The Following Recap: Lawman on the Lam

the-following-s1ep13 300The shine comes off two of Joe’s golden boys in this week’s The Following, which nevertheless ends with an event we’ve been waiting for for some time. And it looks like FBI Nick isn’t the follower many of us thought… but you never know. Let’s review what happened in “Havenport.”

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JIG’S UP | Once Mike recognizes that the Havenport sheriff is Roderick – the voice tips him off – he pulls a gun on the undercover follower. Roderick slips out a side door in the confusion that follows; the FBI soon discovers that the faux lawman is really Tim Nelson, a “golden boy” (like Jacob) who had Joe as his faculty advisor at Winslow. Roderick speeds over to Joe’s mansion, where he announces they’re “royally screwed.” (Exhibit A: his hair. It’s mussed in ways that can only foretell doom.) “It’s just a matter of time now. They will find us,” he says, quite agitated as he exhorts Joe to move everyone off the premises. When Carroll calmly says it’s “not time now,” Roderick questions whether there’s another plan in the works. The tone he uses with Joe is an interesting mix of devotion and mockery; it’s not surprising when his mentor grabs him by the throat and nearly chokes him to death. Roderick coughs, wretches and then screams, “You used me? You used me!” Kinda fun to see the whole nutty shebang begin to come apart, no?

DEFECTIVE DEFECTOR | Jacob runs in to alert Joe that Ryan’s giving a press conference. Hardy offers full immunity for the first Carroll follower to come forward and work with the FBI. Joe dismisses the move as theater. “The FBI are clearly desperate,” he reassures his flock. “We, on the other hand, are not.”

During all of the hubbub, Claire and Joey take a walk on the grounds. She drives home the point that although Jacob is her son’s “favorite,” they can’t trust anyone in the house except for each other. It’s OK, she adds, because they’re going to leave “real soon.” Well, one of you is! Roderick stealthily leaves the house, knocks Claire on her face and throws Joey in the backseat before speeding away in his cruiser.

Roderick stashes Joey somewhere, meets up with an old girlfriend (?) and forces her to drive him somewhere. They hit a roadblock and he calmly kills both of the cops working it; later, he’s about to kill her, too, when the FBI and local law enforcement swarm. His response? “I surrender.”

Back at the house, Claire is hysterical and runs to Joe, who swears he will fix the situation. (Does the show want me to giggle when he says things like “I am having a really bad day?” Because I always do.) He tasks Jacob, Michael and Ethan (don’t worry about figuring out whether or not you’ve seen the latter pair before; it won’t matter in a few) with bringing Joey home and killing Roderick. “Make him suffer if you can.”

LET’S MAKE A DEAL | Ryan doesn’t believe that Roderick has Joey, but a phone call to Joe confirms that the former sheriff’s “insurance policy” is the real deal. The acolyte demands a clear getaway if he gives them the kid, then whistles a jaunty tune as Ryan steps into the next room. Nick is adamant that they can’t give Roderick what he wants, but seems willing to brainstorm another way.

That’s why I knew straight off that Ryan sneaking Roderick out of the station wasn’t legit. But it’s good enough to fool the unhinged former sheriff, who doesn’t know that Mike is in the trunk and Debra and Nick are following close behind. Roderick brings Ryan to a home where Joey’s tied up in a closet; as Ryan’s freeing him, Rod pulls a gun out of the couch and aims, but Mike appears with his weapon drawn, averting disaster. Happy ending! Yay… oh wait. Shots suddenly shatter the glass sliding door behind Roderick and he hits the ground, dead – yep, Joe’s red shirts are outside with Jacob!

Weston’s supposed to get Joey somewhere safe while Ryan goes after the shooters, but he sticks him in a back bedroom and tells him to stay there while he secures the house. For the love of all that is holy, will someone Krazy Glue that kid to his or her side? Poor Joey – who completes his mental and emotional wreckage by tripping over a corpse (the house’s owner, methinks) – gets scooped up by Jacob and brought out into the woods. Ryan and Mike kill the other two guys; Ryan then talks Jacob out of returning Joey to his dad. Even though Jake eventually takes off, Joey is safe, which leads to his way-more-touching-than-it-should-be first conversation with Ryan. “You’re Ryan Hardy,” he says with wonder. “Mom said you’re one of the good guys.” And what happened then?/ Well, in Havenport they say/ that the FBI’s mechanically regulated heart grew three sizes that day.

