Review/Recap Forever | ‘The Frustrating Thing About Psychopaths’ (Season 1, #6)

By: Cynthia Ayala

“Henry and Jo investigate homicides that mimic those of Jack the Ripper and the Black Dahlia murder; Henry remembers his experiences with the original cases.”

  • Synopsis provided by Shazam

There was a time in my life when I wanted to study criminal psychology because psychopaths and serial killers fascinate me. But it turns out I don’t have the patience to study the subject matter.

But that’s a story for another day. That being said however, I’m sure you can understand why this episode was absolutely brilliant in my opinion. Henry is investigating these murders based on some of history’s more notorious crimes – Jack the Ripper, Black Dahlia and the Boston Strangler – and the murderer is playing with them, leaving clues strewn about the bodies to lead them to their next crime.

It’s remarkable how the show worked and took such a strong definitive direction to tie the past with the present and show how connected Henry was to the cases before him. I loved that about this show. I’m a sucker for nostalgia when it’s written way and for someone who is immortal, nostalgia is an essential role within the show. That being said, that doesn’t always mean it’s a good thing. Sometimes flashbacks are more detrimental to a show, especially when they don’t add anything to it and are there for filler. So this show constructs the past to the present to make those scenes come off effortlessly and add to the plot line as well as character development and plot development.

Within this episode, the past and the present are thrown together not just for the cases, but also to show how different Adam and Henry are. Adam is a very cold persona, a killer who hates his immortality whereas Henry is the doe-eyed compassionate person who seeks an understanding as the why he’s immortal, and a cure for it. Adam is his Moriarty, and while this is not a unique concept, it’s still very interesting, especially considering they are immortal.

Directed by: Zetna Fuentes

Written by: Sarah Nicole Jones

Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Alana de la Garza, Lorraine Toussaint, Donnie Keshawarz, Joel David Moore & Judd Hirsch

Genre: Crime Drama, Fantasy

Original Air Date/Time/Channel: October 21, 2014 | 10 PM EST | ABC

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