'The Following: Welcome Home,' 2013, Fox. Written by Amanda Kate Shuman. Directed by Joshua Butler. 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.
James Carroll is free, with his followers and his son. Now all he needs is his ex-wife, Claire, and in this episode he sets out to find her. His lieutenant, Roderick (Warren Kole), helps him decide how, and soon Roderick takes a group of followers with him to capture and interrogate Agent Michael Weston (pictured).
We also find out why Roderick follows Carroll: Carroll is taking the blame for two murders Roderick committed. Carroll also teaches Roderick how to kill.
This is a tense episode, with quite a lot told from the point of view of Carroll and his followers. Weston is showcased, as well -- a nice change of pace, because this is a good character. There's a creepy moment in which Weston is followed, only to turn around in his motel room to find two of Carroll's followers already there.
On the homefront, we're introduced to Agent Nick Donovan (Mike Colter), who is going to head up the investigation from now on. He's by-the-book and obviously going to cause problems for Hardy, who Donovan wants to act as strictly a consultant. Donovan is a control freak when it comes to his work, and insists on having his say-so on everything; this already grates on the nerves of the FBI agents who are thus far used to doing things a bit more spur-of-the-moment. It will be interesting to see how Donovan's character develops in future episodes. And in the meantime, we have Hardy's bold-faced sarcasm to see us through.