REUNITED AND IT FEELS PRETTY TERRIBLE | Back at Casa Loca, Emma tells Joe that everyone’s in a tizzy about the FBI closing in. In the space of a few sentences, he rebuffs her sexual advances, blames her for Joey’s disappearance and slaps her. Oh yeah, and he tells her their trysts were just sex – “that’s all it is and nothing more.” She runs out of the room, crying, “What is wrong with you?” Seriously, Ems? You’re asking that now?

When Jacob returns, he is not in good shape. “We’re gonna die soon. I can feel it,” he tells Emma, tears sliding down his face, but I can barely make out what he’s saying over the sheer volume of his hair. It’s like his coif said “screw it” and decided to make a run for safer pastures on its own. (Excellent hair acting all around in this episode.) Emma feels me; she (unsuccessfully) tries to smooth his locks back into normal hair shape as she draws Jacob near.

CLAIRE TAKES A STAB | Downstairs, Claire cries when she watches news footage of Ryan carrying her son to safety. Perhaps buoyed by her relief, she approaches Joe in his study and offers a deal: She’ll stay and try to love him again if he’ll just let Joey go. She’d be OK with that? he asks, skeptical. “Eventually, yes,” she replies. “Time will be the truth.” She even goes as far as kissing him… but it’s only a ruse to get him close enough to skewer! Joe pulls out the knife she’s just inserted in his abdomen and lumbers after her as two of his goons dash in and carry her off.

Patched up but in pain, Joe calls Ryan to say that “Claire is no longer our leading lady” and it’s time for her to die. Gulp! Meanwhile, an upset brunette enters the FBI command center and asks for Ryan. Don’t worry, guys, I’m sure she’s in no way a repeat of the “Lord help my poor soul” girl… except she’s totally a repeat of the “Lord help my poor soul” girl! Only this time, she doesn’t maim herself. She says she’s a follower named Melissa who wants to help the FBI – and once they let their guard down for a second, she jumps on Nick’s back, rips the hair ornament out of her chignon and drives it into his eye. Yeowch. She gets a chest full of bullets for her trouble. Show of hands: Who still thinks Nick’s one of Joe’s men?

Now it’s your turn. Make like Joe and process your feelings using the therapy of words by sounding off in the comments!

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  1. Jerry says:

    MUCH better episode tonight than most of the season

    • A.S. says:

      RODERICK RATTING OUT JOE?………hahaha he takes joey as leverage to get back at joe and tells the FBI where they are? i doubt it.

  2. Jeff says:

    Your twitter posts when viewed in clipboard contain spoilers – foul

  3. A says:

    is roderick gonna die cuz if he is GOOD! he’s annoying and F-in crazy…………

  4. kavyn says:

    Finally a GOOD episode. So tired of the BS twists in favour of the cult, it was nice seeing the FBI make progress and show they are capable of doing their job.

    The ending was just hilarious.

    • td says:

      I still thought the FBI did a crappy job. Weston should not have confronted Roderick alone. He should have informed the others–heck, they were in the same building! And in the house where Joey was being held captive, Ryan and Weston make the same stupid mistake they always make–they split up. And then Weston leaves Joey ALONE!!!!! It all worked out in the end, but only because Hardy managed to talk Jacob down. But Jacob should have NEVER been able to grab Joey in the first place.

      • Snsetblaze says:

        My thoughts exactly about Weston confronting Roderick. Why not call for backup … and when you hear him coming, turn around or something so he does not see your face. You’ve faced the guy before and know he’s nuts.

        Also, why not leave the phone lines open when going into the house to rescue Joey (so that the FBI can hear what is going on) or wear some sort of earplug transmitters (Leverage anyone?). Also, barring that, why wait to call Debra once the shooting started against Roderick.

        • dlr929 says:

          Weston did use his cell phone to text someone before he confronted Roderick. It wasn’t addressed, but it was before he pulled his gun on the Sherriff, so I think it was a tip off.
          Finally, the FBI did something.
          If Claire was going to play Joe the way she did, she could have gotten him to believe her for a longer period of time to ensure killing him. Silly move.

  5. Hipper says:

    Yeah, finally an episode that lived up to the potential of the series. Shame Roderick died. As crazy as that dude was, he was my fave/most interesting character since Paul died.

    I was half expecting Jacob to flip sides…. I mean, he’s bound to, no?

    • Emily says:

      Why is Emma still alive? I rather enjoyed Roderick’s brand of crazy and I’m sorry he’s gone. Emma is just an idiot. Roderick could be annoying, but he wasn’t useless. Jacob, just take her out already.

