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Three seasons ago the FOX network aired a limited episode series entitled “The Following,” a gory, yet intelligent cat-and-mouse game centering on two characters. The bad guy, a brilliant psychopathic college professor who also enjoyed serial killing, had escaped federal custody. The former FBI Agent, who put the killer behind bars, got contacted by the Bureau to help recapture him. However the former agent Ryan Hardy was far from the All-American-Boy, hiding demons from his boyhood within him. The serial killer Joe Carroll, realized that he and Hardy were far more alike than different and used that knowledge to get deep inside the agent’s head.

The first season of the series, hit all the right buttons, a gripping suspenseful and taut tale, which seemed to end with Carroll’s death in a fiery explosion, in the season finale. However the ending was not filled with sunshine and rainbows, Hardy and Carroll’s ex-wife now Hardy’s girlfriend, got stabbed by one of Joe’s followers, before the screen went black.

That is where the series should have ended, however ratings rather than logic drove the decision-making and The Following returned for a second season and surprise, Joe Carroll wasn’t dead. Turned out he got rescued from the shack, seconds before it exploded and was living down South. The first portion of that campaign was underwhelming, but when Joe Carroll once again took center stage, the season ended strongly.

Unfortunately, the network refused to read the writing on the wall, which clearly told them without Joe Carroll, you don’t have a series. So they brought the show back for a third season, in which Carroll was in a Virginia Correctional Facility, awaiting execution. Then they went and killed him with a third of the season left.

The FOX network announced that they have decided renewing The Following for a fourth season and have seemingly given up on the current campaign, as they are running the last four episodes in two-hour blocks. This has resulted in fans of the series literally watching the show stripped of every aspect of the show, that once made it so enjoyable.

Joe Carroll lives on, as we see him appear each time Hardy gives him into his demons, primarily drinking heavily. However Joe also encouraged Ryan to water-board his prisoner in an effort to extract information. This was after the prisoner and her brother, threw acid in the face of an FBI agent and subsequently killed him, while kidnapping another agent. The agent they killed, had accidentally killed a fellow agent last week when she realized he possessed a laptop, that should have been in the evidence room. The Agent Tom Reyes, kept the laptop to spy on his girlfriend Max Hardy.

Here is the scorecard for those who still care after episodes Twelve and Thirteen aired on Monday night. Besides the death of Reyes, Hardy killed Penny the sister of Theo Noble. Just after telling Max Hardy she’s the love of his life, Agent Mike Weston received multiple stab wounds in his back, from Mark Gray. Gray died seconds later as he attempted to kill Max, but Mike shot him to death. It appears that Weston’s on life-support, from the brief clip of him they showed in the previews for the final two episodes.

Theo and Daisy escaped from the theater where they attempted to set up Hardy’s death. Noble’s told Daisy she had her chance to escape, now he’ll let her go when he’s ready. Hardy’s estranged-girlfriend Gwen, told Ryan that he’s going to become a father and if he wants to be part of his child’s life, he needs to get his act together. He attends an AA meeting at the end of the episode and it appears that Joe’s spirit, respects his move and has left him.

Some shows stay on the air too long and that’s the case with The Following, which actually should have stuck with being a one-time event.

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Photo Courtesy Of Giovani Ruffino/FOX

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When it comes right down to it, everything in the life of FBI Agent Ryan Hardy, revolves around his nemesis Joe Carroll in every aspect of the FOX series “The Following,” even with Carroll just 36-hours away from getting executed via lethal injection. He affects the way Hardy interacts with friends and lovers, he’s even taken to haunting Ryan’s dreams, as he did at the start of the latest episode, “Kill The Messenger.”

Our first image of the hour’s Hardy asleep with his girlfriend Gwen in his apartment, when a hooded figure breaks in and makes his way to the bedroom. Hardy opens his eyes, puts his fingers in front of his lips for the intruder to be quiet, the man pulls off his hood, revealing he’s Joe and he’s holding a knife. Ryan whispers, how are we going to do this and Carroll hands him the knife. He wakes up on the couch, Gwen coming out from the bedroom hearing him screaming in his sleep. The TV’s on with a documentary on Carroll’s crimes, she tells Ryan to come to bed, he shuts off the set.

Theo breaks into an office complex, turns out it’s the office of Arthur Strauss’ aide Julia Barnes. He’s looking for something, and ransacks her office trying to find it. He finally finds it under the wallpaper, it’s a codebook, which he grabs and starts to leave, when a security guard tells him to stop. Theo slices the guy’s neck open with what appears to be a wire.

We see him entering a home in Hoboken, New Jersey, dragging a suitcase, he’s sporting a mustache and sunglasses and the housekeeper, who greets him as Mr. Salman, says she didn’t expect him to arrive home this day. He gives her a hug and apologizes, saying he should have called, then asks where Penny’s at. The housekeeper says she’s been gone for several days, then she says she’ll let him get settled. As soon as she leaves he jumps on his laptop.

Ryan’s driving her to the hospital the next morning, when a police cruiser pulls him over, make him exit his car and lie down on the street when they see his service revolver. Turns out Theo Noble’s dedicated to turning Hardy’s life into a living Hell, through his hacking skills. The NYPD computer showed the car as reported stolen, with a man behind the wheel, matching his description, identified as armed and dangerous. Just the first of a bunch of tricks Theo pulls on Ryan.

