Season 1 Episode 4

Kite Strings

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 05, 2012 on FOX
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    Touch: Things Are Starting to Come Together

    I initially feared that Touch might go the route of pure anthology at the cost of developing its main characters. “Kite Strings” finally confirmed there's something bigger going on.

  • Episode Summary

    Martin encounters a young man who knew Sarah, his deceased wife. A couple that manages an online instrument repair business works with an Iraqi heavy metal band that has a teenage follower who is looking to share his comedic talent with an American soldier in Baghdad. However, the soldier's convoy is ambushed, which forces her and her wounded comrade to hide in the Iraqi desert. Meanwhile, a lottery winner who has questions meets a dejected pastor without answers.moreless

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    • Kite Strings

      Kite Strings was a perfect episode of Touched. I really enjoyed watching because the story was well written and very entertaining. It was awesome to see some of the characters from the pilot be developed further. It was awesome to learn more about Martin's wife and Jakes mother through a man she tutored. I also really liked the ending where Martin discovered his wife's ring. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
    • So far it just seemed to ruin a generally great idea.

      Pilot episode just thrilled me. I liked it so much that I thought that finally somebody created an intelligent show without making the protagonist a hero of the world. Martin Bohm is not a policeman, a fireman, an EMT. He is just a regular guy who has to struggle with raising up of his mute, autistic son. Pilot episode was also interesting because of another reason - there was a mystery behind everything and it even ended like a mysery (but somehow writers didn't follow the idea in the next episode(s)). In general I felt positively surprised by the ideas that creators presented to the viewers and I had really high expectations towards next episodes. Unfortunately after watching three of them I feel disappointed. The story is very repetitive and very predictable. Jake runs, Martin chases him, they find a pattern, Martin doesn't understand and is trying to figure it out, five or six people are involved, they all are linked and by the end they all are miraculously survived from what they encountered and was almost deadly for them. This is not what I expected and I hope it is going to change pretty soon. So far one third of the whole season gives and idea that the show is not worth to continue.moreless
    • Very interesting!

      We explore how the lives of different people touch today. Some of this was extremely interesting, such as the mistake in the email, recommending 950 volts as opposed to 50 volts, creating an overcharge in the electrical citrcuit and saving the lives of the soldiers!

      The writers are really clever in this aspect! The storyline is very interesting and I think this show lclearly has a lot of potential. I won't spoil any more of this episode, but I fully hope that Touch continues to dazzle with storylines like therse! :)moreless
    Sprague Grayden

    Sprague Grayden

    First Lt. Laura Davis

    Guest Star

    Titus Welliver

    Titus Welliver

    Randall Meade

    Guest Star

    Kiko Ellsworth

    Kiko Ellsworth

    Bobby Ariza

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Jake: (opening monologue) The first transatlantic telegraph cable was made of 340,500 miles of copper and iron wire designed to stretch 2,876.95 miles along the ocean floor. Once the cable was in place, you could use electrical impulses and signal code to send any message you wanted to the other side of the world. Human beings are hard-wired with the impulse to share our ideas… and the desire to know we've been heard. It's all part of our need for community. That's why we're constantly sending out signals and signs. And why we look for them from other people. We're always waiting for messages. Hoping for connection. And if we haven't received a message, that doesn't always mean it hasn't been sent to us. Sometimes, it means we haven't listened hard enough.

      • Jake: (closing monologue) In spite of all our communication technology, no invention is as effective as the sound of the human voice. When we hear the human voice, we instinctively want to listen, in the hopes of understanding it. Even when the speaker is searching for the right words to say. Even when all we hear is yelling, or crying or singing. That's because the human voice resonates differently from anything else in the world. That's why we can hear a singer's voice over the sound of a full orchestra. We will always hear that singer, no matter what else surrounds it.

      • Jeweler's Clerk: Normally we wouldn't hold an item for so many years, but… it was a wedding ring, after all.
        Martin: It's my wife's ring. That's why she wasn't wearing it.
        Jeweler's Clerk: She couldn't wear it while it was being engraved.
        Martin: (looks inside the ring) "1+1=3" (chuckles) That's what she used to say when our son was born. Jake made us a family; "One plus one equals three."
        Jeweler's Clerk: Sir, do you still want this ring?
        Martin: Yes, please.

      • Randall: Her name was Sarah Bohm. I carried her down 31 flights of stairs. The whole time she was saying these names, Martin and Jake, Martin and Jake. She wanted me to find them for her.

      • Steve: What brings you to our church?
        Randall: I saw your sign. I gotta tell you, that's a lot of false advertising. That whole "He has the answers" thing? You didn't give us a single answer.
        Steve: Thank you, for your honesty. It's a, uh, welcome change from the usual.

    • NOTES (5)

      • "Back Home to Tennessee" by Mark Cook can be heard playing in the background at King Roadie's house when he receives Abdul's email. Jake's final monologue and the resolution of everyone's story are played out to "Ooh Belle" by the Barr Brothers.

      • This episode answered the question left hanging by the second episode's oblique title "1+1=3" when Martin explained it to the jeweler's clerk. All previous episode titles had been explained by episode's end either by Jake's monologues, character dialogue, or implied through other actions.

      • Although credited, Danny Glover did not appear in this episode.

      • Fox's broadcast credits misspelled the script supervisor's last name as "Hunziger" instead of "Hunziker."

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: April 5, 2012 on Global
        United Kingdom: April 10, 2012 on Sky1/Sky 1 HD
        Norway: April 16, 2012 on TV2
        Finland: October 30, 2012 on MTV3

    • ALLUSIONS (0)