Violet recaps the third episode of Preacher, titled The Possibilities, where Jesse tests out his powers on Cassidy, who then tells Jesse to imagine the possibilities. Meanwhile, Tulip comes back to town and tries to convince Jesse to seek justice with her against a man who betrayed them. Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts about the episode.
Tulip meets up with Danni on a park bench in Houston. Danni lays out a scenario for Tulip to kill her husband, but Tulip refuses. They then make an exchange. Tulip gives Danni a map pertaining to Grail Industries, and Danni gives Tulip a slip of paper with someone’s last known address. Tulip then has a flashback to a getaway car leaving her behind as alarms go off. She tells Danni that was the day that it all turned bad for her and Jesse – and that someone has to pay.
Danni delivers the map to a man attending a snuff film festival. He puts on his hat and exits the makeshift theater.
Over at Sundowner Motel, Sheriff Root meets up in a motel room with Fiore and DeBland, the two men who have been spying on Jesse. They tell the Sheriff that something got loose, people could die, they’re working undercover, that their work is dangerous, and not to tell anyone. When the Sheriff asks if it’s an escaped lunatic, they tell him yes. After the Sheriff leaves, Fiore says he thinks they need to try again with the can. They have plenty of assault rifles and ammo hidden underneath their bedsheets.
We see that Tracy Loach, the girl who Jesse told to “Open your eyes,” has opened her eyes — though she’s still not conscious. Her mother tells Emily that this happened after Jesse prayed with her.
Donnie has a talk with his son, Chris, about what he hears through the bedroom walls, and says that girls are complicated, and that he loves his mother. Chris tells him that he beat up a kid who made fun of Donnie for the weird sound he made when Preacher sucker punched him. They then walk to the bus stop, where it seems that Linus, the bus driver, has truly forgotten about the little girl that he had thoughts about, as he doesn’t even recognize her when she gets on the bus. The kids on the bus see Donnie and make fun of him, calling him “Bunny Man” for the noise that he made.
Meanwhile, at the church, Emily informs Cassidy that delivery dropped off the coffin containing Ted an hour ago, and expects him to take care of it. He soon comes across Jesse, who says he wants to show him something.
Elsewhere, we see that Tulip has been pulled over for speeding. At the cop approaches her car, she slips on a ring and hides a gun under her leg. He says he has to bring her in for reckless driving. When she reaches in her backseat for her coat and purse, she makes sure the officer sees the ring she’s wearing. When he sees it, he asks where she served, which was Afghanistan. She explains she was speeding because she was trying to help a friend who started going down the wrong path. The police officer decides to let her go.
Back at the church, Jesse gives commands to Cassidy, like hop, tell him a secret, box — and fly. Cassidy complies as much as he can, and runs and jumps into the wall. Cassidy asks Jesse about his powers, and he’s unsure about how long he’s had them. Jesse describes to Cassidy what it feels like – a blender in his gut filled with everything. Cassidy tells Jesse to imagine the possibilities of what he could do with this power.
Over at QM&P (Quincannon Meat & Power), the receptionist drops off an envelope for the boss, Quincannon. Donnie reads the letter to Quincannon, and offers to pay the sender a visit. Quincannon doesn’t seem to be listening though, and tells Donnie to clear his tray. Donnie tries to, but has trouble, being that his right arm is in a cast. Quincannon tells him nevermind, and points out that his “right hand man” has no right hand.
Fiore and DeBlanc suit up with helmets and get their guns ready to go.
Cassidy covers up with a poncho and Chinese straw hat so he can go outside. He notices Fiore and DeBlanc’s car drive by.
Jesse and Tulip meet up on a highway shoulder in the middle of nowhere. He asks her if he seems different to her, and tells her that something happened, but he doesn’t know what that means. She tells Jesse she spoke to Danni. He tells her that he doesn’t want that life, and he’s trying to do something here. Jesse reminds her that he made a promise – to be one of the good guys. He tells her to go back to her life of crime. She holds up the slip of paper and tells him this isn’t crime, this is justice. Jesse says the name “Carlos” and has a flashback to the same scene that Tulip flashed back to earlier, though with more detail. This time, we see a security officer laying on the ground with a bullet hole in his forehead – because Jesse had just shot him. Apparently, Carlos was the one who drove off without them and took the money. Tulip reveals that she has Carlos’s last known address, and implores him to go kill Carlos with her. He gets in her car, and they drive off together.
That night, when Fiore and DeBlanc park outside the church and get armed up, they begin walking toward the church — when Cassidy runs over them with the van, killing them. He wonders how they were alive again after he killed them last episode, and thinks that they’re clones. Cassidy goes inside to get supplies to clean up their bodies. While in the closet, he hears sounds and comes out with a hammer. He comes across Fiore and DeBlanc, who tell him that they’re not here for him, they’re here for Preacher, who has something of theirs, and they need to put it back.
