Last week, Jesse was in trouble, but this week focused on some important supporting characters and their shocking choices. Here’s the full recap for Finish the Song!
Finish the Song begins with a flashback featuring the Saint of Killers. I’ll call him SOK for the rest of the recap. The last time we saw him, he had just found his dead wife and child’s bodies. Now, it looks like he’s heading back to Ratwater.
The townspeople have gathered in the bar and a storm is coming in. One of the men begins singing a song, and everyone is listening. It’s a lovely scene, but those don’t usually last around here. Especially for people that are as horrible as these that live in this town.
The SOK enters the bar, and a child stands up and offers him a place to stay because there’s bad weather on the way, and it’s the Christian thing to do. That’s when the preacher stands up and pats the kid on the shoulder for being such a good Christian, and that they welcome everyone in this town.
Whores. Men that buy the whores. Even the Butcher of Gettysburg—as long as they accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. To which the Saint of Killers replies:
“I love my horse. I love my wife. And I love my little girl. And as for Jesus, he can join us all in hell.”
Then he shoots and kills the preacher before he says to the man, “I want you to finish the song.” Once the man begins singing, the SOK shoots down everyone in the bar before slicing off the man who was singing’s head.
The shot moves to the piano then to the SOK who is at the bar. He pours a shot as the walls start shaking and the bottles fall down.
Jesse is riding in the back of the cruiser with Sheriff Root when he asks him a very simple question…
“I told you. I sent him to Hell.”
That’s not what Sheriff Root wants to hear, so he explains to Jesse what inmates do to child killers in prison. He said it’s so bad that one guy repeatedly “dived” off his top bunch until he broke his own neck just to avoid the punishment from the other inmates.
The prison responded by removing the top bunks in the cells, so that no one could do that again.
“Preacher, you’re gonna wish you was in Hell.”
“I’m sorry, Sheriff. I’ll see you Sunday.”
That’s when Jesse throws open the back door and rolls out of the moving police car. Sheriff finds a pen he used to get out of the cuffs then open door.
DeBlanc and Fiore find a travel agency that charters trips to Hell. After the travel agent breaks down and pulls up their itinerary, she’s not satisfied with the amount of money she’s getting.
The travel lady tries to barter sex with Fiore to cover the additional cost, and Fiore starts to stand but DeBlanc shuts her down, and says that he’ll report her if she doesn’t give them their tickets. She grudgingly clicks a button and prints them out.
Tulip answers the door to find Emily standing there and she asks:
“You freak out, Emily? Because it looks like you freak out a lot. This time, don’t. Cassidy’s a vampire, okay? Are you okay with that? Are you okay? Can you deal?”
Tulip is always the best person to introduce someone to a new concept. She cuts straight to the chase. She needs someone to help feed Cassidy while she’s gone, and Emily is the person who has to do it. She shows Emily all the cages around the house.
All she has to do is crack open the door, drop in one of the animals, and shut it back.
She starts packing up her purse and grabbing her keys as she tells Emily:
“Don’t go to Pet Express ‘cause they’re onto me.”
That when Emily drops the bomb about Jesse losing the church to Quincannon and everything that has gone on the night before.
“I am done with Jesse Custer. He can be your boyfriend now.”
Emily tells Tulip that she has boyfriend and what proceeds is an awkward conversation about who Miles is and what he looks like. Tulip looks less than impressed and Emily does, too.
“Where are you going?”
“I’m going to kill a man in Albuquerque.”
Jesse is having breakfast under a bridge with two homeless people who helped him get his hand cuffs off the rest of the way.
They have a bet going. The woman thinks Jesse is completely crazy and the man thinks he’s only half crazy.
“You gonna bring down God Almighty hisself to church on Sunday?”
“Sheriff don’t catch me first.”
“The Lord God above, creator of the universe.”
“How in the world are you going to do that?”
Emily is holding a guinea pig, waiting outside Cassidy’s door when Miles calls. She’s staring at the door, as he asks if he can just stay at her place tonight.