They drive a little further and a car rams them at a four-way intersection. He gets out of the car to check things out and Noble’s on the other end asking if anyone got hurt? Ryan tells him that he may have won this round but he’s one man and Hardy’s got tons of agents looking to take down Noble. Theo responds all the agents Hardy has won’t be enough to keep him safe. Theo calls on a burner phone, if he’s sloppy enough to use the phone again they can get where the signal emanates from.

Theo decides he needs a new partner to complete his next task, he settles on a man from Virginia named Gary Benson, who got denied being admitted to the Rangers, due to flunking the his Captain’s evaluation. Theo decides to use that to his advantage and finds the guy at a gun range, they start talking and have some beers and when Benson gets drunk, he starts blaming the Captain for ruining his life. He says he lost his wife and his home all because of this guy named Robert Tubbs. Theo convinces Benson to take them to Tubbs house and they’ll scare him real good.

We’re in a strip-club in Atlantic City and our old friend Daisy’s a waitress there, some guy asks why she isn’t a dancer there, as she’s far prettier than the rest of the girls. She says she’s too shy for all the eyeballs, he asks her what about just two, then gives her a hundred-dollar bill and tells him he’s got a beach house up the road. She takes the money and says she loves the ocean.

Joe Carroll’s brought in to meet with his court appointed attorney, to inform him of the procedure on his day of execution. As she tells him about his final day, he sees the newspaper headline sticking out of her briefcase and he recognizes the photograph of Theo Noble.

He flashes back to Winslow University as he’s talking to some coeds about Poe, when suddenly Theo asks Carroll if Poe could have killed his brother, that he’s said to have grieved so for. Carroll says there’s no evidence pointing in that direction, Theo says perhaps Poe was smart, he stayed under the water and didn’t make waves. That was Arthur Strauss’ first rule for any of his students, Joe asks Theo his name and he says he’s late to class. As Joe returns to the present, his lawyer asks if he has any last requests, he asks that a message get sent to Ryan Hardy saying he’s got information on the man Hardy’s searching for.

Daisy heads to the beach house and starts making out with the guy when she tells him to be gentle. He stops and slows down and she calls him Kyle, he says his name’s Walt, she asks if she minds if she calls him Kyle and he says call me what ever you want. But he gets too rough again, so Daisy stabs in the neck with a knife. Then she starts to cry and takes off the black wig she was wearing. Suddenly she sees someone outside the plate-glass doors, it’s Mark Gray who screams boo then shatters the doors. She tries to run from him but he catches her, she calls him Mark, he replies Mark drowned he’s Luke.

He’s about to kill her when she shows him the feed of the cameras still set up in Max Hardy’s apartment. She says this way he can track Mike Weston’s movements and finally kill him and avenge the death of his mother, who Weston executed last season. He lets her live.

Benson and Noble break into Robert Tubbs home wearing ski masks, they knock him out then tie him to a chair. When he wakes up, Theo pulls off Gary’s mask, telling him that Tubbs needs to pay for what he did to Benson. Gary punches his former commanding officer in the gut, Theo asks if that felt good and Gary screams yes, Noble shoots him and says that should feel even better.

Benson pukes up in the sink, Theo tells him that he scouted him out and chose him because he’s special. Gary asks if he means like Neo in The Matrix and Theo says, yes you’re the one Gary. Benson left his ski mask in the house Theo goes to grab it and Gary calls his ex-wife Linda on the burner phone. He tells her she’ll be sorry she left him.

Turns out Gary’s a guard at the prison Joe’s kept in. Theo sought out Benson, to use to communicate with Carroll, he wants to know if Joe knows the code to Strauss’ book of numbers. Theo’s telling Gary what to say and listening to Joe’s responses through the prison’s surveillance system. He tells Joe if he gives him the code, he’ll make sure his name lives on after he’s executed and deaths will still be credited to Carroll long after he’s gone.

They get the hit from the burner phone, they track the call going to Linda Benson, she says it was her ex-husband Gary that called, the Bureau soon alerts the facility about Gary Benson. Joe starts asking Theo questions about Hardy and asks if he has a new woman in his life. Noble tells him that he’s dating an attractive doctor named Gwen. Suddenly an alarm sounds, the prison’s alerted to what Benson’s doing, Joe sees a pair of sunglasses in the guard’s pocket. As Benson starts to panic, Carroll strangles him to death, taking the sunglasses, without detection.

Hardy heads to the prison and asks Joe what Theo wanted from him, Joe says Ryan’s not acting like his friend. Hardy explodes, saying they’re not friends, he’s killed Carroll’s followers and soon Joe will die because of him. Carroll says they should chat about Hardy’s new girlfriend Gwen, he says he hears she’s quite the looker and a doctor. Ryan loses it and starts choking Joe, until the guards pull him off, Carroll’s delighted to see such passion from Hardy and tells him to admit that Joe’s the most important relationship in his life. Hardy says he’s a disease and when he’s executed Ryan will get cured.

He head back to the apartment, he thinks he’s alone and Gwen’s left him so he starts to pour himself a drink, he hears Gwen and panics, dropping the glass. He tells her he’s fine, then tells her he went to see Carroll, he thought it was the right move but he was wrong. He tells her he loves her, she’s looking at a positive home-pregnancy test in the bathroom and breaks down crying.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 9:00 pm on FOX.

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Photo Courtesy Of FOX

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The thought occurred to me while watching episodes four and five, of the third season of the FOX series “The Following,” that perhaps the series show-runners, consider their creation a very dark comedy, how else do they explain, the total ineptitude displayed by FBI Agent Ryan Hardy and his crew, consisting of his niece Max Hardy and Agent Mike Weston. During two straight hours of chasing down four psychopaths and a paralegal enabler, helping Dr. Arthur Strauss, they killed just one, allowed Strauss to get his trial dismissed, then missed numerous chances to capture Strauss, his student Daisy, as well as Mark Gray.

