The Following

Season 1 Episode 4

Mad Love

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 2013 on FOX

Episode Recap

At the farm, Paul contemplates his captive, Megan, while Jacob complains that his fellow cult member has screwed up. Emma tells Jacob to deal with Paul, but Paul simply mocks Jacob. When he tells them that he picked up Megan at the local grocery store, Emma realizes that he didn't check the store's surveillance cameras. Paul dismisses her concerns and says that he'll kill Megan shortly. Joey cries out and Emma goes to check on him, and Paul tells Jacob that he's tired of all of his lies.

Ryan and Debra go to Claire's house and rewatch the video that the farm group sent, looking for geographical clues. Mike checks against computer files and pinpoints the location by the trees in the background, but is unable to trace the IP address. Debra asks how he's doing after seeing Troy die, and Mike tells her that he's doing fine. Ryan and Debra both try to reassure Claire that they'll find Joey using the video, and Ryan figures that Carroll is playing games with his ex-wife as part of his new story. Claire is worried that even if her son isn't genetically disposed to murder, the cult training could turn him into a killer. As they leave, Debra tells Ryan that Jordy confirmed that Maggie was the one who made the arrangements to hide Joey and that she knows where they can find the boy. As they talk, Ryan's phone rings and he checks to see that his sister Jenny is calling.


Jenny brings a drunken Ryan home and he passes out on his bed.

The Present

Ryan ignores the call and meets with Carroll. He tries to get the killer to talk, pointing out that his plans seem amateurish and his people are already self-destructing. When he tells Carroll that he killed Rick trying to escape, Carroll says that he's pleased to hear that Ryan is getting back into the game. The killer then informs Ryan that Maggie's real name is Margaret Schuller and she came to him after she had already killed five people in Arkansas. Carroll warns Ryan that Maggie is a very dangerous opponent.

Once Ryan comes out, Mike checks the files and confirms that there were six unsolved murders in Arkansas that were attributed to a female serial killer. They have an eyewitness sketch from the killings and start checking it against Carroll's visitors over the last nine years.

At the farm house, the group sees Maggie on the news and try to call her without the success. Joey hears them talking from upstairs and accidentally knocks over his boots. He quickly runs downstairs, feigning ignorance, and Emma watches as he goes outside to play soccer. Once they're alone, Emma asks Paul what is going on and he implies that Jacob can't handle things. Emma figures that Paul and Jacob actually did have sex while pretending to be lovers and says that she doesn't care. However, Paul warns her that Jacob has been lying to all of them: he's never murdered anyone.

Mike checks CCTVs and gets footage of Maggie killing a man in the parking lot of a hardware store in upstate New York. They check the store records and confirm that she bought rope, knives, and magnets. As they review the recordings, Ryan gets another call from jenny.


When Ryan wakes up, Jenny is still there at his side. She tells him that he missed his doctor's appointment and worries that his combination of heart and drinking condition could endanger his life. When Jenny worries about him, Ryan tells her that she must have gotten her advice from one of her groups and she walks out, angry at him.

The Present

Ryan steps away to take the call and Jenny warns him that things aren't good. Maggie then comes on the line and asks Ryan how he wants her to kill his sister. She then tells him to come alone and unarmed so that he can trade himself for Jenny. Ryan asks if Carroll knows what she has planned and Maggie tells him that she's off the book. Maggie says that Jenny is showing her how to make a risotto and then hangs up.

Jacob checks on Emma as she goes over the Internet news. She gives him a knife and tells him to take care of Megan. When he tries to convince her to let Paul do it, Emma tells him that she knows his secret.


At the Hill house, Jacob describes in graphic detail to the rest of the group how he killed a college co-ed. Afterward he took her corpse into the river and stood on it until it was waterlogged enough to sink.

The Present

Jacob admits that he was ashamed that he hadn't killed anyone, and lied because he didn't want to disappoint Emma. He insists that he wants to be a part of the group and that he's tried to kill, but admits that he couldn't do it. Emma gives him a knife and tells him to do more than try.

Ryan takes off and Debra asks where he's going, and isn't convinced when he says that it's personal. She tells Mike to follow Ryan, explaining that he got a call from his sister Jenny. Mike catches up to Ryan in the stairwell and asks if he's going to Brooklyn, well aware that's where Jenny lives. Ryan slams Mike into the wall and asks if Debra knows, and then tells Mike that Maggie has Jenny. Mike tells him that Debra doesn't know and offers to help. When Ryan wonders what will happen to him, Mike figures that he'll only get a warning because of the recent trauma of Troy's death. Ryan reluctantly agrees to let the junior agent come with him.

As they drive to Brooklyn, Mike tries to make small talk, suggesting that Ryan call him Mike instead of "Weston." When Mike asks about Jenny, Ryan only says that it's complicated and then rolls over and tries to get some sleep.


Ryan takes Claire to lunch at Jenny' s restaurant in Brooklyn. She's surprised to see Ryan with Claire and after they talk, admits that she likes her brother's new girlfriend.

