Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 12, 2012 on FOX
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    Touch: More Questions Than Answers

    "Entanglement" can be described the same way as every other episode of Touch that has aired so far can be described: “Random people were connected by random numbers and the universe threw a hissy fit until everyone got a happy ending.”

  • Episode Summary

    Martin's laptap is stolen on the day Jake is scheduled for an important evaluation. As a result, he becomes entangled in the quest of a young woman from El Salvador to avenge the death of her family. Meanwhile, Arthur Teller attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, a girl from Saudi Arabia tries to break free of the constraints imposed on her by society, and a doctor in Montreal attempts to meet a stranger on a train.


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    • @holy bible expert "The Holy Bible DOES NOT say that!!!!!"

      I am sorry but you are not entirely correct. I am holding a bible right now and Exodus 1-3 in mine are word for word what is in the screen shot. Yes #4 is actually taken from 22:22 and my version states "widow or orphan". Now for my point. The bible was translated by people who did so to serve a purpose of control. It has been translated numerous times and no two translatedanslations are exactly the same due to the fact that there were many words that were not translatable. The translators chose the words that they "felt" were what God "wanted." Also in the past 200 years the translations have been changed to further the control and condemning agenda. So stating so emphatically that you are right and they are wrong is an absurd accusation entangled in a narcissistic cry for superiority.

      The accuracy of the bible verse, unfortunately for you, isn't the focus or main point in the story. It was simply a uniting point and people like you ruin it. The whole point is showing the connections of all humans. They don't seemed to me to be stating that all people are exactly alike in all cultures, because they aren't shy about mentioning terrorists (yet I could draw a parallel here with oppressive Christians). What I get from it is that in life we have to let go of stereotypes (because all middle eastern people are not terrorists or closed minded oppressors of their women.) Just like I am refusing to hold to the stereotype that all Christians are as obsessively egotistical and narcissistic as you came across in your post.

      This show is about viewing the world and its inhabitants as a living, breathing interconnected web of life where our actions, no matter how small we perceive them, affect not just ourselves...but affect an unknown number of people every day.moreless
    • Entanglement

      Entanglement was a perfect episode of Touched. I really enjoyed watching and was very entertained by the story. There was a lot of character and plot development. I liked the middle eastern girls going for a drive. The Chinese man who was a savvy thief, and how Martin found a tape of Jake's mother talking to him. I liked how every thing played out and I realized that this show stirs a lot of emotions and really makes you think about how the world is connected. I love the format, the acting, and the stories. I look forward to watching more episodes!!!!!!!!!moreless
    • The Holy Bible DOES NOT say that !!!!!

      I had to make sure I had my facts straight before going off half-cocked about this episode. I have had this episode on my DVR since it aired, but I just recently watched it. After catching what I did from this episode, I am seriously considering deleting the remaining episodes on my DVR and never wasting my time on this poorly executed show with such lousy writing and film editing, and not to mention, insulting my intelligence.

      Aside from all the touchy-feely, warm-and-fuzzy crap that we are all supposed to feel from all these various people's lives being affected or connected in some way, I wanted to quickly address something else that I find rather annoying and which I think is a major flaw with this series in general. I think it is a bit of an over-reach when the show tries so hard to make us believe that somehow we are all the same deep-down inside with no regard to our own particular cultures. I am getting a bit annoyed at how, after 5 episodes, I keep seeing the writers trying to portray some other place in the world as sharing our same exact values for family, ambition, or even how we relate to one another, whether that is in the United States, some country in Africa, or maybe Iraq, or even possibly India. We do not all share the same culture in the world, and it seems to be an insult to my intelligence that the writers and creators would try to portray things in that way. I get the impression that I am supposed to believe that people in Saudi Arabia see the world the same way that Americans do, but just with turbans on. How stupid.

      As for my specific gripe, I have issue with the part of the episode where Sutherland's character (Martin Bohm) sees the Exodus 22:22 tattoo on the man's chest. Okay, so I am thinking that this particular Bible verse will play into the narrative of the story-line somehow, maybe in some pivotal manner. Yeah, sure, I'll check the verse later in my own Holy Bible (NIV), but for now, let the TV show go on. Okay, I'm just too curious, because I notice that for some weird, unknown reason, you can clearly see that Martin Bohm is NOT reading from Exodus 22:22, but rather from Exodus 22:4. Okay, so now, as I am watching this, I am starting to get annoyed. I'm thinking that it is just pure laziness on the director's part to allow such an obvious inconsistency take place. Does he think the viewers are all brainless goons who can't tell the difference? So now I decide I have to go check it out, and that is exactly what I do.

