Matt Miller, creator of the beloved series “Forever,” released a statement to the show’s fans on his Twitter Account. The statement that he issued on July 7, made it clear that although Warner Brothers TV did their best to find the series a new home, they have been unable to reach an agreement at this time. The following is the message from Mr. Miller to the fans, NJATVS will produce an article in the coming days commenting on the situation.
“This is a hard message to write but I’m sorry to report that despite Warners Bros best efforts they haven’t been able to find a new home for Forever. That doesn’t mean they won’t keep trying but wanted to give you all the real, although disheartening news.
I’ve been hesitant to reach out because I (like you) didn’t want to believe that this was really the end. We had so much story left to tell, questions unanswered; romances unfulfilled; characters to introduce… But I suppose I was asking for trouble when I named the show Forever. We all knew this day would come, but when you’re writing a character with 200 years of backstory, 22 episodes doesn’t seem like enough.
That said, we are all super proud of the show we made. It was a charmed experience making this show and I’m grateful to everyone involved and that includes YOU. Especially you.
When the show was first canceled the outpouring of support was truly touching and I assumed would dissipate after a day or two. But something incredible happened. You guys grew! The longer we were off the air the more passionate you became. And perhaps most impressively, you always remained positive. A snark-less and cynicism-free international fan base? Perhaps our greatest achievement to date.
So, that’s where we stand. Wish I had better news. But if we’ve learned nothing else from Dr. Henry Morgan, it’s that it’s a long life. And who knows? Maybe some cable channel or streaming service will come to the obvious conclusion we all have… there’s a great cast and crew out there ready to get back to work. Hey, a 200 year old immortal washed up naked on the shores of Manhattan. Stranger shit has happened.
“A good Network apologizes for the mistakes of the past, but a great Network corrects them.”
We likely have all made decisions that we wish we could take back, unfortunately life rarely gives the chance to go back and change things. The ABC Network finds itself in that rare position, where they can rectify a bad decision and solve a scheduling program in the process. According to “Variety,” the network has pulled their robes and sandals drama Of Prophets And Kings, from its prime-time schedule next fall. The periodical also reports that the network will move another new series Quantico, from its previous slot and now air the show Sunday night’s at 10:00 pm.
Moving the series that revolves around a group of rookie FBI Agents to Sunday nights, now leaves a hole in the network’s schedule on Tuesday night’s at 10:00pm EST. Is it perhaps more than coincidence, that the gap in the schedule is the same slot that “Forever,” occupied this past season? Would the ABC Network consider bringing back a show, that many fans are still discovering, and whose long-time fans have worked day and night to find the show a new home?
Rather than to rush a series to the air to fill that time-slot, the network with a call to Warner Bros. TV, the network can fix a programming snafu, while becoming heroes to a fan base that refuses to let the show die. Perhaps the best thing is, that ABC can promote the show all summer, giving it the exposure and the marketing it deserved its first time around the track. They can also use the summer to promote it heavily on the network’s website, streaming all 22-episodes, all summer long.
Long after the viewers of other cancelled shows have accepted their collective fate, the rabid fan-base has tightened their belts and doubled their efforts. Petitions to find the show a new home, have gone viral on the net, “Twitter” is jam-packed with tweets about the show and each day Facebook pages devoted to show, gain members at an astounding clip.
With the reports that the network needs a show to fill their old slot, series creator and show-runner Matt Miller, called on the fans to start tweeting ABC about bringing back the series. Donnie Keshawarz, who portrays NYPD Detective and former lead singer of the Craniacs Mike Hanson, took to Twitter Tuesday night with this message “Calling all @Foreverists! Given the recent issues over at ABC, there’s no better time to launch a tweet assault on them to bring us back!!”
ABC has a great opportunity to bring back a show that’s far more popular now, than when they decided not to renew it. Forever will air a Season Two, the only question that remains is if ABC is smart enough to take that second chance.
With apologies to the Bard: I come to praise “Forever,” not to bury it. Although the ABC network declined to renew the Warner Bros. TV series for a second season, the show’s rabid fan-base have yet to give up the fight for this magical show. Some folks just don’t know when to quit and thankfully the incredibly loyal fans of Forever, fall into that category.
Rather than accept the fate handed down by ABC, they have circled their wagons and banded together, to send a message to the studio, that the show must go on. They have taken to Twitter, Facebook and other social-media sites, to spread the word and to recruit others for their fight.
Television viewers get disappointed constantly, by shows that look great on paper but fail to live up to expectations. However, when a series hits the airwaves, firing on all eight-cylinders and leaving viewers with a smile on their faces as the episodes concludes, it needs to be recognized as something special and given time to find an audience. ABC had such a show in Forever, but they lacked the foresight or the patience to allow the show to blossom and fulfill its destiny, to join the ranks of the best shows in the history of the medium.
There’s a laundry list of reasons that Forever never acquired a huge audience, but those problems lie at the feet of the network. ABC scheduled the show in a time-slot they’d gotten walloped in, during the previous three seasons. Rather than concentrate on the fact that the series brought far more viewers to the network than any of its predecessors in the three previous campaigns, they expected a freshman series to defeat a Top-Twenty show, like Person Of Interest?
The network also failed to market the show properly. After trotting the series out on the internet a few weeks before it aired and promoting the series strongly, ABC nearly abandoned the show after weak numbers in its third outing. They packed up the circus and moved it down the road, even taking Forever off the network’s website’s landing page. Although the show brought in some big-name actors, among them Billy Baldwin, Jane Alexander and Academy Award winning actor Cuba Gooding, ABC failed to promote the show.
In this cookie-cutter age of Television, ABC had a unique series that they didn’t know how to market. Is it a procedural, a love story, a sci-fi/fantasy story, yes it’s all those but doesn’t really fit into any pre-designated slot. Series creator Matt Miller gave life to a universe centered around Dr. Henry Morgan, a NYCPD Medical Examiner with a bit of a secret. He’s lived for over 235-years and regenerates every time he’s killed. Brilliantly portrayed by Ioan Gruffudd, we witnessed life through Morgan’s eyes for 22-episodes, taking us on a trip through time as well as exploring the life he’s built, in the present.
The secret for entertaining television, is quite simple in concept, yet so hard to achieve in reality: Great writing and acting. They assembled a cast of very talented actors, who had incredible chemistry together. Anchored by veteran actor Judd Hirsch, playing Morgan’s adopted son Abraham and Alana De La Garza, as Henry’s partner Detective Jo Martinez, the supporting cast’s consists of flesh and blood, three-dimensional characters. They refused to settle for stereotypical characters, on most shows, Detective Mike Hanson, (Donnie Keshawarz) would constantly be busting Morgan’s assistant Lucas Wahl’s (Joel David Moore) chops, as a comic-relief device. However the characters developed a mutual respect and affection for each other.
During Forever’s first season we followed Morgan back through history starting in the early 19th Century, when Henry got shot in the heart, trying to save the life of a slave. When his body got thrown off the ship he was killed on, he miraculously returned to life, a situation he’s since gone through countless times over the past 200-years.
We watched Morgan get betrayed by his first wife Nora, whose fear caused her to get him committed to an asylum, then we saw Henry give his heart to another woman in 1945. She would turn into the love of his life, Henry’s English Rose, Abigail. Stationed in Germany as World War II concluded, they found a healthy infant boy in Auschwitz and raised him as their own. Seventy years later that boy, now resembles Henry’s father, more than Morgan’s son.
The show resolved what happened to Abigail, who left Morgan in 1985 and at least temporarily have subdued Henry’s fellow immortal Adam. Although we perceive Adam as a psychopath, he explains himself as the results of a decent guy living for two thousand years. Unlike Morgan, Adam looks at his prolonged stay on Earth as a curse and he has no regard for the value of human life. In the season-finale, Morgan injected Adam with some chemical concoction, that made the immortal a prisoner in his own body. He has no control of his body, yet he’s fully aware of all that goes on about him.
Morgan’s partner Jo Martinez, called Morgan out in the closing moments of the finale, asking him to explain his recent behavior as well as a photo from the forties, as he stands next to Abigail, whose got Abraham in her arms. Season one concludes with Henry saying to Jo “It’s a long story…”
Matt Miller and his writing team, did a nice job of wrapping things up in the series final couple of episodes. If a season two for Forever is not on the horizon, then the crew has a wonderful season that can be preserved in amber, with each fan creating their own version of the upcoming conversation between Jo and Henry.
However fans of this wonderful series, including this fan, are not ready to give up the fight for Forever quite yet. Three Facebook/Twitter pages, dedicated to the series have banded together, trying to find a new home for the series. They have set up a petition that you can sign, asking Warner Bros. TV to keep Forever alive. You can also visit and join all three pages on Facebook: Forever Fan Page, Foreverists Group for Forever Fans and The Official Ioan Gruffudd Group.
Show runner Matt Miller is aware of and supports these efforts. They are concentrating on talks with Netflix, Hulu and TNT, among others at present. Forever deserves a better fate than for it to get discovered as a “Lost Classic,” in ten or twenty years. The cast and crew of Forever, have just skimmed the surface in this first season, hopefully Warner Bros. TV will keep Forever alive.
“My name is Henry Morgan. My story is a long one. It might sound a bit implausible. In fact you probably won’t believe me. But I’ll tell you anyway, because beyond all else, I have lots and lots of time.”
That’s the way that Dr. Henry Morgan entered our lives last September and introduced us to the ABC freshman series “Forever.” The show’s first chapter concluded Tuesday, wrapping up a bunch of loose ends quite nicely and giving the fans a cliffhanger ending, whetting our appetites for the second chapter. Some time between the series premiere and the first season’s conclusion, millions of viewers got drawn into the tale of a man whose life stretched for well over 200-years, altering their schedules if needed, to be in front of their Televisions, Tuesday nights at 10:00 pm.
Why did so many TV viewers lose their hearts to Forever? Because in an era of cookie-cutter series, this show blazed its own direction, becoming something quite special in the process. The Television highway’s littered with series, that sounded great on paper but couldn’t transfer the concept to the small screen. The formula for great entertainment in any of the visual mediums is quite simple in principle, but very tough to execute. It all comes down to great writing and acting, everything else is just frosting. If you baked a lousy cake, the best frosting on the planet won’t make it taste good.
Series creator Matt Miller and his writing staff, took a great concept about a man that regenerated each time he died and made the viewers care about him and the people that filled his universe, in the past and the present. Ioan Gruffudd, the actor that brought Morgan to life, could have portrayed the NYPD Medical Examiner as a Sherlock Holmes knockoff, but he made Henry his own. Incredibly charming and frustratingly stubborn, Morgan became a flesh and blood three-dimensional character, as audiences winced each time he got hurt and cheered when he was victorious.
Surrounded by a stellar cast both in the present and the past and a story that drew its viewers deeply into the characters lives, fans looked forward to returning each week. Combining aspects of procedurals, fantasy, history and an epic love-story, Forever defies simple categorization as it takes the best aspects of all those genres, resulting in the best new network series, in the 2014-2015 television season.
The episode begins in the backroom of a New York City museum, as a female employee grabs a box of ancient artifacts off a shelf. She takes out a piece of clay pottery, then reaches into the box and cuts herself. As her finger starts to bleed she sees what she got cut by, an ancient dagger wrapped in a cloth.
The scene shifts quickly and we see the young woman dead on a New York City street, with Detectives Jo Martinez and Mike Hanson on the case, joined by assistant Medical Examiner Lucas Wahl. Lucas comes up with some improbable theories about the homicide, Jo says they should wait for Morgan to arrive. She’s told that Henry’s got the day off, to attend the funeral of Abe’s mother.
