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Season 1 | Episode 13 | “Diamonds Are Forever” | Aired Jan 13, 2015

For the fans of Forever who have been waiting for an episode to delve deeper into the personal life of Detective Jo Martinez, “Diamonds Are Forever” finally delivered. When a man gets hit by a car down the block from Jo’s house and his DNA is found at the scene of a diamond heist, it appears the two are connected. The victim, Aaron Brown (Tyler Elliot Burke) has a long rap sheet, including an arrest several years ago for diamond theft, so Jo assumes that he robbed the store before getting killed. As she explains to Henry, criminals don’t change their stripes.

Henry speaks to Aaron’s wife and believes her when she says that her husband was a good man. He is not convinced that Aaron was the diamond thief and insists on going to the jewelry store. When they arrive, they run into Jo’s old friend, Detective Hugh Dunn (the always delightful Shane McRae). Dunn has watched the surveillance footage from the robbery, but Henry, of course, wants to re-create it anyway. In doing so, he concludes that Aaron Brown was not the man who committed this crime, but rather someone was trying to frame him.

In order to figure out who might be trying to set Aaron up, Jo and Henry need to pull the files from his 2010 case. The DA assigned to that case was Jo’s deceased husband, Sean Moore (Andy Karl). Going through the files brings up Jo’s repressed feelings of grief. The situation is especially difficult because Jo isn’t just reading through transcripts, she is watching the interview, seeing her now-dead husband alive and well, as if he could walk through the door any minute. Not to mention, the (ridiculous) fact that no one shut the camera off when the session was over and the video captured a phone conversation he’d had with Jo.

As Jo is processing all of this resurfacing emotion, she and Henry continue to connect the dots. They are able to link a ski mask of a former accomplice of Aaron’s, Diego Rodriguez. Hanson and Martinez, along with Dunn find Rodriguez and a shootout ensues. Hanson ends up getting shot in the arm, and Rodriguez is killed. When Henry examines Rodriguez’s body he finds his stomach full of diamonds. They immediately take them to Abe, who gives his very professional appraisal of “eh.” Henry is perplexed as to why somebody would go through all the trouble to rob a jewelry store and frame someone for it if the diamonds weren’t even worth very much.

Hanson sees that Henry isn’t satisfied with the answers they have, but he is and wants Henry to drop the case. Being so immersed in Sean’s life is causing Jo pain and the sooner they can close the file and move on, the better. So Henry and Lucas go to work the case on their own and discover that before Aaron was hit by the car he had knocked on Jo’s door. He was looking for Sean. Aaron’s wife explains to them that Aaron loved Sean. He was the DA who believed Aaron when he said he wanted to be a better man. He helped him get his sentence reduced.

Henry takes Jo out for a drink to wallow in her sorrow, and she wallows so successfully that she passes out at Henry’s. He thought it best that they go to his place so that she could have Abe’s hangover cure in the morning. (Side note: Characters on television always seem to have these magic hangover remedies. What are they?!) As Abe complains to Jo about one of his antiques that has gone missing he mentions in passing that the insurance money is probably worth more than the actual item.

Both Jo and Henry realize that the diamond heist was a scam. The jewelry store owner, Phil, hired Rodriguez to steal the diamonds so that he could get the insurance money and still have the diamonds. Little did Rodriguez know that he kept the real diamonds and let Rodriguez steal fakes. Martinez and Dunn get in the car to go to Phil’s house and confront him. Dunn makes a crack about Jo not being able to afford to live in the city (side note: Washington Heights is the city), prompting her to realize that he was in on the scam. He had no way of knowing where she lived; he must have followed Aaron to her door that night. Why? He was in on the scam. They hired Rodriguez to rob the store and pin it on Aaron, then Phil would collect the insurance and split it with Dunn. While he’s talking Jo stealthily calls Henry on the Bluetooth. When Dunn pulls a gun, Henry is afraid that he is going to kill Jo. He advises her to drive the car at 60 miles per hour into a barricade, assuring her that he’s seen enough accidents to know she’ll be okay. (Note: Don’t try this at home).

It works and Jo is fine, though Dunn is badly injured. (I gotta admit, I’m bummed with where this storyline went—I love Shane McRae and was hoping he’d stick around). Jo is well enough to go home and rewatch the video of Sean on the phone over and over. Henry senses she could use a friend and shows up at her door. They sit on her stoop and she talks to him about her biggest regrets. He comforts her, literally giving her a shoulder to lean on. This friendship continues to grow in such beautiful ways.

Final Thoughts

  • Detective Dunn couldn’t have known where Jo lived, but Aaron did? How?
  • Also, why exactly did Dunn shoot Hanson?
  • Abe assumes that a kid with tattoos and a backpack is stealing from him. Turns out he was just surprisingly knowledgeable in antiques and was spending time in the store to be around old things that reminded him of his mother. I hope this kid sticks around—I like him.

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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