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Season 2 | Episode 10 | “Fatherland” | Aired Jun 20, 2016

In this week’s 12 Monkeys, our time-traveling team comes to a heartbreaking impasse, and it comes to mission vs. mission. So, while the world is ending and time is breaking, Cole and the rest of the group must decide what’s most important. Sadly, all doesn’t go as planned. Did the Witness foresee that?

The Recap
It’s Berlin, 2016, and Olivia arrives at an abandoned building. Wheelchair bound, Olivia is pushed to a particular room where an old stuffed toy lies on the ground. Her companion asks what happened in this room. Olivia replies, “Betrayal.”

In 2044, Deacon, Whitley, and a few others head outside the facility to collect data. Whitley lets on that he knows about Deacon’s feelings for Cassie.

The red storm is fierce in the not-so-distant horizon, and the mission is cut short when a young boy approaches. And just as the boy tells them everyone at his camp is gone, the storm gets closer, threatening the group. Deacon and group are quick to turn back to the facility, but the boy turns to the storm and allows himself to be consumed.

Back inside, it’s team meeting time. Basically, 2044 has five days until the red storm destroys all. Jones pinpoints the final ’57 paradox to a factory explosion in New York. She’ll give Cole and group a whole year to prepare and complete the mission: to stop this massive paradox.

But Cassie and Ramse have other plans. They suggest taking out the Witness, based on their new Titan info from the Keeper. The tension mounts, and lines are clearly drawn between those favoring the paradox mission and those favoring the Witness mission.

From the sidelines, Dr. Adler suggests there’s enough power for both time jumps, but Jones isn’t having any of that.

Cole promises that after the paradox is prevented, they can come back and go after the Witness together. Jones dishes up an ultimatum: Are you with Cole or not? Cassie shakes her head, but Ramse agrees to it — a little too quickly.

After the meeting, Cassie question’s Ramse’s compliance, but it’s a ruse, obviously. They catch up to Adler and try to appeal to his emotions (Adler did lose a son to the plague, after all). He says he’s not in charge — he only programs the missions. Hint, hint …


Later, Deacon pays a visit to Cassie. While she’s prepping for the mission, he fumbles and bumbles and tells her good-bye. Deacon then confesses that he actually knew Cassie, or of her, when he was a kid watching TV. She meant a lot to him, and still does.

Cassie stops Deacon. “It was just one night.” What?! Yep, these two did share a romantic entanglement — a fleeting, end-of-the-world moment during her first eight months in 2044. She’s changed and moved on; he hasn’t.

Dr. Adler programs the machine for the trio’s splintering. Cole’s up first, and Jones reminds him he has one year. He goes.

Cole, Cassie, and Ramse congregate in the past at the Emerson Hotel bar. The gang jokes about West 7 alcohol (prune wine?) and throw back a shot. Smooth … until it isn’t, and Cole feels warm, fuzzy, and passes out — just after seeing President Kennedy on the TV.


It’s not 1957, it’s 1961. Adler sent them back to find the Witness.

Later, Cole awakes in the hotel room alone. Cassie and Ramse have left for Germany. Cole spots the ‘40s photograph of him and Cassie and calls up the FBI.

Yay — Agent Gale is back! And he’s aged quite a bit. Gale admits to losing track of our Lady Messenger from the 1944 mission, aka Vivian. And when he did, his life fell apart.

Fortunately, Gale was able to trace Cassie and Ramse’s fake passports to Berlin. The guy they’re looking for, Dr. Kirchner (Matt Frewer), is a former Nazi and the Israeli intelligence group, Mossad, is after him. Then there’s the problem with the Berlin Wall: It’s going up, and the Mossad mission may turn from capture to kill with Cassie and Ramse caught in the crossfire.

12 Monkeys - Fatherland - Agent Gale

Gale is a good guy, and he’s convinced Cole’s loyalty is his downfall.

Across the ocean in Berlin, Cassie and Ramse are all dressed up for the opera, aka staking out Dr. Kirchner’s whereabouts. They send a note into the theater to get him to come out, but even after a little stalling from Cassie, the Mossad folks take Kirchner, Cassie and Ramse away.

12 Monkeys - Fatherland - Berlin

Over at the Mossad hideout, Kirchner is tied up and beaten. In a separate room, Cassie and Ramse are questioned. And as with the Keeper, Cassie gets right to the point: They aren’t with Dr. Kirchner, they just want to ask him about something (Titan).

Elsewhere in Berlin, Agent Gale lets Cole know that they found his friends, but now the Mossad has pegged Cassie and Ramse as Nazi sympathizers. Getting them out of the country isn’t going to be so easy.

Back in 2044, Dr. Adler tells Jones that the Witness mission was the best choice — oh, and he’s super angry with her. Jones has him removed from the splinter room.

