The Following Season 2 Preview

18 01 2014

TheFollowingPreviewLogoThe first five minutes of The Following‘s episode “Resurrection” had my adrenaline rushing at warp speed. It’s a year later. Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is trying to adjust to all the changes in his life and we find him in a much better space than he was at the beginning of season 1. He has a new job teaching criminology and is enjoying it very much. With the anniversary of Joe Carroll’s (James Purefoy) death approaching, people still loyal to Joe have hatched a plan to resurrect the cause in these very creepy Joe Carroll masks. Bronx trains are never fun to ride; this time is no exception.

There are many new faces joining the cast, including at least three alumni from Dexter: Keith Carradine, Valerie Cruz, and Sam Underwood. Sam was creepy as Zach Hamilton on Dexter and his role here raised the bar to a whole new sinister level. I found it odd that two cast members, Valerie Cruz and Connie Nielsen, look very similar to two cast members in season 1 of The Following. I doubt that is a coincidence, but you never know with this show. Joining the cast is Jessica Stroup who plays Ryan’s sister (not the same sister from last season). I like the brother/sister interaction that takes place between them.

What things are the same: Flashbacks to fill in storyline. If one looks carefully, there are little tidbits of things relating to Edgar Allan Poe throughout the episode. A lot of people die (and die horribly).

One criticism I have heard from people is that so many characters were followers of Joe Carroll in season 1 that it almost became ridiculous, especially the number of people within the law enforcement community. There is a fine line between fascinating and ridiculous. Oddly enough, it did condition my behavior as I find myself wondering while watching this episode which ones are friends and which ones are foes especially one particular individual.  I like that I cannot predict the outcome of a show or which characters are good or evil. It makes for a suspenseful television viewing experience. I know that by the end of the show a song for my childhood will never be listened to the same way again.

The Following returns on Sunday, January 19, 2014, after the NFC Championship Game.

(My thanks to Fox Broadcasting and Fox VIP for allowing me the privilege of watching the screener)





The Following Season 2 Teaser

25 10 2013

“The Following” returns to Fox Broadcasting on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9/8 central!





Series Finale for Touch on Fox

11 05 2013

On Thursday, May 9, 2013, Fox Broadcasting confirmed what we all had been expecting: Touch would not receive a season 3 renewal. Friday, May 10, 2013 would be the series finale.

I think we could see the writing on the wall from the beginning of season 2. It was supposed to be aired in October 2012. Then it got bumped to January of 2013. Then it was pushed to Friday, February 1, 2013. Then it was changed to Friday, February 8, 2013. People in the science fiction community believe the Friday night slot is the place where shows go to get the final nail in the coffin. It was true for Fringe.

There was very sparse advertising for the show’s premiere. The shows the network had more faith in, like The Following, The Mindy Project, Ben and Kate, and New Girl got far more advertising both on-air and with the use of social media.

The first season struggled. Although 12 million viewers tuned in to watch it on Monday, a sweet day in the past for Kiefer Sutherland when he was on “24”, viewership quickly declined and it was moved to Thursday night after Idol, hoping to give it an American Idol bump. Fringe had that same progression. Monday to Thursday to Friday. For years now, people have been critical of the antiquated Nielsen structure to determine number of viewers and to target 18- to 49-year-old men. As a woman, that is really insulting to me. I have as much buying power as my husband, if not more. People have new viewing habits. The days of an actual TV in a home are limited as people go to the internet to watch TV shows now. But the methods advertisers base their rates are still built on the old model. In February, it was reported that Nielsen was going to roll out a new system. It would include people who watch over broadband, XBox, Playstation. Then next phase of the program would include any type of video viewing. It is also adding a new viewing measurement for social media to include people participating in tweeting and those exposed to those tweets (I am thinking this sounds similar to Klout). But it is too late for many of our cult favorites. Fringe would have benefited greatly from the massive fan support on social media.

