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'Forever' finale fan recap: It's a long story

Season 1 | Episode 22 | “The Last Death of Henry Morgan” | Aired May 5, 2015

“It’s a long story,” Henry tells Jo as season one of Forever comes to a close. The question is: Will we get to hear the rest of it? That still remains to be seen as we await the fate of our beloved immortal. In the meantime, let’s take a look at that whopper of a finale.

Several weeks ago, Adam dropped a bomb on Henry, informing him of his theory that the key to ending their curse is being killed with the weapon that first induced the immortality. For Henry, it’s the pistol he recently found at the Explorer’s Club; for Adam it’s the pugio dagger that was also used to kill Julius Caesar. The victim that arrives on Henry’s table this week was in possession of Adam’s dagger. Henry knows that Adam believes this dagger will free him from his hell on Earth. He also knows Adam is willing to do whatever is necessary to get it.

Unfortunately for Adam, the woman he killed didn’t have the dagger. Several people were trying to get a hold of it because of its monetary value, and like a game of three-card Monte, Adam lost track of it. As the NYPD tries to track down the killer, Henry’s knowledge of Adam and his motives is directly at odds with Jo and her investigation. Henry deliberately tries to mislead her in order to keep her away from Adam. His main goal is to find the dagger before she does. He is so blinded by this need that he puts an antacid in a suspect’s coffee knowing it’s going to have negative consequences. He uses the situation to get the answers he is looking for, but he completely alienates Jo in the process.

The entire season comes to a head in a Henry/Adam showdown in a New York City–subway tunnel. Adam desperately wants Henry to kill him with the dagger, but Henry isn’t a killer and refuses to play. Adam does everything he can to provoke Henry, including tormenting him with allusions to Abigail’s last moments. Finally, he pulls out the pistol that killed Henry all those years ago (Abe shouldn’t have taken that break for lunch!). He shoots Henry in the chest, telling him that Jo will arrive shortly. Adam recognizes that Henry’s biggest fear is someone finding out his secret. He knows that Jo will either find Henry dead or will watch him disappear. “Either way,” Adam hisses, “your life is over.”

Except it isn’t. Henry is not dead and Jo arrives just after Henry disappears. She does find his pocket watch, though, and a photograph of Henry, Abigail, and baby Abe from the mid-1940s. She shows up at Henry’s door and asks him for an explanation. “Tell her,” Abe encourages. Henry takes a deep breath and begins.

Highlights of the finale:

  • After Jo catches Henry in all of his lies, she is finished trusting him. They share a moment in her car where she thanks him for helping her to feel again. It is clear that Jo cares deeply about Henry, but all of his secrets are making a real relationship—of any kind—impossible. She says good-bye and kicks him out of her car. Fortunately, her curiosity and her concern for Henry lead her to follow him, thus allowing her to be there to find the watch and photo.
  • Before Henry “dies” and disappears, he manages to whisper one last thing to Adam: I am not a killer; I’m a doctor. As he says these words, he stabs Adam with a syringe that ultimately puts Adam in a (possibly permanent) state of paralysis. His mind is functioning, but he cannot move. He is trapped in his own body. For all of eternity. That’s some no-nonsense revenge, Dr. Morgan.
  • Joel David Moore is the unsung hero of this show. Every scene with Lucas is special. His ability to provide both humor and poignancy is truly remarkable. If/when Forever returns for season two, the Lucas/Henry relationship is one that I hope will be explored further.
  • We gained even more insight into Henry’s past and his history with Abigail. Early in their relationship, Henry learned that Abigail had been abused by a former boyfriend. He takes it upon himself to track the man down and warn him against ever hurting her again. The man, it turns out, is significantly larger than Henry and proceeds to take him outside the bar and kick his ass. The fight ends with the man stabbing Henry and leaving him to die in Abigail’s arms. (Luckily, the dozens of bystanders all manage to clear out before Henry performs his disappearing act.) When Henry shows up at the house later, Abigail doesn’t even blink. She just holds her love’s face in her hands and says “You poor man.” Henry knows it’s true love.

So, where does that leave us? How will Henry’s confession change his relationship with Jo? How will Jo’s knowledge of Henry’s secret affect the dynamic at work? Will Adam find a way out of the hell Henry has put him in? Will people start treating Lucas with more respect? Let’s keep our collective fingers crossed for the answers to all these questions and more when Forever returns in the fall. #RenewForever!

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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