“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.
“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.
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.
Regular viewers of the ABC freshman series “Forever,” realize that they’re emotions will get a work-out each time they watch the show. Whether you sit there with your mouth agape, as many of us did when the show revealed Adam’s identity a few weeks back, or feeling rather warm and fuzzy at the end of this week’s tale, the crew knows how to push the right buttons. This week’s episode centered around family and finding lost relatives, starting with Abe who’s attempting to find out as much about his lineage as possible, after finding out his last name at the age of seventy.
However there were other relatives who connected in this episode and though everybody’s wishes weren’t fulfilled, some revelations would change people’s lives for the better. All that and Henry and Abigail’s Honeymoon in 1955, traveling on the Orient Express.
The graphic on the screen tells us we’re starting off at the Urkesh Consulate in Manhattan, a very busy office as two clerks stamp a never-ending line of visas, allowing Americans to travel to their country. Most of the people applying state their reason for heading to Urkesh, is to visit family or for business.
However, there’s an elderly man in the line, wearing an ill-fitting toupee and looking like his days are numbered. When he gets to the clerk, he tells her he’s going to Urkesh to die, the woman looks at the man and then his passport and sees his name’s Armen Aronov her eyes get as large as pancakes. She excuses herself and walks into the man who runs the Consulate’s office and tells him he’ll never believe, who’s applying the visa and gives the man the passport, he’s just as shocked.
We next see the man in the park, sitting on the bench with a loaf of bread, feeding the pigeons, when a look of pain registers on his face. He clutches his chest, then falls off the bench, dying instantly. Mr. Aronov’s wish about dying in Urkesh, never came to pass.
Henry and Abe are eating breakfast, Morgan’s reading the paper when he notices that Abe’s reading the phonebook. It turns out that there are scores of people named Weinraub in New York, the name he found out was his birth name from Adam in the previous episode. He wants to start working on his family tree and tells Henry there’s a Weinraub that lives on Park Avenue. But then Abe apologizes and tells Henry he doesn’t need a family tree to tell him who his father is.
Detectives Martinez, Hanson and Henry’s assistant Lucas got called to the park for a possible homicide, however when Morgan arrives, Mike says that it looks like a false alarm. The man likely died of complications of lung cancer, Henry’s amazed until Jo told him that Aronov had a medical bracelet on and they spoke to the oncologist.
They’re about to wheel him into the ambulance when Morgan, notices a scar on Aronov’s abdomen and asks Lucas what he thinks it is. Lucas responds, looks like an old appendectomy scar, but Henry says look at the shape of it, then suddenly sees a scene with him operating and Abigail assisting. Lucas says it looks like he had a lousy doctor, Henry responds, perhaps the doctor didn’t have the proper operating theater, he says they’ll check out the body at the lab.
Our first flashback of the evening and we’ve joined Henry and Abigail on their delayed Honeymoon, on board the Orient Express. As they start to get amorous, Abigail asks if they can try having a baby and Henry says they’ve talked about it and it would cause him great pain to give birth to a baby, then watch his child grow old and die.
There’s a knock on the compartment door and when they open it, they see a large Eastern European soldier standing there, he says to Morgan doctor follow me. The soldier leads them to another car and a boy about ten, wearing a tunic’s groaning in pain and holding his gut. A quick exam and Henry says the boy’s got acute appendicitis and needs to be operated on immediately. They lay the boy out on a table and Morgan gets his tools and some starter fluid from the train staff, it contains ether to knockout the boy.
Henry asks the soldier where the boy’s parents are and the soldier says the boy’s very important and he’d better save him or else. Morgan says now that you threatened me, I deserve to know who he is, the soldier responds he’s the son of the King and heir to the throne of Urkesh. Henry puts the ether on the cloth and looks at the boy, then says courage, you’re the son of a king. The Prince is soon unconscious and Henry starts to slice his abdomen, when the train hits a bump, hence the shape of the scar.
Back in the present, Henry and Lucas are performing the autopsy on Aronov when we hear Jo say, we don’t allow victim’s relatives back there and a woman heads straight for the table, they cover Aronov’s body but leave his face visible. The woman’s Mrs. Aronov and Henry said her husband was from Urkesh and she’s surprised he’s heard of the country. Jo says she’s sorry for her loss and the widow says it’s the people of Urkesh you should feel sorry for, today they lost their King.
Morgan heads back to Abe’s shop and Abe’s got a blackboard with post-its all over it, he tells Henry he spoke to a cousin today in the city and he told him, that they’ve got a cousin who’s the dry-cleaning baron of Buffalo. He says perhaps he’s related to Charlemagne, Napoleon or Washington, Henry reminds him they weren’t Jewish.
The real reason Henry came to the shop was to grab a ring he gave to Abe after their Honeymoon, he tries to sneak it out but Abe catches him. He apologizes but says the ring belongs to the King of Urkesh and the sentimental value to the family’s priceless, he has to return it to its rightful owner.
Mrs. Aronov’s surprised to see Morgan at her door, he hands her the ring saying it belonged to Armen and now she and their children can have it. She says the couple wasn’t blessed to have children, then asks how he acquired it and he said he dabbles in antiques. She invites him into the apartment.
As they’re having tea, Henry says he realizes the question may sound odd, but did her husband had a good life? She smiles and says, one would think that if you were born heir to the throne, that person would resent it all their life. However Armen was just the opposite, he fulfilled all his dreams except for dying in Urkesh. Henry asked how he planned to travel receiving radiation therapy and the widow responds, her husband elected not to receive treatment. He starts to ask about the radiation, but then says he needs to go.
Morgan gets back to the lab to find Aronov’s body’s gone and he yells to Lucas where’s the King? Lucas says those guys took him and points to four men wheeling the body into the elevator. Henry tells Lucas to hold that car, Lucas steps in and make sure Henry gets in as well. After assuring the men he’s not reaching for a weapon, he pulls out a Geiger counter and the radiation in Aronov’s body’s at toxic levels. Morgan says all of them are getting irradiated and the men get out at the next floor, Henry brings the body back to the lab. The King died of poisoning.
Jo and Henry head to the Consulate and speak with the bureaucrat named Dasha, that runs the place. Martinez’s incredulous that they were unaware that their King was seven blocks away all these years and Dasha says he wasn’t my King. She says that he approved the visa and he says that’s because Urkesh runs by rules and regulations now, not a monarchy. He then excuses himself as he says he’s got work to attend to.
The pair head outside and soon see Dasha buying some food from a street-vendor, he nods for them to come over. He says he couldn’t speak freely in his office as they disapprove of talk about the King. He says Aronov asked him to expedite things and gave him a diamond the size of a grape, that seemed like a fair trade. However that’s all he knows. He then heads back to his office.
Back on the train Henry and Abigail, once again start getting into the mood, when there’s another knock on the door and the soldier’s returned. Henry asks if the boy’s okay and the soldier says he’s resting comfortably, then backs out of the doorway and in his place stands the King.
Henry apologizes and they both bow, but the King says you saved my son’s life I should bow to you. He then locks Henry in a very tight bear-hug. He says he doesn’t know how to repay them but at least have dinner with him and they smile and nod shyly. He claps his hands and about eight waiters enter the compartment, carrying trays of food and champagne.