The story also struggled. The biggest mistake was calling Jake autistic. After the first episode, many of my friends tuned out, turned off by the unrealistic portrayal by Hollywood AGAIN of their beloved children. At first, the show was about finding people who were hurting and help restoring happiness and wholeness to their lives. Shows are often a reflection of the times we live in. I think this is why The Following has had tremendous success–it is a very dark show. Then mid-season, Touch started building into it a mythos that sounded promising but moved a little bit too slow for an audience who needs to be on the edge of their seat an entire show to go out and convert others to watch it. When season 2 was introduced, people who gave up by the end of season 1 did not care to tune back in to see all the wonderful changes that were made. The story pace was quicker. It was building the mythos quicker, resolving things (like finding Amelia) in a timely manner, introducing an element of evil vs. good in the plot. Without a massive campaign saying, “Come try the show out again.”

Shows struggle in their first year to find their footing. I know this is true of Stargate Universe. It came from a franchise that had phenomenal fans and a lengthy history of good ratings, 10 seasons of Stargate SG-1, 5 years of Stargate Atlantis, 2 Stargate DVD movies. With the success of Battlestar Galactica, they wanted to try a storyline they had really wished to pursue on Stargate Atlantis but could not–the heroes were trapped without any way to contact Earth or the original SG-1 team for help. By the end of season 1, Stargate Atlantis knew it needed to connect back to Earth. In Stargate Universe, they used a unique way to do this. There was an active campaign from within the Stargate community to boycott the show and point out all the flaws. Free speech still governs our society and they had the complete freedom to express their opinion. Whether it played as a factor in the ultimate demise of Stargate Universe remains unclear. I do know season 2 of Stargate Universe was better than season 1. Season 2 of Touch was better than season 1.

I was concerned for the finale. In the last episode, Amelia and Jake had been kidnapped after Martin’s car was hit. Would we have a finale where someone’s life hung in the balance, and the viewers would not have resolved whether or not a character would live or die? Would they be endings that would leave us at peace? Would the people in season 2 who were evil or sometimes evil and sometimes good receive justice? Would a new threat be introduced? Would Avram be found or locked away somewhere that we will never know if he is freed?

After watching the show, I have a feeling Tim Kring saw the possibility that this show would not get a season 3, and he decided to write the final episode, giving emotionally invested fans a story to leave in peace. He gave us just that. And the ending was a sweet acknowledgement of the first episode with the same narratives. I did cry at the end. However, it was not like the finale of Farscape where I was so disgusted with the abrupt cancellation and the inability of the writers to give fans a proper ending that I talked about it for years and, in fact, boycotted the network (in my narcissistic narrow world, I thought it would matter) for years, missing out on Stargate SG-1 for quite awhile.

Coming on the heels of hearing of Touch’s demise was the immediate rumors that Fox Broadcasting is now in talks with Kiefer Sutherland about reviving “24” in a “limited fashion.” Some on the internet think it might be a 13-episode series. Some think it might be the movie he was hoping for. For others, they are speculating that a miniseries might work. With the number 13 episodes, I now wonder if they plan for this to be tied in with The Following next year given its phenomenal ratings as that would be about the number of episodes. The first episode could give us background for the new story and then the episodes could still be in a full-day fashion with each episode being: “The following takes place between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.” which would be more realistic in Los Angeles or New York traveling times (or wherever they plan for it to take place). Twelve episodes of 2-hour increments would give us “24”.

And so it goes….another well-written show that goes into our history. I want to thank the cast and crew for producing a type of show I was craving, something I cared deeply about. But in the end, thank you for giving us a happy ending.

TouchbutterflyThankYou





Touch (S2E10) Two of a Kind Recap

26 04 2013

I was pleased to see two characters in the pilot who were also in “The Road Not Taken” reappear in this episode. We find out Dr. Nell Plimpton (Samantha Whittaker) is one of the 36. Please read Touch pilot episode I wrote for details. What I was not expecting was the ending which I won’t say until the recap is at that point.

As Martin (Kiefer Sutherland) and Trevor (Greg Ellis) sort out their grief and details of Lucy’s death, Martin realizes Amelia (Saxon Sharbino) was not in the car.

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Martin and Trevor grieve.

Meanwhile a creepy man (David Ury) listens in to the conversation and then heads over to Guillermo (Saïd Taghmaoui) who is looking at Dr. Nell Plimpton who is coming to Los Angeles today bringing over an ancient artifact. After the homeless guy wants to get paid, Guillermo kills him. That is going to be some mess to clean up!

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Homeless man blood splatter

And meanwhile Amelia is with Jake (David Mazouz) in his room. She wants to stay but can’t yet. Guillermo is coming to get them this date. The numbers are 10262000 (Jake’s date of birth and the day Guillermo’s family died.

