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Season 3 | Episode 8 | “Flesh & Blood” | Aired Apr 13, 2015

If last week’s episode proved to be a horror movie, then this week’s episode of The Following took us to the movies again—this time, as an action-thriller. Any hopes for a rom-com in the near future—or perhaps buddy-cop science fiction? Karl Urban can guest star. Moving on …

As we recap “Flesh & Blood,” try to remember that Joe Carroll was actually once the big bad villain. I know it’s hard, considering his current situation and, well, Michael Ealy.

We begin with Ealy’s Theo “shopping” and talking to his wife on the phone. While he tells his wife he’s getting gluten-free sweets, he’s really stealing some cleaning supplies. He then heads back to the vacant store’s deli and grinds up Tucker—his now dead techy boss (the one he framed in the episode prior).

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Elsewhere, the FBI, under Agent Donovan’s (Mike Colter) leadership, is searching for Tucker. Again, Hardy lets them know they have the wrong guy, but no one wants to listen to the voice of reason. To make matters worse, Hardy learns that Agent Mendez is retiring.

Hardy seeks out Mendez—and sure enough, she’s leaving. She’s done with the FBI—it’s crushing her soul. She feels the bad outweighs the good. Hardy tries to talk her out of it.

Later, Hardy has a small argument with Gwen in bed. Why? He forgot to let her know he’d been shot in the chest—yes, it only hit the vest, but it was close range. Whoops. Gwen also reminds Hardy of a big, important dinner they are supposed to have with her boss. Take note.

Over in prison, Joe faces a psych evaluation. He blanks out and schemes up a brilliant fantasy where he escapes prison—again—and hops in the getaway car driven by his imaginary buddy, Ryan Hardy. It’s delightful—but fake, obviously. He comes to, and the real psychologist asks him, “Are you ready to die?”

The Following - Flesh & Blood - Joe

Hardy, Weston, and Max face dead ends as they try to locate the real killer. Hardy believes everything points back to the tech company. And guess what? All signs point to this guy named Sam (Theo!). He’s got a spotless record and he never deviates from his work routine. Because Theo is supersmart, he gets alerts to this person’s activity and begins erasing his picture from all records. The FBI—Max included—literally sees these changes being made on their database. It’s a WTF kind of moment.

Without letting Donovan know, Hardy and Weston head to “Sam’s” house—which is completely devoid of furniture. They find a small suitcase that holds a picture ID for Sam/Theo—and Hardy spots active surveillance cameras where Theo is watching their every move. A booby trap is triggered and the house explodes. Thankfully, Hardy thinks fast and pulls Weston into an empty bathtub before they’re blown to little FBI bits. Donovan arrives on scene and officially becomes #TeamHardy. It’s time to go offline with their investigation.

The Following - Flesh & Blood - Hardy at the window

While doing some real shopping, Theo and his wife, Cindy, run into her friend Nancy. Separate from Theo, the ladies discuss suspicions. They know Theo is up to something. Fortunately, they only think he’s a cheater—not a serial killer. Theo overhears everything and devises a plan. First, he suggests having another baby. Cindy is thrilled. He then decides to throw his wife a surprise birthday party. More on that in a minute.

The Following - Flesh & Blood - Theo and family

Let’s check in on the backseat killer, Joe. During a little “outside time,” his psychologist interrupts and lets Joe know that he’ll be receiving death by lethal injection—oh, and Hardy declined the invitation to be present at Joe’s execution. He’s dumbfounded.

After a long day of escaping death, Hardy heads home, to the dinner he forgot. He joins them … and all is fine until the boss brings up Joe Carroll. The men—FBI agent Hardy and Gwen’s doctor boss—go back and forth over the death penalty. A lively discussion for the boss turns VERY personal for Hardy, and he kicks the guy out. Yeah, Gwen’s angry—but, come on, can you blame Hardy?!

Over at Theo’s house, the party is a hit. Cindy is happy and all is looking up—until nosy Nancy begins grilling Theo about his work trips. BIG mistake, girl. Later that evening, Theo sneaks in and kills Nancy and her husband.

The Following - Flesh & Blood - Theo gets questioned by Nancy

The next morning, Hardy cooks a make-up breakfast for Gwen—but she’s not having any of it. Meanwhile, I’m not having any of Gwen. The tension is interrupted when the doorbell rings; it’s Mendez! She’s back, at least for a little while.

Déjà vu, it’s breakfast again—this time, at Theo’s house. Again the doorbell rings, and it’s the cops. Nancy and her husband were found dead—but it’s being ruled as murder-suicide.

Later, Hardy and team get a lead on a reference of Theo’s. They break into the guy’s house and find a trapdoor that leads them to a basement … a basement with ears hanging from the ceiling. And that’s not the worst part. They find a dead man tied up in a closet, with the top of his skull removed, exposing the brain.

The Following - Flesh & Blood - Mendez

Mendez spots someone outside—and Hardy catches him. After a little bribery, they learn this guy is a lawyer who met Theo in a chatroom. After empty promises of “fame,” he hands over one of Theo’s thumb drives.

Back at FBI headquarters, Max over-enunciates a bunch of big tech words that lead them to Nancy and Bob … then Nancy’s Facebook page … then a picture of Cindy and Theo (looking away from the camera). SCORE! They found Theo.

But of course, Theo knows all of this—and in one truly terrifying moment, Theo turns from upstanding husband-father to psychopath. He kills his wife—something he’s apparently had to do before with other families/friends. But thankfully, he only drugs his two kids. It’s unclear whether this was intentional, or he just ran out of time.

The Following - Flesh & Blood - Hardy on the phone

It’s a game of cat and mouse—and this mouse just fled the scene and disappeared into obscurity. After seeing Theo’s family, Mendez is DONE and Hardy is stumped. But before the credits roll, Hardy gets a threatening call from Theo: “I am the man who will take your future.”

So, who’s Joe Carroll again?

The Following airs Mondays on 9 EST 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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