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You can blame the horrible choices on the market in your unhappy dating life all you need, however some of you solely have yourselves responsible. Included in that’s one, Mr. Ben Shakir. Ben right here was dating a lady who appeared tremendous cool and regular at first after which revealed that she believed her lifeless sister’s ghost was grafted to her arm and made her do things. My man stayed together with her, and finally, her ghost sister … confirmed up in corporeal type? Maybe? It’s unclear and likewise exhausting. But simply as Ben very a lot voluntarily stayed with Vanessa lengthy after he knew about her arm sister, right here he chooses to hook up with Renee, one other friend from the Science League, after he learns that she is the chief of the Yeshua cult and believes herself to be Jesus’s earthly vessel. So all that goat blood poured throughout him? That’s on Ben. I get being sexy, however it’s important to draw the road someplace. And the road is cult chief.
(*7*)Our assessors discover themselves on Renee’s cult farm by method of their newest case. They’ve been referred to as in to help with somewhat cult deprogramming gone mistaken. Owen is now not brainwashed after becoming a member of the Yeshua cult on the urging of his girlfriend, Lily, which is nice, however he now appears to be possessed, which is unhealthy. He’s been tied all the way down to a mattress for a month, participates in quite a bit of screaming and destruction, and enjoys correcting clergymen on their Latin verb conjugations. That final one, I respect. When the staff learns that Owen’s girlfriend continues to be on the Yeshua farm, they resolve to trace her down within the hopes of getting some further data.
While David and Kristen let Lily know the place Owen is and urge her to go see him with them, Ben is tasked with getting nearer to the cult chief. Now, don’t you ever say Ben Shakir doesn’t take his job severely, you hear me? Ben runs into his science friend Renee and provides her a bunch of shit about being into this nutty stuff, however offers her shit in a flirty method, you realize? She reveals that she is definitely Yeshua herself, the chief of the whole cult, however earlier than Ben may even course of the shock of that, Renee flirts back by method of quantum entanglement idea and buddies; I hate to say it, however it works. Before lengthy, Ben is sipping a pleasant, daring red wine in mattress with Jesus’s Earthly Vessel.
The scenario is extra-concerning as a result of David and Kristen have to depart the farm to get back to the rectory: David’s been referred to as in by Victor LeConte, and Kristen is fed up with David’s disappearing act recently, so she insists she tags alongside. It’s truly an excellent factor she’s there as a result of Victor’s newest mission for David has to do with Lexis.
Victor had tried to get David to plant a tiny toy chicken in Lexis’s room — some type of surveillance — as a result of they’re attempting to maintain monitor of all of the RSM Fertility infants, however are particularly taken with Lexis, who, Victor says, is “being groomed by demonic forces” to take over one of essentially the most highly effective sigils on that lil’ demon map. When David balks a bit, he reminds the great priest (The Good Priest??) that even Hitler was a baby as soon as, which truthfully is quite a bit. Victor LeConte is, and endlessly shall be, a messy bitch who loves drama. I don’t care how stoic he’s; a person who solely desires to satisfy in spookily lit corners is excessive upkeep, okay? Or he’s a serial killer. Regardless, David, who, as we all know, is already questioning how a lot he can belief Victor and the Friends of the Vatican, refuses. He even makes use of the f-bomb. That means he’s very indignant. He would by no means betray Kristen. His reference to Kristen is so shifting that it virtually makes you would like Andy would by no means come out of Leland’s closet!!
But simply because David refuses Victor’s request, it doesn’t imply Victor can’t discover another means to get his method: He makes use of the ruse of plumbers to get that toy into the Bouchard women’ bed room (might that shriveled head caught within the pipes by no means be resolved!), however when David and Ben hang around on the Bouchard home for dinner, David is ready to get the toy out of there. This is precisely why Victor calls for David go away the cult farm for a meeting. But whereas David and Victor and Victor’s three backup trench coats debate nature versus nurture, Kristen makes her presence recognized. Victor offers in and tells her about Leland grooming her daughter for evil. There’s bought to be a greater, kinder technique to say, “He is intent on putting your daughter on a demonic throne above the destroyed world,” however our Drama King refuses to seek out it. Kristen is horrified to listen to all of this and horrified to study that the rationale Leland has been focusing on her all alongside — Victor is aware of all about Orson, Kristen’s evening terror friend George, and her different hallucinations — is to get to Lexis. She promptly runs off in tears, wanting nothing else however to hug her daughter.
