The town of Annville goes to Jesse for spiritual guidance, but his way of imparting his word is making others nervous. Tulip and Cassidy get to know one another better while Odin Quincannon looks to settle things with a rival company.
Spoilers for “South will Rise Again”
The cold open continues the story of the taciturn Cowboy as he arrives in Ratwater to get the medicine for his sick child. The pharmacist cannot have it ready before the morning resulting in the cowboy spending the night at the corner saloon. In a back room he witnesses a family getting a horrible welcome into town. The locals have killed the father and make the young son watch as they take turns with his mother. The next morning the Cowboy leaves town with his meds only to see the family he had dined with on the road heading toward Ratwater. The man’s conscience gets to him and he rides back into town to save them from the fate he saw with the other family. It was for not as the father is friendly with the locals and is there to sell scalps from the Indians they have killed.
The Ratwater preacher (who loves his dirty jokes about Noah and a rooster) recognizes the Cowboy. The two of them fought on the opposite sides of the Civil War. The Cowboy had killed many of the men and horses the preacher fought with and as revenge, the preacher shoots the Cowboy’s horse, forcing him to walk back home. When he arrives, he met with crows pecking away at the dead bodies of his wife and child.
Back in the present time and Annville, Jesse and Emily talk about the church affairs and the strange turn of events from the previous Sunday. Emily is shocked to hear Jesse bet the church and land on Odin coming to the service and having a change of heart. As the patrons of the diner one by one ask Jesse for advice, Emily becomes more worried about how much Jesse has changed may not be for the better. Jesse happily doles out the advice, but uses his power to make them follow what he says instead of allowing them to consider what he says and deciding for themselves to take his guidance or not.
Sheriff Root and Eugene look for possible intruders in their backyard after they hear noises. While the two were downstairs having dinner, someone snuck into Eugene’s room and spray painted “Finish the Job” on his wall with an arrow pointing to a shotgun. This fresh wave of hatred has been triggered by Eugene’s attempted visit to Tracy who still has her eyes open, but remains in her vegetative state. Eugene goes to talk to Jesse about praying with his father because the Sheriff is not eating or sleeping over the stress of his son’s actions (which Tracy and the shotgun after?). Jesse goes to do one better and drives Eugene to Tracy’s house. When Terry Loach sees Eugene, she loses it and starts to smash at Jesse’s truck windows to get at the teen.
The Preacher commands her to stop and get away from the truck (which she does), but the mother continues to spit her hatred and threats to kill him at Eugene. Until Jesse commands her to forgive him. In a blink, Terry goes from hating the teen, to embracing him as her shocked neighbors look on. Eugene is understandably freaked out over the sudden change in Terry at Jesse’s words and asks about what he just witnessed. Jesse tells Eugene that his father no longer has to worry about his son. Eugene thanks Jesse, but is still freaked out.
After his encounter with Jesse, Donnie has been hiding in bed feeling sick and afraid after Jesse made the man put his own gun in his mouth. The only thing that makes him return to work is the threats from his wife to screw Russell in accounting in the bathroom stall if he continues to lie in bed. Odin is on a hell of a high after the Sunday service and his new commitment to God. He apologizes to Mayor Miles and asks about setting up a meeting with Green Acer as Donnie takes notes in the corner horrified. Odin recounts to Donnie what Jesse told him to do with nonchalance.
Donnie reveals to his wife what happened with the preacher at the gas station bathroom and his fears about Odin. Betsy comforts her husband by promising him she won’t screw her co-worker and responds “sooner or later, your moment will come and [Jesse will] get what he deserves.”
That evening at the meeting with Green Acres, Odin shoots and kills the four representatives (in front of a terrified Mayor Miles) stating “we grow or we die.”