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Cipher number for tonight.

Over in England, Dr. Plimpton is an insomniac and since “The Road Not Taken” they have had another child. It was Simon’s (David de Lautour) cell phone that made it around the world and helped people find each other. She is going to a clinic for insomnia suffers while in the States [why do I think evil Aster Corps has something in the works.]

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The Plimptons

Jake is feverish. He gets Martin to look at the cipher, the number and ultimately he speaks to Martin. “Find him.” Music to Martin’s ears. When Martin sees Avram (Bodhi Elfman) they discussed what happened with Jake and the “he” he has to find is Guillermo Ortiz.

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Jake talks!!!!

Jake writes in his notebook the 10262000 but then there is dash for the first time: 10262000 1026 2013-1026 2013-1026.

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More numbers. They are changing. The future is in constant motion, isn’t it? I learned that from Star Wars.

Calvin (Lukas Haas) sees a news report on Aster Corps given by Mrs. Nicole Farington (Frances Fisher) to the public trying to reassure them the bad parts of their company which completely denies knowing about have been taken away.

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Mrs. Farington of Aster Corps

Trevor was able to discover a body at the morgue.

The building manager (Ravil Isyanov) goes to collect the rent and thinks Guillermo’s room smells “funny” [like death perhaps?]. The number on the door is 27.

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You know when someone exaggerates and says “it smells like death in here.” For Guillermo it usually does.

Simon reads the book “Colors” to his daughter, red being on e cover. Nell calls from Chicago where her plane to stop and she was bumped. She wants him to make sure her package is picked up since it will arrive before her. Simon asks her what she sees. She starts saying the things in her surroundings. He asks again and describes the people who once were living on the land, a Potawatomi Indian Village where Chicago O’Hare is now.

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Nell’s power. She can visualize history.

Her flight 1026 to Los Angeles was now boarding so she says good-bye.

Avram talks out loud his theories on how the cipher is working. Baruch HaShem (thank God). Jake’s looking at a real map the whole time he is talking. He sees 2013 schedule LAXTrans: Take the 1026 bus to the airport. With Avram kicking the whole way, Jake is ready to take off and Avram has no choice.

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Take the bus to the plane (wait, I think the jingle was take the train to the plane).

Down at the morgue, Trevor and Martin see Guillermo’s work. His toe-tag number is 2013-1026.

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I hope I’m more than a number on a slab when I die.

When Jake and Avram get on bus 1026, they see a very exhausted Amelia.

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Bus 1026 and a waiting Amelia.

Mrs. Farington pays Calvin a visit. She is looking for Tony Rigby (Adam Campbell). She offers Calvin a job. They are running a “sleep clinic”. They have 6 of the 36 [and I bet Nell will make 7 once she checks in]. Calvin looks like he just got a dose of the drug of his choice–a cure for William–and after talking to him, he will be more motivated and convicted to achieve his goal.

Avram tells Martin he has Jake and Amelia. Amelia says today he must find Guillermo or innocent people will die.

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Jake, Amelia and Avram

The hotel was at 167 5th Street. The manager lets them in. They see the blood on the floor. Trevor hands Martin some trash.

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You can always find great clues in the trash.

They arrive at LAX and Jake sees flight 1026 had arrived. The box is going to St. Matthew University, 2013 West Adams Blvd, Room 1026. Jake writes on a piece of paper and hands it to Avram. They are symbols. He needs to call Martin but there is no cell service. Famous last words “Don’t move!”

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Another 2013-1026 connection

A man comes and takes the box away. Jake and Amelia follow. Avram and Martin talk via phone about the hieroglyphics. Nell bumps into Avram. She is wearing a blue shirt. After she gets in the car, Guillermo is right behind her. Guillermo sees a car, and stabs the man to get it.

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Nell bumps into Avram at the airport.

Jake and Amelia get into the van going to St. Matthew University.

Avram goes inside and does not see Jake or Amelia.

Mrs. Farington gives Calvin a tour of what they are doing. Aster Corps has their own quantum computer now. They have an almost 90-digit sequence. Calvin accepts the job offer. Mrs. Farington asks Calvin if he knows where Martin Bohm is and he says no. So he is holding out on Aster Corps should they do something he does not like. Or as a backup plan to help his brother in case things go wrong.