Henry and Abe standing in the water’s edge with Abigail’s ashes in an urn, Abe gives a tribute to his mother saying to him she was an angel. He asks Henry if he has anything to say and Morgan says she saved me, but I couldn’t save her. He says he keeps thinking about her final moments, trapped by Adam and feeling terrified.
We have our first flashback of the evening, as we travel back to London in 1945 as Abigail and Henry are just getting to lean about each other. She sees the wound on his chest, he says he caught a stray bullet early in the war. He then sees a cigarette burn on the back of Abigail’s neck and demands to know who scarred her. He then begs her to let him protect her.
Returning to the present he tells his son that Adam will pay for what he’s done, but Abe tells him that Adam’s immortal so Henry can’t get revenge. Morgan replies that revenge is a long game and all he has is time.
Henry’s back at work the next day and Lucas gives his interpretation of the autopsy results. Morgan then shows his assistant what he failed to notice, a shallow cut on her neck that looks to have come from a bread knife and a deeper cut. He then notices her infected finger, that got cut by the dagger in the museum and the white powder on her hands, usually found on museum employees. Hanson says that a missing persons report just came through that matches the victim, Blair Dryden a 27-year-old museum employee.
Henry and Jo head to the museum to meet with the head curator Diane Clark and she takes them back to where Blair worked. Through the use of a blacklight, Henry discovers where Dryden got cut, then they see the outline of the dagger on the cloth. Apparently Blair had the dagger in her possession and got killed for it. Henry suddenly realizes that the dagger is the one Adam’s been searching for and excuses himself to go home and talk to Abe.
Morgan tells Abe about the dagger and about Adam’s theory and Abe makes the connection that if the dagger could kill Adam, then the pistol that killed his father for the first time, might end Henry’s life. He immediately puts the gun in the safe, then he tells Henry that he needs a companion. He says that he’s not immortal and Henry needs a confidante, for after Abe’s gone. Someone to share his secret with.
Martinez and Morgan get a tip that Blair may have visited author and artifacts expert Aubrey Griffin before she hot murdered. The famed archeologist is now confined to an electric wheel chair. He tells them that Dryden visited him regularly with items from the museum to get identified. He says that she’d been there the night she got killed with the dagger that supposedly was involved in the murder of Julius Caesar.
Griffin tells the pair that legend has it that Caesar’s Dagger’s surrounded by death and kills all those who come in contact with it. He then bemoans the fact that he allowed Dryden to leave his apartment unaccompanied at 10:00 pm. Jo asks why she stopped by so late and he told her she had dinner with her fiancé.
Jo and Mike interview Dryden’s fiancé and it turns out that his best friend Xander, pretended to be a mugger and took the dagger without hurting Blair. Morgan, Martinez and Hanson head to Xander’s place and find him tied to a chair, close to death, his face and torso covered with long cuts from a knife. The two detectives split up to search the place and tell Henry to stay in the room. Xander gasps for air and Henry attempts to save him, but Adam comes out from the shadows and tells Morgan that he’s too far gone to be saved.
He says the guy told him he didn’t have the dagger and Adam’s search after torturing him proved he was telling the truth. Adam hears Martinez returning and tells Morgan to stay away from his dagger, then he ducks into another room. Jo come back and starts to head for the room that Adam’s hiding in but Henry goes in first. Adam slits his own throat with a blade and disappears before Jo can get in the room. She berates Henry for his actions, saying she nearly shot him.
Back at Abe’s shop, Morgan tells his son that he needs to protect Jo from Adam even if she ends up hating Henry. He says that he needs to get the dagger and kill his nemesis. Abe says that Henry’s not a killer and if he attempts to take that route he’ll lose.
We’re back in London in 1945, as Henry approaches another British soldier and asks him if he’s Johnny Haygood. The guy says Henry must be Abigail’s new boyfriend and Morgan tells the soldier he better stay away from her or Henry will take care of him. Haygood then stands up and towers over Morgan by about eight-inches and asks Henry if he wants to take it outside.
The two men start fighting outside the pub, with each of them hitting the other in the face. Abigail arrives and calls for Henry, just then Haygood pulls a knife and pushes it deep into Henry’s abdomen. When Morgan falls to the street, all disappear except for Abigail who cradles him in her arms. Henry repeats that he’s sorry and she won’t understand, then takes his last breath and disappears. She sits there alone and calls his name.
Back at the precinct, Lucas tells Henry and Jo that there’s a connection between Blair’s and Xander’s murders. He then points out the welts formed on Xander’s skin underneath the blade marks. He also tells the pair that the same white powder from the gloves was on Xander’s body. Jo and Henry head back to the museum.
As Jo starts to talk with the curator, Henry notices that the burly guard on duty’s wearing gloves and carrying a telescopic baton. Martinez says they’re going to offices to check out suspects but Henry says he’ll join her in a bit. He then follows the guard back to the locker room as his shift ends, but the guard realizes Henry’s following him and ambushes Morgan, beating him with the baton. Jo arrives shortly after with he gun pointed at the guard, Henry thanks for her help.
After they get the guard in custody, Martinez asks Morgan if he’s trying to sabotage this case. He tells her he believes in the curse of the dagger and he’s terrified she’ll get killed. She rolls her eyes and walks away. Hanson tries interviewing the guard, but he remains silent. Henry notices he’s shaking and then notices the guards bloated and his skin tone’s bad and says the man suffers from kidney failure.
Mike takes a break from the interrogation and Morgan pours some antacid into a cup of coffee, hands it to Martinez and says perhaps the friendly approach would be more effective. She gives the guard the coffee, which he takes a drink from and asks him about his boys. Now the guard starts talking and Jo asks him about the blade. The guard says he wants his lawyer, then grimaces and falls to the floor. Henry runs in and says he’s having a heart attack and tells Jo to call for an ambulance.
Henry tells the guard he’s dying but that Morgan can save him if he tells him where the dagger’s at. The guard whispers into Henry’s ear and Morgan tells the EMT’s that the man’s suffering from a magnesium overdose, then tells Jo he’s late for a dinner engagement and leaves.
Morgan heads to Aubrey Griffin’s place and the archeologist dryly says that the security guard ratted him out. Henry asks Griffin why he’s so obsessed with the dagger and Griffin produces the journal of Joseph Mengele. He says while reading about Mengele’s heinous experiments, he discovered that one of the patients kept returning to life. When he died he’d regenerate in a nearby river. He says that the patient attributed his regenerative powers to the dagger and Griffin wants to meet this immortal.
Suddenly they realize someone else is in the other room and Griffin hands Morgan the dagger. He stands by the door ready to stab Adam, but it’s Jo who opens the door. She tells him to give her the dagger, he asks her to trust him and she replies not anymore.
She drives him back to Abe’s shop and asks him what she means to him. Henry says she’s his friend and partner and he feels very strongly about her. She then says that he’s frustrating and confusing, but he taught her to look at life differently and how to feel again. She then tells him to leave the car and once he steps out she drives away.
Henry heads to the station and asks Lucas to get him the dagger out of evidence, but Wahl says that Jo already told him that if he takes the dagger he’ll get fired and possibly prosecuted. He then tells Henry to go to his office and take care of his paperwork. Morgan starts to question his assistant, who forcefully tells him to do his paperwork.
Henry heads into his office and sees the dagger on top of his pile of papers. He comes out to the lab and thanks Lucas, Wahl tells him that he considers himself lucky to be so close to greatness every day. Then he says that commands are not constraints, Morgan asks Lucas if he just quoted Milton and Wahl says he looked up the quote to seem smart. Morgan tells him he’s very smart and leaves to go meet Adam.
Henry takes the subway, unaware that Jo’s following him. However he loses her by using a construction passageway. Adam tells Morgan he’s very glad to see him, Henry pulls the dagger from his coat and drops it on the ground in front of Adam, then says goodbye. Adam says that Henry can’t walk away without playing, then fires the pistol that first killed Morgan into the air.
Henry sneers at his nemesis, asking him if Adam thinks he fears death. Adam smiles and says that Morgan’s greatest fear’s that his secret will get revealed. He shows Henry a picture he took from Abigail when she took her own life, it’s Henry and Abigail in the late forties with Abigail holding Abe. He then asks if Henry realizes Martinez followed him on the subway. He says that if she didn’t hear the first shot, she’ll certainly hear this one and fires a bullet into Henry’s heart.
Morgan falls to the ground and Adam says when Jo arrives she’ll either find him truly dead, or watch him disappear. Henry motions for Adam to come close to him as he wants to tell him something. He struggles to get the words out, but he says he’s not a killer he’s a doctor. He then stabs a syringe into Adam’s neck. Adam gets to his feet and staggers to the subway platform. Henry vanishes just before Jo arrives, but she sees his watch on the floor.
Adam has a seizure in the subway station, then falls to the ground. He wakes up in a hospital, with a doctor and Morgan standing over him. The doctor tells Henry that Adam’s suffering from locked in syndrome, he’s completely paralyzed as are his muscles, but his brain’s functioning perfectly. Henry asks if Adam can understand them and the doctor says he can and the condition could last Adam’s entire life. He walks away and Henry leans in and tells his nemesis not to worry, they’ll find a way out of this. After all they have eternity together.
We return once more to 1945, as Henry sneaks into Abraham’s window to say goodbye to his son. Abigail walks in and Henry tries to explain things, she touches his face and says you poor man, then she hugs him tightly.
Back in the present Abe and Henry are playing chess, when Martinez knocks on the shop door. Henry answers it smiling and asks if she’s arrived with a new mystery? She says maybe then hands him his watch, he thanks her profusely telling her it got stolen and he was about to file a report. She says she thought he’d say that, then asks him to explain the picture of Henry, Abigail and Abe she also found.;
She says to Henry that she hopes he can explain the photo and Henry just stares at the picture. Abe says tell her and Henry says it’s a long story.
Regular viewers of the ABC series “Forever,” likely caught on early, that the latest episode entitled “The Night In Question,” differed in cadence and feel from the other chapters of the show. There was no opening or closing monologue for NYPD Medical Examiner Henry Morgan in this go-round, or any of the off the cuff humor we’ve grown used to seeing. This episode had a serious and dark tone, from beginning to its closing seconds, that fit the subject as well as one of Morgan’s jackets.
Whether Abe’s interruption in Jo and Henry’s conversation, in “Best Foot Forward,” kept the pair from an intimate moment or not, his news would cause Henry’s head to spin, when he found out Abe located Abigail with help from Lucas Wahl. After thirty-years of uncertainty and guilt, Morgan would finally discover the fate of the love of his existence.
Abigail’s last known address was in Tarrytown, New York, back in 1985 and Abe suggests they take a ride over to see if anyone remembers her. Henry’s first thoughts are that Abigail’s still alive, but Abe reminds him that 95-year olds, are pretty rare amongst we mortals. Henry realizes that his wife likely has passed in the thirty-years since he last saw her. They drive out into the country and Henry wonders why Abigail would have lived out in the middle of nowhere. Abe theorizes she may have searched for peace and quiet, Morgan feels she was attempting to hide from him.
They find the house and see an elderly woman outside gardening, they tell each other it can’t be Abigail and they’re correct. However, the woman remembers Sylvia Blake, the alias Abigail used in Tarrytown. She lived in her guest cottage a long time ago. Abe explains Sylvia was his mother, she says that she woke up one morning and Sylvia was gone, but she has a box of her belongings she saved through the years.