It appears that starting next week, the show’s going to radically alter it’s story-arc, finally introducing this campaign’s “Big Bad,” another student of Strauss, who also tutored serial-killer Joe Carroll. However, even infusing new blood into the series and the last-minute cameo of James Purefoy as Joe Carroll in hour two, isn’t enough to give this series back its credibility. The crew crossed the line in the second season and that hanging over their heads seems to stymie them at every turn. Right now the three agents, are covering up the unjustified shooting of Lily Gray last season by Weston, after one of her sons, slit his father’s throat on a cellphone video to Mike. Until that cloud lifts, they’ll remain ineffective, especially with the three beginning their suspensions in the next episode.

If you’re looking for a series that gives you about the same amount of deaths per-episode as your typical slasher-film, then the current version of the Following might qualify as the series for you. Once again deaths caused by damaged individuals, who take life so lightly was high in these two hours. If you want to view a parade of sick and twisted souls, who only feel alive, while killing others, again this fits the bill.

However, the brilliant game of cat and mouse played between Purefoy and series star Kevin Bacon in season one and at certain times in the second sign, are missing this time around. We’ve seen a disjointed effort of two insane men, one getting used without realizing and the Bureau failing to respond in time to any crisis. They’ve lost a colleague in Jeffrey Clarke in the second episode, two TV news-reporters last week and Hardy’s former girlfriend and key witness in the trial against Strauss, Carrie Cook in the first hour. When will the FBI actually do something right and how can the people of that universe, have any confidence in the Bureau?

These episodes don’t warrant a formal recap, so here’s a thumbnail-sketch of what went on, during 86-minutes of actual air-time, Mark Gray, Daisy and Kyle killed four firemen at the station that Max’s father and Ryan’s brother Raymond commanded before he died. Daisy and Kyle pushed a college student in front of a moving car, then tried to push his girlfriend off her dorm-room roof, to make it appear as a suicide. In one of the few good moves of the night for Hardy and company, they saved the girl, the daughter of the judge, whose trying the Arthur Strauss case the next day.

Strauss’ lawyer discredits Hardy so badly on the witness-stand, a previously slam-dunk case of guilty, now very much in doubt, leaning heavily on the testimony of TV magazine-show host Carrie Cook. Kyle and Carrie kidnap Cook, then roast her alive in their panel-van, the judge already dismissed the case, when Cook failed to appear by the deadline. Strauss, walks free and Ryan, Max and Weston get suspended the following morning.

They shoot Kyle to death, however Strauss and Daisy escape via helicopter. Weston’s about to shoot Mark Gray to death, when Ryan talks him out of it. He says if you kill him now his suffering ends, if he goes to prison he’ll suffer every day for the rest of his life. Weston puts the gun down and Gray jumps into the New York Harbor, and we will see him again. Max got beaten by Daisy with a plank, but she’ll be okay, we don’t know if her relationship with Tom’s okay after she had sex with Mike and Tom saw it on Daisy’s laptop. Ryan finally breaks down and visits Joe Carroll, who smiles and asks what took him so long?

There are scenes that Hardy and crew look so inept, I almost expect to hear the WAAH-WAAH of a trombone at the end of the scene, as if I were watching the Keystone Cops. This is certainly not the show that I enjoyed in the first campaign, or that came together in the latter half of season two. Strauss and his new student look intriguing, but the Bureau has yet to prove they’re up to the task at hand.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night, at 9:00 pm on FOX.

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Photo Courtesy Of FOX

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For the second straight season the FOX series “The Following’s” come out of the gate, at a less than entertaining pace, although the show’s contained ample portions of gore and a host of new creepy personalities. Now three episodes into the series’ third-campaign, we’ve yet to meet this season’s “Big Bad,” stuck with the remaining member of the uber-spooky Gray family, surviving twin Mark, trying to avenge the death of his brother Luke and mother Lily.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t until the show got past the exploits of the Gray clan last season, that the show got back its game from season one and once again the show’s yet to supply a compelling reason to watch every week. That’s a tough enough handicap to burden a show that airs 22-episodes per season, with a limited run series such as The Following, can the show-runners make its fans once again forget, the season’s stodgy beginning?

Our first image’s FBI Agent Ryan Hardy, looking through some photographs, when he hears his girlfriend Gwen calling him. Hardy’s spooked by her calls and search’s the apartment to find her in a box like his friend FBI Agent Jeff Clarke got pushed into in the previous episode. We realize Ryan’s dreaming and we watch as he looks at his hands covered in Gwen’s blood.

He wakes up startled and starts looking for Gwen, who tells him she just called for him. He’s terrified, still haunted by the dream and the thought of losing her. He hugs her as tight as he can, as if he’s trying to make himself believe, Gwen’s alive, safe and in his arms.

Hardy arrives at the FBI office and tells Mike and Max to track down the guy that tortured and killed Clarke, look for similar crimes within the past five years, then widen the window to ten if they come up empty. Ryan’s boss Gina Mendez says they’ve got to address a press conference, on Clarke’s murder and his deathbed confession, that he was in charge of a Black-Ops Unit, lead by Ryan Hardy, that executed Lily Gray. Hardy attempts to dodge it, but Mendez says she covered for him as much as she can.

