On Preacher, the group runs into several obstacles in their search for God, and an old friend finally makes an appearance. Here’s our recap of “Damsels”!
The intro into this episode is both eye-opening and disturbing. We got to the know the Saint of Killers through his personal Hell, and now we’re introduced to Eugene’s personal Hell.
“Eugene? Where are you? I need you. Please come now.”
Eugene (sans facial scars) is riding his bike as we hear the end of Tracy’s voiceover.
He reaches Tracy’s house, and she’s crying about her boyfriend cheating on her and the girl is not attractive, according to Tracy. She has a shotgun across her lap and has Eugene read her suicide note.
It’s a childish letter that divvies up her personal belongings then goes on to address her ex-boyfriend and telling him about all the sexual partners she’s had and how they’re all better than him. It was only anal, though, so she’ll still get into Heaven.
Eugene uses this opportunity to talk her down from committing suicide:
“Look, I know this hurts, but dying isn’t the answer. Living is. Tracy, I don’t want you to give up on yourself just because Jenny Llewellyn’s got a big mouth. He’s probably got a miracle waiting for you right around the corner. The thing is, you gotta stick around if you want to see it.”
He truly has a strong faith in God. Tracy lets him burn then letter and they sit side-by-side on the bed. Eugene makes his move after she tells him what a good friend he is, and he kisses her.
Tracy’s response is, “Ew.”
Then she picks up the shotgun and Eugene pushes it away right as she pulls the trigger. Instead of taking off her whole face, the shots take off the top of her head. Eugene tries to stop the bleeding, but Mrs. Loach comes up the stairs and is banging on the door.
Her yelling and Eugene being scared take everything to the next level, and seeing now way out, Eugene picks up the gun and shoots himself, too.
This repeats and repeats and repeats.
Until the cell he’s in looses that reality and the door opens. A guard says some numbers then tells him not to move.
Now we know what we really happened to Eugene and the fact that he’s an excellent person and shouldn’t be in Hell is freaking apparent.
Tulip, Jesse, and Cassidy are leaving Texas and entering Louisiana. Tulip really doesn’t see why they have to go to New Orleans because there are plenty of other places for jazz music and God could have gone anywhere.
It’s pretty obvious that Viktor might be in NOLA.
She tells Jesse that he doesn’t even like Louisiana, and he replies that he doesn’t like the swamps. Let’s think back to his mother’s maiden name, L’Angelles. That sounds a bit French to me so expect them to show up in some swampy areas in south Louisiana at some point.
Once they reach NOLA, they waste no time in the search.
They go into the first bar they see and Jesse takes the lead.
“I’m looking for God.”
“All three of you?”
After following the bartender out a door, they get handed off to a bouncer who leads them down an alley, through a kitchen, down some stairs, and down another hallway, we see an old white man.
He moves aside a curtain to reveal a man in a dog costume sitting beside a woman on a couch. The man brings them a tray of sex toys while the bartender explains the pricing system to them. When Jesse tells them that this isn’t what they’re looking for, they’re looking for God, they get kicked out and called weirdos.
Outside, Tulip seems very anxious to be in the crowds and says she sick and wants to go to the place they’re staying. She thinks Jesse may be mad at her for cancelling their wedding, but he tells her he isn’t. He does seem very upset, though, and Tulip is keeping secrets so it doesn’t help.
She turns around as she’s leaving and asks him:
“‘Till the end of the world, right?”
Cassidy leaves Jesse, too, telling him that he has to make sure Tulip gets to Dennis’ house. He set up them staying with an old friend of his. Jesse doesn’t look happy that both of them are leaving him, but there’s not much he can do.
Jesse uses his bad mood to help him in his search for God, as well as all the liquor in NOLA.
As they walk to Dennis’, Cassidy lays out some truths for Tulip:
“So, we’re on the run. Statement not a question.”
He knows that whatever happened in that hotel room with Gary is the reason she’s scared now, but Tulip isn’t one to give up answer easily.
Tulip gets recognized by an older than as they’re walking down the street, and when they get away from her, Cassidy says:
“She seems nice.”
They arrive at Dennis’ and he speaks French to them and neither understands, but he lets them in anyway and Cassidy gives him a half-eaten bag of candy.
Inside, Cassidy explains that there’s another person coming to stay with them, but Dennis doesn’t say anything. He just throws away the candy Cassidy gave him.