She’s about to show Abe the box when Henry spies a winter rosebush, he says that legend has it that Alexander The Great, died from its poison. The woman tells Abe his mother planted that flower, Henry goes on a flashback to Brooklyn in 1946. Abigail, Henry and baby Abraham are in their first American home, an apartment that according to Abigail smells like warm garbage. The landlord, a middle-aged man with a thick Brooklyn accent, comes to the door and says “Youse must be Da Morgans.”
Henry introduces himself, his wife and son extends his hand and the landlord puts a pipe in his hand, telling him to bang on the radiator, when it starts hissing, else the pipes may burst, he welcomes them to America and leaves. Abigail’s looking concerned and asks her husband, if he’s sure this is a good place to raise a family? He tells her to close her eyes, then presents her with a potted winter rose, that he kept alive, during their passage on the Queen Mary. She says she thinks she’s going to like things there.
He’s returning from the memory about the same time the woman and Abe return with the box. She sees Henry looking at the ground near the bush and asks if anything’s wrong? Morgan says that land sinks when a body’s laid below it, in a shallow grave. Abe says he was a gravedigger in a former life, Henry asks for a spade and he comes up with a skull and bones. Abe asks if it’s his mother.
Mike Hanson’s on the phone with his wife Karen, about their pending ski-getaway complaining about the prices, until she hangs up on him. Jo starts to chastise him he asks why she’s not in Paris with Isaac, she responds it fell through. He asks the trip or relationship, she replies both and he expresses sorrow but for himself. He tells her the only reason he made these plans, was because she’d be in Paris. She says she and Henry will hold down the fort, Mike tells her that Morgan’s on a trip.
Fearing she’s the reason Henry left the city without telling her, she finds Lucas and asks where Henry’s at, after a couple of minutes of bluster he tells her they’re searching for Abe’s mother in Tarrytown. She asks what happened to Abe’s father and Lucas tells her he’s unaware of his circumstances, but Jo thinks there’s something funny in the equation.
The house has been declared a crime scene by the Tarrytown’s Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Vance says that Henry can’t get involved with the unearthing of the bones without NYPD authority. Jo suddenly rolls up and identifies herself, she asks if the NYPD can take over the case and Vance says if they want the old bones, they’re hers to take.
The skeleton’s assembled in the lab and Henry tells Lucas to begin the autopsy, he says that the victim’s a woman, dead for more than 25-years. He then mutters that’s strange, and says her growth plates are open, Morgan says that’s impossible, but in fact they are. That means the victim was no older than 20, ruling out it being Abigail’s remains.
Henry tells Abe that the bones aren’t those of his mother’s, they’re both relieved but frustrated that they’re still back at square one in the search for Abigail. They look in the box of Abigail’s belongings, but it gives them no clue as to what happened to her.
Back at the station, Wahl’s come up with a probable match to the victim. Belinda Smoot, who went missing in 1985 at the age of twenty, fits the description, Lucas also discovered that beside the blow to the head that killed the young woman, she sustained a broken arm, which got reset and was healing when she died. Henry asks Jo if she’d like to go on a trip.
They head to the Tarrytown hospital and he tells her she could have been in Paris, instead she’s enjoying the décor of the emergency ward. She says that wasn’t meant to be and Henry nods. Then she tells him from now on come to her in a situation, such as trying to find Abe’s mother. He says Abe contacted Lucas, not he and she’s one of the few people he trusts. She smiles and says she’s glad, as she thought she made him feel uncomfortable that night in Abe’s shop. He says it takes far more than that to make him feel uncomfortable.
Sylvia Blake treated Belinda for a broken arm the night of April 7, 1985, Henry suggests they look for a veteran nurse who might have worked with Sylvia. They find a lovely woman named Bertha, who remembers Sylvia fondly she tells them she was special. Henry asks why she left and Bertha says she left as she arrived, out of the blue, however she still remembers her last shift.
Sylvia was attending to Belinda who broke her arm in a car accident, when the sheriff’s department brought in a guy they found by the side of the road, the victim of a hit and run accident his motorcycle lying nearby. We see the emergency room in that moment and watch Sylvia tell the victim, she’ll patch him up. When Sylvia left the hospital she took Belinda with her. When Martinez tells Bertha that Teddy Graves was the man who checked her in, she says no wonder the girl decided not to press charges.
Turns out that Teddy Graves is a Federal Judge, which doesn’t stop Martinez and Morgan, from going to his courtroom and accusing him of being the driver, that caused a hit and run accident and that he murdered Belinda Smoot. Graves tells the pair that if someone brought the case they’re trying to pin on him in his courtroom he’d throw the case out, then drives away.
The move felt great for Jo and Henry, but it cost them the case as Graves called station Lieutenant Reece. She tells Martinez to give back the bones and tell Henry to stop wasting the city’s resources. Later Abe and Henry get called out to the street outside the antique store and meet Lucas, whose got boxes filled with dirt from Smoot’s grave. He says the soil’s a treasure chest of evidence too bad they don’t have a lab to use, as Reece told them to keep away from the case. Henry looks to Abe and asks if he thinks it’s time to tell Lucas, he smiles devilishly when Lucas asks what he’s referring to.
Lucas looks like he landed in the Land Of Oz, when Henry reveals the lab within Abe’s Antiques. He gushes that Henry’s a beautiful man. He says just when he thinks Morgan’s peaked, he reaches yet another level. While Lucas sifts through his treasure, Henry goes upstairs and pulls a book out of the box of Abigail’s belongings. He gets to a poem, written by Yates entitled When You Are Old, once again flashing back to that apartment in Brooklyn. He and Abigail are lying in bed one sunny, lazy, day when she says she has to read the poem to him as it’s so romantic. She reads a portion and stops, as they melt into each others arms.
He drops the book and an envelope falls out, he finds a letter from Abigail to him dated April 7, 1985. She apologizes for taking so long, but she realizes she needs him in her life. She writes that she’s found the perfect spot for them, in the country, with a garden and a root cellar. His reading’s interrupted by Abe calling for him and Henry shows him the letter.
He’s filled with joy that Abigail wanted them to be a family again, but Abe reminds him that her not mailing the letter bodes badly. Henry agrees, saying something tragic must have kept her from sending it. Lucas comes up from the lab with what he believes is an earing that he found in the dirt, Henry corrects him, telling his assistant it’s a tie tack. He reads the inscription in Latin, which translates to Under God She Flourishes. He tells Lucas he did great work, then says he’ll bring it to Jo.
However he heads to Graves’ office and puts the tack on the Judge’s desk, when Graves walks in he looks at it and picks it up. Morgan’s standing in the shadows, saying this is proof he killed Belinda Smoot and he asks about the nurse. When Graves fails to speak, Henry loses it and starts slamming the Judge into a wall, some court officers pull Henry off him and put Morgan in a cell.
Jo comes to bail him out, but she wants to know what’s going on, Henry says that he’s trying to find out what happened to his oldest and dearest friend’s mother. She doesn’t buy that’s all there’s to it and asks Henry what’s his connection to Abe’s mom, her cellphone rings driving the question out of her mind. She hangs up and tells Morgan that Graves just arrived at the station.
Teddy Graves was back in Tarrytown during a semester break at Princeton, when he and his former middle-school classmate Belinda Smoot had a fling. He did kill the guy on the motorcycle, they were laughing and drinking and he didn’t see him. He went out to look at the guy and knew he was dying, Belinda begged him not to call the cops as her boyfriend would find out and he had a gun. She broke things off with him after the accident, the last time he saw her was dropping her off at the hospital. He says he tried to hide the skeletons in his closet, to protect his bright future. He gives Martinez the motor cycle driver’s medical file he stole from the hospital to cover his tracks.
Henry’s back home, reading Abigail’s unsent letter, when Abe walks in and chides his father for torturing himself reading about the garden and the root cellar. Morgan’s eyes light up and he starts running up the stairs, telling Abe he’s headed to the root cellar. He picks up Jo and they go looking for it together in the dark.
They find it, buried under leaves, they open the door and Henry recognizes Abigail’s preserves. Jo’s cellphone rings with a call from Hanson, she says the signal’s breaking up and she’ll call him back. She heads outside to call Mike whose checked out the hospital on his getaway, he says nobody signed in as a guest but asks who can hang around emergency wards carrying a gun, without signing in? Martinez responds a cop.
Just at that moment Henry finds a bloody Tarrytown Sheriff’s uniform, he hears a voice saying he’s trespassing on an active crime scene. He turns around to find Sheriff Vance standing behind him with his gun aimed at Morgan. Henry says if you’re going to kill me please tell me what happened to the nurse, Vance says Henry doesn’t get it. Jo comes up from behind Vance and makes the Sheriff lower his weapon.
Reece asks Martinez why the Tarrytown Sheriff’s in handcuffs in her station, she tells her that Vance pulled a gun on Henry. She says she’ll call internal affairs to come pick him up and nobody with a badge goes near Vance, Henry says he understands. Reece looks him in the eyes, and says she wasn’t talking to him, Henry finally catches the hint.
He goes into the interrogation room tells Vance he believes when he brought in the guy on the motorcycle, he saw Belinda in the hospital and got upset. Swept up in a jealous rage, he accidentally killed her. Vance says he got drunk they argued, he pushed her and she fell and cracked her head open. So he buried her, but he says that the nurse left before he went in the cottage. She took off in a car with a slender man with dark hair in his thirties, she never returned.
Henry realizes that perhaps Abigail drove the car off the road, as the woman who owned the cottage didn’t see her drive by. He and Jo search the woods, Morgan finds the wrecked and abandoned car, then he finds Abigail’s remains a few feet away.
They bring the bones back to the lab, this time Henry starts the autopsy saying the victim died of a broken pelvis, suffered in the crash her throat was also slit, when she went through the windshield. Lucas, quietly corrects his mentor, pointing out broken ribs that might have occurred during trying to revive her and the wound on her neck came from a knife. He says looking at the angle, it looks like she cut her own throat. Martinez asks why someone would get revived, only to cut their throat? Henry theorizes that she was trying to escape from someone, he then leaves the lab without another word.
When he returns home, he tells Abe that the man on the motorcycle’s the common denominator in all the cases. The problem’s identifying who that man was. Suddenly it dawns on Henry and he tells Abe he needs to be alone for a moment, Abe asks what’s wrong Henry screams a moment.
He uses an old rotary phone to make a call the voice on the other end is Adam’s, he realizes that Henry’s figured out he was involved in Abigail’s death. He curses at Adam and says that he killed her, but Adam explains what actually happened. He was found by the deputies, abandoned on the road somehow this incredible nurse kept him from dying. However he was so badly beaten up he begged her to kill him, then told her that he’s immortal the funny thing was she believed him. So he realized she knew another immortal and wanted her to introduce them to each other.
She was called away to help another nurse, he crawled from his bed to the defibrillator paddles and shocked himself to death. He regenerated and followed her home, but she thought Adam meant Henry harm. As they talked, Belinda came downstairs and asked if all was okay. Adam flashed a knife and asks should I take her first? Abigail tells her everything’s fine she’s just going to give the man a ride. She thought she saved the girl’s life, not realizing Vance was waiting for her to leave.
Henry asks how she died, Adam says she drove the car off the road. He tells Morgan he realizes Henry thinks he’s a monster, but he revived her. When she came to he said for two thousand years I thought I was alone, she spits out the words you’re still alone, grabs his knife and cuts her throat.
