DISCLAIMER: This Preacher recap contains more spoilers than the number of times Cassidy has been maimed in his very long life. Our Cass is no stranger to a good maiming or amputating. You’ve been warned. Prepare for the Tombs, and enter at your own peril.
Welcome back, sinners! Preacher gave us a glimpse into who Jesse L’Angelle used to be this week. As per his soul-binding deal with Marie, Jesse began to boost business at Angelville by reopening the infamous Tombs. Cassidy was forced to fight for his very survival in said Tombs, and eventually he boarded a bus bound for New Orleans, Tulip-less. Meanwhile, Tulip discovered the root of Madame Boyd’s hatred of Jesse. Oh, and in order to break the curse on Jesse she must slaughter the one who wielded it – Gran’ma. Essentially, we were blessed with a standard Preacher episode – one chock full of dark whimsy and at least one “WTF” moment.
Alright, ready to delve into “The Tombs?” Just be sure to leave Jesse’s top hat alone. It really ties his whole “My Gran’ma Owns My Soul” look together.
We open with a familiar face – the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) is summoned to meet the Prince of Hell himself. Yes, you guessed it…Satan. Satan (Jason Douglas) commences their chat by showering praises on our favorite cowboy from Hell. However, SoK escaped Hell without authorization, and for that he must be punished. Of course, Satan also has a task for SoK, but first they must get that pesky little punishment out of the way. SoK is hoisted upward by his wrists, and Satan’s Angel of Death (Erinn Ruth) begins administering a whipping of an afterlife-time. Those lashes will most definitely leave a mark. SoK endures the punishment in stone cold silence.
Later, Tulip (Ruth Negga) shoots her way out of Madame Boyd’s establishment with Sabina (Prema Cruz) in tow. Boyd’s henchmen are on their tails, but our Tulip will most certainly find a way to evade capture. She’s a bad***, that one.
Next, we flash back to a young Jesse (Will Kindrachuk), donning that same black top hat and grandstanding to an eager crowd in the Tombs. All hell breaks loose as we watch a fight commence. Then, Jody (Jeremy Childs) is summoned to finish the job to thunderous applause. Apparently, he’s usually ushered in to finish off the fighters. Of course, we know that the fighters are merely Marie’s customers, forced to claw their way to freedom. Jesse also pays a visit to TC (Colin Cunningham), who is hard at work on what appears to be a concoction of sorts. He is a scientist, you know. TC picks the next contestant to “fight” for their release, and we see a long line of men in chains being paraded in front of Jesse. Jesse appears to be unsure of the whole thing, and clearly feels remorse for his part in Marie’s games.
Then, we’re back in the present. Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) is squaring off against Hal (Mike Harkins). Jesse (Dominic Cooper) is riling up the crowd, overseeing the fight before him. Thankfully, Cassidy wins the match by effectively slaying Hal. Good riddance, I say. Jesse orders TC and Jody to retrieve some blood for the victor. Everyone clears out of the Tombs, save for Jesse and Cassidy. Jesse reminds his former mate of the consequences of staying in Angelville. Suddenly, we see Jesse brandishing a blade, which he raises over his head. He swings the blade downward. Uh oh. Please don’t chop up Cass, Jesse. That’ll just widen the chasm between you two.
Meanwhile, Tulip and Sabina are on the run from the Boyd gang. Finally, Tulip loses them by veering off the main road. Tulip asks Sabina why she despises Jesse so much. We flash back to a young Jesse romancing a young Sabina (Charlotte Evelyn Williams). It was an affair akin to Romeo and Juliet – two star-crossed lovers from different families. Sabina’s brother Kenny (Taron Germany) also joins them for a chat. Sabina vows to unseat Marie one day as the premier spiritual healer of their town. She attempts to seduce Jesse into partaking in the horizontal tango, but the latter is reticent. Suddenly, Jesse pushes Sabina away by reminding her that he’s a L’Angelle, and she’s a no-good Boyd. Sabina is heartbroken as he storms out.
Of course, Tulip doesn’t see why Sabina would be vengeful over being spurned in the midst of a teen romance. However, Sabina vows that there’s more to her story. And it gets much, much worse.