Martinez calls Mike and asks if Lucas has identified the isotope and Lucas says its plutonium 210, Henry asks for the phone and asks what else was in his stomach, thinking he’s speaking to Lucas, but it’s Hanson who responds food. Lucas says it’s a stew with some gamey smelling meat, could be goat, Henry asks could it be yak and Lucas says he’s never had it, but sure. Henry then asks where a homesick man from Urkesh would get a great meal and Mike says A Taste of Urkesh, it’s on his credit card statement.
They head to the restaurant and asks the owner if he recognizes Aronov’s picture and he says no. Jo says he had lunch there two days ago, Henry asks him if he’s from Urkesh and the man asks what gave him away. Jo asks him his thoughts on the monarchy and the guy responds he’s an American he doesn’t think about the monarchy. Suddenly Henry’s Geiger counter starts buzzing as the metal bowl that the owner’s about to bring to the kitchen still has trace amounts of plutonium. Jo says he’s coming downtown.
Hanson and Martinez conduct the interview and Hanson says he knows the guy hated the monarchy, just admit that he poisoned him. The guy says if he knew it was Aronov he wouldn’t have poisoned him, that’s what women do, he would have stabbed him in the heart and told him to rot in Hell. Jo asks then who poisoned him and he responds, want you start with the young girl he had lunch with, maybe his mistress, green-eyes American accent. He says she was happy at first then got mad, started yelling and stormed out saying she was going back to her cage.
Back at the lab, Morgan examines the body with a blacklight and sees a temporary tattoo of a birdcage. Lucas tells him it’s the hottest club in town, called the Gilded Cage and he got turned away the week before. Jo asks Henry if he wants to go clubbing and off they go.
The hostess recognizes Aronov’s picture immediately, says they don’t get a lot of old people in the club, the apologizes to Morgan and Martinez. They ask if she knows a green-eyed girl he kept company with and she points to their cocktail waitress Lydia at the bar.
Turns out Lydia’s Armen’s illegitimate daughter given up for adoption and raised in foster care. He started coming in a few months ago, buying a soda nursing it all night then leaving huge tips. Then he told her and she was elated, he said it was a mistake to give her up and she’s special.
But the other day he started talking crazy, saying he was a King and he wanted to take me to his country and he had all sorts of presents for her there. Then he pulled out a diamond, but she knew it was too big to be real. Henry tells her everything her father said was the truth and she says, well now I’m an orphan again and has to go back to work.
Henry gets back to Abe’s shop and Abe’s on Skype, talking with his cousin from Scotland, Lachlan. Abe can barely understand his cousin, who’s a bearded red-headed giant sheep-herder. He says cheerio and has to get back to his sheep. Henry says he feels bad that he never had Abe interact with the Morgan family relatives and Abe says when your father’s immortal, family reunions are hard to pull off.
We flash back to 1955, and see Abigail’s sound asleep at the foot of the bed as the King says she’ll get upset that he bored her to sleep on her wedding night. Henry says they got married ten-years before, but this was the first chance for a Honeymoon. The King asked if children got in the way and Henry chuckles and says yes, one, our son Abraham. The King takes a ring off his finger and says a present for young Abraham, my father gave me this ring and his father to him, starting with the first of our line.
Henry says no you should give it to your son and the King says he doesn’t want to burden him, that’s why they’re on this trip to get his son out of Urkesh. He says I don’t want my son to be a King, I want him to feel free to do as he pleases. Henry asks the King what about him and the monarch says he’ll go back and face his fate. (He and the whole Royal Family got killed, only Armen survived.) He then wishes Henry and his wife luck and says good night.
Henry, Jo and Mike arrive at Mrs. Aronov’s apartment and Hanson doesn’t exactly handle the questioning all that diplomatically. First he asks if she’s aware his husband stepped out on her. She says it was 25-years ago, when she found out she couldn’t get pregnant she went into a deep depression. As she’s talking the hand holding the teacup shakes badly, which Morgan notices. Hanson then asks about her husband’s illegitimate daughter, which she had no idea about. Then Mike asks her if she killed her husband to stop him from taking his daughter to Urkesh?
Mrs. Aronov rightfully explodes, she says in another life she would have been a queen, does this look like a palace? She says she married Armen only for love, then pulls out a fistful of diamonds and asks if he thinks she’s worried about money. Then she blacks out and falls to the floor. Henry realizes she’s gotten poisoned. and pumps her stomach with a length of tubing. She survives the experience.
Jo and Hanson check the lock on the back door and note it got cut by bolt-cutters, there’s also ink all over the lock as the person who broke in had ink all over their hands and it’s the same shade as the ink at the consulate. Henry says it’s the person that stamps the visas at the consulate.
They head to the consulate but Dasha refuses to cooperate, he says he wishes he could help them just like the American girl who came in that day, claiming to be Aronov’s daughter. Morgan walks out, but Dasha says to Martinez she’s forgetting her paper, she picks it up and it has the employee’s file and picture in it.
They call Lydia and tell her to lock all the doors and windows, but it’s too late, the employee’s already inside. He starts strangling Lydia, but suddenly a baby cries. He says you have a child, she tries to stop him but he knocks her out with a punch to the head. He walks into the infant’s room pulls out a pistol and is ready to shoot him, when Martinez and Morgan burst in.
Henry puts the baby in the bathtub while Jo and the man exchange gunfire, Lydia becomes conscious, sees the guy warns Jo and Lydia’s shot in the abdomen, then Martinez kills the gunman. Henry rides in the ambulance alongside Lydia and she says she doesn’t want her son to grow up an orphan like she did. Henry looks at her and says courage, you’re the daughter of a King.
Lydia, survives the gunshot and Jo takes care of her baby while she recovers, Henry and her babysit at the hospital for about four hours and Henry heads home exhausted.
When he gets home, Abe’s little-kid happy at his newest discovery, he found an ancestor and asks Henry to guess who. Henry says he’s far too tired for guessing games and Abe tells Henry, that Henry’s his ancestor. Henry’s Uncle Dennis fathered a child out-of-wedlock and so they share the same bloodline. Both are ecstatic.
A few days later Lydia wakes up in her hospital room to find Mrs. Aronov holding her son. The older woman says she hopes she doesn’t mind but he looks just like his grandfather. A new family’s born.
Henry’s voiceover as the episode concludes, summed things up well
The truth is each of us is related, it’s just a question of how far back you trace your family tree. Deep down, all of us have shared blood in our veins. And if we’re all related, then all of us have royal blood, which is why each son should be treated like a King and each daughter treated like a Queen. No matter how old our children may be.
The Story Continues Tuesday Night February 24, at 10:00 pm on ABC.
This year the date of February 3, might rival or surpass Valentine’s Day On February 14, in anticipation, as the ABC freshman series “Forever,” returns to the airwaves, coming back from the show’s hiatus. That alone would excite its zealous fan-base, however expectations are stoked, as the episode features the return of Dr. Henry Morgan’s stalker “Adam,” returning to New York City and Henry’s life. The man who lives under the guise of Dr. Louis Garber, a psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital in New York, shares Morgan’s gift/curse of regenerating after getting killed, however he’s stated that he’s walked the planet for 2,000-years.
