What’s Worth Watching: Forever Flashes Back to the ’70s

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Forever, “Memories of Murder” (Tuesday, Feb. 24, 10/9c, ABC)

Much of the allure of the fantasy-laced procedural Forever is in knowing that its dashing immortal hero, Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), has seen it all. Sometimes his memories dovetail with our own nostalgia for past eras, like the swinging 1970s—admittedly, not the best of times for a financially strapped, crime-ridden New York City. This week’s case thrusts Henry and Jo (Alana De La Garza) back to the days of disco when the victim, a college student, turns out to have been obsessed with the gaudy fashions of that decadent decade. (Henry’s flashbacks to 1979 reveal how he and love-of-his-life Abigail were forced to cope with their now-obvious age disparity.)

In the present day, the investigation leads Henry back to the alluring dominatrix Iona Payne (returning guest star Hilarie Burton), with whom he had undeniable chemistry earlier in the season. In her alter ego as college professor Molly Dawes, she taught the victim in a course on sexual identity, and once again, she’s happy to help Henry in any way she can. Also in the guest cast: The Walking Dead‘s Emily Kinney, proof positive that there’s life after death in Zombieland.