The Following Season 2, Episode 7 Recap
Joe Carroll meets a new cult.
Joe, Emma, and Mandy drive up to a camp hidden in a wooded area. Joe wants to meet with Robert, who visited him a few times in prison and is involved with this new cult.
A woman named Julia arrives with armed men and they all force Joe, Emma, and Mandy to un-dress inside the camp. She treats them like they are new recruits. It turns out Julia is married to Micah, the leader of the camp.
Joe and Micah meet. Joe asks Micah for help, but Micah isn’t too thrilled about having him at the camp. He tells Joe that he won’t be in charge here because it’s the ‘Micah show’. Joe humbly asks for refuge.
Julia gives Joe a lie detector test to see if he’s being truthful about wanting to start a new life at the camp. He passes the test but something has left Julia feeling unnerved.
In the evening there is a huge gathering at the camp. Joe, Emma, and Mandy are dressed in all white while the other cult members wear black robes and white masks. Emma is brought on a stage and restrained, and Micah cuts her wrists. Her blood drains into a cup and Micah drinks it.
Afterwards Julia meets with Joe and she tells him that Emma is still alive. Joe believes Emma was targeted in an attempt to weaken him, and Julia admits that she doesn’t trust him.
Agent Mendez finally believes Ryan’s assertion that Joe Carroll is alive. She also believes that someone in the FBI is tipping off Joe and that his DNA may have been swapped. Mendez tells Ryan that she doesn’t respect his reckless behavior and how it impacts the people he loves. She also tells him that he is still facing federal charges.
Mike tells Ryan that he is going home because he’s still having trouble dealing with the aftermath of Havenport and Deborah’s death. He says therapy hasn’t helped, and he almost killed Luke so it’s time for him to leave.
Max wants Ryan to stop hunting Joe Carroll, and he tells her that everything he has done so far (like not drinking alcohol and getting healthy) is to stop Joe.
Max is in a parking garage and she sees a father grabbing his young son. She runs over to help and the man dumps her in the trunk of his car with the help of his son. She was setup! Then Lily contacts Ryan to tell him that she has Max.
Ryan, Mike, and the FBI team check out surveillance footage and spot the car that abducted Max. Ryan goes to Luke to see if he knows who Lily would use to kidnap people. Luke says Lily has hired “The Huntsman”, a serial killer who chases prostitutes through the woods, kills them, and guts them. The FBI learn his name is Kurt and they find a location on him.
The FBI arrives at Kurt’s home to find his wife and his son. Ryan (correctly) guesses the son was at the parking garage when Max was abducted. Mike and Ryan restrain the little boy until he gives up information about Kurt’s whereabouts.
Max fights The Huntsman and escapes into the woods. He chases behind her as the FBI team shows up a few minutes later to find the small shed where she was being held.
Mike and Ryan run into the woods and Mike finds Max. Ryan finds The Huntsman and shoots and kills him.
The FBI crew returns to headquarters and Ryan sees a new video from Lily. This time she’s in a living room, and Mike recognizes it as his dad’s home. Mark is standing behind Mike’s dad, who is restrained in a chair. Then Mark slits the man’s throat. Mike cries as Ryan tries to console him, and Lily warns there are more surprises coming soon.
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Norma receives an automated call that Ms. Blair Watson has died. Norma asks Norman about Ms. Watson offering to drive him home. He doesn’t remember anything. Later, we see him crying at the funeral. He has her pearl necklace.
Bradley drives to a bridge and jumps into the water.
Skip 4 months later. (HAIM’s music is playing! The song is called “The Wire”)
The motel is very successful and Emma is still working there at the front desk. Meanwhile, Norman spends a lot of time in the basement with a dead beaver that he is preparing to stuff.
Bradley is in a mental hospital and Norman writes to her, but his letters are sent back to him, unopened. Bradley leaves the hospital but she seems angry and possibly medicated.
Norma is teaching Norman how to drive and he gets frustrated when she criticizes his driving. He stops at a cemetery to visit Ms. Watson’s grave and Norma accuses him of being ‘morbid.’ On their way home from the cemetery Norma sees a construction crew starting work on the new bypass. She vows to talk to the city council about it.