Reports state that “Adam’s,” story will get featured more prominently in the second half of the season, as he attempts to become a mentor of sorts to Henry and we’ll gain greater knowledge of the character via his flashbacks of his 2,000-year journey. One question that I’m looking forward to learning the answer for, is how long has “Adam,” known that Henry was like him and exactly how he made his discovery.
The odds of two British ex-pats meeting in New York City’s likely very high for most of us, however logic tells us that the odds have decreased for these two men. If the lifespan of an average man of our era’s 70-years, then Morgan whose lived for 236-years, has lived three times as many years as an average person. “Adam,” living 2,000-years has lived nearly 30 times, the life expectancy of an average man. Factoring in all the traveling both men have done, the odds are far greater that “Adam” and Henry made contact during their lives. The questions that remain are when and how. It’s possible that “Adam’s” had Morgan in his sights for a century or more and just decided that the series pilot was the time to finally reach out to him.
Another question that I’m looking forward to having answered, is exactly why in the year 2015, Henry Morgan’s got such a dreaded fear about his secret getting discovered. We’re aware of the pain and punishment he went through after revealing his secret to his first wife in 1815. She committed him to an insane asylum and subsequently got transferred to a London prison. He also had valid reasons to keep his secret under wraps during the forties and throughout the next few decades, as not to disturb his family life with his wife Abigail and son Abraham.
Those reasons aren’t valid any longer for Morgan, we live in a far more enlightened society, than our ancestors lived during the early years of the 19th century. His wife Abigail’s gone and Abe’s now an elderly man in his seventies, looking for more like Henry’s father than his adopted son. Are his fears just paranoia, or do they have any validity? As the series resumes next Tuesday, my guess is a little of both.
No matter how long one lives, the traumas that Morgan went through after sharing his secret with his first wife would be tough to overcome. To feel his wife’s betrayal, to see the fear in the eyes of the woman who once loved him with all her being, along with his subsequent incarceration makes his fears universally understandable. However Henry, relies too much on logic in his existence, for him to believe in baseless fears.
He could easily prove that he’s telling the truth, by dying and then regenerating, so his fear isn’t of people believing he’s gone insane. However, there are some in our government and other governments through out the world, that would choose to imprison Henry, to poke and prod, try to come up with the thing that gives him immortality, then replicate it for their own use. There are also a miles long list of corporations, public and private that would love the chance to do the same things.
Does “Adam,” possess the same fears of being discovered? It’s tough to say at this point, while life’s still fun for Henry Morgan and his ego feeds on the compliments he receives and the looks of amazement he generates, I know that I’d feel the same way under those circumstances. However “Adam’s” jaded and bored with life being around ten times longer that Morgan’s existed, so perhaps he’d be amused with being a lab rat. However I don’t believe that “Adam’s,” going to threaten to blow both their covers.
Life at this point means little to “Adam,” it must have been a gas at first; getting eaten by a lion in the Roman Coliseum, coming back the next day to the Roman Emperor and saying Hi Pal. He likely would attain God status and live like a king until the Empire collapsed. He could have gotten some kicks during the Spanish Inquisition and the Salem witch trials, freaking some of those folks out. Maybe he even pulled a trick or two on Adolph Hitler. However as B.B. King sings, “The Thrill Is Gone.”
Life however has little meaning for Henry’s stalker, so he felt no remorse with his killing spree to gain Morgan’s attention, causing Henry to take the first life of a fellow human during his time on the planet. The incident’s caused agonized feelings of remorse, as well as anger and hatred towards “Adam,” for manipulating Henry so well, a fact that Morgan’s deeply embarrassed about.
At least some of these questions should get answered in the upcoming episode, an important episode for two different reasons. The first reason pertains to the series’ storyline and how the rest of season one starts to play out. The second reason’s equally important, to send a message to the ABC network to #RENEWFOREVER for a second season. Despite the shows zealous, rabid, fan-base, the network’s yet to decide the fate of the series for a second season, a move the network should have finalized months ago. The only problem with the show is its time-slot, being stuck on Tuesday nights at 10:00 pm, a night owned by CBS. That fault lies on the network itself, run it at 10:00 pm on Sunday nights, as they did with the dreadful series Resurrected and they’d have a Quality Top-Ten Nielsen-rated show.
I’ve written previously that Forever’s the best new series of this season, no small statement given the competitions quality, many that we Recap at Not Just Another TV Site. The acting’s among the best on the medium, starting with the wonderful regular cast, radiating down to the smallest guest role. It’s not exploited the character’s ability to regenerate after death, using it tastefully and when needed. Instead it’s relied on a far superior component of the story, the flashbacks as we witness what Henry Morgan’s seen in the last 200-years. The show’s creator Matt Miller’s taken a clever concept, presented as a Quality story, gaining a very dedicated, intelligent, audience in the process. He’s also a truly nice guy, as he sent me a Facebook message, following a previous story, a gesture that shows he appreciates those who support his show and personally meant a lot to me.
Our Mission Statement’s to bring our readers Quality Programming and Forever’s near the top of that list. There are some excellent shows on Television currently, a point in time that we may look back at someday and compare it to the great era under NBC in the eighties, or the groundbreaking era for CBS in the seventies. The Television pie’s far more sliced up in 2015, than it was in those earlier eras, many of the mediums best shows are telecast on Cable Outlets. However the Original Three Networks can still provide great TV, as NBC proves with “The Blacklist,” CBS shows with “Person Of Interest” and ABC does with Forever.
During the eighties, NBC showed patience with “Hill Street Blues,” the series that went on to set the standard for all future shows about the police and dramas in general. In the seventies, CBS took a huge risk in airing a very controversial comedy “All In The Family,” then had patience until it found its audience and it went onto rule the Nielsen Charts for a long stretch. ABC can do the same thing by renewing their first year series, this show has far too many stories to tell to cut its wings this early.
Forever Returns Tuesday February 3, at 10:00 pm on ABC.
Since “Not Just Another TV Site,” started publishing, we’ve had the pleasure of recapping some tremendous shows and incredible events. We recapped, the final season of what I believe will be celebrated in the future as one the finest examples of “short-form Television,” when the HBO Original Series “The Newsroom,” completed it’s run. We recapped the bounce-back season for the Showtime series “Homeland,” as the show recovered from sticking with the Brody story-arc, a season too long. We witnessed our readers get caught up in the murder of a 12-year-old boy, in a Northern California, fishing village in “Gracepoint.”
What may come to a surprise to many of you, is the recap that’s received more hits than any other, by a very wide margin. It’s acquired 40% more readers than the runner-up, yet according to the Nielsen Ratings, the show has no business being our most widely read recap. We entitled the recap, “Forever: Sax Player’s Song Costs Son His Life,” however the title it aired under, was 6AM. The Forever episode about Jazz sax player Pepper Evans and the song stolen from him, still receives double-digit hits daily, more than two-months after it aired.
I’ve made no attempts to hide the fact that I’m an unabashed fan and proponent of the freshman ABC series “Forever,” since seeing the show’s pilot online, before the start of the 2014-2015 TV season started. There have been many new shows, that I’ve turned off after ten-minutes, never regretting the decision. Every so often, a show crosses my path, that shows me it’s got long-term potential, some fulfill their potential, while others fall short of the mark.
