Preacher: Monster Swamp   Books Included 
June 20, 2016 11:37 AM - Season 1, Episode 4 - Subscribe

Jesse makes Quincannon a bet he can't refuse, Cassidy works to fend off the angels, and Tulip tries to bring justice to Annville.

Lacey, a prostitute from Toadvine Whorehouse, flees through Annville and into a field in the middle of a foggy night. Clive, one of Odin Quincannon’s men, chases her with a gun. He shoots another prostitute who appears in the field. He finally catches up to Lacey and shoots her too: It’s just paint. But, suddenly, Lacey falls into a sinkhole.

In a flashback, a young Jesse prepares the All Saints chapel for services. He later listens to his father, John Custer, deliver a sermon to his congregation.

In the present, Cassidy tries to tell Jesse about Fiore and DeBlanc. Jesse barely listens as he prepares for his day. Outside, Cassidy advises Jesse to flee Annville but his advice falls on deaf ears. Jesse drives off.

Quincannon, his men, the Toadvine girls, and Tulip gather around as a truck hoists Lacey’s dead body out of the pit. Quincannon, who owns the property, warns everyone to be more careful. Tulip complains to Mosie about the group’s apathy toward Lacey’s death.

Jesse visits Emily at home and suggests they raffle off a flat-screen TV to attract more people to the upcoming Sunday service. He asks Emily to buy a TV after work and alludes to a scheme that he predicts will boost church attendance.

In a flashback, a young Jesse smokes with his friends, including a young Tulip. John admonishes him and whips him in front of his friends, emphasizing that the others look to him for guidance.

In the present, Jesse smokes in his church residence, lost in thought.

Cassidy visits Fiore and DeBlanc at the Sundowner Motel. In exchange for cash, he promises to convince Jesse to meet with them. After Cassidy leaves, Fiore expresses doubts about Cassidy and takes out a strange-looking old telephone. “It’s time to let them know what’s going on,” he says. DeBlanc forbids Fiore from making a call, saying they will be punished for coming down without permission.

At Toadvine, a prostitute pleasures Cassidy as he gets high on drugs purchased with his recent payment from Fiore and DeBlanc.

Quincannon plays Q*bert at his desk. Ms. Oatlash alerts him that Miles, the mayor, has arrived.

Miles sits across from Quincannon and asks why sinkholes are appearing in Quincannon’s fields. Quincannon evades the question and brings up Miles’s recent meeting with the Green Acre Group, a sustainable farming company. Miles gives Quincannon a Green Acre brochure and suggests he consider a partnership, given that local tax revenues have decreased 58 percent in 10 years. Without hesitation, Quincannon urinates on the brochure.

The phone rings in Fiore and DeBlanc’s motel room. They panic before realizing it’s just the hotel phone. Fiore answers and tells the front desk they’ll be checking out soon.

At the hotel front desk, Fiore orders a burger he just saw on TV and is informed that there’s only a vending machine.

Emily arrives home with the new TV for Sunday’s raffle and relieves Miles of babysitting duties. She agrees to have a drink with him when he points out how hard she works for everyone, especially Jesse. In her kitchen, Emily laughs at Miles’s stories but reminds him that she’s never going to be with him. She then removes her pants and warns him to leave before morning. “Kids almost caught you last time,” she says.

The prostitutes and Quincannon’s crew gather at Toadvine to remember Lacey. Tulip and Clive trade angry words. Mosie offers Clive a free hour on the house to ease the situation and advises Tulip to watch her temper. Tulip marches upstairs and whips a man who she thinks is Clive, causing him to fall through a window. When Clive comes to the bedroom door, Tulip realizes she attacked the wrong man. Down below, Cassidy grunts as blood spurts from his neck.

Tulip cradles Cassidy in a car as a prostitute drives them to the hospital. She apologizes profusely and chastises herself for having anger issues. Cassidy watches her speak and asks her to kiss him. She does.

At the hospital, Tulip urgently begs a nurse to get a doctor only to turn around and find that Cassidy is gone. She follows a trail of blood to a blood bank and discovers Cassidy slurping blood from a bag.

In a flashback, Jesse’s father John wakes him in the middle of the night and takes him to Quincannon Meat & Power. Jesse waits in the hall while John goes into Quincannon’s office. While waiting, Jesse steals an ashtray. Shouts are heard inside and John walks out. “Denounce him!” Quincannon yells after him.

