DISCLAIMER: This Preacher recap contains more spoilers than the number of times Tulip has punched her way out of a sticky situation. Our girl knows her strengths and how to use them. You’ve been warned. Say your prayers, and enter at your own peril.
Welcome back, sinners! Preacher checked in with Noah Taylor‘s Hitler this week. If you’ll recall, the Fuhrer escaped Hell last season in tandem with Eugene, but the former disappeared. David Hitler, his Earth alias, was actually doing pretty well for himself – he snagged the much coveted “Employee of the Week” title at a sandwich shop. That is, until the Saint of Killers appeared. Meanwhile, Herr Starr met the formidable Marie L’Angelle for the first time, forging a tenuous alliance in the hopes of averting the end of days. Cassidy grew ever closer to Eccarius, although the latter is not who he appears to be. As it turns out, ol’ E is a meanie vampire. Way to fall in with the wrong crowd, Cass.
Alright, ready to delve into “Hitler?” Just be sure to request extra avocado on your sandwich courtesy of Hitler. The Fuhrer, surprisingly, makes a mean sandwich.
We open with Hitler (Noah Taylor) hard at work at his job crafting delectable sandwiches in a small shop. He’s very popular among the patrons of the establishment. We see he’s currently the “Employee of the Week” as “David Hitler.” His manager steps out to take care of business and leaves the Fuhrer in charge of affairs. While Hitler is on his lunch break he overhears his fellow employees complaining about the parking situation. This gives him an idea, and he rallies his coworkers to join him in destroying the status quo. Uh oh. Remember the last time Hitler had ideas? Well, I don’t, but I recall reading about them.
Later, Hitler is drawing out plans to revive the Third Reich (or something akin to it) when the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) makes his grand and silent entrance. Hitler tries to recruit SoK, to find him a suitable position in the new world order. Eugene (Ian Colletti) pokes his head out from behind SoK, and voices his regrets in ever allowing Hitler to escape Hell. SoK snatches up Hitler and continues his jaunt back to Hell with his two prisoners in tow. Well, that escalated quickly. Guess Hitler is no longer a five-star employee of a sandwich shop.
Meanwhile, Jesse (Dominic Cooper) and Tulip (Ruth Negga) are holding a funeral for Sabina (Prema Cruz). They sent her body, wrapped in white linen and doused in gasoline, on a raft to the middle of the swamp. Jesse lights said raft on fire, and we see the flames consume Sabina. Suddenly, a helicopter is heard overhead.
Next, Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) is playing pool with his newfound friends in Kevin’s grandmother’s basement. You know, the Les Enfants du Sang headquarters. Eccarius (Adam Croasdell) slithers into the scene and reveals that he set aside a coffin for Cass. How bloody thoughtful of the ol’ vamp. Cassidy politely declines, despite Eccarius’ assertion that sleeping in a coffin is the “vampire way.”
Then, we learn that Eccarius is sending his new protege (the man turned in the previous episode) out into the world, to “fly,” as it were. Lisa (Lucy Faust) eagerly informs Cassidy that Eccarius is sending his newly turned vampires all over the world to establish Children of Blood headquarters – safe havens for creatures of the night everywhere. Eccarius is really a charitable man, a supernatural philanthropist. Cass is taken aback by it all.
Later, Herr Starr (Pip Torrens) arrives at Angelville to find Gran’ma (Betty Buckley), TC (Colin Cunningham) and Jody (Jeremy Childs) waiting for him in the foyer. Lara Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery) is also on the scene. Jesse ushers Starr into Gran’ma’s office, and the three hold court over matters apocalyptic. F.J. Hoover (Malcolm Barrett) attempts to call Starr, but the latter ignores it. Hoover leaves a voicemail detailing his grand plan to snatch Cassidy.
We see Hoover enter a Catholic church, and once he enters the confessional he utters a cryptic phrase that forces said confessional to descend into darkness. Hoover emerges from the box into a training area, where we see members of the church dressed in their Sunday best and exchanging punches. They learn that Hoover is trying to catch a vamp, which ultimately arrests their attention. Now, I want a TV spin-off surrounding these Catholic supernatural fighters. Who’s with me?
Meanwhile, Jesse procures a black briefcase bearing an emblem in Japanese. Starr immediately recognizes the company as one that specializes in the collection of souls. Apparently, Japan has cornered the soul market and crafted it into a profitable enterprise. Starr reveals that the Grail owns this Japanese company, and there’s a warehouse in Osaka. He could easily infiltrate it. Starr then vows to retrieve all the souls Marie could ever desire in exchange for Jesse’s temporary freedom. However, Gran’ma will only relinquish Jesse if she receives the souls first. She drives a hard and bloody bargain. Starr and Marie are now in agreement.
Later, Jesse and Starr discover Tulip and Lara engaged in a bout of fisticuffs. Of course, Tulip is winning. My girl always wins. Starr orders Lara and Tulip be the ones to infiltrate the warehouse in Osaka. Meanwhile, Jesse and Starr will travel to New Orleans to retrieve Jesse’s soul, since he needs it in order to access Genesis. Yes, we’re bringing back Genesis. He can’t be the Messiah without it.
Next, Eccarius informs Cassidy that Lisa is the next human in line to be turned vamp. He urges Cassidy to bring her to the dark side. Cass is wary and understandably so – especially after the Denis fiasco. Cassidy bites Lisa, and after a moment Eccarius has to pull him away before he kills her. Lisa emerges anew, casting aside her fake fangs for real ones. Les Enfants du Sang celebrates her new undead life.
