1. The Cowboy is Back
Finally, the Mysterious Cowboy is explained a little more. While still unnamed, his backstory is revealed slightly. He goes into town looking for medicine for a woman and her child (that we can assume are his wife and daughter) only to discover that he will need to stay overnight to get the medicine.
While in town overnight, he nearly gets into an altercation with a local preacher at a whorehouse. Instead of letting the preacher provoke him, he watches as a a group of men force a young boy to watch a a man having sex with woman while a dead man lays on the floor next to her. He gets the medicine and leaves the awful "Towne of Ratwater", only to turn back after seeing a wagon with another boy ride by.
After following them, he arrives into town only to discover their wagon empty with blood stains on the floor. Desperate to find the boy, he punches people out of the way and starts a bar fight where he is the target. The boy is fine and the Cowboy is jumped. Then the preacher comes out and shoots his horse in the neck. After returning with the medicine, the corpses of woman and her child are being eaten by ravens. We still have no idea how this ties into the rest of the story, but it sure is interesting!
2. The Angels Have Anxiety
After hearing the phone ring for what one can only assume is hours, the agent angels have drafted a perfect message to send to the people above. They choose Fiore because "He's the good one, they like him up there." After finalizing this draft, they go to pick up the phone only to have it stop ringing immediately. This prompts them to go to Jesse directly, tell him what's going on, and bargain with him to get it back. Of course, this sparks a humorous discussion where Jesse assumes that God is inside him and they chuckle at him. This whole coffee can thing is still hilarious and I'm glad Jesse acknowledges it because someone had to.
3. Donnie is Big Tough Guy Turned Blubbering Cry Baby
Donnie wallows in bed after nearly killing himself only to be forced by his wife to go back to work after she threatens to sleep with someone else if he doesn't. While at work, Donnie learns that Preacher told Quincannon to serve God and has an outburst during their business meeting demanding, more like screaming, to know what Preacher said to Quincannon. After this, he tells his wife that Jesse has a power and almost made him shoot himself. He cries in her arms begging her not to sleep with that other man. She consents, but you can tell this interaction makes her very uncomfortable.
4. Tulip is Calling Jesse Her Boyfriend
Tulip saved Cassidy's life, or so she thought. After his recovery, Tulip grills Cassidy about everything she ever wanted to confirm about vampires and he obliges. After this, Cassidy so unenthusiastically confesses his love for her, learning that Tulip loves someone else. He learns the saga of her past with Jesse without getting any name from her. He ends up bashing Jesse without realizing who he's talking about in a very clear effort to get her in bed with him. She then goes to find Jesse and convince him one last time to find Carlos with her. He refuses again. She finds Cassidy and they lovelessly have sex in the back of her car.
5. Preacher Tries to Use His Power for Good
At the diner for most of the episode, Jesse hears people talk about their problems and make confessions. He offers "advice" in his booming voice to command people to do something, but he still doesn't realize that he needs to be specific. He told Quincannon to serve God and somehow that means he needs to shoot a bunch of people, which is what happens at the end of the episode. For some reason, Jesse being so involved with the community upsets Emily, but that's probably just because she can't have him all to herself anymore.
Along the way, Jesse tries to help Ethan, whose father essentially tells him to kill himself, by taking him to the Loach's house. He asks Mrs. Loach to forgive Ethan just in time before she basically kills him. She obviously embraces this idea with open arms because it's not her idea and it is not of her own free will.
This episode was pretty good. It cleared up a lot of stuff and drove the story forward. I still don't understand the plot with The Cowboy and I'm hoping it will tie in soon because, aside from it being in Texas, being stylistically similar, and having a preacher, it could be a completely different show.
I'm glad the angels are finally taking action instead of sitting in their hotel room waiting for Cassidy. I mean, really, how stupid are they to think he would actually get anything done? More people are becoming suspicious of Preacher and his power, especially now that Donnie has flat-out told his wife about him and the creepy bus driver. I think this could lead to some really interesting plot stuff in the upcoming episodes. What is going on with Tulip? Are we seeing some weird Tulip, Jesse, Cassidy love triangle? Does Cassidy really love Tulip or did he just wanna get in her pants? Are they going to go get Carlos instead of waiting for Jesse? So much I want to see with this new plot point.
Finally, I can't wait to see what kind of havoc all of the commands Preacher gave this episode will result in. The show is really picking up and moving in a positive direction. It took a while to get there, especially because at first nothing made any sense, but now it's getting very interesting. I can't wait to see next week's episode!