As we hurtle toward the season finale of the AMC hit show Preacher, all things are coming together - or more accurately, the sh*t is hitting the fan big-time! Jesse is under arrest as a result of the siege on the church, Cassidy's condition is unknown, Tulip still wants to torture and kill her nemesis Carlos, and Eugene is presumably suffering in H E Double Hockey Sticks! Whew!
Escaping Private Traps
The overwhelming theme of this episode is the idea that everyone involved has their own private trap that they need to escape from, and it is crystallized perfectly during a moment where the lovelorn Emily watches this scene from the classic Alfred Hitchcock movie, Psycho. Check out the clip:
Most of the drama in Preacher comes from the characters scratching and clawing at their own traps (and each other), and it makes for some scintillating stuff. More about Emily's trap later.
On The Lam
Jesse is in the back of the police cruiser, after being arrested in the aftermath of the church fiasco. He decides to confess to Sheriff Root that he sent Eugene to hell. The Sheriff, who doesn't know about 'Genesis', takes it another way, thinking that Jesse meant that he straight up killed Eugene. He assures Jesse that he will rot in the penitentiary for his crime, but Jesse isn't feeling it. So he uses his considerable bad guy skills to slip the cuffs and escape his private trap, fleeing into the night. Needless to say, Root is NOT happy!
Going To Hell
Our resident angels, DeBlanc and Fiore, are in a bit of a pickle. Having failed to extract 'Genesis' from Jesse, they are, how should I put this, in deep sh*t! Their choices are: go back to heaven and face the wrath of their bosses, or go to Hell for Plan B. They opt for Plan B.
But how do the boys get to Hell? Easy - they go to a travel agent! More specifically, Distant Vistas, which is an otherworldly agency that books trips everywhere - even Hell. How cool is that?
They meet with the creepy travel lady and negotiate the trip, even though they had to rebuff a sexual advance she made on 'the big one' (Fiore). It is here that we discover that the boys may have a little sumpin' sumpin' going on between them - adorable! So it's off to the pickup location to escape their private trap, and start their journey to Hell.
One little nugget for you Breaking Bad fans out there. There's an Easter Egg in the scene that will blow your mind! Click on the hyperlink for the skinny on that.
Tulip Lets Go
Tulip is still holed up in her uncle's house, trying to heal Cassidy by feeding him small animals, but it's not going so well. See for yourself:
Yuck! Tulip decides it's time to go after her nemesis Carlos, who wronged her and Jesse back in their criminal days. But to do that, she needs someone to keep feeding critters to Cassidy until he gets back to his normal vampire self. Enter Emily.
Emily is shocked to her core when she is told that Cassidy is a real live, honest to God vampire, but seeing is believing. And since she is a good Christian woman, she agrees to help. It is here that Tulip tells her that she is done once and for all with Jesse, leaving the door open for Emily to pursue him.
The act of Tulip finally letting go of Jesse, in addition to pursuing revenge against Carlos, is her escape from the private trap she finds herself in. The last we see of Tulip is her in Albuquerque, meat tenderizer in hand, giving the stink eye to a bound and gagged Carlos. Will she follow through? Alas, we must wait and see.
Emily Breaks Bad
Poor little lovelorn Emily: she pines for Jesse, but she is trapped in a dysfunctional relationship with Miles the Mayor. What to do? The answer comes to her while she watches the movie Psycho (see the clip above). She calls Miles, frantically telling him that she's under attack at Tulip's house. Miles, being the consummate boyfriend, rushes to her aid. He hears horrible noises coming from the bedroom and investigates. What comes next is a real shocker: Emily locks Miles in the bedroom with the ravenous Cassidy!
Needless to say, Cas makes a meal out of Miles and is healed! The really scary thing is that Emily would sacrifice a human life to escape her private trap. Now that's COLD!
Jesse Wants Tulip After All
Jesse makes a heartfelt call to Tulip's answering machine, basically professing his love to her, and heads to her house to reconcile. Of course she's not there, but googly-eyed Emily is - what a hot mess! Anyway, Jesse decides to check in on Cassidy, to see how the healing is going.
Jesse is happy to see that Cas is doing pretty well, and we find out that Jesse did in fact save Cas from death-by-sun, but obviously cut it pretty close. Jesse apologizes for his numerous misdeeds, and things thaw between them. So they both wriggle out of their private traps long enough to agree to dispose of Miles and all the critter carcasses. Isn't that sweet!
Hell Is Repetition
That quote from the immortal Stephen King sums up the 'Cowboy' story-line better than anything I can come up with. The episode bookends with scenes of the Cowboy: first with him exacting revenge on Ratwater, killing everything in sight, and then showing an increasingly quick-cut flashback of his entire Ratwater nightmare, always ending with the massacre. The scene is a dizzying Groundhog Day loop, showing his grief, anger, and torture over and over again. That is, until THIS happens:
Yep, the boys made it to Hell. And we now know what Plan B is: have the Cowboy kill Jesse, and then maybe they can get 'Genesis' back. WOW!
So many balls are in the air for the upcoming finale: will the Cowboy agree to kill Jesse to escape his trap? Will DeBlanc and Fiore find Eugene in Hell? Will Tulip kill Carlos? What consequences will Emily face for basically killing Miles? And will Jesse go back to the church and bring God down from Heaven, like he promised Odin he would? And what about that nasty underground pressure gauge beneath Annville that's in the red and seems like it's about to explode everything? I can't wait!