      I already start seeing inconsistencies with what I see on-screen (because I have paused the screen shot) against what is in my own Bible. This is exactly what the TV screen shows as the text of Exodus 22, Verses 1-4:

      1 "[If a thief is caught in the act of housebreaking and beaten to death, there is no bloodguilt involved.

      2 But if after sunrise he is thus beaten, there is no bloodguilt.] He must make full restitution. If he has nothing, he shall be sold to pay for his theft.

      3 If what he stole is found alive in his possession, be it an ox, an ass or a sheep, he shall restore two animals for each one stolen.

      4 "Do not take advantage of children whose fathers have died.

      Not only did the film editors and writer's of the show do something so stupid as to show the wrong text, they actually CHANGED some parts of what the Holy Bible actually says in verses 1-4.

      From the New International Version, this is exactly what those verses TRULY are:

      1 "Whoever steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it must pay back five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep.

      2 "If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed;

      3 but if it happens after sunrise, the defender is guilty of bloodshed. "Anyone who steals must certainly make restitution, but if they have nothing, they must be sold to pay for their theft.

      4 If the stolen animal is found alive in their possession whether ox or donkey or sheep, they must pay back double.


      Now, just to be fair, the man in the show had Exodus 22:22 tattooed on his chest. This is the actual quote of Exodus 22:22:

      22 "Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.

      As for other Bible versions, they ALL mention the widow as well.


      So, even though the part that Martin Bohm was reading was supposedly taken (partly) from verse 22, what he read on the show was not the entire verse itself. The actual verse does not simply say 'Do not take advantage of children whose fathers have died'. The actual verse (22) is 'Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.' There was never any mention of the widow when he read it, and it does not appear that way on-screen. By the way, just to reiterate, I have Hi-Def, and I can pause my DVR, so I know exactly what I am talking about. The other major discrepancy is the way the show portrays verse 2 against the proper writing of verse 3. Basically, the REAL Bible says that if an intruder was beaten after sunrise, that the defender WOULD BE guilty of bloodshed. Why would they change that? From the verses that the show had on-screen, in both cases there is no bloodguilt involved. That is NOT what the Bible says.

      Okay, so you ask yourself, why make such a big deal over this? The reason it bugs me is because either the show's writer and producers are either really damn stupid to make up a verse that is not even there to try to sell us on this New-Agey, pull-at-your-heart-strings show by misquoting or taking out of context some verse from the Bible that is not even accurate, or they DELIBERATELY re-wrote some text in order to misrepresent what the Bible actually says, and that is bordering on offensive. How hard is it to get an actual Holy Bible in this day and age and then quote a verse that would lend itself nicely to your make-believe story? Unfortunately, most people are so dumbed-down and gullible that they would never take the time to actually contrast and compare something like this, or they simply are too ignorant of what is being falsely portrayed. Why would you do something like this? Are you really so lazy and unpolished as to allow such important details go unnoticed?...or is there something more sinister behind this? Today's television watcher is usually a bit more savvy than least this one is, and I can suspend my disbelief only so far, especially when the show sucks.

      I am seriously considering deleting the rest of the shows, because the funny moon-math that the show comes up with is just amateurish in its execution and timing. Not to mention the fact that the kid in the show just gets on my damn nerves. I think I am seriously done with this lousy creation from Tim Kring. He couldn't even get Heroes right...why should I expect him to pull anything smart out this time? If anyone happens to know anyone connected with the show in anyway whatsoever, and if you can address my main issue with regard to the rewriting of Bible verses and the lousy film editing, I would love to hear why something like this would occur.

      1:15 AM 6/11/2012

    • Interesting as usual!

      Well I definitely found this one to be very interesting. The scenes with the girl sin Saudi Abrabia (or so I presume) were very entertaiining, and I thought it was extremely exciting and interesting to watch some of these storylines unfold!

