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12 Monkeys - Lullaby

‘12 Monkeys’ fan recap: Do something, but nothing

Season 2 | Episode 8 | “Lullaby” | Aired Jun 6, 2016

If last week’s 12 Monkeys was rough, then this week’s episode was excruciating. Of course, I mean that in the best way. In the loopy Groundhog Day–style setting, “Lullaby” conjures up its fair share of heartbreak and pure surprise. Let’s get to it.

The Recap
We open on a new timeline: 2020. It’s Spearhead, and a younger Jones sings a sweet lullaby to her dying daughter, Hannah. The child dies and Cassie shows up and shoots Jones.

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But let’s take a step back (or forward?) to 2044. Cole rests, still healing from last week’s injuries. Outside, Ramse watches the furiously brewing red storm. Jones reads some Hamlet in a voiceover while she preps Cassie’s mission. She splinters away.

Moments later, Deacon wakes Cole. They rush to see Jones, who tells them she sent Cassie to 2020 — to the precise moment where everything changed for Jones, the moment her daughter died. That is when she decided to create the time-travel machine.

Jones blames herself for everything, so she wants to undo it all. Cole disagrees with the plan and demands that they splinter him back to 2020, as well. And off he goes.

Back to 2020 when Cassie first arrives. She removes a gas mask, and a military firing salute takes place in the distance at Spearhead.

Cassie arrives at the military base and isn’t shy about her identity. She’s questioned for being a part of the CDC, as that was destroyed a while back. But she convinces the guards to let her into the compound.

She meets with Sgt. Stavros (played by scream queen Tiffany Shepis, who’s married to 12 Monkeys writer Sean Tretta). Cassie is confirmed to be who she says she is (ahem, herself), but Stavros still probes Cassie for details, including how she escaped the West 7 district.

Later, Cassie meets with a familiar Spearhead face: Col. Foster (Xander Berkeley). Again, he questions her survival, and discusses the latest viral outbreak. Cassie asks to see Jones, her colleague. At this time, Foster lets her know about Hannah’s illness.

Cassie learns that Hannah’s condition goes untreated — it’s the base’s policy. Sgt. Stavros appears and lets them know that the girl died. Foster leaves while Cassie stays and finds Foster’s gun.

After Foster briefly — and rather impolitely — visits with Jones, Cassie comes in and shoots the grieving woman.

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Mission accomplished? Nah, it’s never that easy. Cassie is back at the beginning, removing her gas mask, listening to the firing salute. And Cole’s there, too!

Cassie attempts to tell Cole that the deed is done — she doesn’t realize she’s repeating time. Cassie understands Jones’ guilt, which is why she agreed to the mission.

The duo heads to Spearhead together, repeating everything — except Cole is a glitch. While Cassie’s DNA checks out, Cole’s roots back to an 11-year-old named James Cole (ahem, his 2020 self), and not Morris Morrison, the name he gave them. The military guards throw them in with the scavs (locked-up civilians).

But guess who’s there? It’s our time-travel guide/resident primary Jennifer Goines! In Jennifer fashion, she speaks in half-riddles and reboots, and eventually figures out which version of Cassie/Cole this is by asking them about “the hyenas.” Their blank stares indicate they haven’t reached this chapter yet. Interesting.

But it’s presumed that time resets when Jones is killed.

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Later, Foster accuses Cassie of fraud, because the real Cassie died at the CDC. This ignites a mini battle between our time travelers and the military. The latter are killed, but not before Sgt. Stavros gets in one good shot and wounds Cassie.

Cole snags a gun and treks to see the heartbroken Jones. He kills her.

And we’re back to the beginning of the loop again.

This time, they split up, per Cassie’s wishes. She gets into the facility more easily, and Cole heads back to the scav lock-up.

It all goes a little faster for Cassie. She swipes Foster’s gun in the hallway and disappears to see Jones. But by the time Cassie reaches Jones, Hannah is still alive. Jones insists that her daughter will get better because she’s immune, just like her mother.

Meanwhile, Cole attempts to get answers from Jennifer — maybe time won’t let them kill Jones?

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Foster walks in on Jones and Cassie; Cassie shoots him. And Jones.

Time for round four! But as Cassie and Cole get their bearings, it’s obvious the excessive looping is severely harming them, bloody noses and all.

Back in the scav cell, Jennifer serves up a delicious Groundhog Day quote while Cassie gets more information about the virus from Foster.

When Cassie gets to Jones and Hannah, she’s more concerned for the girl’s health. The symptoms don’t match up with the virus — she has something else! But saving Hannah just brings them back to the beginning of the loop. Again.