When Tulip and Jesse stop at a gas station, Jesse tells her that there’s something she needs to know before they do this. But first, he goes into the bathroom – where Donnie follows him and points a gun at him. Donnie tells Jesse to get on his knees and make the bunny sound. Jesse gets on his knees, but refuses to squeal. Donnie is about to hit Jesse with the gun, when Jesse tells him to stop, back up, sit down, put the gun in his mouth, and pull back the hammer. Donnie can’t believe that he is doing what Jesse is telling him. Suddenly, Jesse realizes what he is doing, and tells Donnie to drop the gun. Jesse has apparently had some sort of epiphany, saying “I get it” and tells Donnie he can go. When Jesse returns to the car, he tells Tulip he’s changed his mind. This makes Tulip angry, and she says she’s not leaving without him. Jesse just walks off.
Back at the church, Fiore and DeBlanc tell Cassidy they just want what’s inside the Preacher. Cassidy wants to know what they want it for. They explain that they don’t want to do anything with it, that it’s not supposed to be used at all, which is why it was put in the can in the first place. When Cassidy asks who they are, they claim to be from the government. However, then they say they’re from Heaven. Cassidy asks them to let him be their middleman, and offers to bring the Preacher to them, assuring them that Preacher will listen to him.
At the Sheriff’s dinner table, Eugene, aka Arseface, brings up the Tracy Loach incident, where Preacher told her to open her eyes, and she did. When Eugene brings up visiting her, the Sheriff tells Eugene to stay away from the whole family.
In the final scene, Jesse and Emily hold a funeral for Ted, at which they are the only attendees. Nearby, we see a vent open, expelling some gas, and then close again.
Her Thoughts on Preacher, Season 1 Episode 3: The Possibilities
I am enjoying Preacher so far, though this episode wasn’t quite as exciting as the past couple have been. Okay, yes, I like the over-the-top violence and gore, I admit it. But what I liked about this episode was that Jesse has definitely discovered that he has this power, and is exploring what he can do with it. At the same time, we as the audience get to see just what his power entails – that he can only make people do things that they are physically and mentally capable of doing. That’s why Cassidy wasn’t able to tell him who the governor of Texas was – because he didn’t know – and why he couldn’t make Cassidy fly – because he physically is unable to. My question, though, is what is this epiphany that Jesse had at the end of the episode? Was it that he can make people do good things, and that he can stay true to his promise to God to be a “good guy”? What is Tulip’s next move, now that Jesse has changed his mind about going after Carlos with her? Will she get him to change his mind back?
Speaking of Tulip, I am really enjoying Ruth Negga’s performance as an actress. She is just so good. Actually, everyone is really good on this. It’s a great cast. The show seems really well done all around.
There are definitely things going on that I don’t understand at all yet, not having read the comics. Like the guy from the 1800s that was introduced last episode, he didn’t even come up this episode. What’s his involvement in all this? Is he the thing that is inside of Preacher? Or is that totally unrelated? Who are these guys, DeBlanc and Fiore, that are after Preacher, really? What does Cassidy really plan to do? Will he try to steal the power for himself? I am definitely intrigued and will keep watching for sure!
His Thoughts on Preacher, Season 1 Episode 3: The Possibilities
This was a bit of a slower episode of Preacher, I thought. Jesse seems to be realizing his power, with his testing it on Cassidy and the others in the episode. What I wonder is if he will begin to realize that what these people do is the literal interpretation of the words he said, because he will have to choose his words carefully to get people to do what he is actually thinking about.
As for these cloned “blokes” I wonder if they really are from Heaven, and if they really are just trying to re-contain whatever is inside Jesse. It makes sense in a way I guess, but why does this thing exist to simply be contained forever? I suppose it could have been something made from evil or some such, but I hope we learn more about it in future episodes.
On that same token, I wonder if Cassidy really intends to play middle man with the two clone-guys and Jesse and work out a deal or is Cassidy trying to come up with a non-violent way to delay these guys? He knows killing them will just bring more of them, so I have a feeling he is trying to figure out a way to abuse Jesse’s power before these guys get to Jesse.
Speaking of Jesse, he seems to be really trying difficult to stay on his righteous path, despite making some questionable moves. This Carlos guy seemed to have whatever was coming to him by his own actions of initially planning to kill him, but Jesse seems dead set on being the good guy.
We will see what happens next episode, and I am mostly curious to see Cassidy’s plan going forward. I guess we will see what happens tonight!