The press conference gets broadcast nationally and Gray’s two accomplices, Daisy and Kyle watch it on TV in Gray’s living room. Mendez reveals a police artists sketch of their two suspects and the drawings strongly resemble the couple. Daisy starts to freak out, but her boyfriend attempts to calm her down, right then Mark walks in and asks why they didn’t call him to tell him it was airing. The question remains unanswered as a reporter calls on Hardy to answer a question.

Ryan straight out lies to the media, saying that Clarke made his statement in hopes of staying alive and there was no Black-Ops Unit, or execution of Lily Gray. Hardy then calls an audible, telling the media Mark Gray’s involved even though he hadn’t discussed that with Mendez. He says that Mark’s a delusional-coward and a malicious killer, but his days are numbered as Ryan’s after him, if he’s smart he’ll turn himself in as the entire FBI’s about to come down on him.

Gray goes ballistic, calling Hardy a liar and saying the press believes him, he says he should have just killed Ryan, but Daisy convinces him his plan’s working. She says the more the Bureau denies things, the guiltier they appear. Gray says she could be right but he can’t watch it and storms out of the room.

Daisy says to Kyle that Gray’s losing it and they’ve got to get away, she says they’ve got to contact Juliana, but her boyfriend shakes his head and says she won’t like that. Daisy says she doesn’t care she needs to speak to Juliana and tells him to make the call.

Mendez and Hardy leave the press conference, she chastises him for mentioning Mark without clearing it with her, his response’s that the more people looking for him the better. She says next time ask, they see Jeff Clarke’s widow Anna, whose come to give her statement to the bureau and Hardy goes to talk to her, telling her they’ll catch the man responsible. Anna glares at him, telling Ryan that she and Jeff had no secrets, Hardy’s responsible for her husband’s death as he was covering for Ryan, then stomps away.

We see the man who actually killed Clarke, then dislocated every joint in his body to stuff him into that incredibly small box, Neil in the following scene. He enters the kitchen in his house to find his father’s nurse, trying to repair the garbage disposal, while his father whose got dementia’s left the house. Neil leaves the house and sees his father walking about half a block ahead, saying he’s meeting Neil’s mother. Neil convinces him to come back home to watch his program.

When they return, the nurse falls all over herself apologizing, saying she’d have died if the old man got hurt. Neil gets on the phone and calls the nursing service, saying their nurse never showed up and could they send a replacement. We quickly realize Neil’s going to kill her.

Kyle and Daisy get disguised and meet Juliana in a restaurant for lunch, she looks corporate, and perhaps in her late twenties wearing dark-rimmed glasses. She tells the pair they’re staying put, they need Mark for their endgame, then gives them the dossier on their next target, Max Hardy.

Two of the reporter’s head back to their sound-truck, with their camera man as the male half of the pair says he had Ryan Hardy squirming during the press conference. The woman responds, that he wishes that was true, then she says their camera man’s dead, Mark shows up wearing glasses and a hoody saying he’d like to lodge a complaint, holding a knife, still dripping with the camera man’s blood.

Hardy meets with a former source whose gone legit for years, but he tells the woman this is to avenge a friend. He describes what Neil did and she says she may be able to get him a lead and says she’ll contact him, but we can see by her facial expression, she’s concerned.

Mark’s got the two reporters duct-taped to chairs, when Daisy and Kyle return and they’re not happy to see their new guests. Kyle says they should kill them immediately then dump the bodies, but the female reporter says to use the two of them to spread his message. Unfortunately, the male reporter’s snapped and his mind’s gone, so Mark stabs him to death then tells the woman she’ll be camera operator and questioner.

Hardy’s source has given him the address of another torture guy for hire, who has ties with Neil. Max, Mike and Ryan capture the guy quickly then ask him about Neil. The guy says he wants a lawyer and Weston sneers at him and says he doesn’t, when the guy stays silent, Mike and Ryan lift the guy up and move him. Hardy stands above the guy with a hammer and a spike asking Weston, if he thinks they should start at the hands or the feet.

Max grabs the guy and says they’re not kidding, they will hurt him, so do them both a favor and tell them what he knows. He gives them an e-mail address, which they track to Neil’s father’s wood-carving store, which the son now runs. We see him with some customers, then when he enters his back room we see the nurse tied and gagged.

Neil’s just about to stick the instrument into her neck to paralyze her, when Hardy breaks through the shops front door, he escapes and Max tends to the nurse, who’s just scared. Ryan and Weston head to the roof but Neil’s fled the area.

The female reporter’s interviewing Mark when he mentions how helpful Daisy and Kyle have been to him and she questions their loyalty, as Kyle laughed at Mark, while Gray was getting changed. The three criminals start arguing and the reporter tries to escape, but she finds no expert. Kyle catches her upstairs, stabbing her to death he says good try.

Neil rushes into his house and tells his father they’re heading on a trip, but the male nurse tells Neil the old man’s not physically capable of traveling. Neil asks to speak to him in private, then kills the man packs for he and his father quickly as sirens get louder and louder. Neil steals the nurse’s car and they leave seconds before Hardy and company arrive.

As they look around the kitchen, Hardy realizes the old man’s got dementia and bets he’s got a GPS unit to keep him located in case he wanders off. Ryan finds the coordinates and they track Neil and his father to a farmer’s market, where they’ve stopped to get Neil’s father a beverage.

Mark’s upset when he sees that Daisy and Kyle killed the reporter, then starts to freak out when he sees the dossier on Max and asks what they’re up to. Kyle says it’s a present for him, then Daisy says it was supposed to be a surprise, they saw how upset Mark got at the press conference, so they got Max Hardy’s address and alarm code so he could kill her when the time’s right. Mark thanks them and apologizes about the reporters and says he was wrong to doubt their intentions.

