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4 questions before tonight's big episode of 'The Following'

Last week’s “Kill the Messenger” episode cleared the path for Joe’s big return. And tonight’s episode of The Following finds him at a crossroads—a literal do-or-die situation. After all, it’s execution time, and Joe has a few final tricks up his sleeve. Would you expect anything less?

The season is more than halfway over; just five episodes remain after tonight. So, before heading into this evening’s aptly titled “Evermore,” let’s take stock of where we are and ask ourselves a few burning questions:

Will Joe live or die?

Ah, yes, that’s the big question, isn’t it? Based on tonight’s sneak peek, Joe’s execution doesn’t entirely go as planned. HUGE understatement. As you recall, at the end of last week’s episode, Joe manages to snag Hardy’s sunglasses in a brief scuffle at the prison. This gives Joe the opportunity and means to fashion a tool or weapon (see below).

The Following - Joe

So, I’m guessing Joe escapes his executors’ clutches via the aforementioned tool and takes them hostage. And whom does he want? Hardy, of course. But where does it go from there? What exactly does Joe want? Maybe Hardy’s decision to decline the execution invite prompted the plan. Maybe all Joe wanted was Hardy to be there—to watch Joe die. It’s a little sick and twisted, but then again, so is Joe.

OR maybe Joe’s plan goes further … into an escape plan; maybe Hardy (unbeknownst to him) is a part of it. If Joe is trying to escape, I can’t believe he’s trying to do it alone. The man feeds off of fame and his followers. So …

Will there be any big reveals?

The Following—primarily in its first season—had a knack for making the viewer second-guess every single character you met. Heck, there was a time I questioned the now lovable Mike Weston. So does Joe’s plan involve anyone we know? If I were to bet that any of this season’s new, recurring characters were in on it, I’d bet on Hardy’s girlfriend, Gwen, or Max’s FBI boyfriend, Tom.

I’ve always had suspicions about Gwen. Hardy has been through a lot—and Gwen is a little too pushy with the questions. Cool it, Gwen—can’t you just be supportive? Besides, after her cold reaction to Hardy’s rightful outburst at her boss (someone who could also be in on it), I’m over the girl. As for Tom, I’ve had only low-grade suspicions throughout season. He’s in the FBI and adds non-evil tension to the show (with the Max/Weston romance). But … my suspicions have heightened because of that darn laptop. Either there’s another reason for his laptop heist (vs. just to spy on his girlfriend), OR the guy is just a really bad FBI agent. You know, destroying what could be awesome evidence for the whole Daisy/Mark case. He’s probably just the latter.

The Following - Tom

Will there be any big deaths?

As with the character second-guessing, The Following is also known for its deaths—and it’s not afraid to kill off major characters. I’m looking at you, Agent Debra Parker (Annie Parisse), in season one. Hardy’s team is always at stake. So there’s worry for Max and Weston—and, of course, Gwen. For Hardy’s sake, I’m hoping they skip a big death. But, you know, it’s Joe who’s set to be executed …

Will our other killers make an appearance?

We all know this is going to be Joe and Hardy’s episode—possibly their final chapter together. So are we going to miss Theo this week? Or Daisy and Mark? I’m half-tempted to think one of them might be conspiring something separate, from the outside, to get at Hardy. While he’s busy and distracted with Joe’s prison mayhem, perhaps Theo moves in to get tough revenge on Hardy—and maybe Joe is in on that plan too?

The Following - Joe in prison bed

Goodness. It’s so easy to scheme up ideas when the show itself is full of twists, turns, circles, and squares. Have any theories of your own? And, most important: What is going to happen to Joe Carroll tonight?

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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