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Season 2 | Episode 11 | “Resurrection” | Aired Jun 27, 2016

This week’s 12 Monkeys brings the end of the world. Time is breaking. So, with (very) few hours left on the clock, our heroes must find a way to salvage, prevent, and heal what they can. The problem? We’re in a full-blown civil war.

The Recap
It’s 2044, and Jennifer burns old clippings and mementos. As the apocalyptic squall surrounds the encampment, Jennifer’s Daughters urgently await orders to — hopefully — move out and move on. Hannah goes to her, but Jennifer’s still waiting. Today’s the day: the day of resurrection.

Over at time-travel HQ, Cole and Jones determine there are about six to seven hours left before everything is consumed. Cole’s still set on returning to 1957 to stop the last paradox: It’s their only hope for storm reversal at this point. But Jones isn’t so confident. After all, Dr. Adler betrayed her, and now it’s up to a nervous Dr. Lasky (Murray Furrow).

Elsewhere in the facility, our rogue time travelers are preparing a coup. With a little inside help from facility guards, they’re freed from their quarters. Ramse and Adler go to see Cassie.

It’s determined that Titan is located in Colorado. That’s a heck of a ways away, but Adler thinks he can splinter them. You know, time travel without the time part, aka teleportation.

They’ll kill the Witness and then commandeer his time machine to undo all that’s gone wrong and stop the apocalypse. It’s a little flimsy, but it’s what they got. And Cassie? You can see the doubt in her face—she doesn’t like betraying Cole.

While Cole’s team packs for an evacuation, lighting strikes a transformer, resulting in a couple injuries— they need a doctor. Ahem … they need Cassie.

Cole and Cassie come face to face again, and both try to convince the other that their plan is THE plan. But as Cassie lets slip a little more info than was necessary, gunfire blasts off screen. At this point, Cole distrusts Cassie even more and handcuffs her to the table.

Cole heads to the hallway, where he’s met with Ramse and another guard, Harris. There’s a small shootout before our boys talk — and it’s real talk. Cole warns Ramse about Jennifer’s visions for Titan (i.e., Titan brings death). But Ramse swings below the belt and tells Cole he just doesn’t understand because he’s never had a family. Ouch.

But Cole says Ramse was his family. Double ouch. Ramse casually, but earnestly, tells Cole he loves him too and begins to walk away. Cole pulls his gun on him — but he can’t pull the trigger. The lines are clearly drawn, but it’s just not black and white.

12 Monkeys - Resurrection - Ramse

Cole radios Jones and tells her what’s going on with the coup. At this moment, Deacon can be heard singing Simple Minds from inside his quarters. Don’t you forget about me…

Deacon’s drunk and naked — as all people facing the end of the world should be. But Cole’s not ready for the end. After some back and forth about Cassie (Deacon’s evident soft spot), Cole builds Deacon back up and convinces him to join the fight for survival.

While Cole and Deacon head out, the facility’s power goes down. Elsewhere, Ramse, Adler and Harris head for the splinter room. And Whitley readily opens the door for them!

Overtaking the room, Ramse frees Cassie, who’s still concerned for Cole. Jones conveys her disappointment in Whitley’s actions, and Adler begins programming the mission.

At this point, Jones is just angry. She duly lashes out at Ramse and then Adler. Cole rejoins the group. He’s armed, outnumbered, but ready to do what’s necessary to prevent Ramse’s takeover.

12 Monkeys - Resurrection - Cole

While pointing the gun at Adler, Cole is rushed by a ninja-like Cassie! Of course, this results in Adler getting shot (just a flesh wound).

While on the ground, Cole dishes up hard truths to Cassie, and tells her she’ll always be scared because she’s the one who let the Witness into her mind. And then she walks out on him (obviously).

As Cassie tends to Adler’s injuries, once again, Ramse feels the need to push Jones’ buttons. But this time, Jones isn’t taking his gun-slinging bravado anymore. She removes her glasses and head-butts Ramse. Yes, you read that right — and it was awesome!

All of this made for a good distraction as Whitley receives a message that a car has been taken and is headed north. It’s Cole, and he’s off to see the Daughters. Oh, and Whitley threatens to switch sides — you know, if Ramse were to ever hurt Jones. See, he’s not a total traitor.

Outside, Cole pulls up to the Daugthers’ camp. He’s met with one woman who expresses concern for Jennifer’s mind state. It seems she’s talking more crazily than normal.

Inside her tent, Jennifer greets Cole with a little Nakotomi/John McClane–Die Hard dialogue. But she’s ready to be Cole’s cavalry. That’s what she was waiting for.

12 Monkeys - Resurrection - Jennifer

Promising to fight, Jennifer shares a few thoughts with Cole. The first is an observation: Cole is changing into a leader. The second is a question: Is Cole willing to makes sacrifices and let someone he loves die for the greater good? Cole answers yes.

Back at the facility, Whitley and Harris are on the lookout for Cole’s return. Per Ramse’s suggestion, Whitley spots Cole and the Daughters riding into the south loading docks, but Adler just needs 10 more minutes to program the machine — hold them off, Whitley!