She hangs up the phone and moves down the hallway. With the door cracked a little, she sits in the guinea pig.
When she hears the noises, she opens the door and we see Cassidy’s burnt and scarred body. He looks absolutely horrific.
Back at the hotel, the angels are packing up. Fiore tells DeBlanc that he’s left the radio on so that “she” doesn’t get lonely.
That’s when they decide that they might need to go to Hell anyway. They should flip a coin and see if they should call Heaven first. Throw themselves at their mercy.
The first coin flip is Hell, and they decide to flip again. This time it’s Heaven, but when Fiore goes to get the Heaven phone from under the bed, it’s gone.
Now they have no choice but to go to Hell.
Outside, Jesse hides behind a wall, clutching the phone to his chest as the Sheriff drives down the street beside him.
Emily is watching an old movie while petting a bunny that’s meant to be a meal for Cassidy. The woman on the screen is talking about running away and trying to get out of a trap.
This whole thing makes me think the idea of Miles actually messing with their birth control seem more plausible to me. The whole time Emily has talked about Miles or been on the phone with him, she seems out of it.
Cassidy begs for food, that he needs something now. Emily stands up and sits down the bunny. It looks like she’s going to walk in the room herself.
Miles is there watching a couple of Quincannon’s workers have a wrestling match when his phone rings. Emily is on the other line, begging for his help. She tells him that “he got out” and that he’s going to kill her.
She delivers the important information, too. She’s at Walter O’Hare’s house.
Miles makes it over there. He looks at all the animal cages and starts calling her name, but she never answers. He finally gets to the door in the hallway and walks inside. Once he’s in there, he sees Cassidy.
He turns and Emily is the doorframe, but she slams it in his face and locks the door. Cassidy attacks him and drains him dry.
All the while, Emily is listening on the other side and gagging.
Sheriff Root makes it to the motel and bears witness to the carnage left behind from the angels. There’s blood splatter every where, and when he goes into the bathroom, he finds the Seraphim from before, and he yells for them to call an ambulance before going to the woman.
The tub is full of blood and her arms and legs are cut off, but we know that she can’t die. The Sheriff tries to calm her down and tells her that everything is going to be okay, and that they’re going to save her, but she repeatedly says:
He takes off his hat and sits it aside then reaches over and strangles the Seraphim. Tears fill his eyes as she dies, and we watch as she pops up behind him. He never sees her, though.
I wonder about the Sheriff’s motivations behind this act. Is he seeing this woman? Or could that have been something his son asked of him after his suicide attempt? I wasn’t prepared for “good” characters killing tonight at all. Although, the Sheriff can’t be compared to Emily.
THE BUS STOP
Breaking Bad fans will recognize the bus stop from that show. Once the little bus pulls up, they start to load in when the driver tells them they can’t bring anything with them.
“What about my comics?”
“It’s alright, my dear. Leave them behind.”
Wait? Are Deblanc and Fiore a couple? Something hasn’t been adding up with them this episode because earlier in the hotel, Fiore says, “They’ll separate us forever.” if they find out where they are. Just some thoughts to keep in mind.
Emily is letting two long-haired guinea pigs loose when Jesse shows up. He asks her if Tulip is home and she tells him that she went to Alburqueque. She tells him that she has to leave to pick up her kids from school, and that his “mate” is inside.
Jesse looks shocked as she practically runs away because YES, SHE LEFT HIM TO CLEAN UP HER MESS!
Jesse goes inside where he finds Cassidy and Miles’ body.
“You killed the Mayor.”
“I’ll kill you, too! I told you what I was. And now you see. You can leave.”
“I’m not going anywhere. You saw me, too, Cassidy. The worst part of me. And I’m so sorry.”
“Jesse Custer, with the pretty girl and the kung fu moves, what have you to be sorry for?”
“Plenty. But right now, I’m just so sorry I let you burn.”
“No. Put me out pretty quick.”
“Not quick enough.”
“You put me out. That’s what matters.”
So, at least that’s put to rest now. Jesse did use the fire extinguisher on Cassidy. He was just slow because he was in shock.
