Did you know that the Alamo was originally called San Antonio de Valero before it was renamed?
Spoilers for “El Valero”
Speaking of epic battle of wills… Odin’s initial attack on All Saints didn’t go quite as planned. Jesse was able to easily kick the asses of the QM&P men and take their weapons before sending them back to Odin. The men regroup overnight and attack once again. Jesse does use his new weaponry to minorly wound the men (with the exception of Clive, Jesse shot the man’s penis off) and took the bulldozer out of play will a well thrown Molotov cocktail.
As the men gather themselves for another fight later in the evening and a crowd from town gathers to see the spectacle, Jesse demands for the Sheriff to get Fiore and DeBlanc to the church. He thought he commanded Eugene back from hell, but it was only his conscience giving him the delusion. The preacher is willing to give Genesis back to the angels if they help him bring back Eugene. Fiore and DeBlanc give noncommittal answers. Jesse again questions the possibility of God’s plan and why Genesis chose him. “Genesis, the greatest power ever known and you’ve had it all this time, right there at the tip of your tongue. And what good have you done with it?” DeBlanc asks.
This time the lullaby works and Genesis is in his home once more, but the two angels quickly back track on their promise to help get Eugene out of hell. Angry, Jesse questions who has the authority to help get the poor kid out of such a horrible place. Perhaps Genesis was answering him when it broke from its coffee can home and attached itself to the preacher? Fiore and DeBlanc call it quits, they know a lost cause when they see one. Jesse’s apparition of Eugene also disappears.
Odin has some troops who are tired, hurt, and scared, but the man has a plan. He tells the workers about his plans for the land that includes a food court. Armies travel on their stomachs and the idea of many choices for lunch have them excited for the fight once more. Donnie understands that the fight will be a losing one unless he finds a way to subvert Jesse’s power. The Civil War enthusiast uses his gun and the trunk to his car to blow out his ear drums and strolls into the back of the church just as Jesse once again fends off the latest onslaught of attackers.
Jesse has lost, much like those who fought bravely at the Alamo against Santa Anna. He knows this now and decides he is going to sign over the land to Odin. Jesse still doesn’t understand what went wrong with Odin. The preacher commanded the man to serve God, so why is he attacking the church? But he is serving a god, the “God of Meat. The God of what’s tangible. What’s touchable” Odin explains. The meat and power businessman feels Jesse is the idiot for “following a god who is silent” and Jesse agrees. He asks for one more Sunday to bring God to Annville and make the reticent deity answer questions from his loyal flock. If the answers are not to Jesse’s liking? “I will denounce the bastard then and there.”
As Jesse is taken away in the Sheriffs car, people ask if he killed Eugene, congratulating him on putting up a good fight, and beg for the preacher to save them.
Tulip on the other hand is busy adopting a sweet dog named Brewski. The houndog is a lovable guy. He and Tulip play fetch and she showers him in praises as to how good he is. But the relationship is not to last. After given a nice day full of love, Brewski is sent into a room with an injured Cassidy.
Thank you to the producers for not showing Cassidy with Brewski. I would not have been able to handle that.
Seriously, the man’s battle cry was “FOOD COURT!”
As Odin and Jesse are talking after the surrender, the scene nicely mirrors Odin’s introduction in the series.
Miles tells Emily that she needs to choose sides. Without really saying it, he is giving her the relationship ultimatum; him or Jesse. In the end Emily watches Jesse in the back of the squad car with Miles’ arm around her shoulders. Does this mean she is choosing the mayor?
Thru a flashback in the beginning, we see why Odin has lost his faith and we see the other side of the conversation John Custer and Quincannon had from a few episodes back. Odin’s entire family was killed in a freak accident. Lost in grief, he cut open the bodies of his family, and dissected a cow as well to see what was inside of them. All he saw was meat. “No spirit, no soul, nothing.” He became angry when John didn’t want to denounce God with him.
I don’t understand who the man is at the end, but the pressure building is getting higher.
What did you think of last night’s Preacher? Do you think Eugene is going to come back from hell? Is God coming to Annville? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.