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Season 1 | Episode 16 | “Memories of Murder” | Aired Feb 24, 2015

In “Memories of Murder,” Forever continues to masterfully weave the past with the present. As Henry and Jo investigate the murder of Sarah (Auden Thornton), a young coed, Henry is reminded of his relationship with Abigail and the pain of losing her.

Sarah was involved with an older man, Neville (Cotter Smith), who hired her to play the role of his deceased wife. He rented the apartment he and his wife had once lived in (lucky it was available!) and decorated it—down to the last detail—like their ’70s home. Sarah would come over and act out specific memories for Neville using scripts that he had given her. On the night she died, they were reenacting the night Neville’s wife told him she was pregnant.

Henry watches this man cling to the memories of his dead wife and he remembers his life with Abigail. Throughout the season, we have seen bits and pieces of this time in Henry’s long life, but for the first time here we get a glimpse of how difficult the later years were for them. Of course Henry has been suffering since Abigail died, but life wasn’t easy when she was an old woman and he was still a man in his 30s. Henry tried desperately to reassure his aging wife that theirs was just a more complicated love story, but she clearly struggled with the way things looked.

Having Abigail so fresh in his mind is significant because this week we were treated to the return of Iona Payne (Hilarie Burton), aka Professor Molly Dawes. The chemistry between Molly and Henry is still electric, and as Henry uses her expertise to help with his case, they decide to kick their relationship up a notch and go on an actual date. Henry is explaining to Molly that although Neville confessed to killing Sarah, he isn’t convinced he’s really guilty. The date gets interesting when Molly posits that Henry might glean more about Neville with a bit of role-playing.

Molly: The only way you can really understand someone’s fantasy is to inhabit it.

Henry: Now that sounds like a date.

Henry takes Molly to the apartment where Sarah was murdered. He does make an important discovery about the case while he’s there: Neville was drugged—he didn’t kill Sarah! But more importantly, he and Molly have an intense make-out session before moving the date to an even sexier location: Henry’s lab.

Henry deduces that there must be somebody who wanted to ruin the fantasy for Neville. He recalls the pregnancy announcement in the role-play and realizes there must be a child. Jo and Henry track down Cecily (Paula Jon Derose), Neville’s daughter, and ask her a few questions.

Cecily admits she discovered her father was dressing up some teenager as her mom after she saw a woman walk past her window in the exact coat her mother used to wear. She followed her to their old building, and Cecily realized what her father was up to. But when Jo shows her a photograph of Sarah, she says she isn’t the woman she saw.

So the question becomes, who is impersonating Sarah? Neville had an obsession with his late wife, and wanted Sarah to become her. Someone else has an obsession with Sarah and wants to become her. But who?

It is Sarah’s roommate, Jennifer (Emily Kinney). While Henry and Jo are putting this together, Jennifer is fulfilling her plan of becoming Sarah. The first step is dressing like her. The second is attending her favorite class—Professor Dawes’ psychology class. After class, Jennifer asks to speak with Dr. Dawes in private. When Jennifer mentions Sarah, Molly knows she’s in trouble. She makes an excuse about having work to do and kindly tells Jennifer she needs to go. But then she inexplicably doesn’t walk her out or lock the door behind her, so Jennifer is obviously not really gone. Molly goes to call the police but Jennifer knocks her unconscious before she can speak to anyone.

Jennifer is in the middle of a full-blown psychotic episode. She explains that she was just trying to save Sarah from the gross old man. Molly attempts to talk her into telling the police the truth, but Henry and Jo show up and scare her. In a panic, she stabs Molly in the neck. They get Molly to the hospital in time, and Henry experiences the agony of waiting to hear news about someone he cares about.

When Molly gets out of surgery, she and Henry share a beautiful moment in which he acknowledges he has real feelings for her. If Henry Morgan were a run-of-the-mill mortal, this would be a wonderful thing. But he isn’t. And he can’t allow himself to go there. Molly assumes that his last relationship scarred him badly (she’s not wrong), and tells him to give her a call if he ever decides he doesn’t really like her that much. I’m bummed. I’m a big fan of Molly Dawes.

Loose Ends

  • Lucas continues to be a great source of comic relief. Joel David Moore always nails his delivery. I only wish people would start treating him with more respect—he’s the best.
  • The running scarf joke will never not be funny.
  • Henry and Abe talking about sex = gold.
  • How did this department ever solve cases before they started working with Henry?
  • 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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