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’12 Monkeys’ season finale fan recap: A mother of an episode

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.

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‘12 Monkeys’ fan recap: All is fair in love and war (except when it's not)

Season 2 | Episode 12 | “Blood Washed Away” | Aired Jul 11, 2016

It’s been a long two weeks since we saw our 12 Monkeys gang splinter into divided groups and missions. Cassie and Cole head to 1957 to stop the paradox; Ramse and Jennifer lead the rest (sans an eviscerated Jones) to find Titan to kill the Witness.

And after this week’s “Blood Washed Away,” we’re at a sad (permanent?) impasse as both missions failed, (with one long-awaited silver lining). Let’s dive into this topsy-turvy episode.

The Recap
It’s January in 1957, and Cole and Cassie plan their mission: to find the last primary. Fortunately, they have nearly a year to carefully plot and scrutinize.

They know the paradox occurs at a factory. So, the best course of action is to get jobs at said factory. They do so, and begin to investigate each employee, looking for oddities. Is someone drawing weird things? Is that person twitching? Does that person talk to themselves?

And just when our travelers are on to something (or someone), they strike out. It’s exhausting for both Cassie and Cole, and before you know it, we’re down to two days left before the main event and zero leads on the primary’s identity.

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'12 Monkeys' fan recap: Choose your own adventure

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.

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‘12 Monkeys fan’ recap: The fallout and the great divide

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.”

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'12 Monkeys' fan recap: Meet the Hyenas

Season 2 | Episode 9 | “Hyena” | Aired Jun 1, 2016

After last week’s perfect “Lullabye” tale, 12 Monkeys had to up its game this week with profound character progression and fresh missions — plus what could be a heavy reveal. And, of course, “Hyena” delivered the goods.

The Recap
It’s 2016, and we’re at a psychiatric hospital. The Pallid Man exits the elevator and is stopped by guards before reaching an employee who lets him through. He receives a phone with a note reading, “For the Tall Man Who Pulls the Strings.”

The Pallid Man walks to a room and is horrified by what he sees. The mysterious phone rings — a call from Dr. Bandara? — but it’s really Miss Jennifer Goines, prepped with a speech.

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‘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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’12 Monkeys’ fan recap: Loving and losing in time travel

Season 2 |Episode 7 | “Meltdown” | Aired May 30, 2016

The tension was blistering as this week’s 12 Monkeys pushed over into horror-thriller territory. But with the anything-but-cheap thrills and ongoing puzzles came some unexpected heartbreak — in more than one way.

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‘12 Monkeys’ fan recap: A not-so-slow ride to the '70s

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.

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'12 Monkeys': 6 reasons you should be watching the best show on Syfy

Currently in its sophomore season, 12 Monkeys is great television — on Syfy, or anywhere. It’s a complete package, with perks. If you’re watching, you’re getting one of the best all-around TV experiences on the market today. And if you’re not watching, well, let’s talk about that.

A Remake. It’s kind of the elephant in the room, isn’t it? So, let’s get this one out of the way.

If you’re not watching 12 Monkeys, one reason may be because it’s a “remake” — eek, that taboo word! But if that’s your attitude, you’re doing it wrong. Four words, folks: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And with that, we already know TV adaptions can work just fine.

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'12 Monkeys' fan recap: 'Cannifer' is officially a thing now

Season 2 | Episode 5 | “Bodies of Water” | Aired May 16, 2016

Hey, 12 Monkeys fans, it’s the moment for which we’ve all been waiting! No, it’s not a Cassie/Cole tryst, but it’s just as satisfying (I presume) … I’m talking about a Cassie/Jennifer mission!

And, let’s be honest, “Bodies of Water” fires hot on all cylinders this week as it hits humor, heart, and plot progression — just the way I like it. Let’s dive.

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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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