Later, we see Jesse arriving at a post office as he attempts to mail a package. A package containing what, you may ask? Only the severed body of Cassidy, of course. We hear our favorite vampire lament and moan inside a box, as Jesse stuffs in his feet and various other limbs. Jesse is attempting to mail Cassidy to the world outside Angelville in the hopes of saving his mate. This is all for Cassidy’s benefit! Now, Cassidy can’t see the bigger picture, and still asserts that he won’t leave without Tulip. Jesse tapes up the box containing Cassidy and flees the post office. This is easily one of the strangest and most delightful things I’ve ever seen on TV.
Meanwhile, Sabina continues her story. We flash back to a young Jesse, hard at work as the host with the most inside the Tombs. Kenny angrily barges in, seething at what Jesse told his sister. The two launch into a bout of fisticuffs, which ends with Jesse choking Kenny to death. Tulip finds it difficult to believe that this ever happened, and promptly shoves Sabina into the trunk of her car. That’s one way to shut someone up.
Next, adult Jesse is back at his hosting duties for the night. Cassidy emerges from the shadows, his body now in one piece. He escaped his box prison at the post office, although his hands are still attempting to grow back. Our former best mates engage in a fight to end all fights, with Cass at a disadvantage due to his lack of hands.
Tulip arrives on the scene, dumbfounded that her boys are even fighting. Jesse has Cassidy down for the count, but not before pushing a stake through the vampire’s back. The crowd erupts in raucous applause, and Jesse spits on the name of God, proudly announcing that the Tombs are open for business once again. Jesse seems to be playing God himself, deciding who lives or dies in the Tombs. He speaks directly to Tulip and reminds her that he’s a L’Angelle. She’s free to leave along with Cassidy. Tulip is utterly shocked. Jesse has changed for the worse.
Later, Tulip and Cassidy are driving away from Angelville. She parks in front of a bus bound for New Orleans, and orders Cassidy to board it. Of course, Cass refuses to go anywhere without Tulip, and murmurs that he loves her. Tulip proclaims that she doesn’t love him, and she never will. His heart effectively broken, Cassidy forlornly exits Tulip’s car and boards the bus. As it departs, we see a familiar face sitting a few rows behind Cassidy – Lara Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery). We just can’t escape the Grail, folks.
Next, Tulip returns to Angelville and confronts Jesse regarding his recent actions. She asks him about the incident with Kenny. Jesse tells only a slightly different version of it – the difference being that he accidentally killed Kenny (insert South Park reference here). We see young Jesse show visible remorse for his actions. Tulip believes this version of the story, and the two engage in some makeup horizontal tango…till the end of the world.
Then, Tulip wakes up the following morning, having completely forgotten that Sabina is still in the trunk of her car. Oops. She releases Madame Boyd, who appears to be nonchalant about the whole thing. Tulip demands Sabina help her free Jesse from the curse enacted by Marie. Unfortunately, once a curse is unleashed, no one can break it. Well, unless you kill the one who brought on the curse. Tulip must murder Marie.
Meanwhile, our Saint of Killers has endured his punishment courtesy the Angel of Death. We see his back is, well, nonexistent due to the incessant lashing. Satan commences the next phase of their chat – an assignment. He wants SoK to return topside to take out two people who stand in the way of his plans. Now that God is MIA, Satan has plans of expansion up his red sleeve. Satan doesn’t disclose the names of these two individuals, but we can take a gander that one of them must be Jesse. SoK inquires of his gun, but Satan won’t hand over the weapon until this task is complete. Oh, a project! How fun!
Preacher continues its stellar run with another solid, albeit slow burning, episode. Yes, some parts felt like pure “filler,” but these details were necessary to the overall arc. We needed to see how Angelville is changing Jesse for the worst. I’m also excited at the prospect of a solo Cassidy adventure. He’s always been a favorite of mine and I can’t wait to see where his story goes, especially with Lara Featherstone pursuing him. The “spurned lover, murdered my brother” Sabina bit feels somewhat contrived, but I’m still curious to see if she’ll team up with Tulip to take out Marie. You know what they say – “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
Do you think Sabina will team up with Tulip in Operation: Take Out Marie? What will Cassidy find in New Orleans, besides Lara Featherstone? Where is Arseface? What is Herr Starr up to now? Join me next week as I continue to recap Preacher, here on Geek Girl Authority.
Preacher airs Sundays at 10pm on your AMC affiliate.
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