Shirtless Ghosts of Dead Gay Lovers and Kidnappings Abound on Fox's The Following

Jacob (Nico Tortorella) was not having a good day, on this week’s The Following.  Since smothering BFF/sometimes lover Paul (Adan Canto), the cultist’s first kill, Jacob’s gone a bit mental. 

He kept having vivid hallucinations of Paul wearing just a towel, telling him to kill Emma (Valorie Curry), Paul wearing just a towel, a brutally murdered Emma, and Paul wearing just a towel. Did I mention Shirtless Paul was back, and wearing just a towel much of the time? 

Inside Maniac Mansion, Jacob kept scoffing at Emma’s overtures to explain about abandoning him and Paul.  Their leader, Joe (James Purefoy) encouraged them to make amends.  By the episode’s end, Jacob appeared to ignore his hallucinatory dead boyfriend's instructions  and followed Joe’s advice. He and Emma fell back into bed together. 


The “love making” happened over the course of two scenes. I was livid  Shirtless Ghost Paul didn’t pop up.  However, he later did saunter in, completely freaking Jacob out.  Jacob scrambled out of bed and took Paul into the bathroom.  Jacob told Ghost Paul he’d never kill Emma, before brandishing a knife.  Paul wore a mix of hurt and annoyance on his face,  as Jacob stabbed Paul “dead”, until they were both covered in blood. 
This “dark” Jacob was really fun to watch. I hope we get more of him, and this new Paul.  He's a hoot. If Ghost Paul does stick around, can we get some  Jacob/Paul makeup sex? Hey, if Ghost Denny and Izzy could do it on Grey's Anatomy...