Ah, welcome back to my weekly installment of spoilery nicknamed recaps and reactions for Under the Dome. 🙂
After the bomb explodes into the dome, everyone inside is shielded but everything on the outside has been completely decimated.
Well. Gap-toothed Redneck seems to be the latest guy to step forward and goes rogue. Placing bets on him not surviving past 1-2 episodes. Kickass Linda wants CBB to help and hands him a cop badge. CBB will help, but doesn’t want the badge. I think Kickass Linda might need to reevaluate her criteria for handing out those badges like free candy.
Mom #2 (aka Dr Mom) is driving off with her wife & Moody Teen when she suddenly panics and needs out of the car. She’s asking about when their flight to L.A. is, seemingly like she suddenly has amnesia. And what do people with amnesia always do? Wander drunkenly into the road with a large truck barrelling down on them at high speeds, unable to stop. Of course. Not even wondering why there’s an appliance store truck driving that fast INSIDE THE DOME. It careens off the road, misses Dr. Mom and crashes into the water tower. It’s spilling out onto the truck and everyone races to get the driver out. The water’s source is the lake, so of course they’re now preparing for a shortage of water, I’m sure. Kickass Linda and CBB go to check out the lake to find all the fish floating ashore. The lake is filled with methane as they demonstrate it by setting a cup of lake water on fire on Big Jim’s desk. (Hm.. nothing to do with the propane tanks that Big Jim was carting in in the first episode??)
The DJs (with DJJ) have discovered that every radio signal is emitting a high pitch feedback (or “the dome is screaming”… you know, to protect itself from the bomb attack. … yup.) Angie, with the realization that they didn’t die in the bomb, smacks Human Edward Cullen in the head and escapes – yet again. HEC tries to recruit his dad to help him find her (aka keep her quiet on the kidnapping). Well, not in the way I thought the propane would be connected (though I’m sure that’s definitely not the whole story) but Gap-toothed Redneck has a well with fresh water. Big Jim barters with him: propane for water.
Water shortage causes chaos in the stores with looting and fighting. HEC tries to maintain order when Angie runs up to the store and spots him through the window. She dashes into the diner (hah. Diner Dash!) and tells Aunt Zelda (she will always be the aunt of Sabrina the Teenage Witch to me!). Angie is worried nobody will believe her since HEC is now a cop, and BIg Jim is a councilman but Aunt Zelda does. BUT of course that means she’s not going to be around to vouch for Angie. Sure enough, two of the store looters come crashing into the diner (Diner Crash!) and, quite violently, attack Aunt Zelda with a bat. Angie gets knocked out while trying to save her. This poor girl really can’t catch a break!!
Moody Teen MIGHT get renamed to be Moral Teen when she and Brilliant Bro are breaking into houses to steal insulin for Dr. Mom (.. I don’t know much about diabetes, but is amnesia supposed to be a symptom of that??). They bump into a young boy in the house that they’re stealing from and she feels bad, making BB return the insulin. Well, she doesn’t feel that bad I guess because she keeps one to take. Out on the street, they bump into Female DJ and DJJ on their crazy goose chase of looking for the thing that’s jamming the radio signals. They discover, as they’re driving by MT and BB that it’s them. BB shows them the video of them seizing and mumbling words, curiously they watch for a while and him leaning up to shush the camera isn’t acknowledged.
And it rains!! Just after Big Jim hands over a few tanks of propane to Redneck Ollie. Bet he’s kicking himself for wasting it on water bartering now. Yeah, that’s a good idea, you send sparks and energy out so definitely touch the dome while it’s pouring rain, seizure kids. DJJ makes the connection that the two teens has something to do with the dome. Female DJ – the scientist that she is – figures out that the rain is the methane lake evaporating and being filtered back down. There’s quite a group of smart cookies in this bunch! MT and BB walk away, hand in hand (but not seizuring!!).
“They’re connected to it. It’s like the dome is… using them. … maybe [the dome] is trying to reassure us.”
OF COURSE there needs to be an obligatory rain make-out scene. Forget that she wanted him out of her sight a few episodes ago. That was a guarantee from the very first episode that CBB and DJJ would hook up. Just wish it wasn’t so obvious and predictable. Inside, out from the rain, Angie wakes up on the couch of the Rennie household. Big Jim tries to bargain with her that he will provide anything she’ll ever need (food, money, water, gun, propane, etc.) if she can get past the kidnapping. She’s hesitating as HEC walks in, completely soaking wet and even more confused.
This week’s theme? Big Jim Rennie Does Some Bargaining.