The Following

Season 1 Episode 12

The Curse

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 08, 2013 on FOX
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    The Following "The Curse" Review: A Long Conversation

    You'll notice that this week's "stupid moments" poll is a little thinner than usual. It's not because the characters are behaving with any sort of clarity or because the plot is finally starting to clear up after 12 episodes. It's…

  • Episode Summary


    The FBI closes in on a follower that may be able to lead them to Carroll and Claire. Meanwhile, Mike returns to duty after his injuries, but the wounds may run deeper than he thought.

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    • The Objective of the show is to drive the viewers crazy.

      This show is driving me insane! It's like watching a clique'd horror movie. Don't leave the kid alone they're going to grab him. Don't leave the female FBI agent alone cuz someone is going to whack her. DO NOT leave the follower alone in a room handcuffed to the radiator he will get killed!

      Aaaahhh I find myself screaming at the . and shaking my head and the stupidity of these people. We they really trained as FBI agents?! Cuz holy crap they suck! They need to go back and get some extra training cuz these followers are kicking their ass! It's sad that these "highly" trained agents are being knocked about by these set of crazy people.

      On another note, i know they train agents to shoot to kill but does Ryan have to kill each follower who comes across his path?! Shit, the whole point is to get information from these people not shoot them dead so you're left with nothing!

      Alright rant finished!moreless
    • The Curse

      The Curse was an excellent and very exciting episode of The Following. It was great to see Claire try to escape with Joey and it was awesome how she let Emma know how it is! Hardy and gang track some good leads and find more than they bargained for. Carroll takes a break from writing and surprises Ryan. I liked how everything played out and the ending was crazy. I look forward to watching what happens nex!!!!!!!!!

    • Seriously?

      Honestly, an hour of pure stupidity. The FBI sucks and doesn't care about the law. They send three people to a scene where for all they know they could be approached by an army of followers. The followers can easily kill Weston, Parker, and Hardy, yet they let all three of them go, Jacob suddenly is fine with killing and punching people. Weston can't identify Roderick even though he was captured by him just a few episodes ago. Joe lets Claire read his story and doesn't password protect his computer. And nothing else really happens. Lazy writing at its finest, people. I'm done with the show and enjoy it if you're still watching, but I can't take this any more.moreless
    • Unbelievable

      It's excited and frustrated that Joe Carroll & members of his cult are next to Ryan but he still can't to catch his own enemy
    • SPOILER: Theory on Joe Carroll's motive

      I have been thinking about this for several weeks now but it's starting to look more and more feasible. Could it be that Joe Carroll's motive is to turn Ryan into a serial killer? What is Ryan's body count right now? It's gotta be a dozen or so. Futhermore, Joe has shown he doesn't give a flip about his followers. He keeps throwing them out there like pawns for Ryan to pop off. When Vince was on the ground reaching for the gun, I am thinking "just shoot him in the shoulder". Nope. Kill shot.

      Which brings me to my next point: when any law enforcement officer takes a life in the line of duty, it is protocol to put him on "administrative leave" or a desk job until a proper investigation of the incident can be performed. Yet, here is knocking folks off left & right like he is shooting free throws. And he is not even a full FBI agent! He is some kind of unofficial consultant.moreless
    Christopher Denham (II)

    Christopher Denham (II)

    Vince McKinley

    Guest Star

    Robert Bogue

    Robert Bogue

    Daniel Monroe

    Guest Star

    Sean Quinn Hanley

    Sean Quinn Hanley

    Young Ryan

    Guest Star

    Warren Kole

    Warren Kole


    Recurring Role

    Mike Colter

    Mike Colter

    Agent Nick Donovan

    Recurring Role

    Chinasa Ogbuagu

    Chinasa Ogbuagu

    Agent Deirdre Mitchell

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Agent Mitchell: Hey, Ryan, you remember Brad Pitt. That was a Fight Club reference.
        Mike: Yeah, I got that. Almost immediately.
        Ryan: How're you feeling?
        Mike: Yeah, I'm good. It only hurts when I walk or talk, or breathe.

      • Debra: That's how you reach the highest level of Carrolism.
        Ryan: Did you just give Joe's religion a name?
        Debra: Got to call it something.

      • Ryan: This is sloppy of you, Joe.
        Carroll: No, this is insane of me.

      • Carroll: Then what... what drives you?
        Ryan: What drives you?
        Carroll: Death. death does. It, uh, it fuels me.
        Ryan: Me, too. Isn't that what you want to hear? It fuels me, too.
        Carroll: We both seek it out.
        Ryan: No, no... I don't--I don't seek it out.
        Carroll: Oh, yes, you do. It motivates your--your every move, Ryan. But why? that's--that's what we all want to know. What did you do to deserve your place in life?
        Ryan: Nothing. It just is.
        Carroll: We are... so alike, Ryan. It is through death that we both live.

      • Mike: I went too far, I know. Not used to almost dying. Makes it harder to do the right thing.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Mitchell: That was a Fight Club reference.
        Referencing the 1996 novel Fight Club and the 1999 movie adaptation starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Norton is is the unnamed protagonist who bonds with a soap salesman, Tyler Durden (Pitt), and forms a fight club that gives disenfranchised men a chance to exercise their frustrations by beating on each other.