Clearly there are multiple SPOILERS ahead concerning the exploits of Jesse Custer, Cassidy, Tulip and Arseface. Episode 3 Recap and Review can be found here
Mmmnnn….we’re loving the visuals and atmosphere on Preacher and Annville is a gloriously weird place to go visit once a week. But….and it’s only a little but, at least at the moment….not an awful lot is going on in episode 4. Of course the aficionados of the original comic book are likely to be up in arms at such a slight but they know what it’s all building to and what’s coming. As for the rest of us, Elvis (who’d surely make a fine addition to the town?) summed it up well; a little less conversation, a little more action please.
After the fun of last week, it’s decidedly low-key – or as low key as you can get for this series – for Preacher. Opening with what appears to be a (wo)manhunt, with scantily-clad young girls running from men with guns, it quickly transpires this is what passes for an evening’s entertainment chez Annville; the girls are from the Toadvine whorehouse, the men from Odin Quincannon’s QM&P slaughterhouse and they’re just playing paintball. At night. In panties. As you do. One of the girls falls into a sinkhole and dies, a tragedy no one save for Tulip thinks is particularly tragic.
We have no Arseface this installment, and no Donnie Schenck either. What we do have are lots of flashbacks to Jesse and his father. Daddy Preacher apparently once visited Odin (Jackie Earle Haley) on a fruitless quest to get him to become a believer (a trip that also netted the young boy Jesse a stolen ashtray, which he still has and uses). And he also used to whip Jesse in front of his friends as punishment for minor infractions. Not a particularly happy family then.
Meanwhile Cassidy (the standout Joseph Gilgun) attempts to explain to Jesse exactly what he’s got in him, who DeBlanc and Fiore are and what they want. Jesse is, understandably, completely dismissive so Cassidy hatches a deal with the two men from heaven to bring them the preacher. For a price of course, which he duly spends on drugs and a whore at the Toadvine. Elsewhere in Annville, Odin is meeting with Mayor Miles Person (Ricky Mabe) and showing his contempt. When Miles tries to discuss rival company Green Acres and show him a sales brochure, Odin literally pisses all over it.
We also learn that Jesse and Odin are fully acquainted, often meet and work together on a civil war reenactment model. Jesse is still trying to continue this particular line of enquiry from his father and asks Odin to come to church, just once. As a bribe he will give him what remains of his father’s land, land that Odin has long coveted. We know the power of persuasion Jesse has but Odin does not and agrees to the deal.
Tulip – who apparently either lives or hangs out at the Toadvine Whorehouse – is livid at the lack of respect shown to the dead girl at episode’s beginning. Incensed, she barges in on a ‘client’ and beats them, inadvertently throwing them out the window to their presumed death. Luckily the client is Cassidy who’s rushed to hospital and avails himself of the blood supplies there. He clearly has googly eyes for Tulip.
At church on Sunday morning, Jesse uses his powers to turn staunch atheist Odin into a true believer, thus setting his church onto a path of success. Daddy would be proud.