'The Following: Love Hurts,' 2013, Fox. Written by Adam Amus and Kay Foster. Directed by Marcos Siega and Adam Davidson. Starring Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, and Shawn Ashmore. Rated TV-14 for language, sexual situations, and violence. Airs 9.00 p.m. EST on Monday.
'Love Hurts' is the theme for this episode, which has Joe Carroll sending out two of his followers -- Amanda Porter (played by Marin Ireland, pictured) and Louise Sinclair
-- to kill women with the same name as his ex-wife. Carroll intends for Hardy to think this manoeuvre is all about him, whilst in reality it is about trying to flush Claire Matthews out. Carroll knows that if Matthews finds out he's killing people with her name, she will come out of hiding to try and stop him.
Meanwhile, we finally get to find out what's happened to Paul Torres and Jacob Wells, who were abandoned by Emma Hill and left to die. Torres and Wells have holed up in the Wells family retreat. Then Wells' mum arrives, and his dad will soon follow -- and Daddy will certainly call the police.
Emma Hill is having her own problems; Carroll's lieutenant, Roderick, is giving her a hard time about her loyalties and the fact that she's sleeping with Carroll whilst away from her boyfriend, Wells. Add to that the fact that she can't seem to get Carroll to relax around her and commit to a relationship, and you have one miserable little psychopath.
There is a wonderful scene in which Ryan Hardy confesses his love for Claire Matthews whilst trying desperately to save a woman in Porter's clutches. Kevin Bacon exercises his acting chops in this scene, as does Marin Ireland, who is a nice foil.
One complaint: when Paul Torres is begging Jacob Wells to kill him, he echoes a line from Charlie Mead in a previous episode: 'I want my life to mean something.' These reviewers don't really see how dying in this case would cause Torres' life to mean anything, even in his twisted view. Still, this was a good episode.