This time, the time travelers do nothing and wait out the day outside Spearhead. Cole relays a story from his and Ramse’s childhood about getting shot at by a bunch of kids. And yet, no bullets hit them. Cole likes to think it just wasn’t their day to die, but really, the guns were loaded with blanks.


Cole tells Cassie he doesn’t blame Jones for what’s happened. But he does know regret, including his first encounter with Cassie. If he hadn’t done that, Cassie would have had a couple more good, normal years.

And that’s the only world he’s ever cared about. The one where Cassie exists. Ooh, my heartstrings!

The evening ends and we’re back to the beginning, and Cassie and Cole’s health is getting much worse. For a moment, Cassie has a Red Forest hallucination.

When Cole goes to see Jennifer, she gives an awesome pep talk (he needs hope), and the riddles become ever so slightly more direct: Do something, but nothing. Something triggers in Cole, and he asks to see Foster.

In a ruse that confuses Cassie and Jones, Cole tells Foster that they’ve all been working together — and Cassie’s not really Cassie. So, this forces the foursome (including Jennifer) to the firing squad.

The point of it all? Cole gets a brief moment with Jones. Grief-stricken, Cole gets her to admit that a moment of happiness is better than nothing at all. Cassie takes Cole’s hand just before the firing squad shoots them.

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Over in 2044, a travel tether is found. Cassie and Cole return to the future, and seemingly, nothing has changed.

It’s mostly futile, but Cole and Cassie try to explain their 2020 round-and-round predicament. Upset, Jones sticks to the techy science of the time-travel error, whereas our travelers believe it was something more. Time was working with them. But Jones isn’t buying it.

Cole and Cassie take Jones outside to Jennifer’s Daughters camp. Something’s going on here, as Cole and Jennifer trade a few “we need to tell her” words, and ultimately Cole steps up to fill Jones in on exactly how they broke the 2020 loop.

Cole explains that they couldn’t kill Jones. They couldn’t do anything. But Cassie discovered that Hannah was immune and it was really bacterial meningitis that killed her. Cassie confesses to saving Hannah — but that didn’t change the loop either.

So, they only had to make it appear that Hannah had died, so Jones would still believe it and create the time-travel machine. In reality, Cassie transported young Hannah to Jennifer’s camp. And the timeline was changed.

Wait, that means … Hannah is alive, and she’s right there at the Daughters camp! In an extremely emotional scene (tears may have been shed), the Daughters step aside to reveal a girl in the back, her head mostly covered by a scarf. She steps forward to Jones and reveals her face. It’s the reunion we never saw coming — and yet, it was everything we needed.

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Back at the facility, Jones is a changed woman with a better, refreshed attitude. Cassie and Cole look on as Jones marvels at the machine. Cassie admits she’s surprised that Jones isn’t angry at them for missing out on that past 24 years with Hannah. But Cole’s a half-full kind of guy.

At this moment, he takes Cassie’s hand. All that’s transpired has affected him and he wants a few moments of happiness with Cassie before it’s all taken away. While Cassie clearly has feelings for Cole, she can’t act on them — nothing can end well for them.

Cassie leaves to cry in her room, but she’s interrupted by an unexpected visitor: Ramse, drinking with a gun. Still distraught over Sam’s disappearance, Ramse’s piece is loaded with two bullets and he’s ready to end it all for the both of them.

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But Cassie’s got a little fight left in her, and she strikes a deal. When she was trapped in the Red Forest dreamworld last episode, she also got a glimpse into the Witness’ mind and saw something: Titan. It’s a place where the Witness feels safe.

The plan: Cassie and Ramse will go to Titan together and kill the Witness.

The Takeaways
Jones got a moment!
After last week’s tragedy with Dr. Eckland, things were looking rough for Jones. She had already been depressed for weeks because she didn’t know what to do about the red storm. When she finally opened up to Eckland, their time was cut short and Jones decided to end it all by ending her own life in 2020.

“Lullaby” was painful because we had to watch Jones lose Hannah over and over again. But perhaps that is what made the final revelation all the more powerful. I know it gave me chills. Jones finally had a moment. An emotional win, if you will.

Cole’s objective.
Cole went back to stop Cassie from killing Jones. But then Cole was quick to assist in trying to kill Jones. So, what is Cole’s primary objective? Saving the world or making Cassie happy/less sad? See poll.

The Poll

Notables Quotes
“You don’t get to decide it’s over just because you’ve given up hope.” –Cole, to Jones

“They’re like my best friends.” –Jennifer, about Cole and Cassie

“Maybe time likes time travel!” –Jennifer

“The only world I ever gave a damn about was the one with you in it. … So you have a place to go back to.” –Cole, to Cassie

“Welcome to 2020. That number usually represents perfect vision, but looks like you two aren’t seeing too clearly.” –Jennifer, to Cole and Cassie

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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