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'12 Monkeys' fan react: Takeaways from inside 'The Night Room'

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “The Night Room” | Aired Feb 13, 2015

Tonight’s 12 Monkeys kept the pace going with lots o’ twists, turns, and time travel. It’s true that Cassie and Cole head to the Night Room—but so does Jennifer and the Pallid Man (and his gang of SWAT team-looking strongmen). Note: Jennifer is now calling the Pallid Man the Tall Man, so from here on out, that is how he’ll be referred to. All hell breaks loose as everyone wants something to do with the deadly plague that lurks inside the almost impenetrable vault. Cole and Cassie want to destroy it. The Tall Man wants to steal it. Jennifer … well, she doesn’t know what she wants.

Here are the top takeaways from “The Night Room.”

Cole and Jennifer. First, I am curious if anyone is shipping these two together? Anyone? Well, Jennifer Goines is definitely feeling it. So to speak. When Cassie and Cole first see her, she appears vulnerable and scared; but soon after the plague’s fail safe plan goes into effect, she’s more upbeat. She proceeds to tell Cole how she led the Tall Man to the Night Room on purpose—to alert headquarters by setting off the alarm. Good on her! And then she notices Cassie’s existence and goes into full high school girl mode, becoming a little possessive with Cole and a little pushy with Cassie. Truth: It’s pretty hilarious.

12 Monkeys - Cole and Jennifer

Her affection for Cole gets the best of her in the end when the Tall Man sets her up. She decodes the fail safe on the plague’s vault—with the intention of Cole getting it—but the Tall Man swoops in and attempts to snag the virus (which is a decaying corpse, BTW). Fortunately, his efforts fail, too. We’ll get to that in a minute.

Jones and Ramse. This episode’s 2043 side plot belongs to my two favorite supporting characters. Before Cole splinters back to 2015, he, Ramse, and Max (who’s still hanging out with them post–West VII attack) are joined by Katarina Jones for a few drinks. Okay, a lot of drinks. It’s a ritual for Cole and Ramse. At the request of the boys, Katarina explains her last name—Jones—and how it’s not very German because she was once briefly married. Character development alert!

Later Max questions Jones’ intentions, telling Ramse that the West VII is well aware of her: a German doctor who likes to turn people inside out. Well, Ramse already has trust issues, so he goes to investigate Jones’ quarters. This not does put his nerves to rest when he finds pictures of past time travelers. Bloody, ripped apart time travelers. He also finds a blanket with the name “Hannah” on it. Of course, Jones walks in on him and the two have at it. After her repeated attempts at explaining that those who died before brought them where they are today and that she would never let that happen to Cole, the two appear to have an understanding.

Ramse still doesn’t fully trust Jones. But he doesn’t trust Max either. Cole is it for him—so believing in Jones’ intentions is kind of a must.

Killing the virus. Here’s where things get mysterious—and a little dark. Just after Jennifer opens the vault for Cole, the Tall Man’s strongmen enter to steal the virus away. Cole shares a moment of quiet understanding with Cassie, who’s watching from a room above—with the Tall Man. Cole goes into fight mode and takes out the strongmen. He shoots the virus containment tank open, and Cole and Cassie flip their respective “burn” switches—igniting a massive fire in the Night Room (another failsafe method that should kill anything). While Cole and Jennifer flee the fire, Cassie is taken by the Tall Man. Cole splinters away and Jennifer is left alone.

12 Monkeys - Cassie in trouble

Phew. So, the virus is dead, right? All should be erased. Uh, nope. Cole travels back to 2043. But it’s not his 2043. Sure, it’s his facility—but the place is different. It’s dark, there’s a fire burning in the background, clotheslines are strung up on the walls, and “West VII” is written on the wall. What the—?! Where are the rest of the puzzle pieces? Where’s Ramse? Jones? Clearly, killing the virus did not go as planned.

The Greater Good. I couldn’t help but notice an overarching theme of respecting the greater good—and what lengths everyone would go to accomplish what’s right for the world. In episode 3, “Cassandra Complex,” Cassie was stuck in an epidemic that she thought was the virus. She was ready to eliminate hundreds of people if it meant saving the world. This week? Not so much. She tried protecting Ivan—a doctor at the Night Room who dies at the hands of the Tall Man—and she was at odds with Cole multiple times over his readiness to kill.

It all comes to a head when Cassie finds out—via the Tall man, that troublemaker—that Cole did kill Henri back in Haiti. While she understands why things need to be done, she still can’t accept them, nor does she want to be a part of it. At least, not now. Cole on the other hand … he has no problem killing to achieve his mission. It’s ironic, however, because he kills to achieve forgiveness. He needs to be forgiven from his past—and to do so, he wants to save the world, even if it means killing to get there. So. Many. Emotions. Cole and Cassie need to meet in the middle—and I am sure they will at some point. Meanwhile, Jennifer is elated to find out that Cole was the one who killed her father. I believe she uses the word “awesome.” Too. Many. Emotions.

So, Cassie and Cole are at odds. The Tall Man kidnaps Cassie. Jennifer is alone. 2043 is a big confusing mess. Where do we go from here?!

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Tonight’s timelines included 2011, 2015, 2043, and now an alternate 2043.

Memorable Quotes

Ivan: Your father speaks highly of you.
Jennifer: I doubt that.

Cole: You can’t save everyone.
Cassie: I thought that was the point.

Jennifer (about Cassie): Quick question. Who’s this bitch?

Terminology/Keywords

The Beast: What Cole and Ramse call the actual time travel machine.

The Witness: The Tall Man mentions him as the one who sees all, or, as Cole puts it, the Tall Man’s “boss.”

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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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