DISCLAIMER: This Preacher recap contains more spoilers than the number of times Cassidy has been mutilated and/or stabbed. It ain’t easy being a creature of the night. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution.
Welcome back, Grail members! Preacher is drawing to a close, and the road to Hell has never been rougher. Several moments in this episode made me squeamish and I’m not typically phased by gore. Herr Starr’s suicide attempt that tore his nipples off. God eating Jesse’s eye. Preacher has never shied away from the macabre, but this episode is in a league of its own. Of course, there were comedic bits sprinkled throughout to alleviate the gory imagery. Jesus Christ break dancing while Hitler looks on. Tulip/Cassidy/Humperdoo scenes. Overall, this was a solid installment for the series.
Alright, ready to delve into “Fear of the Lord?” Just be sure to, you know, fear the Lord. He may force you to listen to jazz music if you don’t.
We open with a trio of men in tattered clothing stooped over something. It’s revealed that Herr Starr (Pip Torrens) is under their care. They install a metal faucet in place of Starr’s genitalia. Yes, a faucet. Unfortunately, clean drinking water doesn’t gush from it.
Flashback time! A young Starr is performing in a talent contest in Dusseldorf. He snags another victory. Later, the boy chosen to be Mr. Congeniality gathers his friends and they administer a brutal beating on Starr. Mr. Congeniality wields a blade, and we see just how Starr received his first bodily mutilation.
Now, in the present, the men provide Starr with food. However, the latter quickly realizes that his saviors are cannibals. He spots his own right leg roasting on a spit. Thankfully, before the cannibals can concoct a Starr stew, Lara Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery) bursts on the scene with her Grail squad in tow. We see her carrying a broken Starr to freedom. Our hero!
Next, we see Fiore (Tom Brooke) and Jesse (Dominic Cooper) standing before God’s golden throne. Fiore is still attempting to persuade Jesse to take up the Almighty mantle. However, Jesse wholeheartedly believes it would be blasphemous to fill God’s shoes. Jesse reveals that Fiore and his lackeys have been brutally torturing him into saying “yes” to the God gig. But Jesse refuses to break. So, back down the torturing rabbit hole he goes!
Meanwhile, Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) are driving through a rainstorm of biblical proportions. Humperdoo (Tyson Ritter) is sitting in the backseat. Tulip pulls over, procures Humperdoo from her car and forces him to his knees. She brandishes a gun at the back of his head. Tulip is now toying with God, hoping to draw him out of hiding. Suddenly, the rainstorm dissipates. All is calm.
Now, we fast forward three months later. The trio have taken up residence in a nearby house. Cassidy and Humperdoo return from collecting firewood. Tulip checks Humperdoo to ensure that the explosive vest she attached is still on his person. They have a plan – should God show himself, Tulip and Cass will coerce Humperdoo into an old refrigerator for a “trip to the Moon.” Tulip has the device that will make Humperdoo explode. However, Cassidy has grown quite fond of Humperdoo. I don’t think this will be an easy undertaking.
Then, we see Hitler (Noah Taylor) and Jesus (Ritter) discussing their next move since Humperdoo is still at large. Herr Starr emerges amid their conversation with his new metal prosthetic leg. They resume their meeting in regard to the apocalypse. However, the emissaries of Heaven and Hell have a proposition. Why not use Jesus as the Messiah? He can dance just as well as Humperdoo. Jesus whips off his robes to reveal a sweatsuit underneath while Hitler blasts the tunes. Jesus executes a perfect break dance routine. But Starr is unimpressed. He reminds Jesus that God wants Humperdoo, not the latter. The truth hurts.
Later, Tulip and Cassidy are searching for Humperdoo, who has gone missing. They find him playing with deer in the woods. It’s a magical moment, and a reminder of who is in their presence. A true Messiah.
Meanwhile, Starr is in his birthday suit save for his winner’s sash from the Dusseldorf talent competition of 1979. We see his newfound replacement genitalia – the metal faucet – along with his prosthetic leg. He hobbles into the conference room and climbs atop the table. He attaches his sash to the ceiling and tightens the loose end around his neck. He jumps from the table and swings. It would appear this is the end of Herr Starr. However, the sash slips and catches on his nipple rings. Suddenly, he falls, and the act tears off his nipples. One of the moments that made me squirm, that’s for certain.
Then, God (Mark Harelik) appears to find Starr naked on the ground after the latter’s suicide attempt. Starr confesses that he still doesn’t know where Humperdoo is. God vows to restore Starr’s former beauty if the Messiah is located. Not to mention, Starr need only ask God to disclose said location. Ask, and ye shall receive.
