The Following Recap: Lawman on the Lam
The Following Recap: Lawman on the Lam
The 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.”
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!