“Forever” Season 1 Episode 9 “6 A.M.” aired on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM on ABC. In this episode, Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza) and the immortal Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) investigated the murder of a jazz musician whose father was a legend. He claimed that he had proof that his father had been the true author of a jazz masterpiece. The flashbacks mostly centered on Abe (Judd Hirsch). It was shown how he had grown to appreciate jazz thanks to a jazz musician who was their neighbor when he was a boy, much to the chagrin of Henry, who preferred classical music. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode opened at a jazz club named Rudy’s. A young man musician named Isiah “Izzy” Williams tried to buy drinks for some ladies there. However, after the bartender and club owner, Rudy reminded him that he owed him money, he decided to leave. Before he left, he confronted Al Rainey (James McDaniel), a music producer and CEO. He told him that he had found something which would make him lose a lot of money. After he got into his car, he was strangled just as the car cigarette lighter in his car popped from its hole.
The next morning, Abe (Judd Hirsch) replaced Dr. Henry Morgan’s (Ioan Gruffudd) opera record with a jazz record of his own as he opened the store. Henry then reminded him that he wasn’t fond of jazz. He felt that it was full of noise, and had no melody. Before he left to go to a crime scene, he told Abe to turn down the volume so that he wouldn’t disturb their neighbors. In defiance to Henry, whom he affectionately called “Dad”, he turned the music up louder.
At the crime scene, Henry told Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza) and Detective Hanson (Donnie Keshawarz), that their victim had been murdered, as there was “no sign of soot in his mouth or nostrils”. He also then informed them that they should look for a possible “accelerant." It had allowed the car to burn up, and told them that fire, contrary to popular belief actually preserved evidence rather than destroy it.
He then told the audience that everyone wants to be remembered. Also, that “if we are lucky enough, our stories will live on and echo through those who remembered and loved us”. At the morgue, Henry discovered that the victim had been strangled with a thin wire, like a piano string. They also found a reed from a woodwind instrument in his mouth. Jo and Hanson then came in, and identified the victim as Isiah “Izzy” Williams. However, Henry and his assistant Lucas Wahl (Joel David Moore) couldn’t give them Izzy’s time of death yet. Determining it would be a little bit complicated as they had to factor in “thermodynamics.” Lucas then found the accelerant, which was some sort of “old film stock”, which was highly flammable. His sister then confirmed that the victim was indeed Izzy after she recognized the reed as Izzy’s saxophone reed. Ella Williams (Tia Dionne Hodge) then informed them that their father, Pepper Evans (Frankie Faison), was the original jazz artist in their family. He informed them that Izzy had called her up from a jazz club the previous night wherein he told her that Pepper had given him something that “would put him on easy street”.
Thanks to Ella, they were able to find Pepper, who had become a street musician. After breaking the news of his son’s death to him, he told them that the last time he had seen his son, he had given him his old alligator saxophone case which contained several “old reel to reel audio tapes”.
Back at home, Abe was elated to discover that Henry had talked to one of the greatest musicians of American jazz. He had started playing for the legendary Lionel Hubbard when he was only fourteen years old. Lionel Hubbard, Abe explained, had written the jazz masterpiece “6 A.M.. Abe then revealed to Henry that he believed that jazz was America’s “classical music,” which made Henry believe that he had failed as a father.
Henry then remembered Abe’s classical piano lessons in 1956, when Abe was just a boy. He had found classical music boring while Henry loved it. However, his piano practice was interrupted as their neighbor, a musician named Red Holland (Johnny Ramey), knocked on their door. He wanted Henry to help him patch up a wound on his hand that he had sustained during a fight with his wife. Henry went to get some tools to sew up his hand. Red noticed that Abe was playing classical music, and started to teach him how to play jazz by improvising on the piano.
Back in the present day, Abe put on a record of Pepper’s. Henry and Jo then headed over to Rudy’s. Abe told Henry that Rudy’s was one of the few jazz clubs in the city. While there, Henry discovered that Rudy had Izzy’s alligator case. He then claimed that he had taken it as “collateral" because Izzy owed him a lot of money. At the club, Henry realized that the murder weapon was a string from a bass. He also realized that the club’s bass had had a wire recently replaced. At interrogation, Rudy revealed that Izzy had always told everyone that he believed that his father, and not Lionel Hubbard, had written “6 A.M.," and that he had gotten “cheated out of a single.”. However, he wasn’t the killer. There was an entire “bar full of witnesses” that could confirm that Rudy had left the club at 3:00 a.m., Outside, Lieutenant Reece (Lorraine Toussaint) told Henry that “6 A.M.” had been an important piece as it had revolutionized jazz, as it had “broken all the rules”. Both Lucas and Henry then confirmed that Rudy couldn’t have been the killer. They had estimated the time of death to be at 11:58 p.m., at which point Rudy was still at the bar.