Cassidy tries to confront Tulip again…
“You’re afraid of someone. Statement not a question.”
Cassidy confronts Tulip about how she’s acting and forces her to see that she hasn’t been asking for help when she needs it.
“You can’t help me, Cassidy.”
“Really? You serious? Helped you move the body of your murder victim, didn’t I? And I’ve helped you lie to my best mate more than one now.”
“I know, but…”
“I helped you set up with these free digs as well. I think I can be pretty damn helpful actually.”
“I’m not saying you’re not…”
“No, you’re treating me like an idiot Irish sidekick, and I think you need to tell me what the hell is going on here, love.”
When she’s done, Cassidy tells her that she needs to tell Jesse what’s happening to her.
Meanwhile, Jesse has been looking all over Bourbon Street for God and hasn’t found him yet. Someone eventually tells him he might want to talk to a singer over at a club nearby.
Jesse gets there and listens to a woman sings for a few minutes before she comes off stage and toward the bar. A man next to him tries to make a move on her. She tells him that she’ll go home with if he can tell her what the capital of Florida is. The man answers correctly, but she tells him no and he believes her so he gets up and leaves.
Jesse calls her out on it and she tells him that he’s right. If the man wanted her, he would have tried harder.
“What are you interested in?”
The woman looks around quickly and says, “Clean yourself up. Meet me outside.”
She throws her drink in his face and storms off. Jesse cleans up and right as he gets outside, he sees the woman jump into a taxi and take off. He chases after her and a white van causes the taxi to crash and men in white get out and start pulling the woman into the van with them.
Jesse uses Genesis to tell them to stop then fights the men in white until he’s able to get the woman out of the van and he leads her away. At her home, she pays the babysitter and begins packing frantically.
She has to get her an her child away, and she asks Jesse way too many questions about Genesis. Even going so far as to get him to use it by attempting to kiss him until he uses it to make her stop.
Jesse gets her a cab, and this time she sneaks in a quick kiss. After she’s gone, Jesse starts walking away and sees a sign that says:
“Come see Angelville. Magic of the Bayou.”
That has to have something to do with his mother’s family. I know it.
Over the phone, Tulip and Jesse get into an argument because she’s not really talking about anything important. She starts to tell him something, but then changes her mind and pulls back.
“C’mon. Tulip. What’s going on? Did you call me just to breathe down the phone.”
“No, I just wanted to say…stuff.”
“Well, you ain’t saying any stuff.”
“Well, you ain’t saying any stuff either.”
“I gotta go.”
“Fine. Go find your God then, Preacher.”
Tulip gets her coat and starts to leave Dennis’ house. When Cassidy tries to go with her, she tells him that she can go on her own.
Back in Hell, Eugene still hasn’t been put back into his loop. With the door unlocked, he opens it and steps into the hallway.
He says hello and his voice echoes down and endless hallway of cells.
“Hello? Who’s there?”
A door opens to his left and Hitler steps out from a cell of his own.
At a jazz bar, Jesse is drinking and listening to the music around him.
The woman he helped saved from the men in white, gets out of the taxi and hands over the baby to the men in white again. This time she gets into the front of the van and takes off her wig.
“Kick him up to Samson Unit.”
Obviously she got all the info she needed from her little convo with Jesse and playing the damsel in distress.
In an office, a file is placed upon the desk of Herr K. Starr with Jesse’s name on it.
Not only does Jesse have to worry about the Saint of Killers, he know has to worry about his next big villain, Starr.
Jesse is still in the bar and the band stops playing. An older man next to him asks them to keep going, so they pick their instruments back up and asks for requests. Jesse tells them to play, “A Walk to the Peak”, which is God’s favorite song.
The older man beside him tells him that it’s a good choice. Jesse tells him he thinks the songs feels like the end of the world.
Tulip has reached her destination.
She’s at a laundromat and wants cigarettes. Since she only has a hundred, she asks the guy waiting inside if he has change. He says he only has many for the machines.
She gives him the hundred and takes his five dollars in change.
Tires screech outside but Tulip doesn’t move. She keeps feeding the coins into the machine to get her smokes.
It ends with Tulip being surrounded by all of Viktor’s men.
Next week on Preacher, we can look forward to seeing more of Eugene in Hell, the mysterious Viktor, and maybe Jesse and Cassidy discussing Tulip’s issues…
Do you think the Saint of Killers will make another appearance?
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