some people we see in “Closer” are Ayelet Zurer, Linda Gehringer, Randy Oglesby (Argo), John Boyd (of 24 & Argo), Isabella Acres (as Soleil, which means sun, which is the brightest star in our galaxy).

After watching the two episodes, I think the show has improved a great deal. There is an element of danger that was elusive in season 1. Instead of the numbers pushing the path for Martin to find the clues, the numbers serve as markers for Martin and Lucy that they are on the right path. There are other signs given along the way as well. Jake undergoes dramatic character changes. While it is recommended you watch season 1 to understand the base story, a new viewer can easily jump into season 2 with the explanation of important plot points given in the narration and the first episode. There are several targets on Jake’s back so danger is all around and you have to be careful who you trust. The change of location shoot opens up the scenery which is also a refreshing change.  I feel they make a joke within the dialogue:  Lucy:  “Maybe he’s ready for something new.”  Martin:  Aren’t we all?

I wish to thank FOX Broadcasting and the FOX VIP program for allowing me the privilege of the preview.

The special two-hour Season Two premiere episode of TOUCH, “Event Horizon/Closer,” airs Friday, Feb. 8 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Join us on Twitter for a tweet up.

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Touch (S1E7) Noosphere Rising

4 02 2013

(Recap of a season 1 episode in preparation for Season 2 of “Touch” beginning Friday, February 8, 2013)

One has to ask the question, “What is a noosphere?” Loosely defined, it is collective consciousness. Indeed, Jake narrates at the beginning that prayer is a collective request sent up in unison of shared hope. Numbers are a constant until they are not.

Clea (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) reviews the footage of Professor Teller’s (Danny Glover) visit. There is missing time outside of room 6 until he brings Jake (David Mazouz) the car back. Martin (Kiefer Sutherland) asks Jake if Teller gave him anything, and while playing cards, the visitor’s badge and key falls out of the deck with 1188 inscribed. It’s a dead-man’s hand, a poker thing (the show took liberties of making it any suit, but normally it is a two-paired poker hand that consists of black aces and eights along with a “hole” card; this was the hand reportedly held by Wild Bill Hickok before he was shot.

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The B-plot story is about Natalie’s (Amelia Rose Blaire) video blog. Daryl, her boyfriend, broke up with her, but she decided to go to Europe anyway (flight 225). While in Paris, she was ready to go to another country when she finds a red flash drive. She is also wearing red earrings and red shoes. Being an Italian history major, she was able to translate the message on the flash drive to Celeste from Paolo (Alberto Frezza). All he knows is that she is going to be in New York City on March 28 for her birthday and he sends a video message to meet at Cafe Kismet at 7 p.m. This is Natalie’s blog post #1188. This becomes a campaign to find Celeste.

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Maggie, Teller’s daughter (Deidrie Henry), and Martin officially meet. She remembers him from the hospital and the funeral. Maggie and Martin talk about Jake, her father’s theories, and that Maggie was his assistant. She was worried about Teller and followed me and he went to a basement on Third and Allan.

Abigail Kelsey (Catherine Dent) goes to visit Jake and gives him her company’s latest computer tablet not yet released to the public. I instantly do not like her.

At the basement, Martin tries the key but it does not work. However, he is told that if he wants “in” it will be $1000. Martin returns with it which buys him into a poker game and he meets Stacey (Angela Gots), the dealer.

Meanwhile in Australia, a father leaves 1188 hectares of Groton Valley Station to his son, Devon Michael Jones (Sean McGowan). But he has to ride his horse, Zeus, first. Devon is a math professor In New Jersey (with Logan, see below). Eventually Zeus lets him ride him once Devon has broken down about his feelings about his father. He gives the ranch to Zeke (Robert Pike Daniel), his father’s friend.

Natalie is shocked at the 20,521 video responses. Among those are the Happy Pop Twins (remember them? Our Japanese travelers, Miyoko (May Miata) and Izumi (Satomi Okuno) from earlier episodes). And through them, Natalie has found a new band to like, “The Morticians.” Natalie suggests that they should all meet there for Paolo in case Celeste does not show to support him. Everything should wear the color red. It’s the “I Believe in Love” Team.

