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'12 Monkeys' recap: 'Divine Move'

Ramse fights to end Jones’ time-travel plan, but loses something important in the process.

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12 Monkeys

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull
SyFy Channel
Adventure, Drama, Mystery

“Tomorrow” left the 12 Monkeys cast at its most emotionally distraught. Ramse and Cole, best friends—and the show’s best relationship—since the start, are now completely at odds. Jones may have her time-travel plans back on track, but she had to murder dozens of innocents to do so. And Cassie in 2015 hates that, even if the world is saved, she’s lost Cole in her life.

If that episode ignited the emotional turmoil, “Divine Move” sets it ablaze, literally, in the episode’s open. Ramse comes into the lab, steals a box full of vials and torches all of the research Jones and her team have done into stopping the virus. He refuses to let Jones keep pursuing this plan, and killing Cole in the process. If Jones and Cole won’t stop trying to alter time, he’ll alter their ability to do so. The vials he steals contain the liquid Jones injects in Cole before every time jump to keep him alive, but when he returns from his next trip, he wants to keep Cole in 2043, permanently.

So Cole needs to make this (possible) final trip count, even if he’s unaware what’s at stake.

He stumbles in on Aaron and Cassie in 2015. Aaron is furious to see him—they prevented the plague, he should be gone in Aaron’s mind—and Cassie is disappointed that the mission failed. But she is in no way disappointed to see Cole. They determine the one loose end left is Oliver Peters, the doctor who worked with Leland Goines and developed the original virus, but when the two of them arrive at his home, all that’s waiting is his dead husband.

The Pallid Man arrived first, and Cassie and Cole commiserate over what to do next at a bar. Cassie’s dissatisfaction with the Sisyphean loop they’re caught in of trying and failing to stop the plague hangs in the air as she chugs down her beer. They find a link to the White Dragon club in 1987 (which has come up on their radar before), but Cassie is only offering Cole begrudging assistance to search for Peters at this point. She doesn’t want to be party to a task that is killing someone she has feelings for. Any chance of hashing out their issues is cut short when Cole splinters back to 2043 while in the bar with her (Seriously, is no one weirded out by the room shaking and a man disappearing before their eyes?).

It’s another great turn for Amanda Schull and Aaron Stanford, who really excel in the more dramatic moments. The show’s early episodes forced some lighter banter between Cassie and Cole, but the writers have settled on a much better back-and-forth in the season’s second half.

Cole leaves one bad situation for another, returning to find out what Ramse has done as his health deteriorates until he collapses. Jones, assisted by Max (remember her?), places Cole in a machine to stabilize his health for at least a little while longer. He’ll still die, but they might squeeze another splinter or two out of him.

But Jones has another problem on her mind. They can’t send Cole back without the formula Ramse stole, and Cole is the only one who might have an idea of where he is currently hiding. Cole gives up his best friend for the promise that Ramse will remain alive, to which Jones agrees. Though when she sends Whitley out on a mission to find him, she makes her true intentions clear—that formula matters far more than Ramse’s life.

NEXT: Ramse’s life is changed forever.