Bradley talks to Gil (her father’s boss) about the death of her father, Jerry. She wants to know who did it, and Gil claims he doesn’t know but then he menacingly asks Bradley if she wants to come inside his home and talk about it. She leaves and goes home, and then Norman stops by. He tells Bradley that he will always be around if she needs him, but she doesn’t respond and he leaves.
Norman goes to the cemetery again and sees a stranger looking at Ms. Watson’s grave. Norman takes a picture of the man and runs away from him.
At work, Gil tells Dylan to let him know if Bradley comes around. According to Remo, Gil and Ms. Watson were dating and then Gil found out she was sleeping with Jerry. Also, Ms. Watson was the daughter of the local weed family.
Norman tells Romero about the stranger he saw by Ms. Watson’s grave. He shows a picture of the man to Romero, who appears to know him. Then Romero questions Norman about Ms. Watson and his whereabouts on the night she died. It appears Romero suspects Norman was involved in her death.
Norma goes to her city council meeting and gets shut down by the president when she protests the bypass. She calls him a dick and blasts the town for their illegal activity that keeps it running. Everyone just stares at her and the meeting is adjourned.
Bradley and Dylan meet in secret. He tells her what he found out about Gil, Jerry, and Ms. Watson. He tells her to stop asking questions and move on. Bradley is also upset because Dylan doesn’t respond to her emails, and he tells her that Norman likes her and there are lines that you don’t cross.
Romero tells Norma about his earlier chat with Norman. She storms home and tells Norman that he is obsessed with Ms. Watson’s death and she doesn’t understand why. Norman tells her what really happened that night: He went to Ms. Watson’s home, she seemed attracted to him and she undressed in front of him. Then he blacked out and all he remembers is running home. Norman believes someone broke into the home and killed Ms. Watson while he was unconscious. Norma comforts him.
Bradley goes to Gil’s house and she begins to seduce him while asking questions about Ms. Watson’s relationship with Jerry. Then Bradley pulls a gun from her purse and shoots Gil in the head. Later she sneaks into Norman’s room and begs him to help her.
Season 2, Episode 5 REVIEW
– – Joe, Lily, Emma – –
The episode opens with Joe Carroll shaving his beard. Looking good! He shares a drink with Lily but they don’t talk about anything important.
Lily introduces Joe to the rest of the people living in her house. He seems surprised to learn about the twins, Luke and Mark. An angry Emma watches from the background, but she finally gets a moment alone with Joe. She asks why he never tried to find her, why did he abandon her and leave her all alone, why didn’t he tell her that he would fake his death? Joe says that he failed her and he is sorry, but Emma quietly walks away.
Once again the FBI works wonders with surveillance cameras, and they see footage of Ryan fighting Giselle, and then Max getting on the train. Now Agent Mendez wants the FBI to call local officials in Connecticut.
FBI learns about Judy in Arkansas, along with the missing pastor and the missing daughter, Mandy.
Joe and Emma meet up again, and he apologizes again. He asks Emma to trust Lily but Emma says ‘They are all crazy.’ Joe says he has a plan for them to start over. Meanwhile, Lily asks Mark to keep Emma busy. She wants to spend some time with Joe without Emma lurking around.
Mark takes Emma to a room where they can paint. Emma starts a portrait of Mark and then he walks over and strokes her face. She gently touches his face but then he freaks out and tells her that she can’t touch him without permission. Emma gets angry and tries to leave but finds that Mark locked them in the room.
Lily has kidnapped and sedated a young college woman, and she presents the woman to Joe as an offering. There are torture tools nearby. Joe is disgusted and walks out of the room.
Joe tells Lily that he will not be controlled. Then he goes to the room where the college girl is being held and he kills her. Afterwards he goes to Lily’s room and has sex with her.
Emma finishes her portrait of Mark, but a close look shows Mark’s body with Joe’s face.
– – Max, Ryan, and Gisele – –
Max follows Gisele off the train. Gisele calls Luke and tells him about Ryan and Max trying to detain her. She says she’ll hide out at the factory. He tells her not to worry and he’ll pick her up soon.
