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Season 1 | Episode 15 | “The King of Columbus Circle” | Aired Feb 10, 2015

Forever keeps finding interesting ways for Henry’s long and complicated past to make its way into his present. Sometimes the connections are more metaphorical, other times they are more concrete. In “The King of Columbus Circle,” it is the latter.

When an old man is found dead in a park, Henry takes one look at a surgical scar on his abdomen and knows he is the doctor who did the procedure. He also knows the man was once the king of a small country called Urkesh.

Long ago forced to leave his homeland after a coup that killed his entire family, Armen Aronov had been living for decades in quiet anonymity in New York City. As he neared the end of his life, he had one wish: to return to his home country to die. Unfortunately, he was murdered before he had a chance to realize his dream.

As Henry investigates the homicide, he remembers first meeting the king as a boy with appendicitis aboard the Orient Express. Henry and Abigail were on their honeymoon, taken 10 years after their wedding. They spent their time on the train contemplating having a baby. Henry was concerned about the pain he would feel one day when he inevitably had to bury his child. Abigail pointed out how much joy Abraham gave them and tried to convince him to live for the present. Ultimately, she persuaded Henry to give it a shot. But as he later tells Jo, fate had other plans. We don’t know specifically what went wrong, but we do know that Abe never had any siblings.

The significance of family is the core of this week’s episode. Abe now knows his name of origin and has begun to look for lost relatives. He hunts down distant cousins in Scotland and finds connections going back hundred of years. He even manages to find a common ancestor with Henry, allowing for a beautiful moment between father and son when they realize that they do in fact share (at least a drop or two of) blood.

Still, Abe reminds Henry that he doesn’t need any family trees to know who his father is. Henry worries that Abe suffered by not having a large family, but Abe assures him he was perfectly happy with their family of three. Interestingly, Abe also chose not to have children of his own. He doesn’t have to worry about his legacy, though, since he knows Henry will live on forever.

The royal Mr. Aronov, however, was concerned with his bloodline. He and his wife had been unable to have children, but he did have a daughter, Lydia (Elizabeth Alderfer), years ago with a mistress. As he made him plans to return to Urkesh, he dreamed of taking his daughter with him.

Henry and Jo track her down. Lydia is a cocktail waitress who tells them that she only recently met Aronov when he started coming into the club, ordering a soda, and leaving her a huge tip. One day he revealed he was her father and that he had never wanted to give her up. It was, she said, what every foster child dreams of hearing. But when he told her he was an exiled king and wanted to take her to their home country and give her diamonds, she thought he was insane. Jo and Henry have to explain that he was telling the truth—and so Lydia is, once again, an orphan.

Jo and Hanson assume that Aronov’s wife found out about the illegitimate daughter and poisoned her husband. But when they question her at home, she begins shaking and sweating until she eventually passes out. Henry realizes that she, too, has been poisoned. He uses a sink hose (nice find, Hanson) to siphon the radiation out of her lungs, which saves her life. Jo notices ink on the door and Henry realizes that the person who was taking fingerprints at the consulate where they applied for visas poisoned the king and his wife. As it turns out, many people still hold deep anger for the king and his family.

Jo and Henry visit the consulate and learn that Lydia had stopped by and told them that she was related to the king. They recognize immediately that she is in grave danger. They race to her apartment and find the assassin already there. Jo is able to take him down, but not without a bullet hitting Lydia—who has an infant sleeping in another room. They are able to save her baby, though, who avoids any injury. As Henry rides in the ambulance with Lydia he tells her the same thing he told her father years before: “Courage. You’re the [daughter] of a king.”

The king’s wife visits Lydia in the hospital, and it’s clear there are no hard feelings about illegitimate children. They are all family. Jo and Henry even have a chance to hold the baby, and are mistaken for an adorable family. Jo attempts to explain but stumbles over her words trying to protest. The baby likes Henry, because even babies find Ioan Gruffudd charming.

Next week, Hilarie Burton is back for more Iona Payne! Until then, have a happy Valentine’s Day!

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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