Forever Recap: Social Engineering
“Forever” Season 1 Episode 17 “Social Engineering” aired last Mar. 3, 2015, at 10:00 p.m. on ABC. In this episode, while Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) and Detective Jo Martinez (Alana de la Garza) investigated the death of a hacktivist together with the force’s Cyber Crime division, Henry’s own background came into question. Meanwhile, flashbacks revealed Henry’s last brush with his secret being exposed, which led to disastrous consequences. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with a talk show with a nominee for the position of the Undersecretary of Defense, Lawrence Creff. He got hacked by a hacktivist group called The Faceless.
At Abe’s Antiques, Abe (Judd Hirsch) marveled at how much Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) didn’t know about technology. He in turn reminded Abe about his own student activist days in the ‘60s.
At the hacktivist Eric Shaw’s (James Daw) apartment, Detective Jo Martinez (Alana de la Garza), Detective Hanson (Donnie Keshawarz), and Lucas Wahl (Joel David Moore) were informed by Henry that Eric had died of asphyxiation from a particular gas, which had been triggered by his phone, which had been programmed to do everything in the apartment. Back at the precinct, Hanson waited as the Cyber Crime Division tracked down the IP address that triggered the thermostat, which released the gas. Henry and Jo went back to Eric’s apartment to test their theory in his manner of death.
There, Henry revealed to Jo that he had chosen death as field of subject in order to solve the world’s greatest mystery. They then deduced that the gas wasn’t enough to have killed Eric. After shaving his beard off, he discovered that since he had already been unconscious. It didn’t take much to suffocate him by hand. It meant that the killer had been there, which disproved Cyber Crime’s theory that the man who had been exposed the previous night, Lawrence Creff (Tim Ransom), was the killer. However, based on the contents of his stomach, which matched the dinner that was served at Creff’s recent party. They were able to track down the restaurant that catered the affair. There, Henry noticed a dishwasher who had the theory of entropy tattooed on her shoulder. He had studs on her eyebrow which matched the scratch on Eric’s forehead. This was his lover. However, she eluded them by having someone manipulate the traffic lights, but left her phone behind.
As the issue at hand was about privacy, he remembered that back in 1865. It was because he had been lauded in a newspaper for saving a boy from a fire, his first wife, Nora (Jane Alexander). He had put him in the insane asylum came to the hospital he was working at that time and fainted when she saw him. Afterward, Nora told him that she wanted the world to know about his gift. Henry told her that it must be kept as a secret.
Back in the present day, thanks to the girl’s, Liz Chamberlin’s (Erin Darke) phone. They brought in “Warlock” or Bernard Belic (Gregory Lay) the guy whom she had asked for help with the traffic lights. They then discovered that he had told Liz that Eric had been cheating on Liz and that Eric had all of the city’s passcodes.
Later, Liz blackmailed Henry into giving her a death certificate or else she would email Jo all of his fake records, like his degree, and fake birth certificate. He informed him that Eric hadn’t cheated on her as he had seduced someone in order to get the codes. As he considered this, he remembered that Nora had come back again to the hospital. In wanting to prove to the world Henry’s immortality, had killed a nurse at the hospital whom Henry was in love with, as she had taken the bullet for him. So, when Liz confronted him the next day, Henry tore up the death certificate. As she was getting ready to send the email, with Hanson and Jo on her tail, she was hit by a truck, and ended up on life support for the hospital.
They then questioned Bernard again. She had stepped unto the sidewalk as the walk signs had been manipulated. He told them that the access codes had just been changed and that the only ones with access was the New York Police Department.
Inside Liz’s room, because Irene (Megan Ketch) of Cyber Crime didn’t look away from Liz’s injury’s, like she did with Eric’s picture. Henry realized that she had been Eric’s lover, and had killed him after realizing what Eric had done to her. He had manipulated the walk signs to try to kill Liz. She then threatened to expose Henry in exchange for his silent cooperation. She turned off Liz’s life support. He told her that he didn’t care, and called the nurses and doctors in, who revived Liz in time.
Meanwhile, Jo, Hanson, Henry and Irene’s partner, Keith, tried to stop her from killing herself, but she did by walking into the incoming traffic.
Afterward, Henry learned that Liz chose instead to protect Henry’s secret, and doctored his fake records to make it more believable.
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