Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 25, 2012 on FOX
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    Touch: Tim Kring's Global Group Hug

    The new Fox drama from the creator of Heroes got off to a great, fuzzy-feeling start, but series longevity is a big question mark.

  • Episode Summary

    Widower and single father, Martin Bohm, is frustrated because he is unable to communicate with his mute and autistic son, Jake. After consulting with experts, Martin learns Jake is a genius and has special gifts, and he communicates with numbers rather than with words.

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    • Awesome

      Have watched this show since it aired. Heard it was going to be axed and I damn near flipped out. If you have not watched it, start with the pilot show and each show there after. Do not skip any one show of you will miss out on what is progressing. Great show, well worth watching.
    • Very Good

      This is one of the best shows I have come across. I'm in Australia and once I found out about the show, a friend lent me Season one which I watched all epsiodes straight three times over. Just brillant start. How there are stoires within stories. There are many aspects in this show that I and others can all relate to. How they show the connection of people across the world. How one simple action affects the outcome of others. What a small and connected world we all live in. Hope that the show does contiune and is picking in viewing across my circle.

      There a lot of us really looking forward to Season it gets to Australia. Keep it going...moreless
    • Touch definitely touched me!

      The pilot of Touch was a perfect premiere and I really enjoyed watching this amazing new series! The narrative from Jake in the beginning was great especially because his character doesn't verbalize. I loved watching the various story's unfold with common threads interconnecting everything. The story telling painted a vivid picture of individual human experience across the world yet how simply it was all connected. The cast was amazing and played their parts well. I love the way mathematical sequences and numbers are used. The ending was touching and felt enlightening in some ways. I certainly look forward to watching more episodes!!!!!!!!!moreless
    • Very interesting start!

      The commerical for this show had me fascinated, although I wasn't sure what to expect. I watched the premiere and I ended up loving uit! Great episode, of what seems like a very interesting show!

      The storyline seems extremely interesting, and I'm quite curious as to how the show will play out in future, but this episode was fgreat. Everything from the mobile phone going around the world to the storyline with Martin and Jake - it was very interesting!

      Definitely enjoyed the premiere and can't wait for more! :)moreless
    • Awesome beginning to a promising new series.

      Touch is a new series developed by 'Heroes' creator Tim Kring and starring Kiefer Sutherland, who played Jack Bauer in '24' which ended 2 years ago on Fox.

      Both of the 2 main names behind this show are well known for their work on their respective shows, which ultimately ended at around the same time. Heroes was said to have started off strong in the first season but ultimately got progressively worse and worse until it just collapsed.

      24 was (and still is) my favorite TV show. 24 received great acclaim during it's first 5 seasons and ultimately lost a lot of viewers to the horrible season 6 followed by the writers strike, and was cancelled 2 years later despite a strong season 7 and 8. Kiefer Sutherland is now back to TV on Fox in Touch.

      One thing right off the bat that I love, before going into anything about the plot or characters, is the sets. I know it's filmed in New York, and being that this is where I live, I'm happy for the streets and buildings to finally look proper as opposed to LA produces taking a dirty LA street and stacking a NY Skyline view behind it, like 24 did for it's final season. It may not be noticeable for people that don't live in the big apple, but for those that do these little details are great.

      Speaking of little details, the JFK Uniform looked realistic, as did the TV Broadcasts (which I always thought were awesome in 24). TV broadcasts here look really realistic, and it's obvious that they actually film extra footage just for a couple of seconds where a TV is shown. I love it. Nice touches are also the realistic looking areas around the world. I haven't actually been to most of the places seen here besides New York, nor do I speak the languages, but it captured the feeling that it was realistic.

      Now on to the plot. The plot is rather simple on paper, but absolutely thought provoking and mind boggling on screen. An extremely captivating 50 minutes of television. As I mentioned above, these 50 minutes span the globe with seemingly different stories that are indirectly effected by each other. The main story is Kiefer Sutherland dealing with his 'autistic' son, but as the story goes on Kiefer Sutherland's character figures out that his son isn't autistic but that his son has a special ability to sort of predict the future.

      Kiefer Sutherland really acts out his character really well with the depression of having a son that has never spoken and doesn't want to be touched. He can't talk to his son, he can't hug or kiss his son, but it's still up to him to raise him and prepare him for the world. It's a very depressing situation, and Kiefer manages to make us feel sorry for him right away. I almost cried here within 15 minutes of the episode. Now THAT is an amazing accomplishment, to make somebody cry 15 minutes into the first episode of the show. And god knows I rarely ever shed any tears. It's a combination of great writing and excellent acting.

