On this second episode of Preacher, we have Jesse Custer trying to remain faithful to the church while Tulip is still trying to get him to turn to the dark side. Cassidy, meanwhile, saves an unwitting Jesse Custer from to mysterious men. Check out Josh’s recap, followed by our thoughts on the episode, after the jump!
On this episode of Preacher, the episode begins back in 1881. We see a little girl who appears to be in a coma, or sleeping. It is hard to say. We see a man, rough looking, and a woman. The woman tends to the seemingly-sick child. The woman tells the cowboy-looking man “You have to go”, so he prepares to journey out. She tells the man it should take two to three days, and to “come back to us”. She hands him a paper and he is off on his horse.
He comes across a wagon train, that seems to be migrating west. He is offered dinner, and one of the men in the camp marvels how great it is out there, and gets a bit philosophical. Then the boy asks the man if he has seen any “Injuns”, and while he doesn’t answer, the next scene we see is a bunch of Native Americans hanging from a tree, while the cowboy strides away on his horse.
In the present, Preacher is giving baptisms. “Arseface” is baptized, and seems to feel a lot better after his baptism, feeling that all of his sins are washed away. Tulip O’Hare, meanwhile, shows up for her baptism, but in reality is trying to get Jesse Custer to give up his preaching and do the job with her. Meanwhile, two men are watching the baptisms from afar, and one says, “it doesn’t make sense”.
After the baptisms, Jesse mingles with the group. We also hear some of the town talking about the man from the pilot who cut his own heart out. Jesse meets up with Emily, and they seem to have the church on the right track.
Cassidy, meanwhile, is freaked out by Arseface, seeing his scars. Eugene is called away by his father, and Jesse tells Cassidy that he likes having him around, but he cannot have any(more) trouble. Jesse then is asked for a meeting by one of the townfolks. He tells Preacher about his urges, regarding a little girl on the school bus he drives. Jesse is disgusted, but begrudgingly does his duty as a priest. We can see he is on edge about it though. The man seems to get a little concerned, asking if he is forgiven, and Jesse warns him to not act on his urges and to truly repent.
Later in the evening, Jesse is thinking to himself outside the church, while dogs are barking incessantly. He yells “Quiet!” and suddenly the dogs are all silent.
Then we see a bunch of vehicles labeled “QM&P” and a bunch of men talk to a older couple. They seem to be signing away their house, and the couple and men leave. The house is suddenly bull-dozed to the ground. As the men prepare to leave, a man named Donnie seems to be unhappy with one of the men, and smashes his face into the steering wheel of a semi truck. Then they take off.
Jesse gets back to his holy duties, but as he does so, he sees the school bus drive by. Jesse seems perturbed by this, and gets into his truck. But he finds his steering wheel missing. Tulip then pulls up, and again is trying to get him on the job. We then see Tulip put his steering wheel up on a street lamp post.
Jesse heads back to the church, and talks with Cassidy some more. They have some drinks together. Cassidy seems to not really think God is all he is all cracked up to be. The two get into a bit of an argument over it. But they eventually get over it. Cassidy then asks how Preacher learned to fight, but Jesse wants to know about Cassidy. He says he is a vampire being chased by hunters and such. Then Jesse grabs Cassidy’s drink which he says is a mixture of rubbing alcohol and coffee machine cleaner. Jesse is immediately knocked out. Cassidy grabs Jesse’s keys and takes off.
Then, in a motel we see two men who are heading out on some sort of mission. The same that were watching Jesse before. These two pay a visit to Jesse, who is knocked out in the church. They use some sort of antique-looking contraption on Jesse, and one of the men begins to sing along to the machine, which seems to be a music box, among other things. Apparently this song doesn’t seem to be doing what they expect. So they go with “plan B” which involves a chain saw. Cassidy walks in just as Jesse is about to be carved up, and Cassidy warns the men they are going to be sorry they messed with him. One of the men shoots Cassidy, but he snacks on one of the men. The two struggle some, and the other man comes to join the fight. Cassidy manages to take them both out after a struggle. The chainsaw, meanwhile, meanders its way towards the unconscious preacher, and Cassidy has to grab it. Cassidy lies in the church and waits to heal up. Cassidy then gets to cleaning up the church. He boxes up the men’s bodies, and heads out to bury them. Unfortunately, the sun is coming up.
Moving over to a “whorehouse”, the QM&P have showed up there. Inside a bunch of men are paying poker, as is Tulip. She is whooping the table it would seem. After some chatting she gets a call from a Danny. She asks the boss of the house, if she can have a room, and she gets back to the game.
Emily then finds the unconscious Jesse, and tells him to get to his meeting. The meeting is with a mother and daughter–but the daughter is in a coma. Jesse blesses the girl, but the mother doesn’t think the words mean much. We then see that the girl has a severely dented skull. Outside, Jesse again sees the school bus. It is really nagging him.
On the road again, Jesse notices something odd. He gets out to investigate, and finds a car seat. Then he is tazered unconscious. When he wakes up, he is chained by the ankle, and his captor reveals himself wearing a weird mask. It turns out to be Tulip again. She tells him that they will be doing the job together, regardless of what Jesse says. She also says that she knows that Jesse is a bad man, because that is who he is. She then leaves, but before she does, she reveals that the ankle chain isn’t attached to anything.
Back home, Preacher is working to get his ankle out of the cuffs, when Arseface shows up. Eugene says that he felt good after the baptism, but doesn’t feel so great anymore. He is beginning to wonder if who he is just who he is, and it can’t be changed.
Preacher then heads out and pays a visit to the bus driver. He decides to give him another baptism–and do it “right this time”. He turns the water on in his tub to hot, and begins to shove the man’s face into the water. He does it repeatedly, telling him to forget the girl. Finally Preacher falls backwards, taken aback. Then the man says he can’t remember whatever girl Preacher is talking about. Preacher leaves as the man acts really confused.
Later in the evening, Cassidy gets to his burying of the men.
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It is pretty odd how the show can make you root for a blood thirsty, drunkard vampire, but the show seems to have done that for me so far. The scene where Cassidy takes down the men in the church was done really well.
Meanwhile, it looks like Jesse Custer might be gaining some knowledge about his abilities. I am wondering how much he will be able to control this power, and how often it will actually work. I also wonder how often it would back fire. Like this young girl–is she going to simply open her eyes, and not be conscious? How is it going to work?
As for Tulip, she is a persistent one. I am curious to know more about this mission she wants Jesse go to on. I am wondering if she is working with this QM&P organization, or is she just there coincidentally?
Speaking of mysteries, I wonder who this cowboy is at the beginning of the episode. Did he kill the Native Americans? Did he just come across the group? How is all this tied into the show?
So far, I am enjoying the show more than I thought I would. I wasn’t too keen on this show in the beginning, but I am into it so far. We will have to see how the story progresses though.
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