Touch seems to be progressing into a strange pseudo-fantasy territory, and this episode was rather more lost than found if you ask me.
I expected that we would discover Jake’s fate this week, following the disastrous psychological assessment of last the last episode. It seems that’s all still up in the air whilst Jake continues to communicate only in his mathematical language. Martin has been diligently working alongside Dr. Teller to determine Jake’s patterns, and it is revealed that Jake is following a familiar sequence first shown to Arthur by a mysterious girl named Amelia. Determined to find the next number in the sequence, Arthur sneaks into the clinic to visit Jake and chase an imaginary girl through empty rooms. It’s no surprise that he’s on the director’s black list, but I am still intrigued as to the real story behind Arthur’s madness. I daresay that’s going to be a narrative that is stretched out for the length of the season though.
Martin and Clea were again working together to find a runaway – this time though, it was Clea’s schizophrenic mother on the run, and with someone else’s child in tow. The idea that Clea’s mom left her own kind of road map was a clever link between the main characters, and anyone could have guessed that the final destination would end up intertwining with the subplot of the episode. The show is slowly filling in some of the rich back-stories of our main characters, and Clea’s leaves us with no doubt as to why she ended up as a social worker. Martin and Clea definitely bonded over this experience, as we saw him invite her to join him in tucking Jake in for the night. Whilst several twists in this episode may have had me shaking my head in confusion, I was touched by Martin’s connection with the little lost boy. It tied in perfectly with the dreams he’s been having about his longing to hug his own beloved son.
Our interwoven story for this episode introduced us to a Chinese-American woman, Lanny, and the jazz-loving Will Davies sitting next to her who inadvertently ends up taking her seat on a domestic flight. Lanny returns home to find her partner engaged in an ancient fertility ritual, which sparks an argument about whether now is the right time for the two to be conceiving a baby. I did like that this storyline was explored from the perspective of a same-sex couple, as it’s not something we often see. However the whole story fell down along with the plane. The crash appeared as if it was a dream sequence, with lone survivor Will staggering towards safety and then moments later appearing at his office demanding that his boss put a halt to plans to tear down a historic jazz building. It was an inspiring thought for Will to be so affected by his near death experience that he was compelled to find meaning in his mundane job, but the way it was all carried out just wasn’t convincing. Of course he arrived in protest of the building’s demolition just in time to save Clea’s mom’s life, but sadly his own could not be spared. In another unlikely, turn of events, Lanny and her partner re-open the sperm donor directory and find Will’s face staring back up at them – giving us the underlying uplifting message that at least a part of him lives on.
Finally, we were left on a cliff-hanger as the episode closed with an image of Arthur slumped against the dashboard of his car.
As I said, I wasn’t overly impressed with this episode, but I’m not willing to give up on it just yet. Besides, the complexity of the storylines makes me feel like I’ve already invested so much in enjoying this show, so I’m determined to keep trying.