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Touch

TV series Touch on FOXNetwork: FOX
Episodes: 26 (hour)
Seasons: Two

TV show dates: January 25, 2012 – May 10, 2012
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Kiefer Sutherland, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Mazouz, and Danny Glover.

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TV show description:
This super-natural series follows seemingly unrelated people all over the world whose lives affect each other in ways seen and unseen, known and unknown.

Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland) is a widower and single father whose haunted by an inability to connect to his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son, Jake (David Mazouz). Caring, intelligent, and thoughtful, Martin has tried everything to reach his son. But Jake never speaks, shows little emotion, and never allows himself to be touched by anyone, including his father. Jake is obsessed with numbers and writes long strings of them in his ever-present notebooks and with discarded cell phones.

Social worker Clea Hopkins (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) believes that Jake’s needs are too serious for Martin to handle. She sees a man whose life has become dominated by a child he can no longer control. She believes that it’s time for the state to intervene. So, despite Martin’s desperate objections, Jake is placed in foster care.

Everything starts to change after Martin meets Arthur Teller (Danny Glover), a professor and an expert on children who possess special gifts when it comes to numbers. Martin learns that Jake possesses an extraordinary gift — the ability to perceive the seemingly hidden patterns that connect every life on the planet.

While Martin wants nothing more than to communicate directly with his son, Jake connects to his father through numbers, not words. Martin realizes that it’s his job to decipher these numbers and recognize their meaning. As he puts the pieces together, he will help people across the world connect as their lives intersect according to the patterns Jake has foreseen. Martin’s quest to connect with his son will shape humanity’s destiny.
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Series Finale

Episode 26 — Leviathan
Frantic about the kids, a concussed Martin leaves the hospital with Trevor. He finds Jake’s note in his pocket: 318, the beginning (and end) of the Amelia Sequence.

On the dock by a freighter named Leviathan, Aster Corps chief counsel Larry tells Nicole Farington the $40-billion loss will be revealed tomorrow, and it’s the beginning of the end. She says their fortunes will be reversed once the sequence is complete.

Tanner the hired thug delivers Jake and Amelia to Farington. Larry’s not joining them on the ship, and she gives him a black backpack to hold onto.

Calvin visits his brother, whose health is declining, and promises he’s close to a solution. He joins Farington and Dr. Linus on the Leviathan, where he’s pressured to continue his work, to keep his brother safe.

Martin and Trevor find a glove in Martin’s wrecked car and take it to Detective Lange. A fingerprint lifted from inside is tied to five different aliases – but one has a street address of 318.

Meanwhile, Avram meets the rabbi in charge, who berates him for meddling with the destiny of the Righteous 36 instead of just observing and reporting. Avram argues that the Covenant of the 36 was meant to grow and change, as humankind has changed, but the rabbi shuts him down. He shows Avram the completed sequence, written in a book chronicling the 36. Now humanity will either move forward, or it’s the end of everything. Either way, Avram won’t be involved, because the rabbi makes him sit in a chair until he learns his place.

The 318 address belongs to Tanner, who arrives unexpectedly but is overpowered by Martin – who beats the guy bloody. When Trevor pulls him off, they notice Tanner’s wearing a wire. It’s an insurance policy, proof of his conversations with Farington. In fact, he has a treasure trove of recordings, including one with Farington ordering Tanner to get rid of Lucy. Tanner tells them where the kids are, and Martin calls Lange.

Posing as an EPA inspector, Martin boards the ship and shuts down the engines.

Despite the danger of inducing coma in the kids, Linus starts the process. Soon Amelia is in distress, and she meets Jake by the pond in her mind. She tells the distraught boy she can’t stay with him anymore and vanishes. The sequence completes, but the real Amelia is flatlining.

Martin finds the kids and attacks Linus. Calvin saves Amelia. Martin calls to Farington to turn on the news, and she sees a story about her ordering Lucy killed. The FBI swarms into Larry’s office, and Lange’s troopers board the ship while others arrest Tanner.

Calvin goes to William’s care facility, but his brother has died. When Lange comes to arrest him, Calvin sadly says he never meant to hurt anybody. He just wanted his brother back.