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Clea shows Jake how he can use the icons on the device to speak. Instead, he goes to a solitaire game (where we see 2 aces and 2 eights).

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Martin plays poker. Stacey asks him if he is “another math guy.” Martin has aces and eights but loses. When cashing out an opposing player, on the $200 mark, there is a $20 that says Logan loves Stacey; Martin follows her outside. Professor Logan Coteweiler (Eyal Podell) is a math professor. He won $200,000 in week 6 of his experiment. The house thinks she was in on it so she has to pay it off.

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Back at Stanford House, Abigail informs Clea and Martin that she has filed to be Jake’s legal guardian. Jake is looking at an article written by Dr. Logan Coteweiler on 1188. Abigail is trying to buy her way inside by offering tablets to all the children with special needs at the school. She informs Clea she has come back “to protect him.”

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Martin finds Logan on the floor. After calling 9/11, he finds his cell and calls this “Devon” person. Devon informs Martin that Logan is diabetic and his insulin is in the refrigerator. He starts waking up.

Celeste has been found “sort of.” A picture of her was located on a cell phone circling the globe (see episode 1).

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Logan loves Stacey. He was using Teller’s Amelia sequence, which he calls it like the mind of God, which turns Schrödinger equation, which is a partial differential equation that express how the quantum state of some physical systems change with time. The Amelia sequence ties the past and the present and the future together. Martin tells him what happened to Stacey. In order for Martin to find where the key fits, Logan tells Martin he has to buy into a high-stakes poker game to win the money to get Stacey out of trouble. Logan tells Martin to follow his cues, but Martin listens to his own and wins on aces and eights.

Logan gives the money back to Stacey at Cafe Kismet. Martin receives change of a $20 and it is the bill that says Logan loves Stacey on it. She is not ready to talk to him about that. He tells Martin that the red door will lead him to Teller’s research.

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Natalie is also outside Cafe Kismet where Martin walks across her video screen. Natalie is overwhelmed by the response and the people who came. Paolo is there, but he is not looking any longer for Celeste; he is there for Natalie. GOOSEBUMPS! I’m such a sucker for love.

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Stacey eventually meets with Logan at Cafe Kismet. Celeste found her true love. Natalie and Paolo spend time together. Clea sees the picture of Amelia on the missing video footage.

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And Martin finds the door that the 1188 key opens. He adds to the sequence, but FLICK FLUB, he forgets to put a “6” after the 975 and before the 1188.

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Touch (S1E6) Lost and Found Recap

4 02 2013

(Getting caught up on my recaps for the Season 2 start to Touch on Friday, February 8, 2013)

This was one of my favorite episodes as it signaled a turning point. Clea (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) moved past being the nagging person who admonished Martin (Kiefer Sutherland) for not being the parent he needed to be in order to keep custody of Jake (David Mazouz). Mystery begins to develop around “The Amelia Sequence.” Is Teller on to something or is it simply a brain event linked to an aneurysm or stroke? I have a brain aneurysm and have never had anything like that before. Who is Amelia? Who are the people who belong to the group that Teller keeps referring to as “them?” But most of all, it had one of my favorite actresses from Fringe, Michelle Krusiec, who granted me an interview.

Now onto the show itself: During the narration, Jake refers to the North Star, Polaris, as our anchor. It is at 89 degrees, 15 minutes and 50.8 seconds. It is a constant, a fixed point.

Opening sequence: A woman gets a phone call with obvious bad news and looks over at a couple with a baby. A man looks at “Lamont Properties/Queens Plaza North” on his computer. A couple reports a missing son. Clea stands on a bridge where a train rushes by. Martin wakes up from a dream of a smiling, happy Jake who jumps off a swing and into his arms only to see Jake standing over him. Jake is playing with a red car.

