12 Monkeys S01 E11: Shonin

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In last week’s episode of “12 Monkeys,” Ramse had been splintered to Tokyo, and now, he’s going to party like it’s 1987.  A deal is being made that will set the dominos toppling. Can Cole stop the deal with Leland? Will this time dance ever change?


Nothing like a visit to Tokyo, the gem of the Orient, to dazzle the senses, but when you’re time traveling, you don’t get the luxury of travel brochures or tour guides. Ramse hits the ground running, literally! He’s disoriented and, right on his heels is Cole.

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Leland is drunk and at a nightclub talking roadkill; Himalayan roadkill that is. Yes indeed, that decayed man in a case is up for sale. Leland is not impressed. Then Cole shows up talking about the Army of the 12 Monkeys and the virus. He has Leland’s ear. Then Ramse shows up.


We’re not sure what happened to Cole other than he was stabbed by Ramse, but we do know that Ramse is thrown into a Tokyo prison for eight years. He has no proof that he’s an American and so the embassy can’t free him. Eight years! Eight years where he is unmercifully beaten by a gargantuan inmate. But, it seems that someone cares about Ramse. Someone has kept in touch with him, sent him books, messages and, a way to rid himself of his prison BFF.

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It’s 1995 and Ramse is given a suit and a passport. He meets Striking Woman (Alisen Down). Will someone please give this woman a name, please! Ramse is now working for Striking woman and Pallid Man and they go into business with Leland.

Ramse has changed and it’s not for the good of mankind. The amulet given to him by old Jennifer Goines is also worn by Pallid Man. The two amulets together bring about the red forest.

Conclusion and Spoiler

Nothing is as it seems. Time travel is not an exact science. Events can’t be changed, and sometimes, it is our friends who betray us and all of humanity. Ramse has joined the bad guys. He is able to live in a mansion because he knows the past. Knowing what happened in the past means you are prepared for upcoming  historical events and, won’t bet on the wrong horse. Hindsight at its best is only understood by a time traveler.

We watch the events of the past ten episodes flash past on our screens as if we’re drowning in a pool and, it’s the third and last time up for air. And, we wonder what is going to happen to the people of the future. Where is Cole? Was he killed by the Japanese hit man?


Tonight’s episode was confusing especially because Ramse, played brilliantly by Kirk Acevedo, was always the good guy for the first ten episodes. His desire to save his son has made him willing to destroy every other child on the planet. He is certain that Cole (Aaron Stanford) is dead and Jones’ mission a failure. But nothing is as it seems. Whitley and the others have deserted Jones. The tether for the time machine is broken.

Time travel is not an exact science and sometimes people don’t die. Cole is badly injured but alive and with Cassie. And, dear splintered friends, we now know who ‘The Witness’ is.

See you next week. Where? When? You’re guess is as good as mine.

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