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Season 1 | Episode 9 | “6 A.M.” | Aired Nov 18, 2014

Music is transformative. It can set a mood, transport us through time, and evoke the strongest emotions. But as Taylor Swift has pointed out, for some it’s also a business. There’s money to be made, and on Forever, where there’s money, there’s often motive for murder.

In “6 A.M.,” our victim is Isaiah “Izzy” Williams, son of jazz musician Pepper Evans (Frankie Faison). On the night he is killed, Izzy tries to buy some ladies a drink, but is turned town by Rudy, the bartender, because his tab is already too high. Izzy isn’t worried though—he’s about to come into some serious cash. Then, he plans to come back and buy everyone a drink. Things don’t work out that way. Instead, he is strangled to death and left to burn in his car.

Jo and Henry start their investigation by talking to Izzy’s father, Pepper, who is currently playing his saxophone on a subway platform in Harlem. Pepper tells them that he recently gave his old audio reels to his son along with an alligator-skin saxophone case. Izzy loved his father’s music, so Pepper thought he would like to have the reels.

After speaking with Pepper, Morgan and Martinez head to Rudy’s bar to talk to the bartender. He tells them he didn’t see Isaiah the night he died, then quickly amends his statement when he realizes they know the truth. Henry finds Pepper’s saxophone case hidden behind the bar. Rudy swears he didn’t kill Izzy. He explains that Izzy owed him money and had been talking about being suddenly rich, so he stole the case thinking there must be something valuable in it.

While at the bar, Henry notices a bass on the stage. He runs over and begins to pluck the strings, only to notice that one of them has been recently replaced. What happened to the old one? Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve found our murder weapon!

They bring Rudy to the station, and Jo continues to press him for information. He reveals to them that there was some controversy over the legendary jazz song “6 A.M.” It was written by Lionel Hubbard, but Izzy swore his father wrote it. As Henry and Reece listen to Rudy, Henry wonders aloud how a song could matter so much to anyone. And then, after nine weeks, Lieutenant Reece comes alive—finally! She explains to Henry that “6 A.M.” wasn’t just a song; it changed everything, it broke the rules. She has quite a passion for jazz and even Henry notices the shift in her demeanor when she talks about it. The question is if the song was really written by Evans, and Izzy had proof, who stood to lose the most? Al Rainey, Reece tells them. The man who owns the rights.

Jo and Henry go to Rainey’s music studio and have a chat with him about “6 A.M.” He swears Hubbard wrote the original and even lets them listen to the master copies. Jo hears nothing on them that helps, but as Henry is saying goodbye he notices singed hairs on Rainey’s arm. It’s not enough to arrest him, but Henry thinks there may be more evidence in the burned car. They head back there and, aided by a wonderfully theatrical reenactment by Lucas, Henry uncovers a monogrammed cuff link with the initials “D.B.” Rainey’s studio is called Dove Bird. They now have enough to bring him in.

As the case is unfolding, Henry is reminded of trying to teach Abe piano when he was young. Abe wasn’t much into classical music, but their neighbor, Red (Johnny Ramey) was able to awaken in him a real love of jazz. Red became Abe’s teacher and came by their apartment often to give him lessons. This continued until he got a gig in Paris. He came by to say goodbye to Henry and took a flask out of his sax case, explaining that when you’re on the go, you keep everything in one place.

As he remembers this, Henry realizes that the original “6 A.M.” recording must be in the alligator-skin saxophone case. He finds the case and the recording and barges in to the interrogation room to play it for Rainey. Somehow Reece lets him do this without trying it out first, and when he sets it up, the reel doesn’t work properly. Henry takes it home to Abe who puts it in the oven and actually gets it working again. (Is this a real trick?!)

Once the audio is clear, they can hear Pepper telling Lionel Hubbard (whom he called “Dough Boy”) that he wrote “6 A.M.” as a tribute to his daughter, Ella, who had been born days earlier, at 6 a.m. Jo and Reece realize that the cuff link stood for Dough Boy. Lionel himself was dead, but he has a son, Bud, who stood to lose a lot if his father was proven to be a fraud. They go to find Bud, and he was—you guessed it!—playing bass at Rudy’s. Murder solved.

Loose Ends:

The highlight of this episode was listening to Abe and Henry argue over music. Not only was the father-son dynamic adorable, but the immortality piece makes the whole thing very amusing. The notion that jazz is too modern in 2014, and that a 70-year-old man is a youngster with bad taste in music, is hilarious. Not to mention the fact that the father is decades younger than the son.

And what is the deal with everyone being mean to Lucas? I get it, he’s weird. But this week Reece just walked away from him midsentence. Are professional people really that rude to colleagues? I know it’s for laughs, but please, let’s drop this gag.

Forever airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on ABC.

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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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