Welcome to my SPOILERY, nickname-filled recap/reactions post of the 7th episode of Under the Dome! There was so much “essence de Lost” this week that it was hard to not keep comparing it. I missed the first 3 minutes of the episode so this is where I pick it up……
Okay, so now there’s suddenly a pregnant woman, leaving DJJ’s home. She sees her husband returning from (I’m assuming) overseas and goes to reach for him, zapping herself on the dome and having her water break. She’s convinced the dome did something to her baby, and that she saw her husband when DJJ isn’t so sure she actually saw him.
Big Jim tries to strike a deal with Redneck Farmer – a continual supply of propane for water. He tries to approach a shipping crate at his old propane warehouse that’s being guarded by a burly security guy brandishing a gun, getting himself punched in the face.
“We’ve touched it. Talked to it.”
“Made out on it.”
“- which was awesome.”
“Joe, I’m not having sex with you for the first time on it. “
Kickass Linda and Human Edward Cullen are out to hunt for the two looters that killed Aunt Zelda and attacked Angie. Kickass Linda mentions to HEC that the guys were going to harm Angie and assault her which makes the anger almost visibly bubble up behind HEC’s eyes. Oh, it is ON. Nobody hurts Angie except HEC. Kickass Linda tells HEC they’re not vigilantes and to only use the gun during appropriate times. Clearly, HEC is not convinced.
On the way to the clinic, DJJ & Pregnant Lady’s car gets “gas-jacked”. Good thing CBB was around to take out the gas-jacker and help DJJ save the Pregnant Lady. They bring her to Mom #1 and Mom #2’s house, interrupting and dance & kiss.
“You’re going to be just fine. Actually, you’ll have the first baby born inside the dome.” (Um.. yay?)
Angie recruits Skateboarding Guy to help her bury Rose, and they head to the diner to clean up the mess. Big Jim finds them there, needing a drink. He very obviously and suspiciously asks Angie if they’ve been talking about HEC. Moody/Moral Teen and Brilliant Bro are headed off with the dog when the dog starts barking madly. They ignore it because, what do animals know. They don’t have heightened senses or anything. They trek on. Probably first non-brilliant move, Brilliant Bro. The two stumble across a mound covered in leaves. They brush away the leaves and find another dome, caked in dirt. Moody Teen pours water over it which, that small water bottle, seems to crystal-clean that caked on dirt entirely, revealing a black egg inside. I know I must have missed the conversation they had earlier… but how did they know what to look for and head out to find?
Why does every show need to have a pregnancy/birth scene?? Every. Show. Is that a rite of passage? A prerequisite to build intensity and drama? A way to showcase the pregnant woman’s acting chops? Why???
Oh, Redneck Farmer’s not as dumb as Big Jim thought. He’s now turned the tables on the councilman and is blackmailing him by withholding food for the town if Big Jim doesn’t do what Redneck Farmer wants. Big Jim ends up blowing up the truck the security guy was in anyway so the tables may have turned yet again. Kickass Linda and HEC corner the two guys and some chaos ensues with pushing, fighting and shooting. The one guy is on the ground, HEC hovering over him and he says he’ll go with them calmly but HEC shoots him coldly anyway.
MT and BB try talking and yelling at the mini-dome and egg, to no avail. They both touch it and they see Mom #2 appear suddenly in the woods. MT lets go and Mom #2 disappears. She senses something is wrong and rushes to find her mother, just as Mom #2 feels ill while delivering the baby.
Human Edward Cullen really is sometimes not so human. How does he keep appearing inside buildings, startling Angie? Does nobody hear him coming and going? He surprises her and Skateboarding Guy in the diner and thankfully SG senses something’s amiss and doesn’t go home when HEC tells him to. HEC, uncharacteristically (but suspiciously-motivated), apologizes to Angie. She says “Fine.” which is a pretty forgiving response, given that she was kidnapped in a bunker.
Weird that BB wouldn’t be by MT’s side when she runs to check on her mom. That he just so happens to be sitting on the porch when Angie and SG come up to the house and brother and sister finally have their reunion. Cut to MT and her emotional farewell to Mom #2 – who apparently had a heart attack. A life for a life, I guess. Okay, and Pregnant Lady names the baby after Mom #2 too? Right. Seriously, who didn’t see this coming. Ever since they established she’s out of insulin, it was only a matter of time really. I’m just surprised she’s dying of a heart attack and not of lack of insulin. And, I’m not any sort of doctor, but I didn’t realize you can be “okay” enough after a heart attack to say your goodbyes… it seemed more like a long cancer-like sickness that she knew she wasn’t going to recover from. MT heartbreakingly runs to the dome and puts her hand against it, begging it to bring her mom back. She yells to the dome, “Tell me what you want!” and cut to the black egg, with tendrils lighting upwards.
This episode was both surprising (with the mini dome) and cliched. Of course there’s a death to accompany a birth. That seems to be the TV standard. And for fellow Lost fans – how much of this episode was not absolutely parallel to that of Claire’s pregnancy, Locke & Boone’s mission, and them finding the hatch with it lighting up as Locke’s pounding on it??? SAME THING.
This week’s theme is a big ol’ LOST theme.