Violet recaps Season 2 Episode 3 of The Following, titled Trust Me, where Hardy gets into more hot water with the FBI, Mandy and Judy disagree with Joe’s decision to leave, and Carlos arranges a meeting with Emma. Following the episode recap, Violet shares her thoughts on Trust Me.
Episode Recap of The Following, Season 2 Episode 3: Trust Me
- Hardy has nightmares about Joe Carroll. The FBI gets the faces of the twins out, then reviews footage of Hardy at Carlos’s apartment, and Hardy is forced to tell them what happened. Weston tracks Hardy and monitors his online activity.
- Mark has Carlos call Emma back and tells her to meet him in person. Hardy checks on Lily, who is a little flirty towards him. Joe tells Judy and Mandy he is going to leave, and says they should keep their mouths shut.
- Weston finds Hardy’s secret room containing his research. Hardy tells Weston about his theory that DNA was switched and Joe could still be alive. Emma goes to meet Carlos at an abandoned building, but finds Mark there instead.
- The FBI tracks Emma with security camera footage to a residence in New Jersey. Mandy begs Joe not to go. Judy tries to shoot Joe, but he took the bullets out. Joe begins to strangle Judy, but stops when Mandy begs him to.
- Mark tells Emma that Joe is still alive, and Emma wonders why Joe didn’t tell her. Emma accepts Mark’s invitation to join him. Meanwhile, the FBI raids the house where Emma was staying. Hardy shows up in the aftermath, and Mendez bans him from the investigation and Lily Gray.
- Police try to stop Hardy from visiting Lily, but she invites him up. Hardy opens up to her, and she invites him to have dinner later. Mark brings Emma back to the hotel room with him. Emma sees on the news that 5 cult members were killed at her house and one person taken into custody.
- Joe ties Judy up. Mandy starts to go after Joe with a knife, but instead stabs Judy repeatedly, because she doesn’t want to lose Joe. Luke stabs Carlos in the neck, and Giselle is upset that she didn’t get to kill him.
- Hardy figures out Lily is in on it, because the subway footage shows that she did not get on the express train, although she told him she was in a hurry that day. He chases her from the art gallery, but loses her. Luke picks Lily up in his car, and calls her “Mother.”
- Mandy helps Joe burn her house down, and is grateful to Joe for taking her with him. Giselle, Mark and Emma leave the hotel since the FBI is onto them. Hardy is upset that he missed the signs about Lily, and that more people died. He goes home and stares a picture of Claire.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 2 Episode 3 of The Following: Trust Me
A lot of what happened on this episode, we already saw coming. It was pretty suspicious from the beginning how Lily was the only one left alive from the subway attack, and was relatively unharmed comparatively. Then she just seemed to be a bit too clingy to Hardy. As you can see from our thoughts on Episodes 1 and 2, we saw it coming from a mile away that Lily was in on it.
What we did not see coming was that Lily might be the twins’ mother. I say “might” because of the previews for the next episode. When Lily got in the car and called Luke “dear,” and he replied with “Yes, Mother,” I immediately assumed what we all assumed: that Lily is the twins’ mother. But then I saw the preview where it looks like Luke and Lily are something other than mother and son, and instead look more romantically linked. In that case, Luke replying to Lily’s command with “Yes, Mother” could have just been playful banter between lovers. Additionally, maybe Lily is seen as sort of the Mother figure of this new group, the same way Joe Carroll was the Father figure of his group. This scenario of Lily not actually being their mother makes more sense to me, because for some reason I got the feeling that the twins didn’t have any living parents, the way they were eating at the dinner table with the dead victims, pretending they were their mom and dad. It was as if they didn’t have parents of their own to talk to like that. Or I could just be reading way too much into this and Lily is simply their mom. We’ll see for sure soon.
Another thing we saw coming was that Emma would try to join up with Carlos and the new group. Well, Carlos is dead now, but she is part of the new group, and Mark apparently has a big crush on her. Emma is probably expecting to be Joe’s right hand again once they draw him out. But I’m not so sure that’s going to happen. It appears that Joe is genuinely fond of Mandy, and now that Mandy has proved herself to him by killing her own mother, Mandy may have a high place in this new group. The question is, how are the dynamics going to work when Joe and Mandy combine with the new group? It seems like the twins, especially Luke, are used to being in charge. What about Lily, what does she expect her role to be in the new regime? What will Joe’s explanation to Emma be for not telling her he was alive?
It seems like these first few episodes were just setting the stage for Joe’s triumphant return. Hardy has been defeated and feels dumb for having let Lily trick him, especially since he was beginning to open up to a woman for the first time since Claire. Now he’s going to be even less trusting than before, and has gone back to obsessing over the loss of Claire — which is probably exactly the position Joe wants him to be in.
Hopefully things will be less predictable and will start getting more interesting upon Joe’s return!
Scenes from The Following, Season 2 Episode 4: Family Affair
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