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'The Following' fan react: Thinking inside the box

Season 3 | Episode 2 | “Boxed In” | Aired Mar 9, 2015

Prior to last night’s episode of The Following, you may have seen the following promo for “Boxed In”:

The Following - What

If you did, well, you knew where they were headed—so it came as no surprise when we discovered what exactly was in the box.

Spoiler: It was Agent Clarke (Felix Solis). All of Agent Clarke. In a rather smallish box. Yeesh. If you didn’t think of this, then there’s something wrong with you (or you have a major pop-culture blind spot):

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The gist: Agent Clarke knows our core group’s big secret—killing Lily Gray—and it’s weighing on him. Meanwhile, evil twin Mark and his new “friends,” Kyle and Daisy, hatch a new plan to take down Hardy and company. First, Mark—donning a new beard—visits a warehouse full of torture devices. Next, our Mickey and Mallory knockoffs kidnap a woman who then turns out to be Agent Clarke’s wife, Anna. Kyle and Daisy force Anna to call Clarke, urging him to come home—which he does.

Clarke gets knocked out, and the killer couple attempt to kill Anna by leaving her with a plastic bag tied around her head. While Kyle and Daisy flee with Clarke, Hardy and the FBI arrive just in time to save Anna. Mishaps occur for Mark when the FBI arrives on the scene at his torture warehouse. Plan B: Call Neil (Glenn Fleshler), a master maker of bad stuff—including boxes—and caretaker to his dying father.

The Following - Ryan Hardy and the FBI

And now it’s a race against the clock. Mark Skypes the FBI—you read that right—threatening Hardy to “confess” his sins on live TV. If he doesn’t, Clarke dies. As Hardy rushes to find Clarke, Neil puts the finishing touches on the notorious box and does his own bout of threatening. Clarke relents and ends up confessing the sins of Hardy & Co. in a streaming video. Of course, this doesn’t save Clarke—and the group finds him … in the box.

Now, let’s discuss a few things.


Before season three premiered, executive producer Marcos Siega gave his own confession in a Yahoo! interview: “I think we went a little bit too far last season.”

How so? The on-screen violence. This is fascinating, considering this episode featured an FBI agent being tortured and stuffed into a box. The difference? We didn’t see any of it. Last season (or before), we may have witnessed the death of Clarke—or the grisly aftermath. This time, it was just a box—with a trail of blood around it, mind you. I’m also willing to bet that last season, Clarke’s wife wouldn’t have survived. So is the show any tamer this season? The body count is still fairly high—but does that matter if we don’t actually see any of it? The show is about serial killers and cults—are we to expect violence galore and significant death counts? Where’s the balance?

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Dr. Strauss, Joe Carroll, and Andrew

It was finally suggested that Hardy should visit Joe for help—in locating Mark. While Hardy quickly shut down that idea, we were teased a bit as he headed into a maximum-security prison. Is this it? Is Ryan finally coming face-to-face with Joe again? Nope. It was Dr. Strauss (Gregg Henry), Joe’s mentor, and as it turns out, Andrew’s (Mark’s cohort from the last episode) mentor as well. He wasn’t too helpful; I feel it was just a ploy to get our hopes up for Joe’s return.

Kyle and Daisy

I cannot figure these two out. First, all I see is Silas Botwin when I look at Hunter Parrish. Second, sure, they are unstable weirdos—they’re killers—and yet, how exactly did they get roped in with Mark? They don’t seem warm and fuzzy (like Lily Gray was with her family). They don’t even seem friendly. When they’re all together, Daisy is the mediator between psycho Mark and hothead Kyle. So what exactly does Mark have over this couple that makes them follow his plan?

After Agent Clarke’s death, the group is hurting—especially Hardy. It’s only episode two, but Hardy has been fairly mellow this season. As I’ve said before, I like Hardy with a little crazy in him—a little edge. Maybe Clarke’s death is the kick in the pants he needs to up his game. I think it’s time to visit Joe.

The Following airs Mondays at 9/8C on Fox.

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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