There have been very few times in my almost six-decades on this rock, that I’ve walked away from a pilot episode, thinking I love this show, Forever slipped quite comfortably into that category. It’s the first show that I’ve felt that way about since the debut of the now departed “The Newsroom.” I walked away from my laptop, telling anybody and everybody about this new gem of a series on ABC and after thirteen episodes, my affection for the show’s only grown stronger.
What’s the premise of the show you ask? Well let’s hear from the protagonist of the series, Dr. Henry Morgan: “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.”
We soon find out that Morgan, born in the final quarter of the 18th Century, got shot to death, trying to defend a slave on the ship he was the doctor of. However after his corpse, got dumped into the sea by the crew, Henry regenerated, coming back as healthy as before he got shot, but unfortunately stark naked, which causes problems from time-to time. Morgan’s gotten killed scores of times since the incident on the ship and every time, he bounces right back.
The show’s based in the present, as Morgan’s now a Medical Examiner for the NYPD, a brilliant man who keeps to himself. His assistant Lucas Wahl, idolizes him but he can’t even get his boss to compliment him, wanting Henry as a friend far exceeds his wildest dreams. Morgan’s become a Medical Examiner for many reasons, one being the study of death, in hopes that he can find a way to end his life.
The other reason’s more compelling for the viewers, Morgan’s become a Medical Examiner, to minimize his contact with living people. The man’s lived over 200-years and surely lost many near and dear to him over the years and he doesn’t want the pain again. However we find out that Morgan lives with a companion, a man in his seventies named Abe, portrayed by Judd Hirsch, in his finest performance since starring in “Taxi.” In fact Hirsch and the premise of the show, were what drew me into watching initially.
The only performance of the series lead Ioan Gruffudd’s, I’d witnessed, was as Reed Richard in Fantastic Four, a movie and a role that was underwhelming, to say the least. (Though he had a great American accent, I had no idea he was from the UK.) That barrier melted about ninety seconds into the pilot, as Henry Morgan’s a man of many complexities.
Henry meets two NYPD detectives in the pilot, that he’s destined to spend a lot of time with as Detective Jo Martinez and her partner Detective Mike Hanson check with Morgan about the autopsy of the subway operator, that allegedly died at the controls causing a major crash. If he had a heart-attack, it’s ruled an accidental death, if influenced by alcohol or drugs, it’s murder. Henry tells Martinez that the operator died of poisoning.
If you’d like to read the entire recap, you can find it elsewhere on our site, however we do learn that Henry had a great love in the fifties, as we meet his young and beautiful wife Abigail and the feelings between them are palpable. However we’ve no idea of the fate of Abigail in the current time period, or what became of their great love.
Morgan helps Martinez capture the man who poisoned the subway operator and Jo asks him to accompany her on her next case as Medical Examiner and a friendship starts to flourish. However there was a scene that aired shortly before Martinez arrived at the shop, that elevated this show from good to great for me.
We get one final flashback; the year’s 1945 and Henry’s in Germany in a Red Cross jeep, as the war’s ending in Deutschland. A beautiful young blonde English woman asks Henry if he’s a doctor and we realize that this is the first time Morgan and Abigail met. He replies that he’s a doctor, and she presents him with an infant boy, imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, but except for the number tattooed on the baby’s arm, he’s in perfect health. We return to the present as Abe’s sitting in his shop and we see the same number tattooed on the old man’s arm, meaning Henry and Abigail raised him as their son. Henry kisses the old man on the top of his head and I was hooked-line-and-sinker.
Much of my day’s spent surfing the web, checking out fan sites on the shows we recap, to gauge the feelings of the fans. I also frequent the Facebook pages of the shows we recap and I’ve found, that I far prefer the fan-run pages, over those that the networks create. A fan who starts a Facebook page about a favorite show or personality, pursues a labor of love. Perhaps their efforts will get rewarded by a message from one of the show-runners or an actor, but they put the work into these pages, because it gives them a forum to gather and discuss aspects of a show they enjoy.
I had the good fortune to discover and get accepted to a Facebook forum, called the “Forever (ABC) Fan Page,” about a week ago and the page and it’s members are fantastic. The Page has about five Administrators, ranging across the United States and one from Scotland. Each member who joins the page, gets welcomed by the page and at least a few of the other members. The tone of the page’s inclusive and friendly, I’ve yet to see any negative feedback, or sniping between members, something that’s usually a given in these forums. These folks do such a great job, they recently got Forever creator Matt Miller to join their ranks. (Which speaks well for Miller also, as he’s interested in what the fans have to say about the show he created and birthed.)
Sometime last week, one of the page’s Administrators Tonya Lindsey, approached me to write an article about the letter campaign, started by two other huge fans of the show, who also host Facebook pages for Forever, Lin Blank and Deb Servey, with hopes that they can convince ABC to renew Forever for a second season, a move that should have happened already in this writer’s opinion. I decided to ask for input from the Page members, about why the show should receive a second season and the results were overwhelming. People from across the country, explaining why this show has become an important part of their week.
Certain topics seem mainstays of most of the comments, the quality, of the acting, writing, directing and production are almost universally praised, as are the characters themselves who’ve become people that the fans want to spend time with, every week. The contrast between what’s occurring in Morgan’s present, against the backdrop of what he’s experienced being on earth for over 200-years. They love the relationship between Henry and Abraham and the burgeoning friendship between the Medical Examiner and Detective Martinez. There’s also huge interest in finding out more of Morgan’s stalker, the man who identified himself as Adam and claims to have walked the earth for two-thousand-years who’ll return in the next episode, airing February 3.
Forever’s able to combine so many facets into 54 minutes each week; An Epic Tale of a man whose experienced over 200-years of evolution, tales of great love between men and women plus parents and children. Henry wasn’t born with the Holmes-like powers of observation he has, however he’s bright enough to realize by being observant, the same clues can help him down the line. Incorporating the flashbacks, is one of the aspects of the show I enjoy the most, whether it’s young Abraham leaning how to “Jazz-Up Chopin” or Henry getting water-boarded (Hydro-Therapy) in 1815. My initial fear was that show would rely too much on Henry getting killed and regenerating, but so far they’ve used it in a limited basis, which keeps the concept fresh when they utilize it.
The bond between Henry and Abe, which has somewhat reversed over 60-years, with the father becoming the son and vice-versa. And Morgan opening himself up to having friends in the present, with Lucas, Jo, Mike and Lt. Reece. If that’s not enough, we have a “BIG BAD” whose lived ten times longer than Henry. No wonder he’s jaded and bored, the thrill of feeling special when he impresses others that Morgan still receives, must have left him centuries ago. The show-runners have announced we’re going to see “Adam’s flashbacks” and he’s going to attempt to endear himself to Henry and become a mentor of sorts!
There are more than enough shows that cater to the Lowest Common Denominator, the Prime-Time schedule works out to 21-hours each week, on the three original broadcast networks and what few outstanding shows on the small-screen, usually end up competing against each other. Forever’s a perfect example as it takes on Person Of Interest on CBS, another one of the mediums finest shows and a perennial top-20-show. I happen to count both shows among my favorites.
ABC doesn’t have a strong record supporting “High-Concept Shows,” with “Flash Forward,” “No Ordinary Family” and the reboot of the series “V,” leaving the shows fans with major unresolved conflicts. The networks have to possess the intelligence, that situations like those, will make viewers more reluctant to try new shows, afraid of being left in the lurch once again.
