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Season 1 | Episode 14 | “Hitler on the Half-Shell” | Aired Feb 3, 2015

If there’s one theme that’s been running through Forever from the very start, it’s that things are not always what they seem. Such is the case when the team discovers the murdered body of Karl Haas (Brian Corrigan).

At first glance, Karl, the son of a prominent Nazi, appears to be the evil spawn of a heinous man. Karl is a secretive, quiet man who, according to his son, spends all of his time alone, surrounded by extremely expensive art. As it turns out, the art in his possession is actually stolen.

In a plot right out of George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, Jo and Henry learn that the art in question was seized by the Nazis and smuggled into the U.S. by Karl’s father, Otto. Several of these paintings have been stolen from Karl’s apartment. Everyone assumes that Karl has been benefiting from his Nazi father’s crimes.

Just when Hanson is proclaiming that Karl got exactly what he deserved, Henry figures out that Karl was actually trying to undo the unimaginable atrocities his father committed. He devoted his whole life to returning the stolen art to its rightful owners. Henry traced Karl’s pocket watch to a man who had just been reunited with his family’s original copy of Monet’s Water Lilies. The man expresses enormous gratitude to Karl, telling Henry that correcting one’s (or one’s father’s) mistakes is what makes a great man. Not so evil after all.

This is another theme that flows through the episode: atoning for the sins of our fathers. Henry remembers learning that his own father was using his shipping company to participate in the slave trade. On his deathbed, Henry’s father told him that there are two things men are charged with: living with their mistakes and learning from them.

Henry, Jo, and Detective Hanson track down a banker, Julian Glausser (Stephen Barker Turner), with whom Karl had argued just before he died. They interview him, but it isn’t until after they leave that Henry realizes he is the one who stole Karl’s art from his apartment. By the time they return to the bank, Julian has disappeared—and taken the entire collection of art with him. (How do you sneak out of a building with an enormous art collection?)

Jo has the brilliant idea that Julian would probably try to transport the art by boat. Lucky for them, Hanson has a brother who’s a foreman at the docks. They convince him to allow them to take a peek at some cargo—but not before he coaxes an apology from Mike, his brother, for sleeping with his prom date. Not cool, Hanson, not cool.

Jo is not amused by the sibling rivalry—or by the blood dripping on her from a large crate being lifted above her. They lower the crate, and Jo and Hanson discover a murdered Julian, crucified and surrounded by all the stolen art.

The World War II storyline also gives Forever the opportunity to delve further into the past of both Abe and Adam, who made a triumphant return this week. Both men, as it turns out, spent time in concentration camps. Because of their shared history, Adam has a soft spot for Abe, and assures Henry he would never hurt him.

He is curious about Abe, though, and shows up at the antique shop under the pretense of needing an old silver tray appraised. Adam explains that he’s been following Henry’s case and that he has his own vendetta against the Nazis after being barbarically tortured by the infamous Auschwitz doctor Josef Mengele.

Mengele is notorious for his “experiments” on prisoners the Nazis deemed “unusual.” Though the concept of immortality is obviously fictional, it is a fascinating and utterly disturbing notion to consider what Mengele would have done to a man whom he knew he could not kill. (Although, if Adam is like Henry, then he can die, and in fact, death would have brought him freedom. So, it’s not entirely clear how his immortality made him “stand out.”)

Listening to Adam’s description of his experience made him, for the first time, sympathetic. Adam asks Henry to keep an eye out for an ancient Roman dagger that belonged to him and was seized by the Nazis. He says he would consider it a favor and that he may have something for Henry in return.

Meanwhile, a skin sample found in Julian’s ring contains antibodies to diseases that haven’t been around in ages (like bubonic plague—not measles). The only way someone could have these antibodies is if … he’d been alive for 2,000 years. Henry immediately knows it was Adam, and (for the first time ever) tells Lucas and Jo he has no theories.

One thing Henry does conclude, though, is that the two murders were not committed by the same man. Julian’s killer took pleasure in torturing him. Karl, on the other hand, was killed quickly, in a fit of anger.

Henry realizes that Karl’s eyes should have been open. Someone who loved him must have performed one last act of kindness by closing his eyes for him. Henry dusts Karl’s eyelids for fingerprints and realizes it was Karl’s son who killed him. In the end, he couldn’t live with what he perceived to be his father’s sins.

Final thoughts:

Abe asks Adam how he knew which camp in which he was imprisoned by looking at the tattoo on his arm, but Auschwitz is the only camp that tattooed its inmates.

Adam steals a ledger that Karl had been using to try and track people down and leaves it with Abe, who is finally able to uncover some information about his biological family. This is what Adam meant when he said he may have something to repay the favor.

Remember when I asked whether Adam and Henry could be friends? Think it could happen?

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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