Back in the truck, John tells Jesse that some people just can’t be saved.

In the present, Jesse visits Quincannon’s office where they’re building a model of the Alamo together. Jesse invites Quincannon to his Sunday service. Quincannon, who is an atheist, declines. Jesse tells Quincannon that if he comes to church on Sunday and does not leave a Christian, he’ll give Quincannon his father’s 20 hectares of land — the biggest plot in Annville that Quincannon doesn’t own.

On Sunday, Jesse stands before a packed house and tells the congregation that the world is turning to shit — and that it’s all their fault. “You’ve turned your back on the Lord,” he says. He vows to bring them back to God one by one and asks Quincannon to serve God. Quincannon refuses and starts to leave. As everyone watches, Jesse puts his hand on Quincannon’s shoulder and employs the Word of God. “Serve God,” he commands. “Of course I will, yes sir,” Quincannon says. The room erupts in whispers.

Fiore and DeBlanc wait in the motel room. The phone contraption begins to ring. They stare motionless at the phone as it rings and rings.
posted by jillithd (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When I saw the credits come up and the warning for "Brief Nudity", I said to my husband, "What's that mean, boobies?" He said, "I wish! Probably man ass." With the human hunt going on, I thought for sure it was going to be some kind of accidental or violent nudity involved, before they showed us that it was a variant of paintball. But then, at the end of the episode, my husband was right!

So many of the previous shows were playing up Cassidy as the playful, yet loyal, buddy. I think here we get a peak of the depraved and dark side of Cassidy that we eventually realized in the books - how he treated Tulip was just ... *shakes head* I wonder how the show will treat the Cassidy/Tulip relationship.

I love that we finally get a better glimpse of what those ominously gargling pipes from the ground are tied to.

In the previous episodes, it seems like Jesse looked up to his dad and possibly his dad was a good man. But in this one, Padre Custer doesn't seem quite as honorable. Whipping for smoking a cigarette seems a bit much. TV ratings making us only see young Jesse's face as he walks past the open door of Odin was pretty impactful. I wonder just what kind of depravity he was exposed to just then.

And the vague VOICE OF GOD direction he gave Odin just seems like an opening for evil, and not good.

The juxtaposition of Tulip at the whore house was uncomfortable to me. (And Tulip, apparently.) She obviously does not like the men that patronize the place, nor the seeming complacency of the women who work there. But the Madam seems pretty laidback, yet knows how to keep her business running. I look forward to learning more about her and Tulip and how they are connected.
posted by jillithd at 11:51 AM on June 20, 2016 [2 favorites]

This isn't going to follow the comics at all, is it ?
posted by Pendragon at 3:48 PM on June 20, 2016

Mind you, I still find this interesting.
posted by Pendragon at 4:00 PM on June 20, 2016

And the vague VOICE OF GOD direction he gave Odin just seems like an opening for evil, and not good.

I'm really curious in what manner that will go spectacularly wrong, yes. They seem to be angling for the power of Genesis to be a monkey's paw kind of deal, here.

This isn't going to follow the comics at all, is it ?

I'm honestly not sure what else they could've done. It's been awhile, but I remember Odin Quincannon literally fucking a pile of meat in the comic. I'm relieved they're remixing this a bit. (I'm also hoping the Cassidy/Tulip stuff never goes where it did in the comic, 'cause ugh.)

On that note: Tulip and Cassidy are still working for me a whole lot more than Jesse is, so I'm happy to see them properly introduced at this point. Also, Cassidy's talk with the angels, and the subsequent angelic attempt to order a hamburger about killed me.
posted by mordax at 8:58 PM on June 21, 2016 [1 favorite]

In lieu of a show only thread (since I don't care about spoilers anyway), I'll just post in here.

I have to say, this is the first episode that didn't work for me. Despite the fact that things happened and secrets were revealed, it all felt like setup more than anything.
posted by tobascodagama at 1:20 PM on June 23, 2016

Yeah, I agree, tobascodagama. I also felt not as excited when this one was over. The previous episodes all made me excited to see the next one.
posted by jillithd at 2:19 PM on June 23, 2016

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