My Friends Della and Troy, who host a weekly podcast called Forever Fan Podcast, sent me some documents last week, from Thomas Richard who runs a site named Television Town, stating that while Forever’s scoring higher ratings, than previous shows that filled that time-slot for the network, the numbers haven’t convinced ABC, that the show deserves to get renewed. However, he does believe a strong outcry from the show’s fans, could get Forever a second season.
So, how can you help? Well there are a couple of things you can do; first of all you can write a letter to the network. You can reach them at ABC Entertainment C/O Forever 500 S. Buena Vista St Burbank, CA 91521-4551.
Secondly, you can sign the petition, started by Forever Page Member Abigail Bricker. In the comments section make sure you write #RENEWFOREVER.
Lastly, support the show and tell your friends, they’re missing one of the best examples of “Quality Television,” in this era.
The Story Continues Tuesday, February 3, at 10:00 pm on ABC.
When we last saw Doctor Henry Morgan, Medical Examiner for the NYPD, he was coming to grips that for the first time in his over 200-years on this planet, he killed another human being. Morgan had to kill the psychopath that broke into Abe’s shop, or risk both his and Abe’s life, but the man he stabbed was not Henry’s immortal stalker as he believed. Morgan got set up by his stalker to kill this man, as the stalker pulled all the strings. We found out in the closing seconds, that Morgan’s stalker, is Bellevue psychiatrist Dr. Louis Garber, who treated both Morgan and the psychopath. He told Henry he was leaving town for a while but looked forward to talking upon his return.
As the ABC series “Forever,” returned to the airwaves, after being off for the holidays, the episode opens at a restaurant as veteran actor William Baldwin, sits at the head of a table with three more men a woman, who all look like investment brokers. The camera pans to one of the waiters, whose father owns the restaurant and he’s just staring at the table. His father comes over and chastises his son Jason from staring at the customers. The son tells his father the man at the head of the table’s Oliver Clarion, CEO of Clarion Capitol Investments, a firm he’s sent his resume to ten times.
Jason goes over to the table and asks Clarion if everything’s okay and the CEO responds, everything’s excellent. Jason says but it could be better right? How about instead of handing you your bill, I give you a hot stock tip. Clarion laughs and says to tell him what he’s got. We see a graphic stating it’s five-years later, and we hear Baldwin say this kid told him about a Chinese company that produced computer chips and five years later it’s made $83 million for the company. Jason’s dream came true, he’s working for Clarion and Oliver says that Jason’s like a son to him. He then says he spoils his kids and throws Jason the keys to a brand new Aston-Martin. We see Jason and his girlfriend making out in the car.
The next thing we see is Jason’s dead body the following morning, there’s a police team investigating along with a different Medical Examiner than Henry, although Detective Jo Martinez and Morgan’s assistant Lucas Wahl are on hand. The M.E. says the victim showed signs of being intoxicated, he jumped on the rail of the barrier and fell into the river and drowned. Lucas asks if he drowned why aren’t his hands wrinkled. The Medical Examiner tells Jo he’ll have his report complete by the following morning, Martinez asks him why the victim would jump on the rail and the doctor responds the why is her job. She clearly doesn’t like this guy and Lucas feels the same and asks if she misses Henry?
It’s been three-weeks and two-days since they lost saw Henry, as he still hasn’t recovered from the shooting. He’s in the basement doing an autopsy on a rat, when Abe walks in. Abe asks him when he’s going back to work, that he’s had enough time to adjust and he had to kill the man as it was self-defense. Now we find out that it’s not just the trauma of killing another person, that’s bothering Morgan, it’s the fact that his stalker manipulated him and he won. Abe says the only way he wins, is if Henry remains a hermit. The phone rings and Abe answers to find it’s his old war buddy Marco and he’s Jason’s father. Abe says he’ll be right over, then tells Henry that was Marco’s only child, it’s hard to imagine how that must feel for him.
The following morning the other M.E. meets with Martinez and Wahl and says his final ruling’s accidental death by drowning. Right then Henry walks into the room, says he examined the body earlier that morning and he found too many inconsistencies, to agree with that. The other doctor says to Jo she has a choice accept his report and be done with the case or work with Henry and deal with paperwork and insanity, she chooses insanity.
Morgan and Martinez interview Marco and he tells them ever since Jason joined Clarion Capitol, he changed. His whole life and culture were built around money, that’s not the life he wanted Jason to have. He says he can’t help but think if he had stayed at the restaurant, he’d be alive now. Then he looks at Henry and says he couldn’t protect his son which is a father’s job.
Which sends us on our first flashback of the week, to 1965, as Henry’s wife Abigail worriedly shows Henry that the letter from the Draft Board came for Abraham. Abraham then enters sees the notice and asks if his mother’s excited to have another soldier in the family. Henry responds neither of them are and they have to sit down and talk about it, but Abraham says it’s his decision.
Jo and Henry head to Jason’s apartment and meet his girlfriend Hannah, whose filled with grief. She told them that Jason dropped her off early and told her he was going to enjoy his new car. Henry’s pounding on the floor with his feet, then compliments Hannah for the floor, its white oak, just like the slivers that were found under Jason’s fingernails. He stomps some more, then finds a hiding spot under the floor board, about a hundred grand in cash and a strange shaped key. Jo asks if Hannah knows anything about this and she says no and one hundred grand’s a small sum for them.
The pair then head to Clarion Capitol, and check out Jason’s office, there’s another guy in their that believes Henry and Jo are the decorators he’s hired to redecorate what will soon become his office. He then puts Jason down for his taste, blaming his Brooklyn background. Martinez then identifies herself as a detective and says they’ve come to investigate Jason’s death, the other broker identifies himself as Val Kaplan and says he’ll get out of their way. Martinez sees blood on the carpet and Henry notices the lamp had fallen and says that a fight took place there.
They ask the receptionist to speak to Clarion, but she tells them he’s just about to have his daily pep-talk with his employees. He welcome all his employees from branches across the planet, that must receive a closed circuit feed and then eulogizes Jason, as his Green Beret, the top of his soldiers because he knew the magic word and asks what it is. The employees scream Kill, he gets them to repeat it a few times and then asks, or what to which they respond, Be Killed.
They meet with Clarion and he’s as full of himself as one could expect. He says that he needs to keep the atmosphere ferocious to keep his soldiers motivated. He then responds that many of Jason’s fellow employees, may have resented him and the bond the two men shared. He then says he needs to leave as he has a meeting.
The receptionist Melanie Fontana, tells them that Oliver said to feel free to talk to anyone, Martinez responds she’s not done talking with Oliver. Henry sneakers under Melanie’s desk and ask if she has a long commute, she tells him yes she lives in Brooklyn, near where Jason grew-up. She says they used to joke that they had broken out, then says Jason was a good egg, Henry then asks if she knows anything about the blood on Jason’s carpet.
Jo catches up with Clarion at the elevators and asks about the blood, he says Jason fought with some guy he grew up with. Melanie gives Henry the guy’s name Kevin Cracciola and the address of the body-shop he owns. Morgan heads home and tells Abe the update, but Abe wants him and Henry to visit the guy right then, he tells Henry he wants to help. Henry gives him the strange shaped key and Abe says he knows just the guy to solve this.