      The plot picks up about half way through as all of the parts of each separate plot come together, ultimately reaching a full climax at the end, followed by another (excuse the pun) touching scene to finish it off.

      I also caught all of the 24 references, from the ticking time bomb at the end to the DAMMIT! that Kiefer's character yelled a few times. I'm sure there were also a few Heroes references in here, but never seeing that I obviously didn't catch them.

      All in all it was a great start to what will hopefully be one of the best new shows of the year. With Game of Thrones coming back soon as well as others, it's going to be a very interesting close to this TV season. I'm very interested to see how this simple concept will turn into a TV show with (hopefully) multiple seasons, seeing as this is bound to get repetitive at some point, but for now everything is looking good. I will definitely keep watching.

    Karen Shenaz David

    Karen Shenaz David

    Kayla Graham

    Guest Star

    David de Lautour

    David de Lautour

    Simon Plimpton

    Guest Star

    Judy Echavez

    Judy Echavez

    Sofia Martinez

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • The Teller Institute is located at 318 West Tesla Street. Edward Teller was a Hungarian-American theoretical physicist, who was known as the father of the hydrogen bomb, and Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, who developed the modern alternating current electrical supply system.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Jake: (opening monologue) The ratio is always the same: 1 to 1.618 over and over and over again. The patterns are hidden in plain sight. You just have to know where to look. Things most people see as chaos, actually follow subtle laws of behavior. Galaxies, plants, seashells – the patterns never lie, but only some of us can see how the pieces fit together. Seven billion, eighty-million, three hundred sixty-thousand of us live on this tiny planet. This is the story of some of those people. There's an ancient Chinese myth about the red thread of fate. It says that the gods have tied a red thread around every one of our ankles and attached it to all the people whose lives we are destined to touch. This thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break. It's all been predetermined by mathematical probability, and it's my job to keep track of those numbers, to make the connections for those who need to find each other. The ones whose lives need to touch. I was born 4,161 days ago on October 26, 2000. I've been alive for 11 years, four months, 21 days and 14 hours, and in all that time… (whispers) I've never said a single word.

      • Martin: (cautioning Clea about not touching Jake) I wouldn't do that if I were you. Not unless you want to spend the next three hours peeling him off the ceiling.

      • Arthur: The whole cosmic wheel of humanity comes down to just electromagnetic energy and connections. There are those among us – mostly kids – whose sole purpose is to act as air traffic controllers for that interconnectivity.
        Martin: My son doesn't even talk.
        Arthur: Unnecessary, outdated. An evolutionary speed bump, like your pinky toe.

      • Martin: (to Jake) The doctor says you're going to be bigger than me. How the hell's that going to work?

      • Jake: (closing monologue) The ratio is always the same: 1 to 1.618 over and over and over again. The patterns, mathematical in design, are hidden in plain sight. You just have to know where to look. Seven billion, eighty-million, three hundred sixty-thousand people, and only a few of us can see the connections. Today, we'll send over 300 billion emails, 19 billion text messages, yet we'll still feel alone. The average person will say 2,250 words to 7.4 other individuals. Will these words be used to hurt or to heal? There's an ancient Chinese myth about the red thread of fate. It says that the gods have tied a red thread around every one of our ankles and attached it to all the people whose lives we are destined to touch. This thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.

      • Teller: The universe is made up of precise ratios and patterns. All around us. You and I, we don't see them, but if we could, life would be magical beyond our wildest dreams. A quantum entanglement of cause and effect where everything and everyone reflects on each other. Every action, every breath, every conscious thought connected. Imagine the unspeakable beauty of the universe he sees. No wonder he doesn't talk.
        Martin: My son sees all that?
        Teller: Mr. Bohm, your son sees everything. The past, the present, the future. He sees how it's all connected.
        Martin: You're telling me my son can predict the future?
        Teller: No, I'm telling you it's a road map. And your job now, your purpose, is to follow it for him. It's your fate, Mr. Bohm. It's your destiny.

    • NOTES (4)

      • The song that Kayla Graham sang at the Irish pub was "Three Little Birds (from Touch)" by Karen David with Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman. Karen David portrayed the character Kayla Graham in this episode, while Wendy and Lisa composed the background music for the show.

      • Danny Glover's character, Arthur Teller, was originally called Arthur DeWitt.

      • This episode had a special preview on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, before moving to its regular timeslot on Monday starting in March. The airdate was subsequently changed to Thursday.

      • International Air Dates:
        Norway: Monday, March 19, 2012 on TV2
        United Kingdom: March 20, 2012 on Sky1/Sky 1 HD
        Australia: April 22, 2012 on TEN
        Finland: October 9, 2012 on MTV3

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