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Season 2 | Episode 13 | “Memory of Tomorrow” | Aired Jul 18, 2016

Even after writing this in a fever — both real and Red Forest–tea induced — I am ecstatic and thankful that 12 Monkeys was awarded a third season. This season’s finale proves there is much more story to tell for Cole, Cassie, and the newly revealed Witness.

So, let’s dive into this massive episode.

The Recap
When we last left off, Cole and Cassie were settling into 1959 and their new relationship. As Christmastime becomes the backdrop, Madeleine Stowe’s ominous narration reminds us that the fight is far from over.

But times are sweet for this new couple as Cole and Cassie exchange Christmas presents — something Cole has never really done before. Cassie half-jokingly gives Cole a razor, while he gives her a lovely butterfly hairpin. Remember, not all caterpillars turn into butterflies …

But Cassie’s gift-giving isn’t over, as she presents a card to Cole revealing that he is going to be a father.

12 Monkeys - Memory of Tomorrow - Cole and Cassie

Later, Cole is having doubts — or concerns — about their future, and it shows as he pensively stares at nothing while at the drugstore. And then something happens: Time halts all around him. Everything, everyone — except Cole — freezes. He steps outside and sees a woman (Madeleine Stowe). Unfrozen, she says, “It’s not over, James.”

12 Monkeys - Memory of Tomorrow - Madeleine Stowe

Time resumes again.

Later in bed, Cassie is happily talking about their unborn child, while Cole poses the question: What if it’s not over, and Ramse didn’t really stop the Witness? But if that were the case, all time — including 1959 — would also collapse, and Cassie and Cole are still there. So they must be safe … right?

While driving the next day, time stops again for Cole. And this time, he senses a clue, as his truck stops in front of St. Mary’s asylum. If that mysterious lady from the street is out there, checking a mental institution is a good place to start.

And Cole’s spider sense is on point: The woman, Lillian, is a diagnosed schizophrenic patient and has been there for 34 years after she killed her family. To make matters even stranger, Cole is Lillian’s first visitor.

At first, Lillian doesn’t believe him to be THE James Cole, but he knows she’s a primary, so she warms up to him in her own crazy kind of way.

Cole tries to convince Lillian that the world isn’t in danger anymore because they all still exist — time didn’t break. And yet, time still freezes for Cole (and Lillian). Something is amiss. In the end, Cole tries to believe Lillian is just sick in the head, but she tells him to visit the pine barren. She orders, “See what you find, and bring it back here. And have a merry Christmas!”

As expected, when Cole travels to the forest, he finds a tree amassed in red. Lillian was right.

12 Monkeys - Memory of Tomorrow - Red Tree

Cole heads back to St. Mary’s to show Lillian the red leaves. The 1957 paradox can still be stopped. But how can Cole travel without a machine? Aha! No worries. Lillian tells Cole to drink the leaves and journey down the rabbit hole — no machine required.

The obvious catch? Undoing the paradox will undo everything thereafter, including his and Cassie’s romance and the conception of their child. The obvious flipside? The world ends.

One final warning from Lillian: Don’t go to Titan.

12 Monkeys - Memory of Tomorrow - Lillian and Cole

Cole returns to his home of cedar and pine and a worried Cassie. She knows something is wrong and thinks it has to do with the pregnancy. But there’s no sense in worrying her further, so he just reassures her that what they have is all he ever wanted.

Later that evening, after Cassie falls asleep, Cole heads to the living room, where he writes that most famous of wall sayings: “1957–1959 this was home.”

Cole preps and drinks the red tea, and soon drifts off into a time-changing dreamland. As he searches for the right time, important real-life moments surround him: Cassie’s first appearance, Jennifer at the mental hospital (where he now warns her to never call him otter eyes again), a moment where Ramse tells Cole to take a chance with Cassie, the Night Room, the continuous day at Spearhead, and finally back to 1957.

Cole hurries inside the factory where ex-Messenger Charlie is about to kill his Primary wife. But this time, Cole succeeds by killing Charlie, thus preventing the paradox.

12 Monkeys - Memory of Tomorrow - Paradox

The deed is done, and time is restored. Cole splinters back to 2044, and Cassie soon follows suit.

And a different Jones awaits them. Really, she’s just hardened. After the storms disappeared and time was fixed, Jones had a year until the time travelers returned. In that time, she had to deal with a lot of marauders. So, basically, Jones had to fight for the facility — and she became super badass. Oh, and she also got a dog. Dear writers: Don’t let anything happen to this dog.

12 Monkeys - Memory of Tomorrow - Jones

After Cassie relays the 1957 story to Jones, she also warns that Ramse and Hannah are to die at Titan unless something is done in the meantime. So, Cole, Cassie, and Jones splinter to Titan to find, warn, and assist the group.