Henry says she died trying to protect me, Adam replies that a good woman’s hard to find. He hangs up the phone and we see he’s standing across the street from Abe’s shop, we can see Henry in an upstairs window. He hangs up the phone and stands in the dark, his eyes filled with tears. The lyrics of the background music, say let’s love free, let’s love now. Cause soon enough we’ll die.
The Season Finale Airs Tuesday May 5, at 10:00 pm on ABC.
Yes, the latest episode the ABC series “Forever,” did have a full hour’s worth of plot, however if you’re reading this immediately after watching this chapter, likely all you can think about are the final three minutes of the show. Yes two giant cliffhangers, occurred in that last segment and we’ll eventually get to it, but let’s talk about the moments, leading up to that final scene first.
If you’ve yet to figure out why so many, including this writer, believe that Forever is the best new show of the 2014-2015 TV campaign, you might want to sit down and watch the episode entitled “Best Foot Forward,” as it highlighted the strengths of this show. As I’ve written before on these pages, the formula for success on the small and large screen is simple, combining incredible writing and top-notch acting, attaining that combination, however is far more difficult.
Bottom Line: Series Creator Matt Miller and his writing staff are wonderful storytellers, an art appreciated since our oldest ancestors sat around the fire at night, dreaming of what comprised the silk-black sky above them. The show breaks down barriers, combining the best aspects of a procedural, a sci-fi/fantasy tale and one man’s search for love and contentment. Add to that one of the finest acting ensembles, on Television today and you’ve got a show, that given time to grow, could become one of the finest productions, in the history of the medium.
The case that the precinct solved, was intriguing in its own right, however resolving some other situations, also played a huge part of this episode. Those situations led up to the final segment, that many viewers likely watched multiple times, before shutting off their TV.
We start the hour, watching a crowd stream into the Stuhler Center For The Performing Arts, to attend a ballet. A historic event, dubbed by company director Dmitri Milkoff, the final performance for the company’s Prima-Ballerina, Odessa, retiring after this performance. Except the company forced her out, as Milkoff says the pain started showing in performance. She tells him she tolerates the pain, but she can’t stand him.
The curtain opens and Odessa dances, smiling to the crowd. They reach the end of the first act, when Milkoff asks where dancer Eva Selgas is at, she’s got a solo, early in the next act. A woman with a laundry cart, taking the dancers costumes, sees blood staining the bottom of her cart. She starts rummaging through the cart, then screams when she discovers a dancer’s foot, encased in a ballet slipper.
We travel to Abe’s shop, finding Henry’s in the basement, playing with the pistol that initially killed him and we hear Adam’s words, see flashbacks of the pistol killing Morgan. Curiosity, bordering on morbidity, the pistol doesn’t repulse him. He’s fascinated by it, meaning at least in my mind, some part of him is entertaining using it on himself. Suddenly, he hears Abe upstairs, gets nervous and goes up to check on Abe.
Abe’s on the phone with the medical center, he believes Abigail worked at, after leaving Henry in 1985. The operator’s sympathetic when he says he’s looking for his mother, but says he’d need to get the police or a Medical Examiner involved, to acquire information. Henry’s coming up the stairs and he thanks the woman and hangs up. They then each fabricate stories, to explain what they’d been doing.
Jo Martinez blindfolded, sits in her boyfriend Isaac Monroe’s kitchen, as he feeds her something from a spoon, her face registers with delight. He tells her it’s his homemade paella, every bite will make her feel, like she’s on the streets of Seville. She tells Isaac, she’s never travelled, suddenly he wants to take her to Spain, or any place she’d like on his private jet. She starts tensing, when the phone rings, Mike Hanson’s at the Stuhler Center.
Henry looks at the foot and says obviously a dancer, she’s five feet four, judging by her skin color, possibly of Spanish descent, she loves sushi and her favorite color’s red. (Well, he said some of that.) Hanson’s not even impressed with Morgan’s talents at this point, asks if she could be Cuban, then shows them the photograph of the only dancer missing the performance, Eva Selgas.
Lieutenant Reece asks her officers, how the investigation’s proceeding, Mike says considering they’ve yet to find a body, there’s not much to go on. Reece, says the Mayor’s called twice already, so get this case on the front burner and find the body, as quickly as possible.
Henry and Lucas examine the dancers foot, Morgan points out the broken toes and strained ligaments she had, then sees needle marks on the heel and assumes she was taking cortisone for the constant pain. He says to Lucas, it’s amazing, what some people will do for their art.
Which leads us to our first flashback of the evening, the graphic informs us, that we’re in Paris in 1929, Doctor Morgan’s dressed to kill, in a tailor-made suit. Though he came because his friend Valerie said she was sick, we hear jazz blasting into the hallway, Morgan opens the door and finds the apartment’s filled with some of Paris’ finest.
Valerie greets him, she said she fibbed to get him over, as she knew he wouldn’t attend a party. We see a dashing American, say to Morgan, that this is Paris, he should be exploring the city, with a beautiful girl on his arm. Henry replies, I had a girl Ernest, until she got seduced by an American novelist. The man says he’s forgotten that, perhaps Henry should too. Morgan starts to stop the man from walking away, when Valerie tells him she won’t allow him to ruin her party, fighting with Hemingway again.
Morgan asks what they’re celebrating, Valerie tells him her new sculptures, got accepted by the Salon. Henry’s awestruck by her creation, telling her it’s her finest work yet. A woman sidles up to Val, and they head towards the back of the apartment. Later that night, as the apartment’s almost cleared out, Morgan’s about to leave, when he looks for Valerie, to wish her good night. He finds her comatose, on her bed, a hypodermic-needle, stuck into her arm. Henry removes the needle and helps Valerie vomit, saving her life.
Abe heads to the precinct, to try to engage Lucas Wahl’s help in finding Abigail, saying he needs a Medical Examiner to get records released and he must keep this mission, a secret from Henry. After Abe flatters Lucas a bit, he says he’d be glad to help Abe try to find his mom.
Back in the present, Martinez has struck out looking for Eva’s body, while all Henry’s turned up, was some carpet fiber, from her slipper. They go to visit Eva’s brother Javier, the two came to the USA on a raft from Cuba and have remained very close. All he can tell them is that Eva said she thought she had a stalker, but didn’t reveal a name. Morgan, however gets excited when he realizes Eva drove a classic-car, as the rug-fiber, likely came from the auto. We find the car, we might find the body.
Mike locates the car in an impoundment lot, there’s blood in the trunk, but not enough for her to have bled out. However, he finds some tubing and says she might have used a tourniquet, to staunch the bleeding, if that’s the case, then Selgas might still be alive.
Lucas and Morgan inspect the car in a “Clean-Room,” Henry tells Wahl, that time’s critical. A young woman comes down to tell Lucas he needs to sign for the records he requested, from the medical facility. Henry barks out what medical records, his assistant says it must be a mistake, he’ll straighten it out.
They bring in Odessa and one of her thugs, Sergei for questioning. The Prima-Ballerina says she’s angry she got replaced, but never touched Selgas, she says it’s an old Russian trick, make a rival nervous, to throw them off their game. Morgan, raps on the glass in the room Jo’s in, stopping the interrogation.
We’re in front of the Stuhler Center, Henry tells Martinez and Hanson that Odessa and Sergei aren’t involved in the murder. He then points out the statue in front of the building, telling them that the Romans referred to that type of work, as a lover’s statue, as lovers would leave notes for each other in the work’s crevices. He quickly finds a note, in the crook off an arm, the note says meet me at the Oyster Bay Motel at four, P.
They head to the motel, realize that’s where Eva’s foot got cut off, Henry realizes that the sand and grass he found in the tires, matches the area. He then points out a large flock of seagulls, likely there for food. Morgan runs into the grass, finding Selgas still alive.
In Eva’s hospital room, Javier expresses concern, over his sister’s safety, Lieutenant Reece assures him that there’s a guard stationed at her door 24-7. Reece asks the doctor, when she may wake up, to possibly identify her attacker. He responds, looking at her chart he’s amazed she’s alive, Morgan says what the chart fails to show’s her spirit, her determination, and her will.
Lucas and Abe strike out finding a match for Abigail amongst the files they received. Wahl says to get any more in-depth records, they’d need to get Henry involved, Abe acknowledges they’ve hit a dead-end. Lucas feels terrible that Abe can’t get closure, the older man responds, that what hurts the most, is thinking she ended up in a morgue under a phony name, possibly going unclaimed.
Abe thanks Lucas for his help and leaves, Wahl starts to get up, puts his new scarf on and gets inspired. He puts on a phony British accent and identifies himself as Henry, then asks for some records, as he throws the scarf around his neck.
Jo’s at her desk, a brochure of Africa sitting in front of her, talking to Isaac about a vacation in Africa, he says they can go on a safari. She says if she’s going on vacation, no guns. He then suggests Paris, she starts to tense up and sees Henry heading to her desk, using that as an excuse to hang up.
Henry asks if she’s traveling to Africa, she replies no, but Isaac wants to take her on vacation. Henry says he works fast, she responds that’s the problem. Morgan asks if she’s adverse to going because she doesn’t care for him enough and she says it’s just the opposite. He sits down and says that if they’ve learned anything from this case, you can live through the pain you’re going through, but you can’t let fear stop you from opening up to someone you care about.
The pair then head back to the Stuhler Center, to interview more dancers, when a ballerina’s dropped and hits the floor hard. Henry runs to her, helps her up and gets her seated, she says she’s fine, as she starts to inject a needle into her heel. Morgan advises her to go with ice and rest, she says look around Doctor, you think anyone cares about us? It’s all about being the best.
Second flashback, as Henry returns to Valerie’s apartment the day after the party, while she’s working on a statue. Morgan scolds her for getting her creativity from heroin, she thanks him for saving her, but says she doesn’t want a lecture. She tells him that heroin’s her muse, that she becomes incredibly creative while high. He tells her that if she believes in herself, she can create true wonders, far better than her present work. She says she needs to get back to work and says goodbye to Morgan.
After chasing several false leads, Eva regains consciousness and talks with Henry. She tells the Medical-Examiner, that all she remembers is waking up in the trunk, realizing what had been done to her, the rest’s just a blur. Morgan asks her doctor, when they’ll amputate the rest of her leg, the doctor replies it’s not needed, the wound was surgically cauterised.
He informs Hanson and Martinez, that Eva’s assailant had a medical background. Mike sprints to his car and shows Jo and Henry, that Javier was a field-doctor in the Cuban army.
Hanson and Martinez run to Javier’s apartment, knock down the door, he’s not there, but Mike finds a bone-saw. Javier enters, he sees the detectives, jumps out the window to the fire-escape, then runs to the roof, realizing he can try to jump to the other roof, or get arrested. He attempts the jump, grabs the other roof’s ledge, then falls to his death.
Morgan’s mystified at why Javier would do this to his sister, Jo says perhaps he got jealous. She then smiles and tells Henry she took his advice, Isaac and her are headed to Paris that evening. She asks what he would recommend she do in Paris, he says to go out and get lost in the city streets. Go until you’re so tired, that you have to stop at some unknown café, have something wonderful to eat and a couple of glasses of wine, then have at it again. Jo’s eyes glisten, as she responds that’s nice.
Lucas comes up as Jo goes home to pack, with the toxicology reports from Selgas’ foot. Her brother injected her with some drug, to fight off the pain of a congenital birth defect. She’d only be able to dance for one more year. At first Morgan’s puzzled, but soon has his eureka moment.
