Big Jim is in jail and Julia has taken over leadership. Big Jim isn’t down and out yet though, and the town seems divided on who it should support. Meanwhile, Sam has been acting suspicious this episode…What is he up to? Check out what’s going on in Under the Dome in Josh’s recap of Season 2 Episode 5 of Under the Dome, titled Reconciliation! Following the recap, both Josh and Violet share their thoughts on the episode.
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Episode Recap of Under the Dome, Season 2 Episode 5: Reconciliation
Season 2 Episode 5 of Under the Dome begins with Barbie explaining all of the information he learned about Melanie to Julia, while explaining that he wasn’t on Jim’s side. Meanwhile, Sam catches Junior going through Sam’s stuff looking for his mother’s journal. Junior also tells Sam about his mother being alive. Sam decides to help Junior “find” his mother’s old papers, and plants them in Lyle’s barber shop. Junior explains that one of the paintings was the “four hands”, and tells Sam who the other hands are. Junior leaves to warn the other “Hands”.
Sam follows, and at Jim’s house, Junior is unable to find Joe or Norrie. Sam decides Junior needs a drink to calm him down. Turns out, Sam is out to kill the hands, and nearly smothers Junior after he passes out. Junior wakes up briefly however, and Sam is unable to go through with it.
Junior wakes up later, and in the back of a painting is another painting–one of an obelisk, which has the number of the locker Angie was at when she died. Their plan is to head there.
Meanwhile, Chester’s Mill is divided, supporting Julia and Jim right about down the middle. Julia, in the meantime, is about to hold a trial for Big Jim at a town meeting. Carol has offered to become Jim’s attorney, because “everyone deserves a fair trial.”
At the town meeting, Julia wants to impose a voluntary food sharing program, but the town seems skeptical. Julia announces the charges for Big Jim, but the crowd gets rowdy, and ends with Phil killing a citizen. Phil shows no remorse for his actions, and Julia threatens to take away his badge. Barbie decides to help, so Phil coldly obliges, threatening to tattle to Big Jim.
Rebecca admits that Barbie was not in on the plan for reduction to Julia, which gets Julia and Barbie cozy again.
Phil pays Big Jim a visit, and Jim begins to play Phil. Phil begins to break Jim out, but Jim has other ideas…
At the food drive, Barbie finds that the food boxes are all empty. Suddenly an explosion happens, knocking Barbie to the ground. Barbie rescues Julia from the fire, but outside the citizens are up in arms about their supposed food exploding. Barbie seems to think something is afoot, and begins investigating.
Big Jim name-drops Phil, but Barbie isn’t buying that as the whole story. Flashing to Phil, we see he has moved the food to a storage area. Carol walks in however, and realizes what is going on–causing Phil to attack her. Barbie walks in, and is able to take Phil and his men down.
Julia pays a visit to a woman–Andrea, who seemingly has food all the time. Turns out Andrea has a house full of food. Her husband kept an overabundance of food in case of an emergency. Andrea offers to use it for the town.
Back in town, Julia has fed the citizens. Meanwhile, Julia has decided to let Jim off the hook for his attempted genocide. Jim seems to be happy to be out of prison, and shakes her hand. Barbie decides to become the new sheriff in town, making Julia happy.
Melanie, Joe and Norrie go have Melanie touch the dome, but nothing seems to happen. Other sparks fly though, when Melanie decides to kiss Joe, angering Norrie. But Joe decides that it is time to test Melanie’s blood to try to see if there is a difference in their blood. After Rebecca is released from jail, Melanie asks her to help look at her blood. Rebecca hears Sam and Junior trying to enter the locker Angie died in. Turns out the locker is a gigantic tunnel….
Josh’s Thoughts: Under the Dome, Season 2 Episode 5: Reconciliation
I am still having a hard time getting into Under the Dome. The story seems interesting, but something about the presentation is not doing it for me. But let’s talk about some of the big things going on this episode.
We are seeing more and more that Sam isn’t the good guy he initially let on to be. Or at least he may not be as sane as he first seemed. He is beginning to seem more and more like Lyle’s opposite. I guess he isn’t evil though, as his motives are to bring down the dome. The big question is–would the dome come down if the four “Hands” were to die? If so, is the death of four teenagers worth the freedom from the dome? It is a tough choice to make.
As for Julia, it seems she is winning over a lot of the town. There seems to be some resistance still, but her big dinner bash certainly got people on her side. She seems to even have swayed Jim–at least for the time being. I am sure that Jim has something up his sleeve to get his town back.
While Rebecca still is a rather annoying character to me, she has seemed to have an attitude change, realizing her cold-hearted, scientific approach may not always be the best method to deal with a crisis. What is bothersome about her though, is her necessity to bring up science in every conversation she has. Can’t she talk like a normal person once in a while?
I guess next episode we will learn more about what is down this massive tunnel that Sam and Junior have uncovered, and if we will see Lyle again. Now that Rebecca knows about the tunnel, more of the town will probably be involved in its exploration. I am really curious to know if this tunnel has some way out of the dome in it, or what its purpose could be. Until next week!
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 2 Episode 5 of Under the Dome: Reconciliation
So they alluded to it at the end of last episode, but now we know for sure that it was Sam who killed Angie, even though they were trying to make it seem like it was Lyle. At this point, it seems like anyone who came into contact with the egg back in 1988 is not mentally stable: Junior’s mom, Lyle, and now Sam. Though it seems like some were better at hiding it than others. But I guess you could say that the dome coming down may be what triggered their insanity. What about Melanie though? Does this mean that she’s crazy and will start doing crazy things too? She could be the exception because technically she was killed, and who knows who this version of Melanie really is?
Speaking of Melanie, why is she all moving in on Norrie’s man, Joe? And wow, Joe sure is getting a lot of action for a nerdy kid! Guess nerds really are the cool thing nowadays. Either that, or Chester’s Mill has a lack of options. Besides, the guy who was Melanie’s boyfriend before she died is now pretty old to her, ancient even, so she’d rather go for someone her own age. Or what she feels her own age is. Kind of weird that now that she remembers who she is, and who Sam is, that she hasn’t spoken to him anymore. Guess that’s probably a good thing, because now that we know he’s the killer, who knows what his reaction would be? Besides, he might be the one who killed her back in 1988.
What’s up with Phil this season? Last season he seemed like a pretty cool guy, but now it appears that he’s gone kinda crazy. I guess that’s what happens to some people when they get stuck inside a dome.
And it turns out that Andrea has a huge stash of food. You know how Rebecca and Big Jim wanted to kill off some of the townspeople because there wasn’t enough food to sustain everyone? Um, did they even consider how much food that people might already have in their houses before they made the decision to start killing off people? Apparently not!
Anyway, guess we’ll soon find out what this tunnel is about…
Scenes from Under the Dome, Season 2 Episode 6: In the Dark
Here are scenes from the next episode of Under the Dome, titled In the Dark: