Forever Recap: Hitler on the Half-Shell

By Kitin Miranda | 3 years ago
Forever Recap: Hitler on the Half-Shell
Ioan Gruffudd at Ringer Panel at the 2011 Comic-Con International.13:59. July 21, 2011. Wikimedia Commons/vagueonthehow

“Forever” Season 1 Episode 14 “Hitler on the Half-Shell” aired last Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at 10 PM on ABC. In this episode, the immortal medical examiner, Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), and Detective Jo Martinez (Alana de la Garza) investigated the murder of Karl Haas (Brian Corrigan), a man with several works of art that were stolen by the Nazis during World War II. Meanwhile, Adam (Burn Gorman) is back in town and does something quite surprising, after Henry discovered that he and Abe (Judd Hirsch) shared something in common with each other. During the case, as it dealt heavily with the sins of the father and of the past, he remembered his own father and the secrets that he had kept from him while he was alive. Read on to learn more about this episode.

The episode began at Abe’s Antiques where Abe (Judd Hirsch) underwent a short physical examination required to renew his life insurance policy. However, when the nurse asked him regarding his family’s medical history, he revealed that he wouldn’t be able to give her that information as his parents had died in Poland when he was still a baby. She then apologized to him after noticing that Abe also had a numbered tattoo on one of his forearms. Afterwards, the immortal Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) remembered that sometimes there are wounds no amount of apologizing could heal. He then suggested to Abe that they try to go back to the museum again to see if they could track his parents down, but Abe refused, since they couldn’t track down the names without knowing the last name of his parents. At that point, Henry received a phone call from Detective Jo Martinez (Alana de la Garza), as there had been a murder.

At the crime scene, both Jo and Detective Hanson (Donnie Keshawarz) marveled at the fact that instead of looking at the body right away, Henry went straight for the sculpture of Venus on a pedestal and mentioned that it was a very good copy of the original, which had been stolen by the Nazis from the Louvre in the 1940s.

While Henry examined the body of Karl Haas (Brian Corrigan), which had been found in the morning, the detectives informed him that the assailant had probably entered through the broken window, which had some blood on it. They also discovered that seven paintings had been ripped out from their frames, and one picture had been removed, frame and all, from a wall. Henry, after inferring that Karl had been hit with a heavy object, which had caused his death, shone an ultraviolet light on it, revealing a swastika mark where he had been hit. Because of this, Henry realized that the Venus sculpture had been the murder weapon and, upon turning it around, saw a swastika mark on it, which meant that that sculpture was the real thing, since the Nazis had stamped every artwork they had stolen with their symbol.

At the morgue, Lucas Wahl (Joel David Moore) wondered out loud if Karl was like Indiana Jones, much to the confusion of Henry. Jo and Hanson then came in and informed them that Karl had changed his last name to Haas when he had moved to the United States as his father had been SS Commandant Otto Heidrich, who was the head of the Rosenberg Reichsleiter, a specialized task force that stole art from the countries that the Reich had taken over. They then talked to his son, Erik Haas (Patrick Woodall), who informed them that he did not have a good relationship with his father and that his father was very secretive. He was then shocked after learning the truth about his grandfather as he had believed that his grandfather owned an art gallery in Berlin before and during the war.

While Erik tried to process everything, Henry remembered a similar experience that had happened to him in the past. In 1812, in London, he had met up with some friends at the Diogenes Club, where he was introduced to a young man who had just come from the West Indies. He had recognized his last name, as his father was the owner of the Morgan Shipping Company. However, much to Henry’s surprise, it turned out that this young man, with all of his friends knowing about his father, and the shipping company were involved in the slave trade, something that his father had neglected to tell him.

Back in the present day, Jo and Henry paid a visit to a watchmaker in Brighton Beach who specialized in repairing a particular watch, which had a market value of around $50,000. When they got there, the watchmaker told them that Karl had told him who his father was and had given him back an original Claude Monet that had belonged to his family before the war. As payment, he had given him the watch. It turned out that Karl had spent his entire life trying to return the art that his father had stolen from its original owners.

The next day, right after breakfast, Jo informed Henry that they had identified the blood sample that had been found at the broken window in the Artistic Registry Network, which recorded DNA of 20th-century artists. Apparently, the blood had matched that of painter Max Brenner, who had died in the ‘90s. After running several tests on the blood, Henry discovered that the sample actually belonged to Sam Brenner, the grandson of the great artist.

Thanks to this, they entered the studio of Sam Brenner, who was busy preparing for his show. There, in the corner of the studio, Jo found one of the stolen paintings and confirmed that it was one of the paintings as it had a swastika mark on its back. At interrogation, Sam then confessed to have stolen the painting, as it had belonged to their family since his grandfather painted it. He then decided to steal it back after Karl refused to give it to him. He had gotten in after breaking the window. While he stole the painting, he heard Karl arguing in German with someone over the phone about a Rembrandt but had been alive when he had left.

Henry then confirmed that he was telling the truth, and confirmed that Sam had not stolen the other seven paintings, as Sam took good care of the painting, whereas the others were unceremoniously ripped out. Henry then showed Jo the Brenner painting, which in English was entitled “The Angel of Death.” It was an onerous painting where Brenner had depicted the Nazi regime.

