, Season 1, Episode 4: “Mad Love
Written by Andrew Wilder
and Kevin Williamson
Directed by Harry Bronchtein
Aired Mondays at 9pm (Et) on Fox
In the best episode so far, The Following
finally serves us some fun this week. It’s hard to tell how, maybe because the dreary, serial killer love triangle story-line magically gets turned into a threesome, or because… actually, no other reason tops that!
It does seem, though, like the whole show is undergoing a slight internal reworking, gradually before our eyes. The wooden writing is still there, the nonsense characters are still there, the contrived “life or death” situations are still there, but underneath, a new, better brand of bad is forming. When Ryan starts off the episode talking about how Joe’s plan feels like “amateur hour,” that the Poe masks seem “silly,” and how his philosophy makes no sense, it goes a