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Season 3 | Episode 2 | “Minute Man” | Aired Apr 11, 2014

Vancouver, 2067. Late-teens/early-20s Kiera and her family must sell off their property after her father’s death. But what starts as a seemingly routine “forfeiture under the Life Debt Relief and Rectification Statutes” turns into a raid when foolish Kiera snatches away a stash of contraband old media (books and other papers) from her sister and the contents spill out onto the floor. Her do-gooder dogma has doomed them — or maybe just their mother.

Back in the present: One-week-future Kiera confronts one-week-future Alec over the body of current Kiera. Driven nearly mad by his betrayal and the consequences of his actions — her family may never exist now — Kiera demands to know who killed her in the current, week-ago time line. Life was so much simpler then, and Kiera had been relatively happy, safe in the thought that she might still get home, while week-future Kiera is positively homicidal, and she lets Alec know it. She has to kill one of them, after all. It might as well be him (the week-future betrayer), she says.

Picking up sultry women at a party, Mayor Jim Martin (Tahmoh Penikett) runs into lawyer Gord Solomon (Benjamin Ratner), who invites him to do a bump of cocaine. The mayor asks the slinky babes for some privacy, so they sashay from the room. You work for Liber8, I work for Liber8 — let’s be friends, Gord says. The mayor begins to see the downside of his cooperation with the group.

Kiera takes a risk and brings her dead body to her partner, Carlos. She explains that when people travel back in time, they will run into themselves and bad things can happen. Alec stands to the side trying to be small. Kiera explains that there are also two Alecs. Carlos asks if this is why Escher is dead. Kiera knows that Escher’s death means they most likely won’t be able to get back to the week-future that they came from. Last we saw, however, that future was disintegrating, so maybe that’s for the best — but that also means that she may not be able to travel back to the version of the future that includes her family. Kiera is now truly lost in time; the tenuous strings that held her to her real time line continue to unravel before her eyes. Carlos asks week-future Kiera, “Which of you is my partner? My friend?”

Week-future Kiera steps in as dead-current Kiera. Current Alec calls her, oblivious to the fact that he’s in the calm eye of a time-travel storm. He laments that his systems are malfunctioning and that, for one, he can’t communicate with her suit. He doesn’t know it, but week-future Alec is responsible for his difficulties. This is where I become pretty certain that week-future Kiera is going to kill week-future Alec if she kills either of them. He’s bitter and hollow from his loss of Emily, while this current Alec is unburdened by the coming week’s now-uncertain difficulties, blissfully ignorant of that pain — a lighter soul. Week-future Alec needs to watch his back around the remaining Kiera. She’s gone over to the dark side, and there would have to be a pretty compelling “savior of the universe” reason for her to keep him alive.

Current Alec finds blood on the floor and current Kiera’s stash of slices from the device, while at the police station, week-future Kiera consoles Carlos and assures him that his partner is very much alive in her.

Continuum: s3, ep2 Carlos (Syfy)Mayor Martin enters the station. Carlos goes to give Inspector Dillon (Brian Markinson) an update on Escher’s death, and the mayor follows him in. He’s here to talk a deal: He wants immunity in exchange for details about Liber8. Carlos gives him stank face throughout this discussion. Dillon tells him he needs to fork over something juicy before they consider giving him immunity.

Future Alec (you can tell it’s him because he’s in disguise — he has his hoodie pulled up) approaches the remaining Kiera, and they discuss current Alec’s many virtues. She tells future Alec to leave Emily alone and not screw up her life. They need to get into the lab. Kiera has got a free pass, because current-time-line her is dead.

In the lab, current-time-line Alec gives her the device slices and asks her what the hell is going on. She doesn’t have answers to give him. His phone buzzes with DNA results, and he thinks Jason is his father, which we all know isn’t true; Jason is his future son. Kiera says nothing.

During a bust, Carlos pulls gangster Marco (John Cassini) aside. Marco calls it: The mayor ratted them out. But Marco claims they don’t want to have anything to do with Liber8. Garza and Travis Verta (Roger R. Cross) watch from a distance. Time for a whole new battle strategy, he says.