Eva’s getting discharged from the hospital as Henry arrives, he tells the nurse that he’ll push Selgas’ wheelchair to her car. He then reveals that he’s figured out that Javier cut off her foot, to keep her memory alive forever. She would have had to quit dancing, just one year after getting the title she spent her life working for. This way, she’ll get remembered, as the girl who had limitless potential taken from her in a violent act. Eva’s face turns to stone, as she replies that’s quite a story, very dramatic. Then she tells Morgan she’ll take it from here and wheels herself to her adoring public, waiting for her at the elevator, she’s beaming.
Martinez wants to arrest her, Henry says without Javier, they’ve got no case. Reece says the District Attorney would toss the case, go catch your plane and bring her back some pastry.
Lucas gets a call, from the medical facility, they’ve got information on the woman he’s tried to locate, the man on the other end asks if he’d like it now. He puts back on his accent and says please.
Isaac picks Jo up, puts her suitcase in the trunk, says he’s excited to being going to Paris with her. He then says he has every minute planned, every bite they eat, every sip of wine they take, Jo asks if they could just get lost? He laughs, says I won’t get you lost.
Henry heads back to the shop, then puts the pistol back in its case. Yes, he’s still grieving, still needs closure with Abigail, but he loves life too much on April 7, 2015 for him to cash in his chips right now, this incident and his last memory of his friend Valerie, reinforced that. Morgan made one last visit to Val’s apartment, she’d sculpted a lover’s statue, like the one in front of the Stuhler Center. But his excitement, turned to horror as he saw Val’s dead body on the floor, feet away.
There’s a knock at Abe’s shop’s door, it’s Jo with her suitcase in hand. Henry asks her what happened, she said she didn’t want to go. He asks, you didn’t want to go to Paris? She replies, she didn’t want to go with Isaac. Then she says I didn’t want to go to Paris with Isaac, looking right into Henry’s eyes. He knows exactly what she’s saying, but he’s afraid to go there, so he bats her statement away by asking her why? She replies she doesn’t know, as they’ve both lost their nerve. She starts to say something when Abe walks in saying he’s glad Henry’s there.
Abe says he needs to talk to Henry, Jo says it really wasn’t important, see you at the precinct in the morning. The look on Henry’s face priceless, a mixture of confusion and frustration, as he watches her leave. He then turns to Abe and says what’s wrong Abraham, his son say I Found Mom. Let that phrase linger with you as you go through the next couple of weeks, waiting for the season’s final two episodes. Abe didn’t say I found out what happened to Mom, which he would’ve if she died, he said I Found Mom. Abigail Morgan’s ALIVE.
The Story Continues Tuesday, April 21, at 9:00 pm on ABC.
“They say memories make us who we are, that the past defines us. But, we can’t forget to grow, evolve. Because sometimes a memory’s so powerful, that we get stuck in it, frozen in a moment.”
Henry Morgan’s opening monologues, are always a high point in an episode the ABC series, “Forever,” but the one he gave near the beginning of the latest episode entitled “Punk Is Dead,” basically summed up the plot for the evening. Dr. Morgan’s latest case, involved the lost love of a rock-guitarist, convicted of murdering her 30-years earlier and brought back vividly, Henry’s memories when Abigail left in the mid-eighties. That incident almost destroyed Henry, mentally and spiritually, before recovering with help from his son, Abe.
Our first scene takes place in Henry and Abe’s kitchen, as Henry blows on a hot seafood dish, Abe just prepared, when he asks if he added the saffron. Abe replies, of course it’s mom’s recipe, Morgan takes a bite and he’s in heaven. Abe says that dinner’s a nice change of pace, no bodies or calls from Jo Martinez, summoning Henry for another case.
Henry responds that Jo’s on a date with her new beau and Abe starts interrogating his father, about the man she’s seeing. Morgan tells him that his name’s Isaac Monroe, he’s a hotelier, driven and rich, his son replies wealth doesn’t impress him, but at least Martinez’s dating again.
Monroe takes Jo to the Forever universe’s legendary New York City Punk Club, the Trash Bar, for their celebratory final concert. Isaac bought the club and he’s tearing it down to put his next hotel in that spot. Martinez says he can’t do that, the place’s a landmark, filled with music and as she looks around the crowd, she says and drugs and starts reaching for her shield. Isaac stops her, asking her to take the night off from being a cop.
Carrying on a tradition that began with The Who, then got turned into an institution via the Sex Pistols, the band onstage starts destroying their instruments, the guitarist taking his instrument and smacks it against the backdrop wall, putting a hole through it and exposing the corpse of a woman buried within the walls.
Henry and Lucas arrive at their lab and meet Jo as the corpse is on an examining table, Martinez still wearing the outfit she wore for the date and Henry tells her she looks nice. He tells her the body got mummified by being wrapped in insulation, and they’re going to hydrate it with a bath, using a formula started in Egypt in the last century. If things go well, they might get a facial recognition of the woman.
The phone in the lab rings, Lucas picks up and the man on the other end asks to speak to the detective handling the Jane Doe case. Martinez gets on the line and the man asks if the victim’s Lucy, she then puts him on speaker-phone. She says they’ve yet to identify the body, but he’s welcome to come down to try to identify her, he says that would prove difficult as he’s in prison. She asks who it is and the man says he’s the guy convicted of killing her.
The man on the phone, Eddie Warsaw, was the lead-singer and guitarist for an eighties band called the Buzz-Cracks and boyfriend of Lucy Templeton, who indeed was the woman discovered in the wall. Lieutenant Joanna Reece was a beat-cop on the case and the District Attorney’s office wanted a quick conviction, considering Eddie and Lucy worthless junkies. Reece thought they didn’t do a thorough investigation, but was too low in rank to speak up. She tells Jo to take Henry to visit Warsaw.
The former Rock-Star confirms the pictures they bring of the body are Lucy, then asks if that means the case will get reopened and Jo replies, the evidence still says he killed her. Eddie says he’s built up all sorts of theories over the years and has an extensive collection of notes, would they like to examine it? Henry quickly says yes, but Jo replies no. Warsaw looks her in the eyes, saying he didn’t kill Lucy, she was his heart, then he asks the pair if they have any idea the pain of losing the love of your life, without having a clue where she’s gone to?
Dr. Morgan knows that experience all too well, as we witness ourselves as we take our first flashback of the evening to 1985, as Henry’s in his house, shouting out of fear and frustration to two policemen standing in his living room. He tells them they don’t understand, his wife’s missing and they ask for a recent picture of Abigail, that he gives right to them. The first officer looks at the picture then at Henry a couple of times, before he asks how old she is and Morgan says 64. He then says he received a letter from her a week after she left, saying she needed to do some thinking, but she’d return, however it’s been three-months.
One of the officers reads the message and tells Henry it’s a Dear John letter, but Henry says that’s insane. They tell him it looks like she wants to stay hidden and there’s nothing they can do to help. They wish him luck and leave and we can see by Morgan’s facial expression, he’s running out of options.
The District Attorney claimed that Eddie killed Lucy with his guitar, but Henry says the wound on the back of her head weren’t caused by a guitar. Jo walks into the morgue as Henry comes to his conclusion and he informs the detective, she tells Morgan that Eddie’s upstairs, ready to sign a confession he killed Lucy, in exchange for his immediate release. Henry convinces Warsaw to reject the deal, the D.A. says they’ll pull the deal off the table in 48-hours.
Henry tells Abe about the case and his son says that make sure this case’s about Eddie and Lucy, not Henry and Abigail. We flashback to 1985, to find Henry passed out on his living room floor, getting revived by a younger version of Abe, portrayed by David Krumholtz. The house is in complete disarray, with Morgan’s notes all over the living room. Henry says he must have passed out due to exhaustion, but they need to go to the bus station, as a clerk thinks he may have seen Abigail. Abe says it’s too late and puts Henry to sleep on the sofa with a pillow and blanket, then says I’m here now Dad. Morgan’s soon asleep and Abe looks around the room repeating, I’m here now.
Detective Mike Hanson was in a band in his early years, called Craniac, (pretty cool, huh?) and he brings in a coffee table book of photos from the Trash Bar, to show his buddies his ear in one of the pictures. Henry realizes, that the photographer Carl Massey, was likely familiar with both Lucy and Eddie and pay him a visit. A young man answers the door and it turns out the former gonzo-photographer, now specializes in child’s portraits to put food on the table.
Massey tells them he knew them both well and wasn’t shocked when Warsaw got convicted for Templeton’s murder, he said Eddie always had a temper. But then he says that the rest of the band hated her, they called her Yoko and said she stopped the band from reaching the top. Carl says, she likely was, because the only thing Eddie loved more than the band was Lucy.
The two go to talk to Eddie’s old band mate Rich Dornis and he notices that a wrist band that Rich’s daughter’s wearing, which belongs to him, have the same spike-placement as the marks on Lucy’s thigh. They ask to speak to him privately. Dornis says he did cause the wounds, as he found her dead body and buried her in the wall to protect Eddie, he says they were family and he had to help.
Henry goes to the penitentiary where Eddie’s imprisoned and says that everything Rich says checks out. Warsaw starts getting agitated saying maybe Dornis killed her, then the prison guards take him back to his cell, Warsaw’s notes and pictures, wind up all over the floor.
Morgan’s checking things over and over again, trying to prove Eddie’s innocence. Abe comes in and says this is how it started the last time Henry, I pulled you out once, I’m not sure I can do it again. We once again return to 1985, Henry wakes up after sleeping on the couch and sees all his notes and his corkboard are gone. He calls for Abe and his son tells him he threw the stuff out. He says it’s a year you have to get on with your life.
Henry’s nearly hysterical saying he can’t go on without her and he lacks death as an option. Abe replies that’s right, so you can sit and sulk for the next 175-years, or get over it. Henry asks how Abe can act so callous, Abigail was his mother, his son responds, that’s right and he lost her too. The phone rings and it’s the police, they may have found Abigail.
Apparently, Eddie lost all hope of getting cleared so he signed the deal, admitting he killed Templeton for his immediate release. Minutes later the toxicology report on Lucy comes back, she was clean for eight-months before she got killed. Henry realizes she must have had a reason to kick it and does a test to find out she had a baby. They look him up and his name’s Jeff Templeton and Jo and Henry go to pay the boy a visit.
Turns out Jeff Templeton’s the adopted son of Carl Massey and Martinez and Morgan quickly realize, Massey killed Lucy. They head to his shop, he tells them she was carrying Eddie’s baby, but she thought he’d freak out, so he took her upstate, got her sober and helped deliver her son. But after she gave birth to Jeff, she wanted to see Eddie again. He followed her and in a struggle to take her back upstate, she banged her head against the nail and died. Jo cuffs Massey and they take him outside.
Eddie’s waiting for them figuring out when Henry showed her the pictures Massey took of Lucy he loved her. He shoots out a window and when Jo reaches for her weapon he tells her to stay still. He’s about to shoot Massey, when Jeff shows up, the resemblance between Eddie and Jeff’s remarkable and Eddie drops the gun.
Massey’s getting arraigned on accidental homicide, but Eddie’s allowed to go free, Jo says he can go and he asks go where? Henry says he has a son and Warsaw says the boy doesn’t need him, Morgan counters with perhaps he needs the boy.
Back in 1985, Henry and Abe see the body and it’s not Abigail’s. When they walk away, Henry says he’s not sure what’s worse if that had been her, or her still missing, then asks Abe, what next? His son responds, with all the crap he’s collected over the years, Henry’s almost a hoarder, Morgan asks if Abe wants him to throw out his stuff? Abe says let’s sell it and open an antique store.