Neil sees Ryan at the farmer’s market and takes off, he soon realizes they’re getting tracked by his father’s GPS unit and gives it to a boy in the parking lot. He stabs a man to steal his car, but he turns around and to his horror, his father witnessed it. The old man starts screaming and Neil drives off without him, as Hardy shoots out the back window but Neil gets away. Just when we think the FBI’s totally inefficient Neil drives up to an FBI roadblock and turns around, but Ryan forces him off the road and into a tree.

All three agents have their guns on Neil when he exits the car clutching a pistol, Hardy tries talking him down but he aims his gun at the agent. Max kills Neil with two shots to the chest, it may have been her first kill.

Back at the office, The Bureau holds a memorial service for Jeff Clark and Ryan gives the eulogy. He talks about how brave his friend was and the most important thing to Jeff was his family, he loved his wife Anna with every fiber of his being. Max leaves the service when she doesn’t see Weston, she finds him in an office and rips Mike for missing the service to search for Mark. Mike starts to cry, he says he’s responsible for Jeff’s death, by killing Lily, he asks Max how he could face Anna? She hugs him and says we’re all responsible, her new boyfriend sees them embrace and walks away, unseen.

Max enters the foyer of her apartment building and the music and camera work make it seems as if she’s about to get kidnapped or killed. She fumbles for her keys, starts to put them in the lock and turns the cylinder, when something spooks her and she pulls out her weapon. It’s her boyfriend in the hallway, who came to surprise her and take her out to dinner. She re-locks the door, never realizing that Kyle and Daisy are in her apartment, setting up three video surveillance cameras.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night, at 8:00 pm For a Special Two-Hour Broadcast on FOX.

Photo Courtesy Of Giovanni Rufino/FOX

Photo Courtesy Of Giovanni Rufino/FOX

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Logic states that most FBI agents have a pretty low opinion of the Fox series “The Following,” as the series, now in its third-season, rarely shows the Bureau in a flattering light. The FBI agents portrayed in the show, starting with the self-loathing Ryan Hardy, come-off as reactive rather than proactive. The Bureau basically stood helplessly on the sidelines watching people die, during the first two campaigns, courtesy of former college professor Joe Carroll and his ever revolving band of cult-members.

Carroll’s now in a maximum security facility, scheduled for execution within a month, however Hardy and fellow agents Mike Weston and Ryan’s niece Max Hardy, are still incapable of stopping a lunatic from murdering innocents, early in season three. Mark Gray, son of another cult-leader Lily, whom along with Gray’s twin brother Luke were killed last season by Hardy’s crew. Bent on vengeance, while nuttier than a peanut plantation, Mark’s channeled his dominant brother’s character into his body, making for some creepy discussions with himself.

Mark’s the first character we see as he drives Andrew’s truck to a locked up warehouse storefront, he bangs on the bars, an older man with a mop of curly hair opens the garage-like type door. Mark tells the man named Spider, that the truck’s Andrew’s whose now in FBI custody and they need it off the street. Spider tells him to park it inside, then shows Mark his array of torture toys, Gray says cool, but he’s not into torture. Spider says he realizes that, but he’s got something Mark will appreciate, then unveils an electric-chair he bought in Nevada, last year. He laughs as he says they’re going to fry themselves an FBI agent.

Back at the New York City Bureau office, the agents have determined Andrew’s identity, following a call, apparently from Mark (which we found out in the first episode, actually happened) he left his wife and kids to go out for a carton of milk and never came back a year before. Andrew admits the family was just a front to fit into society, an associate of Lily’s, he stayed in character until getting the call from Mark after Luke got shot to death.

Andrew asks Hardy and Weston if he can offer a little advice and both agents smirk at his audacity, then say sure. Their prisoner says confess before it’s too late, Weston responds he’s got a clean conscience and Andrew says more innocent people will die. Somehow Mark’s aware that Mike killed Lily in execution-style, after she had one of her sons slit Weston’s father’s throat on videotape, then sent it to him. Hardy covered things up in an internal investigation, but the story started fraying at the edges last week and now looks on the verge of collapsing. The only three aware of the situation are Weston, Max and Ryan.

Mark has sent his unhappy assistant’s on a mission to kidnap an Asian woman, Kyle awkwardly tries picking her up in the grocery store and she says she’s married and buzz off. When she arrives home, she thinks her husband’s home early from work as the stereo’s playing, two glasses of wine poured and a negligee’s laid out on the bed. She carries her glass of wine into the bathroom, as she hears the shower running, but the shower’s vacant. She turns around when she sees Kyle and his girlfriend Daisy in the doorway, the glass falls from her hand. Kyle says his feelings got hurt at the grocery store.

Hardy’s pulled aside by Jeff Clarke, the man that ran point for the Black-Ops program Hardy utilized last year to kill the Grays and capture Carroll, as well as destroy his cult, either by death or arrest. Because Gray’s accused Hardy’s team of lying, the Bureau’s Internal Affairs Division, want to question Ryan again. Jeff says he can’t go through the interrogation again and Hardy says, if things go South, he’ll take the bullet.

We then see a flashback from eleven-months earlier as Ryan and Clarke are about to get questioned the first time. Jeff starts having a major panic-attack, then develops chest pains and Hardy tells him he’s taking his friend to the ER and to relax.

Back at the woman’s house they’ve got her duct-taped to a chair, Daisy tells her she’s going to call her husband and do whatever she can to make him come home. The woman refuses and Daisy says, either you call him, or he’ll get your face in the mail and pulls out a knife. The woman tells her husband, she’s got a really bad-migraine and says she needs him home. He buys the story and Daisy tells the woman she’s a fabulous liar.