Amelia’s OK, but she can’t see the probabilities anymore. Martin says she can stay with them until he finds her dad.
Later, Avram visits Martin and explains he can’t be involved anymore; it’s not his place. He gives Martin the Tree of Life amulet, saying it wound up with Jake for a reason, just like the cipher. It’s meant to be carried by the protector of the 36. Martin says Jake isn’t even 12 yet. Yes, that’s why Martin should keep the amulet for now.

The FBI takes possession of the black backpack, which contains the cipher. It gets shelved in a government evidence warehouse . . . and the wheels start turning.
First aired: May 10, 2013

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What do you think? Do you like the Touch series? Are you sorry that there won’t be a third season?

 

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Jo August 13, 2013 at 10:39 pm

It’s a sad statement about the intelligence of the viewing audience when shows like honey boo stay on and a thought provoking, intelligent show like touch gets cancelled. Think I’ll stick to book and get rid of my tv!

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Kim July 31, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Very disappointed that show was canceled. It was such a great feel good show that had such great twists and turns. Moving the schedule led to its poor performance and showed the network’s lack of interest in keeping it going. I truly wish someone else could see the potential and bring this great story line back to life.

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ANITA July 26, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I am so tired of good shoestring canceled and replaced with trashy comedians stupid reality shows. just got through ‘re-watching last 5 episodes. Still and will always be a great show.

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Emma June 26, 2013 at 8:56 am

Absolutely fantastic series and concept!!! I find it hard to accept that someone can’t see the mileage in a season 3! and I shall quietly live in hope that someone does !!! :-)

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JohnGaltTexas June 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Thats too bad. I like the show. A third season at least could have let it hit its stride now that the back story is known.

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Tara June 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

Sad. So very sad.

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Deb May 21, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I am wondering if all fox execs have an IQ of 80. The one singular show on tv these days–the one show that required some semblance of intelligence to view–and you choose to cancel it. I am tired of your excellent series being cancelled in favor of mindless putrid garbage. GET A CLUE!

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PJ May 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm

STUPID, stupid, stupid and stupid Fox execs, I swear. They are complete idiots not to see what generates ratings of the caliber of what this show was generating. I hope Fox gets infested by termites and all their buildings fall and they lose all their money (lol, that’s just so that I remain decent in my ill wishes for them!). They are incredibly stupid to cancel a show like this one.

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Valerie May 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Loved this show! Hate to see it go.

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Joanne May 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I really enjoyed this show. I am sorry that its going off the air. The networks always take off the best shows. The ones that are not really good they keep on. Shame on you networks.

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Peggy May 12, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Really liked this show sorry to hear that it won’t run for a third season.

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Ellen May 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm

I too was looking forward to a third season. Because the way the finale ended, Martin was going to help Emily find her dad. I liked the way the did Season 2 vs Season 1. Season 1 was way too confusing and hard to follow going from country to country. Season 2 had more of a story line which is easier to follow. I was also kind of hoping in Season 3 that maybe Emily could help Jake start talking more. Maybe the producers can figure a way to win Fox over with a new Story line to keep this show on the air. Please!!!!!!! (Also put it back on Thursday night more people are at home vs Friday nights)

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Duane May 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I liked the show more and more as the conspiracy got bigger. I thought a good ending would have had the father saying good night Jake and as it starts to fade out, Jake says g’night.

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bigguy May 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

This show started out as a great show the first season, but then in the second season the producers made what is becoming a common mistake among great television shows. They took a show which was essentially episodic, with several story lines beginning, merging and ending in each episode and turned it into an ongoing always to be continued story line with repetitive characters, antagonists and an ongoing story thread. How many times did they think Calvin could change from bad guy to good guy to bad guy to good guy, or how many times did they think Emily could be kidnapped and almost freed and kidnapped again and freed and kidnapped again before people would get tired of it all?

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Teri May 12, 2013 at 12:32 am

This is such a feel-good show. I look forward to seeing how father and son interact with others. Please keep the show on the air!

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