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Season 1 | Episode 18 | “Dead Men Tell Long Tales”| Aired Mar 24, 2015

Hello, Foreverists! It feels like it’s been Forever since last we met (see what I did there?). Henry, Jo, and the gang are finally back, and their case of the week leads them into the world of deep-sea diving and ship salvaging. The murder victim, Rick Rasmussen, recently completed a salvage dive of the 200-year-old Empress of Africa—the ship on which Henry died for the very first time. While Jo and Mike begin investigating Rick’s death, Henry is busy with his own search to uncover information about what happened to the ship after he was shot.

“Dead Men Tell Long Tales” continues to fill in the blanks of Henry’s past. We knew he and his father disagreed on the use of their ships for the slave trade; what we didn’t know was that on the night that Henry was shot he had been trying to free 300 shackled men. Unfortunately, he was “killed” before he had a chance to get them the key. For two centuries Henry has believed that his failure to get the slaves to freedom was the reason for his curse of immorality. It is cosmic retribution.

The investigation takes Henry and Jo to the Explorer’s Club to find the man who financed the dives. Jo thinks that the financier, Isaac Monroe (Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr.) may have killed Rick in order to steal the gold he had found in the wreckage. The theory doesn’t hold up because (a) the contract Isaac signed with Rick stated that any treasure discovered was Isaac’s, and (b) Isaac gave the entire $7 million haul to charity. Meeting Isaac wasn’t a total waste of time, though, since he took a liking to Jo and insisted on a date. Once his alibi cleared him, Hanson strongly encouraged her to go.

Meanwhile, Henry is still piecing together bits of his past. At the Explorer’s Club, he runs into Adam, who shows him the pistol that had been used to kill him. Adam manages to smuggle the gun out and has it sent to Henry at the lab. Adam later tells Henry that he believes that the only way to end their misery is to be killed by the same weapon that killed them the first time. Adam no longer has access to the dagger that originally killed him; when he did, he hadn’t worked up the nerve to stab himself with it. Now that Henry has the pistol, he’s hoping he’ll find the courage to try it. (I wonder when Adam had the dagger in his possession. It would seem by this point that nothing could stop him from ending the nightmare.)

Along with the pistol, Adam sends Henry a magazine from the club that has a photo of a man who had died during the first Empress of Africa dive. Henry notices that the man who died has the same genetic abnormality as Margo, a woman he’d met earlier who had done the second dive with Rick. Henry realizes that it was Margot’s brother who had died and that Rick’s murder wasn’t about the fortune he’d discovered—it was about revenge.

Henry immediately tries to reach Jo, but she is at Isaac’s apartment with her phone turned off. He finds Hanson at the station, and together they figure out that Margo is headed to Isaac’s. At the apartment, Jo and Isaac are enjoying their time together, unaware that an intruder is letting herself in. (What New York City luxury apartment building has no doorman and a lock that can be easily picked?) Henry and Mike arrive just in time to see Jo kicking ass. Though she told Isaac she didn’t have her gun with her, she did, and it came in handy. One might think that this was too much action for a first date, but Issac Monroe is not deterred. He tells Jo there will certainly be a second date.

Whether Henry will harbor jealousy and resentment over Isaac’s relationship with Jo remains to be seen, but for now, he is grateful to have someone to answer his questions. Isaac was the one who was interested in the Empress of Africa because he was familiar with the history. He was able to fill Henry in on all that had transpired. It turns out that as Henry fell to his death, he dropped the key to the slave shackles and cages—just within reach of a captive man who was able to release them all. They made it far enough north to live as free men. Henry hadn’t failed them after all.

Final thoughts:

Henry’s discomfort with going to the Explorer’s Club underdressed was perfect.

“I guess there aren’t any aye-witnesses.” —Lucas, for the win.

Everyone seemed disappointed in Jo for bringing her gun on a date, but I do not totally trust this Isaac and I would feel a lot better if she took it on all their dates for now.

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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