Synopsis: When a member of the British nobility is found murdered in Central Park, Henry (Ioan Gruffudd) is called in on his day off to investigate. Only the victim isn’t really nobility, he’s an American conman that was in the process of marrying the daughter of a wealthy textile manufacturer. The revelation results in a variety of suspects ranging from his future father-in-law to his partner in crime.
Forever Episode Review: “The Man in the Killer Suit”
A review of the season 1 episode that first aired December 2, 2014.
A Nice Mystery
My wife and I usually make every effort to watch this series when it airs during the week but, in this case, had to wait a couple extra days to see this episode. As it turns out, it was worth that wait.
The thing I really liked about this episode is the way Henry was able to relate to the victim (Robbie Sublett) because, in many ways, he is also a conman and is pretending to be something he isn’t. And, at times, I really did wonder if such a close resemblance would ultimately result in his secret being revealed. After all, his partner (Alana De La Garza) is a pretty decent detective herself and already seems to know he is hiding something.
I also found I liked the mystery surrounding the victim’s death. It wasn’t too hard to figure out his real identity and the motive for his murder. But, the obvious suspects were ruled out relatively quickly and, when that happened, it became apparent it was either some obscure character we saw for only a couple of minutes or someone was lying and there was a missed clue. It also caused me to question whether or not there was a completely different motive.
The story about Abe (Judd Hirsch) pursuing his first love (Brown) at her husband’s funeral was also somewhat interesting. Adding to the intrigue was the fact we learned he had to move shortly after their first kiss because someone figured out Henry’s secret. This did make me wonder what would have happened had Abe had a normal childhood and whether or not she would have married him instead of his best friend.
This episode did end on a cliffhanger, with the mysterious “Adam” kidnapping Henry. But, even without that, I do think this was a memorable episode because it put his mystery-solving skills to the test and gave us a little more insight into his (and Abe’s) struggles over the years.
My Grade: A