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Season 3 | Episode 3 | “Minute to Win It” | Aired Apr 18, 2014

Flash forward. As part of her new life in the military, a younger 2077 Kiera Cameron faces the harsh realities of armed conflict: People die — sometimes at your hands. In this case, however, a superior officer monitoring her from a remote location hijacked her super-suit and forced her to shoot an informant. This future Big Brother civilization again proves to be not so civilized.

Forced to put aside what constitutes “present day” for this bunch, we pick up with the Kiera from 2077, who had traveled back in time to 2012 and then followed Alec Sadler a week into the past. She speaks with Catherine, the supervising Freelancer. Catherine promised help with the murder of current-timeline Kiera. The surviving Kiera isn’t safe with her killer walking around — is it Freelancer Curtis? Continuum: season 3, episode 3 cockroach soldiersNo, Catherine says, the entire Freelancer union is aware of Kiera’s value to their cause.

In the mental hospital, Liber8’s tech genius, Lucas Ingram (Omari Newton), builds a squad of radio-controlled cockroaches. He then hacks a TV remote control so that it opens and locks the hospital’s electronic doors. He escapes with the help of his radio-controlled German shepherd to the truck Garza is waiting in outside. It is not yet clear if the cockroach squad will serve a later purpose or if they were just test subjects.

Carlos and Kiera review Lucas’ method of escape, including roach-patrol mug shots. Someone smuggled an advanced chip into the hospital. Kiera gets a vibe from weary Carlos and again reassures him that she is his partner and friend.

A bank heist goes down and the perpetrators show signs that they are being remotely controlled.

Present-day Alec (not the week-future version) and his mother (Janet Kidder) meet with Jaqueline (Anjali Jay), Escher’s chief counsel. She stuns Alec with the news that Escher was his father — Mom looks a little green — and then informs him that he has inherited a controlling interest in the company. Skimming over the paperwork, Alec finds Emily’s arrest record.

Continuum: season 3, episode 3 - bank heist (Syfy)The bank robbers appear to be on the fritz. One who is harshly tweaking finally flips his bomb-vest switch and is vaporized, setting off a chain reaction among the thieves. Kiera and Carlos investigate the scene, which includes puddles of humanity. Dillon informs them that guns have been traced back to a shipment stolen by Liber8. Kiera notes that the string of robberies started after Lucas escaped.

Sonya shoots up Lucas with a substance. He says that it helps him control his emotions. Their discussion reveals that they’re robbing the banks to collect corporate “dirty little secrets.” Travis seems perturbed. Sonya wants to know which bank is next.

Carlos and Kiera continue investigating the robbery and note that only certain boxes were pillaged. They deduce that the lawyer representing the corporate box owner, Derek Richardson (Matthew Harrison), is lying when he says the box was empty. Carlos hems and haws when they get back to the car. Kiera says she wants to help him deal with his loss of current-timeline Kiera. He says she’d have to erase his memory of dead Kiera in the trunk.

In the forensics lab, they discover that the bombs were designed to implode — hence, no casualties other than the robbers — and that the robbers were being controlled remotely. Kiera brings a brain juice–soaked chip to Alec, who postulates that Liber8 is creating human drones and networking their minds. Kiera reveals that in the future, robots and cyborgs were destroyed because Liber8 hacked them and used them as weapons. Alec informs her that he’s inherited Piron Corp. from Escher and explains how conflicted he is about Escher being his father.

Continuum: season 3, episode 3 - Lucas, Sonya (Syfy)Travis and Garza kidnap two businessmen, who end up on Sonya’s surgery table with Lucas assisting.

Alec detects a high volume of bank deposit box withdrawals. Carlos and Kiera plan to find out what the corporate officers are withdrawing. Kiera leaves Alec’s computer lab just as Emily arrives. Alec confronts Emily about her work spying on him for Escher. She didn’t know Escher was his father. Alec won’t be consoled by her, prompting her to leave.

Kiera and Carlos visit one bank with high withdrawal activity and run into the lawyer again. He tells them that he must protect millions of corporate secrets, but he can say that if Liber8 is after one particular thing, he doesn’t know what it is.

Continuum: season 3, episode 3 - Emily, Alex (Syfy)Week-future Alec runs after distraught Emily and tries to explain that he is from the future. She thinks he’s messing with her and responds angrily, then begins stammering when she sees current-timeline Alec in the background. Future Alec peeks behind him. He knows everything, he loves her and it’s her decision if she chooses him or that other Alec — they’ll have to talk again later. Current Alec approaches: “Who was that?” Mmmm, nobody. He’s angry, but he believes Escher manipulated her — they’ll have to talk again later. “OK,” peeps Emily. Mind officially blown.

Current Alec clears his head in his father’s old office. Jaqueline encourages him to get comfortable, then shows him the company’s laboratories, including genetics (cell growth/replication) and defense applications. Wearable neurotransmitter tech captures his full attention (y’know, when Google Glass starts tapping directly into your brain).

Caught in the next bank robbery, Kiera and Carlos analyze the bomb tech with the help of Kiera’s suit. The bombs are wired to the bank robbers’ brains. Liber8 monitors remotely. Kiera sneaks off to strip down to her suit to go into invisibility mode. She starts jamming the bank robbers’ video feed, but Lucas recognizes the frequency as future tech. Liber8 hits rewind and see Kiera pop out of invisibility mode: “Protector!” One of their robbers is down, so they direct the others to engage in a deadly puppet show. Liber8 implodes one robber, but Kiera and Carlos eventually neutralize the rest. In the aftermath, they discover that a bank employee is wired, indicating that there’s a secondary robbery plot underway. They follow one of the early investigators in the bank robberies and catch him making an exchange with Garza. Kiera says she’s disappointed. Garza spits back that Kiera doesn’t own her just because she helped her. Continuum: season 3, episode 3 - Carlos (Syfy)A fight breaks out, Garza and an accomplice escape with most of the bank haul, and Carlos nearly beats the dirty cop to death until Kiera pulls him off.

Kiera brings the one item Garza overlooked back to the Freelancers’ Batcave, where they agree that the technology isn’t current. Kiera says it’s causing her CMR to glitch, and she doesn’t recognize it from 2077. Catherine suggests that it may be from a different future timeline from hers. Big sigh — that suggests that Kiera’s future is gone.

Liber8 plans to take down the corporations with the secrets they’ve stolen. One of them, Sonmanto, employs the slippery lawyer. He approaches the company’s disabled employee who had been made a robber-puppet, which allowed him to walk without crutches. Sonmanto has acquired the future-tech that Liber8 had used and would like to wire him up so that he may walk again.

Current Alec peers out of his father’s office window. It’s now his office, his desk, his view. Kiera calls. He tells her about some of the innovative projects Piron is working on. He’s keeping the inheritance. Poking around on his father’s laptop, he views Emily’s file and discovers video showing her in jail and how truly violent she is — something even future-timeline Alec, who’s with Kiera, doesn’t know. Future Alec tells Kiera that it’s best that current Alec doesn’t know — the reference is vague, but he seems to be referring to Kiera’s lie over the phone to current Alec that Escher may not have been as bad as they had thought. Given the file’s revelations about Emily, however, it may be that what future Alec doesn’t know is far worse than what current Alec doesn’t know.

The changes to this timeline could be completely unraveling Kiera’s future timeline, or events could be transpiring exactly as they’re supposed to in order for that future to occur. Any guesses on which it will be? Can Kiera reconcile her time traveling with the version of her past that hasn’t yet occurred to pave the way for the future that includes her husband and son? Does it even matter if she can’t get back to them? Tell us what you think 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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