A young musical genius is kidnapped and Walter recalls a patient at St Clair's who might have been kidnapped by the same people and forced to try and figure out the solution to an equation.


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Nina Sharp (credit only)
John Scott (credit only)
Dashiell Kim
Adam Grupper ...
Andrew Stockton


On a rainy night, Ben, a boy who became a music prodigy after coming out of a coma, is kidnapped after his father is put in a hypnogenic state using a red, blue and green lights. Walter proves this really happened when he puts Peter in the same state in the lab. The abduction is just one in a series of kidnappings of people who are geniuses in their fields. After they are brought back, the people go insane and commit terrible acts. In the lab Walter and Peter find a connection between Ben and an old colleague of Walter, at Saint Claire's, who was also kidnapped. In order to save the kid, now Walter needs to go back to Saint Claire's and speak with the old colleague. Written by Andreea D

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18 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Uncomfortable episode ... by design
22 September 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

What is most interesting about this episode is how it gets under your skin and even more remarkable is that this was done deliberately.

TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL this ain't (although an argument could be easily be made that Anna Torv's character is deliberately given angelic aspects -- her looks, her actions, her constant desire to help - as counterpoint to the fact that this series is dark, and dark things happen).

Viewers are hooked early on when a small boy is abducted and tortured.

As if this is not enough of a hook, the viewer connection with John Noble's character (which has had only had 7 episodes to build) is tested to the max, when Walter is subjected to the one thing he fears most in the world, a trip back to the Looney Bin, replete with a warden who comes across as more menacing than all the inmates combined.

Powerful episode, pretty much defines the direction the series is headed in.

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