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I don’t know any Jake or Martin Bohm.

The package arrives. The kids get out.

Trevor tells Martin about the hieroglyphs and gets Martin connected with Simon. Simon says she is in Los Angeles. He asks what hotel she might be staying at. Simon has to think about whether to give this information out, saying “I can lose my job.” But deeper I think Simon recognizes Martin’s voice but cannot place where.

Martin and Avram update their situations. Martin says he thinks he knows where they have gone.

Amelia and Jake use 318 [the beginning number of the sequence] to open the security and then opened the box. Jake tries to leave her the numbers on the crate of what the hieroglyphs say. He does it with a red marker.

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Code 318 — back to the beginning.

Dr. Nell arrives in cab 287 [three numbers in the God sequence]. Guillermo pulls up as well. Jake realizes he is there. After going into the building Guillermo follows Nell and attacks her.

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I’m gonna kill you, but we have to wait.

Martin drives up. Nell asks Guillermo if he is going to kill her. He replies, “Yes but not until he arrives?” Jake talks telepathically to him, “She’s not the one.” It distracts him enough for Nell to escape.

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Jake speaks telepathically through the floor to him.

Nell runs into Martin. Martin tells her to leave and then he calls 911. He then pulls the fire alarm. Guillermo comes out of nowhere and attacks Martin. They stumble into the church sanctuary. [At this point I think Guillermo will not be able to kill in a church.]

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Martin and Guillermo struggle for the knife.

Martin has developed some fighting skillz that killz. Martin tells him it’s over. Guillermo breaks down sobbing. He says that today he is going to rid the world of another one of the 36. [I always knew he was going to, in the end, take his own life.

True to the character, however, Guillermo apologizes to God for not being able to complete his mission. He says, “I never found the nest of seven.” [Hmmmm. Now that Martin has found Amelia, I guess this is the quest for season 3, if they get a season 3]. Guillermo then slits his own throat.

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Guillermo slits his own throat. He was such a great bad guy. Sad to see him go.

Jake comes in. He rips the Tree of Life necklace off Guillermo’s body. Amelia follows and Martin and Amelia hug.

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Jake takes the Tree of Life off of him.

The police officer (Mykelti Williamson) questions Martin. He does not believe Martin. He tells him he needs to come down to the station tomorrow.

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I really don’t believe anything you’re saying Martin “Bishop”

Martin talks with Nell. Jake goes to Nell and grabs her hand. Martin tells Nell he thinks Jake wants to show her something.

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Jake wants to show you something.

Jake takes her to the artifact. Nell is very excited Jake cracked the code.

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The gift of numbers.

Amelia and Jake play chess at the house. Martin asks Avram about the nest of seven. Avram shrugs it off as ravings of a madman. [And I think Avram just lied to Martin].

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Avram lies to Martin.

Martin tells Amelia they are going to have to find her father. Amelia tells him he can try, but he won’t.

[There is a book on the table called “Aloft” by Chang-rae Lee; I looked it up and it does not seem to pertain to anything related to Touch…yet].

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The book on the table doesn’t appear to mean anything.

Martin tells Jake that Amelia is part of their family now. Jake gives him a small smile with direct eye contact. Jake likes the sound of that indeed.

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Jake smiles at Martin.





Touch (S2E9) Clockwork

5 04 2013

Kiefer Sutherland is reunited with his old “24” co-star, Annie Wersching (Renee Walker). This episode marks return of one of my favorite characters on the show, Avram (Bodhi Elfman). BreakWire is about to go under after Guillermo (Saïd Taghmaoui) murdered many of its employees and by the end of the episode, Martin learns the news that Lucy (Mario Bello) was found dead. It also seems to take another pivot in its plot devices by adding ancient hieroglyphics that will need to be deciphered. By the end of the episode, 318 becomes the numbers again, which brings us to the original numbers of season 1, episode 1, and where Calvin (Lukas Haas) thought the sequence would go–back to the beginning and it includes patient number one of Professor Arthur Teller (Danny Glover).

More Detailed Recap:

Jake (David Mazouz) narrates: “Physicists will tell you that time does not exist, that it is a human construct used to organize experience and catalog existence, so we can quantify it, confirm it, remember it. Einstein did not believe in time. He believed in timelessness, that all time existed at once–past, present, future. He did not acknowledge the concept of now. All moments are equally real, equally accessible if we know how.”

