8 episodes in already and things are getting more and more bizarre! Welcome to my always-spoilery, sometimes-snarky, very-nicknamed recap post of this week’s Under the Dome. So let’s see what our favourite townsfolk in Chester’s Mill are up to this week…
Big Jim awakes with a start to the sound of someone sneaking into the house. Brandishing a gun, he confronts Human Edward Cullen where they have a father/son stand-off. Big Jim denounces him as his son because HEC killed the hooligans that harmed Aunt Zelda and Angie.
“You’re not in the right mind, Junior”
– well, that’s the understatement of the year. And you’re his father??
Oh Douchey Journalist Julia. How many leading comments, like how hard it would be lose a spouse, are you going to make to Cool Bad Boy before something comes out. Moody Teen becomes (understandably) moody again, lashing out at Brilliant Brother (aka boyfriend, or boy[space]friend). Big Jim goes to the diner to talk to Angie, who is serving DJJ coffee. In loud whispers, they move to the back to talk about their deal with keeping HEC away, only to be standing RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE WINDOW that looks out from the kitchen to the diner – a clear view out to where DJJ and BB are sitting. DJJ asks BB what he’s drawing before he snaps to and says it’s nothing.
Wheelin’ & dealin’ Big Jim goes to talk to Redneck Farmer – once again – to strike a deal with him. The food shortage is upon them and Big Jim tries to leverage his propane for water to grow the crops. Perhaps in a stupid move, RF shows his hands by telling Big Jim that when the towns people turns on him as councilman with the lack of food, RF would be happy to step in and take his place. You just put a target on your back, buddy.
Kickass Linda puts HEC on probation after his trigger-happy finger killed one of the looters. Big Jim tries to recruit the police force to take Redneck Farmer’s land by force. Kickass Linda, HEC, CBB and some guy named “Carter”. (aka the token one that’s going to get introduced and then killed off.) … and I wasn’t entirely wrong. So formulaic… introducing new townspeople (like Lost suddenly introducing new castaways) to have them killed off. And now the line’s been drawn in the proverbial sand. HEC joins forces with Redneck Farmer and relieves Big Jim of his gun.
Moody Teen blames BB for her mom’s death. It’s because of him that they went to the centre of the dome, that they touched the mini dome, that Mom #2 had a heart attack the moment they touched it. DJJ talks to BB about MT. Says girls that age say a lot of things they don’t mean. BB accidentally lets slip how close they feel when they’re around the egg. First lesson, BB. Don’t ever trust a journalist who says “You can trust me.”
CBB and Kickass Linda examine the town map and somehow manages to figure out that Redneck Farmer’s well has siphoned off all other points of water access – so their plan is to blow it up because the guy who’s well they want to blow up conveniently has the components for said dynamite. Big Jim has a different idea and has gathered all the men, with guns, to overtake RF so they can get to the well. RF chats with HEC and corrects HEC’s preconceptions on the accident that killed his mother. RF tells him it wasn’t an accident, it was suicide. HEC tells RF not to kill the others, to let him do it.
DJJ and BB get to the egg, which has now been uncovered. (I thought they had covered it all back up last episode?). It’s now glowing pink and DJJ touches the mini dome, immediately hearing BB say something. She looks up to realize BB is right next to her, not having said anything. It was, in fact, an image of BB.
“The monarch will be crowned”
What does that mean?? Does that mean he’s next to die? Is it if anyone touches the mini dome, something happens – not just MT and BB?
“What did I say? I mean.. the other me.”
Maybe BB’s been hanging out near the dome too much.. he’s becoming less and less brilliant.
Angie & MT bond over some souvenir snow globes. In a cathartic act, they take the box of them out to the dome and throw them at it. (Nooo!!! That was the prettiest Paris snowglobe!!! Don’t smash it!) MT loses it when she picks up the last one, the Los Angeles one, and breaks down in tears. In the next instant, it’s pitch black dark outside and Big Jim is staging his ambush. In a previous scene, CBB was sneaking around the back in broad daylight, and now it shows him still sneaking around and it’s dark. How long has he been hunched over back there?? There’s a big ol’ shootout in the dark at RF’s place, Male DJ gets shot in the shoulder and after some fists fly, CBB regains control of the trigger to explode the well. And he probably just made an enemy out of Big Jim. Not that he’ll care at the moment since HEC knocks him out.
They bring Big Jim into RF’s place. RF’s supporters all bail now that the well’s been blown up. It’s clear now that his supporters weren’t fighting for him, but for the water. RF leaves HEC alone with Big Jim, and the gun. At gunpoint, HEC confronts his dad on why he lied to him about his mom’s death. In tears, Big Jim actually shows some humanity and tells HEC he didn’t want him knowing that his mother chose to leave him/them. RF isn’t having any of this sappy crap and goes to shoot Big Jim himself before HEC shoots RF in the stomach. “I believe you,” says son to father. CBB goes to talk to Big Jim, calling him out on why he didn’t want him blowing up the well – so that Big Jim could control it, and thereby control them.
“You don’t want to make an enemy of me, Barbie.”
“Two sides to that coin, Jim”
Wowza, so that’s happening now? CBB and DJJ are sharing a bed? “How was your day, honey?” (albeit with a sarcastic tone) She contemplates what “The monarch will be crowned” means as the camera pans over the tattoo of a butterfly on the shoulder of Angie.
This was quite the action-packed episode! This week’s theme might be “the Trojan horse”.