Ryan is driving to the station and tells Max to not follow Giselle. Of course Max doesn’t listen.
Ryan and Max corner Giselle and forcibly take her to a motel room. Ryan tells Giselle that she needs to start talking and give up Lily’s location. Giselle spits in Ryan’s face and he chokes her.
Max starts to call her FBI colleagues and then Gisele gives up the location of the factory, claiming that’s where Lily and the twins are. Max wants to be Ryan’s backup but he demands that she stay with Giselle and he’ll go alone to the factory.
Gisele is handcuffed, and she injures her hand as she forces it out of the cuff. She starts heading to the factory.
Luke arrives at the factory with one of the guys from Lily’s house. He engages in a shootout with Ryan. Ryan gets hit by a bullet and he kills Luke’s partner before running away.
Gisele arrives and meets with Luke. They run into the woods to track down Ryan and kill him.
Ryan finds a house where he can quickly nurse his wound but Luke and Gisele show up a little bit later. Gisele taunts Ryan and says she killed Max, and Ryan stabs her to death. Luke shoots after Ryan but he misses, and Ryan is able to escape while Luke mourns for Giselle.
Hi folks, here’s my review of season 2, episode 4 titled “Family Affair.”
We finish up the scene from the season 1 finale. Joe’s follower stabs Ryan and Claire, stabs Claire a second time and then Ryan kills her.
Mike Weston visits Ryan at the hospital and tells him that Claire died from her injuries.
– ONE YEAR LATER –
Ryan seems to be in good health. He’s going to AA meetings. We meet his sponsor, Barry, and another AA member, Melissa. He’s also a teacher.
His niece, Max, comes over to keep him company during the 1 year anniversary of Havenport/Joe’s death/Claire’s death. There’s a party with the niece, her boyfriend, Barry, and Melissa.
On a subway train three people in Joe Carroll masks appear and start stabbing and killing the passengers. One person yells, “The resurrection is coming! Joe Carroll lives! Ryan Hardy can’t stop us!”
Mike Weston is at home, far away from New York. He was suspended awhile ago, but Agent Phillips has asked him to come back to New York and investigate the subway killings.
A young woman, Heather, is walking to her apartment door and shares flirtatious glances with a young man hanging around. He strangles her to death and lays in bed with her.
– Flashback to 8 months ago, the last time Ryan and Mike saw each other – Ryan is drunk at the bar. Mike tells him Joey is safe with his grandmother in witness protection. It’s almost time to testify before the grand jury, and Mike begs Ryan to not talk, and just say “I don’t remember” to all of the questions.
Lily Gray survived the subway attack and she talks to the FBI agents, Mike, and Ryan.
Crazy guy cooks food and dances with Heather’s dead body. Wait…there’s two! He has a twin.
Emma is in New Jersey wearing a punk, multi-color hairdo and lip piercings. She’s stunned by the attacks.
At FBI HQ, Mike uses a body scan on the surveillance footage and IDs a guy named Carlos. Agents Phillips and Mendez are trying to get Ryan’s help but he is very resistant and he leaves.
Ryan sits down with Max and goes through his case notes. Looks like these two have been working for awhile to track down Carroll. Ryan finds some information about Carlos. Max locates his most recent home address and Ryan goes to pay a visit. He doesn’t call the FBI.
Carlos says Joe escaped unharmed from the lighthouse. He was going to drive Joe away but the police road blocks caused Joe to flee the car and go off into the darkness.
After a brief scuffle Carlos gets away from Ryan and runs to Giselle’s apartment. Ryan searches Carlos’ apartment and finds a playbill with Heather’s name circled on it. He calls Max and she tells him a young woman was found dead. Emma is following Ryan and she watches him leave the apartment building.
Mike confronts Ryan at the crime scene for secluding himself after the events at the lighthouse. Heather’s body is tied to a bench with a book taped to her hands, and she’s wearing a light white dress and red lips. This is a Claire-like character from Joe’s book.
The crazy twins (Luke with the slicked back hair and Mark with the bangs) visit Carlos at Giselle’s apartment. They are worried that Ryan found some incriminating evidence at his apartment. Turns out the twins are followers of Joe Carroll but they are leaders of a rogue group that has no connection to Emma and her people.