  6. Melody Paris says:

    The description of this episode makes me actually want to start watching the show again. They have finally, finally saved Joey. Wow. I was thinking that the end of the world was going to have to happen before that kid was finally free of those freaks.

    • Jerry says:

      Let’s not get too excited. The very end was Hardy walking away with Joey, for all we know in the first minute of next week’s episode he puts him into a cult member’s cop car

  7. N says:

    Love the recap, Kim!

  8. k says:

    did anyone else laugh when joe slapped emma ? That girl had that coming for a lonnng time

  9. Anna says:

    Wow, this was probably one of the best episodes all season. still laughing at Claire though-did anyone seriously believe for a minute that would work?

  10. uavegan2 says:

    I have many thoughts.
    1. I was so hoping Roderick’s character would be threat to Joe’s power. Dividing the Cult.
    2. Why didn’t Joe take both Claire and Joey and turn them into the FBI which would be the ultimate slap in the face.
    3. Claire, what did you think you would accomplish by killing Joe? The other 100 people in the house were then going to simply vaporize? Or a transporter beam was gonna take you to Ryan? Come on now.
    4. Is anybody still looking for those property records? And Maryland is NOT THAT BIG! They could have found that freaking house twice by now especially since Sheriff Rod is commuting to work every day.
    5. Thanks for allowing me to rant.

    • Pat D. says:

      (3) If nothing else, it would have likely kept Joey out of harm’s way, as nobody would have been bothering to make him a priority anymore, even if the cult managed to stay together without its grand leader still alive (which i very much doubt).

      Agree with #4—then again, we should expect by now that *this* FBI only can find people/places if they are literally standing in front of said object. =)

    • Hipper says:

      4. This show has the worst cops on TV. I mean, the worst…

  11. Pat D. says:

    Overall, continues the rise from the awful farmhouse fiasco, but one thing bothered me:
    Why on earth would Roderick think that he was actually being helped to escape in such a cliched setup of Ryan “pretending” to go against his leaders? Come on—that was awful.

    Purefoy owned last nights episode with his portrayal of Joe gradually losing it…and especially after Claire stabbed him, when talking to Ryan on the phone. I shudder to think of how long this show would have lasted if Bacon and Purefoy werent delivering such mesmerizing performances every week. It probably would have collapsed under the hackneyed writing and been cancelled as quickly as Do No Harm or Lone Star.

    Then again, the endgame has me wondering (if they capture/kill Joe) who on earth are they going to get to “save” next season to replace James as the “big bad”? If they dont get somebody on the same level as an actor, the showrunners better grab some better writers, ASAP.

  12. Tom Mc says:

    This show has gone beyond silly. I only kept watching because the cast is so strong, and have nearly given up several times. Now though it has gotten hilarious and I can’t stop watching the train wreck. Too bad so many great actors are wasted here. It has gotten to the point that I am expecting for Ryan to somehow be the mastermind of it all! Dual personality disorder! Wow, what a twist! Either that, or it’s all in his imagination. That would explain the ridiculous plot turns. Or maybe he’s dressing up as his mother and killing everyone himself…

    • Pat D. says:

      You have to admit though, the “Ryan working with Joe” plotline would be rather interesting to watch and would get MANY people to stay for season 2.

  13. K says:

    1. Joe needs a new writer: to Roderick “you need to calm down.” To Claire “you need to calm down.” To Emma “everybody needs to calm down.”
    2. What was the point of Roderick’s ex-girlfriend?
    3. Jacob runs right to Joe to tell him to come watch Hardy on TV as soon as his press conference starts. The FBI has no clue until Hardy’s press conference is over.
    4. For crying out loud don’t leave Joey alone for a second. That boy is worse than Carl Grimes at this point!
    Just a sample!

  14. Whatever says:

    I was hoping Roderick would be around for awhile to challenge Joe and just annoy Emma.
    It was a pretty good episode.

  15. suzanne says:

    I absolutely LOVE these recaps! Roots never fails to make me laugh out loud. The humor is an awesome counterpoint to the grimness of the actual show. I know that the show itself is sometimes over-the-top but when Bacon or Purefoy are on-screen, I am all in. As someone one else commented, they are mesmerizing.

  16. Alichat says:

    ““We’re gonna die soon. I can feel it,” he tells Emma, tears sliding down his face, but I can barely make out what he’s saying over the sheer volume of his hair. It’s like his coif said “screw it” and decided to make a run for safer pastures on its own.”

    This made me laugh so much, my stomach hurts!

  17. Gary Armstrong says:

    Joey is Ryan’s son, right? And the question is, who’s the killer next season? My money’s on Jacob and Emma