Emma, Jacob, and Paul's menagial bliss is premature, because while Paul is delighted with all the harmony and snuggles, Jacob just wants to bang his girlfriend and not murder anybody. But there's still a girl in the basement that Paul wants him to bump off, so that's not quite going perfectly.
Joey is the other monkey wrench in the works—the little bugger gets his hands on the cell phone and calls his mother, which leads Ryan and Mike to New York. While they're searching the county for his oh-so-helpful description of "a white farmhouse with black shutters," Joey scampers off and meets the neighbors, who recognize him and call the police. Unfortunately, Emma catches up and sends Paul to murder the nice neighbors, because he is a stabby lunatic.
Claire, understandably panicked by the call from Joey, gets a message from Carroll, via his lawyer, who also reads The Masque of the Red Death at a press conference, activating some new followers. The lawyer tells Claire to be on a street corner, alone, if she ever wants to see her son again, so that some more of Carroll's followers can kidnap her. She goes to some trouble, even ditching the FBI, to blunder directly into his trap. Very clever, Claire.
Ryan and his temporary local partner, Officer Lopez, do manage to find the house, but of course poor Lopez gets killed because Ryan is just not good at keeping the people he works with alive. He manages to get into the house and finds Joey, but he's not quick or stealthy enough, because Paul catches up with him, and we end with Paul holding a gun to Ryan's head. Yes, I'm so sure someone's going to shoot Kevin Bacon in the head in episode six.
Previously on The Following: Joe Carroll: murdery. Ryan Hardy: drunky. Agent Parker: culty. Joey Carroll: kidnappy. Megan: gagged and crying. Emma, Paul, and Jacob: muddy and showering together.
And the three of them are sleeping in the same bed, too. Paul rolls over and throws an arm over Jacob, who wakes up, disentangles himself, and gets out of bed. Both Paul and Emma ask him where he's going, then spoon in the space he left. Really, those two are better suited than Emma and Jacob ever were, what with their mutual interest in helping other people bleed to death. Jacob goes into the bathroom to stare pensively at himself. Paul observes, "Jacob's freaking out, isn't he?" and Emma's all, I didn't hear any complaints last night.
While the grown-ups are busy, Joey goes downstairs, climbs up a bookshelf, and grabs the cell phone. He crawls under the kitchen table. Paul says he's hungry and asks if Emma is. She says she's starved.
In Claire's kitchen, she and a whole tribe of cops and/or FBI agents are having coffee. Her phone rings. She answers, and it's Joey on the other end. She asks him where he is and he asks why he can't come home and why she told Denise to bring him to the country. Of course he doesn't know where he is, because he's a child. He tells her he's in a big house, like on a farm, and describes the house and says Denise and the others won't let him leave the yard. Joey says he'd doesn't like Paul because he's mean.
Claire asks if they know he's calling her, and Joey says, "No way, they'd kill me if they knew." He's using little-kid exaggeration, of course, but Claire knows how close to the truth that is and almost bursts into tears. She tells him she's going to come get him. And then Paul pulls Joey out from under the table and hauls him into the other room, without hanging up the phone, so that was a nice gift to the FBI guy who's tracing the call.
Mike tells Ryan that the phone was using the same kind of scrambling algorithm that Maggie used, but before Joey hung up the phone switched to Wi-Fi, and there's also something with a virus...look, I had to call tech support twice today, so don't even start asking me to explain this show's tech babble. It's thematically important that they can't trace the call yet, okay? Ryan spots Carroll's attorney out in the hall and tells Parker they need to send her away because obviously Carroll's planning something since they're close to finding Joey. Parker points out that the Constitution says he still gets a lawyer, but Ryan insists they head for Dutchess County, even though they don't know where in the whole county Joey is, immediately. Parker tells Mike to type faster at his little computer machine.