Meanwhile, at Abe’s shop, Adam (Burn Gorman) came in and asked him to take a look at and give a quotation for a silver 18th-century silver Britannia tray that he had come across as he had wanted to sell it. Abe, not knowing who the man really was, told him that he would ask a “friend” of his, who was an expert at it to authenticate it. He then left his card and correctly guessed, based on the tattooed number and the triangle symbol on Abe’s arm, that he had been at Auschwitz in 1945. He then told him that he was an expert on those kinds of things.

After tracing the phone call that Karl had to a Julian Glausser (Stephen Barker Turner), an art dealer at a Swiss bank, they decided to pay him a visit. There, they learned that the bank also functioned as an international auction house and told them that Karl had been a “silent partner” in their auctions and that they had had a heated discussion the night that he had died regarding the fact that he wanted an upcoming auction date to be moved to an earlier one. Julian then showed them the bank’s vault, which held dozens of stolen Nazi artwork, including several ledgers which documented several names and records as to who really owned the artworks. Julian then revealed that they helped Karl out in his life mission and told them that Karl only brought out the artworks that were ready to be returned to their rightful owners, but wasn’t sure as to which paintings those were exactly.

As Henry looked around, he remembered that in the past, in 1812, after he learned that his father was involved with the slave trade, he confronted him about it. His father then revealed that he had been forced to earn money through the slave trade as they had almost gotten bankrupt a few years back. Disappointed, Henry had stormed out of the house.

Back in the present day, Henry was taking a closer look at some fabric from one of the frames they had identified that held a Rembrandt — probably the Rembrandt that had been mentioned in the telephone call, which was worth around $30 million. Henry then stopped Jo from touching it, as the painter coated his paintings with lead and a “poisoned oak oil” that would cause her to have a rash. He then remembered that Julian had been scratching his hand, and because of that, they went back to the bank vault only to find that Julian and the paintings were gone. Afterwards, Jo had an idea that Julian might be smuggling out the art in a cargo container via boat, and asked Hanson to ask his brother, who worked at the piers, for some help.

Meanwhile, Henry discovered the tray that had been left there. Henry then told Abe that the key to authenticating it would be by looking at the family crest, because only the wealthiest families had it. He then stopped in his tracks after discovering that the tray belonged to him and his family and learned from Abe that it had been left by a man who resembled Adam. After calling Adam up, Henry met him in a park and warned him to stay away from Abe. Adam then told him that he had wanted to give back the tray to him, the rightful owner, as a way to apologize for what had happened during Christmas. He then reassured Henry that he would never hurt Abe, as they both were in the concentration camps during World War II. He then revealed that he was immortal and that Joseph Mengele had experimented on him in order to discover the secret to his immortality, but they never found it. As he had been following the case that Henry was currently investigating, he asked Henry if he could look for a Roman knife dating back to 44 BC, as the Nazis had taken it away from him. However, Henry refused, even if Adam told him that he might actually be able to do something for him.

Meanwhile, Jo, Hanson and his brother discovered the crate that held the art, as it had been dripping with blood. Inside, they found all the art and Julian, who had been flogged, killed, and crucified at the back of the container.

At the medical examiner’s office, Lucas ran a skin sample that they found in Julian’s ring, as he had fought back. After comparing Julian and Karl’s bodies, Henry realized that they had been killed by two different people, since Julian had been tortured and Karl’s body had been “respectfully posed.” Henry then realized Karl had been killed by Erik because the killer had taken the time to close the dead man’s eyes, something that would only be done by someone who loved him. He knew this because he had done this as well when his father had died even if he resented the fact that he was involved in the slave trade. This was three weeks before Henry sailed out for the West Indies, which had started his immortal life.

After bringing in Erik, whose prints they had found on Karl’s eyelids, they learned that he had discovered from Julian the truth about his family and had seen his father give away priceless artwork to others, which made him furious because he was having a hard time financially. He then confronted his father about it that night; and in the heat of rage, he had struck him. However, it had been an accident as he had not mean to kill him.

Afterwards, Lucas informed Henry that the skin sample that they had found was strange, as it contained antibodies to fight diseases that were only present thousands of years ago. This made Henry realize that it was Adam who had killed Julian. However, he did not share this information with Jo or Hanson.

Back at the shop, Adam came over to sell the tray; and before Abe could come back with a receipt for him, Adam had left with a brown paper packet containing the ledger that was in the container van. The ledger contained records and numbers of everyone who had been at Auschwitz. Thanks to that, Abe was able to identify his parents and finally learned about his last name. After showing Henry this, Henry revealed to Abe that the man had been Adam and that he had done this in order to apologize for what happened last December. Abe then made Henry realize that in some way Adam was also a victim.

They then went together to the Holocaust Museum, where Abe was able to obtain a box of his parents’ possessions. There, he finally was able to see who his parents were and how they looked like after seeing their wedding photo.

And that was all for the recap on “Forever” Season 1 Episode 14 “Hitler on the Half-Shell.” For more “Forever” news and updates, including recaps and spoilers, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.