Warning: Spoiler Alert
Although the ABC freshman series “Forever,” didn’t have their “Winter Finale,” on Tuesday, the network’s repeating the pilot next week, so we may not see a new episode for a while, if that’s the case, the show left it’s viewers with a lot to chew on, in an incredibly exciting episode. The episode ended with a huge reveal for the fans, as we finally have a face and name for Dr. Henry Morgan’s immortal stalker, previously known as Adam. The reason his identity got revealed lies within the tale of this week’s episode.
Episode eleven actually begins before the previous episode concluded. We watch a cab driver talking to his wife on his cellphone while his cab’s empty. After telling her that her cooking’s superior to her mother’s and his own, he tells her he’s got to hang up as he now has a passenger. A man whose face’s obscured climbs into the backseat and remains silent while the driver asks him where he’s headed. After trying, Spanish, French and German, the cabbie asks the fare what’s his problem, at which point the passenger pulls a sword from its sheath, plunges it through the driver’s seat and through the driver’s body, killing him instantly.
We now join Morgan saying goodnight to his partner NYPD Detective Jo Martinez and jumps into a cab, once again we hear the voice of Adam, telling Henry to buckle up, as he wouldn’t want Morgan to get hurt. The stalker drives through Manhattan at break-neck speed, as Henry yells to him to stop the cab or at least slow down. The stalker says to Henry that he believes that he’s faking being immortal, so he’ll prove it to him, then pulls out a pistol and shoots himself in the temple. Without a driver the taxi careens into the Hudson, where Henry drowns to death, losing his pocket watch in the bargain, only to regenerate further down the river, as always stark naked. Two uniforms see him coming to shore without a stitch and run him in for indecent exposure.
The next scene takes place in Lieutenant Joanne Reece’s office as she has a face to face meeting with Morgan about his night-swimming the previous evening. Henry tells her he suffers from sleep-walking and the situation’s occurred frequently, a fact Reece verifies by looking at his file. She tells him because he does such stellar work, she puts up with his eccentricities, but she can’t allow his integrity challenged, so no more night-time excursions in the Hudson and to buy some pajamas. Martinez walks in and says they’ve got a body downstairs and as Henry walks into the main room of the station, he’s razzed by all his coworkers. Detective Hanson tells him they took up a collection and gives him some Speedos and a pair of goggles.
The victim’s the cab driver that the stalker murdered, Henry recognizes his face from the ID tag on the cabs visor. He looks at the wound and states that the victim’s death was caused by one thrust of a sword, going through the cab’s seat and straight through the cabbie’s spine, heart and sternum. He tells Martinez that they should put an APB on the taxi as it may no longer be in the city, Hanson hangs up and tells Morgan, he’s correct as they’re pulling the cab out of the river as they speak. The three head to inspect the taxi, but Morgan’s mind’s racing in a million different directions and Martinez immediately notices something off. Henry enters the vehicle’s back seat and finds the puncture, while Jo confirms it’s through the front. Morgan then sees his pocket-watch on the floor of the back-seat, but Martinez sees it as well and thinks Henry just dropped it. Hanson jokingly says to Henry not to contaminate the crime scene, lest they think he’s involved.
Jo notices the driver’s window’s shattered, but she asks Henry if it looks like it was broken from inside the vehicle, Hanson then discovers a shell casing, he’s a gun enthusiast and says the casing came from an early 20th century revolver. Henry heads back to Abe’s shop and sees the door’s locked and a sign hangs reading by appointment only. When Henry finds Abe, he asks what’s going on and Abe replies he’s not taking chances with Henry’s stalker now seemingly wanting to hurt or kill Henry. He tells Morgan that he should confide in Martinez, but Henry says that’s turned out badly in the past.
We flashback to Henry imprisoned in the insane asylum, by his first wife Nora, after trying to convince her he’s immortal. She’s come to visit him and Henry tries to convince her he’s alright in the head. However he doesn’t convince her and she leaves. He then tells Abe he needs his help and the two head to the Hudson, with flashlights in hand. Henry tells him he’s trying to find the pistol, he’s relying on the tale of a boat that sank nearby and all it’s contents washed up to that spot, seconds later Abe spots the gun and Morgan strips to his boxers to dive into the river. A cruiser pulls up and Henry gets busted again for indecent exposure.
Reece’s dumbfounded that Henry’s back in her office the following morning, once again after getting arrested for indecent-exposure. He tells her he was going to dive for the murder weapon, then says perhaps he should have informed her, but a man’s killed once and he will kill again. However he’s shouting his last sentence to her and she orders him to go Bellevue to meet with a psychiatrist. Martinez finds out when they talk and says everybody needs somebody to confide to, he can trust her she tells him, but due to Morgan’s reaction she says he should talk to the doctor.
Another flashback to the asylum, this time Henry’s talking with a doctor and he tells him he’d been delusional, but now he realizes he’s just a human being. The doctor responds that’s good news, but they have to perform tests to make sure the delusions don’t return. He asks Morgan if he’d heard of hydro-therapy and Henry admits he hasn’t. The doctor says it’s produced amazing results.
Henry’s shrink’s a fellow native of England and Henry asks if the family moved to the States for his wife’s job. The doctor, Louis Garber says he’s heard about Morgan’s detective skills and asks how he determined that. Henry says the pictures of his wife, she wears the corporate hair-do, meaning she’s upper management and though Garber got his degree from Oxford, he’s not paid enough by Bellevue to justify the move. Garber congratulates him and the two start talking about Morgan.
