We hope he’s sending Cassidy to us! #Preacher pic.twitter.com/llPlZLpQC0— PREACHER (@PreacherAMC) July 16, 2018Jesse tries to close The Tombs back down, now that he’s ensured Cassidy’s safety, but they really do bring out the worst in him. Cassidy shows up to call him out, because he still won’t leave without Tulip. Showman Jesse takes over and The Tombs stay open, if only so Jesse can once again incapacitate Cassidy. This is where the episode gets real dark. Jesse turns into a monster as he hurts Cass. Even when Tulip shows up, she can see it. That’s when she realizes that she has to break Jesse’s contract and get him out of Angelville as fast as she can. And having Cass around is going to be a liability. She sneaks him out using his skin suit idea (hey, it works!), and drops him at a bus to New Orleans. He considers using Madame L’Angelle’s love potion on her, but backs out. So he really does care about her.I don’t entirely agree with sending Cassidy away. He’s the most fun of all three of the main characters right now. Breaking them up to feel like it’ll only slow things down. But the love triangle story isn’t really working either, so if we can get a break from that, it may end up being a net positive. The final shot at least sets his story in an interesting direction too. Featherstone is on the same bus a few rows behind him. Why? How? That’s not explained. I just think the show must have a good reason for it, though.Ruth Negga (Photo via AMC)Though this episode didn’t make much forward momentum itself, it definitely oriented the season in a good direction. I’m excited to see how Tulip tries to kill Madame L’Angelle, what Cassidy and Featherstone do in New Orleans, and how the Saint of Killers hunts down Hitler and Eugene. We’re nearly halfway through the season, and we’ve finally got something pulling us forward. Jesse’s top hat heel turn wasn’t quite as scary as the show clearly wanted it to be, but the story seems to have moved onto something better. I guess we’ll have to see for sure next week.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History This scene was inspired by NSYNC’s No Strings Attached album cover. #Preacher pic.twitter.com/nDw5aOnY7W— PREACHER (@PreacherAMC) July 16, 2018A while being the entire episode. We don’t check back in until the end, and when we do, the lashing is just ending. That’s when Satan finally reveals why these scenes even exist. After his punishment, he sends the Saint on a mission. He’s to bring back Hitler and Eugene, and put them in Hell. Without using his guns. If he does, he’ll get his guns back and then he’s free to go kill Jesse. With that, things are looking up for this season. It looks like (I hope) next week, we’ll finally, finally, see what Hitler and Eugene have been up to. Plus, the Saint of Killers being back on Earth could mean great things for the overall story. Season Two was at its best when this scary, unstoppable threat was slowly, steadily creeping towards Jesse and crew.Back in Angelville, we get a look into Jesse’s past, right after one last moment of wild badassery from Tulip. As Madame Boyd’s guards try to break down the door. Tulip shoots some holes in the floor, grabs Boyd and makes an escape. It’s a good bit of fun, cartoon action in a fairly dark episode. Tulip spends the entire episode trying to get back to Angelville. She doesn’t know the area very well, and soon gets lost. That’s when Boyd tells her what really happened. She doesn’t just hate the L’Angelles due to a business rivalry, she hates Jesse specifically. It turns out they had a relationship as teenagers, back when Jesse was an announcer in The Tombs. And quoting Gladiator because that was the hot new movie back then. But after Jody made it clear that Madame L’Angelle wouldn’t approve, Jesse broke up with her in the most hurtful way. He called her family trash to make sure she wouldn’t try to get him back. Damn Jesse, you didn’t have to go that far.Ruth Negga (Photo via AMC)As Tulip gets even more lost, Boyd eventually tells her the rest of the story. Her brother went to The Tombs to confront Jesse. Jesse further insulted the family, and the two fought in the middle of the ring. To hear Boyd tell it, Jesse choked out her brother and screamed “are you not entertained?” to the gambling crowd. This is the closest the show’s come to making Jesse a compromised hero. It’s the first time we see him do something bad and not just kind of mean. Of course, we learn that isn’t quite the way it happened. Later, when she convinces him for, what, the 27th time to stop keeping things from her, we hear his side of the story. (See, that really is the show’s biggest flaw. Jesse isn’t so much an antihero as he is just kind of a jerk. Not in a fun way, either. In that annoying learn-the-same-lesson-twice-a-season way.)It turns out that Jesse tried to stop Boyd’s brother from fighting him. That he tried to explain, and begged him to stop. It was only when Jesse was about to have the life choked out of him that he fought back, and won. The first thing he did after choking the brother out, was try to make sure he was alive. And it destroyed him to find out that he wasn’t. It was Jody, in fact, who held Jesse’s hand up and shouted the line from Gladiator. Upon hearing the truth, Jesse and Tulip have make-up sex, after which she realizes she left Madame Boyd in her trunk. You know, more than any other plot development, this episode felt like the show finding its sense of humor again. And still, the scene where Tulip lets Boyd out sends the show off in an interesting direction. Boyd tells Tulip how she can save Jesse from his contract: She has to kill Madame L’Angelle.Joseph Gilgun (Photo via AMC)Cassidy’s storyline was surprisingly fun too. I was ready for this to be another boring underground arena episode. You know, the kind of story genre shows do when they’re desperately casting about for ideas. (Both Angel and Torchwood did one in their first seasons, and boy were those episodes the worst.) Usually, they’re meant to show how depraved humanity is. But that depravity is where Preacher lives. A soulless zombie fight club isn’t even the 10th most messed up thing we’ve seen on this show. And Preacher knows it. After one quick fight between Cassidy and some unnamed prisoner, the real story starts. Jesse ushers everyone out, and when he and Cassidy are alone, he chops the vampire up with a machete.Yes, this episode contains no shortage of gruesome, comedic gore. When Jody’s distracted, Jesse puts all of Cassidy’s disembodied limbs into a box, while the head admonishes him the whole time. It’s such a weird, disgusting scene, and I love it. Cassidy floats the idea of sneaking out using some other guy’s skin as a suit, and Jesse says that’d never work. He leaves Cassidy a blood pack to promote healing and ships him off to New Orleans. It’s like a Garfield cartoon only much more violent. Cassidy heals very quickly though and escapes, leaving a trail of blood on the floor. (“I told him no liquids.” Ha!) Stay on target The finale of Preacher Season Two made sure this season had a ton of potential. We were going to Angelville. The Saint of Killers was in Hell. The Grail was still at large. Arseface helped Hitler escape Hell. There are so many exciting places the show could take these stories. Aside from one episode with The Grail that more or less left things as they were, we’ve only really explored Angelville. And it’s really only been these last two episodes that showed us why we should fear the place. By this point, I’ve accepted the TV show’s slower approach to the story than in the comics, but I was hoping we’d check in with some of those other plot threads from last season. The actors who play Arseface and Hitler are named in the opening credits, and we haven’t seen one second of them. Pip Torrens is too, but he’s only appeared in one episode. Fortunately, this episode showed some promising signs of course-correcting.We get a decent amount of the comedy-horror we come to Preacher for. The sequence that bookends the episode is a welcome break from the bleak atmosphere of Angelville. It takes us back to Hell. Not the grey bureaucracy part of it either. Someone collects the Saint of Killers from his Hell, and brings him down to the -9th floor. (Or circle, I’m guessing. Clever.) Here, we see a Hell we all recognize. The fire-and-brimstone, boiling-lava, big-red-devil kind of Hell. This is Preacher though, so we know there’s some kind of twist on it. Mostly it’s the Devil being some kind of faux-friendly, douchey, Good Boss character as he talks around the fact that the Saint of Killers is going to be tortured and whipped for a while.