      You won't even believe how the lives of these peoples interconnetc and I absolutely love the concept of it all!

      Very curious to see what happens with Martin and Jake. I hope things don't go badly for them, but I also hope that Touhc continues to entertain like this! :)moreless
    • Awesome episode.

      We learned more about Arthur Teller's background. He seems to be a special person too, or was, until his downfall (not yet explained). I really liked the connections this week but I hated that it prevented Martin to be there for Jake's evaluation. The girl in arabia had a Morticians t-shirt, the same band the japanese girls from the first episodes are going. So I guess we'll be seeing more from her until the end of the season.moreless
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    Maggie Miller

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    Sami Haddad

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    Roxana Brusso

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    Sheri Strepling

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Jake: (opening monologue) Four hundred ninety-thousand babies will be born today. Each of them unique, and each one of them a link in the greater human chain. And the moment their umbilical cord is severed, they'll become an individual with their own hopes, dreams and desires. But, in fact, each one of us is actually made up of a dozen systems which, in turn, comprise sixty-trillion cells, and those cells house countless proteins, DNA organelles. What appears to be an individual is actually a network. Each one of us is, in fact, a living, breathing community, but it doesn't stop there. Why would it? Every individual hope you harbor, every dream you attain, every desire you fulfill has an impact far greater than you can imagine. At least that's how it looks from where I'm sitting.

      • (Arthur Teller goes to the hospital after he sees Jake's image expand mathematically out of the computer screen.)
        Maggie Miller: Dad, you're sick. Let me help you.
        Arthur: If you want to help, get me to a scanner.
        Maggie Miller: No, I've been down this rabbit hole before, and you what's there? Rabbits.
        Arthur: B-but it's different this time, Maggie. You know, they don't even know I've found the boy.
        Maggie Miller: What is it gonna take to get through to you? The last time you did this, you lost everything.
        Arthur: They took it from me!
        Maggie Miller: No, you imploded, and you dragged me down right along with you. So tell me, how is it gonna be different this time, hmm? Please, talk to Dr. Bennet. You're seeing things that just aren't there.
        Arthur: No. No. I-I'm seeing clearly for the first time in years.

      • (Martin is a no-show for Jake's evaluation.)
        Clea: If the examiner would be willing to come back tomorrow. Jake? He's just having an off day.
        Sheri Strepling: Come on, Clea. We both know tomorrow wouldn't be any different. Jake's nonresponsive, he has difficulty following basic instruction.
        Clea: He can. He chooses not to. There's a difference. If his father had been here…
        Sheri Strepling: Look, I get it. You're pulling for the dad. We all do. But on paper, this one is a mess. Jake's repeatedly run away while in his father's care. The authorities had to be called on multiple occasions. The truth is, Mr. Bohm was part of the evaluation, just not the way you wanted him to be. I'm sorry, Clea, but from where I'm standing, you're betting on the wrong horse.

      • Shada: (speaking Arabic) How could you let the car run out of gas?!
        Norah: How did I know "E" was bad? They should have picked a more threatening letter!

      • Jake: (closing monologue) The threads that connect us are not bound by space and time. What seems to the individual like a twist of fate, from another perspective is simply one of those threads pulled tight. How things should have been all along. And even when those threads seem irreparably frayed, they never break – not completely. But sometimes the most important connection is here and now.

      • Norah: There are a lot of things I can do, if you'll only let me.
        Mr. Al-Aziz: No one said you weren't driven or smart, Norah. But this isn't how the world works.
        Norah: Why not? We either define our fate, or we are defined by it.
        Mr. Al-Aziz: Who teaches you this nonsense?
        Norah: You did. Father.

    • NOTES (3)

      • The lullaby sung by Sarah on the tape at the end of the episode was "St. Judy's Comet," which was written by Paul Simon. The same song was performed by Marnie Herald during the end credits.

      • This episode ended with a special version of the credits, which were run on the right side of the screen beside a montage of photographs from Martin's stolen computer on the left side of the screen.

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: April 12, 2012 on Global
        United Kingdom: April 17 2012 on Sky1/Sky 1 HD
        Norway: April 23, 2012 on TV2
        Australia: May 20, 2012 on TEN
        Finland: November 6, 2012 on MTV3

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