12 Monkeys Season 2 Episode 5 Review: Bodies of Water

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I've been enjoying this season tremendously, but this was my fave episode by far.

Learning more of Jennifer's backstory and just witnessing Cassie and Jennifer's excellent adventure made 12 Monkeys Season 2 Episode 5 probably the most fun we've had this season. Will Cassie save her new BFF in 2044?

How about the big Witness reveal? Is it possible Aaron is the all-knowing Witness?

There were lots of little clues sprinkled throughout this installment. From Olivia's back tattoo, to the Witness mentioning "1957-1959 - This Was Home," Jennifer's artwork and yes the possibility that Aaron Marker is the Witness.

We've all been wondering about the mysterious cedar house, and now we've learned the Witness called the place home. How cool were the visual effects inside the house?

When Olivia mentioned eliminating Dr. Railly, the Witness became volatile. Though it seems unlikely our antagonist is Aaron, that reaction could be a hint Cole is the Witness.

Still, in Jennifer's room the camera stopped briefly on the Annapurna Remains reminding us of Cole's reaction when he came close to it in the night room. So is Cole the Witness or the origin of the virus? Or both?

One thing we now know for sure, the Witness has turned his back on Olivia and chosen the Pallid Man for his new uncertain cycle. Ouch!

Did you catch the name of Jennifer's pet turtle? I read somewhere that its name was actually Terry, so they kept it.

My last name popped up as well, around the 7 minute mark. That's right, one of Deacon's deceased West 7 guys was named after moi. How frakkin' cool is that? Terry joked with me that Otero is the hero of Season 3. I mean, this is a time travel show so the possibilities are endless.

Anyway, back to Jennifer. I loved her reaction to seeing Cole again. That little snort was priceless, wasn't it?

Cole: Jennifer you're not safe out here. We know why the messengers went back in time. They're destroying primaries. People like you.
Jennifer: Collapsing time. Creating paradoxes.

Yes Jennifer spied the date of her death on the Witnesses map, but I can't believe Terry Matalas and company would write Emily off the series. He did tell me, "No one is safe." I'm thinking, but c'mon it's Jennifer! Will it be her death by paradox in 2044 that stops time? What will that look like?

With all the fan complaints about Cassie's "attitude" this season, partnering her up with Jennifer was a much needed change of pace. Didn't the Cassie in this episode feel much more like the person we met last season? It took bonding with Jennifer to bring her empathy back.

I'll be honest, this new dynamic between the two women is what made this installment my favorite of the first batch of screeners Syfy sent me. There were also a bunch of great comedic moments, like Cole and Deacon wishing Cassie a safe splinter. Boys will be boys. We're so dumb, ha!

So, Cassie traveled back to 2016 and met up with a semi-sane Jennifer. The meds couldn't keep the creepy visions of her dead mom at bay though. Eeeek!

There were so many great moments between Cassie and Jennifer. "Maybe every version of me thinks you're kind of a bitch" Jennifer told Cassie. I instantly flashed back to their meeting in the night room. The two characters had a tense history, but that changed with the events of this episode.

I asked Terry if the writers always knew what Jennifer's mother had done to her. "It was something we found in breaking the story. We wanted to tie Olivia and the bath from last year together with her turn from this year" Terry informed me.

I thought it was a truly emotional and heartbreaking twist to Jennifer's story. It was clear Cassie sympathized as well and she will never look at the troubled young woman the same way again. Was this the start of a beautiful new friendship?

About those drawings, which ones caught your eye? What future clues were hidden among Jennifer's art? Aside from the Witness, of course.

Cassie: How long have you been drawing these?
Jennifer: My whole life. Started with stick figures. Got better as I got older. My mother hated them. My disturbing images disturbed her already disturbed mind.
Cassie: Your mother was mentally ill?
Jennifer: Not primary, just sick.

The drowning scene was quite uncomfortable, but boy did Emily Hampshire nail that entire sequence. The expression on Amanda Schull's face made me fall in love with Cassie all over again. Then, she held a gun to her new BFF's head when the Pallid Man showed up.

"Didn't see that one coming, did ya Tall Man?" Jennifer asked. It was such a perfect moment but it's safe to say we all knew Cassie didn't have it in her. Not at that point anyway.

Cole and Ramse setting Deacon up was a total surprise to me. Anyone else feel bad for the guy? When I asked Terry if the "respect" comment came from an honest place he said, "Definitely. I think both parties learned a lot about the other this time. We'll have to see if this truce sticks." What do you guys think, will Deacon strike back?

One of the major moments came courtesy of Cassie's latest red forest tea trip.

Are we going on another trip to see the Witness? Good, I can't wait to tell him about how I burnt your virus and set you back years.

Cassie

The Aaron Marker/Witness reveal was a huge deal, but I can't help wonder if he's really our guy. Quite honestly the character never seemed connected enough to the mythology to be the story's big bad.

Is it possible the Witness just showed her a familiar face? Someone she felt guilty about leaving behind to die? I'm not buying Aaron as the Witness. How about you?

How many clues did you pick out from the "Word of the Witness" map? Is Jennifer's death a fixed point in time, yet Cole's is not? Cassie's death in 2017 appeared on the map. And why was only Kyle Slade's birth listed? Does that mean our heroes save him in the next installment? It's not looking good for poor Jennifer Goines, is it? I can't imagine what this series would be like without her.

Jennifer should have finished Olivia off once and for all. Now it appears the leaders of the Army of the 12 Monkeys will find themselves at odds. I'm glad Olivia survived though, there are still way too many mysteries surrounding her. It has been very interesting discovery the histories of characters like the Pallid Man, and hopefully Olivia.

The closing scene between Cassie and Cole was touching. She ordered him a whiskey sour, yes!

Then she held his hand before he splintered off. I believe that was the first time the two have made physical contact this season. Our heroes being at odds is what made that moment all the sweeter. We need to have patience and trust the writers to deliver a moment like that.

Well, that does it for me. What did you think of "Bodies of Water"? Did Jennifer's history surprise you? What did you think of the Cassie/Jennifer team up? What secrets does Kyle Slade hold? Your turn my friends, hit the comments below and share your thoughts with us.

As always, you can watch 12 Monkeys online via TV Fanatic anytime. This one's worth a rewatch, guys. Take it from someone who has seen the episode 5 times.

NOTE: 12 Monkeys Season 2 Episode 6 is titled "Immortal" and airs on May 23.

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12 Monkeys Season 2 Episode 5 Quotes

Cassie: How long have you been drawing these?
Jennifer: My whole life. Started with stick figures. Got better as I got older. My mother hated them. My disturbing images disturbed her already disturbed mind.
Cassie: Your mother was mentally ill?
Jennifer: Not primary, just sick.

Cole: Jennifer you're not safe out here. We know why the messengers went back in time. They're destroying primaries. People like you.
Jennifer: Collapsing time. Creating paradoxes.