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Forever: One Step Closer To Closure?

Photo Courtesy Of  ABC/Giovanni Rufino
Photo Courtesy Of ABC/Giovanni Rufino

Warning: Spoiler Alert

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.

Forever: Mummified Corpse Brings Back Heartache For Henry

Photo Courtesy Of ABC/David Giesbrecht
Photo Courtesy Of ABC/David Giesbrecht

Warning: Spoiler Alert

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. 

Forever: Jo Gets A Boyfriend, Henry Discovers Truth

Photo: Courtesy Of ABC
Photo: Courtesy Of ABC

Warning: Spoiler Alert

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.

Cuba Gooding Jr. To Play Jo Martinez’s Boyfriend On Forever

Photo Courtesy Of Entertainment Weekly.com
Photo Courtesy Of Entertainment Weekly.com

Warning: Major Spoiler Alert

Rumors have floated for weeks that Detective Jo Martinez would gain a new love interest in episode 18 of the ABC freshman series “Forever.” Monday afternoon, “Entertainment Weekly,” reported that the NYPD detective portrayed by Alana De La Garza, will start keeping company with a man described as a wealthy philanthropist, named Isaac Douglas, played by veteran actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

Gooding will get introduced in the eighteenth episode of the season, as a possible murder suspect, but he’s cleared of all wrong-doing. The website states that Gooding will remain with the series in a multi-episode story-arc and become Jo’s boyfriend. There’s no word on how many episodes Gooding will appear on.

Series creator Matt Miller shows with this move, that he’s pulling out all the stops to insure that ABC renew Forever for a second season. While the series has topped the ratings of the three series that held the Tuesday night 10:00 pm slot before them, the network’s held off renewing the show for a second season.