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'Forever' recap: Kill or be killed

Season 1 | Episode 12 | “The Wolves of Deep Brooklyn” | Aired Jan 6, 2015

All right, Forever fans, we’re back! Did you miss Henry Morgan? If you did, you’re not alone. Jo and Lucas were missing him, too. A lot.

In the aftermath of being manipulated by “Adam” and killing a man, Henry needs to take some time away from crime solving. Jo is forced to work with a different (and significantly less competent) medical examiner who is even ruder to Lucas than Henry typically is. Henry, meanwhile, is at home busying himself the way any person would after killing another human being—by performing autopsies on dead rats and trying to piece together their final moments. It looks like he might stay in hiding forever (literally), until Abe receives a phone call from an old Army buddy saying that his son is dead.

The victim’s name is Jason; his father, Marco, fought with Abe in Vietnam. The replacement medical examiner is ready to sign his name to a report stating accidental drowning as the cause of Jason’s death when Henry gloriously pops back up. Henry points out several inconsistencies that the other man overlooked, and Jo chooses to go with Henry’s more thorough approach, despite the other ME pointing out the extra paperwork that will arise. (I hope real MEs fall somewhere between these two options.)

As the episode title suggests, the victim made a name for himself as a trader on Wall Street. He first impressed Oliver Clausten (William Baldwin), CEO of Clausten Capital, five years ago, and has since become like a son to the man. After a night celebrating their latest success, Oliver gives Jason an Aston Martin. All we know is that Jason takes the car out for a spin, and then turns up dead hours later. Henry is certain he was murdered.

Henry and Jo head to Jason’s apartment, where they chat with his girlfriend, Hannah. Henry notices that the finish on the floor matches he splinters he found under Jason’s fingernails and pulls up a floorboard to find $100,000 and a key. Jo and Henry are curious as to why a man would stash so much cash in his floor, but Hannah explains that, to them, it’s basically the equivalent of finding change in your couch. Jo’s face says what everyone’s thinking.

The rest of the investigation unfolds after a visit to Clausten Capital. Henry and Jo first check out Jason’s office, where they run into Val Kaplan (Daniel Abeles)—who is very eager to redecorate and move in. They also get a front-row seat to Oliver Clausten’s daily pep talk to his staff, which includes having them all chant “kill or be killed” over and over.

The first major break in the case, however, is discovering that Jason had an altercation in his office with an old buddy of his from Brooklyn, Kevin Cracciolo. Of course, the first major suspect is never actually the guy who did it, but following Kevin leads them to their next break. Kevin was at Jason’s apartment waiting for him the night he died. He saw the Aston Martin return home, but Jason wasn’t driving it. Turns out Val Kaplan was.

While the team is making progress, Abe is off trying to help Henry figure out what can be unlocked with the key found in Jason’s floor. He visits another one of his Army buddies who—as luck would have it—is very knowledgeable about keys. He knows immediately that the key opens a humidor and, after a few phone calls, Abe confirms that the humidor was installed on Oliver Clausten’s boat.

For reasons I cannot fathom, Abe thinks it would be a good idea to sneak on the boat and look in the humidor. As Henry points out later, any information they get from the illegal seizure is inadmissible in court. But there’s no reason Abe can’t call in an anonymous tip to the SEC. A tip sharing the info he got from files in the humidor. Files that show that Clausten Capital was basically guilty of one big Ponzi scheme. (Those Baldwins are so good at playing sleazy Wall Street types.)

The night of his death, Jason confronted Oliver about the scheme, and Oliver threw a wine bottle at him. He fell over into the pool and drowned. Oliver then had Val Kaplan dump the body in the river, promising him he’d take care of it. By take care of it, he meant that if the cops ever got wise to them, he’d offer his assistant, Melanie (Sepideh Moafi), $20 million to take the fall. She was about to sign a confession when Henry called Jo with the information Abe had found. Crime solved. Martinez-Morgan super team is back!

Final Thoughts:

  • Twice during the investigation, Henry stood in front of a moving vehicle prepared to get hit. Jo is concerned that he may value his own life less after killing someone else. But we know he can’t die, so the question is: Does he no longer care about his secret? How could his recklessness affect the rest of his life?
  • I love the way the flashbacks are woven in with the present story. It’s helpful to see a time when Abe appeared to be younger than Henry, and I appreciate the context it gives us for their family dynamic. I hope to learn more about Abigail as time goes on.
  • Ahhhhh! Did you think Jo and Henry were going to kiss at the end there? What’s going to come first? The kiss or the truth?

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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