The Righteous Gemstones: Wicked Lips
September 8, 2019 10:56 PM - Season 1, Episode 4 - Subscribe

Judy and Martin take Gideon behind-the scenes of the Gemstone enterprise. Eli tasks Kelvin with doing a "satanic sweep" for Dot, the rebellious teen daughter of the church's biggest donors. Jesse and his friends are thrown for a loop when Chad's wife finds some disturbing emails.
posted by JimBennett (11 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
"Baby. Baby. What in the good lord is goin on?"

"Nothin. Them just some fellas I play car pranks with."
posted by JimBennett at 11:41 PM on September 8 [5 favorites]


So great to see Bos—er, I mean Artie, er I mean Toby Huss, part of the ever-expanding cast.
posted by General Malaise at 2:12 PM on September 9 [1 favorite]


Is anyone else really anticipating the Keefe origin story episode?
posted by Etrigan at 4:45 PM on September 9


God, I love Amber. That character could have been written just like a riff on Ricky Bobby's wife in Talladega Nights. Instead, she might be the most competent member of the family.

How does this show get away with two production numbers? Satanic rave and the Sky Zone trampoline show? It's bonkers, and I love it.
posted by gladly at 5:38 PM on September 9 [2 favorites]


Baby Billy: "I have ideas, chicken ideas!" = lols.

It got renewed!
posted by CheeseLouise at 12:42 PM on September 11 [4 favorites]


Loved that the opening satanic rave was an homage / parody of this old meme.

I have such mixed feelings about this show. Sometimes, I absolutely love it. And sometimes it just doesn't work for me. I think it would be better if the showrunner was an ex-evangelical. As an exvangelical myself, parts of it ring true and parts don't feel right at all.

But glad it got renewed. Even with its flaws, I'm glad there's at least one show centered on evangelical culture.
posted by Teegeeack AV Club Secretary at 5:34 PM on September 11 [3 favorites]


God, I love Amber. That character could have been written just like a riff on Ricky Bobby's wife in Talladega Nights. Instead, she might be the most competent member of the family.

I love every moment of her holding court over the other wives. The first episode -- where she firmly corrects another wife that their private planes and mansions belong to the church -- was *chef's kiss* perfect.
posted by grandiloquiet at 7:51 PM on September 13 [2 favorites]


There is nothing I don't love about this show. Not many shows that make me actually lol (rather than inwardly) anymore.

Keefe: I will follow this incredible man anywhere.

Kelvin: HEY KEEFE, I GOTTA GO DROP A DEUCE!!

Definitely more Keefe in future episodes, please. Also, I hardly recognized the former Mrs. Trump, Marla Maples, as Dot's mom.
posted by triggerfinger at 10:24 AM on September 14


Yeah Kelvin got to shine this episode, we finally saw that he had a unique role in the family business. I'm dying to see the "Kelvin saves Keefe" origin story!

Those Satanic homies of his were some Real Ones. They didn't even seem especially bitter about him ditching their scene.

I really appreciate when shows like this take a subculture that's already a joke and humanize them just a little bit for the rest of America.

Kinda like that one thread here on the Blue about Juggalos. Like, they're still just people. Let them like the things they like if they're not hurting anyone!

Meanwhile, the Church (and its money, very 1000% here telegraphed as the root of all evil) are tearing the Gemstones and their grifting fiefdom apart. Also, the Church is literally built on the principle of "look at these assholes," plus rampant hypocrisy.

I don't know whether to root for Gideon or not at this point. Fundamentally, I see where that kid is coming from but what he's doing is still very wrong. Danny McBride likes to push the boundary pretty far in his writing at times, and I feel like somebody's going to be dead or maimed before this season's over.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 9:15 PM on September 14 [2 favorites]


Meanwhile, the Church (and its money, very 1000% here telegraphed as the root of all evil) are tearing the Gemstones and their grifting fiefdom apart. Also, the Church is literally built on the principle of "look at these assholes," plus rampant hypocrisy.

I figure at some point, Eli and/or Judy will sit down and patiently explain to Jesse and/or Kelvin that there are basically two models for a service business (like a church):
  1. Get a little money from each person, just as much as they can afford, and be middle-class forever.
  2. Extract as much as you can as fast as you can, and be rich now.
But if you choose #2, then you have to constantly find new people to extract from. Growth is the important thing, and maintenance is really just for show. That’s why China, and why the youth group, and why the new church in the mall, and why they’re taking over Dermot Mulroney’s town.
posted by Etrigan at 7:29 AM on September 15 [4 favorites]


You're correct on the two paths for churches. But option #1 will make you very rich too. And it makes you rich with a much more sustainable & predictable income flow with substantially smaller risk of church-ending scandals. You don't hit your victims too hard and drain them quickly. Instead, you sell books, you sell stuff, you encourage tithing. "Any amount will help our ministry. Please give now."

For real life examples, look at Joel Osteen vs. Scientology. Osteen got rich via mainly hawking books and lifestyle crap. He has a broad base of supporters and can easily defend against scandals by pointing out that he's rich by an "honest" exchange of goods for money. As opposed to Scientology, which can't even maintain a stable membership base, and is constantly under siege. Sure, Scientology became fabulously wealthy via draining anyone that comes in contact with them, but it's not sustainable for the long term.

Or look at Democrats vs. Republicans. Democrats can equal or outraise Republicans thanks to a large number of small donors. And they can get cash infusions more quickly thanks to small donors who haven't hit their limits. A large number of small donors who aren't drained of everything is often more valuable than a small number of whales who are tired of being constantly asked for money.
posted by Teegeeack AV Club Secretary at 11:52 AM on September 21 [2 favorites]


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