Forever Stars Alana de la Garza and Ioan Gruffudd Tease the Titillating Return of Henry's Racy Lady

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Man, is Forever‘s Henry whipped or what?

Dr. Morgan’s dominatrix of a love interest has gone legit, thank you very much; when guest star Hilarie Burton (One Tree Hill) returns in tonight’s episode (ABC, 10/9c), her character has ditched the Iona Payne moniker and become Molly Dawes, a professor of — wait for it — sexual identity.

What hasn’t changed? Her grip on Henry’s… heart.

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Series star Ioan Gruffud tells TVLine that the immortal medical examiner is brought back into Burton’s character’s orbit when one of her students is murdered. That ill-fated young woman had a bordering-on-weird obsession with the 1970s; of course, that means Dr. Eternity flashes back to ’79, when a night on the town causes age-difference friction with his wife, Abigail.

In present-day, however, Molly’s presence may be the romantic jolt that the given-to-brooding Henry needs. (Evidence: He buys a new scarf!)

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“Abe tells him at one point, ‘Yes, you’ve had countless affairs with beautiful women all over the world but you’ve never actually gone on a date with a woman you love or have feelings for?’,” Gruffudd says. “It just reiterates the fact that it’s too painful to go there. He does come across as a bit of a cad and a playboy, to a certain extent… It throws up the idea of: Who’s going to be the one to maybe break his heart again?”

TVLine was on set for the filming of tonight’s episode; without giving too much away, we can report that Henry and Molly have a rather avant garde evening together, and he seems pretty high on life in the afterglowmath.

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And that, star Alana de la Garza says, doesn’t escape Jo’s attention.

“There’s a sweet-and-salty moment where Jo walks in to see Henry and his sort-of love interest, Iona,” the actress says, referring to Burton’s character by her former name. Det. Martinez stumbles upon “an intimate moment with them and she’s like, ‘Oh, that’s uncomfortable. OK. I think that hurt. I’m uncomfortable.'”

She adds: “It’s like in high school, when you tell your best friend, who’s male, to go out with so-and-so, and he does.” She chuckles. “And then you’re like, ‘Wait… I think I don’t like it.'”