Seconds later, Deacon appears and kills Harris. Deacon shoots a flare into the air and orders Whitley to help him, or else.

12 Monkeys - Resurrection - Deacon

After spotting the bright flare, Cole and group head to the facility and scale the walls to where Deacon and Whitley are.

Inside, Ramse urgently tries to radio Whitley, but it’s too late. The Daughters have arrived! And, again, the power shifts back to Cole and Jones.

Hannah puts a knife to Ramse’s neck and Jennifer makes her magnificent entrance. She smiles and says hello to the famed time machine. “It’s been a while …”

But all is cut short when someone else makes an entrance: Deacon. At this point, he makes it perfectly clear to Cassie and everyone that this was all about petty revenge. Because of Cassie’s lack of romantic feelings, Deacon just wants to botch her and Ramse’s mission.

Ramse intervenes, which only escalates the situation, creating a brief scuffle. The result: Jennifer gets shot. And it’s bad. In anger, Hannah slashes Deacon across the face.

12 Monkeys - Resurrection - Jennifer and Hannah

The Daughters are not happy and warn, “If Mother dies, everybody dies!”

But Cole knows this was the sacrifice Jennifer mentioned before.

Later, Cassie tends to Jennifer’s fatal wounds. Jones and Cole stand by. Jennifer tells Cole her girls need a resurrection — they need a Jennifer who needs daughters. Cole orders Jones to power up the machine to his last trip’s return coordinates.

It’s the Emerson Hotel in 2016, and Cole tends to an emotionally injured Jennifer, just after the Hyena debacle. This Cole splinters off, but our Cole returns and tells Jennifer he needs her.

And just then, Cole and a SUPER-excited 2016 Jennifer arrive safely in 2044. Young Jennifer is a little apprehensive as she meets with Old Jennifer, but they both know this is the day (old) Jennifer dies.

And it’s pep-talk time. Wise Old Jennifer delivers sweet sage advice for the young broken Jennifer. At this moment in time, Young Jennifer can choose to lead her Daughters to fight the Witness in Titan — fulfilling Ramse and Cassie’s mission — thus allowing Cole to travel back to 1957 to complete his task.

12 Monkeys - Resurrection - Two Jennifers

When Old Jennifer was faced with this choice, she led her Daughters to safety, running from the fight. But she’s hoping this Jennifer is braver.

Lovely sentiments are shared in what should be a very odd scene. But it works, and it’s perfect. Old Jennifer dies just after telling her younger self that she loves her.

Young Jennifer returns to the group and conveys the plan. Ramse’s hesitant that she can lead them by land in the storms, but Jennifer reassures him she’s “got a yellow brick road” in her head.

Many sad, final good-byes are given as the groups break apart for their missions. While Cassie ignores Cole, Ramse tells him, “I’ll see you soon.”

Preparing for the splinter sequence, Jones and Cole say their sweet good-byes, and Jones thanks him for believing in her.

Outside, Ramse and Cassie begin to drive away — but Cassie can’t. They stop and she rushes back to the facility. Cassie’s joining Cole. Take that, fans!

12 Monkeys - Resurrection - Cassie

For a moment, Ramse watches the storm as it begins to descend onto his own home, the facility. Pieces start to rip away from the building.

Inside, Jones, Hannah, and Lasky hurry from the tangible time breaks, but Lasky gets caught in it and disintegrates. Jones and Hannah get split by the storm and Jones orders her daughter to get out.

Jones rushes to her machine and moments later — poof — she too is gone with the storm.

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As the entire facility breaks away into nothing, Hannah rides off to rejoin the Daughters.

In 1957, Cole spots Cassie in the hotel lobby. She goes to him and says, “I don’t want to be afraid anymore.”

The Takeaways
This group.
If there’s one major takeaway, it’s this: Despite all differences, this group really cares for each other. While alliances were made and characters were at odds, no one really wanted to hurt the other. Well, maybe Deacon did, but still .… Even though Whitley teamed up with Ramse, he was quick to come to Jones’ defense. And, come on, Cole could have easily stopped Ramse just before the takeover, but he couldn’t take that shot — that’s his brother. And even though Cole and Cassie were consistently at odds with one another, pushing the other away, the feelings were there. Cassie still worried for Cole (behind his back, of course).  They can’t all be on the same side at all times, but the love never dies. And that’s the stuff that keeps them fighting for a future.

Deacon’s future. So, Deacon’s scarred, both emotionally and physically. And based on the next episode’s preview, he’s headed out with Ramse, Jennifer, and the Daughters. Will he fall in line, or is he still a hot-headed liability? Something (or someone, ahem, Jennifer) tells me this might be Deacon’s heroic turning point.

The Poll

Notables Quotes
There are many endings; today is one of them.” –Jennifer

“Alright, Cole. Let’s go save the … [throws up].” –Deacon

“Get your horses, blades, and broomsticks ready!” –Jennifer

“Something you like, Granny?” –Deacon, to Jennifer after she touches his face
“Not yet.” –Jennifer

“Hello, egg. I’m chicken.” –Jennifer

12 Monkeys is off next week for the Fourth of July holiday, but it returns Monday, July 11 at 9/10C on Syfy. Only two episodes remain!

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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