Tulip interrogates a healed Cassidy about various vampire myths (no fangs, powers of transformation, or coffins. Crosses don’t hurt because they are a “2000-year-old symbol of hypocrisy, slavery, and oppression”, silver bullets are for werewolves, and the blood drinking is mostly for healing). As Tulip is kicking him out the door, Cassidy is wondering if she knows how to get ahold of any drugs (the opiate family is his favorite) and directions to the nearest hardware store. Tulip gives him a withering glare about the drugs, but points him in the direction of the store which is across from a strip club (“I’ll find that”).
Cassidy is in very much love after their kiss and tells Tulip as much (“I’m too old to be playing games”). Sneering at his declaration, Tulip tells him about her boyfriend (without mentioning it is Jesse specifically) and her plan to wait him out to “ditch his job” after he realizes he is not the person he pretends to be any more. She knows him better and her fella will want his revenge on the man who screwed them, Carlos. Not satisfied with Tulip’s rationalization for not wanting to be with him, Cassidy points out if her boyfriend is not willing to leave to pursue Carlos after Tulip spent two years looking for him, then maybe the boyfriend has changed.
Wanting to test Cassidy’s theory, Tulip crashes Jesse’s counseling sessions with the citizens of Annville at the dinner (after getting his whereabouts from Emily who was cornered by the ex-lover while using the bathroom) with a story of a “bad boy” she likes who killed a komodo dragon just because its owner stared at her ass too much. Jesse confesses to everyone that he “has done much worse,” but he is a new man and hopes Tulip will look deep inside of her and find a better version of herself as well, “we all want to be good.” Shaken by his words, Tulip dons a ski mask and robs a pharmacy at gun point. She finds Cassidy outside of the strip club he promised he would find and presents him with some pilfered prescriptive drugs and herself for his use.
Still at the diner dictating his advice at the patron’s problems, Jesse is interrupted by Sheriff Root. The two men from the government want to have a word with the preacher. Jesse is worried they are here to talk to him about Dallas (I need to know that story), but it is Fiore and DeBlanc. The two angels have decided to seek Jesse out for themselves after spending the day screening the constant calls from heaven. DeBlanc explains they are both from heaven (interesting he has to emphasis to Fiore are both from “the sky above”) and are here to put the entity inside of Jesse back in its coffee can home. Jesse scoffs he has “never heard of God fitting’ himself into a can of Old Timer.” “It isn’t God,” DeBlanc explains.
Using “You Don’t Knock” by Don Gibson while Odin is killing the Green Acer reps was sick and genius. Ending the show on the lyrics “The door’s wide open, just a-waitin’ for your soul, you don’t knock, you just walk on in” after the final rep walked in to Odin’s office and was promptly shot and killed was a perfect way to wrap things up. Love this show’s use of music.
What did Eugene do to Tracy that caused everyone to hate him so much? If it was some kind of accident, I would think most everyone else might wouldn’t have such a hatred towards him as Terry does. Obviously it was Eugene they were calling a murderer (not Sheriff Root as I thought before), but I have a hard time believing Eugene would purposefully try to kill someone.
As hot as the chemistry between Jesse and Tulip is, I’m a little excited at the idea of Tulip and Cassidy coupling up. I know she is just using the vampire to get back at Jesse (does she know the two men are friends?), but how awesome would those two be together?
Jesse’s abuse of his powers is going to come back and haunt him soon. I know all of the advice he is making people follow is harmless and could be helpful in the short-term. He wants them to be patient with various family members and do what they think is best for their children, but he is taking away their choice to ignore or follow his advice. God gave humans freewill because he didn’t want to force his love upon them, but Jesse is ignoring that particular part of the bible.
Towards the beginning of the episode, there is a shot of Jesse standing under what looks to be the same tree bodies were hanging from in the cold open.
What did you think of last night’s Preacher? Do you agree with how Jesse is using the power inside of him? Are you excited for a Tulip/Cassidy relationship? How do you think Jesse is going to react to that? What are Fiore and DeBlanc going to do now that Jesse knows the truth about what is going on with him? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.