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While reviewing Jake’s case with center-director Sheri (Roxana Brusso), Clea gets a call that her mom (Carlease Burke) is in Victory Hospital. Teller asks Martin for the numbers Jake has given him thus far. Martin starts, “3, 18, 52, 96…” and Teller finishes, “32, 87, 95, 22, 975.” It’s apparently “The Amelia Sequence.” It connects everything with everyone. Teller explains that he was told he had an aneurysm but he disagrees. He would like to see Jake that day. Martin says no, but Teller finds his old visitor’s pass to Stanford House.

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Lanny Zheng (Michelle Krusiec) is at the airport and sits next to the Lamont Properties guy, Will Davies (David Julian Hirsh). She is booked on Pan Horizon Airways from JFK to Omaha at gate 77, Flight 975. He is on stand-by.

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Martin brings a lost bag from JFK to the home of the missing boy, Andy. His dad, Mr. McNichols, (Diego Serrano) looks down at Andy’s red tricycle.

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Clea goes to the hospital to see her mom; it’s been 6 years since she has. Clea’s mom is schizophrenic and does not recognize Clea. She takes about another child, “My baby’s at home” and the woman runs out.

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At the Stanford House, Teller (Danny Glover) says he is there for a consult to get past the front desk to covertly see Jake. Jake is painting the numbers 975 on his easel and Jake has been expecting Professor Teller.

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The police officer said that the mom was trying to steal cough medicine. Clea says her mother tried to take a child from a playground a few years ago. Martin walks in with a delivery for Dr. Williams. Clea is surprised to see him. They overhear news reports about Andy being missing. He was wearing a red baseball cap and has a cold.

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Will is questioning his purpose today. He says he feels guilty for telling his bosses about some great real estate property, a famous building they are now tearing down to put up a skyscraper. He asks Lanny if she has ever wondered that. Lanny replies that her parents would say that it is procreation, carrying on the family name. TSA asks Lanny to come with them as her luggage went missing. Will apparently takes the seat she will no longer occupy. Before that happens though, he gives her his business card and writes on the back of it, “I O U.”

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Toy cars apparently were Amelia’s favorite things. You hear Sheri come in and say, “Teller is here!” The next number in the sequence is “6.”

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At the hospital, Martin gets an Amber Alert on his phone, which is case #975, for Andy. Martin convinces Clea to trust him. They are going to have to find the mother and Andy themselves.

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Will wakes up in a field, attached to an airplane seat. The plane has crashed and he is apparently the only survivor. He takes his briefcase and starts walking, all the way back to his office. In a few hours, the old building will be blown up.

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Lanny goes home to her partner, Serena (Camille Chen), and she is consulting a medium named “George” (Boyuen). Lanny asks why the medium is there. None of Serena’s embryos were viable. The medium said one of their dead ancestors was upset. Lanny thinks it is a pile of BS.

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Using a map, Martin wanted Clea to point to where her mom used to go. Some backstory on Clea emerges: She was only 8 when she was taken from social services from her mom. She recognizes Queensboro Plaza. Clea tells Martin of a woman who got hit by a car there who had her mother’s cell phone. Martin says he witnessed that accident.

Teller goes to door 6, the one Jake was hanging around in a previous episode, thinking Amelia is there; however, he thinks he sees her in the hallway in a wheelchair connected to an IV. Teller is discovered. He accuses Sheri of being “part of it.” He asks her if she was promises money and fame” as he was.

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Clea remembers her mother screaming on the tracks to try to silence the voices in her head. She spots a star made in concrete that her mom drew as a roadmap in case she ever got lost (reference to the north star that Jake narrates at the beginning). It serves to jog Clea’s memory and another landmark jogs another memory. Clea remembers the crest of the building. They find out the place is going to be blown up for a demolition drop in 10 minutes.

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Teller gets into his car. It won’t turn over and he begins to see 9, 7, 5, 6 on his odometer and then sees all the numbers in a euphoric-like moment.

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Will goes to his boss, Lamont (Matt McCoy). He said they go into the poorest neighborhoods, drive down the prices, and then pave it all over. What they do is wrong. The building should have been a museum since all the jazz greats were there. He is not going to let that happen. He told his boss he had to do something that mattered TODAY. Then he turns around and walks out with blood drops dotting his trail. His boss does see it. Will arrives to the scene about the same time Clea and Martin do. He runs to the building.