The character of Kyle’s rather one-dimensional, a guy with demons, somewhat intelligent, but he allows his emotions to dictate his actions. However Daisy portrayed by Ruth Kearney’s a great new addition to the cast, as she plays Daisy as a cross between Faye Dunaway’s Bonnie Parker and Amy Acker’s Root from Persons Of Interest. She’s the brains of the duo, but she seems to get an erotic thrill out of the violence they inflict.

Mark’s not nearly as clever as Joe Carroll, or even his mother, so the Bureau’s pretty close on his tail. They trace Andrew’s truck to a warehouse and show the footage of Mark driving into the building. Hardy and Weston head an FBI SWAT team as they raid the building, Spider sends Mark out through a sewer pipe to safety and tells him to not worry about him. He grabs an automatic weapon and engages in a shootout, but he’s soon shot to death, as they look through the office, they see pictures of the Asian women, tacked to the wall near the desk. Max gasps it’s Anna, the wife of Agent Jeff Clarke.

Clarke comes home and Kyle attacks him, Jeff says do what ever they want to him, but leave his wife alone, Kyle says they don’t make deals and knocks Clarke out. Daisy then ties a plastic bag around Anna’s face to suffocate her, she says asphyxiation’s a turn-on but they need to go, then kisses Anna on the mouth, leaving red lipstick marks on the outside of the bag.

The trio of agents arrive at the Clarke’s to find Jeff’s gone and Anna’s not breathing. Ryan performs CPR on her saving her life, she tells them that the couple knocked out Jeff and took him away, then pleads with them to save her husband and Hardy assures her they will.

Mark calls Daisy, tells them not to head to Spider’s and asks Daisy about her Plan B, her face goes white as she says she really hesitates to call him as she’s scared of the guy. Mark tells her to make the call. She’s visibly shaken when she hangs up and Kyle asks what’s up, she says Mark wants us to call Neil.

We head to a kitchen, as a heavy-set balding man in his forties, is feeding a man he calls Pop. The man, obviously senile, asks if he knows the man feeding him, the other man says he’s his son Neil, but the man says his son’s much younger. There’s a look in the younger man’s eyes, that’s too cryptic to read, is he upset that his father doesn’t recognize his own son, or is this man really Neil?  A nurse’s aide interrupts them and tells Neil he’s got a phone call and she takes over the feeding.

Back at the Bureau office, when the Bureau Chief Gina says they’ve got a Skype message coming in from Mark and they put it on the big screen. Gray’s happy to see that the gang’s all there and tells them they’ve got until eight that night to come clean about executing his mother, or Clarke dies. After some unproductive back and forth, he disconnects the feed. Gina asks why Mark keeps talking about them lying, Mike says that Gray’s a psychopath and it’s hard to predict what he’ll say.

Max pulls the three of them aside and says they should come clean, Mike of course adamantly disagrees, as he stands to lose the most. Ryan says that Mark’s going to kill Jeff whether they confess or not, the only way to get Clarke back is rescuing him. They find that Andrew and Joe attended a class together while in school, Gina tells Hardy he needs to go talk to Carroll to save Clarke’s life.

We see Ryan in a chopper and the graphic tells us we’re looking at a super-maximum correctional facility in New York. Hardy gets off the vehicle, walks through a series of doors with a grim look on his face, that last door looks like a mile away. He goes into the holding room, we see a pair of padlocked hands and then realize, it’s not Carroll, it’s Joe’s mentor Dr. Strauss whose indicted as an accessory to murder. Turns out the class that Andrew and Joe attended was taught by Strauss.

After some give and take Strauss admits knowing Andrew, but remains silent when Hardy asks if Andrew’s one of the professor’s followers. He does say that if Andrew’s done something to attract the attention of the FBI, then he’d need strong motivation. Ryan asks like a cause and Strauss responds fear’s the likely reason.

Clarke’s now duct-taped to a chair, while Neil’s working with welding equipment building something out of metal. Kyle asks if he’s going to be much longer and Neil gives him a look like he could crush his skull that second and says he hates being rushed. Kyle’s smart enough to say, everything’s cool and take as long as you need.

While the three are talking, Clarke’s slipped the tape of his wrists and feet and makes a run for it, running blind as he has no idea how the building’s laid out. All three split up and start looking for him, Jeff ducks into an office and hides behind a desk. Neil walks right past the office without glancing inside, Clarke grabs a cellphone and calls Hardy and the FBI are able to trace the call. Unfortunately they hear the conversation and as Jeff tries to break for it, Kyle knocks him out with a metal bar.

The calls been traced to a 15 mile radius around Reading, Pennsylvania, the three agents hop on the copter while Gina tells them she’ll have a swat team ready to meet them there. When they arrive, they’re told by the head of the local law enforcement they’ve got a lot of locations where Clarke could be imprisoned.

Jeff comes to and Kyle asks him if he wants to hear the bad or good news first? Clarke says he doesn’t care, so Kyle tells him it looks like his FBI friends let him down and won’t make their eight o’clock deadline. Daisy says however the good news is he can save himself, by confessing, he looks at her and says that’s not happening. Daisy truly looks concerned and says she hopes he changes his mind, then Neil comes over, just finishing his work, it’s a box he’s going to put Clarke in. He then shows them a blade used for slaughtering cattle, he says this will paralyze Jeff, but he’ll remain conscious, then Neil’s going to dislocate every joint in Clarke’s body, to fold him into the box.

