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'Forever' winter finale recap: The secret's out!

Season 1 | Episode 11 | “Skinny Dipper” | Aired Dec 9, 2014

Wowza! Forever‘s winter finale felt like a glorious payoff for our months of loyalty. The show has had its ups and downs in this first half a season—and some of the show’s biggest flaws were on display in this episode—but regardless, “Skinny Dipper” was an incredibly satisfying way to go into the holiday break. It asked more questions than it answered, but luckily we have (at least) another 11 episodes to go!

Many of the questions we’ve all been asking about Henry Morgan and his big secret revolve around the hows. How has nobody seen him die? How has nobody noticed he doesn’t age? How does he get home after his naked rebirths in the river? The last few episodes have begun to incorporate some of these obvious hiccups into the narrative. Last week, Henry told us that he used to put gray in his hair to fool the neighbors and that he and Abigail moved whenever someone was onto him.

This week, Henry gets busted for indecent exposure after “Adam” drives him off a bridge in a taxi. He shows up in Lt. Reece’s office and says he was sleepwalking. She tells him she can’t have his credibility in question. He’s a valued member of their investigative team. So, when it happens a second time, Henry can’t avoid going to see a psychiatrist. It would appear the stress is getting to him.

Henry has some post-traumatic stress about going to a psychiatrist. Years ago, when he first discovered his immortality, he tried to tell his wife and she had him locked up in an asylum. The “scientific methods” they used to cure his insanity look an awful lot like waterboarding. But Henry goes nonetheless, and does his best to open up to a stranger about his problems. First, though, he makes one of his most far-fetched observations yet, deducing that the doctor must have followed his wife to the U.S. because the haircut in her photo indicates she has an important job. (This is one of those weaknesses I mentioned.) I was most intrigued by this exchange, when the doctor asks whom Henry confides in:

Henry: I have Abe.
Dr. Farber: And who is Abe?
Henry: We share a small antique shop in the city. He’s a friend.
Dr. Farber: And how about work? Someone closer to your own age?

I watched this scene three times to be sure that I wasn’t missing something. But Henry never says anything about Abe’s age. So how does the shrink know Abe is older and why is he so curious about who knows Henry’s secrets? More on that later.

As always, the team is investigating a murder, and this week the victim is the original driver of the cab used for Henry’s kidnapping. Henry knows that if they can find the killer, he’ll have finally identified his stalker. As they follow the clues they are led to another dead body—this one already autopsied. What both victims have in common is the precision with which they were killed. Henry looks at the autopsied corpse—the autopsy was not performed postmortem; rather it was the cause of death—and realizes a hunting knife was used to make the cuts. Henry bolts back to the office to check on his tools and discovers that his knife has indeed been used to kill. He is being framed.

Henry runs home and informs Abe of the crisis. They both know it’s time to go. Before they can get out, Jo shows up and catches Henry with the bloody hunting knife. Abe has been encouraging Henry all along to be honest with Jo, and it looks, for a moment, like he is finally going to do it.

But instead, Henry tells the whole team he has a stalker. He explains that the man thinks he’s immortal. Watching their reactions makes it hard to imagine how Henry will ever be able to be honest. It is nice, though, to see the whole team rally around Henry. Someone may be trying to frame him for murder, but no one here is buying it.

Their evidence leads them to the same hospital to find a patient who’d recently had altercations with both victims. They hit a snag, and Henry is forced to ask his psychiatrist for help in getting information. The doctor locates the suspect in the system and describes him to Henry and Jo. He sounds exactly like “Adam”: thinks he’s immortal, has been found naked in the river, violent. Henry is certain it’s the anonymous caller. His name is Clark and he is in the building right now.

Clark manages to escape, but he’s waiting for Henry when he arrives at home. For a brief (but seemingly looooong) moment, Henry thinks Clark may have killed Abe. He hasn’t. He is there hoping Henry will kill him. Henry refuses. Clark attacks and Henry is then, in self-defense, forced to kill Clark. Henry expects him to disappear, but he does not. He is not immortal; he is just a man who had hoped he might be—and is now dead on Henry’s floor.

Henry is clearly shaken, and in one of my favorite moments to date, Jo reminds him that a wise man (Henry) once told her that the day killing a man doesn’t affect you is the day you’ve got real problems.

So who is “Adam”? The phone rings, and Henry is once again talking to his stalker. Look out the window, he tells Henry. And there, in a cab, is good ol’ Dr. Farber. This revelation would have been a bit more exciting had we known the doc for more than 20 minutes, but it’s nice to finally have a face to go with the voice.

So what now? Will Henry tell Jo the truth? Is a romance in the cards for them? Will Henry establish a relationship with his fellow immortal, or are they destined to be enemies? I’ll meet you back here in January as we find out together! Happy Holidays!

Forever 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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