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'12 Monkeys' fan react: The future of 'Yesterday'

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Yesterday” | Aired Mar 6, 2015

After last week’s episode, “The Keys,” it seemed like things were looking up for our 12 Monkeys gang (and the rest of the world). Sure, Cole may have been killed in the process, but the virus was destroyed. The mission was complete. But as we move forward, 12 Monkeys teaches us that you can only assume so much. In a split second, everything flips and, it turns out, we know nothing.

This week, our central heroes take a backseat while the rest of the team grabs the wheel for another extremely revealing and life-altering episode. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone at this point…

The gist: in 2043, all is the same and Doc Jones breaks her machine trying to bring Cole back. She, Ramse, and Whitley decide to head offsite for technical help—to Spearhead, Jones’ former community (where Whitley’s father is head of security). Here we meet Foster (Xander Berkeley), the leader of this group. Years before, he overtook the camp and killed anyone who went against his primary agenda—finding a cure for the virus. And this is exactly why Jones left.

Elsewhen in 2015, fearing there could still be an outbreak, Cassie acquires governmental approval to trek to the Chechnyan bomb site for verification. If it’s really over, she needs to see it for herself. She needs to make sure Cole is dead—that he’s gone.

Jones and Foster. This pair couldn’t be more at odds with their personal beliefs, yet each one attempts to convince the other to bend their convictions. I am sure you see where this is headed. Both lost someone to the plague—Jones’ daughter and Foster’s wife. While he knows an intelligent cure that mutates with the virus is the only option, Jones knows preventing the plague is the only option. But Jones needs part of Foster’s technical equipment (the core) to fix the machine and bring Cole back. Foster attempts to make a deal: she can use the core to save Cole, but then she must join forces with Foster to find the cure.

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Her response? Nope. Jones is dead set on time travel. She fears Foster’s agenda is one of servitude. Jones knows there cannot be an actual cure and Foster’s arrangement just keeps his followers in line. Her eventual plan: they’ll simply take the needed equipment from him.

Ramse and family. Here’s the wrench in the plan. While at Spearhead, Ramse sees a face from the past. A special someone. Meet Elena (Amy Sloan), a nice lab tech who ran with West VII before running from West VII five years ago. It seems she and Ramse—or Jose, as she calls him—were once an item. Elena then introduces her son, Sam. Oh, and he’s five years old. Yep, Ramse’s a daddy and this kind of changes everything for him.

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Ramse loves Cole and wants him back, but he’s now a father and stopping the plague from ever happening means preventing a lot of things, like conceiving a child. It seems our beloved Ramse could be switching sides here. For Ramse, it’s no longer about the past—it’s all about the future.

Where’s Cole? Interspersed throughout the 2043 story, we see moments of Cole’s predicament. Yes—Cole is alive and he’s stuck in the rubble. Phew. Wait, should I be relieved? What does that mean for the virus? He’s got a nasty leg wound, but hears voices, a little girl, some coughing, and more voices above as a plan is hatched to rescue him.

Eventually, Cole emerges from the rubble—just as Cassie arrives at the destruction site. Perfect timing, amirite?! Just kidding. It’s all in the editing. Cassie arrives and finds nothing—the site is clear, the virus (and Cole) is presumably dead and gone. She’s relieved. Cole, on the other hand, is pulled from the same wreckage and sees folks—including his little girl hero—wearing masks. IT’S 2017! It seems Jones’ earlier attempts to splinter Cole only pushed him ahead two years before the machine went kaput. So, here is our hero, stuck at the height of the world’s devastation with no means to return to 2043. It’s now up to Jones—and hopefully Ramse.

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We’ve seen the before and the after—it’s time for the present: the outbreak. Can Jones convince Ramse to see the greater good in preventing the plague? Or will his new family change him forever? Only four more episodes remain this season. New twists and turns surely lie ahead.

This episode’s timelines included 2015, 2043 … and 2017. For a nifty resource, check out the 12 Monkeys Time Map tool.

12 Monkeys airs Fridays on Syfy at 9 EST.

Memorable Quotes

Ramse: You either double-down on failure or you change the game.

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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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