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Lanny talks to Serena about her true feelings about having kids right now. Serena tells her she cannot wait much longer. Lanny’s cell phone keeps ringing. When she finally does answer, it is someone inquiring if she was on the flight that crashed.

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Clea and Martin search and find her mother. Talking to her mother about memories of their time in that building helps her mom remember just for a time. She lost Andy. She had taken him to a park. Clea thanks Will for saving his mother’s life. Martin goes running off to the park. The foreman sees Will is bleeding, but it is too late for him; he collapses and dies. Clea sees his ticket for flight 975.

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Martin hears the squeaking sound similar to his dream about Jake coming from the red swing seat at the park. Then he hears Andy’s coughing. The dream now makes sense to him.

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Serena thanks the spirits. Lanny changes her mind about children after this near-death experience. Lanny points out that they could use her eggs. Serena says because Lanny was born in the Year of the Dragon, they need to pair her with a snake. The picture from NuLife Fertility Clinic is that of our friend, Will, and she takes out the card he gave to her. It looks like she believes in fate by the end.

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Clea believes in Jake’s abilities now. She tells Martin he is a great father. Martin looks at the book and sees that Jake has added a 6. People run down the hall and out to the parking garage and Martin and Clea follow. Teller is dead.

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Touch (S1E5) Entanglement Recap

3 02 2013

(Late recapping, but prepping for new season starting on Friday, February 8, 2013)

Opening scenes: A Muslim girl (actress Emily Ghamrawi) watches as her father arranges her marriage. She takes off her burqa and we see that she is a fan of “The Morticians.” A pickpocket (actor Ron Yuan) in New York lifts a wallet off a man, but returns it to him when he sees the man’s daughter’s picture. A man (actor Amir Talai) in Montreal subway watches a young lady reading, “Les Filles” (actress Sabrena No’mani). They get off at the Champs-des-Mars metro station (which was created in 1966–1+9+6+6=22). A young lady lights a candle in a church (actress Zuleyka Silver).

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At a restaurant, Clea (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), Martin (Kiefer Sutherland) and Jake (David Mazouz) have breakfast before the big evaluation that is to take place that day. At the sound of Abigail’s name (Sarah’s sister), Jake gets agitated. Martin wants to know how Abigail found out that Jake was at the center as it had only been 1 week. Jake draws a pattern with sugar packets and pours maple syrup in his hand which he leaves an imprint of on the glass as he leaves the restaurant with Clea.

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Martin goes to visit Professor Teller (Danny Glover). He talks about “The Golden Ratio.” At the beginning of the voice over, Jake is talking about the DNA of life, so I looked specifically for the any references to that to this mathematical equation: “Several researchers have proposed connections between the golden ratio and the human genome DNA.” Teller tells Martin the number that Jake wants him to follow is 22.

It also talks about the Fibonacci sequence which was something mentioned in earlier episodes.

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Norah disguises herself as a boy to go driving and picks up her female friend. They run into a woman in the desert about to give birth. They pick her up and the plan is to take her to a hospital, but the car breaks down.

Teller is acting strangely. He goes to see his daughter, Maggie, (Deidrie Henry) who works at Victory Hospital. Teller thinks he is nearing the next set of numbers in the sequence. He says, “They don’t know I found the boy.” Who are they? Maggie wants his to see the neurologist, Dr. Bennett.

At Centre Hospital, Sami is ready to meet the girl on the train at 8:00 that night. It is his last day at work. His supervisor tells him that he needs to get on the computer and find a bone marrow donor match for Gabriel who was adopted as he was just diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

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The picketpocket lifts Martin’s computer as Martin’s food tumbles out of the bag. Martin gives chase. The man jumps onto Bus 22. The pickpocket gets off before Martin can reach him. Martin sits next to the young lady from the church sequence. Martin sees Jake’s pattern on the logo for Hudson University (a common fictional university for many TV shows) that she possesses. She pulls a gun on Martin and says this will be over in 5 stops. Clea tries to call Martin because he is late for the evaluation but it goes to voicemail. The girl on the bus points to the man she wants to kill because he killed her villagers including her mother, father and brother.

