“12 Monkeys” Season 1 Episode 7 “The Keys” aired on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. There were no scenes to 2043 in this installment, but the episode dealt with the core relationship between Cassie (Amanda Schull) and Cole (Aaron Stanford). Find out what happened in the recap below.
Following up on their discovery of Operation Troy (in the episode “The Red Forrest” air date: Feb. 20, 2015), Cole and Cassie crash an event where an archeologist connected is holding a speech during an art exhibit. Cole is dressed to the nines, but he is understandably still getting used to his suit and tie. He is, however, relishing the moment, perhaps realizing that with his failing health due to the consequences of the time jumps, he’s got to learn to enjoy what’s left of his time, too. He even dances with Cassie at one point, much to her delight and surprise.
They spot the archeologist and take on two different approaches. Cassie does her bid first. She asked him questions about the work he’s doing in Chechnya, but the guy keeps mum. It was especially when the 12 Monkeys army is brought up. So, Cole does his bid next, this time cornering the archeologist and pinning him to talk. He gets some response, but it’s not enough.
Aaron (Noah Bean) is back in Cassie’s life. It was after realizing that Cole has been telling the truth. They’re in Cassie’s place, where it appears they don’t have any more leads about Operation Troy. Cole, however, has to inevitably return to 2043. The next day, Cassie receives a disturbing call from him. Apparently, he’s already in Chechnya and the operation has taken place a week early. He’s gotten hold of the virus, but there’s a gunman, possibly from the 12 Monkeys army, who is after him.
To correct this, Cole time jumps once again to the week before the operation to try and stop it. But as it happens, a group of Russian private armies take him on, at the instructions of Wexler. He is an activist who sought to leak the secrets of the American government.
As this is going on, Aaron is snooping for files at his boss’ office. He started looking for clues about Operation Troy and decides to report what he learns to the CIA. Only, he and Cassie are brought to a room where other CIA officials are present. They have knowledge of the virus. They developed this and the plan is to actually use this to kill that whistleblower Wexler. In fact, there is a team ready to attack Wexler in Chechnya right that minute. How did Aaron and Cassie come to know of the operation? Aaron uses what he discovered as leverage to spare their lives. He then offers a way to stop this outbreak from happening. The CIA listens.
They two also learn that the virus was developed in Leland Goines’ laboratory in 1987, a timeline that Cole has yet to visit. In fact, Cassie is able to talk the virologist. It gave the CIA more proof that she knows what she’s talking about.
Cassie desperately contacts Cole to guide him into protecting the virus from being released. He needs to bleach this. But as Cole hasn’t prepared such a solution, fire would be the only way to destroy it. However, it’s too late. It has already leaked and some of the Wexler’s mercenaries have already become infected. Cole tells Wexler that with its release, they are essentially dead. But Wexler believes that perhaps a plague is what the world needs to wipe out worst of what it offers. This could pave the way for a reset. Of course, Wexler has no idea about the situation in 2043, which Cole has lived.
A medical team has been dispatched by the CIA for Wexler and Cole. There’s an encounter with the 12 Monkeys, who’ve come to Chechnya to steal the virus. Wexler is shot and so is Cole, but then he manages to fire back at the bad guys. Still able to contact Cassie, Cole tells her to bomb the building as soon as possible so that the virus is contained and the army is stopped. Cassie realizes what this could mean and refuses to have Cole killed as well. He makes light of the situation by telling her that he’s always been wanting to go to the Florida Keys. He said it would be an ideal vacation, and perhaps this is what Cole has been envisioning, realizing that his end is about to happen.
Within minutes, the CIA strikes the compound and Cole, along with the virus, vanishes to dust. Is Cole really dead? Cassie is dumbfounded. Aaron then tells her that when the other Cole (from the different timeline) calls her a week from now, he should not learn about his death.
And true enough, a week later, Cole arrives at Cassie’s place. Cassie couldn’t help but feel sad as she looks at him. However, she may have yet changed the course again when she tells him a different solution to contain the virus. He has to bring a bleaching solution. And as Cole heads to Chechnya for Operation Troy in this timeline, Cassie couldn’t help but say an emotional goodbye.
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