The next morning Abe walks into a locksmith’s store and the older man behind the counter stares at him with ice-cold eyes, calls him Abe The Knave and says he doesn’t deal with guy’s that steal an Army buddy’s girlfriend. Abe tells Jerry Charters, the locksmith he needs his help to help Marco and tells Charters that Jason got murdered. Jerry tells him it’s a key to a humidor and to leave it with him and he’ll find out what the key fits.
Meanwhile Martinez and Morgan are at the body-shop talking to Jason’s friend Kevin about the fight. He asks if Jason’s pressing charges and Jo tells him that Jason’s been murdered. As she questions the suspect, Henry looks around the shop and soon calls over Jo, he’s seeing pieces of an Aston-Martin all over the shop, they’ve chopped Jason’s car down and are using it for parts, like the Aston-Martin engine that Kevin put into the Impala, he’s trying to escape in. Henry runs to the street and stands straight in the car’s pathway, Jo knocks him out-of-the-way just in time and Kevin crashes his car.
They bring him in and Martinez pulls Henry aside and asks about the stunt he pulled and Morgan responds he didn’t want him to escape. Jo tells him that’s not his job, but he says that the guy was “manipulating” them, same word he used when talking to Abe about his stalker.
They go in to question Kevin and he admits heisting the car, but he didn’t kill Jason. He waited in Kevin’s garage to get the hundred grand that Jason promised him, then some Aston-Martin pulled into Kevin’s parking spot so he took the car. But he says it wasn’t Jason who parked the car, after looking at photos, he identifies the guy as Val Kaplan. They head to the office and take him away in handcuffs.
Kaplan admits to Martinez that Oliver Clarion called him at midnight, that Jason’s body was in the swimming pool, he retrieved the body stuffed him in the trunk and dumped him near the river. Clarion assured him he’d take care of everything. Jo and Henry arrive at Clarion’s with a warrant and head to his indoor pool, filled with sea-water, Henry pulls the filter and sees the same ground glass found in Jason’s skull. Oliver says to Martinez he thinks he’s very smart doesn’t he, at that point her cell-phone rings, it’s Lieutenant Reece telling her and Henry to head to the station. Jo says Henry’s just found the murder weapon and the Lieutenant responds they have someone who admits to murdering Jason, Melanie Fontana. Clarion grins from ear-to-ear.
Abe and Jerry have located Clarion’s yacht, which holds the humidor and they convince the attendant that they service the humidor and their readings indicate the humidor’s far too moist and they need to reset it immediately, or all of Clarion’s cigars will become garbage. He then distracts the attendant as Jerry opens the humidor, finding a packet of financial records inside.
Martinez questions Melanie and she says Jason tried putting the moves on her and was smashed so he wouldn’t stop. She says he said the reason he wouldn’t be with him was she was sleeping with Oliver. She says it really ticked her off, so she threw a bottle of wine at him, hitting him in the head and he drowned, she didn’t mean to kill him.
Henry heads home to find the over the hill gang sitting at his kitchen table, Abe, Jerry and Abe’s accountant. Abe tells Henry there’s been a major break in the case, tells him they stole the documents and these are the real numbers, they’ve hidden from the SEC. Jason confronted him and Clarion killed him. The usually unflappable Morgan yells at the three old men that by stealing the documents they’re inadmissible in court and he has to call Martinez.
Jo gets the call, tells Henry she’ll call him back and tells Melanie that was a source from the SEC and they’ll soon file suit against Clarion Capitol. She asks Fontana how much Oliver paid him to confess, a million, five million. She then says the Government has forensic accountants who will find the money and she’ll have nothing, then starts to leave the room, but Melanie stops her. She says Oliver gave her 20 million it would get wired the next day.
At Clarion Capitol, the entire staff’s deleting files from computers, gathering all paper documents and Oliver’s in his office smashing a hard drive. The FBI, Jo and Henry enter the offices and the Federal Agents tell everybody to put down their boxes and stand at their desks. Henry realizes Clarion’s in the second floor parking garage and goes after him, Jo realizes what Henry’s done and heads to the garage. Clarion’s heading straight for Morgan when Jo starts shooting at the car and Oliver gives up.
Henry sits and talks with Marco, Jerry and Abe at the house and Marco thanks Henry for all his work. Henry responds that he’s heard Marco’s a big reason why Abe made it home safe from Vietnam. He flashback to 1965, as Henry and Abigail bid Abraham farewell as he’s about to get on the bus to boot camp. As he gets into line, the guy ahead of him introduces himself as Marco and Abraham tells him his name’s Abe. Marco asks are you scared and they both nervously chuckle. Marco says he’s from Brooklyn so he’ll be okay then tells Abe to stick with him, he’ll take care of him.
Later that evening, there’s a knock at the shop’s door and it’s Jo, Henry lets her in and asks if she there to tell him she no longer wants to work with him? She says just the opposite but they’ve both gone through the same experience recently and she tried too hard when she first came back on duty, comparatively to him standing in front of speeding cars. Henry needs to take it one day at a time and she’s there for him. They then go to check on another homicide.
The Story Continues Next Tuesday at 10:00 pm on ABC.
After a one-week hiatus, the ABC series “Forever,” returned to the airwaves on Tuesday night, with an episode that pushed all the right buttons; a murder in which the spotlight shown on numerous suspects, a flashback to the year 1957 and an ending that left viewers with their mouths agape and wishing they broadcast the next episode immediately. The main theme of this installment, resonated strongly with Dr. Henry Morgan, as the victim had reinvented himself from a working class guy born in Oklahoma, to a member of English nobility. Morgan’s quite familiar with reinventing one’s identity, a process he’s undergone perhaps dozens of times in his over 200-years on this planet.
We start out a nouveaux-rich mansion, where we see a banquet’s about to take place. We focus on a young couple, discussing the affair, the man whose the intended groom complains that the party’s not the intimate little gathering that her father promised. The bride to-be, Emily Sontag, tells her British fiancée Colin, that the word intimate doesn’t exist in her dad’s vocabulary. Colin then says instead of getting married at his family’s castle in England they should elope, but Emily’s pining for her royal-wedding at the castle, he reminds her he’s a viscount, nobility not royalty. Colin seems nervous, as if things aren’t what they appear to be.
Emily’s father Norman Sontag, a self-made man, who owns a textile-mill in New Jersey, retains his blue-collar demeanor as Colin thanks his future father-in-law for the lovely event. Sontag says wait until you see the wedding, my little princess deserves a castle and you’ll provide that right? Colin once again looks uncomfortable as the scene ends. Turns out Colin had reasons to feel uncomfortable as he’s found dead in a Central Park fountain the next morning.
Detectives Martinez and Hanson are on the scene and Hanson says this case seems tailor-made for Henry, but Jo tells him that it’s Henry’s day off. At that moment Morgan and Abe, are eating Sunday breakfast and Abe’s scouring the obituaries, looking for possible antique owners. His face shows some pain and he says oh no, turns out his best friend when Abe was 12-years-old, Lyle Ames just passed away. Henry barely remembers the name and Abe tells him they were friends when the family lived on 69th and 2nd.
