Which is awesome. On the other hand, Henry Morgan is an immortal who forgets all his emotional lessons. Seriously, the whole point of this episode is our main character re-learning a lesson that he apparently also learned a century ago. So much for wisdom and experience.
Congratulations, Forever. I was really afraid that this week's episode would prove me wrong. That instead of a fun little procedural with a supernatural twist we were going to dive headfirst into immortal angst. Not so! The previews made much of Henry discovering that Abe, his son/friend, was a patient at the rejuvenation clinic that was at the center of this week's mystery. This was really a blip in the episode, and we weren't treated to a giant falling out between an immortal who wants to die and an old man who wants to live. I am so happy to have dodged that bullet.
The mystery of the week is kicked off by the death of an old man who has the body of someone much younger. This leads Henry and Detective Martinez to Eterna, which is being touted as a wonder drug that acts as a fountain of youth. It's killing people because it turns out that Eterna is a slushy of human brain.
Yes, the magic youth-granting potion of this episode is a brain smoothie. It also involves a fake doctor, a man stealing brains from the morgue, and a woman mastermind who was pretending to be an assistant.
But that's all just window-dressing for the "immortal can't see the beauty of the world and needs a mortal, with their fleeting lifespan, to do so" plot. We get a flashback to the early 1900s, where the show parallels the snake oil salesmen of that time with the Eterna people. And we meet a friend of Henry's, James. He plays the role of Abe in this parallel story. He's got tuberculosis, see, and is freely getting electrocuted in case that helps. It does not and Henry's not a fan of fake medicine taking advantage of the dying.
We also get a flashback of James in a wheelchair. He and Henry enjoy the natural beauty of the world, as a dying man is more alive than Henry. It would be a cute moment, if not for the fact that this episode proves that Henry completely forgot this lesson.
In the present, the aging Abe is playing the part of James. We start the episode with Henry eagerly talking about how he's figured out that some deaths keep him dead longer. Which he hopes will help him not keep coming back to life. Abe has the exasperation common to the old friend of an immortal youth.
The best part of this episode involves Abe, who visited Eterna once (sooooo glad this didn't turn into a race to save him from the deadly brain slushy) spotting the woman who made the stuff in a subway station. He runs to a police officer and tells him that he needs to arrest the woman because she's been feeding people brains. The police officer reacts pretty much as you'd expect.
Even when Henry and Martinez show up, Henry still leaves Abe with the police officer, who Abe has called a moron. The episode ends with Abe saying he feels so much younger after being arrested. It reminds him of his time at Berkeley. (Of course it's Berkeley.) He refuses to let Henry go back to the lab. Because the immortal needs the mortal to remind him to enjoy the world. AGAIN. Be smarter, Henry.
Given that this episode could have gone over the top with Henry's immortal angst and the desperation of mortals to live longer, this handled it without that. And even the parallels between the past and now were pretty nice. However, the two events were so similar that it made Henry the most forgetful immortal ever.
Regardless, the thing I hope the most of all is that the show did this plot early so it could get it over with. This show has the potential to be a fun hour but it does not have it in it to be a deep contemplation of the nature of immortality. Fingers crossed that there's some self-reflection going on here.