Later, Jesse and co. are busy hatching a plan for the warehouse break-in. Lara is obsessed with her backstory, and honestly I’m beginning to love her more. Tulip learns that Starr wants her to be a Grail operative, including donning the typical white and red apparel. She is not a happy camper. Tulip pulls Jesse aside and expresses her disdain for the entire operation. She doesn’t like having to work alongside the enemy, especially considering Lara killed her. Jesse reassures Tulip that this is for the greater good – they give Marie the souls she craves, and hopefully she’ll leave them alone.
Then, we see Eccarius has taken Cassidy out for another night flight. Cass is elated as the pair soars above New Orleans. Eccarius and Cassidy stop at a bar for a drink and a glamour session. Cassidy attempts to glamour a couple of ladies and he’s successful with the aid of Eccarius. Later, Cass is laying beside a feline Eccarius as the duo chats away. Hoover and his church slayer operatives are spying on the pair, bracing themselves for a vampire snatching.
Now, it’s time for Tulip and Lara to board a plane for Osaka. Jesse and Tulip exchange their passionate goodbyes, complete with a sickeningly sweet smooch. Lara attempts to recreate that magic with Starr, promising to call him when she arrives. The results are laugh out loud hysterical. Emery stole the episode for me, and I’m so glad the Preacher Powers That Be are giving her more room to spread her comedic wings.
Later, Gran’ma protests to Jesse’s leaving, despite his insistence that he’ll return. Marie turns up the charm, trying to reel Jesse in with promises of TC’s chicken biscuits. Jesse asserts that this is for the best, that Marie will receive what she’s always wanted – all the souls in all the land. Gran’ma threatens to rip Jesse in half if the contrary happens. Buckley continues to astound me in the role, taking on the duplicitous nature of an abuser with shocking ease.
Next, while Cassidy and Eccarius are strolling home, the former is riddled with poisonous darts, knocking him to the ground. It’s Hoover and the church slayers (which sounds like a pretty rad band name). They surround Eccarius with spotlights trapping the vampire. Cass rises from his stupor and takes out the slayers around him. He turns on Hoover, but the latter makes a break for it. Cass slumps on the ground in forlorn defeat, thinking they somehow slayed Eccarius. Thankfully, the old vampire just morphed into a mouse, as you do. Once Eccarius transforms back to a proper vamp, Cass voices his concerns regarding the Grail’s latest attempt in capturing him. Cassidy insists that now they’ll set their sights on Eccarius, but the latter can defend for himself. Eccarius vows to stand by Cassidy’s side, and the two engage in a proper snogging session. Finally, Cass gets some!
Meanwhile, Tulip and Lara are safely nestled in their seats for their 16 hour flight to Osaka. Jody is going with them as protection. Tulip is miserable – sandwiched between the back of Jody’s reclined seat and her own. Not to mention, Jody snores. Welcome to traveling by way of the friendly skies, Tulip.
Later, we see Lisa is sitting in Eccarius’ car, travel pillow at the ready. Eccarius has chosen her as his next Children of Blood ambassador. However, things take a turn for the spooky when Eccarius reveals that nobody ever makes it outside the city lines. As it turns out, he believes that vampires are an abomination, even though he is one. Eccarius informs Lisa that he’s a “bad vampire” before slaughtering her mercilessly. Then, we see he dumps her charred remains outside with all of the other poor souls he’s turned and burned.
Then, Jesse and Starr are en route to the current Grail headquarters. Starr vows to return Jesse’s soul to him, as long as the latter promises not to use Genesis against him. Jesse must not utilize Genesis for nefarious purposes, such as murdering him or sleeping with him. Jesse also verbally pinkie swears on this. Starr forces Jesse to wear the standard bag over his head so our preacher won’t know where the Grail is actually located. Secrecy is a must.
Meanwhile, TC is painting Marie’s toes, which is a grueling task for one to undertake if one is bereft of soul. TC chatters on about Genesis, which he overheard Tulip and Lara talking about earlier. Marie informs him that it’s the first book of the Bible, but TC knows it’s a reference to something else. Gran’ma begins to question where on Earth TC heard that word. He’s not supposed to know things!
Next, after Eccarius finishes brutally murdering Lisa, he climbs into Cassidy’s coffin. The pair presumably did the horizontal tango inside said coffin, and we see Cass stirs for Round Two. Don’t do it, mate! Eccarius is…wait for it…nefarious! I’ll see myself out.
Now, Jesse and Starr are inside an elevator en route to the latter’s office. Starr reveals that Jesse must first complete a task for him – our preacher must kill someone. I’m assuming Starr is referring to Humperdoo. However, when the doors to the elevator open, Starr presses the barrel of the gun to Jesse’s temple and informs the Allfather (Jonny Coyne) that Custer is in his custody. So, Starr wants Jesse to murder the Allfather, which won’t be an easy task…
Preacher hasn’t let me down once this season. Every episode I find myself in awe of what’s playing out on screen. What other show opens with Hitler working in a sandwich shop where he’s Employee of the Week? Preacher‘s dark whimsy is just what the doctor ordered. A series that doesn’t take itself too seriously and yet is chock full of Grade A performances and solid writing.
Do you think Jesse will actually kill the Allfather? How will Tulip and Lara fare on their mission in Osaka? Will Cassidy discover who Eccarius truly is, and what happened to Lisa? Join me next week as I recap Preacher here on Geek Girl Authority.
Preacher airs Sundays at 10pm on your AMC affiliate.