The phone rings and Henry answers it to find Jo on the other end, telling him they’ve got one of his, an English Aristocrat with ties to royalty, after checking with Abe, Morgan tells Martinez he’ll be right there. When he arrives we find Colin’s suffered a severe blow to the back of his head, and an even deeper gash to his carotid artery. But as Henry investigates the victim’s remains, he realizes that Colin’s not a viscount, he’s an out-and-out phony. When they get back to Henry and Lucas’ office, we’re informed Colin was actually an American as Henry’s determined by the shape of his soft palate. It indicates that he spoke like most Americans do.
Henry then examines the victim’s suit and notices a special stitching technique, used by just one tailor in New York City, Morgan’s personal tailor Arturo. The pair travel to see Arturo and he recognizes Colin as a regular customer, who always paid in cash and picked up all his suits but one, the tuxedo for his upcoming wedding. He directs them to the Wedding Registry on the second floor.
The events of the case cause Morgan to flashback to 1957, when Henry his wife Abigail and 12-year-old Abraham, lived in that apartment on 69th and 2nd, as Henry’s attempting to add some grey to his temples, to make him appear that he’s aging. Abigail makes fun of him, but Henry’s concerned someone will find out about his secret and they’ll need to move again. Abigail assures them that they’re perfectly safe and nobody’s going to out him.
They meet the head of the Bridal Registry, a young English woman named Patricia Bedard, who seems quite taken aback when she hears of Colin’s murder. She gives Martinez the information on Emily Sontag, but Henry notices bumps on a bike-messenger’s calves and follows him out to the street. The guy realizes Morgan wants something from him, then Henry asks if he can have a closer look at the messenger’s legs. The guy’s about to start beating on Henry, when Jo arrives and flashes her badge, then Morgan tells her, this man has the same marks found on Colin. The messenger says it’s referred to as chain-burn and it’s a common hazard in his profession. Henry produces the picture of Colin and asks the messenger if he recognizes him, but he probably knew him with blonde-hair. The messenger looks for a few seconds and that look of recognition flashes in his eyes, he says the guy’s Dwight Diziak, whom he used to work with until about a year-ago, when he just vanished.
We find out that Dwight’s from Oklahoma, got pushed from foster home to foster home as a kid and has a criminal record. They decide to reveal all this information to Emily when they talk to her, to see if she could’ve been involved in the con. Sontag’s clearly distraught over his death and seemingly shocked by the scam he was pulling. She’s got a doorman and security footage to verify she never left her apartment the night before.
Abe’s getting dressed in his best suit and it turns out he’s heading to Lyle Ames’ funeral and would like Henry to join him as his wing-man, apparently there’s a woman from his childhood he expects to be there. Morgan’s rather appalled at the idea that Abe would use a funeral as a pick-up spot and declines going. He instead heads back to the lab and Lucas found some ripped paper in Dwight’s suit pocket, he pieced it together and it was a torn-up check for a million dollars to Colin from Norman Sontag. Lucas comments on how hard a life one would have constantly looking over their shoulder. That in turn sends us back to 1957.
Abigail and Henry are walking in Central Park and Morgan’s enjoying the changing of the seasons and the crispness in the air. His wife responds, that it’s a sign that everyone aged a year, including him, then laughs at him as his grey hair is now on his shoulders. A man with a crutch looks at Morgan with recognition and Abigail kisses her husband, as she heads off to her shift at the hospital.
As Henry prepares to head home, the man shouts out Dr. Henry Morgan and Morgan turns around. The guy looks him straight in the eyes and says it sure is you, I saw you get hit by an artillery shell on Normandy, I was standing right next to you and my leg got wrecked by a piece of it, but you look a lot better than me. Henry tries a lousy American accent and says you got the wrong guy, but the veteran shouts after him that Morgan’s the most authentic looking ghost he’s ever seen.
Martinez and Morgan head to Norman Sontag’s mansion and he’s just ripping Dwight from stem-to-stern, calling him a sociopath and other terms of endearment. Henry asks how Sontag hurt his back and the factory-owner says he threw it out playing golf. They then asks when was the last time he saw Dwight and Sontag says as the party concluded, which was about 10:00 pm, then makes some reference that the young man was a native of Oklahoma. Jo asks how he knew that, as they didn’t tell him or his daughter that. Henry then realizes Dwight came back, Norman threw him up against a wall, but the younger man in better shape knocked Sontag onto his desk, hurting his back in the process. He then pulled his seven-iron from the golf-bag next to his desk and whacked Dwight in the head with it. Sontag says he needs to speak to his lawyer and the three head to the station.
Sontag’s corporate attorney Peter Guzik, gives Morgan and Martinez, a typed out scenario of what Sontag admits to doing. The factory-owner says that Dwight returned two hours later, confessed to the entire scam, but he’d fallen in love with Emily. He doesn’t want any money or property, he’s just going to admit to Emily what he did and beg her to forgive him and marry him. He then said that Diziak left the house bloody, but alive.
Back at square one, Henry notices the catalog from the store that Arturo works at and includes the Bridal Registry and realizes that all of Dwight’s clothes come from that store. Jo theorizes perhaps he had a Henry Higgins, as she played Eliza Doolittle in a school production of My Fair Lady. They get records of the purchases and they were all bought with Patricia Bedard’s employee discount. Henry reminds that My Fair Lady’s based on Pygmalion, a story about a sculptor who makes the perfect statue and fell in love with it. Dwight was Bedard’s Pygmalion, she called off from work and she’s not in her home when they raid the place. But they see all the evidence that links Dwight and Patricia in the con-job they were pulling and they believe she killed Dwight in a fit of jealousy. Seems logical, but we’re just at the 38 minute mark. Henry then says she hasn’t gone on the run as her pictures are still on her desk.
Which leads us back to our final flashback of the evening as Henry and Abigail gather their possessions, running from Henry’s past yet again. Abigail says she just needs to pack-up their pictures and they’ll be ready, Henry looks exasperated but she says in a serious tone, these can’t get replaced. She then asks Henry if he’s told Abraham they’re moving and Morgan says he’s got a friend over and didn’t want to bother them. He enters the room to see his son and another boy under a tent, they fashioned out of a blanket each holding flashlights. The other boy asks Abraham to tell him about it and he says it’s the best day of his life. The other boy says he can’t wait until he gets his first kiss and Abraham says, don’t worry Lyle, it’ll happen soon. Then Lyle says Fawn Mahoney’s a “Real Tomato,” and Abraham says that’s she his, he’s going to marry that girl someday.
Henry arrives at the shop just as Abe’s leaving for the funeral and Henry tells him that he’ll play wing-man, a first kiss is really special and it’s his fault they moved. When we arrive at the cemetery, it suddenly becomes apparent that Fawn Mahoney’s the widow of Lyle Ames and Abe’s going to attempt to hit on her right then. Henry’s disgusted but then sees Emily Sontag and Peter Guzik walking from another plot and he surmises it’s Dwight’s funeral that day as well. However then he sees Patricia and tells Abe they need to follow her, Abe gives his card to Fawn’s grandson and tells him to tell her it’s from an old friend.
Bedard’s captured and admits that she and Dwight were in on the con together and in love, but he came back from getting assaulted by Sontag and told her the con’s off, that he’d fallen in love with Emily and that he was heading to her to confess all and hope she’d still marry him. She asks where they found his body and she tells them that’s the spot he proposed to Emily.