 

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Love the attention to detail to show us red, blue, stars, clocks, butterflies

Amelia (Saxon Sharbino) is running. Martin looks at patient 0001 of The Teller Institute.

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Jake’s red-striped shirt, red letters on milk, red cereal box

There is a knock at the door. It’s Avram!!!!! He is here to help keep Jake safe.

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So nice to see Avram back! Soldier of light!

The number tonight is 948.

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Tonight’s number: 948

BreakWire is going under after the deaths of the employees. Martin wants to help Trevor (Greg Ellis) keep it afloat. Trevor has a story on Phillip Green (Paul Vincent O’Connor), a prisoner about to be put to death. It’s patient 0001 [of course!]. [Note where his current address is: Block 9, Cell 48. Also, within the body of the article it talks about him being secretly kept at Teller Institute and Anthony Brown, his landlord, said he would scream numbers at him, and mentions the number 85647. The paragraph on the left is the same as the second paragraph on the right. I’m being too obsessed over this show, aren’t I? LOL]

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Patient 0001 of The Teller Institute

The back-story on this man is that there were three murders that occurred in a robbery. Phillip worked at an antique shop. He went back after hours to clean the place out, saw a passerby and gunned him down in cold blood. Supposedly there were no witnesses to the murder. If Martin would do the story for BreakWire, Trevor could get him in to see his attorney.

Mike (Jamie McShane) is making a rock-climbing fortress for his son Max (Blake Bertrand) [who is sporting a red cape and red sneakers, and has a blue swing].

Mike gets a call. There is something he needs to do, but his wife, Jenny (Karis Campbell), thinks not. The argument is interrupted by a splinter. [Not only does Max have red sneakers, they have a star cut into them!].

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Check out the red star cut into his sneakers! Wow, the details.

Martin meets with the lawyer, Mr. Miller (Scott Klace) who thinks Martin might be a crazy man. When Martin shares information that was never submitted into evidence, he hears Martin out.

Avram and Jake play chess and uses the French Defense against Jake’s move of king pawn to E4. Jake becomes agitated. He looks at the clock on the wall, takes it down, and starts unscrewing things.

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Playing chess (remember Amelia used a chess piece buried in the sand for Jake.

Martin meets Phillip but the man will not speak. He confirms for Martin he is one of the 36. Martin will do anything he needs. Phillip gives him a picture of his daughter. Martin is so used to Jake being nonverbal that he can read Phillip’s intentions quite easily through his facial expressions.

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A man in great emotional pain.

His daughter is Dr. Kate Gordon (Annie Wersching). She is a family therapist who specializes in early childhood trauma, behavioral issues, children who are nonverbal, or disturbed.” Martin shares that Jake is nonverbal. Martin tells her about his visit with her father. The story was this: Her father had a gift with numbers and symbols and ancient languages. He was taken to The Teller Institute. When he came back, he shot three people. When she asked him if he did it, he said yes. When she asked why, he went silent. She tried to visit him but every time would be turned away [red thing on the coffee table].

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Ahhh… Kiefer and Annie together again.

Avram tells Jake about the history on clock-making. Six gears in six piles [equals 36]. When Martin calls and when he tells Avram that Phillip is one of the 36, Jake stops his work for a moment and looks up.

Jenny tells Mike that making this decision won’t bring his father back [I wonder if his father was one of the ones killed]. Max was in the car when his grandfather was shot. The guy who did this to his father is living his life [so I guess it is not Phillip].

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Another man in great emotional pain and a child with a lot of red toys.

[Wow. This gets into a great argument about capital punishment. Are the people who are part of the execution murderers? If you don’t think so, then what happens if you are a part of it, and later find out the person was innocent? Or maybe you don’t know, and you only find out once you have to atone to God before being welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven? ]

In investigating the case, Martin discovers that nothing was actually stolen at the shop where Phillip worked. The three victims were Richard Davis, Frankin  [a typo by Trevor or Greg Ellis?] Price, Derek Reynolds. Their link? Da, da, da, dum–Möbius, a subsidiary of Aster Corps.