Week-future Alec goes to see Jason. They have a wee chat about who is whose kid, and regrets. Alec tells Jason that today’s the day that Emily gets killed by the freelancers. Someone knocks and Alec hides. It’s current Alec, who drops the not-quite-a-bomb “You’re my father” on Jason. Nope. Guess again, says Jason. But DNA — Continuum: s3, ep2 Alec, Jason (Syfy)doh! You’re my son…maybe, says Jason. Meanwhile, future Alec sneaks out the door, runs into Emily and shoves her in the opposite direction. She resists, but he pulls a “Just trust me,” and she relents.

At the police station, Kiera sees the mayor. What the … ? Then everyone’s favorite opportunist, Matthew Kellog, shows up. He confesses to being around when Escher was killed. He threatens to expose the time travelers if she doesn’t prevent him from being arrested.

Continuum: s3, ep2 Sonya, Travis, Garza (Syfy)Garza and Travis walk through an empty warehouse. Sonya Valentine (Lexa Doig) enters the room and Garza sneers, but Sonya admits her mistake in trusting her mentor, who was out for his own legacy, and otherwise tries to make nice with Garza.

At the station, Carlos confronts Matthew, exposing that he was caught on camera sitting with Escher before his death. Matthew says he came in voluntarily to make a statement. Have at him, says Kiera, then she calls future Alec and tells him to get to the lab.

His honor the mayor gives Dillon a hard time about his relationship with Piron Corp., telling Dillon he’s compromised himself as much as he has.

Outside, Matthew gives Kiera a hard time about giving him a hard time. Kiera explains that Alec will be pissed when he finds out Matthew killed his dad, Escher, and she warns him to stay away from Alec. “Which one?” Matthew asks. Kiera asks how he knew. Matthew says the look on her face just confirmed it for him.

The mayor, who called for an ambulance to pick him up — presumably to disguise his movements — is now perturbed because the responding vehicle must answer an emergency call. But the call is a fake — it’s Travis. The next thing he knows, the mayor is hooded in the empty warehouse. Liber8 demands that he makes a statement. They stream his “confession” live. He claims that corporate corruption runs the city, including law enforcement.

Kiera introduces current-time-line Alec to Dillon as her personal tech specialist. She tasks him with finding out where the mayor is streaming from. Future Alec is in the lab, communicating with Kiera through her CMR suit and simultaneously hacking into dead Kiera’s CMR suit to unscramble video and find out who killed her. Continuum: s3, ep2Kiera reassures Carlos that the Alec in the office is the one they can trust, while future Alec listens in from the lab. Police techie (and Liber8 snitch) Betty (Jennifer Spence) pops in and miraculously has the mayor’s location. Kiera and Carlos roll out. Current-time-line Alec looks at her skeptically.

Kiera and Carlos find the mayor hooded. “One of you should probably just shoot me now,” he says. Kiera tells future Alec to leave the lab because current-time-line Alec is on his way.

Slimy Liber8 lawyer Gord advises Marco the gangster, who flips out when the mayor enters the room: “You’re a dead man!” This will do wonders for his defense, of course. Slimy lawyer says he’ll get to the mayor as soon as he can. Mayor gives stank face.

In the inspector’s office, Dillon informs Carlos that no charges will be filed against the mayor — too many people have too much to lose. Point to Liber8. And with this act, the mayor’s career is over, Dillon predicts.

Continuum: s3, ep2 Matthew, Emily (Syfy)Matthew accosts Emily in the street and blackmails her with the fact that she killed Alec’s dad to force her to work for him.

Kiera brings future-time-line Alec to her future childhood home, which she has rented out. Flash forward to the illegal books day. Young Kiera does the inspector a profitable favor by agreeing to enter the military under his recommendation. In gratitude for the bounty he will receive, he ignores the contraband and nearly wipes out her mother’s entire debt. Her sister is angry and her mom is shocked that Kiera would make such a commitment, but Kiera tells her that she is sincere in applying.

Back to current-future Kiera and Alec. He says he’s done with time travel, gives her the last slice of the device, and tells her to go see the other guy about getting back to her family. Future Alec wants to ride off into the sunset with Emily.

Current-time-line Alec works on the device in the lab, shrugging off Emily’s advances. He needs to be alone. Matthew waltzes through and eyeballs Emily as she leaves.

The mayor finds a deserted spot and shoots himself in his car. Carlos drinks through thoughts of dead Kiera.

Was Kiera’s making nice with betrayer Alec a cop-out? Share your thoughts in the comments.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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