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Season 1 | Episode 6 | “The Frustrating Thing About Psychopaths” | Aired Oct 21, 2014

Okay, people! We are finally getting somewhere. “The Frustrating Thing About Psychopaths” was the most exhilarating and entertaining episode of Forever to date. All the pieces are falling into place and, after six episodes, it may finally be hitting its stride. Here’s what happened tonight:

When a human heart arrives at the police station, Henry’s on hand to help figure out who it came from. He discovers that the victim is a woman between the ages of 25 and 30. Jo looks up missing persons who match the description. One woman stands out to Henry—she has prior arrests for prostitution under the name of Mary Kelly. He immediately recognizes the name, but doesn’t explain how. They track her to the last hotel she visited before she disappeared. Using his “superpowers,” Henry finds the spot where she was abducted. Henry sees the Dorset Brothers butcher nearby and knows exactly what’s going on. The killer is imitating Jack the Ripper.

At the scene, Henry gets a phone call from the 2,000-year-old man. He’s back! The man (call me “Adam”) knows a lot about Jack the Ripper and Henry asks him if he was in London at the time of the killings. He was. Henry hears a siren outside that is also coming through the phone—Adam must be close. He attempts to follow the sound to Adam’s location, but finds an abandoned cell phone instead. He brings it home, only to learn that it is a burner (duh), and can’t be traced to anyone.  For a moment, Henry entertains the possibility that Adam is actually Jack the Ripper.

Jo and Henry lament the frustration of waiting for a psychopath to make a mistake. But then, Henry finds one! A mark on the victim’s arm is based off a newspaper report of the original crime, not the real thing. They head to the library and find that someone has recently checked out that exact newspaper, under the name of the inspector on the original Jack the Ripper case. Henry notices a second listing (J. Ellroy) in the same handwriting who checked out a 1947 L.A. Times…and hasn’t returned it yet. Jo scans the room to see if anyone looks suspicious when one man starts to run.

As they chase him, the cell phone Henry found begins to ring. It is Adam calling from the Mary Kelly crime scene to tell Henry that he missed something. The killer left a clue about his next murder. As Adam is talking, Henry realizes that the killer’s next victim is going to be a copycat of the Black Dahlia. (J. Ellroy, the fake name used for signing out the L.A. Times, is the name of the author of a novel called The Black Dahlia).

Turns out the runner is an author of a series called Soul Slasher. He’s been doing research for his books and he only ran because he thought Jo and Henry were crazy fans. His fans post terrifying things on the Internet. Before they can check the fan pages for clues,  a call comes in that another victim—a replica of the Black Dahlia—has been found. At the scene, Henry finds boot prints and a leaf from a tree that only grows in Brooklyn. He also finds a nylon in the woman’s mouth: The next murder will copy the Boston Strangler’s.

Meanwhile, Abe is at an antique shop trying to learn more about the murder weapon used to kill Mary Kelly. He tries to get information on who purchased the knife, but the proprietor, “The Frenchman,” refuses to say anything (“discretion is my business”). Then she leaves the ledger on the counter and Abe steals it. He tries to decipher the buyer’s name, but the information is written in code.

Jo gets about twenty hits on the fan site, but only one is in Brooklyn. They find a teenage boy, Devin Bentley (Mick Hazen) on the computer, and bring him in. He is super creepy and very excited to be legitimately considered for the crime. The cops also find boots that match the Black Dahlia scene in the garage. Henry is convinced that the boy is the killer and goes to the Frenchman to get confirmation. He bluffs his way into getting her to admit that the customer’s last name was Bentley. However, when she refers to him as a man, Henry realizes it was Devin’s father who was responsible for the killings. (He used his real name?)

As Henry runs to inform Jo of the error, the killer stabs him and then heads inside to strangle The Frenchman. Henry manages to get inside and attack Bentley, but he gets thrown down the stairs in the process. As he lies at the bottom of the stairs with a broken back and a knife in his lungs, Jo arrives. She runs into Bentley and is forced to shoot him as he reaches for his own weapon. Before Jo can discover Henry, Adam shows up and slits Henry’s throat to keep his secret safe. He dies immediately and resurfaces once again in the river.

As the episode concludes, Jo and Henry grab a drink together. Henry apologizes for going off on his own during the investigation, acknowledging that he could have jeopardized the whole case. Jo points out that he also could have gotten seriously hurt. Henry notices that Jo is shaken from her first experience killing a man and he reassures her that it is only when killing a person doesn’t affect her that she should start to worry. A real friendship is starting to develop here. I hope it stays platonic for a long time.

Final Thoughts

  • Question: If the Soul Slasher editions for Jack the Ripper and The Black Dahlia were already published with precise detail, why was the author doing research now?
  • Jo may look incompetent sometimes, but Hanson is really a terrible detective. His instincts are wrong. Every. Single. Time.
  • It was nice to have a break from Henry constantly dying, but it felt good to get back to basics this week. This was a very strong episode, and I’m hoping for more like it in the weeks to come.

What did you think? Do you enjoy it as much as I did? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Forever, rated TV-PG, airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on ABC.

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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