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“Blue” Orb, Mobius, a link between 3, and a typoed name– Frankin in the parameters, but Franklin in the results. Someone may need to reserve a room for me. This is what I get for having a child with high OCD/low-functioning autism.

The antique store is at 948. There is a red awning and a star shape in the window.

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Arrows point to the spots.

Martin talks to Mr. Zedner (George Wyner). Phillip wanted to store a box of his in the store’s safe. It belonged to him and that is what the police found at the house. Phillip’s machine looks like clock gears.

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Phillip’s secrets

Martin brings the box home and Jake starts rearranging gears. Avram thinks it is a cipher. They are used for sending and interpreting messages. What kind of message is something to kill for?

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A cipher!!!!

Martin meets up with Kate again. She tells him their code for “I Love You” was holding up the middle three fingers one at a time in rhythm. Martin tells her about Aster Corps and thinks that by shutting down and pushing her out he was trying to protect her. He shows her the box. Kate says her dad said it was the road map to finding 36 magical people who could save the world. One key gear is missing.

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I….Love….You

The guards start taking Phillip to the execution chamber. His lawyer gets a call from Martin that he and Kate are on their way.

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Guard is actor Patrick Brown (my son is Patrick Bowen)–Social Security had first sent me a card with “Brown” as my married name. His Twitter handle is @PBitters mine is @PBMom (just thought that was funny)

Avram makes tea in the red kettle. Jake keeps writing 948 in his book.

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It’s always a good time for tea!

In the locker room Mike’s friend is gloating about how they were lucky enough to get picked for “this” [the execution]. They both press their buttons at the same time so that neither knows who gave Phillip the dose that kills him. Mike needs to get some air. Mike recognizes Dr. Gordon. [Would that not at least postpone the execution since Kate is his son’s therapist? They would have to find someone else to push the button.]

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Kate wants to see her dad before he is executed.

Mike wants to talk to the warden. [Ah ha! I knew it.] Mike dropped out of the execution team duty and that has delayed things. Kate will get some time with Phillip. [Good grief, I’m crying again]. She tells him Martin’s theory that Phillip was trying to protect her is the only thing that makes sense, Phillip holds up his three fingers–I love you. Kate does the same.

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Knowing his fate, the father says I…Love…You for the very last time to his daughter.

Martin feels like he failed that he could not stop it. Kate said that was not it. Kate and the lawyer head to the gallery. Martin feels defeated. However Phillip left a box for him. Inside is a note–“your son knows.”

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The weight of the world on poor Jake’s shoulders.

Martin calls Avram. Jake wants Martin to go to antique shop. Jake, Avram and Martin go together. Jake focuses in on a specific clock. Phillip fixed it the night he was arrested. Jake opens it and finds the gear–the key.

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The key to the cipher.

Back at the house, Jake puts the cipher in and manipulates the dials. Then gears then start working automatically.

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Obviously the still picture cannot show the movement of all the gears. Trust me, it was working.

Trevor comes to the house and tells Martin the shocking news about Lucy [but he does not ask about Amelia which is weird].

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The men who cared about Lucy sit in silence together.

When the cipher stops at 318, we are back to the beginning, where episode 1 of season 1 began, the beginning of The Amelia Sequence, also known as The God Sequence, the point Calvin said where the equation would eventually loop around on itself.

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The sequence starts again.

Jake looks out the window and sees Amelia.

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Jake sees Amelia. Is it real or a dream?

Next week: Jake talks to Martin (his first REAL words because the prior words spoken where inside Amelia’s brain so that was actually telepathic, not verbal)!!!!! And Guillermo is back.

And here’s something very funny. I was looking at this pamphlet in my mail pile and I did not see the word EASTER but the word ASTER and laughed. You know you are a Touch fanatic when this occurs.

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Touch (S2E8) Reunions

4 04 2013

I was not prepared for this episode. I had heard Maria Bello wanted out of the show and was happy how it happens, but I had no idea it would be before the end of the season and it would happen in this way in this episode. I was sobbing. But let’s not jump ahead….

Amelia (Saxon Sharbino) is running through the desert [another dream sequence?].

Jake (David Mazouz) narrates, “Bodies at rest stay at rest, and bodies in motion stay in motion unless acted on by an outside force.”In this case she is stopped by Aster Corps security, and more specifically we see Tony Rigby (Adam Campbell). License plate on one vehicle 6Q49951. Tony tells Amelia she would have to run 1-1/2 days to reach civilization. Security takes her away.

