Joe's Plan Starts to Unravel and One Acolyte Meets His Final Story on Fox's The Following

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With only a couple episodes of The Following left this season, things are really starting to hit the proverbial fan.  Mike (Shawn Ashmore) returned to cop headquarters, and immediately recognized Roderick as his torturer and Carrollite.  

However, the shady sheriff was able to make a getaway when Mike pulled his gun on him, and was promptly tackled by the clueless townie cops.

The FBI immediately began a manhunt for Roderick, and the shaken acolyte returned to Maniac Mansion and told Joe (James Purefoy) they had to flee.  When Joe said it wasn’t time yet, Roderick realized Joe had a side agenda.  When Joe refused to reveal his plan, Roderick made things personal, by saying Claire would never love him again.  Joe grabbed Roderick’s neck, and nearly choked him to death. 



Roderick was pissed.  He decided to flee before the FBI could figure out the location of their safe house.  As collateral, he ripped Joey out of his mother’s arms (Natalie Zea) and doubly kidnapped the boy. 

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Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) went rogue (surprise), and held a press conference.  He promised full immunity to the first Carroll follower to turn himself in and lead them to Joe.  Ryan was lying of course, but those pesky followers didn’t need to know that!



Joe and his followers watched the live broadcast, where an increasingly agitated Joe scoffed at how “desperate” the FBI must be.  All of his followers nodded unconvincingly in agreement. 



Determined to regain control, Joe dispatched Jacob (Nico Tortorella) and two random followers to retrieve Joey, then torture and kill Roderick. 

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After stashing Joey somewhere, Roderick kidnapped an old girlfriend and attempted to shoot himself out of town.  He was apprehended by the FBI, and taken into questioning with Ryan.  Roderick wanted to make a deal with the FBI, and in return, he would hand over Joey.  Ryan’s boss Nick essentially uttered the phrase, “never times infinity” at the suggestion.



Instead, Ryan pretended to go rogue, and kidnapped Roderick.  Once he had Joey, he’d see Roderick out of town.  However, Mike was hidden in their getaway car, and Debra and Nick were following them. 



Unbeknownst to any of them, Jacob and the two randoms were also tailing them.

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Roderick took Ryan to the house where he’d hidden Joey, and Ryan reunited with the boy.  Roderick was about to betray them, when Mike suddenly popped out with a gun. However, before he could fire, Roderick was shot dead by the followers. 



Mike hid Joey in a room—because, yeah, that’s a great idea.  After all it took to finally retrieve Joey, the best plan would be to separate from him—Not!  Ryan and Mike were both attacked by one of the random followers, and killed their respective attackers.  However, Joey had escaped from his hiding spot when he tripped over the corpse of the house’s owner, and was promptly scooped up by Jacob. 



Ryan chased them down, and tried to appeal to Jacob’s paternal feelings for Joey by saying he deserved to be safe.  This mirrored an earlier conversation Claire had with the rattled Golden Boy, when she begged Jacob not to return Joey to her crazy ex’s clutches. 



With the FBI closing in, Jacob fled, and Joey was reunited with the good guys.

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When Emma (Valorie Curry) approached Joe with the followers’ concerns about them not running from the FBI, Joe got nasty.  She tried to comfort him, but he coldly told her what they had was “just sex.” He even blamed her for Joey’s kidnapping. Then, he smacked her across the face!  She ran from the room in tears. 



Later, she went to check on Jacob after he returned—sans Joey.  Jacob was a mess and cried, “We’re gonna die soon.  I can feel it.”  Emma said he could still hate her, but she went over and comforted her former flame. 

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Claire felt relieved Joey was rescued.  Later, she went to Joe and proposed a deal: promise to leave Joey alone forever, and she would stay and try to love him again.  Joe was skeptical, but she passionately kissed him to lure him in—then stabbed him in the gut! 



She got him good, but it wasn’t enough to take him out.  In no time, Joe called in two goons to drag Claire off to the dungeons or something. 



Later, Joe sported a bloody bandage over his wound.  Scotch in hand, he drunk dialed Ryan Hardy.  He informed the beleaguered federal agent it was now time for Claire to die.

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A pretty follower girl turned up at the FBI’s base of operations.  She said she wanted to make a deal.  Ryan & Co. were not about to fall for that same act, since the followers had fooled the FBI too many times.

However, she put on the waterworks, and they let their guard down.  At that second, she pulled a hairpin out of her coif, jumped onto Nick’s back, and stabbed him in the eye! 



Talk about horrific.  Eye injuries freak me out!  Could this be the end of another FBI agent?



What did you guys think of The Following episode, “Havenport?”





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