In the last scene we see Joe Carroll walk into a random prostitute’s home. A young girl in the house calls him ‘Darryl’. He lives!
This week’s Scandal: Sara Stanner and Murray Randall
Paparazzi arrive at home of Sara Stanner, who is accused of having an affair 15 years ago with Murray Randall. He’s Fitz’s Supreme Court nominee. Sara’s attorney has brought in Olivia!
Olivia, Abby, and Harrison head to Sara’s house. Sara confesses that everything is true- during the time Randall was her law professor, both were married and they had an affair.
Olivia sets up a press conference for Sara, and she publicly comes clean about the affair. She does this to put the heat on Randall. Cyrus sees the conference and he is livid. Olivia says Sara is her client, not Randall, and if his career tanks that is not her problem.
Cyrus leads a witch hunt against Sara, and Randall confesses the affair to Fitz. Sara almost gets fired from her CEO job for breaching her morality contract, but Harrison fights back and saves it.
Cyrus is celebrating because Randall has enough votes to secure his nomination. Mellie confronts him because she finds out Fitz is having secret, late night meetings.
It’s revealed that Sara and Randall continued their affair two years after it ended. Her husband wonders if he’s the biological father of their daughter, and now her job is in danger again.
Sara is depressed because she has to do a paternity test, and she said the affair wasn’t the biggest mistake. The biggest mistake was letting her husband believe a lie. Olivia knows the feeling, because she let Fitz believe a lie about how he became president.
Abby and Harrison talk. She says people betray others and are betrayed themselves and then they get over it. She says she understands now that Harrison is a gladiator first and a person second. Then she gets an idea to go around Sara’s morality clause. Although she has no evidence against any one on the board of directors, she pretends she does, and threatens to expose them. The board falls for the trap because they have their own indiscretions to hide, and Sara’s job is saved.
Olivia hands the paternity test results to Sara and her husband, but they refuse to read them. The media has now moved onto the hostage situation…
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Hostage situation solved…
Olivia’s at Jake’s office. She has to cancel their date, but she asks him about the Kashfari hostage situation. She hands him some information but says ‘Don’t tell anyone it came from me.’
Fitz is having a quiet meeting with Jake, but Jake exits through a side door when Cyrus and Mellie and the baby arrive. Cyrus goes in first and tells Fitz about the Randall scandal, and an annoyed Fitz tells him to fix it. Then Mellie tries to come in, but Fitz takes the baby and closes the door in her face.
Jake meets Olivia about the paperwork she gave him – dossiers on the people who were taken as hostages, which were prepared two weeks before they were taken. He wants to know where she got it, and is it legit. she tells him to trust her. A reporter snaps a picture of the two of them together.
Fitz finds out Olivia is representing Sara and tanking Randall’s career. Randall is losing support and will decline the nomination votes. Fitz calls Olivia and says she ruined him because she didn’t believe in him.
Jake goes to Fitz with intelligence of the hostages’ whereabouts. A team is waiting for his go signal. Mellie sees Jake leave Fitz’ office.
Fitz gives the go-ahead for the raid and the three hostages are found and rescued. Osborne (the mole) is stunned!
Jake sneaks into the home of the photographer who took pictures of him and Olivia earlier. He is masked, beats up the photographer, and deletes the images.
Jake goes to Olivia’s apartment and tells her the hostages are free.
Mellie goes up to Cyrus and says “Fitz isn’t cheating on me, he’s cheating on you.” And she hands him a photograph of Jake.
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Huckleberry Quinn & Osborne…
Huck and Quinn are following Osbourne to see if they can determine when he makes his drops as a mole.
Huck teaches Quinn a lesson. She follows Osbourne to a dry cleaners, and someone assists her. She has to give up her shirt so she won’t get made. Huck tells her she always needs to have the right props.
Huck takes Quinn back to the dry cleaners and she picks up Osbourne’s clothing. She finds $20,000 hidden in one of the pockets of his suits. She returns the clothing by pretending that she picked up the wrong clothes by mistake.
The guy who works at the dry cleaners sends a photo of Quinn to Osbourne.