Unfortunately for Kristen, she’s concerned in a number of different storylines. She will get a name from Lily, who has gone to the motel to seek out Owen on her personal. Kristen and David head back upstate and discover that the deprogramming staff — and the exorcist David referred to as in — tied Lily up in a closet to maintain her away from Owen. Now come on, there’s taking your deprogramming job severely, and there’s simply being a dick. When Kristen frees her and Lily will get close to Owen, one thing unusual occurs — it looks like he’s back to his regular self. Is it as a result of of Lily, or did that exorcism truly work? Before we get any definitive solutions (will we circle back to this at a later date … or?), Kristen and David are off to seek out Ben.
Back on the farm, Ben’s scenario has gotten dire. It seems Renee’s favourite post-sex exercise is spearheading a blood sacrifice, and it doesn’t take lengthy for the remaining of the cultists to bust into the room and drag Ben away. His “are we in Midsommar territory?” line of questioning comes only a few seconds too late. The ceremony is as you may anticipate: tons of wailing, people attempting to beat the guilt out of themselves with sticks, a goat tied up close by, etcetera, etcetera. Renee desires Ben to atone for the guilt he feels over the demise of his mom, a enjoyable reality she realized by way of Karima at science membership (I believe Ben will probably be having a chat together with his sister within the close to future). Ben explains that, sure, he does really feel responsible about how he handled his mom earlier than she died, however that he’s dealing with it like regular and never whacking himself with a stick like a psycho. Truly kudos to Louisa Hill, the author of this episode, for having the ability to slot in significant character improvement within the midst of a completely bonkers scene.
When Kristen and David discover Ben, he’s standing within the center of the sector within the dark, lined in blood. It’s not his, fortunately. Instead, Renee sacrificed that little goat, which truthfully had no shot as soon as we noticed it standing within the room, and poured its blood throughout Ben. He’s in shock, laughing about it. When Kristen asks why they did this, he solutions: “religion.” It’s a easy response however one which additionally reinforces one of the key questions this present is asking: Is faith a drive of good or evil?
It’s not till the very finish of this wild day that Kristen will get to go dwelling and hug her sleeping daughter. When Lexis wakes as much as discover her mother silently crying whereas holding her, her response is, “you smell like blood.” What should Kristen be pondering at this second? So a lot of David’s argument in opposition to pursuing Lexis is that youngsters are only a “potentiality” and that simply because Lexis has the capability for doing evil, good might win out. She’s being raised by a loving mom, David tells Victor. But on this occasion, nature versus nurture presents up two equally unsettling sides, doesn’t it? As we all know, Lexis comes from an extended line of girls who’ve given in to their dark sides, irrespective of how effectively Kristen thinks she’s adjusting to her post-murdering life.
• Dr. Boggs is so determined to put in writing a book about his non secular epiphany (w/t is From Bali to Queens: My Spiritual Journey, and that wants a brainstorm sesh or two) that he takes Leland’s recommendation and lets a demonic muse in. He’s dripping his personal blood on his computer and singing “Alouette” and instantly as if possessed, knocks ten pages out. Of course, these pages are full of phrases like “the black pit of oblivion opens,” however a cursor blinking on a clean web page is way more scary. He begs Leland for extra assist, however Leland says the one method the muse will return is that if Boggs cuts off all of Sister Andrea’s hair. Don’t do it, Kurt!
• Sister Andrea’s face of disgust after Boggs tells her that he desires to put in writing a book is delicate however stinging.
• The working joke that nobody remembers Ben’s identify is tragic/hilarious.
• Kristen is so excited to point out the boys her new margarita with pop rocks recipe, and so they hate it a lot!! Ben’s evaluate is straightforward however efficient: “Oh god, why?”