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The pickpocket meets up with his daughter and gives her Martin’s computer for her birthday. However, she gets a new car from her stepfather. The pickpocket arranges to have an impromptu Chinese dragon parade for his daughter because that memory is special to her.

The woman who is in labor calls her husband who happens to be in New York. The call distracts him and he steps into the path of Bus 22. For a moment the gun is jarred free from Marisol’s hands. Martin grabs the man and gets him off the bus, but Marisol follows. They wind up in an alley. This is where Martin sees Exodus 22:22 on his chest. (Exodus 22:21-22 says, “You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry.” ) Martin tries to talk Marisol out of this.

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Fireworks from the parade distract Marisol. The man pushes Martin out of the way and runs towards his hotel. Marisol follows and gets hit by a delivery truck.

Out in the desert, instead of her brother coming out to meet them, Norah’s father gets out of the car. He waits outside the car while his daughter helps the woman give birth to a baby girl.

At Victory Hospital, Martin sees the Chapel notice saying that they were talking about Exodus this month. He looks up the passage in Exodus. Martin goes back to the hotel to get the story from the man. It was war. He and a group of individuals did kill the father, but they could not kill the brother. The children were sent to Canada. Ah, now it’s coming all together for me. Marisol is going to be the match for her brother in Canada. Martin talks to Maggie at the hospital (not realizing it is Teller’s daughter) and see Jake’s pattern on the bone marrow donor request. Martin puts the pieces together. Since the doctor finds the donor match he has a few minutes to get himself to train station to meet the girl of his dreams. He goes to find his metro ticket and realizes it is not his bag. Thinking his chance to meet her is over, he ascends back up the rainy street and, boom, runs into her.

They want to ship Jake to Rhode Island. The young man who Norah was to marry happens to be Sami, the doctor in Montreal, whose father embarrassingly has to tell Norah’s father met someone and he had to hear about it on the internet. Norah looks it up and sees “Missed the train…met the girl.”

The package Abigail sent to Jake included several toys and a cassette tape Sarah recorded for Jake with her singing on it for the nights when she might not make it home. Marisol and Gabriel meet up again in the hospital in Canada. Norah’s father leaves her pamphlets for ICNY (International College of New York) to let her have a different destiny.





Touch Season 1 Episode 4 “Kite Strings”

30 01 2013

(I got behind in the spring on these recaps. With Touch returning Friday, February 8, I thought I’d catch up).

Martin (Kiefer Sutherland) receives a letter from the chief medical examiner presumably about his wife’s remains at the World Trade Center. He looks over at the red kite, picks it up and leaves.

The newspaper says that the TriState Lotto winner was costing them $140,625 a week having not claimed the prize. He won $190 million. (I should be an editor–if you look closely enough you’ll see that the newspaper article repeats twice).

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Flash to the First Congregational Church of Lynchburg where Randall Meade (Titus Welliver) reads the marquee, “You have questions? He has answers.”

Jake (David Mazouz) is narrating in the background that we are always waiting for messages. He poses that if we have not received a message, it might be because we haven’t listened hard enough.

At the center, Martin tells Clea (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) said that they have not yet identified his wife’s remains (Fact: 40% of the victims in the WTC have never been identified). Martin regrets not being there for Sarah and Jake because he thought he had all the time in the world. He wants to take Jake to the cemetery and Clea approves. Jake runs to Bobby Aresa (Kiko Ellsworth) at Sarah’s grave with his kite in hand. Bobby was a bike messenger and knew Sarah from the WTC and they became friends. Sarah Bohm was born on 4/3/1970. (I don’t know if that is significant but thought I would write it down). Jake looks down at his dropped red book with combinations of 9-5 with varying decimal points.

