The second episode of ABC’s new crime/drama “Forever” was just as intriguing as the pilot which aired the night before. Apparently, fans think it’s pretty good too. According to the Futon Critic, “Forever” is ABC’s top-rated Tuesday 10pm fall debut in 4 years in adults 18-49.
The episode opened with a woman desperately trying to reach someone on her cell phone. She makes the cabby stop and she bolts from the vehicle, steps over the railing of the bridge and seems to vanish. At first glance, it looks like a suicide but that’s not how “Forever” works. Henry (Ioan Gruffudd) surmises that the flecks of paint under nails means she struggled to hold on. She was murdered.
While examining the scene of her death, Henry discovers footprints on the outer ledge and a carabiner, a device used in rock climbing. Nearly falling to his own death, Henry scrambles back over the railing only to be hit by traffic. The driver steps out of his vehicle only to discover there is no body. Henry has vanished, again. He pops up in the water just below.
Back at work, he finds a gift. It’s the carabiner he found on the bridge and a note from his secret stalker that reads, ““That looked painful. My condolences for your death. Your Fan.” Jo appears and he tells her about the footprints.
Later, Henry fills Abe in on things, especially the latest contact from his fan. The paper the note was written on could provide a lead.
Henry and Jo talk to the victim’s parents and learn she was working with her college professor and some other students to translate an ancient manuscript. They go to see Professor James Browning who is teaching. Grad student Paul lets them into the class and they learn the manuscript is actually a love letter.
His keen powers of observation eventually allow Henry to deduce that the professor and the victim, Vicky, were having an affair. He claims he was at the opera the night Vicky dies. His wife, Miranda, upholds his alibi. Henry doesn’t buy it and accuses her of covering for him. Browning admits to loving Vicky but insists he is innocent. Henry believes him.
Henry thinks someone lured Vicky to the bridge to kill her and that it wasn’t Browning. When Browning is found dead, he’s sure someone else is involved. Based on the way the professor’s wrists were slit, that someone is left-handed. Also, Henry finds the title page to the paper Vicky and Browning were writing is missing.
Henry realizes that Paul was left-handed. Henry confronts him and it all comes out. He was jealous that Vicky was the one getting credit for the paper with Browning. He convinced her to meet him at the bridge and he killed the professor. Lunging, Paul takes Henry hostage at knifepoint. Detective Hansen, Jo’s partner, fires but nicks Henry instead of Paul, who is captured.
JO gets an attaboy from Lieutenant Reece for solving the case. Henry comforts Vicky’s family. Abe learns the note paper was made in Milan at a mill that was destroyed during WWII. The crest on the top of the note belongs to a hotel that has been closed for over 60 years.
In a flashback, Henry is writing a note himself on the same stationary form the Hotel Montoliogne in 1945. Abigail reads the note and chases Henry down. He is trying to leave her for her own good but she won’t have it. They kiss to cheers of a passing convoy of soldiers.
In the present, Henry stares at Abigail’s photo and Abe says he misses her too. They reminisce about their “interesting” lives when they are interrupted by a phone call from Henry’s fan. He tells Henry he has been around for thousands of years. He tells Henry, you might even call me Adam. He promises they will meet someday but there’s no need to rush things. They have plenty of time.
“Forever” will air on Tuesday next week, its usual time slot. We’ll keep you posted with updates, spoilers and recaps as we get them.