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 (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.