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Season 3 | Episode 6 | “Reunion” | Aired Mar 30, 2015

Reunited and it feels so good. Yes, Joe Carroll and Ryan Hardy are back on speaking terms! We’re all jumping for joy, but let’s be honest—the real star of The Following this week was our new killer in town, guest star Michael Ealy (Almost Human, About Last Night).

The gist

Dr. Strauss (with Daisy) is on the loose—and the FBI is hunting him down. Meanwhile, Joe strikes a deal with Hardy: Joe will help find Strauss if Hardy comes to visit every day until Joe’s planned execution.

The Following - Reunion - Joe and Hardy

Joe’s help is actually quite simple and, well, it’s just common sense: to locate some of Strauss’ former pupils/friends, someone who may be hiding Strauss. Either way, this takes the FBI to Beacon, New York, where the group investigates a series of missing persons that leads them to a Strauss ally—and the good (bad) doctor himself.

While I fully admit to enjoying the second season—because it was comical (intentional or not)—this episode felt very first-season—in a good way. Hardy and Weston befriended some local cops to aid in the search for Strauss; in the meantime, the Deputy’s (Smallville‘s Allison Mack) uncle (Tim Guinee) ends up being Strauss’ follower. It was a good old-fashioned twist. Classic season one.

Introducing Michael Ealy

This brings us to Michael Ealy—who just furthers the evidence that serial killers are super-good-looking. Ealy’s character is credited as “Theo,” even though I don’t recall ever hearing his name. We meet Theo through a series of flashbacks—killings. The guy is smart: He’s a tech-savvy hacker and possesses the perfect ability to frame his murders (sometimes he wear this creepy mask; see below). PLUS he’s a psychopath. He has an urge to kill—so he does so, without any remorse whatsoever.

The Following - Reunion - Mask

In flashbacks, Theo shoots up an office park, gets stabbed in the process, and meets Dr. Strauss, who recognizes his talents as a great killer. Strauss refers to Theo as his “best student.”

Well, Strauss calls up Theo to join him in Beacon, to assist with credentials (passports, etc.). FYI, Theo is the one who faked Clarke’s FBI email! And then …

Those twists

Theo meets up with Strauss (and Daisy) at the deputy’s uncle’s cabin in the woods. While Strauss is happy to see him, Theo has other plans and kills Strauss. Because Strauss’ recent killings/kidnapping shenanigans have gotten some attention, this goes against his initial doctrine, the one he taught to Theo: “A shark is supposed to stay beneath the water.”

So big bad Strauss is dead. Theo lets Daisy live—and she’s later seen hitchhiking. The other twist? Theo heads home … home being a perfectly normal house with a wife and two kids. Now THAT’S compartmentalizing. Part killer, part family man. Who knew?

Tom and the laptop

Throughout the episode, Max is resting. Remember, she got beat up by Daisy—after Weston left her to chase after Mark. Hardy’s doctor girlfriend, Gwen, checks in on her. Weston tries to make amends, but he’s unsuccessful. Weston and Max do have an exchange about the Lily Gray cover-up—and killing Mark would have meant another cover-up. So what’s the importance of this? Tom, Max’s boyfriend, is still watching her on the laptop. CREEPY. Yes, Max did cheat on him and now he has extreme trust issues. But come on, when Max discovers this, there is no going back, Tom. You’re now a voyeuristic soon-to-be EX-boyfriend … who also has some pretty damning intel.

Do you trust Gwen?

The more Gwen questions Hardy and his secrets and lies, the more I distrust Gwen. I have a theory. Is this a throwback to Hardy’s neighbor from the first season? The follower who stabbed both Hardy and Claire in the finale? After all, Joe still thinks he and Hardy are one (see memorable quote below).

Either Gwen is the most boring, one-dimensional girlfriend ever—or she’s got something dangerous lurking up her sleeve. I’m betting on the latter.

The Following - Reunion - Gwen

Funny and Die

And now for something different. Check out this super-meta, cameo-riddled video from some of the people behind The Following. Warning: There’s a bit of language.

Even though Strauss is dead, Hardy heads back to Joe in the end. Supervillain Theo is now on the radar—and Joe might be able to help (again).

Memorable quotes

Joe (to Hardy): Do I need to remind you that when I die, you die?

Theo: There’s always a need for violence.

The Following airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET 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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