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Season 2 | Episode 6 | “Immortal” | Aired May 23, 2016

The latest 12 Monkeys trip sends Cole and Ramse to an atmospheric 1975 to save the next primary. There’s just one thing … this particular primary is also known as the Immortal — a serial killer!

But as the Cramse (Jamse?) story unfolds, Cassie comes face-to-face with fear itself. Let’s dive.

The Recap
It’s 2044, and a still-depressed Jones continues to watch the developing red storm, aka the end of the world. Thankfully, Jones is brought back to the present when her non-boyfriend Eckland delivers intel on the next primary.

Elsewhere in the facility, Cole and Ramse track down an unknown adversary — it’s Samuel (Peter DaCunha), Ramse’s son! Don’t worry; these three dudes are just playing a round of rubber-band wars. Jones interrupts and pulls Cole away to discuss the next assignment.

Ramse and Samuel end up having a heart-to-heart about time travel and saving the world. And, really, young Samuel accepts his possible fate more than his father does.

12 Monkeys - Immortal - Ramse and Samuel

Back to the mission. The next primary is Kyle Slade (David Dastmalchian, Ant-Man), aka the Immortal, a known murderer, and Cole isn’t too keen on the idea of having to protect him from the Messengers. Enter Ramse, who’s ready to join the fight, making sure things get done.

The guys will locate Kyle by following his last victim, Victoria. Jones instructs our time travelers to not interfere with Victoria’s murder — they shouldn’t be tampering with timelines more than they already are. Let’s see how that works out for them.

Jones was able to recalibrate the machine so that Cole and Ramse will arrive within seconds of each other. So, it’s time to splinter to July 1, 1975. Cole’s ready, complete with sweet shades.

In 2016, Cassie and Jennifer hide out at the Emerson Hotel. Jennifer’s still nursing some wounds from their last battle. In a sedative-induced rant (or not), Jennifer asserts that their hotel is haunted. Cassie flashes on her most recent visit to the Red Forest. She thinks of Aaron.

With its yellowy hues, 1975 looks good on Cole and Ramse. The guys exchange cute diner chat about coffee before we’re introduced to their waitress: Victoria (Diana Bentley), the Immortal’s next/last victim.

And this one’s going to be tough. It turns out Victoria has a kid. And she’s a cokehead, which Cole and Ramse discover upon following her after work.

In a dark alleyway, our guys watch as Kyle attacks Victoria. But Cole’s not able to just stand by, and he jumps into the scuffle. Ramse begrudgingly follows suit, and they save Victoria — thus altering time. A Messenger shows up and treks after an escaping Kyle.

Back at the Emerson Hotel circa ‘75, Victoria gets kinda-sorta swayed into believing the guys’ true story (you know, time travel). She also gets some tough love from Ramse about staying off drugs.

Later at the hotel bar, Cole and Ramse devise a plan to get the cops involved — you know, seeing that they saved Victoria and botched the initial plan.

The next day, our time travelers pose as reporters and tip off the cops about the Immortal’s identity. To ensure a ride-along for the arrest, Cole and Ramse threaten some bad press for the police if they don’t agree to the terms … and it works.

Thanks to police resources (and the Department of Defense), we get a little more backstory on Kyle Slade. He was a POW who managed to escape by killing — ahem, dismembering — his captors. After being discharged from the military, Kyle went off the grid.

Meanwhile, we witness Kyle painting that all-too familiar monkey … with blood.

12 Monkeys - Immortal - Kyle Painting

In 2016, Cassie goes for ice in the hotel, only to hear strange voices — Aaron’s voice! She is led back to her room where she sees Aaron in the flesh.

Back in 1975, the police find Kyle, but he’s taken a hostage at a grocery store. No negotiator needed; Cole walks right into the store. Kyle lets his hostage go after he realizes he’s talking to THE James Cole.

12 Monkeys - Immortal - Kyle

Cole’s ready to turn Kyle over to the police, to keep him safe from the Messengers, until our primary says he wants to bring Cole to the Witness. Like, now. What?

Back to Cassie and Aaron! He explains how he was rescued by the Army of the 12 Monkeys after the fire. Aaron says they’re not the enemy. Okay …

12 Monkeys - Immortal - Cassie and Aaron

After chasing down the cops (in a stolen cop car), Cole hijacks Kyle from the police. Meanwhile, skeptical of Cole’s actions, Ramse runs off on his own.

Back at the hotel, Ramse finds Victoria tied up — by a Messenger. A fight ensues, and with the help of Victoria, Ramse kills the bad guy. Ramse tells the girl to leave and to take care of her kid. He also “borrows” her car.

