The Following

Season 1 Episode 6

The Fall

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 25, 2013 on FOX
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    The Following "The Fall" Review: Chances Are, You're Also a Cult Member

    Seriously, how can these agents/police constantly let people get away?

  • Episode Summary

    Charlie, the newest of Carroll's exposed followers, unleashes a new plan. While Ryan tries to turn Emma, Paul, and Jacob against each other, Emma makes a decision that will affect her comrades.

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    • Cult mentality is one of unity

      "Cult mentality is one of unity. It's human nature. We all want to belong. It's a primal

      -- Debra Parker, FBI

      That certainly explains the unity among sociopathic Law Enforcement Officials "LEOs" who like the Joe Carroll cult members, murder innocent citizens merely because they can.

      Funny how the writers for "The Following" depicted the Joe Carroll cult. They might just as well have been depicting the federal government, the biggest cult of all.moreless
    • Good episode

      You people don't seem to pay a lot of attention while watching the show, do you?. Maybe the whole thing is a bit unusual and some plots are a bit non-realistic but all in all everything looks good.


      I guess you missed couple episodes where it was said how Joe was getting his followers. Prison inmates couldn't do it. Prison guards have done it once already. It would be stupid, as you wrote, to do it again in a short period of time. The whole penitentiary system would be on target by the police, FBI, SWAT, ATF and who knows what else.


      Claire was saved by the FBI. She didn't run. It was Charlie who ran away but since FBI didn't know how many people were inside they said "they". Try not to fall asleep next time ;-)moreless
    • The stupidity and predictabilty

      I'm done with this crap. Just demonstrates how great shows like The American's, Banshee, Homeland, Shameless really are in comparison. This is a laughable mess. Uhghh. I'll never get these last 6 hours back, but I won't commit any bye
    • Would you believe?

      Assuming anyone has missed the story so far here it goes: This is the story of a serial killer, a serial killer in jail mind you, a serial killer that has convinced dozens of killers to follow him blindly and do some more killing on his behalf. Well not quite right. That is what happened in episode 1, when in a rather dramatic fashion his followers did finish the job the good guy, former FBI agent Ryan, aka as Kevin Bacon, prevented him from accomplishing eight years earlier.

      Ever since the bad guy, a British literature professor particularly fond of Edgar Allan Poe, has embarked in a series of minor crimes (kidnapping his own son, his former wife) and we frankly do not know where all this is going. By the way, the producers should have made Joe a French professor, the French are indeed in love with Poe. This is sadly not Homeland where not knowing is actually part of the magic. The whole story is now quickly developing into a never-ending man-hunt where everybody is actually a potential bad guy indoctrinated by our not so gentle handsome professor behind bars.

      The actual good guy, Kevin Bacon has a knack for understanding everybody's psychology. How on earth does he know so well the intimate story of the dubious threesome? (by watching the first five episodes probably) and yet why is he incapable of figuring out who the next follower will be?

      The story is well told on the surface but let's face it, without anyone understanding why on earth Joe kidnapped his son it just does not make sense any sense at all.

      Episode 5 ended in a cliffhanger where only magic could have prevented the FBI from rescuing Joe's son. Magic which in this case means that at least half the FBI are actually followers Joe. So what is the story, a psychopath that rules the police and/or the FBI or a true serial killer. For the past few episodes all victims have been effectively killed in self-defense. Where has Dexter gone?

      The opening of the latest episode just reminded me of Don Adams' fantastic Get Smart. To the simple question of who knows who is surrounding the house, he points out "he knows,pauses, and adds the FBI knows, SWAT teams know and so forth" When Maxwell Smart uttered these words half a century ago, nobody was coming to help him, and Siegfried (the great Bernie Kopell) would have to find a way to lose the battle on his own against Max and 99. In the latest "Following" everything Ryan says is true, and still the magic works for the bad guys. Action movies do not have to be realistic, I love James Bond, but give us a break, please, find another way, true magic if necessary, to make the bad guys win.

      At this rate we will soon get to the point that the entire government is actually a follower of Joe's. I realize we live in a world of paranoia, but this is just like claiming the George W. Bush destroyed the Twin Towers, ... probably on his own!

      Surprisingly, there is no cliffhanger, the kid is still lost, and besides the fact that Joe, who if I remember well was due to be executed 5 episodes ago, is re-starting his legal appeals process (why?how?) we have no clue as to what will follow. The problem is that unless we get a clue, we might stop looking for that answer.moreless
    • 'The Fall' is an #EpicFail

      Aside from the countless stupid scenes on this episode, just wondering... how come there aren't any cult members in Carroll's prison to help him escape when they managed to infiltrate everywhere else?

      I'm VERY disappointed! the show started off well but after watching this ridiculous episode I'm starting to think that all of it was just a complete waste time.
    David Aaron Baker

    David Aaron Baker


    Guest Star

    Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Olivia Warren

    Guest Star

    Tom Lipinski

    Tom Lipinski

    Charlie Mead

    Guest Star

    John Lafayette

    John Lafayette

    Deputy Marshal Scott Turner

    Recurring Role

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