Mike finally gets to show off his vocal skills, as Isaac and Jo, Henry and Lucas watch him rock out in a karaoke bar, they applaud vigorously. Jo and Isaac kiss and Henry looks uncomfortable, but attempts to play it off.
Later that night, Henry’s sipping some whiskey, at home, looking at Jeff Templeton’s birth records when Abe walks in. Henry says something about the twin-doves in the logo reminds him of Abigail, but he’s going to leave it alone and go to sleep. Abe picks up the document and looks at it, we then see him in a storage facility, he opens the door to a room and all Henry’s stuff’s stored there, Abe didn’t throw it out. He looks at the poster board and sees a 20 cent stamp that has the same two doves together.
The Story Continues Next Tuesday Night at 10:00 pm on ABC.
The ABC series “Forever,” returned to the airwaves after a hiatus, with a splendid episode entitled “Dead Men Tell Long Tales,” introducing a new character in the process, Mega-Rich entrepreneur and industrialist, Isaac Monroe, portrayed by Academy-Award winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. Monroe will stay with the series over the next two episodes, as NYPD Detective Jo Martinez and Medical Examiner Henry Morgan, meet him as a possible suspect in a murder case. However the jet-setter’s soon cleared of any guilt and takes a shining to Detective Martinez. While Jo’s exploring the future with the charismatic businessman, Morgan’s exploring the past as the case they’re working, played an important part in Henry’s lifetime.
We open the episode among strangers in a bar, a shaggy-haired, bearded man, comes to his table with four shots, we never see enough of the three other people at the table to identify them. The man puts the glasses on the table, then says to his companions, he realizes they’ve had their differences, but they completed their mission, walking away with a huge haul. He then says to the other three, to keep their mouths shut, as the most dangerous part of a treasure hunt’s after they find the treasure, he then makes a toast and all four clink their glasses.
The next scene takes place in the man’s office at Medford Deep Sea Salvage, he’s still drinking, but he hears a noise and walks out of his office to check it out. Suddenly we see a pair of hands, grab the harpoon from the company’s sign and runs it through the shaggy-haired man killing him instantly.
At Abe’s Antique shop, Abe’s happy as a schoolboy, as he just received some ancient and rare maps, for a customer and he’s intrigued by them. Henry sees what Abe’s doing, looks at the maps and recognizes the name of the cartographer, a man whose family, engaged in a feud with the Morgan clan, ending in a duel. Abe’s heard the story countless times and tells Morgan as much, so it’s kind of a relief when Detective Martinez arrives to take Henry to check out a new case.
The case naturally is the murder of the shaggy-haired man, named Rick Rasmussen, owner of the salvage company, Lucas and Henry have to saw the harpoon in order to remove, less they risk damaging Rasmussen’s corpse. Morgan of course identifies the harpoon including manufacturer and the year it got produced and Hanson turns to Lucas, saying he’s not surprised that the assistant Medical Examiner’s “partner,” has the complete lowdown on the harpoon.
During the autopsy, Henry tells Martinez and Hanson that Rasmussen’s body shows signs of recently returning from a dive, as air-bubbles in the blood and a jelly-fish wound on his arm attest to. They also found gold particles in the victim’s mouth, as if Rasmussen bit down on a gold coin to prove it’s real. They leave the morgue, heading to Rasmussen’s warehouse and start checking out the stuff the salvage owner acquired on his latest trip.
There’s no gold among the items, however Henry finds something that rocks his world, the steering wheel of the ship bearing the craft’s name, The Empress Of Africa, which he tells Jo and Mike, was a slave-ship. Jo once again asks the question she must repeat in her sleep; “How Could You Possibly Know That Henry?” What Morgan can’t tell Jo’s The Empress Of Africa’s the ship he got killed on in 1814, for the first time, leading to him escaping death for the last 201-years.
Henry returns to the shop and told Abe of their find, Abe tells him as much as he’s learned about his father’s other situations, in which he cheated death, Morgan’s always remained secretive about what happened on that ship. Abe and we find out, that the reason Henry’s kept the tale to himself, is because he feels he’s to blame for the death of 300-slaves, who were in the hull of the ship on that voyage.
The Empress Of Africa, belonged to Morgan’s father and was part of the slave-trading fleet, that captured free men from Africa, bringing them to the United States, to become slaves on Southern plantations. Henry, blissfully unaware his father sunk to slave-trading to keep his company alive, until finding out from the friend of a friend, was determined to free the slaves on the ship he sailed on.
He went to the holding cell and sought out a man named Obi, who spoke English, he told the African he’d return later with a key, that would release all the slaves shackles, as well as the cell door. When they left the cell, Henry said to head to the ship’s armory and grab all the weapons you can and you can take over the ship. He asked the man if he understood and Obi replied he did. However Henry never got to deliver that key, as the craft’s captain shot him to death first. He says they’re bloods on his hands and call his immortality, a curse, not a blessing. Abe refutes the statement, then mentions they made it one thousand miles north of where they’d been headed, so Henry has no idea what went on.
There’s a tribute being held for Rasmussen, at a bar on the wharf, so Jo, Mike and Henry attend. We see a man with longish hair in his forties, thanking the folks for showing up, even though Rick could be a mean son-of-a-pup. They raise a glass to Rasmussen, then the man named George walks towards the back of the bar. Jo realizes he’s Rick’s former partner and tries to question him, but he says people in the salvage industry don’t talk to cops and walks way. Mike steps up just as George leaves, telling Martinez, he keeps getting the same response, but Henry says he’ll get some answers and walks up to a young guy at the bar, with a jelly-fish wound on his right hand.
The guy named Davey, refuses to cooperate with Henry and Morgan notices there’s a huge-guy at the end of the bar, giving Davey the stink-eye. Davey finally gets up and walks away, Henry tells Jo and Mike to follow Davey and the guy who looks like a wall with a face into the parking lot. They say fine, but tell Henry to stay in the bar. He sits down at the bar, getting a female bartender with “David Bowie Eyes,” one blue and one green and of course Morgan remarks about it, she tells him he’s full of information.
He notices she’s shaking pouring his shot and deduces she’s a diver and suffering from decompression sickness, he starts questioning her and she tells him to enjoy his drink then leaves the bar area. Henry decides to disregard what Martinez and Hanson told him and goes to the parking lot, he sees the big guy banging Charlie against a fence, while the bartender Margo tells the big guy Chappy, to stop. Henry interrupts them and Margo says he’s a cop, they start to run, but Mike and Jo arrest them and put them all in handcuffs, Hanson asks which part of stay inside, was too tough for him to understand?
Mike and Jo interview all three crew-members and Hanson believes all their stories. Discouraged, Henry heads back to Abe’s shop and Abe suggests, they grab a sandwich and break into Rasmussen’s warehouse. They start searching around and they find a coffin, they open it and there’s the remains of a slave inside it, with a bullet in his head. Abe says he had a decent burial and Henry realizes that a dead slave should have gotten thrown overboard as they did to him, but here he was in a casket.
Another flashback to 1814, Henry’s got the key and is about to hand it off to Obi, when the Captain shows up, says the key’s missing and asks if Morgan knows anything about it? Henry asks if he’s getting accused and the Captain says Morgan may be the owner’s son, but on his ship he’s judge and jury. Just then an aide says Morgan’s needed to check out a slave with fever, minutes later he’ll be dead.
Someone else breaks in and although Henry and Abe lack a weapon, Henry confronts the man and chases him out of the warehouse, right into the waiting arms of Hanson and Martinez, but Henry and Abe soon show up and Martinez blows up, asking Morgan what they’re doing?
Back at headquarters, Jo asks Henry why he’s being so obsessive over this ship and Morgan says because it was a slave ship and 300-people died. That satisfies Martinez, as the reason for his interest but she tells him she needs him in the present to help solve this murder. She talks to George, who tells her that he and Rick attempted to recover the ship, but it was far too deep and a diver Rick sent down died, George says Rasmussen was responsible for the death. He’d heard rumors Rick hooked up with some financier, who bankrolled new equipment and renovations on Rick’s ship.
That financier is Isaac Monroe and he’s giving a speech that night at the Explorers Club, Jo tells Henry they’re attending, Morgan wants to get into Black-Tie, but Martinez says no. They arrive and Jo identifies them, telling him they need to talk to him, but they have to wait, as they’ve just introduced him to give his speech. He produces the gold from The Empress Of Africa, saying it’s worth $7 million and then tells the crowd the proceeds are getting donated to the Walker Institute For History Education. Henry asks Jo then why did he steal it?
Of course he didn’t steal it, his arrangement with Rasmussen all along, included getting the cold, he was paying Rick and his crew a fee after they returned. He also tells Jo he’s got an airtight alibi where he was when Rick got killed. Henry leaves the office to explore the museum, while Isaac asks Jo out for a date, she says she’s a cop and he’s a suspect and he smiles and says think about it.
Henry’s checking out exhibits when his cellphone rings and it’s Adam, whose actually about 20-feet away. He shows Henry something he thinks Morgan might have interest in and it’s the Captain’s pistol that killed him the first time. Adam explains he knows all about Henry’s history, then starts reciting it. He says he’ll get in touch soon.
The next morning Jo receives a bouquet of roses, along with a card from Monroe, asking her to have dinner with him that evening. Hanson’s at his desk and he says she should go, (so he read the card) he gave a speech at the Louvre, when Rick got killed. She accepts the date.
Henry also gets a package, his is the Captain’s gun with a note from Adam, that Lucas brings to him and it appears that Lucas looked inside the box as he knows it’s the gun from the Empress Of Africa’s Captain. He then says that it took a minute to load one and the weapon only had a range of 15-feet, he says you’d have to be a real doofus to get killed by that gun.
Jo arrives at Isaac’s apartment and he answers the door wearing an apron, telling her he planned to cook for her that evening. He says he hopes he’s not coming on too strong, she says not at all, she’s got her gun in her purse. He asks her if that’s true and she says she’s joking, he smiles and says he’s glad there’s no need for her to be a cop tonight.
Henry’s in his lab going through evidence in the case and has his first real good look at the face of the first diver, who died, he also had “David Bowie Eyes,” one blue and one green and Morgan realized Margo’s his sister. He finds Mike, asks him where Jo’s at and Hanson says she’s on a date with Monroe, Henry tells him a bout Margo and they figure her next victim’s Isaac.
Margo sneaks into the apartment as Isaac and Jo are preoccupied with each other, then Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On, comes on the stereo and Martinez asks if Monroe’s going to try to pull a move and he reacts with false indignation, then admits he might, causing her to have a panic attack. She asks where the bathroom’s at and he points her toward it. She goes in there and gives herself a pep-talk, when she comes out she sees Monroe’s on the floor and she gets into a brawl with Margo.
Henry and Mike arrive at the door and start knocking but of course nobody responds, Hanson hears Marvin Gaye and thinks they might be following the songs instructions, but they keep knocking. Suddenly they hear a table move and dishes rattle and Henry says those aren’t sexual noises and Mike kicks down the door. Turns out Jo did have her gun in her purse as she pulls it on Margo. Isaac had yet to get involved in the project when her brother died.
Back at the station, he tells her she saved his life, at the very least she owes him one more date, she smiles and agrees and he says he’ll call her. Henry catches Isaac in the hall and says he realizes that recovering the Empress Of Africa was his passion, not Rasmussen’s and he asked why. It turns out the slaves did escape, when they took Henry’s dead body past their cell, the key fell out his hand right at Obi’s feet, they rose up and took over the ship. They then made it far enough North that they landed as free men and one was Isaac’s ancestor, so Henry was a hero after all.
