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'The Following' fan recap: Dead and not gone

Season 3 | Episode 11 | “Demons” | Aired May 4, 2015

The Following experienced a great loss last week—the death of Joe Carroll (for real this time). Yes, he was a villain—a sickening, Poe-obsessed serial killer with a knack for dramatics and overly used symbolism. But he was an essential part in both the show and—more significantly—Ryan Hardy’s identity. Who is FBI agent Hardy without Joe Carroll? No worries, friends. Joe may be dead, but he still lurks in the shadows of Hardy’s shattered world.

Last we saw Hardy, he was throwing back a few drinks with an imaginary Joe, ending his long-earned sobriety. And now we see the aftermath: a hungover Hardy leaving the scene of a random hookup (with the bartender from the night before). He heads home to a worried Gwen—and this time, she’s over it all. She knows Hardy has been drinking, and breaks up with him right then and there. Admittedly, this would mean more if I actually cared about Gwen. She may be carrying a little Hardy baby (unbeknownst to Hardy), but the girl is not the most understanding when it comes to Hardy’s exhaustive relationship with the late Joe Carroll. Gwen leaves—and phantom Joe is there to pick up the pieces.

Elsewhere, Daisy and Mark—or Luke, depending on his mood—are on a mission to find the missing laptop. Mark/Luke gets distracted and just wants to kill his arch-nemesis, Mike Weston, but Daisy talks him down.

Over at the FBI, Max gets a call from Gwen. She lets Max know that Hardy has been drinking; while Gwen will not be there for him, someone should.

Max heads to Hardy’s apartment—and he’s now keeping a bottle of Grey Goose by his bed. Max wants to help, and finally gets somewhere when she lets Hardy know they have a lead on Theo—an old case out of Philadelphia where an entire family was murdered, except for a young boy matching Theo’s description. While the murders appear to have been committed by the mother’s boyfriend, Max and Hardy believe Theo may have then killed the boyfriend.

Speaking of Theo, He and Penny discover just what Strauss’ secret coded location actually is: a big mansion in Virginia. But who lives there? Road trip!

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Daisy takes Mark to a hacker guy—for help in locating the laptop. Mark invokes Luke and gets super-aggressive, then threatens to burn the guy’s hipster beard right off his face.

Later, Theo and Penny arrive outside a gated mansion. Party rental trucks enter, so the two begin to cook up a plan. Where Penny would just storm the place, guns a-blazing, Theo is much more calculated with his approach. Would you expect anything less from a psychopath?

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Hardy, Max, and Weston study the crime-scene photos from that Philadelphia murder case—and something is awry. Evidence leads them to think it was not the mother’s boyfriend who committed the crime. It’s time to bring in the original investigator, Lisa Campbell (Diane Neal, Law & Order: SVU). If they find the real killer, this could draw out Theo.

At the FBI, things begin to get sticky for Tom. Because of inconsistencies, fellow Agent Erin questions Tom about the raid. While she doesn’t suspect Tom of any wrongdoings, Erin is just trying to get the facts straight—something for which Tom is not prepared.

Hardy teams with Campbell to solve the case and find the real murderer. Based on discussion and evidence, they suspect it would be a utility worker—someone who’s always around, but goes unnoticed. They’re ready to head to Philly—just them, not Max or Weston.

In what is proving to be the most boring aspect of the show, Daisy and Mark chitchat about their lost loved ones. Whether or not she’s being genuine is still debatable, but Daisy smothers Mark in unnecessary compliments. And I get the feeling that he’s starting to get the feeling—those feelings. For Daisy. Wink, wink.

Hardy and Campbell arrive at their hotel. She’s aware of Hardy’s less than orthodox approach to crime-solving, and warns him that he must play by the book. She’s been covering this murder case from the get-go—she needs to get the killer.

Weston calls Hardy with a suspect name—Oleg (Robert Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon’s real-life brother-in-law). He omits telling Campbell this important bit of info and goes off on his own. Well, not really. He’s joined by imaginary Joe.

Elsewhere, Theo and Penny hijack the limo (and identities) of a couple of guests—for the party at the mysterious mansion.

Hardy arrives at Oleg’s house. He breaks in and finds a hoarder’s house. But the true horror is in the basement—glass shards adhered to the wall and a Satanic, spewed journal. Yep, this guy is the killer—and he’s unnervingly bonkers. Oleg comes home and scuffles with Hardy a bit before getting away. Needless to say, Campbell is NOT pleased when she finds out.

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Back in FBI land, Erin shows up at Tom’s apartment for a little more questioning. This does not bode well—but for whom?

So, Daisy and Mark discover that the laptop was last accessed at the FBI. From there, this hipster hacker can’t help—he can’t get into the FBI’s system. They need someone else. Daisy decides to get in touch with her other hacker friend, Theo.

Theo and Penny head to the party. And it’s weird. Think Eyes Wide Shut meets Hostel. High-end sex meets high-end torture. They make their way up to the top—to Eliza (Annet Mahendru, The Americans)—and Theo strikes a deal. He’ll deliver Hardy, but for a price. Said price is to be determined.

Back at their hotel, Hardy and Campbell go through Oleg’s stuff. To no one’s surprise, Oleg is psychotic. Hardy goes for a walk; Campbell takes a shower; and Oleg arrives for revenge. He takes out the hotel clerk—and almost gets Campbell. Thankfully, Hardy comes to the rescue—and nearly murders Oleg with his own machete, after he knocked him unconscious.

Later, after a bit of forced interrogation, Oleg reveals that Theo was his friend—and it was Theo who asked Oleg to kill his family—sparing his foster sister, Sophia, aka Penny.

Theo gets Daisy’s request for help, and is surprised. After a bunch of back-and-forth, Tom finally gets caught in a lie. Fearing he’s a mole, agent Erin begins to pull a gun on Tom. He rushes her and accidentally shoots her in the stomach!

At the end of the day, Hardy heads home. Every trace of Gwen is gone. She officially moved on—moved out of his life. But remember, Hardy is not alone. He’s always got Joe.

The aftermath is rough. Joe is dead—but his essence (and influence) lives on in Hardy’s actions. He’s (heavily) drinking again. He’s sidestepping the (FBI) rules. He almost killed a (bad) guy. It’s a dark and twisted road for Hardy. Where’s the light at the end of this tunnel?

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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