At the end of last week’s episode, Marcus finds Casey and is able to bring her back from the brink, if only for a short while. But the demon’s back inside Casey and he’s three times stronger than anyone has ever faced. As a result, everyone is getting kicked while they’re down. Marcus has to make a difficult decision, Father Tomas is at odds with his own conscience, and Angela is about to have a complete breakdown the longer Casey is missing. Meanwhile, Bennett continues to flirt with danger poking around in places he shouldn’t.
It’s been nine days since Marcus found Casey, but she’s so close to integration that he hasn’t bothered to tell the Rance family. He won’t until he’s completely rid the demon with a 40-year grudge (against Regan/Angela) from Casey’s body, much to the chagrin of Father Tomas and Mother Bernadette who think she’s too far gone and must be dealt with. Her body’s also failing, being attacked from the inside by the demon. Marcus, as stubborn as he was when he tried exorcising the kid in Mexico City, ignores everyone and continues praying over Casey.
Meanwhile, Tomas is facing pressure from his Bishop Egan. The church is trying to cover their butts with the rumor of Casey’s exorcism by “an enemy of the church.” They need to find out where Marcus is, but Tomas refuses to give up his location. Afterward, Marcus and Tomas are in for another session with Casey. Casey bites Tomas somethin’ fierce. They take a break in the convent’s green house where Tomas tries to treat his wound. Marcus, feeling reflective, confesses to Tomas that he killed Casey by drowning her in the lake, but God brought her back.
What’s interesting here, and in a later scene with Mother Bernadette, is that those still in good with the Church can’t understand when Marcus says that he can actually feel God’s power working through him. He felt it when he Casey was brought back at the lake, and he feels it now when he’s praying over her. “Are you sure?” is the question that’s asked first to which he emphatically answers “Yes.” The excommunicated priest, the enemy of the Church is the one closest to God.
This scene also addresses an important question everyone asks: Why does God let people suffer? More specifically, if God was the one who brought Casey back from death, why didn’t he cast out the demon as well? Marcus’ only answer is “He’s not some border collie who comes and saves the day, He’ll do whatever he damn well pleases.” In other words it’s not our job to understand, just to trust that there’s more to it than what we’re seeing. It may seem a little lazy from a narrative standpoint, but the line at least keeps Marcus from having yet another existential crisis right now.
In juxtaposition to Marcus, Father Tomas is still struggling with his faith. He’s in love with Jessica, yet he feels guilty about it and is unsure of where his loyalties truly lie. The more he sees Casey suffer, the more his faith is shaken. And this point, he’s becoming lost and angry. He’s desperately seeking a sign from God and is getting absolutely nothing in return. That pushes him away from his faith and into the arms of his lady love.
In another part of town, the Pope’s travel route becomes a growing concern with Bennett as the planning committee shows him their plans. Everyone else in the room is a member of the Friars of Ascension, and Bennett knows this. He also mentions that Tattersal Landscaping, a business that’s been closed down for years, is the committee’s biggest donor. Be careful, Bennett! You’re crawling up the wrong tree.
Bennett later investigates a Tattersal building on his own (Dang it, man, at least tell Marcus what you’re doing. Someone!) There he discovers ashes and remains, most likely what’s left of the Englewood victims. He also finds room full of dead and gutted bodies, possibly some missing homeless people. Almost immediately Bennett is attacked from behind by the Englewood murderers, who turn out to be demons themselves. He’s able to thwart them, and even kill one, but not before getting stabbed himself. Bennett’s got some moves, man.
Meanwhile, Angela is being accosted by media, protestors, and annoying hangers on. The rest of the media caught wind of Casey’s L train incident, which catches the attention of Westboro Baptist Church types, and families of the paramedics who died transporting Casey. Angela was once confronted by a widow whose husband was one of the paramedics. “Your little demon girl killed him!” she yelled.
All the stress over losing Casey begins to take a hold on Angela. Geena Davis does a magnificent job towing the line between sadness and insanity. As the episode continues, the less put together Angela seems. Your heart begins to break for her when she’s talking with Chris. She’s holding a picture of baby Casey. She imagines what she’ll do when Casey comes back and finally free of the demon, how she’ll support her and tell her everything will be alright. That she is good, that the demon possessing her hasn’t ruined her nor taken away her goodness. Something, Chris wasn’t able to do after Angela was freed from the demon. In the process, she dips the picture in her glass of water as if she’s baptizing it. The truly heartbreaking scene is when we next find her curled up in the shower.
All this time Angela has been able to hold it together, more or less, because she could feel that her daughter was still alright. But now… Now she can’t feel her anywhere, and she’s at her breaking point.
Father Tomas is there to witness Angela’s downward spiral and resolves that he has done enough lying to this poor woman. He takes Angela to where Marcus is keeping Casey.
Just before this happens, Mother Bernadette is urging Marcus to put Casey out of her misery; she has suffered the demon long enough. Marcus is about to give Casey the belladonna tea, but he stops. He strongly believes that this is not God’s plan and decides not to kill the girl. Just as he puts the tea down, the demon revives Casey. She sits up just as Tomas and Angela enter the room and gives them a sinister greeting.
The demon’s familiarity with Angela/Regan leads me to believe that we’re dealing with Pazuzu, the big bad demon that once haunted Regan as a girl. If that’s the case, everyone’s in for one hell of a fight.
- Tomas’ bite wound is looking pretty gnarly. I wonder if demon bites have side effects.
- Bennett dispatches a demon with a quick exorcism, but the way it concludes is a bit suspect. Did he truly kill/excise the demon or did it transfer over to him? The latter scenario isn’t entirely unbelievable. If you’re willing to believe exorcisms as depicted on TV and in movies, a demon can either leave the host and go back to Hell or transfer itself to the nearest vessel. Just by watching this show, there are clearly different ways to cast a demon out of a human, but maybe there’s one that doesn’t protect the exorcist from the entity that he’s casting out.
- “No more lectures.”