They head to the spot and Lucas and Henry reenact the crime and realize that Emily’s far too small and light to have killed him with the gold tipped pen, they realize was the murder weapon, which for those of you not counting at home, leaves us one suspect, Sontag’s attorney Peter Guzik. Martinez brings Emily in for questioning and tells the lawyer they found the murder weapon. The plan worked and they smoked him out as he dug up the pen and they witnessed then arrested Guzik. He’d always been in love with Emily and apparently snapped when Norman told him what Dwight had pulled.
Abe’s in the shop with his back to the door, when he hears it open and shouts out we’re closed. A woman’s voice says Abraham and it’s Fawn Mahoney Ames, he says he’s surprised she remembers him and she replies he was the only other man she kissed besides her husband. Abe asks her if she’d like to have coffee and she reminds him she just buried her husband two days before. But she tells him she’s just 20-blocks away and sure, she’ll be back in the area soon.
Jo and Henry, satisfied having caught their man, and she tells him with great affection, that he’s the most perplexing man she’s ever met. He’s fanatically private, nearly a medical-savant and buys tailored clothes on a Medical Examiner’s salary. He says I might as well level with you, I’m Hank Morgan from Ohio. She laughs and he gets in a taxi.
The mood changes immediately, when we hear the voice of the driver, it’s Henry’s stalker “Adam,” the man who claims to have the same condition as Morgan but he’s two thousand years old. He then says buckle-up Doc, wouldn’t want you to get injured, automatically locks all the buttons and drives away.
The Story Continues Next Tuesday Night at 10:00 pm on ABC.
There are moments, events, in all of our lives, that haunt us all our lives, the pain doesn’t fade with time, or how successful we become, even the number of toys we acquire in our existence. In the middle of the night, when we’re alone with just our thoughts, those memories return, just as sharp and bright as the moment they occurred. For most of us, those moments involve minor transgressions, that we’ve never forgiven ourselves for. However there are some folks that we interact with daily, that hide heinous and unspeakable acts and eventually the guilt and weight of bearing that secret, overcomes them.
This week’s episode of the ABC series “Forever,” deals with that subject on a number of levels, involving the crime Detective Jo Martinez and New York City Medical Examiner Henry Morgan, attempted to solve, as well as secrets that Morgan and his companion Abe, keep from others. Henry, of course is used to carrying secrets, as he’s hidden the fact that he’s over 200-years-old from the world, except Abe.
The episode opens at a gala banquet, honoring a young selfless doctor, named Tyler Forester, awarding for his efforts in his free clinic, in the inner city and throughout the community. He’s introduced to the audience, by his best friend since they were nine-years-old, Carter Pilson, however Forester sitting at his table, looks more agitated than proud sitting at his table waiting to approach the dais. When Pilson introduces the doctor, he whispers in his ear to do the right thing, as he always does. The applause starts and Dr. Forester’s face fills the screen.
The next scene’s in a skid-row apartment in Harlem, the award-winning doctor’s apartment, who got killed shortly after the ceremony in his apartment, by a blow to the back of his head from the trophy he received. Detective Martinez and Doctor Morgan, investigate the scene, as Henry tells the detective that the apartment lock’s broken from the inside, so Forester likely knew his murderer and let him in his apartment. Martinez questions why Forester lived there, as his father’s a famous Wall Street Billionaire?
When they get the body back to Morgan’s office and examine Forester’s corpse, they’re shocked to see large Roman Numerals tattooed across his chest. They meet with Forester’s father, whose clueless about the tattoo, then tells the officers that his son distanced himself from he and Tyler’s mother, since he graduated high school. He wouldn’t accept their money, he got completely wrapped up in his work, even donated his meager salary to charities, some the Corporate Titan, never heard of. He then tells them to join him the next morning at his son’s memorial service, and possibly speak with others that knew Tyler better.
Morgan and Martinez arrive at the service and notice three young people, about Tyler’s age with the same class ring as Tyler wore. One, is Carter Pilson, who introduced Forester at his banquet, the other young man’s named Paul Gould, (whom Martinez believes looks high) and the young woman’s an attorney named Cassandra Mueller. All three were best friends with Forester in high-school and there’s a framed picture of the four of them at the memorial, dated June 10, 2005. Martinez and Morgan, start questioning Gould, after Jo identifies herself as a detective, but Gould’s pretty sketchy with details, to their questions. Mueller then approaches and asks if she can help them, and Martinez identifies herself, the attorney says she doesn’t think Mr. and Mrs. Forester would appreciate their presence and Morgan tells her, that Mr. Forester invited them to try to get answers. Cassandra then says she’s a lawyer and Martinez asks if Gould needs an attorney, but Henry spirits them out of there.
Back in the chapel, Pilson approaches them and apologizes for his friends behavior, and says they’re still shaken by Tyler’s death. Henry asks Carter if the date June 10, 2005, has any significance and Pilson turns ashen, says no and excuses himself. Henry realizes that the date on the picture’s the mirror opposite of the tattoo on Forester’s chest.
Mr. and Mrs. Forester got divorced five-years earlier, so she wasn’t present during the interview with Tyler’s father. She told Martinez and Morgan that her son changed irrevocably, after the summer of 2005, Tyler seemed haunted and always sad. He got accepted to Harvard and planned to go there, but after the summer went to State University and paid his own way.
Henry heads to Abe’s shop and asks him his deepest secret. Abe admits when he first opened the shop, he sold a fake antique for the price of a real one. He’s ashamed to this day, but without that sale, he’d gone out of business.
Back at the station, Jo and Henry find out, that they’ve recovered data from Tyler’s cellphone, specifically a rather cryptic video. The pair watch, as Forester apologizes to the parents of a Robert Meachem, for what “we,” did to their son, but stops talking when Paul Gould enters the frame. They put out an all points bulletin on Meachem and reported missing on June 12, 2005 and was never found.
Martinez and Morgan lead a search near where Meachem lived for his remains and Henry finds the spot, due to a particularly lush, young, tree. They find the bones and a DNA match confirms the bones are Meachem’s. Confronted with the evidence, all of Forester’s classmates admit to running over Meachem and burying him, but all three deny killing Tyler.
Henry and Jo meet with Meachem’s parents, who bring a photo of their son wearing a cap from the local service station, where they said he worked part-time and walked to the night he went missing. Morgan realizes that the owner of the gas station, witnessed the accident, had received payoff checks by Forester, (one of the unknown charities) and since Forester was going public the hush-money train, would stop running. He tried to convince to stay quiet and keep paying, but they argued and the station owner killed the doctor.
The pair head to the gas station, ask about Meachem and then ask to look at the owner’s bank records. He pulls out a drawer from his filing cabinet, but pulls out a pistol, shooting Morgan in the arm. Henry tells Martinez he’s fine and she chases the owner down but freezes with her gun and the two hold each other at gunpoint. Morgan tells the guy to shoot him instead and when he aims at Henry, Martinez shoots him and arrests him.
The Meachem’s are finally at peace knowing the fate of their son and Forester’s classmates will all serve time for their crimes.
The Story Continues Next Tuesday Night at 10:00 pm on ABC.