Back at Abe’s shop, Henry gets a call from Adam, who asks if he got what he sent him, Morgan says he did and asks why Adam sent it. Adam tells Henry his first time dying was by a Roman dagger plunged into him, he believes the only way either of them can die and stay dead’s through the first weapon that killed them, so he’s provided Henry with his. He says the thing he hates the most about being immortal, is he’s lost all sense of time, the feeling that every minute could be his last. He then admits to Morgan that he once possessed the dagger, but lacked the guts to test his theory, he tells Henry to be a sport and if he ever feels like doing it let Adam know.
When Adam hangs up, Henry’s suddenly aware of the clock on the mantel ticking loudly and asks Abe when he got it fixed. Abe says the clock’s always worked fine and he winds it daily, he then asks Henry if he’s alright?
The Story Continues Next Tuesday Night at 10:00 m on ABC.
One can try escaping to the opposite side of the Earth, but there are two things a person can never run away from; who they are and the acts they’ve committed. Although NYPD Medical Examiner Dr. Henry Morgan’s restarted his life countless times, during his 200-years on this planet, he still carries the internal scars he got in the early 19th Century. This week’s episode of the ABC series “Forever,” revolved around character’s with deep secrets, including Henry himself. Morgan’s secrets got jeopardized in the present and he flashbacked to a time when his secret became endangered in the distant past.
We’re in one of the busiest spots on the globe as the episode begins, Times Square at night and we watch locals and tourists heading to their destinations. Suddenly our focus shifts to the Jumbotron, telecasting an interview show called Hot Seat, the host’s interviewing Lawrence Creff, CEO of Hallaway Industries and a nominee, for the Assistant Secretary of Defense position. Creff tells the host and their audience that the critics are wrong, as CEO of Hallaway, serving American’s was his job, and he’d do the same in the Government slot. He says in no way would him getting the post be a conflict of interests.
Suddenly the large monitor on the set behind the two men, shows the image of a porcelain mask, then we see writing on the monitor, while an electronically distorted voice reads the text. “SO MANY LIES, MR. CREFF. WHERE TO START? HOW ABOUT THE DINNER CONVERSATION?”
The monitor switches to a recording of Creff addressing a restaurant filled with prosperous-looking businessmen and Creff tells the group to invest in umbrellas, as it will be raining money next year. We suddenly switch to the studio’s control room, as the show’s producer finally says, he thinks they got hacked. We watch a young guy watching the show in a bar and smiling at the results, it’s obvious he’s involved in the events that just took place. He leaves the bar grinning from ear to ear and heads home.
The next morning Henry joins Abe for breakfast, Abe’s quite animated about the hack-job on the talk-show, says it’s the work of “Faceless,” a secret Hacktivist group, looking to out all the corruption in the country. Henry says he finds it quite odd, that people out to save the world, wear masks to do their work, Abe says he and his cohorts never wore masks in the late sixties protesting the Viet Nam war.
Our corpse of the week, of course is the guy we saw in the bar the night before, found dead in his bed. Lucas at first assumes that the victim Eric Shaw, died of cardiac failure, but Morgan corrects him and tells him the cause of death was asphyxiation. Suddenly the apartment becomes alive, all the lights go on, the heater, the stereo, Shaw had all his electronic equipment connected to an app on his cell phone. Henry believes that Shaw died from inhaling gas while sleeping from the heater.
Back at the station Detectives Jo Martinez and Mike Hanson, are about to check some leads, when a young man and women, both in their mid-twenties, tell them their usual tactics won’t work in this case. Meet the Cyber-Cops, partners who normally deal in Internet crimes such as stealing and hacking, are on this case as it’s believed the murderer killed Shaw by remote control, hacking into his phone app to turn on his heater, after they snuffed out the pilot light. The female Cyber-Cop, Irene tells Hanson and Martinez they can just relax, they’ll locate the hacker by the end of the day.
Jo’s feeling kind of outdated and useless, so she visits Henry in the morgue, as he’s in the midst of conducting Shaw’s autopsy. He says something just doesn’t feel quite right, then he asks Martinez if she’d like to go and get gassed, Jo replies, now you’re talking.
The two of them are lying on Eric Shaw’s bed, both wearing gas masks, while Henry holds a device measuring gas content in the room. The two start talking about different ways to perish and then Martinez asks Morgan, why he chose to head into pathology, why’s he so interested in death? Morgan says perhaps because it feels like he’s solving a puzzle each time he comes up with a cause of a victim’s demise. The indicator goes off, but Henry says due to the gap in the window, the gas concentration wasn’t enough to kill Shaw, although it would have knocked him out.
They head back to the morgue and Henry shaves off Shaw’s beard, revealing an abrasion on his mouth. Someone actually held their hand over his mouth to suffocate him. The pair go to find the Cyber-Cops to tell them Henry’s discovery, when Irene tells them they just arrested Lawrence Creff, as the hack got traced to his house where he was all night. Jo says, that would make him innocent as Henry just discovered the murderer was in the room with Shaw when he died.
Creff’s brought back to the station and interrogated and he tells the cops the idea of him killing Shaw’s ludicrous. He was with his wife and attorney all night long. Jo then asks how that tape appeared on Hot Seat and he theorizes it’s security footage, but Martinez says security footage has no sound, perhaps a guest or a member of the wait staff taped it on a cell-phone. Creff says his guests were thoroughly vetted and wouldn’t pay ten grand to eat Pastanero, if they were looking to get him. Henry in the other room winces, as Pastanero was the last meal that Shaw ate.
Henry and Jo head to the restaurant that catered the dinner, but the manager doesn’t recognize Shaw’s picture and says all his employee’s are trustworthy. Henry see’s a female member of the kitchen staff, with a mathematical equation tattooed on her shoulder, that’s our girl he tells Jo. Her name’s Liz Chamberlain and she denies knowing Eric Shaw, but Henry says she not only knew him, they were lovers, her eyebrow piercing left a scratch on Shaw’s forehead. Chamberlain knocks down some dish racks and runs away. She jumps on a cycle, but Jo and Henry are right on her tail, but somehow she gets all the lights her way and escapes.
We have our first flashback of the evening and the graphic informs us we’re in London in the year 1865, Henry’s a doctor in a hospital and a pretty young nurse, points to a newspaper article posted on a column. The headline reads Hero Doctor Saves Child From Towering Inferno, along with an illustration of the savior, our Henry. Morgan fumes about making so much of a fuss and the nurse says the hospital administration considers it great publicity. Then she says she’d like to get rescued by Henry herself and they share a kiss, we realize they’re romantically involved.
The nurse then asks Henry if he’s kept anything from her, any hidden secrets? He responds of course not and she says there’s a woman downstairs claiming she’s Henry’s wife. Morgan enters the room the woman’s in and as she gets up, he quickly sees, she’s quite elderly, possibly in her seventies. She says when she read it in the paper she couldn’t believe it, but now seeing him in the flesh she knows it’s true. He is Henry Morgan her husband, suddenly Henry’s mind starts racing and he realizes it’s Nora, fifty-years after she put him in the asylum. The nurse walks into the room he whispers Nora, and the old woman faints.
Back in the present Cyber-Cop Irene, tells the pair that a hacker known as the Warlock, an infamous cyber-criminal aided Liz’s escape by remotely controlling all the traffic lights. The pair soon sit down and question the Warlock, who is reality’s named Bernard Belcic and looks like a dumpy slacker in his late twenties. He admits to triggering the traffic lights, as he’s got the “city code,” the key to unlocking and utilizing any electrical equipment the city uses. He also says he met with Shaw and Liz Chamberlain the night Shaw died, she was still there when he left. He then tells them if Liz’s hiding, she won’t be found unless she wants to be.
Henry’s in his lab when he sees a message on his computer monitor, “Lose Something Dr. Morgan, Or Whoever You Are?” Henry types back who is this and the Liz Chamberlain flashes on the screen, telling Morgan he’s the slowest typist on earth. She then tells Henry, she didn’t kill Shaw, that she truly loved him but now she needs to disappear and she wants Henry to fill out a death certificate for her. Morgan says she’s insane, but then she tells Henry she did some digging and he’s as phony as a three-dollar-bill. His Social Security Number and his records popped up out of nowhere six years earlier and she knows he’s hiding something. So his choice is he helps her, or she tells the NYPD about his forged records.
Henry talks about things with Abe and the antique dealer reminds him of the fallout, the last time someone tried revealing his secret. Then he says the situation involving Nora, ended in tragedy. Abe says you have to decide how far do you go to protect your secret?
Back in 1865, Nora’s now a patient at Henry’s hospital and he’s her attending physician, but he tries to act like she’s a stranger. When he asks her name she says Mrs. Henry Morgan and you’re my husband, why would you deny me this pleasure at my advanced age. Henry’s temper comes to the surface and he speaks through clenched teeth, because you denied me Nora, you destroyed my life. She says she’s sorry, she now sees she was wrong, but they’re back together to reveal his secret and marvel mankind. Morgan tells her, that she’s never to mention, he’s his secret for fifty years and he’s keeping it secret.
Back in the present. Henry heads from the living quarters into Abe’s shop, when he hears a woman’s voice. It’s Chamberlain who wants her death certificate, Morgan pulls one from his pocket and holds it out to her. He says this won’t give her a new life. She’ll be constantly looking over her shoulder waiting to get discovered. She’ll never know peace or freedom.
Liz says she’ll take that chance and holds her hand out for the certificate, Morgan says so will he and rips it to shreds. She gets up says okay you got warned and walks out of the shop. The Cyber-Cops locate her as soon as she starts walking, she gets a few blocks away, starts crossing the street on a cross walk, just about to text the message to Jo when she’s hit by a car, exactly when Mike and Jo arrive. When Henry arrives at the hospital Martinez says she’s on life support, she has a 50/50 chance of surviving.
Martinez and Hanson bring in Bernard Belcic, certain that he timed the lights to get Chamberlain killed. However the Warlock tells them he couldn’t access the lights even if he wanted to, the “city-code” got changed by a member of the NYPD.
Back in 1865, the pretty young nurse goes up to Henry and asks if he’s heard the news? The old woman claiming to be his wife came back to the hospital, talking about all sorts of crazy things and they’re going to put her in the asylum. Henry says no, she’s just mildly confused from the fall she had, suddenly the door opens and in walks Nora, holding a pistol. She says she’ll prove Morgan’s immortal and fires the gun, but the nurse steps in front of Henry, takes the bullet and dies instantly.
We head to Chamberlain’s room and the only two in the room other than Liz are Henry and Irene the Cyber-Cop, when the light-bulb clicks over Morgan’s head. Irene was the woman Eric Shaw seduced and stole the codes from, she killed him and now she’s trying to kill Liz. Liz starts going into shock, but Irene’s disconnected the room from the rest of the hospital grid, she tells Henry she knows his secret, if he lets Liz die all their secrets die with them.
Henry hits an alarm and starts performing heart massage on Chamberlain, other doctors and nurses enter the room and Morgan saves her life. Irene runs out of the hospital and her partner asks what she’s doing, she says all her secrets are going to come out, then steps into the path of an ambulance, dying instantly.
Later Martinez comes up to Henry saying she got an e-mail to some digging on his background and he’s deceived her. How come he doesn’t have on his resume he graduated Oxford at the top of his class, Morgan says he didn’t want to seem like he was showing off.
