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The Following “Love Hurts” 

Photo Credit:FOX
Photo Credit:FOX

Last week’s review ended with a commentary on adultery and how careless it was for Joe (James Purefoy) to have slept with Emma (Valorie Curry).  Ironically, this week’s episode is centered on infidelity, focusing not only on Joe and Emma but also between Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and Claire Matthews (Natalie Zea).

Joe uttered, “I love my wife” multiple times last week, most notably to Emma.  Regardless of whether Joe is actually capable of loving anyone, one thing that is pretty clear is that Joe is still hung up on Ryan and Claire’s affair.  Joe has dozens of killers at his disposal, and one of his protégés, Amanda Porter (Marin Ireland), eagerly steps up and offers a solution to his problem.  Hardy had a relationship with Claire and obviously still has strong feelings for her.  But, if Amanda were to do something so horrific that would constantly remind Hardy of his “sin” of sleeping with Claire, then maybe he would stop loving her.  Yes, I know, it’s a pretty whacked-out idea, but what can you expect from a serial killer?

Ryan Hardy is all about people and goes to great lengths to make sure innocent bystanders aren’t killed in the course of an investigation.  So, to get to Ryan Hardy, Amanda starts with innocent people – people with the name of Claire Matthews.  Fortunately, there aren’t many Claire Matthews in the area, and there are only 3 or 4 women that the FBI has to track down.  Amanda turns out to be more efficient than she appears, and quickly eliminates two of the women and closes in on a third.  Amanda has a nail gun pointed to the head of the third Claire Matthews, and while Hardy could have just shot her, but he instead focuses in on the weakness of her argument.

       I can’t unlove Claire.  So, the only way you and Joe are going to get a happy ending is if you kill me – Hardy to Amanda

Love isn’t something you can turn on or off like a faucet.  It’s something that’s ingrained in your soul and even something like murder can’t change that.

In the meantime, we finally learn what happened to Jacob (Nico Tortorella) and Paul (Adan Canto).  Yeah, you know, those two guys that fell off the face of the earth a few episodes back.  With Paul wounded and unable to go to the hospital, both of them have been laying low at Jacob’s parents’ summer home.  This is all fine until Mother Wells shows up in an attempt to escape the media at their main home.  Mrs. Wells tends to Paul’s wounds, but is adamant that Paul needs to go to a hospital; otherwise, he will die.  Jacob has a serious dilemma, especially with his father on his way.  They have to leave, but there is no way Paul can travel.  For the very first time, Jacob steps up and does the manly thing — putting Paul out of his misery to avoid both of them being caught.  Heck, even Emma would be proud of you, Jacob – actually, assuming she even still cares about you!

This leads me to the most important part of the episode – the Joe, Emma, Claire, Jacob relationship mess.  Joe sleeping with Emma was a mistake, and I knew Joe wouldn’t react very well to his own perceived infidelity.  At the same time, Emma actually thinks Joe is her new boyfriend.  Joe’s reaction is to just blow her off, and this certainly doesn’t sit well with Emma.

Now, we have Jacob at the mansion, and from the look on his face, he is super-pissed.  Emma abandoned them, and Jacob had to kill Paul, someone he cared a great deal about, because of her actions.  And, what about Emma’s affair with Joe?  How will Jacob react when he finds out his love has been banging the Master?  Holy crap.  The next few episodes you definitely won’t want to miss.

The Following airs on Monday nights at 9 p.m. EST on FOX.

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