Jesse Custer needs to be the great man. And that’s nice, as a result of as somebody as soon as mentioned, there’s manner too lots of the different variety. Being good isn’t simple, although, particularly not when you may have a expertise for violence and theft, and a foul mood that sends you raging every time anybody will get between you and your woman. Final week, he came upon that Tulip’s secret mob boss nemesis was truly Tulip’s secret’s mob boss husband; however as a substitute of calming him down, the information sends him spiraling. He beats the shit out of Viktor after which carries him to the torture room, and when Tulip tries to cease him, Jesse makes use of the Phrase on her. He’s out of his thoughts, and the issue with spending a lot time making an attempt to do the appropriate factor is that whenever you lastly give in and do the flawed one, there’s a number of misplaced floor to make up for.
“Dallas” traffics in a extra simple kind of darkness then typical. The Saint reveals as much as slaughter everybody within the ultimate moments, however a lot of the hour is dedicated to folks we like being horrible to one another. Roughly half the episode is dedicated to the flashback that provides the entry its identify, catching up on Jesse and Tulip’s time collectively after Carlos betrayed them, and seeing the cut up that put Jesse in Annville and, in the end, within the path of Genesis. If final week’s outing slowed issues down somewhat, this one is sort of in impartial; and but the place “Viktor” generally felt like lower than the sum of its (glorious) components, “Dallas” has a spotlight and a heft that provides to our understanding of the present’s central relationship, utilizing a quick lull within the motion to lift the emotional stakes and provides some helpful context to the overall insanity.
I’m undecided there are any actually stunning revelations right here. After Tulip’s miscarriage, she takes up a job as a realtor’s assistant, whereas Jesse sinks into despair, spending his days consuming and watching TV (and arguing with a pleasant pothead named Reggie about John Wayne). At evening, Tulip comes residence, she takes a house being pregnant check; it comes up adverse; then they fuck. In some unspecified time in the future, Jesse goes to a close-by comfort retailer to get extra beer and one other being pregnant check. On his stroll, he passes a church. And so forth.
All of this builds to one of many extra miserable montages I’ve seen on this or some other present, one which makes use of the speedy modifying and repeated scenes to get on the soul-crushing tedium of the couple’s life. We’ve seen Jesse and Tulip combating, we’ve seen them head over heels in love, we’ve seen them robbing banks and beating folks up, however I’m undecided we’ve ever seen them fairly this damaged earlier than. Neither come off as excellent—it seems Tulip is doing jobs on the facet and mendacity about it, however a minimum of she’s making an attempt to maneuver ahead along with her life. Jesse is wallowing in his distress and self-loathing, and when the break lastly comes, it’s as a lot a aid as something.
Effectively, aside from poor Reggie. Within the episode’s darkest scene, Tulip calls Jesse on his shit, and in response, he beats up Reggie as a result of he isn’t going to hit her. It’s fucked up and ugly, and reveals Custer at his worst; and the truth that he decides to return to his father’s church quickly after can be proof sufficient that he’s on the flawed path, even when we hadn’t already watched the primary season.
One of many challenges for Preacher is that Jesse’s quest is actually self-motivated. The Saint is after him, and he and his buddies will make extra enemies as they go, however his want to search out God isn’t based mostly on any speedy hazard or want. He’s doing it as a result of he’s determined it’s the appropriate factor to do, and that may be difficult to inspire. To this point the present has accomplished a very good job of doing that (largely by his relationship along with his useless father), and “Dallas” does effectively to underline the dysfunction that drives him.
It additionally offers us a bit extra on Tulip, providing a fast justification for why she’s married to Viktor with out spending an excessive amount of time on their marriage. Which is sensible: whereas Jesse finally ends up sparing Viktor, the Saint doesn’t, and there’s no actual have to get to know the man past “he was good and Tulip wished somebody who wasn’t an asshole to her for some time.” Nonetheless, if there’s a weak level within the hour, it’s the final flashback, which reveals why Tulip deserted her new husband in the midst of a Monopoly sport. She acquired a lead on Carlos from an outdated contact (Danny, who additionally will get a hilarious dinner scene earlier within the hour) and went working. That’s positive, and it’s but extra proof that Tulip can’t fairly Jesse regardless of how tough issues get, however it’s not all that obligatory a scene.
Extra importantly, we additionally see Cassidy’s manipulations laid briefly naked. He gives to assist clear up the mess he made (in any case, he’s the one who informed Jesse the place Tulip was), however as a substitute of speaking Jesse again from the ledge, he does the perfect he can to push his good friend over, speaking about how, if he have been in Jesse’s footwear, he wouldn’t be capable of cease himself from killing Viktor—an act each males know would flip Tulip on Jesse for good. The lie is the primary actually direct try Cassidy’s made but to weasel in, and it’s such an ideal dick transfer on his half. Tulip sees by him, however not sufficient to understand simply how a lot of a bastard he will be, making the error 1000’s (thousands and thousands?) of girls have made earlier than within the presence of an ingratiating asshole who swears up and down that he actually does have her finest pursuits at coronary heart. Jesse decides to not kill Viktor, however whereas that solves the speedy disaster, Cassidy remains to be hanging round, doing his finest to fuck all the pieces up. That’s going to be an issue down the road.
And naturally, there’s the Saint, who’s in New Orleans and in addition (presumably) is aware of the place Jesse is staying, due to Viktor’s daughter. I had not anticipated him to indicate up fairly this quickly, however provided that Jesse has used the Phrase a number of occasions not too long ago, it’s not an enormous shock. Seems like issues are going to get loopy once more very quickly—however I recognize that the present was sensible sufficient to spend a while reminding us why we must always care what occurs subsequent.
- Cassidy’s passive aggressive pout when Jesse doesn’t kill Viktor is hilarious.
- John Wayne is a crucial determine within the comics, showing sometimes to Jesse to assist information him by robust occasions. (It’s by no means specific if this can be a hallucination or a ghost, though I’d assume the previous.) I’m undecided if the present goes in that route, but when they don’t, it was a minimum of good to see the reference right here.
- “We aren’t killing your husband, Danny.”
- There’s a Bible propping up a window in Jesse and Tulip’s outdated condo. Reggie tears out pages from it to make use of for joints.
- Cassidy may be very dedicated to his foreskin jokes.