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When an elderly Nazi prisoner claims he can explain why the blackout lasted 137 seconds, Mark and Janis travel to Germany to see him and discover they have to pardon him in return for his information. Meanwhile, Demetri learns when and how he will die from a anonymous caller, and Aaron tries to learn the truth about his daughter's death by requesting an exhumation of the body.
Thursday October 08th, 2009
Guest StarsCo-Guest Stars
Demetri gets a call from the intelligence agent, who tells him she saw a report where he is shot on March 15. The briefing only reveals that he was shot three times in the chest. The woman hangs up before Demetri can learn more from her...Read the full recap
Title: 137 Sekunden
Sekunden is German for "seconds", and 137 seconds is how long everyone blacked out for.
Tracy Stark, Aaron's daughter, was born on December 22, 1984, and was reported to have died on October 16, 2007.
|Artist||Song Title||Played When|
|Jeff Buckley||Lover, You Should've Come Over|| |
|KC & the Sunshine Band||Boogie Shoes|| |
|Smashing Pumpkins||To Sheila||Played when Mark returns home from Germany (32:43)|
Demetri: (answering cell phone) This is Demetri.
Caller: I'm sorry to disturb you, but I'm calling in response to your Mosaic board posting.
Demetri: Who is this? How did you get this number?
Caller: I can't divulge that, but I can tell you that my vision involved you.
Demetri: Go on...
Caller: In my flash forward, I was reading an intelligence briefing, and... I am sorry, there is no delicate way to say this, but... on March 15th, 2010, you are going to be murdered.
Demetri: What? What the hell are you talking about?
Caller: I understand why you are upset, but, my hope is that, by telling you what I know, you will be able to prevent your murder from happening.
Demetri: Your briefing, did it say who killed me?
Caller: I'm afraid not.
Demetri: What did it say, then?
Caller: That you were an agent from the American FBI and that you were shot three times in the chest.
Janis Hawk: There are a lot of ghosts, here. Isn't this where Sophie Scholl and the rest of the White Rose Nazi Resistance group were executed?
Stefan Krieger: For what mistake did your country eradicate its indigenous population, and practice institutionalized slavery for, ohh... 250 years?
Mark: We also gave the world Britney Spears...
Aaron: (to Mark) If you want to prevent the future and save your marriage, first step isn't keeping secrets from your wife. Take that from a guy who's already been divorced, right?
Mark: Janis, we've been so worried the blackout might happen again, we haven't stopped to ask ourselves what if it happened before.
When Noh picks up his fiance from the airport, she is shown pulling a carry on bag and carrying a purse in her other hand. After they kiss the shot pulls back to show her purse on the floor and the carry on bag is not seen. The shot zooms in and when it pulls out again her purse is seen on top of the carry on bag, even though no one has bent over to pick it up.
Isn't this where Sophie Scholl
and the rest of the White Rose Nazi Resistance group
was a member of the White Rose resistance group in Nazi Germany. They were a non-violent
protest organization, active in Nazi Germany in 1942. In early 1943, Sophie and her brother, Hans, were convicted of treason and executed by guillotine in Stadelheim Prison, Munich, Germany for distributing leaflets. While the direct value of their actions was small, she is now considered a significant hero in Germany for being one of the few who openly spoke out against what the Nazis were doing. Prison officials emphasized the courage displayed as she went to her execution. Her final words were "How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause. Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?"
Mark: I have to ask myself if the ends don't justify the means, here.
Janis: They never do, Mark
This is a common, hoary old rational fallacy that people rarely challenge. In truth, the ends DO justify the means. ALWAYS. The tricky part is, you don't get to "select" which ends are used to justify the means while ignoring the rest of the ends which might detract from that justification. You must consider ALL the ends, not just the ones you're interested in using to fortify your justification. If an action (or inaction) kills one person but saves 10,000, both are relevant ends. You cannot reject it by paying only attention to the one death, nor can you support it only by noting the 10,000 saved. If the action also threatens the well being or quality of life for 100,000 others, that, too, is a relevant end.
In this specific case, the available data on the ends: a mass murderer may go free, but it's not likely that he'll kill again, nor is it likely to be a long life, given that he is 86 years old. Counterbalancing that is potentially important information leading to the peace of mind for literally billions of people. One presumes that it may Geyer probably has important information or he would not have been up on Benford's tackboard in his flashforward. How you weight those two ends is the key decision.
Another speculation, with spoiler potential:
Mark: (looking at the worldwide crow population graph) There. See that dip? The day of the blackout. Geyer said that crows died outside his cell but it wasn't just in Germany, it was all over the world, during the blackout.
Janis: (sighs) Mark... and I say this with love: Who gives a damn?
Janis demonstrates that Mark really, really needs a new assistant. As Lyndon B. Johnson would have put it, she's "too stupid to pour pi** out of a boot if the instructions were printed on the heel". One cannot yet guess what the connection is, but that is hardly an insignificant piece of data. ANY event which isn't a clear and direct consequence of the flashforwards (such as planes crashing) is potentially important. And something that significant, a global event involving a mass die-off, can hardly be unconnected. It may be causative, indicative, or otherwise relevant, but it will be somehow of importance to understanding what was done, or who did it, or how they did it.... She should not require Mark to urge her on, at that point -- that factoid is blatantly just as important as finding the video of the guy moving about in the baseball stadium.