In Berlin, the toughest Mossad guy takes a break from breaking Kirchner and turns his attention to our time travelers. The guy presses pain into Ramse’s skull and threatens Cassie, which only enrages Ramse.

But Cassie’s tough. She takes a hit and offers a little more info, not giving in, just appealing to the Mossad guy’s cause. Cassie tells him they’re hunting someone, too — someone who’s hurt a lot of people, and Kirchner knows how to find their target.

Outside the hideout, Cole and Gale arrive to save the day. Kind of. In the action-packed scene, Cole tells Ramse that he saw the unredacted FBI file (the one that mentions Titan and Kirchner) and the only reason Titan is mentioned is because Cassie and Ramse said it! They created their own clue and didn’t even realize it. It’s kind of like Memento

But Cassie’s already rushed the beaten doctor, furiously asking about Titan. Just as Cole begins to tell her the same truth he told Ramse, Cassie discovers Kirchner’s pendant, the mark of the Witness.

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Basically, Kirchner was recruited by the Witness as a young scientist. He was warned by the Witness of all the things to come: the war, Kirchner’s Nazi involvement, the plague, etc. While survival depended on immunity, Kirchner was tasked with creating a stronger race, immune to all disease. Yes, Kirchner created human life.

And that human life? Messengers. All of Kirchner’s research is at his lab, which isn’t too far away. But it’s on the other side of the guarded, still-under-construction Berlin Wall.

Ramse rushes first, getting across safely and securing an opening on the other side. Kirchner trips and gets the attention of the gun-happy guards. While he and Cassie make it over fine, Cole and Gale are left. In the end, Agent Gale sacrifices himself for Cole, for the greater good, and the future of his estranged granddaughter.

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Back in 2044, Jones is rebooting the machine for splinter retrieval.

But 1961 isn’t going so well. Cole’s mission was botched, and he lost his friend — a good man. Plus, the Witness clue didn’t pan out, so destroying Kirchner’s research is only a gamble.

When they arrive at the lab, Kirchner warns them to not be weakened by what they are about to see: a young girl in a small, boxed-in room. She’s the research.

What else do they find? The Word of the Witness. As you can imagine, this is all quite overwhelming for our travelers.

As the group debates the course of action — killing the girl — they are interrupted by Vivian, Lady Messenger. Kirchner is killed, and the splintering begins. Cassie goes first. Cole urges Ramse to go for the little girl, but instead Ramse spots Titan on the Word of the Witness and rips it away just before he splinters.

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In the role of Mother, Vivian takes the little girl to her new home, a lovely mansion where they are to be looked after by the Witness. Father, aka Kirchner, is now gone, but the Witness is building a world without pain or death. Vivian promises the little girl that the Witness will never leave her. Oh, and that little girl? It’s a young Olivia.

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Back in 2016, as Olivia sits in the abandoned lab, she begins to stand up. She has a super-gene, after all. She stands. She walks. She leaves it all behind.

Fast-forward to Olivia standing at Vivian’s memorial site. She speaks to her fallen mother in anger. It was all a lie, and she’s done with the Witness.

And, finally, back in 2044, everyone is running hot — especially Jones and Cole. In mere hours, the world will be consumed by the red storm and time will die. Cole orders Cassie and Ramse to be taken away — their mission work is done.

Everyone’s shocked, especially Cassie. After speaking a couple of words, Cole cuts her off. He’s done with it.

Atop the facility, Deacon drinks his whiskey as the storm draws close. It’s time.

The Takeaways
The last of Agent Gale?
Played perfectly by Jay Karnes, Agent Gale is a fun one. He’s an honest-to-goodness decent guy, doing what he does for the right reasons. So, while he very much gets killed in this episode, we all know that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the end of him. When he first meets with Cole in this story, Gale mentions that they’ve been friends for a long time, but we’ve only seen that one 1944 encounter. So, does this mean they go on other adventures? Will we get to see those stories? #Renew12Monkeys

Olivia’s switch. Olivia’s development is perhaps my favorite story arc thus far. While I love and care for all of our cast members, Olivia’s evolution is super cool to watch. We’ve witnessed her transition from power to powerless. From strong to weak, and back to strong again. As a former 12 Monkeys leader, Olivia knows a lot. So, now that she’s abandoned this life, what’s her next course of action? To disappear into oblivion or find her purpose on another path? I’m guessing the latter — and I can’t wait. #TeamOlivia

The split. And, finally, what can we do to get our team back together again? Only three episodes remain this season, folks …

The Poll

Notable Quotes
“If I were being forced to bet my life on a mission, I prefer it would be one of hope rather than revenge.” –Jones

“I will say this, you finally fit in around this place.” –Deacon, to Cassie

“My place in the great cycle ends today — at least with him [the Witness].” –Olivia

 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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