“Well, let me ask you something? If I killed the Mayor, what would you do?”
“I’d help you get rid of the body.”
And that is how bromances are saved.
He is very secure in the fact that he’s won his land. He asks Donnie if he’s heard that Jesse ran away from the law, but honestly, Donnie can’t hear much of anything right now.
Quincannon stares out his office window and as he celebrates the victory he thinks is coming.
“He’s gonna stand in front of the whole town with egg on his face and he’s gonna denounce God. And the greatest lie ever told is gonna get untold.”
Cassidy is playing with the Heaven phone and complains to Jesse that it doesn’t work. That’s when Jesse remembers that he needs angel hands to work the phone.
Cassidy lets him know getting angel hands won’t be a problem, and Jesse tells him to finish packing up Miles and he’s got to make a call…
Jesse gets Tulip’s voicemail, and he leaves her a message that will make you swoon and so, so sad. He’s reminiscing about the past and getting pancakes at a restaurant.
The scene switches to Tulip. She has a busted lip and is staring straight ahead.
“Anyway, I just wanted to say, for me, it’s just you. Till the end of the world.”
After he hangs up, we finally see who Tulip is staring at. Carlos is tied to chair, and Tulip has all sorts of instruments to use to torture him. It’s quite obvious that she’s going to get her vengeance.
All the flashbacks from the whole season come together to finally show us what was going on during those two days with the SOK.
His daughter was very ill, and his wife sent him to get medicine. He went to the nearest town, Ratwater, and got the medicine. All the while, he remained silent and watched as people were abused and murdered.
The preacher recognizes him, but the SOK never says anything to him.
On his way out of town, he sees the family with the wagon going in and gets a conscience and turns around. This family wasn’t in need of help, though, and he ends up getting beaten by the men in the bar.
Finally, he’s able to pull himself up and go back to his horse. That’s when the preacher comes outside and makes the connections. The SOK is the Butcher of Gettysburg, and the preacher shoots his horse in the head.
The SOK walks all the way home, only to find his wife and child dead and being pecked by crows. He grabs weapons from his closet and then we’re back at the beginning of Finish the Song.
As he’s drinking his shot and the whole world is shaking, everything resets. We go through the whole thing again. And it resets again after his shot. Over and over and over the scene repeats itself.
It’s devastating for the SOK and the viewer. That’s when we realize that he’s actually in Hell.
When the world begins to shake a final time, it stops and upstairs a door opens. The camera follows two pairs of feet walking down the hallway and down the stars into the main floor.
The SOK turns and draws his guns on DeBlanc and Fiore, and the lettering pops up on the screen, letting us know we’re right.
They made it, and now they’re trying to solicit the help of the SOK to get Genesis from Jesse. DeBlanc breaks the silence first.
“You want this to end? You want to be free of all this? We have a job for you.”
“Come with us. We’ll tell you.”
*He shoots DeBlanc and asks Fiore*
“We want you to kill someone.”
That sealed the deal right there with the SOK. We know he hates preachers as it is.
Jesse and Cassidy are digging up the old bodies of DeBlanc and Fiore, and now Jesse has angel hands to use on the phone to Heaven.
They bury Miles, too. Along with all the animals that Cassidy had fed on to build his strength back up.
“God? Coming to Texas?”
“Yup. Sunday morning.”
“That’ll be something.”
You have no idea Cassidy.
I really don’t know what to do with my feelings right now. I can’t believe Emily did that to Miles, but at the same time, I think she felt it was her only way out of a situation she’s no longer in control of (pregnancy).
My heart breaks for the Sheriff, too. I know he said some awful things to Eugene, but I really believe he loves his son. Killing the woman in the tub was almost a mercy killing that his son may have asked for at one time. I don’t know. I only know that it’s so very sad.
Then the Saint of Killers stole the show, and I can’t wait to see him on Earth and looking for Jesse! Take a look at these stills for next week’s season finale, Call and Response, and let me know what you thought about Finish the Song!
Don’t forget, there will be a Talking Preacher after the season finale!