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Season 2 | Episode 5 | “Bodies of Water” | Aired May 16, 2016

Hey, 12 Monkeys fans, it’s the moment for which we’ve all been waiting! No, it’s not a Cassie/Cole tryst, but it’s just as satisfying (I presume) … I’m talking about a Cassie/Jennifer mission!

And, let’s be honest, “Bodies of Water” fires hot on all cylinders this week as it hits humor, heart, and plot progression — just the way I like it. Let’s dive.

The Recap

This week opens in 2016 with our resident Striking Woman, aka. Olivia, in need of answers — STAT! She sips the magical red forest tea and drifts off into the fuzzy, terrifying dreamland. After entering the nightmarish house, an already-angry Olivia does not take to the Witness’ orders: “Find Cassandra. Prepare her.”

12 Monkeys - Bodies of Water - Olivia

Olivia would rather just eliminate Cassie altogether, but the Witness scribbles a hundred “NO”s on the room’s walls, and Olivia wakes scared, with a bleeding nose and the Pallid Man hankering for her job.  She orders him to retrieve Cassie.

In 2044, Cole and Jones watch the red storm loom while waiting at the Daughters’ camp. It’s time for Cole to meet with old Jennifer! He warns her that she’s not safe — she is primary, after all — and he wants her to move into time travel headquarters. Not going to happen.

Jennifer reveals that only one more primary is needed before “game over.” And, after a few awesome pop culture quotes (Ghostbusters and The Transformers: The Movie), Jennifer says that someone needs to speak to her younger self — that someone being Cassie.

As expected, Cassie is not thrilled to be headed back to the past — to hang with one Jennifer Goines. As you recall, the two ladies don’t exactly get along. And, really, Cole is the only one who sees the best of Jennifer.

Either way, Cassie’s going — and, just in case, she and Cole agree to the newspaper ad rescue plan (as seen last week).

Atop the building, Jones restlessly bides her time. Eckland joins her and playfully deflates her ego, centering her back to the here and now — and he’s the only one who really can. Before heading back in, they spot one of Deacon’s men rushing to the gates.

12 Monkeys - Bodies of Water - Deacon

Moments later, Deacon bombards the man with questions. He sent five men out for supplies and one returns — the weakest to boot. After a bit of back and forth, it’s revealed that the guy struck a deal with the Foreman, one of Deacon’s enemies. Without question, Deacon shoots him. Ramse witnesses the scene and questions Deacon’s actions.

Just before splintering, Cassie also questions Deacon’s rationale for shooting the guys, but all is cut short because, you know, time travel. Cole and Deacon enter a pissing contest to see who can get the last word with Cassie’s safe travels. Really, no one wins.

Over in 2016, cue a delightful, pill-popping, “normal” Jennifer shopping around for dresses and turtles — all set to the Joan Jett-covered Mary Tyler Moore Show theme. But all isn’t entirely aces for our gal, as she also sees visions of a scary-looking woman amidst the fun.

12 Monkeys - Bodies of Water - Jennifer

Jennifer heads to the Emerson Hotel bar for drinks with girls. Also, she’s checking in on room 607. Don, the puppy-dog hotel guy, lets her know someone is there — and it’s Cassie!

Cassie wastes no time in getting to the mission at hand. But Jennifer’s on meds now and  can’t quite help the same way she used to. One of Jennifer’s friends, Stacy (Grace Lynn Kung), arrives to check in on her — oh, but she’s really working for Olivia and the 12 Monkeys! No worries; our ladies manage an escape.

In 2044, Cole gets zero support from Jones when it comes to Deacon’s antics ,so he turns to Ramse. In the end, they think Deacon’s too much of a problem — he needs to go.

While driving, Cassie attempts to fill in Jennifer on the details — that 2044 Jennifer sent Cassie there. They pull over and Cassie checks Jennifer’s prescriptions — maybe that’s why she’s not being useful? Well, that and she needs a crazy-inducing trigger.

After peaking at Jennifer’s files, Cassie finds a mother-related memory at Jennifer’s family summer home. At this, Jennifer is ready to bolt, but she sees the creepy woman again, and Cassie talks her down. Time for a road trip!

Meanwhile, Olivia and the Pallid Man question Stacy, Jennifer’s friend/spy. Stacy informs them that they discussed Tommy Crawford — so they must be on the hunt to find other primaries.

Cassie and Jennifer arrive at the empty (and lovely) Markridge family summer house. Jennifer’s father wasn’t rich; he just married rich. And Jennifer can’t escape the visions.

12 Monkeys - Bodies of Water - Jennifer and Cassie at house

They head into Jennifer’s room. There are drawings everywhere — of everything! It turns out Jennifer’s mother was insane (not primary) and hated the drawings. In fact, she tried to drown Jennifer in the bathtub once before getting sent away — permanently.

And here Cassie and Jennifer become friends. Different moms, different circumstances, but both women lost their mothers. And now Jennifer’s primed to get back to the mission!

In 2044, after Cole and Ramse talk, Deacon invites himself into a trip to investigate another temporal anomaly in the wild. Hook, line, and sinker.

