Original air date: July 1, 2018
First things first, Tulip punching Featherstone felt so right. Unfortunately for the rest of the episode, everything thing else went terribly wrong for our trio. Which sucks for them, but is great for the audience. Jesse’s failed plan to escape Angelville means they must stick around for the indefinite future and I’m totally fine with that.
Multiple story arcs were built this episode, setting up this season more completely than in the opening episode. Big trouble is brewing for Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip. Not just from dear ol’ grandma, but her henchmen: Jody and TC. The Boyds are also lurking about; they have briefly appeared in both episodes and they are clearly not fans of Jesse. Sometime in the past he crossed them, and I’m guessing there will be a flashback soon enough to explain.
Much like this week’s flashback to young Jesse and his interaction with a high school science teacher, we learn that a forcible removal of one’s soul is a lot worse than pulling out fingernails. In present day, the science teacher is still alive (mostly) and chained up in the tombs. We saw another shambling zombie-like person in last week’ flashback—I’m guessing the occupants of the tombs are all who failed to pay their debts. I’m intrigued as to the root of Grandma Marie’s powers; I would wager they are based in voodoo, but I’m wondering if there is more to it than that.
I doubt we’ve seen the full extent of Grandma Marie’s power or how much control she has over Jesse. In this episode we see that his blood on her hanky is akin to a voodoo doll, and she can use it to injure him. Does it also act as a binding spell? I feel like Jesse didn’t stray far from the L’Angelle homestead—is it because he physically can’t? If she is this powerful now, what will she be like if Jesse starts bringing her souls like she wants? I love this character so much—in that she is so evil and I can’t wait to see her get it in the end( and in this case I would love if her death was the same as in the comic).
I like that Tulip didn’t let a small thing like death keep her down for long, and I love that she got in a few good hits to Featherstone before she and Hoover escaped (well, let go). I know we need them and the Grail for the moment, but I can’t wait for Tulip to be able to cut loose and get them “sonsabitches”. I’m only guessing as to exactly who God was referring to, but the Grail (and maybe Jesse’s family) are safe bets. It sucks that she feels responsible for Jesse’s plan falling apart, but at the same time I don’t think it is totally her fault (she thought he had his soul) and it isn’t like he’s inspired a lot of trust in her or Cassidy recently.
One of the best moments of the episode was TC trying to strike up a friendship with Cassidy and landing on drugs as a gateway. I just need to say—Colin Cunningham as TC is some great casting and he is doing such a great job at being super creepy, yet somehow endearing. There is a sadness in this character– like had he been raised in a different situation maybe he wouldn’t be so bad…then again if he is half as messed up as his comic-book counterpart (the Lucy Lui dream hints he might be), then he might have just been born bad.
I loved this episode and I will say I might have laughed a little too hard at Herr Starr calling the Hare Krishna “hippies”. I’m glad he was back in this episode—he’s another great character that I love to hate, but I don’t completely hate him. This isn’t in anyway a criticism of the episode, but my own impatience—I want to see what Arseface and Hitler are up to. Still,I can’t wait to see more of Angelville and how Jesse will get them out of the pickle they are in. I think he and Cassidy are going to need to work out their beef with each other and they both need to take a step back from Tulip, and give some room to process all that has happened. Guess we will need to wait until next week to see how things shape up.