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Martin looks as the clock on his cell phone changes to 9:50. Jake releases the kite. Jake is wearing a red shirt, too. Jake and Martin follow the kite. Eventually they come to an intersection where we see “checks cashed 9.5%“. Jake crosses the street.

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All the way around the globe in Iraq, we see Tarik (Wesam Keesh) and Abdul (Shak Ghacha) who we have met in previous episodes. Band practice is at 9:50 p.m. The US soldiers hire them to play at the base. Abdul excitedly lets First Lt. Laura Davis (Sprague Grayden) know when her convoy follows.

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Back in Lynchburg, Randall Meade observes a very unconfident preacher. He tells the congregation to open to Luke 9 chapter 5. “And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.” In historical context, the passage is about when armed with the power and authority that Jesus himself had been displaying, the 12 disciples are now sent out to continue the work that Jesus had been performing throughout Gallean ministry. Randall tells Pastor Steve (Josiah Early) that “he has answers” is a bunch of crap.

There is an ad on a subway sign that says Citrus O has only 270 calories and is 99.5 degrees in the shade.

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Another sign says, “Construction on Ninth Street; expect a half-hour delay.”

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Jake walks into the apartment building to door “65” that turns into “95” after a ball hits the door at the precise moment he is there. It’s Bobby from the cemetery. Martin asks him if 9.5 or 9-1/2 means anything to him.

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Jake walks into the apartment. Bobby’s daughter’s name is Sarah.

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In Iraq, the two military vehicles get hit by IEDs and the soldiers are under fire. An injured Laura pulls a squadmate out of the vehicle and gets away from the scene.

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Jake seems attracted to the red roses on the table as Bobby shares his memory of Sarah with Martin. He knew that the WTC would come down as he felt the instructions to go back into the offices was wrong. He has been feeling guilty for not going after Sarah.

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Pastor Steve shares how the church has stayed in the family and the plans his father had for expansion. He tells Randall that he had plans to go up to New York and follow his girlfriend (which turns out to be Laura). Randall shares his story about what happened with Sarah. He also shares about his background in construction work growing up. Steve asks him if he could look at something in the basement. As they walk down the stairs, they fall in and get locked in.

Tarik’s band, Deep Lightning, is using an amp, a RichterVox Model 95-A, but they want to make sure they don’t exceed the safety level of volts.

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In the background is a poster of Andrew James who is a famous bass player. (Yes, I notice this stuff).

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They ask King Roadie (Joshua Leonard) who types in 50 volts. King Roadie apparently keeps his old instruction sets in a red suitcase.

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The soldiers are asked to give their sit-rep 9-5. They still cannot locate the two injured soldiers.

Jake goes into a room in Bobby’s apartment, locks the door and climbs out to the fire escape. He goes after the red kite. King Roadie’s girlfriend is startled by Jake at the window (Jake had changed the satellite signal where the red kite was caught). The girlfriend falls back, a pen drops on the keyboard and 50 volts gets changed to 950 volts.

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Jake reaches for the kite. Martin realizes that Jake wants Bobby to help him get it. Bobby catches Jake before he falls. Martin tells him that in saving Jake, his debt he felt to Sarah was repaid.

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Over in Iraq, 950 volts makes for quite a light display and it lights up a particular transformer where the two soldiers are. Their coordinates were 3-0-9-5. (Look in the right corner of my screen. There are 9:59 minutes left of the show–LOL).

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Bobby remembered how 9-5 was significant in his life with Sarah. It was the last session with Sarah. Sarah was tutoring him to help him get his GED so he could better provide for his family.

Pastor Steve talks to Laura who is not sure if she will make it, but wanted him to know that something he said to her helped save her squadmate. He tells Laura he has been given a sign to move on with his life. He plans to go to Germany to be with her. Randall thinks his question has been answered, too.

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Back at the apartment, Martin looks in Sarah’s appointment book where he sees B.A. (Bobby Aresa) in her 9/5/2001 appointments. He also finds a receipt to Thomas Brothers Jewelry. He goes there. They held onto the wedding ring that belonged to Sarah. She was having it engraved with 1 + 1 = 3.

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