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6 things to think about before the '12 Monkeys' season finale

It’s hard to believe that the season finale of Syfy’s freshman series 12 Monkeys airs tonight. It’s been a wild ride—and I cannot imagine that it’ll slow down anytime soon. With each new episode, questions are posed and turns are taken. So, prior to tonight’s finale, let’s take a moment to hash out some questions and scenarios. Plus, this week’s poll includes some crazy—yet not entirely implausible—fan theories!

Before we dive in, here’s a look back at last week’s “Paradox.” Only two time periods are explored in this ep—2015 and 2043. After losing Cole to the past (for good), Doc Jones attempts to rebuild her mission. She urges her crew to continue research into the Army of the 12 Monkeys and Dr. Railly. While working on the machine, she discovers a red plant. Jones’s colleague, Dr. Adler says the plant is English Ivy—and it’s not from their time.

In the very last scene of 2043, the alarms sound at Jones’s headquarters. A distraught Whitley arrives—with a severed head. He warns, “They’re coming.” Who’s they? Just a group of hooded pale people who want into Jones’s facility. And resident bad boy Deacon is back to lead them into the place.

Back in 2015, Cassie’s own mission is to save a dying Cole. So, she enlists some help—from a young Doc Jones (who’s also pregnant). Cassie coerces Jones into helping. So, what’s the cure? Cole’s own blood. Time to track down a (very) young Cole.

12 Monkeys - Paradox - Cassie

Elsewhere, a newly empowered—yet still bonkers—Jennifer Goines takes over her father’s company, The Markridge Group, by marching into a boardroom and climbing onto the table. Side note: Jennifer’s dress is adorned with guns (see below). It’s kind of perfect.

12 Monkeys - Paradox - Jennifer Goines takes over

Cassie’s beau, Aaron, is still not on board with their ongoing attempts at saving the world. It’s a constant battle and all he wants to do is run away with Cassie. She’s not compliant, so what does he do? Make a deal with the devil … er, I mean Olivia.

Jones and Cassie find Cole’s father, Matthew. He’s edgy at first, but, man, does this guy turn out to be kind of wonderful. Something of note: Matthew is wary of Cassie and Jones because Cole’s mother went a little crazy talking about the “monkeys,” too. Interesting …

12 Monkeys - Paradox - Young Cole

Matthew and young Cole head to Cassie’s place—to save Cole. It’s both sweet and sad witnessing this unconventional family reunion. Later, Aaron nearly abducts Cassie—but she gives him a glorious punch to the face and escapes. Everything else goes to hell when the Tall Man and company storm the place. Young Cole is saved (by Cassie), but Matthew is killed. Oh, and Cole injects himself with his blood—causing a massive paradox. So, who tipped off the bad guys? Aaron, of course. I used to like you, bro.

In the end, Cole is cured and Cassie and Jones drop off the young, orphaned Cole to Child Protective Services. It’s something that needs to be done. Why? This is where young Cole meets a young Ramse. Aww … At this time, Jones decides to keep her unborn child—who we know is her daughter Hannah, a young victim of the plague.

12 Monkeys - Paradox - Cole Meets Ramse

Now, let’s discuss.

1. Cole’s status. After receiving his life-altering blood transfusion, Cole has lost his ability to time travel. So, what does that mean exactly? How does this work into his place on the show? Does this mean Cole is stuck in 2015—or, will something allow him to return to 2043? I can’t imagine he’ll never see Jones again. Right?

2. Jones’s place. Like Cole, Jones’s story has changed. She no longer has Cole to help her, and she’s not really a part of the 2015 storyline anymore. Will her tale now be solely focused on those pale men and Deacon? Will she find a way to travel back in time? Will she—gulp—meet her end?

3. Olivia and Jennifer. Based on 2043 Jennifer, I don’t see her relationship with Olivia as a long-lasting thing. The Daughters are far removed from the Monkeys—right? So, where is their falling out? What’s more, 2017 Jennifer appears to be on the “outs,” too—she’s fairly grungy-looking when we see her outside the CDC building in Baltimore. That’s a far cry from her spiffy new duds and boardroom appearance in “Paradox.”

4. Aaron’s future. I am not a fan—not anymore. I used to get why Cassie totally dug Aaron. And I still get it—from their past. But the guy needs a reality check. He loves Cassie—but forcing her to leave her passion, her mission, is not the way to seal the deal. Since his setup with Olivia didn’t exactly pan out, I’m wondering if we’ll lose him in tonight’s finale. You think?

5. Ramse. There was a lack of Ramse in “Paradox”—aside from young Ramse, of course. While I’ve been mad at his actions in recent episodes, I keep going back to 2043 Jennifer’s words, “You’re a good friend—not yet, but you will be.” Knowing Ramse and Cole go way back to childhood and knowing just how much they’ve been through together, their relationship cannot be over. I must believe they’ll come back together at some point. #bromance

6. Deacon’s return. We all knew he was coming back, right? And he’s here—with a group of odd, pale people (and a vengeance). This new group wants something that Doc Jones has—and Deacon is super motivated to help them. So … how did he and the pale folks team up exactly? Deacon’s no-nonsense—but then again, so is Jones. This should make for an interesting battle.

The finale is entitled “Arms of Mine.” Note: The Otis Redding song, “These Arms of Mine,” played at the very start of the first episode.

Memorable quotes

Jones: Time. It’s going to take what it’s owed.

Aaron (to Cassie): While you’re busy saving Cole and the rest of mankind, someone has to figure out how to save you.

Jones: I’m a scientist, Dr. Railly. I don’t believe in fate.

Poll: Which fan theory do you think is most plausible?

Even though 12 Monkeys is a new show, there’s an awesome collective of people who theorize about what’s to come. The speculative details are amazing. So, I snagged a few popular theories for this week’s poll. In a post-apocalyptic show about time travel, anything is possible. Of the theories below, which do you see happening?

“Paradox” included timelines from 2015 and 2043.

The 12 Monkeys season finale airs tonight 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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