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'12 Monkeys' fan recap: Whom do you trust to save the world?

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Divine Move” | Aired Mar 20, 2015

With each new installment, 12 Monkeys dives into a whole new world of crazy. Let’s take a look back at “Divine Move” and see where and when we are with saving the world.

As we did last week, let’s break it down by year. And—BONUS—there’s another poll at the end!


While Cassie and Aaron are rekindling their affection for each other, Cole splinters his way back into their lives. The mission continues, and now they need to figure out how the virus gets released. Ah, Oliver Peters (Ramon de Ocampo), the scientist who created the strand—he’s a loose end, so it must be him.

While Aaron is frustrated at the seemingly never-ending responsibility of saving the world, Cassie and Cole forge on. They head to Peters’ lab—and find his husband dead, stuffed with flowers (the Tall Man’s doing, no doubt). Thankfully, they come across Peters’ secret journal—disguised as a Proust book—that contains the recipe for the deadly virus. Score one for the team—off to a bar!

But it’s not a fun bar; the mood is melancholic. The two discuss how everything leads back to a 1987 meeting at the White Dragon—and that is the real beginning. Cole needs Cassie to find Peters, but like Aaron, she’s less than enthused about how their work persists. Plus, Cassie is concerned for Cole’s visibly damaged health. So she drinks—a lot. Cole eventually splinters, and Cassie is left seeing the leaves on a plant change to red. Red forest, anyone?

12 Monkeys - Divine Move - Cole and Cassie

The next day, a hungover Cassie pops some pills and makes a phone call about animal test suppliers—that leads her to monkeys and a hit on Peters’ whereabouts. Later, Aaron accuses Cassie of following Cole blindly. Can you blame her? There’s a lot on the line here—you know, the world.

That night, Cassie (armed with a gun) and Aaron (unarmed—he’s a terrible shooter, remember?) head to the shipyard to stake out a shipment of monkeys. They split up, and Cassie comes across a container with Peters. Ack, it’s too late. Peters tells Cassie he gave the virus away to save his husband—which we know (and now he knows) was all in vain. She comes close to killing Peters (and looks a little too happy in the process) but lets him go in the end.

Meanwhile, Aaron runs into that “Striking Woman”—a cohort of the Witness and Tall Man. She knows Aaron’s weakness and asks him, “What are you willing to do to keep her [Cassie] alive?” Great …

12 Monkeys - Divine Move - Striking Woman

In the end of 2015, Cassie and Aaron head to that same bar from earlier and reiterate the overall theme of the past few episodes: how everyone’s mission is driven by one person and saving that one person, no matter what the risks or consequences.


Ramse is on a mission to destroy Jones. He goes to her lab and breaks into a cabinet containing Cole’s serum needed for time travel—and then sets the lab on fire. BOOM.

Later, Jones shows Cole what Ramse did—but the conversation is quick to turn back to the mission. Cole must get to November 21, 1987, to the White Dragon nightclub in Tokyo. Cole is determined but weak; he passes out.

Elsewhere, Ramse heads to a nearby camp—to Elena, to let her know what he’s done, proving his loyalty to her and Sam. And here we see a glimpse of the Daughters—a group of nomadic women who blame men for the apocalypse. That’s pretty badass, actually. Ramse peeks at their convoy and sees the mark of the 12 Monkeys.

Back at time-travel central, Cole is undergoing some sort of treatment for his health—though he’s super-eager to get back to work. The poor guy still has hangups about Ramse’s new perspective. They have a sincere, brotherly past, so it doesn’t come as a surprise when Cole says, “Getting Ramse killed cannot be the last thing I do here.”

Jones relents, and later tells Whitley that when they attempt to get the serums back, Ramse should be spared—for Cole’s sake.

After seeing that special monkey mark, Ramse approaches the Daughters and asks about the 12 Monkey symbol. And who should appear? An elderly Jennifer Goines. Her response: “Twelve was not primary.”

12 Monkeys - Divine Move - Jennifer Goines

Per usual, Jennifer begins speaking in her own nutso language—jabber about there being no monkeys (men?) here. BUT she also recognizes Ramse. Other important jabber notes: The Witness knows who started the plague; Jennifer gives Ramse a necklace and tells him he’s a good friend—not yet—but he will be; and something happens today that changes things.

Over at Ramse’s new camp, that something happens when Whitley and soldiers charge in for the serum—and Elena ends up getting killed. It wasn’t exactly justified … so Whitley kills the executor. Whoa. Whitley’s kind of a standup guy, yeah? Either way, Ramse is still angry. He comforts Sam and leaves with the serum syringes. Off to Jones’ camp he goes …

12 Monkeys - Divine Move - Ramse

Ramse takes out a few guards—but spares Whitley after acknowledging what he did for Elena—and heads directly to Jones. Cole wakes from his treatment and it’s now-or-never time: 1987, here we come! But Ramse gets to the machine first, with a bomb. Enter Max (who tries to talk Ramse down from his anger) but nothing is easy and everything goes bonkers. Ramse kills Max, locks himself in the room with the machine, and injects himself with the time-travel serum. He splinters. What the what?!

Because they have no way to get Ramse back (as he’s not equipped like Cole), it’s up to our dying time-travel pro to go back and stop Ramse. And this time, Cole’s ready to stop him, at any cost.


Ramse arrives in Tokyo (drops mic).

Memorable Quotes

Aaron (to Cole): You’re a time traveler that doesn’t know what he’s doing.

Jones: I don’t think that God’s wrath requires my belief.

Whitley (to Jones): You’re right about something. Someone, someday, will judge us for what we’ve done.

Jones: James, we are out of time. 1987 is the endgame.


Poll: Whom do you trust to save the world (past or future)?

Based on last week’s poll, viewers appear divided between #TeamRamse and #TeamCole, with the latter slightly edging ahead. This week, we further the divide (with a twist): Whom do you trust to save the world?

Cole: He may be weak and dying, but he’s determined to find this virus and the people behind it—AND DESTROY IT ALL! This will save millions—especially Cassie.

Ramse: Following his own set of rules, Ramse is determined to save the world’s future—not the past. He’s headed back in time to stop Jones’ mission (and Cole) and let everyone just get on with their lives in 2043—especially for his son, Sam.

Jennifer: Forget the men! Crazy Jennifer knows all. Join the Daughters (can boys do that too?) and rule the world. Bonus: You get kickass fashion (see below)!

12 Monkeys - Divine Move - Daughters

This week’s timelines included 2015, 2043, and 1987.

12 Monkeys airs Fridays at 9 EST on Syfy.

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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