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Season 3 | Episode 3 | “Exposed” | Aired Mar 16, 2015

Remember last week when I said the producers were looking to make this season of The Following less violent? Yeah, well, I don’t think the writers got the memo. This week’s episode, “Exposed,” brought its fair share (and then some) of death.

The gist

Tensions are high in the FBI. Agent Mendez (Valerie Cruz) is now aware of Hardy’s untruths—and the pair give a press conference admitting nothing, chalking up Clarke’s pre-mortem confession to pressure from the killers.

The Following - Exposed - Car Chase

On the bright side, last week’s “box” offered up some leads, and eventually led Hardy and gang to psycho (and woodworking expert) Neil. After an unsuccessful attempt at escape—with his mentally impaired father—and a car chase, Hardy, Max and Weston catch Neil. He pulls a gun and the group kills him.

Elsewhere, Evil Twin Mark snatches up a couple of reporters—who fail to report Mark’s “truth”—and brings them back to his house of horrors. He decides to give them his own TV interview. As you’d expect, this doesn’t end well for the reporters; both are killed. That doesn’t stop Mark from giving his interview, however—and he does so in front of the two dead journalists.

In the end, Hardy asks his girlfriend, Gwen (Zuleikha Robinson), to move in with him—fearful of losing her, as he’s already lost so much.

This episode was extremely violent, which we’ll get to in a moment … but first, let’s discuss what the heck Kyle and Daisy are up to.

Who do Kyle and Daisy “follow”?

Kyle and Daisy are not Mark’s followers. This was made very clear in this episode—and they are “working” for someone else. Honestly, if they weren’t killers, I might actually like this duo. Kyle is a smartass who makes semi-funny jabs at the not-so-stable Mark, and Daisy is levelheaded and borderline maternal. So what’s going on with them?

Well, here’s what we learned in “Exposed”: Kyle and Daisy sought out Mark for their own assignment. Someone named Julianna is involved. Fearful that Mark is losing his grip on reality (too late), Kyle and Daisy meet with Julianna (Anna Wood). At this time, the couple is handed a file that’s chock full of info on Max. Is she the next target?

Mark discovers the file, and Kyle and Daisy play it off as a surprise for the bad twin. Mark gets a little suspicious—at the suggestion of his dead brother (who “speaks” through Mark).

In the final scene, Max heads home to her apartment. She’s startled by her FBI boyfriend, Tom (Gbenga Akinnagbe), who then takes her out to dinner. Good timing, bro—Kyle and Daisy were inside Max’s place setting up a slew of hidden cameras. So if they’re not there to kill her—then what? Plus, now this makes me suspicious of Tom …

More violence

There were five deaths in this episode—all on-screen, some unnecessary. Neil? Okay, he’s got to go. The reporters? Fine; their deaths served a “purpose.” But the others? Neil’s father’s nurse and a carjacked bystander? Not so much. Plus, the reporters’ deaths were gruesome—stabbings through the neck and stomach. Ack.

Producers, if you’re going to take a stand against violence, going so far as to make a public statement about having less of it, then why the neck stabbing? Why the ruthless killing of no-name innocents? I’m not opposed to the violence, per se (I’m a horror junkie!), but I don’t get the wishy-washy approach to your storytelling. The body count this season is high—and we’re only three episodes deep.

I’ll be curious to see where we go next week. Will it be a one on, one off kind of thing? Meaning: This week was super-violent, so next week might be only mildly violent. Either way, I’m in it. Besides, Hardy is getting back to his unpredictable—albeit a little unstable and overly emotional—self. Did I mention there was a car chase? Yes. Yes, I did.

The Following - Ryan Hardy

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

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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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