Whilst journeying to the alleged Witness, Cole gets a little more insight into Kyle’s thinking. His Viet Cong captors heard voices, too. That’s why Kyle slaughtered them. His Immortal kills were primaries; Kyle was stopping the potential paradoxes. And killing Victoria (a non-primary) was just something to get Cole’s attention — to bring him to 1975. Wait, is this guy starting to sound kind of reasonable?

Over in the land of confusion, aka the Emerson Hotel 2016, Aaron is laying it on thick. He’s making the termination of time sound almost acceptable because it’s the only way to end death.

On the contrary, Kyle tells Cole that the “Forest of Blood” is hell on earth. The Witness wants to be everlasting, and the only way to do that is to end time.

After passing through severed limbs and a tripwire, Cole approaches a grotesquely-masked (think Leatherface) man in a cage: the Witness, according to Kyle.

12 Monkeys - Immortal - Witness Mask

And Kyle wants Cole to kill the veiled figure. Kyle shows Cole the bone dagger the “Witness” brought with him. And, yep, it’s not the Witness. It’s a Messenger.

Police hear an alert on their radio and head to Kyle’s location.

In 2016, things escalate quickly when Aaron’s eyes go black. THIS is the Witness! Cassie is terrified, and he changes into someone else — a demon-eyed Cole — before disappearing altogether.

Cassie awakes in the hotel lobby, with Jennifer playing along, as if Cassie was just a wandering drunk.

While Cole tries to explain to Kyle that this man is not the Witness, it only angers an already fragile and dangerously crazy Kyle. He pulls a gun on Cole, but Ramse shows up.

12 Monkeys - Immortal - Kyle with gun

The cops arrive and set off the booby trap, resulting in a massive explosion. In a matter of seconds, Kyle goes after Cole, Ramse kills the Messenger, and Cole shoots Kyle. Done and done.

In 2016, Cassie is unhinged. Because the Witness knows where they are, Cassie wants Jennifer to leave—to go somewhere safe and unknown. But Jennifer interprets the Witness’ appearance as a sign of weakness: He must be afraid if he’s coming directly at them.

12 Monkeys - Immortal - Jennifer Goines

So Jennifer wants to take the fight to him; however, Cassie’s feeling defeated. She confesses that Aaron’s words almost made her believe him. But leave it to Jennifer to become the voice of beautiful wisdom: “Death is like everything. It’s a time clock that makes us better. Makes us love harder … I don’t know, I think it’s like … maybe what makes us human.”

Small celebrations can be made in 2044, as spoiling Kyle’s paradox made the red storm withdraw a little — that’s a start!

12 Monkeys - Immortal - Cole and Ramse

On the facility rooftop, Cole and Ramse set aside their rocky ’70s experience, and adorably admit their love for each other. They’re bros for life, no doubt about that.

But we’re not quite done in 2016. Cassie returns to an empty hotel room and a note from Jennifer:

12 Monkeys - Immortal - Jennifer's Note

Remember when Jennifer said the place was haunted? Yeah, it’s feeling like that. Except here we see the Witness appear and disappear, donning his hood and mask that does in fact resemble what that Messenger was wearing earlier in the episode. And — BOOM — Cassie’s eyes go black.

The Takeaways: The Witness Edition
Aaron is not actually the Witness. Got it. And the Witness isn’t a normal, run-of-the-mill person — correct? He’s otherworldly and can shapeshift into other people. So, why do the Pallid Man and Olivia need to drink Red Forest tea to speak with him? It seems he’s got a direct line to Cassie. Was this part of her “immersion”?

What’s more, is the Witness going to be someone we’ve met? Did he (or a member of the 12 Monkeys) kill someone we know — and now he’s masquerading as them? Or is he just an entity born from temporal time shifts and red cloud dust? (See poll.)

And, finally, what does this mean for Cassie? She’s real. Did the Witness possess her? Is he going to use her for something? Is he gaining intel from her? Those eyes, man. Those haunting eyes.

The Poll

He’s someone we know.
He’s just an otherworldly being.
He’s an otherworldly being who’s permanently posing as someone we know.

Notable Quotes
“With that hair, you’re going to fit right in.” –Ramse
“Just try and stay out of traffic this time.” –Cole

“I know that look.” –Cole
“What look?” –Ramse
“The look that says you’re about to father another child and change the course of history.” –Cole

12 Monkeys airs Mondays at 9/10C on Syfy.

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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