Team bonding is officially underway for Cassie and Jennifer as they continue with the mission work — in a better place from whence they started. Jennifer finds her drawing of a fellow primary: Kyle Slade from the ’70s. Good work, ladies. Cassie tells Jennifer she earned her meds.

12 Monkeys - Bodies of Water - Jennifer drawings

But nothing is perfect, and the friends are interrupted by the Pallid Man, who credits his paradoxical survival on “really good genes.” He explains someone has already been sent to get Kyle in 1975.

Cassie briefly shocks the Pallid Man by holding a gun to Jennifer’s head (who’s completely fine with it), but she doesn’t have the oomph to pull the trigger and he knows it.

In 2044, the men take a road trip to find that alleged anomaly. They banter, they joke — and Deacon actually confesses his disappointment at the way Cole left the West 7, sneaking away in the middle of the night. It’s actually a little heartfelt and honest, too.

Tension continues to boil up between Olivia and the Pallid Man. While she insists the Witness put her in charge of this cycle, the Pallid Man questions the longevity of that decision.

Cassie and Jennifer get tied up at Olivia’s/the Army of the 12 Monkeys’ place. Olivia joins them, and faux-friend Stacy takes Jennifer away — Olivia wants only Cassie. She is force-fed the magical red tea. Cassie back-talks and gets a slap to the face. Olivia is trying to maintain her cool hatred of Cassie — but it’s not working.

Elsewhere, Jennifer feigns a crazy spell and tricks Stacy into letting her guard down — before head butting her unconscious. At that moment, she finds “The Word of the Witness,” a timeline map, marking key moments, and deaths — including Jennifer’s, September 23, 2044.

In the future, the boys arrive at their destination and begin searching for the issues. Guns in hand, all is clear — until it isn’t when Foreman and crew enter. Deacon’s gun is unloaded and Cole and Ramse turn on Deacon. They set him up — clearly. But, oddly, Deacon respects it; he would have done the same.

12 Monkeys - Bodies of Water - The Foreman

Cole and Ramse leave as Deacon is brutally beaten.

In 2016, Cassie begins her Red Forest journey (again). She enters the house and sees a half-burnt Aaron — wait, is he the Witness?! And then Joan Jett starts up again, harshing Olivia’s mood — she goes to investigate.

12 Monkeys - Bodies of Water - Cassie

Jennifer finds a catatonic Cassie and snaps her back to the ‘real world.’

Elsewhere, Olivia finds the source of Jennifer’s music and turns it off.  Jennifer enters, and she’s mad — and wielding a knife. While Olivia attempts at maternal smooth talk, Jennifer’s just not buying it this time, and she stabs Olivia, who falls into an empty pool.

In 2044, Jones is angry with Cole and Ramse, but not so fast — a very bloody Deacon appears! He dealt with the Foreman problem and offers a little insight into his past — as Foreman was responsible for the death of Deacon’s brother. Deacon thinks they all can just keep this mishap a secret. He also requests a bottle of whiskey from Cole — after his next trip to the past.

Olivia is paralyzed but alive — and the Pallid Man has no trouble kicking her while she’s down. He expresses his disappointment and leaves her to pay the Witness a visit.

In dreamland, the Pallid Man is granted control (his birthright) by the Witness.

12 Monkeys - Bodies of Water - Birthright

Later at a bar, Cassie orders a whiskey sour — for Cole, who splinters seconds later. Cassie explains that she and Jennifer are good, but the Pallid Man is still alive. The good news: They have a primary lead. The catch: Cassie doesn’t want to go back to the future. She plans to tend to an injured Jennifer.

Cassie’s shaken and tells Cole to be careful with Kyle Slade — he’s dangerous. Before leaving, Cole gets a bottle of whiskey to go.

Meanwhile, Jennifer wildly sketches and envisions Kyle washing his hands.

12 Monkeys - Bodies of Water - Kyle Slade

We end with Kyle looking up, saying, “Finally, James Cole is coming for me.”

The Takeaways

Jennifer’s Death. No — it can’t be true! Jennifer’s immortal, right? RIGHT?! As important as she is, it’s remarkable that she’s lasted into 2044. So, how’s she going to go? Will it really happen? Come on: Anything’s possible. Cole’s altered time before by saving Ramse. Surely he can save Jennifer, too…

Cassie’s Visions. Here’s the big one. What exactly did Cassie see during her hallucinogenic trip into the Red Forest? Death? The end of the world? The Witness’ true identity in, ahem, Aaron? Whatever it was spooked her — and it spooked her bad.

The Poll

Notables Quotes (the Jennifer/Cassie edition)

“My army is better than theirs.” –Jennifer

“I hate time travel.” – Cassie.

“Maybe every version of me thinks you’re kind of a bitch.” – Jennifer, to Cassie

“No means no! Take back the night! Stop the insanity!” – Jennifer

“I saw it in a documentary about the origins of hip-hop.” – Cassie

“You tried to make my friend crazy.” – Jennifer, to Olivia


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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