After a couple of questions, Henry realizes the analysis’ started and asks Garber if that’s all there’s to it. The doctor replies that Henry needs to confide in someone, ideally him but perhaps a colleague at work. Henry then asks how long he’ll have to report for counseling and Garber tells him that decision’s in the psychiatrists hands. The two start conversing again, when we switch to Hanson and Martinez as Hanson’s been informed the gun was where Henry said it would be and it’s registered to a Richard Smythe. They go to the apartment to find that the door’s unlocked and Smythe’s body’s strapped to a table and his abdomen’s ripped open as if he underwent an autopsy.
Morgan’s summoned to the apartment and he tells the detectives, this autopsy took place while the patient was alive. He starts to say how the procedure was conducted, when he realizes the killer used a hunting knife just like the one he uses. He suddenly realizes he’s being set up and excuses himself to rush back to his office. He runs into the office and asks Lucas where his tools are, his assistant tells him they’re in the usual spot all washed and shined. Henry pulls out the tool belt and sees his hunting knife’s there, but covered with blood. He tells Lucas a body’s arriving and he’ll return shortly.
He heads back to the shop and tells Abe the latest and Abe replies he’s got two choices confide in Martinez or they need to pack up and run away. We’re flashbacks to the asylum and we see Henry’s restrained and soaked to the skin. He pleads to the doctor to stop the treatment, he’s not immortal, but the doctor calls him a liar and tells his two aides to begin the treatment again. Morgan’s being waterboarded, as they put a towel over his face and pour a bucket of water over his face. Henry returns to the present and tells Abe to start packing.
Martinez heads to Henry’s office, where she finds Lucas alone and flipping out. He tells Jo they always examine the body together when it first arrives, but Henry told Lucas to start and he’d soon return. However the thing that’s truly freaking the assistant out, is each slice with the scalpel or knife looks just like Morgan’s work. Jo thanks him and then takes off.
The suitcases and passports are now sitting near the shop’s front door and Henry tells Abe he just needs to collect a few more things. We see the shop’s front door open, but we don’t see who enters. It’s either the stalker or Martinez, neither of whom would be welcome at that moment. Henry’s in the basement and pulls out the hunting knife just as Jo enters the room. He says that it isn’t what it looks like, then contradicts himself, Jo tells him she’s his friend and wants to help him out, but he needs to confide in her. Abe walks into the room and tells Henry to let her know what’s taken place.
The next scene’s at the station as Reece, Hanson and Martinez are sitting at a table and Henry tells them he’s got a stalker. At first it was only phone calls, but he believes the stalker’s the murderer of both men. He then tells them he should have confided to them sooner and that they’re justified suspecting him of being the killer. Reece leans into the table and says Henry, then stops. He says yes and she tells him they’re going to find and stop this killer, Morgan looks incredibly grateful she believes him.
He and Lucas start examining the body when he notices a human bite mark on the cadaver’s shoulder. Henry then asks if the victim had recently gotten vaccinated for Hepatitis B as the first victim was and the answer’s yes. They then determine the commonality between the two victim’s was they both worked at Bellevue, so Morgan and Martinez head to the hospital.
Jo gets told by administrators that both employees left the hospital after a run-in with a patient, but the name can’t get revealed due to patient/doctor confidentiality. She says they need a court-order or a psychiatrist and Morgan leads Martinez to Louis Garber’s office. They explain the situation and Henry asks if the doctor will help a fellow Brit and Garber says since he put it that way how could he refuse. The patient’s named Clark Walker, he believes he’s immortal and displays no fear of pain or death, he’s free but reports daily for counseling sessions and he’s having one right then. They race to an attendant, who tells them that Walker left seconds before, she then pushes the lockdown button and tells the attendant to get on the intercom and announce a lockdown. They see Walker, but he slips out the door just before the doors get locked.
The squads issued wanted posters with Walker’s name and picture and Reece tells her squad that she wants her team to bring him in. Henry returns to the shop, finds the front door unlocked, Abe’s missing and Classical music’s blaring from the turntable in the basement. Morgan goes down stairs, takes the tone-arm off the record and turns around to see Walker in front of him. Clark pulls out a sword and tells Henry he wants Morgan to kill him with it then lies it on the ground. Suddenly we hear Abe’s voice and the two struggle for the sword. Henry grabs a letter opener and plunges it into Walker’s chest and he dies, for real, no regeneration or rising from the dead. Morgan realizes that this man can’t be the stalker.
The next scene has uniforms searching the shop and a detective asking Henry if he remembers anything else, Hanson tells the detective to go easy on him, he’s one of theirs. He then tells Henry he did a good job and it was a righteous kill, Lucas grabs a blanket and wraps it around Morgan’s shoulders. Everyone’s clearing out when Jo comes up to Henry and tells him that a wise man once told her, that when killing someone doesn’t bother you, that’s when you realize you’ve got a problem, a speech he gave to her earlier in the season. He says nobody listens to that guy, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Martinez smiles at him and tells him she does then squeezes his hand and leaves.
The phone rings and we realize it’s the stalker and Adam admits he encouraged Walker’s thoughts that he too was immortal. He then tells Henry he did good as Walker would have killed again, then Henry tells his stalker he’s a coward and insane and that’s why he hides. The stalker then tells Henry to look outside and across from the shop a cab’s parked, the back window opens and we see the stalker’s Dr. Louis Garber, Morgan’s psychiatrist and he says in my professional opinion I disagree with your diagnosis. He then says he’s leaving town for a while but looks forward to their conversations, when he returns.
The Series Continues Next Tuesday at 10:00 pm on ABC.