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Top moments from this week's 'The Following'

On the heels of its cancellation announcement, The Following journey marches on with last night’s action-packed, blood-soaked, back-to-back episodes: “The Edge” and “A Simple Trade.” That’s a lot of unhinged Hardy—a lot everything.

So, as we prepare to bid this show farewell, let’s ditch the recap and discuss this week’s top takeaways. It’s a doozy. Are you ready to dive?

Killer teams unite.

Mark knows Daisy. Daisy knows Theo. Theo knows Penny. And last night, we got them all together. Working together … kind of. Theo is the leader and Daisy is the mediator. Mark and Penny? They’re the loose cannons. Okay, so they’re not a formidable squad of super-villains—more like a bunch of angsty killers who have a grudge with the FBI. So the goal is to find the FBI “mole”(aka Tom)—the one who took that EVIL LAPTOP (yes, I shouted). But Theo is a lone wolf—and super-smart. Why does he need Mark and Daisy’s help? Well, if they find Tom, Theo has a good shot at getting back into the FBI server. HUGE advantage. So, together they form a plan.

The Following - Four Killers

And the award for worst FBI agent goes to …

TOM! Oh, Tom. You dug your own grave, buddy. First, you steal a laptop from a raid at Mark’s safe house—because you saw surveillance footage of Max sleeping with Weston. Then, you continue to creepily watch Max in her apartment. You get nervous when the FBI begins to track the laptop—which you keep in your FBI LOCKER—and destroy it. THEN you (accidentally) kill the FBI agent that starts asking questions, and hide her corpse in your apartment bathtub. But it doesn’t end there, Tom. Due to the circumstances, you agree to help Mark and Daisy tap into the FBI server (allowing Theo to regain access). And finally—at Mark’s request—you deliver Weston to the psycho foursome.

The Following - Weston and Tom

Hardy goes rogue.

After digging up some actual information on Theo’s foster sister, Sophia (aka Penny), Hardy and Max go on a stakeout—at Penny’s dealer. This is something that proves to be incredibly useful, as Penny herself arrives for a fix. Max and Hardy chase her down, then lose her. Max leaves after hearing of Agent Sloan’s death, and Hardy sticks around. Why? Oh, because he actually did catch Penny and tied her up—unbeknownst to Max, of course. He goes even deeper into FBI trouble when he decides to take Penny back to his apartment. More on that in a minute.

Theo does care!

Michael Ealy’s Theo is so very calculating and cold. He murders without hesitation. He’s quick to devise a plan or hack a computer. After being exposed, he had no problem killing his wife and almost killing his small children. It’s what “needed to be done.” The guy is legit scary—because there’s been no trace of real emotion. Until now. Unable to get a hold of Penny via phone, he hacks into the street camera and peeks at the dealer’s street. Of course, this is where he sees Hardy leave the scene with his beloved sister. That’s when the feelings come out … all of them. And reaching that tipping point of emotion is just as scary.

Hardy becomes Joe.

Back to Hardy. He’s got Penny tied up, but she’s not telling him anything. Hardy gets angry and she taunts him. He gets drunk and then decides to waterboard her. That alone is pretty awful, but to make matters worse, he does it because he knows she’s afraid of water—something he read in her case file from childhood. That is sadistic and calculating. Admittedly, I like Rogue Hardy—the guy who isn’t afraid to pull a trigger or smash a guy’s face into a car window. But this is just plain torture. It was tough to watch. Thankfully, Joe was there to watch for me. You’re losing it, Hardy …

The Following - Penny and Hardy


Is it weird that I’ve come to like Daisy? She’s a complicated killer. True, she murders in cold blood—and she did it gleefully with Kyle (RIP). But, well, she’s just different. In a room full of psychopaths, Daisy is the levelheaded one. And she’s become the referee between Mark and Theo. I think both men terrify Daisy, though she’s learned to manipulate Mark a bit. But at this point, I think this scenario—this experience—is all about getting out alive and disappearing, preferably with someone else. Headed into next week’s finale, I don’t see Daisy making amends with Mark. He’s inches away from killing Weston—when they still need him for the trade. So sensibility (thankfully) gets the best of her, and she shoots Mark. He runs off (to pout) and is not a part of the final act (just the epilogue). Daisy is left with a grief-stricken, revenge-seeking Theo.

Hardy comes to terms … and then doesn’t.

In the end, Hardy (and Max) has to make a trade—Penny for Weston. It’s a sticky situation because everyone pretty much wants everyone else to die. Once the swap occurs, all hell breaks loose. People get chased and beaten; gunfire ensues. It’s pure chaos. Theo tries to convince Penny to leave with him, but she’s dead-set on avenging her Hardy-inflicted torture, right then and there. Her impulse proves fatal when Hardy shoots her.

Later, when Hardy gets reprimanded by Agent Campbell (Diane Neal, back for another guest spot), he admits he’s a dead man. After killing the one person Theo loved, Hardy accepts his fate: Theo is going to kill him. And then something else happens. Hardy heads home to find Gwen packing up the last of her belongings. He tells her she deserves better—and he’s allowing for there to be closure between the two of them (because he knows he’s going to die soon). So what does Gwen do? She tells him she’s pregnant. In an instant, Hardy has something for which to live.

Is Joe really gone?

As Hardy takes the last few minutes of the episode to right his wrongs, he attends an AA meeting—and means it this time. His admits his faults and wants to be a better man. In an odd moment, he sees Joe, who gives Hardy a slight nod, and then—poof—Joe is gone. Is that the really real end of Joe Carroll? Did Hardy close that door for good? Or are we going to get one last peek in the series finale?

Questions for next week (and beyond).

This is it, folks. The two-hour (two-episode) finale is next week! Do you think Hardy will make it out alive? Should he? At the end of last night’s episode, Max and Weston reunited romantically—only to then be gutted again, literally, when Mark repeatedly stabbed Weston. Weston does manage to kill Mark just before he gets to Max. So what’s to come of Weston? I can only assume one of the major players will die—as that is what this show’s about. Poor Weston …

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And finally, the cancellation notice did serve up a little hope that the studio could be shopping it around to other networks and/providers—Hulu, anyone? Should it live to tell another tale, will you be following The Following?

The Following series finale airs Monday, May 18, at 8 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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