When Michaela returns to the barbershop she again hears the heartbeat which leads her to a photo Carlos has of her. Carlos tells that after she died in the accident her heart was donated to him so he could live.
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Michaela hears the heartbeat again
Scene shifts to Enrique’s barber shop where Carlos is cleaning up.
MICHAELA: We got him.
CARLOS: He walked because of me. If you hadn’t caught him, he might’ve—
MICHAELA: But we did. And when you ID him, he’s gonna go away for good.
The subway train passes by.
MICHAELA: I’m assuming you didn’t hear that.
CARLOS: The subway?
Michaela is given a sign
MICHAELA: She was my best friend.
Other Heartbeat connections in this episode
Throughout the episode, Michaela will continue to hear the heartbeat. That is a given. But also noteworthy, is that in the same episode in which we have Michaela following the heartbeat, Ben is looking at computers. In the I.T. world
- a heartbeat network is a private network which is shared only by the cluster nodes, and is not accessible from outside the cluster. It is used by cluster nodes in order to monitor each node’s status and communicate with each other. Is this what is happening between Evie and Michaela? (cf. 107.24). Based on this scene, it appears that Evie may have broken the communication barrier, if for no other reason, than to let Michaela know that she is okay, so she can then pass it on to Evie’s mother, Beverly.
- a heartbeat is also a periodic signal generated by hardware or software to indicate normal operation. The heartbeat is intended to be used to indicate the health of a machine. Isn’t something similar happening between Ben and Marko? Ever since Cal was sick, and a continuing threat exists to his health, the situation is all but normal (i.e. S.N.A.F.U), which hints at the episode’s title.