Cole and group reunite with Jennifer outside Titan, but in order to fight this battle, they need the Daughters. The only problem? These ladies aren’t listening to their once-fearless leader. In a last-ditch effort, Jennifer pulls a mashup movie speech from her mind, and relays it haphazardly to the overwhelmed women.

Braveheart and Independence Day fall short, but you know what seals the deal for the Daughters? Wise words from a couple of time travelers. No, not those travelers. These dudes:


Meanwhile, inside Titan, Ramse and Co. approach the Witness (as seen in last week’s episode), but just as the Army of the 12 Monkeys is about to strike, the rest of our team arrives to save the day! Death is undone.

The group proceeds to de-cloak the followers, but the Witness is gone. Ramse brutally executes the followers, and then quasi-attacks Cassie. He’s still on the hunt to find his villain, and is ready to blame Cassie if he can’t.

Deacon is suspect of the situation and wants to leave, but everyone splits up to investigate the surroundings, looking for more answers.

As Cole and Cassie begin to search, too, she remembers the butterfly pin — but how? All of that was undone. What’s more, she remembers her and Cole together. Love cannot be undone.

12 Monkeys - Memory of Tomorrow - Cassie and Cole 2044

Everything is interrupted as the Titan facility sounds an alarm of sorts: Something is powering up.  Remember when Hannah had previously looked for Titan and found nothing? That’s because it wasn’t there yet — all of Titan is actually a time machine, and it’s about to splinter!

In the crazy escape, Ramse gets saved by a mysterious fellow who promises him the Witness.

Deacon sacrifices himself for Jennifer, who then runs off and then gets splintered on her own.

Cole searches for Ramse, but ends up choosing to leave with Cassie instead. Just as they are about to exit, the Witness’ followers ambush them. Cole is outside the facility when Cassie is pulled away. Titan goes into splinter mode and — poof — it’s gone. And Cassie’s gone along with it.

12 Monkeys - Memory of Tomorrow - Titan

Elsewhere, Ramse is greeted by the strikingly cool, yet older, Olivia. She’s no longer with the Witness, and guess what? She has Ramse’s son!

Suddenly, it’s wartime France, 1917. Why? Because that’s where Jennifer splintered. Poor, confused Jennifer …

Jones and Cole splinter back to headquarters and wait for Cassie to return, too. But her tether is lost. Based on Titan’s stats, it looks like the facility traveled all the way to 2163—the not-so not-so-distant future!

Although that timeline is a true-blue mystery, Cole’s ready, willing, and able to trek to the unknown to find Cassie and bring her home.

In 2163, Cassie is led to a large amphitheater, filled to the brim with creepy, masked 12 Monkeys followers. The Pallid Man is unveiled — wait, is he the big-bad Witness?! No, but the Witness is present, safe and sound in Cassie’s womb.

Cassie is disturbingly presented as The Mother and the crowd proceeds to chant it repeatedly. Mother, Mother, Mother…

12 Monkeys - Memory of Tomorrow - Cassie as Mother

The Takeaways
Dear Olivia.
I am more excited than ever knowing Olivia’s in the game, still thriving in 2044. Her intentions are shrouded in mystery and super-cool style, but Ramse and Samuel are part of her plan. I’m assuming Samuel was the bait to get Ramse on her team — but what’s her endgame exactly? Olivia knows Ramse well, and she knows he won’t flinch at killing. Perhaps she’s planning her own coup to take out the Witness? Olivia can’t trust good guys Cole and Cassie to do the deed — considering the newest identity revelation. So, I’m thinking she just recruited Ramse as her assassin.


Jennifer? So … Jennifer’s stuck in time. No machine. No red leaves. Can primaries teleport, similar to what Lillian did when she first “met” Cole? Or, will Jones find traces or clues of Jennifer to bring her back to 2044? Either way, I hope Jennifer has some fun in the meantime … maybe? Also, let’s not let the Jennifer/Deacon ‘ship sail just yet. According to showrunner Terry Matalas, “We have not seen the last of  Theodore William Deacon.”

12 Monkeys - Memory of Tomorrow - Jennifer in France

The Witness. Wow, things are about to get really, really complicated for Cassie and Cole. If your child was the architect for the apocalypse, what would you do? Abort from the get-go or hold out hope that something could change? Next season will devote much of its story to the Witness. For complete insight into what’s to come, be sure to check out the super-revealing interview with Matalas.

The Poll

Notable Quotes
“This is exactly where we’re supposed to be. Home.” –Cassie, to Cole

“Death can be undone, James. Love cannot.” –Lillian, to Cole

“Holy s—t! Is that what that feels like?” –Jones, after splintering for the first time

Season 3 of 12 Monkeys will premiere on Syfy in 2017. Stay tuned!

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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