Henry gets another video visit from Liz, she tells him that she closed all the gaps in his resume, his secrets safe from now on. As for her, she’ll stick to being Liz Chamberlain, she decided starting life over wasn’t for her.
The Story Continues Tuesday, March 24, at 10:00 pm on ABC.
Think back to that one moment in your life when everything was perfect, we all have that moment, whether it be at a concert, or your first kiss. When all the planets were aligned and there was perfect harmony in the universe, you felt invulnerable and the moment would last forever. However, the experiences end but the memories linger, warming our souls on these cold winter nights. The latest episode of the ABC series “Forever,” explored that topic deeply, as the victim in the murder they’re investigating, was involved in a role-playing game, meant to evoke an experience that took place in 1979.
We see a tone-arm being placed on an LP, filling the air with KC and The Sunshine Band’s hit “That’s The Way I Like It.” A young blonde-haired woman grabs a dress that would have look perfect on a disco-floor, puts on her makeup, then suddenly her cell phone rings, from inside a dresser drawer. The young woman picks it up and asks the caller what’s their problem and to stop calling her, the door knob to the apartment starts to turn and she says she’s got to go, she’s holding the cell phone in her hand when the door opens and says I’m sorry.
The next morning NYPD Detectives Jo Martinez and Mike Hanson are walking through garbage to get to their latest victim, it’s the girl we saw in the apartment. No wallet or ID, but there are Polaroid pictures of her and a fondue fork next to her, apparently the murder weapon. They notice bruises on her wrists, theorizing she got held down by her killer while she bled out.
Henry Morgan’s having his coffee at Abe’s shop before heading to work, when Abe brings a box from the cellar to the showroom. Henry asks what’s that smell and Abe says it’s wet cardboard and mold, a box of what he calls useless junk got soaked by a burst pipe. Henry says these are your memories, Abe points to his head and says all I need’s in here. However, Henry finds Abigail’s cookbook and Abe says that’s not junk. Morgan says perhaps you’re right Abraham, new day, new memories, I’m off.
Henry investigates the victim and he’s blown away, she’s wearing hair-spray and nail polish from the Seventies, her outfit’s a vintage original as well. This was carefully crafted to recreate the situation as close as possible, Hanson comes in with the identity of the victim, an NYU junior named Sarah Clancy, reported missing by her roommate. Lieutenant Reece, assigns Henry and Jo to talk to the roommate and Mike to go back to the crime scene and scour for more evidence.
Martinez and Morgan talk to Sarah’s roommate Jennifer, who says they were both from small towns and they really clicked and then they became best friends, but Sarah changed over the last few months and they grew distant. She says Sarah dropped all her class schedule except for one course and seemed obsessed with it. She gives the course information to the pair and they head off to NYU.
They enter a darkened lecture hall as a female instructor shows projected images of different forms of sexual expression. When the lights come up we see that it’s our old friend, Dominatrix Therapist Iona Payne, she and Henry make eye contact and after a few brief remarks, dismisses the class.
Henry and Jo walk down to see her and Henry says Iona, she quickly stops him and saying on campus, it’s Professor Dawes, but he can call her Molly. He thanks her, says she can call him Henry, then tells her they need to talk to her professionally.
She’s clearly distraught, when she hears of Sarah’s murder, the two had a lot in common, both had sheltered childhoods and she was mature for her years. Jo then says they have reason to believe she was in some role-playing situation and Molly says, Sarah talked about it with her in her office a couple of weeks back and she asked if she was happy and felt safe? Sarah answered both enthusiastically, but she hopes she didn’t dismiss a cry for help, Henry tells her it isn’t her fault. She offers her services to help solve the crime, Martinez politely refuses.
Mike Hanson’s pulling a Tom Sawyer on Lucas, as he has him wearing the hazmat suit and poking through the trash. Lucas finds a packet of junk mail covered with Sarah’s blood, near where her body was found all from the same address. They’ve found the apartment where the murder took place.
Henry and Jo check the place out and it is like stepping back into the late Seventies, magazines, accessories, the fondue pot, an analog TV and a Technics turntable. They then see a macramé wall-hanging on floor, when they lift it up they see it’s concealing Sarah’s blood. They also find another Polaroid picture, but this one’s from the seventies and it’s the original woman that Sarah portrayed in the role-playing situation.
Henry’s telling Abe about the apartment they found and he says it wasn’t his favorite period of the 20th Century. Henry then brings up Iona/Molly and Abe says oh that’s why you got the new scarf, your domination gal-pal’s back in town. Abe says I understand you’re nervous, it’s been a while, Henry responds he’s had relations, he’s certainly not a monk. Abe replies, that Henry’s had sex with some of the world’s most beautiful women, but they never went anywhere. When was the last time you had a date with someone you cared for?
We flashback to 1982, as we see a shaggy-haired Henry trying to apply some gray to his temples. He asks Abigail if she’s ready, the restaurant they’re going to are liable to give away their table if their late. We hear Abigail off camera says perhaps we shouldn’t go out, Henry says but it’s our anniversary. Abigail comes into view, it’s not Mackenzie Mauzy who’s played the role all season. Abigail’s 62-years-old now and while still an attractive woman, she’s no longer the slip-of-a-girl Henry met in 1945, she’s portrayed by Janet Zarish.
She asks how’s it going to look, an older woman out with a younger escort, people will stare at them. Henry says we’ll look like a distinguished couple in love, we braved a war and raised a child together. I’m rather certain we can survive a night on the town, it’ll be fun. Abigail smiles and agrees.
Back at the station, Hanson tells Jo and Henry they recovered Sarah’s audition tape for her role-playing gig, she’s saying what are obviously lines written by her partner. She stops, said her roommate just got home but she’d like to accept his offer. Henry and Jo bring the video to Molly. She says it’s not domination, it’s recreation. Jo says they need to track down apartment tenant from 1079.
Martinez and Morgan track down the former tenant, a man named Neville show him the picture of Sarah and he denies ever seeing her, Henry then shows him the Polaroid of the other woman, pain quickly crosses his face but then he says he doesn’t know her. Morgan starts folding and crinkling the picture, which destroys the emulsion on the pictures and the man finally begs him to stop. He says the picture you just destroyed is when my wife first told me we were having a baby, Henry produces the picture unharmed. Three weeks later she got diagnosed with breast cancer, she died in 1981. He then says he killed Sarah Clancy.
Neville’s taken downtown and questioned by Martinez and Hanson, but he’s fuzzy on the details, he then says he stabbed Sarah with the fondue fork in a downward motion, when Henry knows the wound came from underneath. Reece congratulates Jo on solving the case, but then Henry tells her he didn’t do it. Martinez says the case’s closed if you want to see Molly again just ask her out, how long ago was it since you and Abigail split up? Henry says a while and we flashback to 1982.
Abigail’s mortified as they return home from their anniversary dinner, the hostess thought Henry was so sweet for taking out his mother and everyone stared when he took her hand. We looked ridiculous, and Henry replies ridiculously in love. She says he’s blind and he agrees from the moment he laid eyes on her. She says every time she looks at him she feels old and he tells her to close her eyes.
He says where are you picturing us and she replies at the Queensberry Officers Club when you wore that suave tuxedo and suddenly we’re there, with Abigail at her most ravishing with Glen Miller playing. Henry says well we’re there and the two start dancing.
He meets Molly for drinks and she asks him if he’s thinking about the case and he admits he is and asks if he could have suffered a psychotic break, to cause him to forget holding down Sarah while she bled out? Molly says that doesn’t fit his profile, he was about creating not destroying. So they head to the apartment to reenact the crime.
Henry notices the indentation in the couch cushion and says that’s where Neville sat, Molly sits on his lap and the two start making out and Henry drops his glass. He suddenly realizes Neville wouldn’t have allowed the stain to form on the cushion. So Henry, Molly and cushion head to the lab.
Henry discovers Ketamine got mixed into Neville’s drink and he got drugged, so likely someone else killed Sarah. The next morning everyone’s called in on their day off due to Henry’s discovery, so they bring Neville out of his cell for questioning. Mike asks if he’d agree to having his blood tested as they think he got drugged, by someone putting Ketamine in his drink. Neville says he knows what Ketamine is and he killed Sarah. Henry says he’s covering for his daughter.
Cecily Neville, was born nine months to the day after the picture of her mother got taken, ran away from home at 15 and incarcerated for possession of Ketamine. She says check with her manager, she worked the night her father’s girlfriend got killed. Henry says Jo never mentioned the woman was her father’s girlfriend and Cecily tells of seeing a woman passing by the shop wearing her mother’s coat. She trailed her to the apartment she grew up in but of course it wasn’t her mother. However it wasn’t Sarah Clancy either. They realize it was Sarah’s roommate, Jennifer.
Jennifer attends Molly’s class and then asks to talk to her about switching majors, and Dawes invites her back to her office. Jennifer soon says that Sarah was her roommate and Molly recognizes her coat, Jennifer says when she wears it, she feels like Sarah’s with her. Molly says she’s got to go to another meeting but they’ll schedule a meeting soon and Jennifer leaves. Dawes calls Henry’s office, but Jennifer comes back and knocks her on the head.
Henry and Jo head to her apartment, but she’s not there, however there’s a printout of Sarah’s class schedule. Just then Lucas calls Jo’s cell and says Henry got a crank-call from the NYU Psychology Dept. They race to Molly’s office.
Molly’s awake and Jennifer asks why she called the police, she didn’t mean to kill Sarah, she tried to save him from that nasty old man, but then Sarah got so mad. Molly says we’ll just tell the police you had a psychotic break, we’ll tell them, I’ll help you. Jennifer starts screaming she’s not psychotic and Molly says that’s just an excuse, a defense to get her off.
Suddenly Henry and Jo start banging at the door and screaming for Molly, Jennifer covers the professor’s mouth and starts pushing a blade into her neck. Henry sees the phone’s been knocked off the counter, busts through the door, Martinez gets Jennifer up against a wall and calls for an ambulance, Henry rushes to Molly who call him her hero, then passes out.
Jo and Henry are sitting at the hospital and tells Jo it’s a long time since he felt like this and Martinez responds that’s what happens when you open up to someone, you become vulnerable. The surgeon comes out to tell Henry, Molly lost a lot of blood, but she’s going to pull through. Henry asks to see her, and Jo pulls NYPD rank to allow Henry to see her.
He walks in and she says she’s always had a fantasy of being rescued by a handsome doctor. She then says she’s the one who got stabbed but he looks terrible, he says it was a harrowing night. Henry then says he’s started to develop real feelings for her and she asks isn’t that a good thing? He says usually, but she replies you’re not a usual guy. You don’t allow those feelings to come out, I don’t know who she is, but she beat you up really bad. Henry says the wounds are still healing, she says if he ever decides he doesn’t like her so much, give her a call. Henry kisses her on the cheek and leaves.
When Henry arrives home he smells something delicious, it’s Abigail’s lasagna recipe that Abe cooked up. He has a taste and says for a moment it felt like she was here, Abe says I hear you Pops. Suddenly it’s 1955, Abigail puts down her lasagna and Abraham says it smells great Ma, Abigail thanks him. Henry says every time he smells that aroma he wants to dance with a beautiful woman and takes Abigail in his arms and they dance. She says I’m a mess and Henry says your perfect, everything’s perfect. We flash to 1982 and we see Abigail and Henry dancing and she says it can’t last and he says let’s not talk about that now.
The Story Continues Next Tuesday at 10:00 pm on ABC.