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Amelia is caught trying to escape

Jake continues, “People, like objects, become set in their paths, embedded in a constrained reality. As we travel our path, the possible futures which were once infinite collapse down to one. One outcome. Unchangeable. Inescapable.”

[Sign read The Teller Institute, established in 1997]

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An old Teller Institute testing lab

There’s Kase! [Friend or foe?] Tony wants Kase (John Boyd) to give him data. Kase informs him the place is antiquated. Files fall out in front of Amelia. Amelia opens it and sees a man’s MRI study analysis. Patient #0001. This man, according to the report, has an abnormally enlarged amygdala on both sides of his brain and the volume of the white matter is bigger on the left side than e right. On the negative side, it also contains compromised features. His left inferior gyrus (important for language) is less developed and he has fewer connections to the right fusiform gyrus (which helps process faces). Amelia worries about his ultimate fate. She folds the paper and takes it. Tony tells Kase a new generator is on the way, but he needs results or else he is of “no use” to him [which I interpret as a death threat].

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Patient #1

Kase apparently has a gambling problem [and debt]. Amelia retreats to the beautiful garden in her head. Jake continues: “We’re each on a path and sometimes those paths become inclined, pulled into each others’ orbits and collide.”

[Blue butterfly-I discovered today that my son with autism is using a blue butterfly icon for his log-on for Windows long before this show ever aired. I thought that was cool.]

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Amelia screams to the universe for someone to help her.

Amelia calls out, “Please save me!” and Jake hears her. Outside the hospital [presumably waiting for Lucy], Martin (Kiefer Sutherland) reassures him that everything is going to be okay. But Trevor (Greg Ellis) tells them there is a problem. Phil gave a statement that contradicts him. Someone named Denny Lange had access to Trevor’s database. Martin is ready to disappear but Trevor tells him to go home. A battered Lucy (Maria Bello) walks out of the hospital. Jake writes 0175 in the window of the car.

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Tonight’s number

While driving home, Martin sees a floral van whose phone number was 310-555-0175. Follow that van!

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0715 is on the van

There it is: “Jake, stay in the car.” [This has become an affectionate joke among Twitter fandom, either that or “Jake get out of the car.” It’s Tony Rigby’s house but Calvin is there. Calvin tells them Tony murdered his mother and took Amelia. Calvin has a directory to all the high-level facilities that Aster Corps has at his place. [Red throw blanket over the couch; red pamphlet on table next to laptop.]

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Red, red and more red.

In his red jacket, Jake wanders in the loft to an experiment area. Martin freaks when he sees him with the thing on his head. Calvin said he could hurt him shutting it down. Calvin sees Wernicke and Broca waves are beginning to oscillate. He’s getting ready to speak.

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Jake is plugged into The Matrix.

Jake turns up in Amelia’s safe place in her head. Jake says to Amelia, “I found you.” Jake hears Lucy in the background to tell Amelia she loves her, which he repeats to Amelia. Tell her that we’re coming for her.” Lucy asks him to find out any details about where they are. Amelia tells him.

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Jake meets Amelia in The Matrix.

He writes 1997 1188. Martin gets it. 1188 belonged to Teller. Calvin says may have given him the information he needed to help his brother.

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Important numbers!

Calvin goes to William (David Hoflin). A 17-year-old named Evie (Katherine McNamara) pops in to say hello and offer her services. She wants to be a neurosurgeon one day. Suddenly, William is back to himself, talking and moving around. William wants to know what happened.

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William recovers….sort of

Lucy, Martin and Jake go to Amelia. There was some time for Martin and Lucy to talk about Lucy’s old life, like her profession. The car breaks down. They stop a truck and for $200 he will deliver them to the place they need to go (in the middle of nowhere). This man is Jerry Woods (John Lacy),the estranged father of Evie, the young lady with Calvin. As they survey the area, Jake lets out a primal scream to alert the guards. Martin realizes that was his plan after all. Martin runs into the path of the security guards asking them for their help. Martin may have them convinced and they take him away.

