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'Forever' recap: Everyone's got a secret

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “New York Kids” | Aired Oct. 28, 2014

We all have secrets. Not everyone’s is as incredulous as Henry’s, but everyone’s got something. This week, Forever explored this notion in both its case of the week and the lives of our main characters. “New York Kids” moved between Henry’s past and present more effectively than any other episode to date. It also marked the first time that a storyline continued from one week to the next when Reece followed up on Jo’s well-being after firing her gun. Each week has shown steady progress as far as character and story development and this week was no exception. So, here’s my secret: I’m officially invested.

The victim in this week’s case, Tyler Forrester, was a doctor who devoted his life to helping others. On the night of his death he received a humanitarian award for his work in a free clinic. Though he was the son of a billionaire he chose to live a modest existence. According to his mother, he wasn’t always like this. He changed right after graduation. He had gone to the beach on Long Island with his friends, but returned earlier than expected. He was sad and he began refusing to take his parents’ money. He also chose to attend state school which he paid for himself, rather than go to Harvard as he’d planned. Later on he opened the free clinic and began giving whatever money he had to charity.

Jo and Henry begin interrogating the three friends that Tyler had been with at the beach: Carter (Raul Casso), Paul (Kett Turton), and Cassandra (Meryl Jones Williams). It becomes clear that each of the men has some romantic history with Cassandra and that she remains a source of jealousy for all of them. There is also evidence to suggest that all of them had been in contact with Tyler on the night he was killed. One of Cassandra’s hairs is found on the body; Carter presented Tyler with his award; a video that Tyler was filming is found and Paul is in it. In the video, Tyler mentions the Meachems and suggests that he is very sorry for what he and his freinds did to their son. As they continue to follow the trail of clues, Henry and Jo wind up at a gas station out on Long Island. Security footage confirms that Paul and Carter had been there and had thrown a duffel bag in the dumpster. Jo and Henry find the bag which contains a shovel.

They begin to canvas the area to find where Tyler’s friends  may have dug up a grave. Henry discovers a tree that is growing faster than it should be. He suspects that human remains are buried nearby and are fertilizing the soil. Henry is—surprise!—right. They find Robert Meachem’s remains. Tyler’s three friends admit they killed Robert Meachem. They were drunk, it was an accident. But each one denies involvement in Tyler’s death.

When Meachem’s parents come to Henry’s office, they bring a photograph of Robert in which he is wearing a hat with the gas station’s logo. Henry realizes that one of the charities that Tyler had been sending money to is this same gas station. Turns out the gas station owner had been blackmailing Tyler since the accident. When Tyler decided he was going to come clean, this guy realized he wasn’t going to be getting paid anymore. Henry and Jo return to the gas station and attempt to get some answers. He agrees to show them his bank records, but instead of pulling a file, he pulls a gun. He shoots Henry in the arm and runs. Jo follows (alone again. It’s tough when your partner isn’t actually a cop, you end up chasing bad guys with no back up A LOT). Jo catches the runner and demands that he drop his weapon. He refuses. Henry shows up and somehow gets into a situation where the suspect says, “it’s her or you,” which is bizarre because why wouldn’t it be both of them? Henry goes toward him and Jo shoots as the guy points his gun at Henry. She continues to be horrified by Henry’s willingness to sacrifice himself at every turn. Jo asks Henry why he never considered being a “real doctor,” or, in less offensive terms, one who tried to save lives, not just determine what ended them. Henry tells her he was that kind of doctor once. Jo can’t possibly guess Henry’s secret, but for a detective she doesn’t seem quite as skeptical of Henry’s answers as she should be. He’s 35. How many medical careers could he possibly have had?

Meanwhile, we learn that Henry gave up practicing traditional medicine when he failed to help an ailing gunshot victim. Both he and another man had been shot and when the police arrived Henry realized that he’d be discovered if he stayed. So, instead of doing more to help this man, he ran to preserve his own secret. Realizing that he chose himself over the well-being of another led Henry to the decision that he couldn’t be a doctor anymore.

With the case solved, Jo is horrified that these rich snobs didn’t seem to lose any sleep over killing a boy nine years ago. In contrast, Henry’s secret eats at him every day. How long do you think he can continue to keep it from Jo? With each case it becomes more and more obvious that he’s holding something back.

Final Thoughts

  • Finally! Lorraine Toussaint had a chance to shine. How great were the Reece and Jo scenes this week?
  • So, is Henry a detective now? Does he not need to be at the medical examiner’s office, like, ever?
  • I continue to be baffled by the Henry/Lucas relationship. Why is Henry so reluctant to be kind to him? Joel David Moore is incredible, though. I love every moment he’s on my screen.

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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