Mike’s found the location and Ryan and the SWAT team are there in two-minutes, just as they’re about to burst in, Gina calls Hardy. She says there’s a video coming in and he should see it. We then see Clarke admitting that he was in charge of a Black-Ops Unit, led by Ryan to take out Joe Carroll and Lily Gray, then he says Gray got executed. He then begs for absolution he doesn’t deserve and the feed ends.

They break in, but it’s too late, Clarke’s in the box with his FBI Shield opened in top of it. When the ambulance comes, Hardy asks the EMT if Jeff suffered much, he replies hopefully Clarke lost consciousness quickly.

Kyle and Daisy bring home the video to show to Mark, he’s disappointed he wasn’t there. Kyle says he’s lucky he’s not dead like Spider and Mark grabs him by the throat and pulls out a knife. Daisy begs him to stop telling Mark he needs the both of them to carry out his plans. He lets Kyle go.

Hardy’s back at his apartment showering and thinking back to Jeff’s hospital visit, as that’s where he met Gwen, she was the attending physician who told Jeff he didn’t suffer a heart-attack. Ryan and Gwen smile at each other, back in the present, Gwen walks into to shower with her clothes on to comfort Hardy. He breaks down and weeps in her arms.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 9:00 pm on FOX.

Photo Courtesy Of Giovanni Rufino/FOX

Photo Courtesy Of Giovanni Rufino/FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

The first two seasons of the FOX series “The Following,” revolved around a cat and mouse game between FBI Agent Ryan Hardy and serial-killer/cult-leader Joe Carroll. However as we rejoin Hardy and company for season three, Carroll’s been behind bars for a year, with his execution scheduled for the following month. Hardy’s especially proud that he’s moved on, now involved with a beautiful dark-haired Emergency Room doctor named Gwen (portrayed by Zuleikha Robinson, who appeared in the final two seasons of LOST.) We join the couple along with Ryan’s niece Max at the wedding of FBI Agent Gina Mendez and all are blissfully happy, except for a mysterious looking waiter working the affair.

Fellow agent Mike Weston arrives late to the party, just arriving from the airport. He’s no longer involved in a romantic relationship with Max Hardy, after spending the last eleven months looking for Mark Gray, the only surviving member of Lily Gray’s murderous clan. Ryan introduces Weston to Gwen, who tells the agent her boyfriend talks about him constantly. There’s an awkward reunion between Mike and Max, as she introduces him to her new boyfriend, a member of an FBI SWAT team from New York.

Ryan and Gwen go out on the balcony to talk about her possibly moving in with him, when he dodges the question, by saying he’s got to get some cake. She smiles and looks out at the skyline, when she turns back towards the room, the waiter’s almost on top of her, then apologizes for startling her. He asks Gwen if that’s Ryan Hardy and she responds it is. He says he arrested Joe Carroll and now everyone calls him a hero, she excuses herself, says she’s got to get back inside.

Hardy’s giving the wedding toast, standing next to the two brides and talking about how amazing love is and the way it makes us feel. Many times when we aren’t even looking for it, it enters our lives, healing our wounds and turning our fortunes around. Gina starts getting teary-eyed, when we see the waiter reach into his jacket pocket, for what at first seemed like he was grabbing a pistol, instead it was a bottle filled with blood that he throws on Hardy and the formerly happy couple.

The waiter then breaks into tears and calls Ryan a murderer, says his daughter got killed in the raid on the Corbin compound last year. He said his daughter Sherry was so beautiful and didn’t deserve to die, then just really starts crying. Hardy tells the two FBI agents holding him to let him go, they ask if he’s sure and then the waiter leaves the room.

The next morning Ryan asks Gina how her bride’s holding up and she says as well as can be expected, after getting doused in blood on her wedding day. She then says they’re not taking a honeymoon until after Carroll’s execution. Hardy says she’s learning quickly she’s married to the FBI. Mike and Ryan quickly talk, Hardy mentions that Carroll’s getting executed in a month and Weston asks if Ryan’s gone to see him. Hardy says no, that he’s moving on with his life.

Weston’s not following that course, obsessed with catching Mark Gray, mainly for vengeance, as Lily slit Mike’s Dad’s throat and sent the tape of the execution to his cellphone. In one of the most shocking scenes from season two, Weston lost his Boy Scout morals forever, as he executed an unarmed Lily Gray. Hardy took the blame for the shooting, saying that Gray forced him into it.

Mike briefs the rest of the bureau’s agents on his basically fruitless search for Mark Gray, although he says that Gray’s running low on funds and will likely surface soon. Mendez reminds the agents that Carroll’s getting executed in a month, they should monitor the situation vigilantly, so they don’t get caught with a surprise attack.

We move to a hotel bar and see a couple sitting at a table when a woman with long jet-black hair, whose dressed to advertise walks in and sits at the bar. The man says to his companion her, and she walks over telling the woman they’re celebrating their second anniversary and would she have interest in celebrating with them? The woman says of course, but she charges more for couples.

Up in the room, the husband’s all over the hooker, while his wife just kinds of stands and watches, the woman tells the husband this need’s to be fun for her as well, then proceeds to take off the wife’s dress and they tie the wife’s hands with some silk scarves. The husband starts making out with the call-girl again when a knocking sound starts and she asks what it is? The wife says it sounds like it’s coming from the closet and when he opens it, he finds a hotel maid bound and gagged inside. He turns around and the Brunette stabs him to death, then walks over to the bed and takes the wife’s life as well. She then pulls off the wig, revealing her to have short blonde hair.

