The Righteous Gemstones: And Yet One of You is a Devil
September 30, 2019 12:11 AM - Season 1, Episode 7 - Subscribe

Eli informs Jesse, Kelvin and Judy that they'll each need to be front and center for Easter Sunday service, their biggest telecast of the year. Judy's deference to Baby Billy threatens her relationship with BJ and with her family.
posted by JimBennett (7 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
God damn this show just keeps getting better.

But, um, why did Keefe just say "Car brakes" when the van crashed out of the garage?
posted by Etrigan at 7:53 AM on September 30, 2019

Oh, never mind. Bad captioning. He was probably saying “Car pranks.”
posted by Etrigan at 11:05 AM on September 30, 2019 [3 favorites]

Yes, he said car pranks (and that is bad captioning).

I was expecting the video to get played as part of the Easter service, replacing the clouds and scenery projected over the pantomiming silhouettes, as Jesse gave his sermon about the suffering of Judas.

Then I was waiting for Amber to look outside and run to save Jesse, after pulling out gun(s) from her gun closet. I guess this could still happen, in a different scenario. It feels like there's so much that could happen.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:14 PM on September 30, 2019 [1 favorite]

I was expecting both of those things as well, flt. It was strange to see those possibilities so clearly set up and then not used. With Amber in particular, we’ve been shown repeatedly her skill with guns and it’s not being used at all. Which is maybe the joke - Jesse backed himself into a corner where the one person who could really help him is the one person he can’t go to.

One thing I have never understood about this show is why the video isn’t backed up to a cloud service or three. Just having it on physical media seems very 10-15 years ago.
posted by jeoc at 4:14 AM on October 1, 2019 [1 favorite]

It was strange to see those possibilities so clearly set up and then not used.

Chekov said, "If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off."

McBride has said, "In my eyes, this season is chapter one." He's setting up dominoes that he doesn't intend to fall for years.
posted by Etrigan at 6:54 AM on October 1, 2019 [3 favorites]

I found the the scene genuinely disturbing where Jesse is cuffed in the van helplessly watching as an armed criminal leads his son into his father's house. Stuff like this, played straight, hits harder for me in a comedy than it usually does in a horror movie.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 6:57 PM on October 1, 2019 [2 favorites]

I don’t like watchin’ shows where people solve stuff.
posted by snofoam at 12:46 PM on October 20, 2019 [3 favorites]

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