The Present

When Debra calls Mike on his phone, he turns it off.

When they arrive in Brooklyn that night, Ryan has Mike park the vehicle a few blocks from the restaurant. He then tells the junior agent to give him a few minutes so he can unlock a side door and go in after Jenny. Mike is then supposed to come in and get Jenny out no matter what it means for Ryan. Ryan goes in and, after unlocking the side door, goes to the main dining room. There's a blindfold with a note saying "Put this on." When Ryan does, Maggie steps into the room and tells him that Jenny is nearby, telling her about Ryan's tragic early years. When Jenny screams for Ryan, he tries to get up and Maggie knocks him unconscious.

Jacob goes to the basement to kill Megan, but then pulls off her gag and gives her a drink of water. Megan begs him not to kill her and promises not to say anything to anyone if he lets her go. She suggests that he cut her to provide enough blood to make it look convincing and then claim that he dumped her in a nearby ravine, but Jacob says that the others won't believe him. Crying, Maggie begs him not to kill her.


Jacob visits Carroll in prison and finally admits that he hasn't killed anyone. Carroll asks if he wants to be part of the group and Jacob insists that he can't go back to his old life. Finally, Carroll assures Jacob that he'll keep his secret in anticipation of the day when Jacob is ready to kill.

The Present

Jacob puts the knife to the crying girl's throat and tells her to shut up.

Maggie duct-tapes Ryan to a table and wakes him up. Jenny is nearby, taped to a chair, and Maggie tells Ryan that his sister is fine. She plans to psychologically scar jenny by killing her brother in front of him, but wishes that Claire was there instead.


After they make love for the first time, Claire tells Ryan that she liked Jenny and figures that it tells her a little more about Ryan. She suggests that he might open up a little more, and Ryan grimly tells her that his mother died of leukemia when he was 14 and his father, a retired cop, tried to stop a convenience store robbery and was shot dead. Claire asks if he had any other siblings and Ryan tells her that he had an older brother, Ray... and he was working as a fireman on 9/11 and died.

The Present

After considering matters, Jacob unties Megan and tells her to get out. She sneaks through the house until she gets to the back door and then runs out. Emma and Paul hear her and chase after her, and Megan hides in the stable. Paul comes in to look for her but Emma calls him away just before he gets to Megan's position. When she runs out the back door, Megan finds Emma waiting for her. Paul comes in behind the clerk and Emma stabs Megan in the arm. As Megan screams, Paul and Emma wrestle her to the muddy ground.

Maggie rips opens Ryan's shirt and explains that she knows about how bad his heart is from when Carroll stabbed it. she then starts taping magnets to his chest to disrupt his pacemaker, explaining that her father had one. Ryan begs her to let Jenny go but Maggie tells him that she'll kill Jenny once she's done with him. She insists that she's sticking to Carroll's plan because it will be his knife wound to Ryan's heart that kills the former agent. As Ryan lies dying, his pacemaker stopping, Maggie turns to Jenny and tells her that her family is cursed just like she said. She then cuts Ryan's hands free to watch his death throes. Ryan tries to sit up but collapses onto the floor. As Maggie drags Jenny over to watch her brother die up close and personal, Mike breaks in and knocks Maggie to the floor. He tells her to stay down but she charges at him and he's forced to kill her. He then goes to Ryan and removes the magnets from his chest.

Paul, covered in mud, goes to the bathroom and finds Emma, also covered in mud and preparing to take a shower. Emma tells him that they both love Jacob and that they'll have to work together for her sake. She starts to get in the show and tells Paul that they're not going to make out. However, after a moment she come back and kisses Paul.

Jacob goes to the basement and is surprised to discover that Megan is tied up but alive.

As the police secure Jenny's restaurant, Mike checks Maggie's cell phone and tells Ryan that he can pull a call location from it. Ryan asks what happened when Debra arrived and Mike admits that he's been suspended. Before he rejoins the team, Ryan goes to Jenny and tells her to disappear for a while. She says that she's needed in Miami and then asks how Claire is doing.


Jenny comes to see Ryan at his apartment and admits that she likes Claire and thinks that she's the one for him. However, Ryan insists that Claire deserves a new start after Carroll was sent to prison , and Jenny asks him what he deserves.

The Present

Ryan tells Jenny that Claire is hanging in. Jenny admits that their family may be cursed like Maggie said, but tells her brother that he can't go through life alone.

When Paul comes to the bathroom, he finds Emma and Jacob together in the shower. They assure their friend that they're not going to give up on him. Sobbing, Paul enters the shower and they hug him in a group embrace.

The next day, Ryan returns to Claire's house and tells her that they've traced Maggie's call to somewhere in upstate New York, and they'll have a definite location in two hours. Claire thanks him, says that she's glad Jenny is okay, and invites him to stay and have breakfast.


Ryan admits that he's not ready to be with someone, and that he'd only be a reminder to Claire of the worst time in her life.

The Present

Ryan tells Claire that he needs to get back and walks out of the house... alone.