The door opens, it’s her teammate and lover Kyle, he asks if he arrived too late and the woman, named Daisy says there’s plenty for him to do.  The door opens again and this time it’s the waiter, he tells the couple that this is all wrong, if we don’t get it right he’ll kill us.

The FBI investigate the room in the next scene, the couple have wires attached to them to put them in certain positions, the husband has a knife in his hand. The couple was Natalie and Kenny Brooks, in from Greenwich, the bartender saw them leave with a hooker, but Hardy says, she had some help. On the shower stall, reads Ryan Hardy Lies written in blood, the maid’s body got discovered as well.

Kyle and Daisy are making out at the house they’re staying at when the waiter, whose real name’s Andrew enters and asks if “he” said anything. Daisy says no, he’s in one of those moods. Andrew says it’s time to pull their next job, but Kyle tries to get the older guy to wait a while. Andrew says he’ll handle this one himself.

Ryan gets the information on the waiter’s daughter, she was Sherry Miller, a 19-year-old young woman from Queens. Hardy heads to the house and rings the bell and Sherry’s mother answers, he says he apologizes for her daughter’s death. She responds that she loves her daughter, but she was always troubled and she doesn’t blame Hardy for her death. He asks to speak to her husband, but it’s not the waiter, Andrew merely said that Sherry was his daughter.

Andrew heads to a grief counseling meeting next and starts the waterworks with the group, crying over the loss of his beautiful Sherry. A young man approaches him after the meeting and says he just lost his sister two-weeks-ago and Andrew asks him to join him for coffee.

Gwen shows up at the bureau and Ryan reacts the way he always does with women, try to push them away in crisis situations and she calls him on it. He denies it, but she tells him they’ve got something special going  and she’s not going to let him screw it up.

Andrew’s picture matches up with a man identified as Adam Jacobs, Max, Mike and Ryan head to the home that he’s said to live at. They drive over and there’s all sorts of fencing and wiring around the place, but Weston gets them through. They get inside and the place is in shambles, with walls falling down, blocking their way, they find a staircase leading up from the basement and an entire walls covered with snapshots of Andrew in various stages of crying, from floor to ceiling. They head into the kitchen and find three more bodies posed, this time with Max Hardy Lies, written in blood on the wall.

Mike says these seems eerily familiar and Hardy says, it is familiar, they lived this moment. Andrew, Kyle and Daisy had posed the bodies to reenact the moment that Max killed Luke Gray, he says the one in the hotel room got staged to show when Ryan killed Luke’s stepsister. Mike then announces the obvious, that Mark Gray’s behind all of this, Hardy says and the next victim will resemble Lily.

If you haven’t gotten creeped out enough yet, the next scene will certainly satisfy you, as we get our first appearance of a now orange-haired Mark Gray, who’s gone completely loony-tunes. Both Luke and Mark were psychotic, behavior encouraged by their adopted mother Lily, but with Luke and Lily gone, Mark’s gone completely around the bend. He’s eating dinner with either a headless corpse, or a mannequin in a suit, with a vanity mirror as the head, so he’s still having dinner each night with his twin brother.

Mark’s adopted Luke’s more dominant personality, when he speaks in his brother’s voice, while crying and showing his weakness when speaking as himself. Sam Underwood, who portrayed both brothers last season’s doing some incredible acting in each scene, having arguments with himself as he takes on the roles of both he and Luke.

The next evening’s when they’re going to kill their Lily Gray doppelgänger and Andrew asks Mark if he’ll be joining him on this mission, but Mark says no, he’ll stay at home and the three of them can handle it. As soon as Andrew leaves the room, Luke tells his brother that they’re going and Mark has to get through it. Just as Kyle, Daisy and Andrew are about to leave, Mark comes downstairs wearing a fake beard and glasses and says let’s go have some fun.

A surveillance camera picks up Andrew coming out of the Lincoln Center subway station, dressed as a waiter, they quickly deduce that he’s headed to an event at the Arts Center five blocks away. Inside that soiree Mark finds the woman he wants to portray his mother in his next project. He picks out a woman and Andrew spills champagne on her dress, then directs her to the restroom on the lower floor. As she attempts to blot out the champagne, she sees Mark grinning standing right behind her.

Hardy captures Andrew, but he tells the FBI agent that Mark and the woman are gone. We see Mark driving in a car and we hear the woman’s muffled screaming from the trunk. He stops and then fights things out between Luke and himself, agreeing to kill the woman. He gets her from the trunk, we see Kyle and Daisy are there, also each holding a pistol. Mark starts to cry, then says I’m sorry mom and then kills the woman with one shot, he instantly cradles the corpse crying, please don’t leave me mom, I’ll be all alone.

Hardy’s questioning Andrew back at the bureau, when he asks Ryan the time, the agent asks if he has somewhere to go and Andrew says you do. Max, Mike and Ryan find the final reenactment, but instead of having the Hardy character killing Lily, it’s setup that Weston’s substitute, shot Lily. The message this time says, While You Lie, More Will Die. But only the three of them are aware of that fact, how could Mark know?

The final scene’s back at Mark’s house, as he and his Luke stand-in have dinner, Luke tells Mark how proud he is of him. Mark says and the next one’s going to be easy, but Luke corrects him, saying the next one’s going to be awesome, cause one of them dies.

Oh by the way, we have yet to meet this season’s “Big Bad” yet, Michael Ealy, whom you may remember as the Android in last season’s FOX series “Almost Human.”

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 9:00 pm on FOX.