Because of this, they had to reexamine who else had a motive to kill Izzy. Reece then suggested Al Rainey, the CEO of Dovebird Records, who owned “Lionel Hubbard’s publishing.” She also mentioned that Rainey has had a history of “fleecing musicians”. She then revealed that she knew this as her nephew, a musician, also had been cheated by Rainey.
At Dovebird Records, Henry and Jo saw that the “Bud Grey Quintet” was recording a song in the studio. Rainey then revealed to them that Izzy had always mentioned that he had proof that Lionel Hubbard didn't write the song. According to Rainey, who had been there the day that the original master had been recorded, that Lionel and not Pepper had been the original author. After a little bit of persuasion, Rainey allowed Jo to take a look at his vault, where all the old reel to reel masters were. While they were gone, Henry remembered that during one piano lesson Abe had with Red. Red had told Abe that jazz was all about how one felt at that moment. Before they left, when Henry shook Rainey’s hand, he realized that some of Rainey’s arm hair had been burnt as if he had been close to a fire.
They then conducted an “autopsy” of Izzy’s car. They tried to “consider the possibility that Izzy was telling the truth.” They then decided to recreate the crime in Izzy’s car, with Lucas playing the victim, and Henry as the murderer. They then discovered that Izzy, while struggling with his murderer, had knocked something off of him. If so, based on the fact that Henry’s ID had fallen onto the seat of the car, that whatever had fallen from the murderer was in the car seat. After opening up the car seat, they discovered a cuff link with the letters “DB” on it, which they believed stood for Dovebird Records. Because of this, they brought Al Rainey in for questioning.
At interrogation, Rainey recognized the cuff link. He refused to answer any of their questions, and waited for his lawyer to come. While they held him, Hanson and Henry combed through around thirty years’ worth of files from Dovebird Records. While they searched, he came upon a picture of his old neighbor, Red Holland. He then remembered that one day, even if it wasn’t Abe’s lesson, he had come over to bid Henry goodbye as he had a “six-month gig in Paris.” He then produced an alcohol flask from a pocket inside his saxophone case and explained that for musicians, “everything” they needed was “inside this case.” Thanks to this, Henry was able to realize that Izzy had hid the original master within the lining of his father’s saxophone case. However, when they tried to play it, as it was damaged, they weren’t able to hear anything.
Later that day, Pepper came to see Jo and confirmed that he had written “6 A.M.”. He then explained that after recording it, he left the house. He had to help Ella’s mother take care of her as she was often sick. When he got back to the studio three days later, he had learned that “they had cheated” him “of everything.” He then started when he saw the cufflink, as he had recognized it, but didn’t say anything to Jo.
Later that night, Abe solved things by baking the tape so that the separated film would fuse together, so that they would be able to hear what was on the tape. When Henry played it, Lionel, whom Pepper called “Doughboy”, suggested that Pepper should play the new song that he had just composed in honor of his daughter’s birth, which he had named “6 A.M.”, as that was the exact time that she had born. They then realized that the “DB” on the cufflinks could have stood for “Doughboy." It led them to believe that someone had inherited both the “cufflinks and the rights” to the song. They then realized that the killer was Bud Grey, Lionel Hubbard’s son, who had also been playing that night at Rudy’s.
At Rudy’s, Pepper, armed with a gun, tried to kill Bud. He was stopped just in time by Henry so that Jo and the others could properly arrest Bud.
Afterward, they also arrested Rainey after learning that he was the one who had told Bud to “take care” of Izzy. It was after he had claimed that he had found proof that his father had written “6 A.M.”, and that he had helped Bud torch the car.
Jo then called Ella over to the precinct in order to give her the master of “6 A.M.” and revealed that her father had written the song for her. Later that day, Ella finally found the courage to talk to her father.
When Henry got back home, he was shocked to see that Abe was listening to classical music. He then admitted to Abe that he had “developed a new appreciation for jazz,”, and asked him to teach him how to play.
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