I don’t know what it is with Forever’s scheduling, it’s so random it could be on Fox. If it gets any worse it could be called Firefly (I’m not bitter)
Amusingly, a sailor tells his crew to be quiet about the treasure they’ve just found – conveniently expositioning that they’d found treasure. The guy gets stabbed, probably for being too gabby while telling everyone to keep shtum.
Time to catch up with Abe and Henry snaking over Henry’s many stories and how Abe can quote them back to him. Jo drops in to take him to the murder because apparently dead bodies aren’t urgent enough to warrant using the phone.
The dead man is Rick, he has been killed with a harpoon and everyone is delightfully snarky. The autopsy not only confirms that being impaled with a harpoon is deadly, but also that Rick has been diving lately and since his job is to salvage wrecks, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what he was doing. They also find that he found gold which means Lucas now simply has to do a pirate impression. I can sympathise, so would I.
To his warehouse - and of course Henry goes with them, crime dramas never confine pathologists to the morgue or doing their job (it could be worse, he could be Nikki Alexander). They find the latest artefacts Rick has salvaged – it’s from the slave ship that Henry was on when he first died.
Henry goes back to Abe, shaken, in part because the ship was found far from where it should be. And after previously talking about all of the stories Henry has told, Abe pokes him about keeping this one, his first death, so quiet. Henry’s secrecy is because the ship was owned by his family. Flashback time, in which Henry tried to help the slaves escape and take over the ship.
He failed, of course, and this causes him considerable guilt weasels, especially since the ship went down and everyone on board died. He also considers himself cursed – despite his general disbelief in woo-woo, except his own immortality.
To Rick’s memorial at the bar where Henry’s genius identifies 2 guys who were on Rick’s ship and his bothering the bartender highlights her as suspicious as well. Time for arrest and questioning where they learn that only Rick knew where the gold was hidden. Henry is part of the questioning and he is far more focused in the condition of the ship and how it sunk than he is in learning about Rick’s murder. Lt. Reece quickly calls shenanigans and sidelines Henry.
Forbidden from the investigation, Henry and Abe break in to Rick’s warehouse. Of course they do. There they find the shot body of the slave Henry tried to rescue before someone else breaks in and starts causing a bit of havoc around the place. Of course Henry intervenes which is foolish because, naturally, Jo and Hanson are watching the warehouse. Everyone who broke into the warehouse is arrested
Including Henry and Abe. Or they would have been if Jo hadn’t covered for them – though she wants an explanation and she isn’t buying the fact his obsession is linked to the murder. His excuse is pretty flimsy and Jo gently pokes him to get his head back in the game and on the case.
They question the other guy who broke in, George,he’s an old friend of Rick’s who was cut out of finding the ship because he objected to trying after they lost a diver on their first attempt (the ship, the Empress of Africa, was too deep). They also learn that Rick had a rich investor – because without one he wouldn’t have been able to reach such a deep sunk ship.
Henry keeps investigating the dead slave when he and Lucas realise that he had been buried in a coffin – which wasn’t the fate of dead slaves on a slave ship.