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Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Cassandra Complex” | Aired Jan 31, 2014

Ah, character development, there you are.

Last night’s 12 Monkeys, “Cassandra Complex,” revealed a bit about our leads, Cassie and Cole—and included a nifty 2043 side plot to boot.

The gist. Cassie identifies “the one that got away,” aka the other person who might know what Leland Goines’ “night room” is (aside from Goines’ crazy and now kidnapped daughter, Jennifer). He is Henri (Lyriq Bent), a doc Cassie worked with in Haiti during a viral outbreak a year prior to the 2015 storyline. He later dies on a medicine run (something for which Cassie blames herself). Cole’s mission is to go back to Haiti 2014 and find Henri. Oh, and he cannot come in contact with Cassie, as it could severely alter her and Cole’s (and everyone else’s) timeline.

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Cassie. She’s a clever, ambitious girl. From sneaking a pic of Henri in police evidence to snubbing her nice politico boyfriend for a chance to saving the world to even talking down an emotional Haitian man with a gun, the girl’s got moxie. But what else do we find out about our leading lady? Well, after running off to Haiti, she meets Henri, and the two make a professional/emotional connection—and then Cassie hooks up with him.

At a moment where Cassie is overwhelmed with the current outbreak in Haiti, she thinks THIS is it. This is the plague that’s going to wipe out the world. She’s so convinced, she is prepared to let everyone who attempts to escape the outbreak area die. Whoa. Thankfully, she learns this outbreak is controllable and there IS a cure. Clearly this shakes her up, and this is the moment her professional world collapses beneath her feet (before she meets Cole again in 2015, of course).

I like Cassie. I want her in my corner. But I’m pretty sure she’d kill me in a second if it might lead to further clues about her mission of the moment. It’s okay, Cassie. Your intentions are aces.

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Cole. Scrappy. Cole is scrappy. He’s not a born fighter, but he’s impulsive and does well in a scuffle. And just like Cassie, he is no-nonsense when it comes to the mission. In 2014, he meets Henri, a genuinely nice guy who wants to help people. Cole gets some needed intel: the “night room” is a mobile lab with the plague. Find the special materials needed for the lab upkeep, find the plague.

While Cassie blames herself for Henri’s death, in truth, it was more likely the Pallid Man (Tom Noonan). He pops up seeking Henri’s expertise, but Cole intervenes before the Pallid Man succeeds in finding anything. Because Cole cannot alter timelines, he is forced to kill Henri himself in the end. See? No nonsense. But he does fib in 2015 when Cassie asks Cole what happened to Henri. Aww.

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Ramse & 2043. The 2043 soldiers are not fans of Ramse or Cole, but they tolerate the latter because he’s supposed to be the time-traveling golden boy. After finding a curiously branded knife on the perimeter of the scientists’ headquarters, Ramse heads out to investigate. Ramse discovers Max (Romina D’Ugo), a girl from his and Cole’s previous underprivileged existence as post-apocalyptic ruffians. Max appears distraught and is done dealing with some guy named Deacon. She wants into Cole’s and Ramse’s safe zone. Ramse turns her down and points her to another sanctuary located miles down the road. Good thinking, because she runs off and finds the supposed bad guy Deacon (Todd Stashwick) and the rest of his gang. Max tells him about the shelter and power she found. More importantly, she tells him she found Cole.

Both Cole and Cassie faced tough decisions, but both passed the save-the-world litmus test, wouldn’t you say? And how about Cole’s past? What makes him so darn special to both the scientists and the outsiders?

Memorable Quotes

Cassie: Now here I am, learning how to kill while waiting for takeout.

Ramse: You’re trying to kill him [Cole].
Jones: Yes, we are … That’s sarcasm, Mr. Ramse.

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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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