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'Forever' fan recap: I didn't want to go with Isaac

Season 1 | Episode 20 | “Best Foot Forward” | Aired Apr 7, 2015

This rookie season of Forever has been enjoyable from the start, but now we have reached the point where things are getting good. The longer arcs are starting to reach their thrilling conclusions, characters are interacting more, and the significance of Henry’s past and its links to his present are becoming clearer. There are still some issues that need to be worked out, but Forever has proven itself a worthy presence in the prime-time lineup.

In tonight’s episode, “Best Foot Forward,” Jo and Henry’s relationship seems to have reached an important turning point. As she and Isaac sit in a cab on their way to the airport to board a plane that would take them to France, Jo has the realization that she’d rather see France with Henry. She shows up at the antiques shop to tell him about her epiphany, but is interrupted by Abe. She’s said enough to give Henry the idea, but it’s unclear how much he actually understood. Based on Henry’s highly polished powers of observation, it is crazy to think he could have missed what Jo was saying, but we’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out.

It would have been infuriating that Abe cut off Jo’s admission (and maybe it still was a little) if it hadn’t been to share an equally compelling piece of information with Henry. After last week’s murder case led to a clue about Abigail’s whereabouts, Abe enlists Lucas’s help in locating his missing mother. Lucas hits a dead end that requires Henry’s sign-off—Abe has expressly instructed Lucas not to tell Henry about his investigation—but Lucas is inspired (by a scarf, obviously) to do his best Henry impression and get the information. What exactly his digging uncovered is yet to be seen, but Abe interrupts Jo and Henry in order to tell Henry that he’s found Abigail.

There are several obstacles that could stand in the way of a Jo and Henry union (not the least of which is his massive secret), but finding Abigail would almost certainly stop any developing feelings dead in their tracks. On the other hand, if finding Abigail can provide closure to this decades-long mystery, it just may be the thing Henry needs to finally move on.

Meanwhile, this week’s case raises the question: “How far will a person go to get what he wants?” Henry’s memories lead us to 1920s in Paris when he hobnobbed with Hemingway and other artistic types. His friend and sculptor, Valerie, developed a heroin habit which she claimed helped inspire her art. Henry’s attempts to convince her she didn’t need the drugs were futile (and illustrated how little was understood about addiction at the time).

In the present, Jo and Hanson come to Henry with a case of a ballerina whose severed foot was found at the theater where she was supposed to perform. What looks like a brutal attack turns out to be a sick plan that the victim herself put in motion—she has a degenerative bone disease, and wanted to avoid the humiliation of having to leave ballet so soon after rising to fame.

How does this question translate to our current players? How far will Jo go to get what she wants (now that she’s identified what it is)?

Final thoughts:

  • Lucas and Abe!!! More of this, please. Joel David Moore is getting more moments to shine and he does so much with each one. Giving him the opportunity to interact with different cast members gives him even more to do, and it is so much fun to watch.
  • There are still too many coincidences. This week it was the photo of the ballerina next to her car that just happened to be hanging in her brother’s apartment. It would be great to see Henry, Jo, and Mike solve their cases without getting unfathomably lucky each week.
  • At the start of the episode, Henry was cleaning the pistol he got from Adam. Is he contemplating trying to kill himself for good? Will the way things turn out with Abigail push him in that direction? Can his relationship with Jo give him a new reason to want to live? Will the season end with Henry pulling the trigger? So many questions! Two episodes to go! What do you think will happen??

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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