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'12 Monkeys' fan react: The crossroads of 'Tomorrow' and looking ahead

Season 1 | Episode 9 | “Tomorrow” | Aired Mar 13, 2015

The second half of Syfy’s freshmen series 12 Monkeys poses a lot of theoretical questions—multilayered and often moral questions. And last week’s episode, “Tomorrow,” deepened everything by placing a crucial divide between the show’s bromantic duo: Cole and Ramse. It’s ideal fodder for the “What would you do?’ game—so be on the lookout for a poll at the end of this article.

This episode’s timelines included 2017, 2041, and 2043. Let’s try something different this week and break it down by year.


In 2017, Cole wanders the streets of Chechnya at the height of the plague’s destruction. He’s confused—and lost—as he last remembers his actions in 2015 (where he thought the virus was destroyed). Thankfully, many future events have happened—though not yet for this Cole—and Cassie is looking for him. He’s airlifted out of Chechnya and sent to Baltimore—to Cassie.

Outside Cassie’s lab is a flurry of protestors. Among them we see Jennifer Goines (oh, how I’ve missed you!) with her own (female) followers. It’s worth noting that Jennifer is now rambling about her own army of 13. Is this just her crazy jabber, or should we be worried?

When Cole reaches Cassie, she is extremely weak—and sports a new gray streak in her hair. She’s infected. In a moment of delirium, she asks Cole if he’s found the “red forest” yet (remember that?) and gives him a piece of paper to keep with him at all times. It’s an address, and according to Cassie, his life depends on it. She dies (again), Cole splinters, and the paradox-induced scratch on Cassie’s watch disappears.


It’s a flashback to events that have already taken place—already set in stone, unlike those events that take place in the 2015–2017 time frame. Let that sink in for a moment.

Cole and Ramse are captured by Jones’ facility guards, Whitley included. Our guys are interrogated and beaten before Jones intervenes. She tells Cole she’s been waiting for him. Jones lets him listen to Cassie’s transmission—the one where she mentions him by name. Cole isn’t affected and says there are a million Coles, but that doesn’t stop Jones. She shows Cole the time-travel machine and explains the enormous gift/burden he would undertake—saving the world and then, well, dying from saving said world. His response: “Go to hell.”

Cole leaves Jones and attempts to jailbreak Ramse—but Ramse doesn’t want to leave. While he’s not convinced of time travel just yet, he needs to believe in something, and if they stay, it could change the world. And besides, the facility has food, water, shelter. Not a bad deal. He alerts the guards to Cole’s whereabouts—and the rest is history, so to speak.


This storyline is action-packed. Jones needs a new core—a doohickey for her time machine—and the only place to find one is at her rival, Dr. Foster’s facility: Spearhead. Jones begins with a pep talk informing everyone that Foster has not found a cure for the virus (this is just something he tells his followers to give them hope). So just ignore that notion—it’s time to storm Spearhead.

On his own, Ramse visits Spearhead to see Elena and convince her of Foster’s lies. He wants to take her and Sam away from the “cult.” But Elena is a true Foster believer and intends to prove there is a cure.

After a heart-to-heart with his father—the head of security at Spearhead—Whitley convinces Senior Whitley to switch sides. Elsewhere, Ramse and Elena get caught looking through files (for proof) and Ramse gets handcuffed by Foster himself. No worries; Elena is former West VII and starts to pick the lock.

Jones meets with Foster one last time to give him one more chance. She’s not there to bargain—if Foster doesn’t give her the core, she’ll just take it. As expected, Foster declines (again) and Jones kills him. Meanwhile, Whitley’s pop lets Jones’ soldiers in to get the core. Blood is shed, people die—including Jones’ Dr. Lasky and Whitley’s father. And Jones gets her core.

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After Ramse flees with his new little family, Elena asks an important question: What if Jones is the one lying and has her own intentions? Ah, well … it looks that way. Jones burns an important document that could prove that there was a cure. But she just wants her daughter back, and she’ll do whatever it takes.

Going Forward

Time has changed once again—and we’re at an incredible crossroad for our characters. Ramse now has something else to believe in: his family and the future. And he wants Jones dead. Cole wants to complete his time-travel mission—and in the process, save his beacon of hope, Cassie. Words are exchanged, punches are thrown. It’s like seeing your two best friends fight. But you get it—both sides have a valid argument behind them.

Time to Vote

Team Ramse: You just found out you’re a dad to an adorable little boy and you’ve reconnected with your long-lost love. Time travel is a dangerous gamble and may alter more than the mission at hand. Plus, should you succeed and the plague’s events are erased, so is your family. It’s not worth it. Let’s focus on the here and now.

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Team Cole You’ve never had much worth, but now you’re the one who could save the world. It’s a massive undertaking that may or may not work, and it’s literally killing you with each time jump. You’ve fallen in love (yeah, I said love) with a plague victim in the past—so you’d be saving her, PLUS millions more. It’s all for the greater good.

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Memorable Quotes

Cassie (to Cole in 2017): It’s been two years since we’ve bombed the compound. A lot has happened since then. With you and me.

Jones (after killing Dr. Jonathan Foster): Goodbye, Jonathan … for now.

Cole: What are you doing?
Ramse: Saving your soul, brother. Saving your soul.

12 Monkeys airs Fridays on Syfy at 9 p.m. EST.

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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