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Even bad guys pick up guys who claim they have car problems

However, he winds up in a cell at the facility. Passing by, Kase hears Martin’s pleas to the guard. Martin and Kase come face to face. Kase was hired by Calvin’s mother to care for Amelia more so than being Calvin’s assistant. Kase said they will kill him if he tells Martin where Amelia is. Martin forcefully persuades Kase to show him.

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You WILL take me to Amelia.

Calvin and William speak about times in the past. William recalls the details of the accident. There were some very emotional scenes where Calvin blamed himself for the accident and William knew he was moving mountains to save him. [It made Calvin not so much of a bad guy.]

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Calvin and William speak to one another.

Jake and Lucy break into the area with vehicles. Lucy pulls out key 6908 and Jake takes out the other keys and drops them into a grate. Jake grabs the electronic key, puts it on the windshield and runs to a door.

The guard knows Martin is gone. Tony Rigby is there. Martin meets Amelia. She skips the pleasantries and tells them they have to leave. Tony knows she is gone from her room.

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No time for pleasantries!

Amelia says that they need to block out the cameras and Martin follows. Kase moved away from them. Amelia tells Martin they will overload the system. Tony recognizes Martin Bishop (aka Martin Bohm) when the cameras catch him before the lights go out.

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They are discovered!

Amelia knows exactly where Jake and her mom are. A guard pops into the garage. Martin sees the key Jake left for them. When the second guard comes in and they notice the keys are gone, Martin and Amelia leave. License plate on the Jeep is 6IRA337.

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Martin and Amelia arrive.

Amelia tells Martin to stop at a particular place. Lucy pops out of a bush. A happy reunion commences. All four of them get into the Jeep and drive away.

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A mother and child reunion.

An anonymous woman (Mrs. Farrington, actress Frances Fisher from Eureka) tells Tony she is sending “Tanner” (D.B. Sweeney) which is upsetting to Tony.

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Mrs. Farrington–Hey she was on Eureka!

Martin wants Lucy and Amelia to disappear. Lucy agrees. Martin cares a lot for Lucy and they have an emotional good-bye and share a more-than-friends kiss.

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Martin cares deeply for this woman

Jake gives Amelia her red car from the center in New York (season 1 reference). Amelia gives Jake something to give to Martin.

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Season 1 reference– nice callback.

Jake says good-bye to Lucy and takes her hand.

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Jake loves Lucy.

Evie wakes Calvin. William has regressed. A distraught Calvin yells at her and tells her to leave. Evie cries on the bench outside, but her father arrives at the perfect time.

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Reunion for Evie and Jerry

Jake narrates: “We each have a path. Some are forced apart, but flow back together, their synchronicity inescapable. Some paths touch only briefly and glance off in different directions, forever changed by the meeting. Some loop back again and again across time and space, always finding each other.

Lucy drives off with Amelia into the sunset. But there is blackness on the horizon.

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Danger Will Robinson.

[I have been aware that Maria Bello wanted ‘out’ of the show, but I always assumed it was at the end of the season. I also know she was pleased how her storyline ended. All at once I am worried this is the end of Amelia and Lucy. But my mind is screaming, “This can’t be now! This can’t be it!” At the same time I’m trying to think, “How were they found? Did Lucy’s car get GPS’d? Did they inject a tracking device on Amelia the second time she was taken?” Logic would dictate since Martin is driving one of their cars, he would be the one they locate first.]

Jake continues: “Once we’re on our path there are limited chances to deviate, small moments when other forces come into play and knocks you off your trajectory. Mrs. Farrington tells Tanner she only wants Amelia–her mother is a liability. [Oh shit! It is going to end here for Lucy but how? Does Amelia get away or is she recaptured?]

Amelia has already calculated all possible outcomes. I presume she knows in all outcomes her mother is going to die and there is only one outcome where she escapes but her mother does not [at this point I start sobbing…a mother would die for her child].

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Lucy understands her fate.

 

Amelia starts running.  Jake: “What could be powerful enough to change your path, change your future? An act of nature, an act of love.” Lucy gets out of the truck and confronts Aster Corps, Tony Rigby. As Amelia runs, she hears a gunshot (Tony Rigby and the gunman, Cooper [Gonzalo Menendez).

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Lucy is about to die for her child.

Jake: “Once this deviation happens, you find yourself on a new path, uncharted, unknown, stretching out ahead of you.”

[Dead silence from me–I never expected that at all!]





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!)