It's been only 9 days since the Dome came down and the townspeople of Chester's Mill already have their own black market/fight club. Linda is being a decent detective for once, secrets are revealed and the fourth hand is identified.
THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY. With this in mind, Evil Jim and Barbie team up to get rid of Maxine's insurance policy but the newly founded alliance doesn't last very long and Evil Jim check outs one of the properties owned by Maxine's real estate company on his own. He stumbles across Agatha who turns out to be Maxine's mother. It was interesting when she started talking about the past of Chester's Mill. Could there maybe a flashback episode in the future? I guess her former occupation is the reason why Maxine feels so strongly about prostitution.
Evil Jim plans on taking her to the town but she falls overboard with her hands tied up and Evil Jim leaves her out there to die which really surprised me. Not because he killed someone, we already know it seems to be his second nature to kill anybody that might threaten his power and position. I was surprised because I was convinced that Evil Jim would use Agatha as leverage against Maxine.
CONFESSIONS. Eager to find out the truth, Julia and Linda go to the bank to retrieve Duke's safe deposit box in which she finds a confession letter where he lays it all bare – including Evil Jim's involvement manufacturing Rapture. She confronts him which puts her in a very dangerous position since most people who threaten his authority end up dead. If Linda plays it smart, she should use Julia as an insurance policy. Even though I don't think Evil Jim will kill Linda there is simply no way of knowing anymore where Evil Jim draws the line.
Meanwhile, Julia finds Peter's life insurance and is forced to face the ugly truth: Barbie killed Peter but Barbie isn't really at fault here since he only acted in self-defense. As it turns out, Peter wanted to be killed so Julia could receive the insurance money. It was a twisted, desperate final attempt to make it up to his wife. If Barbie hadn't killed him, Peter would have found another way to die, so I totally understand why Julia is willing to forgive Barbie for what he has done. The only thing I dislike about their relationship is how fast they are moving forward. I just find it hard to believe that everything that happened between them, happened over the course of 9 days.
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? Maxine turns the old cement factory into a hybrid black market/fight club where the townspeople wager their goods in hopes of getting something they need more. Really? Really?! I'm pretty sure the townspeople have other things to do than watching two men fight each other until one of them drops. Or maybe they don't.. I haven't really enjoyed anything that involves Maxine. She threatened to expose Barbie's and Evil Jim's dirty laundry three times this episode and it already got old after the first threat, so I'm glad these days are behind us since their secret came out on their own. Now that the tables have turned, I'm curious where they will take Maxine's character.
THE FOURTH HAND. After spending the night at the barn, the youngsters discover a caterpillar inside the miniDome. At first I thought it was just another hallucination but was purpose would that serve? We already know that the monarch butterfly is connected to the mythology somehow, so I guess it is a real one. I was cheering when their first guess for the fourth hand was Julia. I was disappointed when it turned out she isn't. The group figures out it's Junior when Angie recalls that he had a seizure several years ago. When the quartet touches the miniDome together, pink stars appear around them and start arranging themselves into constellations. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Yup, “Pink stars are falling in line.” And just like Junior I was left wondering: But what does it mean?
The miniDome has definitely been one of the better aspects of the show and while I don't particularly like Junior being the fourth hand, I was still intrugued by the last minutes of this episode.
Also, I have a feeling that Dodee wasn't honest. If the others know that she remembers the miniDome, she would never see it again. She is still leery of Joe & Co., so it would only make sense to make them believe that she doesn't know anything. I hope the show follows up on that because it would add another engaging layer to an already fantastic storyline.
What do you think? Are you happy with Junior being the fourth hand? Does Dodee actually remember being shocked by the miniDome? Is Linda a goner? Would you forgive Barbie if you were Julia? Sound off in the comment below!
Watch the promo for next week's episode "Speak of the Devil" here!