Later, we see Jesse is still being tortured in Hell. Suddenly, the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) appears to free Jesse from his cell. They ride horseback from the epicenter of Hell. However, they stop for a brief respite and start a campfire. Although, not sure why you’d need a campfire for warmth when you’re in Hell. SoK regales Jesse with a story from his war days. Jesse senses that something is amiss and, sure enough, he’s right. Fiore pulls him out of the hallucination.
Next, Fiore beseeches Jesse to be the new God. He threatens more torture should the latter refuse to comply. Fiore’s angelic guards seize Jesse and attempt to force him bodily onto the throne. Suddenly, we hear God cry “Jesse, live!” and the real Jesse emerges from his grave in Australia. Fully alive. Completely human.
Meanwhile, Starr and Featherstone are armed with a squadron and ready to swipe Humperdoo. They’re positioned outside our trio’s hideout while they dine on Tulips’s wonderful burgers within. Burgers with blueberries – a strange but appealing combination! Suddenly, Humperdoo starts projectile vomiting. Cassidy, in turn, does the same. Tulip assumes her cooking is to blame until she spots a “Nausea Satellite” standing erect outside. She knows the Grail is behind it. Featherstone bursts through the door with her team. Tulip urges Humperdoo to flee to the old refrigerator for his trip to the Moon. Tulip and Cassidy are both decommissioned by the Grail team. While Featherstone and her team are outside, Tulip tries to convince Cass to detonate the explosives on Humperdoo.
However, Cassidy is reluctant to do so. Tulip takes an ax and swiftly launches it into Cassidy’s chest. Well, that’s one way to settle a tiff. Once she notices that the Grail is lifting Humperdoo into the air, Tulip attempts to detonate the explosives on his person. But they fail to go off as planned. Humperdoo is taken away in his refrigerator via helicopter.
Next, while Cassidy is recovering from his ax wound, the pair decide to go after the Grail. Never give up, never surrender. They will get him back. I love the rapport between Tulip and Cassidy in this scene, especially with her apologizing for lodging an ax in his chest.
Meanwhile, Jesse is wandering the Outback solo. He spots an approaching RV and waves it down. The RV pulls up to him and the driver gets out. We see it’s the Almighty himself. Jesse is tickled that it all panned out – he held his own and refused to take the throne. As a reward, God raised him from the dead. Jesse falls prostrate before the Lord and the latter embraces him. However, this act wasn’t enough to avert the Apocalypse. Jesse still sinned in his heart – he still harbored an innate desire to take God’s throne. For that, he must be punished.
Suddenly, God takes a bite out of Jesse’s face. Yes, his face. He dislodges and appears to eat Jesse’s right eye. After the act, God urges Jesse to ready himself for the impending apocalypse. Invite his friends. It’s a party!
Later, we see a newly transformed Starr, now perfectly unblemished, appear before Grail members to introduce Humperdoo. The Messiah for the Apocalypse 2020. Starr is so tickled with his restored physical appearance that he’s giddy like a schoolgirl.
Then, Tulip and Cassidy are back in Masada in a hotel room. If you’ll recall, we watched the beginning of their sex scene in the first episode of the season. Things are getting steamy, indeed. Meanwhile, a stabbing incident takes place in the Melbourne prison. Eugene (Ian Colletti) enters to discover the freshly killed corpse. He notices an acoustic guitar on the floor and picks it up. I hope we give our little Arseface a decent sendoff, and not just imprisonment.
So, Tulip and Cassidy do the horizontal tango. All is well until someone knocks on the door. Cassidy answers it to find Jesse on the other side donning a crude eye patch. Pirate Jesse has risen! Cassidy and Tulip are both in utter shock. Tulip and Jesse embrace. Well, this is awkward.
Now, Preacher only has two episodes up its sleeve. My guess is Tulip, Cassidy and Jesse are going to team up against God. Tulip and Cassidy will attempt to keep their tryst secret until it slips out. Jesse really has no right to be angry since, you know, he was dead for three months. Hitler and Jesus Christ will rise in tandem against Humperdoo – perhaps they too will join up with our heroes. What a strange combination of people. Regardless, I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.
Do you think Tulip and Cassidy will tell Jesse about their relationship? How will God enact the apocalypse? Will the Grail meet its demise in the final episodes? Join me next week as I recap Preacher, here on Geek Girl Authority.
Preacher airs Sundays at 10pm on your AMC affiliate.