“Forever” pilot episode was made available online on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Doctor Henry Morgan, an immortal New York medical examiner, got involved in a subway accident that was more than what it actually seemed. Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza) encountered the doctor as he was the medical examiner assigned to the dead subway conductor, and fate drew them closer together when she realized that he was in the train crash. As the two investigated what really happened behind the subway accident, Henry got the shock of his life, as he discovered that there are more sinister forces at work — someone who knows the secret of his immortality. Read on to learn more about the pilot episode of “Forever.”
The episode opened with Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) stepping onto a subway train. There, he sat beside a young woman, whom he deduced was a Russian, a cellist and had a concert that very night. Just as she invited him for a drink after the concert, their car was hit by a subway. He then went on to narrate that he had lived for a long time and revealed that he is more than 200 years old and that he has a curious condition — he cannot die. He then revealed that everything started 200 years ago, while he was serving as a doctor on a slave trader’s ship. He had refused to allow the slave traders to kill a man whom they suspected had cholera. He was shot and thrown into the ocean. Ever since then, whenever he died, he always came back to life again in a body of water and was always stark naked. In the entire world, there is only one person who knew about his secret — his best friend Abe (Judd Hirsch).
Meanwhile, Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza) started to investigate the subway accident. She encountered Henry, as he was the medical examiner in charge of examining the subway conductor’s body. He discovered that the main cause of death was poison. While she was there, he received an anonymous phone call. The caller mentioned that he was wondering how Henry survived the crash and revealed that he knew his secret. This made him panic and decided to leave for another country and lie low there, just as he had done before with Abe. Abe, however, encouraged him to “live life more” and to confront the anonymous caller. Meanwhile, Jo found out that Henry was on that subway car the night of the accident, making her suspicious of him.
The next day, when Henry came in to work, he was surprised to see an enveloped addressed to him without a postage stamp. One of the pictures inside the envelope was a black-and-white photo of him and his wife at a party during the 1950s. Lucas, his assistant, came in and also looked through the mail. Inside, there was a tabloid clipping of the subway accident with a note on it. On the note was written QED or Quod Erat Demonstrandum, a mathematics term that meant “which was to be demonstrated.” He then deduced that his anonymous caller wanted to demonstrate and prove that Henry is immortal. He then decided to take some of the dead subway conductor’s blood, to test it upon himself, so that he would learn what exact poison was used. Thanks to this, he learned that the poison used was aconite or monkshood, a fast-acting poison.
However, he was brought to the New York Police Department, as Jo wanted to question Henry about what he was doing on the subway that night. To distract her from asking questions on why he was still alive, he made her realize that he wasn’t the main suspect and that someone else did it. He also discovered that the poison was forcefully injected into the subway conductor and found a fingerprint near the entry point. He then gave this information to Jo.They discovered that the print belonged to Hans Koehler and went to confront him.
At Koehler’s house, they discovered that he had planted a lot of monkshood. When they questioned him, he got away as he threw a beaker which broke, allowing the poison to get on Jo’s skin. However, because of his fast thinking, Henry was able to save her and her hand. They discovered that Koehler was a former chemist and his wife had died, as she had fallen of subway and onto the tracks, where she was hit by the same subway conductor who had just died. They also learned that there were vats of ethanol in Koehler’s laboratory. Henry then figured out that Koehler had made the monkshood airborne, which he would unleash onto the unsuspecting commuters in Grand Central Station.
After Henry and Jo arrived at Grand Central Station, Henry realized that Koehler would release the monkshood via the air-conditioning system and that he would do it from the rooftop. He and Jo rushed to the rooftop, where Jo was shot. While she was on the ground, Henry confronted Koehler, telling him that he understands the pain that follows after losing a loved one. Koehler shot Henry, but with the remaining bit of strength he still had in him, he ran into Koehler. Together, they fell off the roof top.
Jo woke up the next morning in the hospital, as she was recovering from her wound. She confronted Henry regarding the truth of what had happened that night. She did not believe Henry’s story that Koehler had committed suicide. Instead, she felt that both Henry and Koehler fell and that Henry was keeping something from her. Henry then received another anonymous phone call from the same caller, telling him that they both had the same curse and affliction and that he also is seeking death just like Henry.
Afterwards, Henry revealed that he had seen a lot of death in his lifetime and revealed that he had met his wife during World War II, where he was serving as an Army doctor. She had handed him a baby boy who was rescued and had survived the concentration camps. The baby’s arm was tattooed with a number, which was the same tattoo on Abe’s arm. In the present day, Abe taunted Henry that he was about to beat him at chess for the first time in 65 years.
Jo then visited them so that she could return Henry’s pocket watch to him. She also told him that currently, there was a murder case involving a historical sword and told him that she had requested that he be the medical examiner for the case. Abe then gave Henry’s coat, and Jo and Henry left to solve their newest case together.
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Catch the premiere of “Forever” on Sept. 23, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.
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