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'12 Monkeys' fan recap: Red Forest reveals & [spoiler] returns!

Season 2 | Episode 4 | “Emergence” | Aired May 9, 2016

12 Monkeys upped its game this week with some serious Back to the Future–style storytelling and major reveals. In a word, it was wild.

Instead of recapping by the different timelines this week, we’re just going to mash it all together for the sake of coherence. There are a lot of moving parts this week, so let’s get to it!

The Recap
As the Red Storm brews in the distance, Ramse and Deacon make it back to HQ where Jones is waiting with questions. But Ramse is pretty angry — obviously — since he was essentially sentenced to death just hours before.

But now Jones and Co. need Ramse’s help. Because Cole and Cassie’s time travel tether isn’t working properly, Ramse must head to 1944 and bring the duo back. If Ramse completes this mission, he’s free to walk away — with his son.

The rescue plan: Ramse needs to place a classified ad in the 1944 paper with coded coordinates, and Jones can then target the place and time to zap them back to the future. Truthfully, it’s more of a theory than an actual plan. Fingers crossed!

In a private conversation, Jones admits to her boyfriend-but-not-boyfriend, Eckland, that she’s only giving Ramse two days (prior to the paradox) to get things done because she doesn’t trust him.

After getting a different kind of travel serum, (it hurts more), Ramse is splintered to 1944 — where he instantly gets hit by a car.

Ramse

Meanwhile, Jones and team venture out to investigate the Red happenings. And she’s SUPER-stumped by it all. It’s clear that something happened in 1944. But what — and why now? Enter the Daughters, with an elderly, yet still-badass, Jennifer!

Over in 1944, we get snippets of last week’s “One Hundred Years.” We see Cassie arrive at the hotel, and so on.

Elsewhere, Ramse awakes in a hospital. He’s got osteoporosis, which is odd for his age, but he heals quickly! Ramse’s itching to leave, but the nurse insists he needs surgery.

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Ramse sneaks out of his room to make a phone call to Cole at the Emerson Hotel. Sound familiar? Before getting in touch with Cole, the nurse stops him and gets him back to his room.

In 2044, after watching the impending Red Storms inch closer to the facility, Jones is ready to get potential answers from Jennifer.

Accompanied by her very old looking turtle, Jennifer listens to Jones’ pleas for knowledge. As usual, Jennifer speaks in riddles, but insists Jones is looking at time in the wrong way, and the answer is in the red leaves. Also, we learn that Jim Morrison was a primary. Totally plausible.

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While Cassie and Cole complete their military-ball timeline, Ramse’s still stuck in the hospital. The morning of Tommy Crawford’s paradoxical sacrifice, Ramse finally escapes and heads to the mental institution.

Ramse first encounters the Lady Messenger, who appears confused — Ramse’s cycle is compete, after all. You can see a little questioning in her eyes, but her Messenger partner interrupts and they handcuff Ramse to the room.

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Over in 2044, Jones keeps searching the old newspapers for the classifieds, to no avail. She has no control or understanding of what’s happening, and it’s maddening.

Tommy dies and everything explodes. Ramse gets loose and witnesses Cole and Cassie being taken away by the police.

Later, at a dive motel, Cole and Cassie are violently interrogated by the feds (the same that were questioning them at the party). Of course, our time travelers can’t offer anything other than that they were trying to save those killed (and failed). But something sparks the fed’s interest — I believe the word “splintered” was used …

Ramse arrives at the motel to save the day.

Back at the Emerson, Cole thinks they should stay in 1944 until they figure out what’s going on, but Cassie and Ramse are ready to get back to 2044. They head out to place that classified ad. Cole hangs back and cherishes his (last?) whiskey sour.

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Back in the future, Jones is disheartened because she just can’t figure out what to do. Thankfully, Eckland’s right there to give her an adorable tough-love pep talk. After a bit of name-calling, he says, “What does the explorer do when they get lost? They go full speed ahead into the unknown.”

After placing the ad, Cassie and Ramse get a drink. Ramse says it’s fine for her to hate him — but Cole? That’s different; she needs to forgive him. She finally comes around and says she doesn’t hate Cole. That’s something.

Over at the hotel, Cole discovers what he needs: a newspaper article about a mysterious woman  hospitalized after an explosion. Aha, Lady Messenger!

Cole rushes to the hospital to see this woman. First, he runs into one of the federal agents. Thankfully, this fed is starting to question just who these guys are — in a good, supportive way. He lets Cole see Lady Messenger.

Thankfully, this lady is willing to open up a bit more. It turns out, her duty is done and she never expected to survive the paradox. She prepared to die here and now; she never thought she’d want to live and have something more.

So, what was the primary paradox all about? If you can destroy time, you can unlock infinity.

Once more, Jones goes to see Jennifer, who prepares some red tea. Jones drinks and immediately begins seeing things. By way of these hallucinatory images, Jennifer tells Jones that if you kill the primaries, time breaks. There would be only now, no past or future. Everything known to the world would be unborn and destroyed.

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Later, Jones gets the ad’s coordinates, and our time travelers are ready to get back to 2044. Our friendly H.G. Wells–loving agent arrives and wants to help — one day, maybe. Cole, Cassie, and Ramse magically splinter away.

After everyone is back and knows just what the 12 Monkeys are trying to do — ahem, destroy time — group tensions once again get hot. But Cole interjects with his words of wisdom: They need to come together and work it through, piece by piece. Yay, teamwork!

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Over in 1944, the fed agent pays a visit to Cole’s hotel room. After writing down Crawford’s name and the location and date on the back, he leaves the picture of Cassie and Cole. Wow. He just laid the groundwork for this mission. Good on you, sir.

And we’re not done yet. At a lovely mansion in 1971, our Lady Messenger is on her death bed, speaking to her son. “The Army will show you your path. One day, you will set things right.”

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Flowers fall from her hand as she dies. And her son? Oh, it’s a young Pallid Man!

Still not done, we head to 2016. Hearing voices upon voices, Jennifer checks herself into a walk-in clinic. Just outside the building, a scar-faced Pallid awaits.

The Takeaways
The Team
True, Cole appears to be the only one who’s cool with everyone else, but … they’re all back in the same timeline (for now), and they’ve agreed to work together to get the job done. That’s a start. A lot went down for this crew, but the conversation has finally started some relationship healing. So, how’s Cole going to feel about Ramse’s near-death experience with Deacon (blessings given by Jones)?

Red Forest revelations
So, basically, the Red Forest is “temporal hell on earth.” By killing the primaries, time gets broken — and the more it happens, the worse the conditions get, correct? Soon, time will collapse, and everything will cease to be. And you thought the plague was bad. Yeesh, talk about upping the stakes!

2044 Jennifer
Jennifer’s primary. But Jennifer exists in 2044 — so, she makes it through to the here and now. Which means she also escapes the forthcoming meet-up with the Pallid Man in 2016. So, is the Army after her in 2044? Do they know where she is? What else does she know/what else is she hiding? As always, Emily Hampshire kills it with the humor and crazy. Also: Elderly Jennifer’s looking good!

The Poll


Notables Quotes
“I can only fix one of your mistakes at a time.” –Ramse, to Jones

“Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.” –Jennifer (à la Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure)

“I can say one thing with absolute certainty: James Cole is loyal to a fault.” –Ramse, to Cassie

“We need to bury the past; it’s the only way to save the future.” –Cole

“Emergence” contains timelines from 1944, 1971, 2016, and 2044.

12 Monkeys airs Mondays on Syfy at 9 pm EST.

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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